With its worldwide reputation for successful detection and identification of explosives, the South African-developed Husky vehicle from DCD Protected Mobility is being shown at AAD as part of the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III display in the static aircraft park.
The US Embassy in Pretoria, which assisted with the participation of that country's air assets, deemed it appropriate to show some South African vehicles inside the huge transport aircraft as an example of interoperability. One of these was the Husky 2G, of which more than 1,400 are operational around the world in service of numerous countries, including the US. Testimony to its success in mine-detection missions is that the Husky has detonated more than 7,000 mines of all types without any operator fatalities.
Significantly, during the opening address of AAD 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa pertinently mentioned the Husky in relation to South Africa's defence industry achievements and contribution:
"The industry is a steady earner of foreign exchange by delivering to the world leading products such as the Husky vehicle for detecting improvised explosive devices," he said.