The international marketing network of Denel has been combined with the cutting-edge technology of local developers to meet the growing global demand for high speed water craft.
Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime has concluded a strategic partnership with Cape Town company, Hysucat, to develop and market its range of patrol vessels.
The Denel-Hysucat will make its public debut next week at the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition – AAD2016 – held at AFB Waterkloof.
Hysucat, headed by Malan Conradie, developed a Hydrofoil-Supported-Catamaran Hull which offers exceptionally high speed and agility combined with superior fuel efficiency. This technology has already been applied across a range of water craft.
Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Acting Group CEO of Denel, says the partnership with Hysucat forms part of the company’s efforts to develop and support innovations in the maritime environment. The technology is uniquely South Africa and Denel adds value through its well-established global marketing network and ability to provide complete, life cycle support.
Denel is confident that it will be able to market, sell and support Hysucat to international clients where it can be deployed on both inland lakes and rivers and along coastlines.
Hysucat was established following research at the University of Stellenbosch into the application of hydrofoil technology in the marine racing and leisure environments. The technology has since been extended for security and military applications with some products already in use by police and defence forces.
Hysucat brings a fast and stable weapon and radar platform and offers clear competitive advantages in terms of affordability and through life cycle costs.
The Denel-Hysucat can provide bullet proof areas to protect the crew with advanced remote-controlled weapon systems that be operated from the safety of the cabin.
It also offer a much longer operational range compared to conventional craft due to its efficient design. Specialised ambulance models are offered to emergency services looking for a stable and more comfortable ride on the water for patients and medical personnel.
Denel and Hysucat are also collaborating with Reutech Solutions to integrate suitable weapons onto the craft – such as the popular 12.7mm machine gun with its remote weapon stations.
Ntshepe says Denel ISM was established in response to the recommendations of the 2014 Defence Review to grow the country’s maritime defence sector and develop sovereign security solutions.