Reutech out in force at AAD


The Reutech Group is displaying a wide variety of products at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition at AFB Waterkloof this week, including a radar that has been integrated with a command post demonstration system.

Products on display between 14 and 18 September include equipment from Reutech’s four divisions: Reutech Solutions, Reutech Radar Systems, Reutech Communications and Fuchs Electronics.

Fuchs Electronics is displaying its range of artillery, mortar, artillery rocket, naval and air weapon fuzes along with the MK80 series PFF bombs. Reutech said the Fuchs M0829 multi-option mortar fuze is one of the few qualified MO-fuzes on the market and provides two settable burst height options along with an impact as well as a 30ms delay option. These fuzes offer double independent safeties, as does all the fuzes in the Fuchs range. The mortar fuzes are hand-settable.

Reutech Communications was contracted by Armscor to develop and manufacture the new generation range of military Secure Software Defined Combat Net Radios (CNR) under Project Radiate to modernize the communication needs of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). This new generation product range is on display showcasing the latest manpack, vehicle and fixed installation transceivers as well as dismounted soldier intercom system (SRCS) and vehicle harness system (IPCS).

The new generation CNR’s operate in HF, VHF and UHF frequency bands and offers secure voice and data network links for ground to airborne, ground based and naval applications. There will be live demonstration of the CNR’s showing secure hopping and encryption, data transmissions between stations with the aid of computers and related applications and blue force tracking i.e. position tracking of the dismounted soldier on a map.

Reutech Radar Systems is exhibiting a range of ground and naval radar systems including the RTS 3200 FMCW Optronics Radar Tracker (FORT), which is a light-weight combined radar and electro-optic tracker ideally suited for operation on smaller naval combat vessels.

Also on display is the tripod-mounted RSR 904 NGADA short range ground, sea and air surveillance radar suitable for detection of dismounted personnel or vehicles in a ground surveillance role, or for the detection of watercraft or aircraft in the sea or air surveillance modes.

The company is also displaying scale models of the RSR 210N naval X-band air/sea surveillance radar and the RSR 906 coastal surveillance radar, as well as the RSR 150 staring sensor developed for use in the vehicle active protection system market.

One of Reutech’s radars has been integrated into a command post that has been set up at AAD with Saab Grintek Defence, Excalibur, GEW Technologies, Cobham, Inmarsat and CSIR components.

Reutech Solutions has on display its Landward and Naval Rogue Remote Control Weapon Platforms. This includes two of its 20mm Super Sea Rogue platforms, of which one is fitted with the Thales LMM missile system. These two platforms are both available in a Landward and Naval configuration. The Super Sea Rogue 2 are fitted with the Denel GI-2 20mm canon, together with the Thales LMM missile system, whereas the Super Sea Rogue 3 is fitted with the Rheinmetall Air Defence AG (RAD) KAE 20mm canon.

Other Rogue Platforms are on display with strategic partners at their display areas. At Denel, installed on a Hysucat Hydrofoil Supported Catamaran hull, is a Sea Rogue 12.7mm and at Paramount, installed on a Marauder vehicle, is a Land Rogue 12.7mm.

Also on display is Reutech’s Remote Site Monitoring Tool (Adroit) and a locally developed and manufactured Automatic Test Interface Unit (Generic ATE) used by the SANDF to “field test” various radios for serviceability.