Month: July 2017

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

Rippel Effect MSGL40 MGL

The Rippel Effect compact lightweight 4th generation MSGL40® is a 40mm multi-shot grenade launcher (40mm MGL) for firing 40 x 46mm low velocity grenades as well as less-lethal ammunition not longer than 140mm.

Fully qualified and in production, this 40mm MGL weapon system is ideal for warfighter operations in close quarters combat (CQC), military peacekeeping and law enforcement. Designed as an area weapon, it is best matched with Rippel Effect’s compact all-weather CRAR32™reflex sighting system.

Favored by infantry grenadiers, marines and special operations (SO) forces, it is a true force multiplier, delivering six standard 40x46mm low-velocity (LV) type rounds in less than three seconds at ranges up to 400m (1,300 ft) in a terminal area of 20m x 60m (66 ft x 197 ft). In pinpoint roles the MSGL40® is accurate at ranges up to 150m (500 ft).

It weighs 5 kg, approximately the same weight as most modern assault rifles fitted with an under-barrel grenade launcher.

🇫🇷French GIGN with MSGL40 MGL

Rippel Effect XRGL40 MGL

Rippel Effect designed its handheld 40mm XRGL40®extended range grenade launcher as a lightweight area weapon and force multiplier for extreme firepower and non-lethal applications.

This 4th generation 40mm MGL fires both standard 40 x 46mm low-velocity (LV) type rounds and medium velocity (MV) 40 x 51mm ammunition, as well as less-lethal grenades without reconfigurating the weapon.

Favored by infantry grenadiers, marines and special operations forces in close quarters combat (CQC), it is also ideal for peacekeepers and law enforcement agencies whose operations often preclude the use of excessive force.

Weighing 5 kg (11 lb) the Rippel Effect extended range 40mm MGL is lighter and more compact than any other NATO qualified 40mm MGL on the market today. Despite its light weight, the extended range 40mm MGL’s recoil falls well within the international TOP-3-2-504 specification.

Fully qualified and in service in numerous countries worldwide, the XRGL40® was independently verified to hit targets consistently and accurately at 800m ranges. It can also be used in a pinpoint role at ranges up to 250m. The optimal sighting system for use on the XRGL40® MGL is Rippel Effect’s own electronically programmable multi-velocity GR40® that distinguishes between different ammunition types.

🇵🇪Peruvian soldier with the XRGL40 MGL

Denel LCT 20 Turret

Turret for infantry vehicles. A 20 mm, two (2) man Combat Turret with night lighting capability, electronic sights and target handover between Commander and Gunner.

🇮🇩Indonesian Anoa 6×6 APC with LCT 20 / PK 20 Turret:

Denel Y3 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher

The Denel Y3 AGL is a South African-manufactured automatic grenade launcher currently manufactured by Denel Land Systems. Originally developed by Aram Ltd as the AS88 as a support weapon for infantry, the patent rights were purchased and modified by Vektor, which later became a division of Denel Ltd. Further enhancements included rate of fire upgrade and the addition of a ballistics computer, with final qualification testing taking place in 1998, and operational testing in 2002. The Y3 was launched during the 2003 United Kingdom Defence Systems & Equipment (DSEi) International Exhibition.

The 40mm Y3 AGL can fire a wide range of “high velocity” 40×53mm 40mm grenades linked in belts of 20 or 32. The 40×53mm type grenade is also used by other automatic grenade launchers such as the Mk 19 and Mk 47 Striker and are more powerful than the 40×46mm round used in hand-held launchers.


Kurdish Counter-Terrorism (CT) Unit

South African National Defence Force (SANDF)

Paramount Group Marauder APC

The Marauder is extremely flexible and can be configured as an equipped and armoured personnel carrier or – with the addition of appropriate weapon systems – an effective wheeled combat vehicle. It accommodates a crew of 2 in the front plus 8 fully equipped soldiers in the rear, and is available in a standard or stretched version, with various driveline and armour options.

The Marauder is independently proven to offer mine protection up to 8kg TNT anywhere under the hull and 14kg TNT for a blast under any wheel. Specially designed anti-blast seats prevent injury from the extreme acceleration of a side blast or mine blast under the hull. The cabin and crew compartment are also fitted with a double-skinned spaced armour hull to protect against kinetic attack. Additional armour can be added to protect against specific threats.

🇰🇿Kazakhstan licence-built Arlan APC

🇦🇿Azerbaijan Marauder APC

Force Protection, INC. Cougar APC

The Cougar is an MRAP and infantry mobility vehicle structured to be resistant to landmines and improvised munitions.

It is a family of armored vehicles produced by Force Protection Inc, which manufactures ballistic and mine-protected vehicles. The vehicles are integrated by Spartan MotorsThese vehicles are protected against small armsland mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) using a combination of design features and materials to protect both the crew and engine compartment against a wide range of attacks. A Monocoque type, V-shaped hull extends to the engine bay and serves to direct the blast away from under the vehicle. The dual air-conditioners help keep heavily dressed troops from overheating in temperatures over 100 °F (38 °C) in Iraq.

Force Protection, Inc. was formed in 2002 when Sonic Jet purchased Technical Solutions Group, using the name Sonic Jet until 2004. Technical Solutions Group had been a defense company in the US that was involved in a range of products, including mine-resistant vehicles based on South African designs. A few vehicles were sold to the US Army for evaluation, and a small fleet of heavily protected vehicles were sold to the British Army in 2001.

In 2004, the new Cougar was designed by a small British-led team in the US at Force Protection, Inc., in response to an urgent requirement by the US Marine Corps. This was a new design, developed in the US, based on an evolution of vehicle mine-protection technology used by the South African Army and Rhodesian Security Forces since the 1970s. The very first sketches of the new vehicle were made in late March 2004 in response to those initial USMC inquiries. The rapid development and production that followed was based upon the USMC request that the first vehicle be delivered within 6 months of an order – which was subsequently placed in mid-April 2004 for 27 units.

The new design was called Cougar to provide a degree of continuity with the older designs, but had little in common with them. The former vehicles were almost entirely non-compliant with NATO standards for protection, human factors and safety, which made those designs obsolete. The Cougar was effectively a totally new vehicle which incorporated the latest US-made enhancements, a new hull design and structure, as well as built-in growth potential, including dimensions that allowed for the addition of the latest armor and protection systems.

After leaving the factory, the first vehicle was only trialed by doing some circuits of the company campus and trundling over a few rocks and beams set up by the designer to provide a degree of shake-down testing as well as a demonstration course. Urgent operational requirements dictated that the first unit be shipped to theater as fast as possible and those involved in the project decided that the risk of doing so was outweighed by the advantages of having the vehicle available. The Cougar was fully trialed when it became part of the MRAP program.

The first Cougars were called HEV (hardened engineer vehicle), which became JERRV when the Army joined the program, and then MRAP for political reasons when the requirement for many thousands of units was issued.

Some 4,000 of these vehicles were fielded under the US military‘s MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) and other vehicle programs. US Defense secretary Robert Gates demanded that the vehicles be ordered in larger numbers after the Marines reported in 2004 that no troops had died in more than 300 IED attacks on Cougars. Since then, Cougar vehicles have been hit by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) many times in Iraq with few fatalities. Britain chose the Cougar over the RG-31 Nyala for their “Mastiff” APV.

Official data states that the Cougar is able to withstand a blast of at least 14 kg TNT under a wheel and 7 kg TNT under a belly.

Photo: 🇺🇸US Cougar 6×6 APC / Wikicommons


🇺🇸US Cougar 4×4 APC

Truvelo SR 20×110 Anti Materiel Sniper Rifle

Truvelo has recently added the 20×110 Anti Material Sniper Rifle to its range of small arms. Due to the large calibre, this rifle is absolutely unique  and Truvelo is one of the few weapon manufacturers in the world to design and produce a sniper in this calibre. The rifle tripod mount has built in recoil dampers to help reduce the rifle’s recoil. Due to this the sniper will be able to shoot even this large calibre rifle with ease.

Electronic guidance and communications equipment and GPS and radar systems, which are found on modern tanks and medium to heavy skinned vehicles, can be eliminated with this specialised rifle. Design features include a fully adjustable recoil assembly, adjustable grip, adjustable cheek piece,  stanag picatinni rails and adjustable tripod.