One of the focal points of the Denel exhibit at this week’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London is its new Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (DISM) division.
DISM will enable the State-owned defence industry conglomerate to move deeper into the command and control and cyber security environments chief executive Riaz Saloojee said.
Denel will also use what is billed as the single largest defence exhibition in the world to reinforce its position as one of the world’s top 100 defence companies.
This will be through products such as the G5, the Badger infantry vehicle developed for the SA Army and the Casspir mine-protected vehicle range. The group’s position in this sector has been strengthened with the acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems, new rebranded as Denel Vehicle Systems.
“We can now offer integrated, turnkey solutions from a landward perspective with our ability to manufactured vehicle types covering firepower, mobility and support,” Saloojee said.
The RG21 mine-protected vehicle will be on display for the first time at DSEI. The 4×4 vehicle is designed to look less-aggressive than most military vehicles and is well suited for internal security roles. It still provides all-round protection against rifle fire and can withstand a 21kg blast under any wheel or a 14kg charge under the hull.
Denel Land Systems (DLS) will display its modular combat turret variants equipped with the locally-developed GI-30 rapid-fire CamGun and the M10 60mm breech-loading long-range mortar. The GI-30 has an effective range of 4 000 metres and can fire up to 100 rounds per minute.
The Personal Area Weapon (PAW) manufactured by Denel PMP for modern infantry units on the move, including paratroopers and Special Forces. It can be carried and fired by a single soldier and is effective against high-value targets such as light-armoured vehicles, thin-skinned transport and machine gun nests.
With a range of more than 10km the Mokopa precision-guided missile produced by Denel Dynamics is highly rated for its accuracy and explosive power. The missile is being integrated on the AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 helicopter and recently completed a launch clearance trial.
Designed initially as an air-to-ground missile the latest versions of the Mokopa can now be fired from a variety of launch platforms including land vehicles, shore battery installations and naval vessels.