Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) recently hosted members of the Military Attaché Advisory Corps (MAAC) at their facilities outside Potchefstroom, and plans to follow the visit up with a capability demonstration in the future.
RDM said the recent event was aimed at strengthening existing relations between RDM and the international defence community. Speaking at the event, RDM Stakeholder Relations General Manager, Rear Admiral (retired) Rusty Higgs said, “The importance of diplomacy and foreign relations play a vital role in facilitating interactions and support for the South African defence manufacturing and supply industry.”
Pretoria currently hosts the largest number of foreign missions second only to Washington DC Currently, 58 countries are accredited to the South African National Defence Force.
MAAC members were provided with a company overview and information on RDM’s manufacturing capability and product technologies. The company specialises in the design, development and manufacture of large- and medium calibre ammunition. Its business focus is on Asia, the Middle East, South America, South Africa, other African countries and Europe via Rheinmetall AG.
Its product portfolio includes large-calibre ammunition (76 mm to 155 mm), artillery projectiles, propellant, charges, pyrotechnic carriers, mortar bombs, 40 mm grenades and various missile subsystems. Plant engineering for various filling and lapping facilities is also part of the product portfolio.
Denel has as 49% shareholding in RDM and according to the most recent Denel annual report, RDM recorded R2.136 billion in revenue for the 2015/16 financial year, of which R1.6 billion was export revenue. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were R213 million, up from R178 million in 2014/15. Revenue was also up, from R1.7 billion in 2014/15.
Denel’s report states one of the highlights of the last financial year being an increase in the order book to more than R5 billion through multi-year projects from Tawazun Dynamics, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition and International Golden Group (IGG).
In March this year RDM announced it had been awarded a €28 million contract for two Plofadder mine clearing systems, training and ammunition, and a €65 million contract for ammunition from an international customer. That same month RDM announced it had successfully qualified its range extending M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP) for an international client. This is part of the 155 mm Assegai range.
RDM is a strategic equity partnership between South Africa’s state-owned enterprise Denel, and Germany’s Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (RWM). RDM employs some 2 000 people, up from 1 500 in 2011.