PMP, the munitions arm of Denel, is putting its expertise in propellants to use in saving lives with the approval of the world’s largest ejection seat manufacturer.
The Pretoria West-based company is currently putting together the ejection seat cartridges for the South African Air Force (SAAF) Hawk Mk120 Lead-In Fighter Trainers, as well as a number of other aircraft on the Air Force inventory.
PMP has now started work on cartridges that will find their way onto the Martin Baker Mk 10 ejection seats fitted to 2 Squadron’s Gripens.
PMP produces the ejection seat cartridges under licence from United Kingdom-based Martin Baker.
“This part of our business shows PMP is committed to safety when it comes to SAAF personnel,” chief executive Carel Wolhuter said, adding the company had been investigating this as an addition to its product line since the Hawks and Gripens were taken into service by the SAAF.
Martin Baker, with headquarters in Middlesex and branches in the United States, France and Italy, has been producing ejection seats since 1945 with the first mid-flight test ejection successfully completed the following year.
It today can look back on a record of more than 7 400 successful ejections in more than 200 aircraft types all over the world.
PMP (Pretoria Metal Pressings) has been producing commercial and military ammunition since 1938.
PMP’s small and medium calibre ammunition ranges conform to military specifications and standards and are all produced in Pretoria. The small arms range goes from 5.56 mm to 12.7 mm and medium range ammunition is produced in the 20 mm to 35 mm calibre range. High quality percussion caps of all types are another product.
New additions to the PMP product portfolio include 20 mm rounds for use in the Neopup personal area weapon. This is a mobile and powerful medium calibre weapon firing from the shoulder and effective at ranges up to 1 000 metres.
PMP also casts around 80 tons of brass daily at its non-ferrous foundry and rolling plant. A significant portion of this is sold as commercial strip and cup for cartridge case and bullet production with the remainder going into own ammunition production.