With a long-standing presence in the Middle East market, South Af rica’s state-owned Denel (Stand 12-C15) believes the region is poised for rapid growth, hence the group’s strong presence at IDEX.
“This region is very familiar with the quality of Denel’s products, especially in the fields of artillery, armoured vehicles and munitions,” said Zwelakhe Ntshepe, acting chief executive, “and we intend building on this reputation by featuring our capabilities.”
This view is supported by the UAE’s recent public display at the 45th National Day parade in December 2016 of its N35 armoured vehicles, based on Denel’s RG35 now manufactured by NIMR Automotive. The vehicle is produced at the Tawazun Industrial Park following acquisition of 60 per cent of NIMR by Tawazun Holdings.
Last year Denel announced the sale of 24 RG31 mobile mortar platforms to the UAE, following delivery of 73 vehicles already in service with the UAE Armed Forces. The follow-on contract through UAE-based International Golden Group (IGG) required Denel to make some improvements to the vehicle’s performance and reliability.
Denel’s latest annual report shows that to date 600 Al Tariq precision-guided weapons, developed by Tawazun Dynamics, have been delivered to the UAE under the Mbarc I and Mbarc II programmes. Tawazun Dynamics is a joint venture between Tawazun Holdings (51 per cent) and Denel (49 per cent), formed in 2012 when a contract worth $490 million was simultaneously announced to produce the flagship Al Tariq product, which has been successfully integrated on the UAE’s Dassault Mirage 2000-9 fighter jet. Hamad al Marar, general manager, was reported as saying the 100km range weapon could later be integrated on platforms such as the Lockheed Martin F-16E/F Desert Falcon.
Denel’s display also includes the Umkhonto-EIR surface-to-air and A-Darter missiles, as well as the Ingwe and Mokopa surface target missiles. Umkhonto and Ingwe have now been supplied to clients in the MENA region.
The recently announced Cheetah surface-to-air missile manufactured by Denel and Rheinmetall Defence Munitions (RDM), which offers counter-RAM (rocket, artillery and mortar) capabilities, features at the Rheinmetall Air Defence stand. Innovative infantry weapons on display are the iNkunzi PAW20 semiautomatic weapon and its 20x42mm ammunition manufactured by Denel, a range of 60mm mortar systems, the potent NTW 20 anti-materiel rifle and the new DMG-5 machine gun.