Paramount Group Ahrlac / Mwari / Bronco II

Photo: Armada International

The Bronco II is South Africa’s North American debut of the armed AHRLAC aka Mwari reconnaissance and light attack aircraft, initially being marketed as a contender for the US military’s OA-X light attack fighter program.

It uses a single Canadian Pratt & Whitney PT6A engine.

Aerospace Development Corporation (formerly Ahrlac Holdings) CEO Paul Potgieter – managing the local joint venture between Paramount Group and Aerosud – was also the programme manager for the Denel Rooivalk Attack Helicopter. The Bronco II marks the introduction of the first local military aircraft since the Rooivalk project, which ultimately failed to secure any international sales despite featuring some impressive technological advancements and having come at R&D costs of R10 billion.

The AHRLAC project has been privately funded since its inception in 2009 and is perfectly suited to border patrols, counter-insurgency related work, and even as a light attack aircraft. The armed variant features a 20mm cannon as well as 6 hardpoints for a combination of missiles and general purpose bombs.

The aircraft is reported to cost $10 million per unit while aiming for operating costs of $1000/hour.

The aircraft is currently in production and will be delivered to pre-production customers once completed.

Denel Bateleur FV2 Multiple Rocket Launcher

The Bateleur FV2 is the main Multiple Launch Rocket System of the SANDF artillery arm. Its development started in the early-1980s and ended in 1986, with 51 eventually built and introduced into service in 1989. The Bateleur FV2 is built on a mine protected SAMIL-100 Kwêvoël chassis which features a V-shaped hull to deflect mine blasts. The vehicle is powered by a Magirus Dutz F10L 413F which produces 268hp @2500r/min. The rocket pack can elevate to a maximum of 50° and traverse 90° left and 19° right dependent on the elevation. The rocket launching tubes are grouped in two 5×4 racks. Each tube houses a 127 mm rocket which is 2.95 m long, weighs 62 kg and can reach a maximum of 22km. A full rocket salvo lasts 20 seconds.

Source article: Dewald Venter


Casspir MK3 with M40 Anti-Tank 106mm Recoilless Rifle

The history of the Casspir Mine-Protected Vehicle (MPV) can be traced to the original MK1 MPV built from 1979 onward. By the late 1980’s the requirement for a heavy-duty MPV-platform resulted in the MK3 being designed and qualified. In keeping with its primary requirement the MK3 is field repairable after a TM-57 mine blast, and can handle a maximum blast of 18kg-20kg of TNT or RDX.

An alternative to conventional anti-tank vehicles, the mine-protected and wheeled Casspir MK3 is combined with a US-made Watervliet Arsenal M40 106mm anti-tank Recoilless Rifle. Besides for a troop compartment and a 7.62mm machine gun for self-protection, provision is made to carry 12 HEAT rounds at full capacity.

32 Units were manufactured for the South African Defence Force (SANDF).

Sources: Casspir MPVs / Wiki:Casspir

*Note: Current ownership of the Casspir range belongs to Denel Land Systems : Denel Mechem, although credit for the original Casspir design goes to CSIR – Applied Chemistry Unit that later became MECHEM.

Photo: S.A. Armed Forces Day 2016-Nelson Mandela Bay / By Andrew de la Harpe

Reutech Land Rogue Remote Weapon Station

The Land Rogue remote control weapon from Reutech Solutions is the ideal gyro-stabilised weapon for overhead use on military vehicles that need to reduce risk to the operator as well as remain mobile while under fire. This remote control weapon includes fire direction system software that facilitates accurate firing at moving targets.

It comes standard with a 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun. Malaysia selected this turret for its Deftech AV8 Gempita as a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) variant; 54 units ordered. Malaysia requested a standardized turret comparable to the other Gempita Denel weapon stations, in regards to:

  • The Human machine interface
  • Similar electro-optical sights
  • 76mm Smoke grenade launchers

Source: Reutech delivering Land Rogue turrets for Malaysia

🇲🇾Malaysia Deftech AV8 Gempita Reutech RWS

Reutech RSR 210N 2D Radar

The RSR 210N is a highly accurate multi-purpose 2D radar capable of general surveillance, ship self- defence, gun fire support and helicopter support roles. The system’s light-weight two-axis stabilised antenna is specifically designed to perform efficiently under the harsh environmental conditions encountered in Arctic theatres of operation. Furthermore, the pulse Doppler signal processing facilitates the detection of small, fast moving targets under complex weather, sea and land clutter conditions, thereby enhancing performance in a ship self-defence role. As demanded by true naval radar operation, a robust electronic counter-countermeasures suite ensures capabilities retention even under a hostile electromagnetic environment.

🇳🇴Norwegian Frigate Helge Ingstad (F313) – Radar: top left. Photo: (c) M J Anahory

🇳🇴HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F310) : Reutech RSR 210N radar top right. Photo Source

Denel / Tawazun Al Tariq Precision-guided Bomb Kit

With ranges from 40km to 200km, the Al Tariq is a precision-guided bomb kit that can turn ordinary Mk81, Mk82 and Mk83 bombs into standoff weapons. The development was announced in 2012 as a joint venture between Denel and the UAE’s Tawazun Dynamics. Denel previously worked on the system under the name Umbani.

For guidance you have options of GPS and INS, terminal laser or imaging infrared guidance. With the latter accuracy is increased to a circular error of probability of three metres.

The primary customer is the UAE who have received over 600 units by 2016. It has been integrated onto their Mirage 2000-9 Jet Aircraft.

For further reading:

🇦🇪UAE Dassault Mirage 2000-9 with the Al Tariq on display

🇿🇦South African BAE Hawk MK120 during missile tests

BAE SA / IGG UAE Agrab MK2 120mm Mobile Mortar System

The Agrab MK2 is a South African designed 120mm Mobile Mortar System. It is derived from the BAE RG-31 base combined with the Singapore Technologies Kinetics 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System. It includes navigation and GPS units as well.

The vehicle has mine and ballistic protection. For self-protection it has a .50 calibre rifle and grenade launchers.

A total of 46 bombs can be stored in the carousels. It has a firing range from 8km – and a maximum of over 12km – depending on whether HE or standard Rheinmetall Denel Munitions mortar ammunition is used.

The final product is a joint venture between BAE SA and IGG in the United Arab Emirates. As of 2016 UAE had taken delivery of 96 units.

🇦🇪UAE Agrab MK2 MMS

Ivema Gila MRAP

Ivema was a subsidiary of the Ngwane Group, and the designer of this 4×4 MRAP.

Primarily built as an armoured troop carrier, the Gila has seen use throughout the African continent. It has a top speed of 105km/h and can withstand a blast of 14kg TNT or more under any of its wheels. It is field repairable.

Weapon mounts supported are:

  • 7.62mm, 12.7mm and 20mm.
  • LMGs
  • 40mm Grenade Launchers

Twiga Night Vision Device

Twiga supplies a wide range of night vision and thermal imaging devices suitable for military and police surveillance, observation, anti-poaching and counter-smuggling operations.

The range includes monocular and binocular units which can be fitted onto a head-set, helmet or hand-held.

The night vision range is robust and meets the demands of desert, jungle, offshore and vehicle operational requirements.

Twiga also supplies the Thermoteknix range of thermal fusion devices.

The thermal imaging devices are based on state of the art 50hz technology.


  • Hand held and on-head strap for hands-free operations
  • Light weight – maximum weight of 680g
  • Universally available `AA` batteries
  • Momentary IR switch
  • Quick-release lever to permit one-handed attachment / detachment from helmet or headset
  • Flip-up / flip-down position
  • 32 – 64 line-pair (LP) resolution

Twiga Rugged Boat Range

Twiga supplies the Rugged Patrol Boat range which are fabricated from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) making them virtually indestructible water platforms. These rugged boats are perfectly suited to working in harsh environments and under demanding conditions.

The Rugged Patrol Boat range can be fitted with outboard motors, inboard diesel motors or jet drives. Rugged Patrol Boats are fitted with client-specified ancillary equipment to meet the end-user operational requirements. These boats are used for fast-boat operations, wild life riverine patrols, off-shore interception, scuba-dive support and logistics supply.

850 Rugged Military Patrol Boat