Cheetah fighter jets, Puma helicopters, armoured vehicles and artillery shells will provide the backdrop for a unique weekend of paintball and simulated warfare hosted by Denel.
Paintball warriors will be able to crawl through helicopter hulls and take cover behind abandoned tanks, while navigating the battlefield in the first ever Denel Combat Tournament.
This will be the first time decommissioned military vehicles and aircraft will be utilised to simulate battle ground conditions, adding new dimensions to the sport of paintball, says Vuyelwa Qinga, Group head: Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Denel.
The two-day tournament will also create greater awareness about the products that have been designed and manufactured by Denel and used by the South African National Defence Force to protect the country’s citizens and territorial integrity. “Participants will be able to experience Denel in a fun and interactive way,” she says.
On Friday – 21 August – teams representing top names in the defence industry, such as Truvelo, Selex, Thales, GAC Laser, Aselsan, Redeployable Camp Systems SA and Armscor will put their skills to the test against divisions in the Denel Group and SANDF units for a day-long tournament.
A section of the Denel Land Systems Campus in Lyttelton has been turned into a paintball battlefield, with the decommissioned armoury used as obstacles and strategic hideouts.
On Saturday, members of the public, from paintball die-hards to novices, will engage in combat at the same venue. The focus is on fun and battlefield strategy, but it will enable people to get a closer look at some of Denel’s products and understand its business and be informed about the contribution that Denel makes to the South African hi-tech manufacturing industry.
Regular paintball rules are applicable. All participants are required to wear the protective gear and safety marshals will be deployed to protect the interest of competitors. More information about the event is available on the Web site: http://www.denelwargames.co.za/.