Denel is in the process of delivering 17 truck-mounted ambulances to the South African Medical Health Services.
Stephan Burger, CEO of Denel Land Systems, says the ambulances form part of a R20 million contract for military ambulances, mounted on refurbished Samil 20 trucks. This follows a recent delivery of wide-body ambulances, based on the Casspir mine-protected vehicle, to the United Nations in Somalia.
The contract for the South African ambulances is managed by Land Mobility Technologies (LMT), a subsidiary of Denel.
Burger says the acquisition of LMT in 2012 has significantly expanded Denel’s range of vehicles and products, which can meet the requirements of local and international land forces. It added a capacity for mine-protected vehicles, hulls and cabs, as well as product testing, simulations, maintenance and support of other products within the Denel Group.
It also places Denel in a better position to supply armoured vehicles and trucks to the SA Army under its projects Vistula and Sepula. In terms of these contracts, the SA Army will acquire new logistical and support trucks (Vistula) and armoured personnel carriers (Sepula).
Burger says LMT is a major subcontractor on Denel Land Systems’ current contract to build the Badger, infantry combat vehicle for the SA Army. LMT provides the flat floor landmine protection kit for the 238 locally-designed vehicles to be delivered to the SA Army over a 10-year period.
Among LMT’s other products are the Gecko 8×8 tactical vehicle, used by the SANDF, armoured truck cabs, the AV55 and AV91 light-protected vehicles and explosive ordnance disposal vehicles. LMT’s protected cabs are manufactured for Mercedes Benz in Germany and used by at least three NATO countries in areas such as Afghanistan.