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South African Badger ICV contract delayed

03 July 2013

The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) new infantry combat vehicle was approved by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in February, but the contract has yet to be awarded by the state acquisition agency Armscor, according to Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube.

The Badger will replace the Ratel vehicles currently in service with South Africa's regular units. (IHS/Patrick Allen)The Badger will replace the Ratel vehicles currently in service with South Africa's regular units. (IHS/Patrick Allen)

Speaking to journalists at the opening of a new armoured vehicle factory, Gulube did not explain why the programme, known as Project Hoefyster (Horseshoe), had been delayed, but said he expected Armscor to award the contract shortly, without giving a more precise time frame.

Similar delays have affected several projects, causing great inconvenience to the SANDF and making proper equipment planning difficult.



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