Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

Badger nears production [AAD142]

18 September 2014

Denel Land Systems (DLS) (Hangar 2, Stand D1 to D6) is showing one of five Engineering Development Model (EMD) Badger infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) fitted with its latest LCT anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) turret for the first time at AAD 2014.

DLS was finally awarded a contract for 238 Badger IFVs and variants for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in 2013 as a replacement for the currently deployed Ratel IFV, which was designed more than 40 years ago.

The first five Badger EMDs are now completing their trials and the production line is now being established.

Of the 238 Badgers on order, the first 18 hulls are coming from the Patria production line in Finland and the remainder will be manufactured in South Africa.

The Badger is a development of the Finnish Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) (8x8), but has many improvements to meet the requirements of the SANDF, including a much enhanced protection package, especially against mines.

All the Badgers are fitted with the DLS LCT two-person modular turret in various configurations to reduce through life-cycle costs. The Badger IFV has the LCT30 turret armed with a DLS GI-30 30mm dual-feed stabilised cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun (MG).

The LCT ATGW has two Denel Dynamics Ingwe 5,000m-range laser-guided missiles either side and a 7.62mm MG.

The other two versions are LCT command armed with an MG and an LCT mortar armed with a long-barrelled DLS M10 60mm breech-loaded mortar and a 7.62mm MG.

DLS has already secured its first order for a version of this family of modular turrets, with two versions being selected for the DEFTECH AV8 family of 8x8 vehicles now in production for the Malaysian Army.

Malaysia is getting 68 AV8s fitted with a twoperson turret armed with a 30mm cannon and 7.62mm coaxial MG and 54 fitted with the LCT ATGW turret armed with two Ingwe ATGWs either side plus a 7.62mm MG.

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