Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

South Africa shows armour capability [AAD16D3]

16 September 2016

One of the highlights of Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016 is the mobility demonstration, during which armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) are put through their paces.

These include AFVs currently deployed by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) plus other AFVs that have been developed for the export market.

In addition to the Olifant main battle tank, the SANDF is showing its Ratel (6x6) family of vehicles, which will soon start to be replaced by the Denel Vehicle Systems Badger (8x8) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) as well as a number of more specialised versions.

The IFV is fitted with a Denel Land Systems turret armed with a 30mm cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

Badger is a further development of the Finnish Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle, which has been optimised to meet the requirements of the SANDF.

South Africa is also showing its extensive range of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles. As a result of mergers and acquisitions, Denel Vehicle Systems is the largest contractor for AFVs in South Africa.

Paramount has also expanded its capability with its Mbombe family of wheeled AFVs, with the latest Mbombe 8 (8x8) vehicle being unveiled for the first time in South Africa.

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