More mortar bombs ordered


The South African Army has ordered more mortar ammunition, adding to the R279 million ordered in recent years. The latest order, placed on Rheinmetall Denel Munitions on July 1, was for R10 705 101.46, taking the total to R289 769 459.56.

The orders are in addition to a May 6 order worth R214.1 million for the acquisition of the Project Acrobat 60mm long-range mortar system and ammunition

The Army has in addition ordered other ammunition and pyrotechnics worth around R194 million since August last year to replenish stocks that have not been significantly augmented since the advent of democracy in 1994. The Armscor tender awards website shows the contracts have principally been placed with state arsenal Denel subsidiaries Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) and Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM).

The SA Army uses three mortar systems – the M1/M4 60mm, M3 81mm and M5 120mm mortar systems in addition to the still to-be-introduced Acrobat weapons that will likely be type-classified the M6.