Denel is expanding its presence in the maritime environment with products and services to support naval operations and will use next week’s Maritime and Coastal Security Africa (MCSA) conference and exhibition to showcase them.
“Denel has traditionally been strong in the landward and aerospace sectors but many of our products and systems can also be used by maritime clients, both in the defence and civilian sectors,” said Denel chief executive Riaz Salojee.
Having a presence at the Cape Town event, which starts on Monday, is also part Denel’s strategy to grow revenue in new markets and find business opportunities for Denel’s existing core capabilities and proven products.
“Denel is a national asset and a strategic partner of our defence community, including the SA Navy. Our capabilities will be on display at MCSA which is the most important annual naval exhibition on the African continent.”
Earlier this month Denel successfully tested its extended range Umkhonto surface-to-air missile during live firing exercises at the Denel Overberg Test Range in the southern Cape. Umkhonto, designed and manufactured by Denel Dynamics, can now be fired from both land-based launchers as well as the SA Navy’s Valour Class frigates.
Saloojee said maritime security is growing in importance for South Africa and Africa, in general, with increasing demands to counter piracy in southern waters and protect the country’s marine resources along its 2 500 km long coastline.
Denel Land Systems manufactures the 35 mm dual purpose gun, used by South African frigates to defend against attacks by aircraft, helicopters and missiles. It can fire 35 x 228mm ammunition at a rate of 1 100 rounds a minute and engage targets at a distance of up to six kilometres.
The NATO standard ammunition used by this weapon system is locally manufactured by Denel PMP and Rheinmetall Denel Munitions.
The versatile 20 mm GI-2 is a rapid fire automatic cannon that can be fitted to land vehicles, helicopters and naval vessels. It is currently in used by all branches of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and has been successfully exported.
Unmanned aerial vehicle systems designed and developed by Denel Dynamics, can stay up in the air for up to nine hours and cover a range of 200 km, providing naval forces with valuable reconnaissance information.
Saloojee said further that Denel is also expanding its expertise in systems engineering and command-and-control into the maritime environment with products and services for both the defence and civilian-security sectors.
There are a number of niche focus areas in which the company has proven systems-level experience and can add value to, and strengthen, the reach of the existing maritime sector. This also includes the strategic “C4I” sector of the defence environment – namely, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence.