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Defence Ministry adds more artillery to their stock

Denel Vehicle Systems is on track to deliver armoured patrol vehicles and light-weight remote weapon systems to Namibia within the next four months.

In a press statement released this week, it was said that the contract is a substantial one and consists of eight RG32M vehicles and four Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SDROW) weapon stations.

Johan Steyn, CEO of Denel Vehicle Systems, said delivery to Namibia will be completed by the end of March 2017.

The RG32M is a mine-resistant light armoured vehicle that is widely used by peacekeeping forces across the world.

The latest version of the vehicle has been developed by Denel Vehicle Systems for deployment in Namibia, making use of the experience gained from the vehicle’s deployment in other parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans,” he said.

According to him it can operate in a variety of roles and offers an ideal balance of protection and mobility. “The vehicle transports five crew members with their kit and special purpose equipment. The four side doors and roof-mounted hatches allow easy entry and exit for both normal and emergency use,” he added.

According to the statement, the Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon is a lightweight weapon system fitted with a light machine gun. It is designed for easy installation on a variety of vehicles and platforms.

The system can be operated remotely by one crew member from under cover, including all weapon functions such as cocking, safety and firing. Depending on the selected weapon configuration the SDROW is effective against enemy targets at a range of over 600 metres,” they added.

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