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Four more Badger ICVs for the Army

Four more Badger ICVs for the Army


28 October 2015 by defenceWeb


The SA Army will ultimately have a fleet of 242 Badger infantry combat vehicles in nine variants as opposed to the original five combat variants according to the 2014/15 Armscor annual report.


The slight increase in the number of vehicles is “a quid pro quo for increasing the advance payment made to industry on the production contract”.


Earlier this year the National Conventional Arms Control committee (NCACC) reported the import of a single armoured personnel carrier (APC) from Finland as part of the Denel Land Systems/Patria Land and Armament partnership to produce the new generation of combat vehicles for the landward arm of the SA National Defence Force. Two APC hulls were also imported.


According to the Armscor public document 21 vehicle platforms will be sourced from the Finnish company with the remaining 221 to be “completely manufactured in South Africa”.


The report continues: “Significant progress was made during the past year with the final phases of the vehicle development programme and a number of major technical challenges were successfully mitigated. It is expected that development will be completed by the end of the 2016/17 financial year and that industrialisation and production can commence without significant delay.”


The 2014/15 financial year saw completion of most of the design, test and evaluation trials of the Badger with the preliminary operational test and evaluation completed in February.


“The locally developed 30mm Camgun performed well during trials and all performance life goals were achieved.


“Development of the mortar and missile variants of the vehicle are planned to lag behind the section variant, and design and test and evaluation trials for these variants are planned to be completed during the 2015/16 financial year. Development of both these variants will be completed by the end of 2016. The concept designs of the signal and ambulance variants were completed in March 2015, while that of the artillery variant will be completed during the 2015/16 financial year,” according to the report.


The year under review also saw three vehicle platform pre-production models manufactured by Patria in Finland with two delivered to South Africa.


Denel Land systems will deliver the new infantry combat vehicles to the SA Army over a 10 year period from the signing of the production contract in November 2013 with final delivery expected at the end of 2022.

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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 07:45
Sagem (Safran) : les caméras thermiques MATIS équiperont les véhicules de combat d’infanterie de l’Afrique du Sud


Eurosatory, Paris-Nord Villepinte, le 19 juin 2014 Sagem


Sagem (Safran) a signé avec Denel Land Systems, un important contrat de caméras thermiques destinées à équiper les véhicules de combat d’infanterie sud-africains de type Badger.


Au titre de ce programme, Sagem produira trois types de caméras infrarouges de la famille MATIS en vue d’équiper les différentes configurations des blindés Badger. Ces véhicules seront dotés de tourelles de 30 mm et de tourelles lance-missiles anti-char.


Les caméras thermiques MATIS ont été conçues par Sagem pour répondre aux besoins opérationnels les plus exigeants des plates-formes de combat opérant dans tous les milieux (terrestres, aériens, maritimes). Par leurs caractéristiques tactiques, elles contribuent aux fonctions d’observation, de reconnaissance d’identification et d’engagement sur des distances de plusieurs kilomètres.


Les caméras MATIS de Sagem se caractérisent par une intégration aisée dans les systèmes d’armes en tourelles et par leur haut niveau de performance démontré à l’occasion d’essais sur le terrain.


La production des caméras thermiques MATIS sera assurée par l’établissement de Sagem à Poitiers.


Au plus près du besoin des forces sud-africaines, Sagem travaillera avec un partenaire local, la société Afrimeasure qui assurera pour une partie, l’intégration finale des caméras, les tests, puis leur maintien en condition opérationnelle.


Leader européen des équipements et systèmes optroniques, Sagem a produit plus de 6 000 caméras thermiques MATIS qui équipent les systèmes d’armes majeurs en France et à l’international.


Sagem, société de haute technologie de Safran, est un leader mondial de solutions et de services en optronique, avionique, électronique et logiciels critiques, pour les marchés civils et de défense. N°1 européen et n°3 mondial des systèmes de navigation inertielle pour les applications aéronautiques, marines et terrestres, Sagem est également n°1 mondial des commandes de vol pour hélicoptères et n°1 européen des systèmes optroniques et des systèmes de drones tactiques. Présents sur tous les continents via le réseau international de Safran, Sagem et ses filiales emploient 7 500 personnes en Europe, en Asie du Sud-est et Amérique du Nord. Sagem est le nom commercial de la société Sagem Défense Sécurité. Pour plus d’informations : www.sagem.com

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20 novembre 2013 3 20 /11 /novembre /2013 18:45
New gallery: Denel Land Systems

20 November 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

Denel Land Systems on November 19, 2013, hosted an open day to present the Badger infantry combat vehicle to the media. Present was a wide variety of Denel land products, including the G5, G6 and 105 mm artillery systems, Casspir 2000 armoured personnel carriers, mortars, cannons, machineguns, assault rifles and armoured trucks. Mechem sniffer dogs put on a demonstration detecting drugs, explosives and landmines. Click here to view the gallery.

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Badger mortar carrying version - Denel Land Systems Badger ICV. photo Guy Martin

Badger mortar carrying version - Denel Land Systems Badger ICV. photo Guy Martin


19 November 2013 by Guy Martin – defenceWeb


The first of 238 Badger infantry combat vehicle will roll off Denel’s production facilities in October 2015, rejuvenating the South African Army’s landward defence capabilities.


Denel received the production contract nearly two months ago from Armscor. Due to delays in ordering the vehicles, the number to be acquired has been reduced from 264 vehicles to 238 as delays pushed up the price tag. The timetable has also slipped slightly, with the first example expected off the production line three months later than was announced last month.


Stephan Burger, the CEO of Denel Land Systems (DLS), said the industrialisation at its facilities in Lyttelton has already started and the manufacturing will commence in early 2015. The full fleet, which will replace the Ratels that are currently used by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), will be delivered by the end of 2022.


“The new Badger ICV is a combination of a locally-designed turret and a Finnish designed vehicle, customised for the unique South African conditions. The system will be produced locally and represents the apex of the South African defence industry,” stated Burger.


“It will provide South Africa’s soldiers with unrivalled firepower, mobility and maximum armoured protection. The SANDF will have an adaptable and flexible vehicle that can be used with equal confidence in both high-intensity warfare and peace support operations.”


Following an open tender process, Denel Land Systems was awarded the contract for the development of a new generation infantry combat vehicle by Armscor in 2007 to replace the 30 year old Ratel fleet.


The first prototype vehicle was delivered to Armscor and the SANDF in 2010. This vehicle is currently being subjected to extensive testing and modifications to meet the changing requirements of the SANDF, Denel said. The R8 billion+ Badger programme will create 2 000 jobs in South Africa, including 200 at Denel Land Systems.


With a budget of R1.3 billion, Denel Land Systems and its sub-contractors have, within five-and-a-half years developed and tested five variants of the Badger, improved its armour capability, developed new weapons for the vehicle, developed crew simulators and logistics support systems.


Burger told defenceWeb that 16 of the 238 Badger chasses will be built in Finland (as the Badger is based on the Finnish Patria vehicle) and the remainder will be made in South Africa, with the transfer of skills and intellectual property (up to 70% of the vehicle will be produced locally).


A notable feature of the Badger is its modular turret system, developed in five variants, namely Section, Command, Mortar, Missile and Fire Support models. A single turret structure, fitted with different weapon modules, will simplify the logistic support and reduce the cost of through-life support, Denel said.


The Badger variants are equipped with either a 30mm externally-driven cam-operated cannon, a locally developed 60 mm breech-loading long-range mortar both developed by DLS, a 12.7mm machine gun or the Ingwe anti-tank missile system developed by Denel Dynamics. These weapon systems are integrated into the DLS turrets. The breech loading mortar is water cooled, allowing a high rate of fire. Burger said it was one of a few such designs in the world but the only type of its size.


“Although the development phase is still in process, we are confident that the Badger will generate considerable international interest in the vehicle and open a number of prospects for future exports that could result in the injection of foreign direct investment into South Africa,” said Burger.


The Badger project has already resulted in Malaysia ordering R3.5 billion worth of turrets and weapons from Denel, developed for the Badger. Burger told defenceWeb that he expects the total Badger system to be exported. He said the vehicle’s uniqueness is a world requirement. Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America are target areas.

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