SANDF considering replacement of man-portable anti-tank missiles


Armscor has issued a request for information (RFI) for a new man-portable anti-tank missile system to replace the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) obsolete Milan missiles.

The RFI, issued on 27 March, emphasises that it “does not constitute a firm requirement and is exploratory in nature only.” It states that the purpose of the request for information is to obtain technical information of potential solutions that will satisfy stakeholder requirements for the Man Portable Anti-Tank Missile System (MPATMS). “The RFI is not to be taken as an intention to contract any party as this is part of a Request for Bid (RFB).”

Armscor notes that the current man portable anti-tank missile system of the South African Army consists of the Milan 2 and Milan 3 missiles and the ADT Firing Posts (FP) capable of launching both missile variants. “The Milan 2 missiles are obsolete with many of them having reached the end of their 25 year service life. The Milan 3 is no longer in production. As such the SANDF needs to urgently address this capability. Technical Information on the MPATMS is required to provide a reliable, accurate and flexible solution for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) tactical operations.”

The RFI calls for technical information on new weapons, logistics, life cycle costs etc. as well as a practical demonstration. The new missile needs to be of a qualified design based on proven building blocks which are already successfully in service with other clients, therefore posing no technical risk to the SANDF.

Some of the maintenance or even a portion of production may be transferred to a local company through technology transfer as part of the Defence Industrial Participation (DIP) offset initiative.

Companies are expected to respond to the RFI within 45 days of it being issued.

The SANDF has used the Milan missile since the mid-1970s. Older launchers were placed into storage around 1994, but in the 2000s, Milan 3 missiles were acquired along with Milan ADT firing posts. The first five series production systems were delivered in February 2008. Milan 3 missiles have tandem shaped charge warheads for use against reactive armour whereas older missiles only had a single warhead.