SA govt orders R183 million in munitions

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The South African government has ordered ammunition and pyrotechnics worth R183 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, worth R183 359 824.21 have principally been placed with state arsenal Denel subsidiaries Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) and Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM).

Armscor is the state arms acquisition agency that places orders on behalf of the SA National Defence Force, the police and the prison service. It is not clear from the site for which of these the orders were placed. The context suggests the bulk of the munitions are destined for the SA Army.

Much of the money will be spent on ammunition ranging from 5.56x45mm ball used by the R4 and R5 assault rifles to 7.62x51mm ball, 12 bore shotgun rounds, 40mm grenades for the Milkor Y2 multiple grenade launcher and Denel Y3 automatic grenade launcher, 76mm rounds either for the Rooikat armoured car or the Valour-class frigate as well as 105mm rounds for the Olifant main battle tank.

Pyrotechnics ordered included signal rockets, the so-called “1000 foot flares”, “pencil flares”, No 83 smoke grenades and 37mm signal as well illuminating cartridges. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research won a R3 million order for “detonics ballistics and explosive laboratory support” while RDM is being paid R1 million to rework 89mm (25 pounder) cartridges for the G1 gun-howitzer to a blank configuration for ceremonial purposes.

Pic: A worker with 12.7x99mm cartridges during ammunition manufacture at PMP in Pretoria. 

Ammunition

Reference

Order

Date

Value

Awarded to

ESCW/2009/285

Procurement of rounds 40 mm high velocity: high explosive dual purpose, practice tracer

21 Dec 2009

R38 757 050.00

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

ESCW/2009/278

Procurement of round 7,62 mm x 51 mm 4B/1T Vickers

21 Dec 2009

R5 093 752.50

Denel PMP

Pretoria

SCW/S2009/1378

12 Bore ammunition – extension of ESCW/2005/550

21 Dec 2009

R262 287.00

Formalito (Pty) Ltd Pretoria

ESCW/2009/274

Supply of 12 Bore baton double ball

10 Dec 2009

R26 775 000.00

National Cartridges

t/a Suburban Guns

Plumstead

ESCW/2009/279

Procurement of round 5,56 mm x 45 mm ball

10 Dec 2009

R17 579 999.73

Denel PMP

Pretoria

EAMS/2008/613

Procurement of 105 mm high explosive tracer ammunition

12 Nov 2009

R19 293 875.73

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Potchefstroom

EAMS/2008/492

Procurement of 76 mm high explosive double driving band ammunition.

12 Nov 2009

R19 291 644.18

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Potchefstroom

ESCW/2009/282

Procurement of 9 x mm Parabellum rounds

12 Nov 2009

R174 028.18

Denel PMP

Pretoria

ETMG/2006/666

Round 12.7 mm M3M linked, packed and palletised.

5 Nov 2009

R1 064 880.00

Denel PMP

Pretoria

ESCW/2009/146

Procurement of round 12,7 mm x 99 mm ball belted

15 Oct 2009

R13 475 840.00

Denel PMP

Pretoria

ESCW/2009/214

The procurement of round 5,56 mm x 45 mm ball

15 Oct 2009

R9 228 763.17

Denel PMP

Pretoria

ESCW/2009/238

The procurement of round 9 x 19 mm ball, round 5,56 mm ball, cartridge 12,7 mm 4B/1T belted, cartridge 12,7 mm 4 API/1API tracer

1 Oct 2009

R2 189 636.18

Denel PMP

Pretoria

ESCW/2009/73

Round 7,62 x 51 mm ball belted, round 5,56 x 45 mm ball and round 9 x 19 mm ball

27 Aug 2009

R2 899 257.97

Denel PMP

Pretoria

Pyrotechnics

Reference

Order

Date

Value

Awarded to

ESCW/2009/289

Procurement of rocket hand green, yellow, red and illumination

10 Dec 2009

R16 243 883.00

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

ESCW/2009/288

The procurement of pistol, pyrotechnic 15 mm, pencil type

21 Dec 2009

R500 000.00

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

ESCW/2009/286

Procurement of cartridge signal, 15 mm, M2A1 in sets of 9

21 Dec 2009

R871 802.00

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

ESCW/2009/290

Procurement of Thunderflash, M1A1

21 Dec 2009

R350 000.00

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

ESCW/2009/277

Procurement of grenade hand smoke green, yellow, red and illumination grenades

21 Dec 2009

R4 813 750.00

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

EDWU/2009/345

Procurement of grenade hand smoke no 83 green, red, yellow and grenade hand illuminating

26 Nov 2009

R175 023.18

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

ETMG/2009/249

Procurement of cartridge signal 37 mm illuminating M1A2

12 Nov 2009

R87 670.00

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

ETMG/2009/324

Procurement of cartridge signal 37 mm: green, red and illuminating M1A2

12 Nov 2009

R131 511.60

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions

Somerset West

Other

Reference

Order

Date

Value

Awarded to

EPMS/2009/352

Detonics ballistics and explosive laboratory support

21 Dec 2009

R3 070 175.44

CSIR

Pretoria

EAES/2009/109

Rework of 88 mm cartridges to blank configuration for ceremonial purposes

22 Oct 2009

R1 029 994.35

Rheinmetall Denel Munitions



Somerset West