Denel vehicles and weapons going to Namibia


Denel is on track to deliver RG32M armoured patrol vehicles and SDROW lightweight remote weapon systems to Namibia in the next four months.

The contract is a substantial one and will see eight RG32M vehicles and four SDROW weapon stations exported, Denel said in a statement today. Johan Steyn, Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) chief executive, said delivery to South Africa’s western neighbour will be completed by the end of March.

The RG32M is a mine-resistant light armoured vehicle widely used by peacekeeping forces across the world. The latest version of the vehicle has been developed by DVS specifically for deployment in Namibian conditions, making use of experience gained from deployments elsewhere in Africa as well as Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans.

The RG32M can operate in a variety of roles and offers a balance of protection and mobility. The vehicle carries five crew members with kit and special purpose equipment. The four side doors and roof-mounted hatches allow easy entry and exit for both normal and emergency use.

In its most recent annual report, Denel had made mention of the delivery to Namibia, saying a contract had been signed “with an African country for the supply of RG32M navy patrol vehicles,” indicating they will be taken into service by Namibia’s navy.

The Self-Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SDROW) is a lightweight weapon system fitted with either a 5.56 or 7.62mm light machine gun or the Denel PMP Inkunzi Strike 20×42 mm weapon. DVS did not indicate which weapons system has been selected by the Namibians.

It is designed for easy installation on a variety of vehicles and platforms. The system can be operated remotely by a single crew member inside the vehicle cabin, including all weapon functions such as cocking, safety and firing.

In a typical installation, the operator aims the turret and fires the weapon using a simple Human Machine Interface (HMI), consisting of a control interface with an integrated display similar to a game console. Real-time video received from cameras on the weapon station is displayed to the operator overlaying information digitally.

The basic system weighs approximately 75kg including 200 rounds of ammunition. Traverse is +/- 135 degrees and it can elevate from -20 to 80 degrees.

Depending on the selected weapon configuration the SDROW is effective against enemy targets at ranges in excess of 600m.