LMT wins order for 79 AV91 protected vehicles


South African company Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) has been awarded a contract for the supply of 79 of its new AV91 light protected vehicles, which will be delivered over the next 12 months.

LMT told defenceWeb that the order, valued at R150 million, came from an undisclosed Middle Eastern country. Production will commence from September at LMT’s plant in Waltloo, Pretoria.

Stefan Nell, CEO of LMT, said that his company was successful with the tender because it developed a new vehicle from scratch to suit the client’s requirements, rather than using an existing product that may not have complied with all the customer’s requirements.

The AV91 is a newly developed light patrol vehicle, designed to be both highly mobile on and off road and well protected. It can carry 11 people.

LMT said the order will maintain and create jobs at LMT, and will support a number of LMT’s sub suppliers with work packages.

LMT Holdings is a privately-owned engineering and manufacturing company established in 1999. It builds armoured vehicles, hulls and cabs and also offers product testing, simulations, maintenance and product support.

Some of its products include the Gecko 8×8 tactical vehicle, used by the SANDF, armoured truck cabs, explosive ordnance disposal vehicles, Humvee add-on armour and the AV55 light patrol vehicle. The company is also involved in the South African National Defence Force’s Badger infantry combat vehicle project, providing the flat floor landmine kit used in the vehicle. LMT’s protected cabs are manufactured for Mercedes Benz in Germany and used by at least three NATO countries in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

In September last year Denel announced that it had acquired a majority stake in LMT (51%), with the remainder of the shares belonging to Pamodzi Investment Holdings (29%) and the founding members of LMT (20%). LMT and its design and manufacturing facilities in Waltloo became part of Denel’s specialist landward defence cluster which also includes Denel Land Systems and Denel Mechem.