South Africa is the first export customer for the MILAN ADT. The first batch of firing posts was delivered to South Africa at the beginning of 2008. “With operational evaluation having met with the customer’s full satisfaction, MBDA has now concluded another contract for MILAN ADT,” the company says.
The South African Army has ordered a further 13 Milan ADT firing posts and four simulators under a Project Kingfisher contract worth €10.7 million (about R129.3 million at current exchange rates).
The SA Army and Special Forces ordered about 30 of the antitank guided missile (ATGM) launchers and some simulators I December 2006 at a cost of R167.4 million. The first of these have been deployed at the SA Army Infantry School, to 1 Parachute Battalion and to the Special Forces Brigade. It will also be issued to some motorized infantry units.
Milan-maker MBDA says the new order was awarded on 11 March. “The contract includes the retrofitting of 13 MILAN ADT guidance units with integrated thermal imagers and the supply of 13 further MILAN ADT firing posts and four simulators,” the company says in a statement.
Much of the work will be done by local MBDA partner, Fulcrum Defence Systems.
SA Army doctrine provide for six of these weapons in the antitank platoon of the infantry battalion.