Denel’s growing status in the global defence industry is on display in London this week when the South African technology company is participating in the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi 2015).
Group CEO Riaz Saloojee says Denel has expanded the range of its products and services and improved the capabilities of many of its systems since the last DSEi, the largest international defence exhibition in the world.
New acquisitions and the establishment of a new division, Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime, enabled the group to move deeper into the command and control and cyber security environments. Denel is now listed among the top 100 defence companies in the world and the second-largest in the southern hemisphere.
Denel has a strong global reputation in the landward defence environment, with leading artillery products such as the G5, the Badger infantry combat vehicle developed for the South African Army, and the Casspir mine-protected vehicle range. This position was strengthened with Denel’s recent acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems, a leading manufacturer of protected vehicles, rebranded as Denel Vehicle Systems.
“We now offer clients an integrated, turnkey solution from a landward perspective with our ability to manufacture all vehicle types, covering firepower, mobility and support,” says Saloojee.
The RG21 mine-protected vehicle will be on display for the first time at DSEi. The 4×4 vehicle is designed to look less aggressive than most military vehicles and is ideally suited to be utilised in internal security roles. However, it still provides all-round protection against rifle fire and can withstand a 21kg blast under any wheel or a 14kg charge under the hull.
Denel Land Systems will display its modular combat turret variants equipped with the locally developed GI-30 rapid-fire CamGun and the M10 60mm breech-loading long-range mortar. The GI-30 has an effective range of 4 000 metres and can fire up to 100 rounds per minute.
The Personal Area Weapon – PAW – manufactured by Denel PMP, is an ideal weapon for modern infantry units on the move, including paratroopers and special forces. It can be carried and fired by a single soldier and is most effective against high-value targets such as light-armoured vehicles, thin-skinned transport and machine gun nests.
With a range of more than 10km, the Mokopa precision-guided missile produced by Denel Dynamics is highly rated for its accuracy and explosive power. The missile is being integrated on the AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 helicopter and recently completed a launch clearance trial.
Designed initially as an air-to-ground missile, the latest version of the Mokopa can now be fired from a variety of launch platforms such as land vehicles, shore battery installations and naval vessels.
More than 1 500 exhibitors from 121 countries are displaying their products at DSEi, which started on 15 September at the ExCel Centre in London.