Denel at DSEI


Denel is using this week’s Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI exhibition in London to put at least three of its products front and centre of military visitors to one of the world’s major defence expos.

The Umkhonto surface-to-air missile, the G5 howitzer and the RG12 Mk6 vehicle have pride of place on the Denel stand, an integral component of the 578 square metre South African pavilion.

Denel Dynamics’ Umkhonto surface-to-air-missile family includes vertically launched, high-velocity, infrared and radar homing missiles designed to provide all-round defence against simultaneous attacks from multiple platforms. The missile is effective against a range of threats, including cruise and anti-ship missiles in both the naval and land-based air defence environments.

Denel Land Systems’ G5 howitzer has set the standard for long-distance artillery over more than three decades. A truck-mounted version of the gun, the T5-52, adds unequalled indirect firing flexibility to a well-proven system. The T5-52 is suitable for forces needing artillery, which combines mobility with long-distance capabilities and accuracy. It can reach targets at up to 57km when firing V-LAP projectiles and up to 43km with base bleed projectiles.

Denel Vehicle Systems’ RG12 Mk6 is an evolution of the Mk4 vehicle. Upgrades include increasing hull length and width with space around the driver optimised to improve driver comfort. Independent suspension was added and a more powerful engine installed to up performance. The advanced electronic system has, among others, a full surround view camera system and all electronic systems are digitally controlled via a CANBUS system with digital on dashboard displays replacing analogue gauges.

Denel chief executive Danie du Toit sees the London exhibition as a good platform to grow the South African state-owned defence and technology conglomerate’s business adding to what he terms “a winnable order pipeline of more R30 billion in the next 24 months”.

“We will showcase the quality and the versatility of Denel products, especially turret systems for combat vehicles, integrated weapon stations and missile technology.”

Apart from artillery systems and mine resistant vehicles, Denel will also showcase its range of unmanned aerial vehicles at DSEI.

In line with the need to cut costs while maintaining product exposure Denel has a “small, but focused product display” on the South African pavilion at the ExCel Exhibition Centre until Friday (13 September).