Denel is this week part and parcel of a major global defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi where it will show a range of proven capabilities while actively seeking business opportunities from Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Denel products and system are the centrepieces of the South Africa pavilion at IDEX 2019 (the International Defence Exhibition) in the United Arab Emirates. The exhibition opened its doors yesterday (Sunday) and will run for five days.
Turret systems for combat vehicles, integrated weapons stations and missile technology are the priority listings for Denel, according to recently appointed chief executive Danie du Toit.
“IDEX is an opportunity to reposition Denel as an innovative defence and technology company and a trusted partner of clients wanting to acquire our proven products. The region is familiar with Denel products and we want to build on this reputation by highlighting our capabilities.”
With countries including host UAE and Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia looking at defence acquisitions, Du Toi sees IDEX as an important opportunity to meet defence decision makers, industry leaders and analysts.
Included on the Denel IDEX menu are the RG31 mine resistant vehicle and its next generation RG41. In association with the International Golden Group (IGC), also on display will be theTCG30 remotely operated, fully stabilised turret armed with the GI-30 cam-operated cannon developed by Denel Land Systems (DLS) and a co-axial 7.62 mm machine gun.
Denel Vehicle Systems has a long-standing with the International Golden Group (IGG) to supply RG31 mine-resistant vehicles for the UAE armed forces. IGG’s Agrab is a Mobile Mortar System makes use of the RG31 as a vehicle platform which is highly-regarded for its 4×4 capabilities, mobility and the protection it offers against anti-tank mines and explosive devices.
Denel will also show its SDROW (self-defence remotely operated weapon). It can be fitted with various machine guns, grenade launchers and anti-tank missiles. Additional firepower comes with the addition of the Denel PMP iNkunzi Strike weapon.
Denel Dynamics’ Cheetah surface-to-air missile will be a star attraction at the Rheinmetall Air Defence stand.
IDEX 2019 is the largest defence and technology exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa and is expected to attract more than 1 200 exhibitors and some 110 000 visitors.