BAE Land Systems to supply sights for Badger IFV


BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa has been confirmed as the third sub-contractor to date on the new SA Army Badger infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The East Rand based defence industry company will supply 198 gunner sights and 171 commander sights for fitment to five Badger variants – the section, command, mortar, missile and fire support units.
“This is a key contract for our business, proving our superior sight and component capability,” said Johan Steyn, BAE Systems South Africa managing director.
“Through Armscor, Denel and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are important customers and we will continue to support both with the utmost diligence.”

Other sub-contractors already announced by Denel Land Systems (DLS) for the 238 unit Badger contract are French company Sagem for MATIS thermal imagers and Sweden’s Saab, through Patria Land systems Oy of Finland, for vehicle electronics.

BAE Land Systems South Africa will manufacture the specialist sights at its Benoni facility. Production proper is set to start next year with deliveries continuing until 2022. The value of the contract with BAE Systems has not been disclosed.

Industrialisation of facilities at DLS in Lyttelton, Centurion, in preparation for local manufacture of the Badger, has already started with manufacture set to begin next year, according to DLS chief executive Stephan Burger.
“The new Badger IFV is a combination of a locally-designed turret and a Finnish designed vehicle platform, customised for South African conditions. The system will be produced locally and represents the apex of the South African defence industry,” Burger said.

The DLS turrets on the 8X8 Badger vehicles will be fitted to the Malaysian military’s new IFVs. Sixty-nine two-man turrets fitted with the South African GI30 30 mm main gun; 54 missile turrets equipped with the GI30 30 mm gun and Denel Dynamics Ingwe anti-tank missile system and 54 remote control weapons systems have been ordered by the Far Eastern country. First deliveries took place in January last year for fitment to the Malaysian Army’s new 8X8 IFVs, based on the Turkish Pars armoured vehicle platform.

The Badger will replace the SA Army’s ageing Ratel vehicles. DLS was originally to have built 264 of the new IFVs in various configurations for the landward arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) but this was cut down to 238 due to delays in finalising contractual details by Armscor, under its previous chairman retired Lieutenant General Mojo Motau.