The South African Army has deferred the acquisition of trucks and armoured vehicles to replace its Samil and Casspir fleets under Projects Sepula and Vistula as it explores domestic refurbishment and production.
This is according to Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Vusimuzi Masondo, who said the reason for the deferment of Vistula is that the Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) wanted to commission an investigation by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to look at the possibility of using existing intellectual property to renew the Samil fleet.
The Army has been speaking to the CSIR, which is ready to investigate the matter and send its findings to the Chief of the SANDF.
Masondo noted that most defence acquisition projects are only partially and not wholly funded, such as Sepula and Vistula.
Project Vistula aimed to replace the Samil 50/100 4×4/6×6 truck fleet and Project Sepula aimed to replace the Casspir and Mamba armoured personnel carrier fleets. Vistula and Sepula attracted a number of international vehicle manufacturers, such as Mercedes-Benz, Navistar, BMC, Renault Trucks Defence, Iveco Defence Vehicles, Rheinmetall Mann and Ashok Leyland.
At one stage it was believed Vistula would involve around 5 000 8×8, 6×6 and 4×4 vehicles.