IVEMA Gila has export success

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Ngwane Group subsidiary IVEMA has delivered six Gila 4×4 mine-resistant armour-protected (MRAP) personnel carriers to Senegal for deployment to Darfur, Senegalese media reports.

The vehicles were delivered to the Senegalese Gendarmerie on July 3 during a ceremony in Dakar.

The MRAPs will be assigned to the Senegalese contingent of the civil police of hybrid United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur known as UNAMID.

Senegal is in the process of deploying a public order “formed police unit” (FPU) to Darfur. Each of these requires six armoured vehicles. UNAMID is meant to muster as many as 17 FPUs.

The Johannesburg, South Africa-based company could not comment on the deal or confirm that more are pending.  

The Senegalese order is not Gila`s first success. The Engineering News reported in April 2007 that the company had won an export order for 12 to an unidentified African country for an undisclosed amount. Indications are this was Nigeria.

The monocoque hulled C130-transportable Gila weighs in at 9.7mt and can carry a payload of 2.2mt to a maximum speed of 105km/h. The Gila is 6.7m long, 2.5m wide and 2.75m high with a 3.8m wheelbase.

It is designed to survive a blast in excess of 14kg of TNT under any of its wheels and is repairable in the field at low cost following blast damage.

The vehicle provides NATO STANAG Level 1 ballistic protection, meaning it is proof against fire from small arms firing 7.62x51mm NATO ammunition. Add-on armour can raise this to Level 3.