Category: Denel SOC Ltd

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

Photo: http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/South_Africa/Denel-Bateleur-FV2-MRL.php

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

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.

http://www.deneldynamics.co.za/products/missiles/stand-off-weapons/al-tariq-

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


🇿🇦South African BAE Hawk MK120 during missile tests

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.

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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.

www.denellandsystems.co.za

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denel_Y3_AGL


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Denel LCT 30

The GI-30 is a uniquely externally driven electro-mechanical cannon, utilising a drum cam to cycle the breech to the chamber rounds and extract spent cartridges, thus minimising gasses in the confines of a turret and facilitates controlled firing rate. It is designed to fire link-less 30 millimetre X 173 ammunition through a dual feeder.

As a single-shot weapon, it is also unique for its sniper mode of operation. It is fired from a closed breach position, which offers more accurate fire due to no movement taking place immediately before the round is fired. GI 30 is fully stabilised and has a computerised fire control system that enables targets to be engaged under day & night conditions with high first shot round hit probability even when the vehicle is moving.

Another unique feature of the GI-30 is that of next round selection. Having two feeders, with general ammunition on the right hand and specialist types on the other, the weapon allows the operator to select a specific round, without first firing off or ejecting an unwanted round.

http://www.denellandsystems.co.za/

🇲🇾Malaysian Deftech AV8 Gempita with LCT 30 turret:

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Denel LCT 30 ATGW

The GI-30 is a uniquely externally driven electro-mechanical cannon, utilising a drum cam to cycle the breech to the chamber rounds and extract spent cartridges, thus minimising gasses in the confines of a turret and facilitates controlled firing rate. It is designed to fire link-less 30 millimetre X 173 ammunition through a dual feeder.

As a single-shot weapon, it is also unique for its sniper mode of operation. It is fired from a closed breach position, which offers more accurate fire due to no movement taking place immediately before the round is fired. GI 30 is fully stabilised and has a computerised fire control system that enables targets to be engaged under day & night conditions with high first shot round hit probability even when the vehicle is moving.

Another unique feature of the GI-30 is that of next round selection. Having two feeders, with general ammunition on the right hand and specialist types on the other, the weapon allows the operator to select a specific round, without first firing off or ejecting an unwanted round.

The features of the LCT 30 ATGW proudly boast of the following:

  • 4 x Ingwe 127mm missile launchers integrated (1000mm RHA penetration after ERA)
  • Laser beam riding missile
  • Missile firing on moving targets

http://www.denellandsystems.co.za/

Photo: 🇲🇾Malaysian Deftech AV8 Gempita with LCT 30 ATGW turret

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Denel Rooivalk

Helicopter type : Combat support helicopter
Entered service : July 1999 (fully operational: 1 April 2011)
Company: Denel Aviation
First flight: February 11, 1990; Engineering Development Model: February 17, 1997
Delivered to the SAAF: From 7 May, 1998.
Production: 1990-2007
Numbers: 12 production aircraft built; two prototypes exist in addition.
Crew : 2 men
Roll-out dates:
-Experimental Development Model: January 15, 1990
-Advanced Development Model: 1992
-Engineering Development Model: 17 November, 1996
Dimensions and weight :
-Length : 18.73 m
-Height : 5.19 m
-Main rotor diameter : 15.58 m
-Tail Rotor Diameter : 3.05m
-Weight (empty) : 5910 kg
-Weight (maximum take off) : 8750 kg
Landing Gear :
-Type : Fixed tailwheel type with a single wheel on each unit
-Wheelbase : 11.77m (38ft 7in)
-Wheel Track : 3.00m (9ft 10in)
Power plant and performance:
-Engines : 2 x Turbomeca Makila 1K2 turboshaft engines
-Engine power : Output of 1716 kW per engine, and 1492 kW combined
-Maximum speed : 326 km/h
-Cruising speed : 278 km/h
-Maximum sideways speed: 84 km/h
-Range : 700 km (internal 1469 kg fuel), 1260 km (external fuel tanks)
-Service ceiling : 18,200 feet
-Rate of climb : 13.3 m/s (2,620 ft/799m per min)
-Hover In Ground Effect : 18,200ft (5,547m)
-Hover Out Of Ground Effect : 16,500ft (5,029m)
-Fuel capacity and type : 1469 kg/ Jet A-1

Armament :
-1 × F2 20 mm cannon (740 rounds a minute)
-8 or 16 × Denel Dynamics Mokopa ZT-6 long-range anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) (Range: 8.5-10 KM)
-4 × MBDA Mistral air-to-air missiles (Range: 6 KM)
-38 or 76 × Forges de Zeebrugge (Belgium) 70 mm folding fin aerial rockets (FFAR)

Missions :
-Aircraft escort
-Landing zone/Drop zone protection
-Close air support
-Reconnaissance
-Anti-armour

Survivability :
The Rooivalk has a crash-resistant structure and is designed for stealth with low radar, visual, infrared and acoustic signatures.

Cockpit:
Full glass, stepped tandem cockpits with an environmental control system. The cockpits for the pilot and weapon systems officer (WSO) are equipped with hands-on collective And stick (HOCAS) controls, as well as three LCD displays. The third display is used for threat warning. There is no head-up display, but symbology is displayed on the helmet visor in full colour. The weapon systems officer (WSO) is seated in the front cockpit and the pilot is seated in the cockpit above and behind the WSO. The cockpits, which are fitted with crashworthy seats and are armour-protected.

Avionics :
Fully integrated, dual redundant MIL-STD 1553B-based avionics and weapons system, providing the following management features:
-total mission modes
-target acquisition
-flight control
-health and usage monitoring
-Communications
-threat detection and control
-flight and fuel
-stores management
-accurate navigation

Electronic warfare (Self-defence suite) :
The Rooivalk’s self-defence suite is the fully integrated helicopter electronic warfare self-protection suite (HEWSPS), incorporating radar warning, laser warning and countermeasures dispensing system. The platform uses the IDAS suite from Saab Avitronics. The system is flight-line programmable and in-flight adaptable to match the threat library with the mission’s area of operation.
The radar warner features low-effective radiated power (ERP) / pulse Doppler radar detection beyond radar detection range, ultra broadband frequency coverage, high pulse density handling and internal instantaneous frequency measurement.
The laser warner provides broadband laser frequency coverage to detect and display rangefinding, designating and missile guidance laser threats.
The countermeasures dispensing system, which is operated in manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic mode, is charged with infrared (IR) heat suppressors on the engine exhausts and with chaff (radar jamming material) and flare (to distract IR homing missiles) dispensers.

Sight system:
-Nose-mounted stabilised sight (Main sight system)
The main Rooivalk sight is called the ‘NightOwl’ system and was developed by Société de Fabrication d’Instruments de Mesure (SFIM), later part of SAGEM. Target acquisition and detection are carried out using the nose-mounted stabilised electro- optical sight system. The sight system is equipped with a TV sensor and a forward looking infrared system (giving both day and night capabilities), autotracker, as well as a laser rangefinder and laser designator.

– Dual Helmet-mounted sight displays (HMSD)
A TopOwl helmet-mounted sight display (HMSD) provides the pilot and WSO with a head-up display of information for nap-of-the-earth flight (NOE), and it allows the pilot, if required, to also fire the cannon and rockets. TopOwl incorporates an integrated measurement system for directing an articulated weapon such as the cannon, or air-to-air missile seeker heads. By the use of electromagnetic tracking the pilot can just point his/her head at the target to direct the weapons toward the target. It has an integrated Gen IV image intensifier and FLIR (forward looking infrared) capability and provides transition from day to night use at the push of a button. The TopOwl HMSD was developed by Sextant Avionique (became part of Thales at a later stage).The PNVS (pilot night vision system) was developed by Cumulus (became part of Denel Optronics, and later Cassidian Optronics). Each helmet has two monocular display modules with integrated CRTs that can project both heads-up display symbology and video images directly into the crew member’s line of sight, so the crew retain access to their HMDS symbology whether using NVGs or not and the pilot in control similarly gets real-time imagery from the PNVS allowing him or her to fly low-level Nap-of-the-Earth (NOE) missions in pitch darkness.

Navigation and Automatic Flight Control :
The navigation computer is a hybridised system, using both Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation System inputs.The Rooivalk is equipped with an advanced navigation suite including Doppler radar velocity sensor, Thales Avionics eight-channel global positioning system, heading sensor unit and an air data unit. It also includes radio navigation equipment.
The Automated Flight Control System (AFCS) provides basic stability augmentation. It can also operate in what are termed higher modes, allowing the helicopter to hover automatic- ally, keep flying at certain altitudes automatically, and, in navigation mode, to automatically follow a prescribed route as well as orientating the aircraft to a target as directed by the main sighting system.

Communications :
Reutech Radar Systems ACR500 VHF/UHF radio transceivers and AC500 controller.
The communications suite consists of two VHF/UHF transceivers with FM, AM and digital speech processing, one HF radio with frequency hopping and secure voice and data channels, and an IFF transponder.

http://www.denelaviation.co.za

Photo: 🇿🇦South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Rooivalk
Info by Ryno Joubert

Denel T5-52 155mm Truck Mounted Howitzer

The weapon system is a 155mm, 52 calibre Truck-mounted Gun-Howitzer. The inherent indirect fire flexibility ensures that it can be employed in the traditional gun, howitzer and mortar roles. The weapon system has excellent tactical and road strategic mobility and has a range of 600 km without refuelling at speeds of up to 85 km/h.

The ordnance has been optimised for the 52 calibre 155mm ballistic system. The projectiles are the extended range type and provide an increased range and target effectiveness when compared with existing systems. Using base bleed projectiles, the weapon has a range of 42,5 km at sea level. NATO and other ammunition can be fired, after consultation with the supplier.

The system is powered by a 265 kW turbocharged diesel engine coupled to a 10-speed manual gearbox, and a 2-speed transfer gearbox. A central tyre inflation system is fitted, which allows for the inflation and deflation of the wheels, while both static and on the move.

A hydraulic system, driven by PTO’s on the gearbox, supply hydraulic power for the deployment of the outriggers and the top-carriage hydraulics.

The system carries 27 on board projectiles and 26 on-board charges. A crew of four is needed to bring the gun into or out of action within 60 seconds. In the event that the power unit of the hydraulic system fails, another T5-52 can be used as a back-up system, enabling the crew to bring the T5-52 into action.

The T5-52 has an operating crew of four crew members, and two crew members to prepare and supply the ammunition. The elevating mass consists of the ordnance, the cradle with an integrated buffer system, and the ammunition handling and ramming system.

The ordnance consists of the monoblock barrel fitted with a double baffle muzzle brake, a swing and slide breech mechanism and an electrically activated firing mechanism. The Command and Control System, consisting of the Automatic Laying and Navigation System, Telecommunication System, Muzzle Velocity Radar System and Gun Management Computer are used to lay the gun for indirect fire.

A panoramic optical-mechanical sight is mounted directly to the trunnion, incorporating a compensation system for trunnion cant, which forms a backup for indirect fire. A telescopic sight for direct fire is mounted to the compensation system and gives a direct fire range of up to 3000m.

www.denellandsystems.co.za

Denel Neopup PAW-20 20x42mm Grenade Launcher

The PAW-20 is a hand-held, semi-automatic grenade launcher that fires a 20 mm point detonating round. It holds up to seven rounds in a conventional box magazine, with an effective range of 300–400 meters. It was designed mainly as an anti-personnel grenade launcher for use against opposition closely grouped together or behind light cover. However, it is also compatible with less-than-lethal ammunition.

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