DLS awarded Rooikat work

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A small contract awarded Denel Land Systems for the continued maintenance and repair of turret spares for the Rooikat armoured car system takes known spending for that programme since 2007 to just below R60 million.

The contract, for R235 628, was awarded earlier this month an is an extension of an April 2009 deal for R2.631 million. According to the defenceWeb spendometer total spending on the Rooikat now stands at R59 885 881.15.

The Rooikat was developed to replace the “obsolete”1 Eland 60 and 90 series of armoured cars. Intended missions include combat reconnaissance, aggressive search-and-destroy, anti-armour operations, combat patrols, raids and hot pursuit operations as well as peacekeeping presence patrols. The gun barrel is fitted with a thermal anti-distortion sleeve and a reinforced fibreglass fume extractor.

The project was reportedly subject to considerable infighting in the armour community. Three prototypes were ordered after 1976, the first based on the Ratel ICV, the second, by Sandock Austral on the Eland armoured car and the third on the British Saracen APC then in use. Trials were held in 1979 but none of the vehicles were deemed satisfactory. A new vehicle, in three prototypes, the “Cheetah”, was commissioned in 1982, the various designs having a rear and a front-mounted engine and the third being a “heavy” variant. Model 2B, the rear-engined variant, won and two pre-production models were tested in 1984/5. But the selection of Model 2B meant a hoped-for infantry carrier variant became impractical. To date no actual variants of the Rooikat, as the vehicle was renamed in 1987, have emerged. The next year, two more pre-production models were tested and a year later production started and deliveries got underway. By then the Namibian conflict was over.

Redundant platforms are currently being disposed of. One was turned into a conventional vehicle electric drive technology demonstrator (CVED) and displayed at AAD2006 in Cape Town in September of that year. The CVED project involved LMT, HIT, IAD, Nezrotek, Hotchinson (France), Kessler Magnet Motor (Germany) and MTU (Germany). Eighty of the vehicles were given a “reliability upgrade” under Project Arum Lily in 2006. Four of the upgraded vehicles participated “extremely successfully” in exercises at De Brug and Lohatlha in October-November 2005.

The 28 metric ton vehicle is armed with a Denel GT4 high pressure 76mm 62-calibre rifled gun, firing an APFSDS round at a muzzle velocity in excess of 1600m/s, capable of penetrating the front hull (275mm RHA) and turret (230mm RHA) of a T62 MBT at 2000m. The GT4 fires a range of HE, APFSDS-T, smoke, canister and practice ammunition. The Rooikat also carries two 7.62x51mm MG4 machine guns, one as a coaxial weapon and the other as an air defence mount on commander’s cupola in addition to eight 81mm smoke projectors.

Some 242 manufactured from the mid-1980s, with DLS (then Lyttelton Ingenieurswerke) building the turrets and BAE Systems South Africa (then OMC) building the hulls. Eighty were upgraded under Project Arum Lily in he early part of the last decade. The authoritative International Institute for Strategic Studies in its Military Balance publication for 2011 lists 82 “in service” and 94 “in store.” The syatem is allocated to the SA Army School of Armour and 1 Special Service Battalion, both of Bloemfontein, and the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, Durban; Regiment Oranjerivier, Cape Town; and, Regiment Mooirivier in Potchefstroom. The latter three are Reserve Force units.

Maintenance and repair of turret spares – extension of EAMS/2008/495

AMS/S2011/1014 21 Jul 2011 R235 628,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

Procurement of Rooikat weapon platform A & E class spares

EAMS/2009/544 6 Oct 2010 R4 028 674,41 BAE Systems – Land Systems SA

Maintenance and repair of Rooikat armoured car power packs

EAMS/2010/130 2 Sep 2010 R1 754 385,00 BAE Systems – Land Systems SA

Procurement of Rooikat turret A & E class spares

EAMS/2009/545 20 May 2010 R443 046,62 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

Rooikat weapon platform spares

EAMS/2009/22 17 Sep 2009 R3 327 027,80 BAE Systems – Land Systems SA

Rooikat turret spares

EAMS/2009/21 3 Sep 2009 R2 409 547,72 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

Operating support and periodical repair of turret A-class components: Rooikat

EAMS/2008/495 8 Apr 2009 R2 631 576,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

Rooikat turret reliability improvement retrofit – extension of EPTS/2005/318

AMS/S2008/0855 26 Mar 2009 R6 245 225,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

PTS/S2008/0820 28 Aug 2008 R2 768 234,61 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

AMS/S2007/0774 31 Jan 2008 R6 062 603,15 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

Rooikat: Operational support and periodical repair of weapon platform A-Class components

EAMS/2008/336 10 Dec 2008 R4 385 961,00 EAMS/2008/336

Rooikat: Operating support and periodical repair of IFCS A-Class components

EAMS/2008/335 4 Dec 2008 R8 333 334,00 Reutech Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Maintenance and repair of Rooikat weapon platform A-class items – extension of EPTS/2005/639

PTS/S2008/0824 2 Oct 2008 R1 426 569,00 BAE Systems – Land Systems SA

AMS/S2007/0759 29 Nov 2007 R877 191,00 BAE Systems – Land Systems SA

Commissioning support: Rooikat weapon platform

EAMS/2008/70 4 Sep 2008 R1 377 192,00 BAE Systems – Land Systems SA

Commissioning support: Rooikat turret

EAMS/2008/69 4 Sep 2008 R2 419 385,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

System engineering support for the Rooikat operating phase

EAMS/2008/86 21 Aug 2008 R2 631 000,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

Rooikat integrated fire control system spares

EAMS/2008/112 7 Aug 2008 R608 620,00 RDL Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Staff support for the Rooikat product system in the operating phase

EAMS/2008/9 3 Jul 2008 R1 577 986,73 Armscor Defence Institutes (Pty) Ltd

Operating support and periodical repair of turret A-class components – extension of EPTS/2005/640

AMS/S2008/0804 26 Jun 2008 R526 315,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

Rooikat: Hull E-Class items

EAMS/2007/190 20 Dec 2007 R1 486 650,17 BAE Systems – Land Systems SA

Rooikat weapon platform training aids – extension of EPTS/2005/570

AMS/S2007/0766 6 Dec 2007 R103 720,00 BAE Systems – Land Systems SA

Rooikat operating support and periodical repair of IFCS spares – extension of EPTS/2005/621

AMS/S2007/0762 8 Nov 2007 R263 157,00 RDL Technologies (Pty) Ltd

Rooikat Mk 1D SCE/Audit upgrade – extension of ECVS/2006/487

AMS/S2007/0758 1 Nov 2007 R350 878,00 Contracts Logistics Equipment (Pty) Ltd

Continuation of staff support for Rooikat product system in the Operating Phase

ECVS/2007/79 11 Oct 2007 R526 084,00 Armscor Defence Institutes (Pty) Ltd

Rooikat service kits

EAMS/2007/152 13 Sep 2007 R1 297 312,00 Contracts Logistics Equipment (Pty) Ltd

Operating support & periodical repair of turret A-Class components – extension of EPTS/2005/641

AMS/S2007/0742 26 Jul 2007 R701 754,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems

System engineering support for Rooikat – extension of EPTS/2003/207

PTS/S2007/0733 21 Jun 2007 R38 964,49 Armscor Defence Institutes (Pty) Ltd

Rooikat Mk 1D SCE Audit/upgrade

ECVS/2006/487 1 Feb 2007 R747 552,00 Contracts Logistics Equipment

Rooikat: support equipment

ECVS/2006/412 24 Jan 2007 R300 307,45 Contracts Logistics Equipment (Pty) Ltd



Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Land Systems