Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) is supplying its LM5 armoured vehicles to two African countries, with deliveries due to be completed in February 2017.
The contracts were signed in the current financial year, according to Johan Steyn, Acting CEO of LMT. Due to the terms of the contracts, he could not disclose who the customers are, but said they are both in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
The LM5 vehicle was developed for border patrol or convoy security missions with protection up to EN1063 B6, according to LMT. The vehicle is powered by a twin-turbo 4.5 litre V8 diesel engine (although a petrol is an option), giving the five ton vehicle a top speed of 140 km/h and range of 600 km.
Up to eight people can be accommodated inside and enter and egress via five entry/exit points located on the vehicle sides and rear, plus an emergency roof escape hatch. The roof escape hatch can be outfitted with a 360° rotational turret with various gun mounts and there are eight gun ports around the vehicle.
The LM5 is based on a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 chassis and drivetrain for ease of maintenance and repair. The LM5 is the International Armoured Group (IAG) JAWS armoured personnel carrier that is sold by LMT in Africa, as LMT is the agent for IAG in the SADC region. It is built in the United Arab Emirates.
Steyn told defenceWeb that LMT has completed deliveries of its LM8 armoured vehicles to the Middle East and should complete LM13 deliveries by mid-2017. According to the latest Denel annual report, 79 LM8 vehicles and 24 LM13 vehicles were delivered to LMT’s Middle Eastern client in the 2015/16 financial year.
The client ordered a total of 79 Ford-based LM8 Special Operations Vehicles in a contract worth R171 million, and 60 4×4 LM13s worth R611 million. The 12 ton LM13 is a clean sheet design powered by a 400 hp diesel engine and featuring landmine, ballistic and IED protection. It is offered in armoured personnel carrier, armoured ambulance and command and control versions.
Steyn said LMT is pursuing several other opportunities in the Middle East region for LM13 and LM14. The LM14 low cost armoured personnel carrier is a company funded venture that was developed in nine months using rapid prototyping principles, with the first prototype being rolled out in September last year.
The LM14 carries eight troops in addition to a driver, commander and a gunner, with all ten having firing ports. Turrets can be mounted on top and the vehicle features ballistic and mine protection. In addition to armoured personnel carrier configuration, the LM14 is also offered in armoured ambulance and command and control configurations.
LMT recently unveiled its Meerkat retractable weapons station, which retracts partially into the vehicle it is mounted on while the remainder is protected by armoured clamshell doors mounted on the vehicle roof.
The 350 kg Meerkat system mounts the 110 kg Denel Mechatronics Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SDROW) station, which can be fitted with 5.56 or 7.62 mm machineguns or the Denel PMP Inkunzi Strike 20×42 mm weapon while smoke grenade launchers are fitted to the outside of the clamshell doors.
The Meerkat was displayed during the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition in September and according to Steyn it received positive feedback at the show. “We are following up on a few leads, but no formal contracts yet. It will take a while longer to get this new product into the market,” he told defenceWeb.
According to the latest Denel Annual report, LMT generated revenue of R422 million for the 2015/16 financial year, generating earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of R45 million, compared to R231 million in revenue and R13 million in EBIT for the previous financial year.