Denel improving Inkunzi


Denel PMP has made several changes to the Inkunzi personal area weapon (PAW), announcing the improved Inkunzi PAW A2.

This new version contains a number of upgrades to improve the weapon’s stability and accuracy. A rotary magazine replaces the old box cartridge cassette which improves the balance of the weapon and adds to its efficiency. The gas operated recoil system was also replaced by a new inertia-operating system, Denel said in a statement today.

The semi-automatic weapon fires 20×42 mm bursting ammunition from the six round rotary magazine.

Phaladi Petje, the CEO of Denel PMP, said there is already international interest in the upgraded version of the iNkunzi PAW and PMP is exploring further markets for the weapon and the ammunition.

He said the iNkunzi PAW was designed to meet the needs of the modern combat soldier who requires a light weight, yet highly effective, personal area weapon. It is carried by a single soldier and fired from the shoulder. Petje said the iNkunzi PAW is a highly accurate weapon that is best deployed in modern urban warfare conditions. It can also be used in rural or jungle combat terrains at distances of up to 1 000 metres.

In 2015 PMP began production of the Inkunzi for its first international client, with a second in the Middle East ordering the weapon.

Denel PMP launched the automatic Inkunzi Strike version at the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition in Tshwane in September. The iNkunzi Strike has been integrated into a remotely operate weapon station – SDROW – developed by Mechatronics, a division of Denel Vehicle Systems.

The weapon and camera are mounted on the outside of the vehicle but fired by a single operator located inside. It can fire up to 350 rounds a minute using the same 20x42mm bursting ammunition.

Petje said PMP is also busy with the development of a tripod for the iNkunzi Strike which will enable forces to fire high volume bursts from outside the vehicle.

The Inkunzi was the first weapon designed around the 20×42 mm round, but others are following – also during Africa Aerospace and Defence sniper rifle specialist Truvelo unveiled its new CMS 20×42 anti-material rifle using the Inkunzi round. Describing it as a game changer, Truvelo said the weapon has better characteristics and a flatter trajectory than low or medium velocity 40 mm grenade launchers.