Mar 15, 2011
New Badger fighting vehicle to be assembled in South AfricaBack
Denel|Denel Land Systems|Patria|Finland|South Africa|Honey Badger|Stephan Burger
© Reuse this
The Badger has been selected to fulfill the army’s Project Hoefyster (Horsehoe) requirement to replace the 35 or so year old Ratel (Honey Badger) IFV. The Hoefyster programme is worth more than R8-billion.
The Badger is a combination of a South African-modified version of the Finnish Patria AMV vehicle and a South African turret, developed by DLS and designated the LCT30 (there are five versions of the turret – section, fire support coordination, anti-tank missile and mortar).
“Only the initial batch of vehicles will be imported from Finland, as part of our artisan and engineering training to build the vehicles,” explained DLS CEO Stephan Burger to Engineering News Online.
“Thereafter the vehicle manufacture will be transfered to South Africa with only some key components – for example differentials and wheel stations, whose production in South Africa is not viable due to the limited numbers involved in the Hoefyster project – supplied by Patria and the engine and gearbox commercially [sourced] off-the-shelf from local distributors.”
DLS’ standard procedure is to manufacture only strategic components and subsystems in-house, out-sourcing the manufacture of all other components and subsystems to some 100 South African companies, plus a few international suppliers. “For the Badger vehicle, we will source almost all components from local industry and assemble the vehicle locally in our existing and under-utilised facility.”
DLS has assembled vehicles in the past and has a production line available. “We are a Level Five systems house whose core capabilities include design, development, manufacture/assembly and support of complex landward mobility and firepower systems, mainly for the SANDF [South African National Defence Force] and for selected export markets,” he pointed out.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
Road and Rail 2013: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2013 Report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move...
Liquid Fuels 2013 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Liquid Fuels report examines South Africa’s liquid fuels market, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing,...
Projects in Progress - Second Edition (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s second Projects in Progress supplement considers some of the major project developments under way, including high-profile energy and transport projects, as well as a few of the lower-profile public and private developments. What remains apparent is...
Water 2013: A review of South Africa’s water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2013 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Canadian Mining Roundup for June 2013 (PDF Report)
The June 2013 roundup includes details of the development of TSX-V-listed Aldridge Minerals’ flagship Yenipazar polymetallic project, in Turkey; the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s renewal of Cameco’s uranium mining licence pertaining to the Cigar Lake...
This Week's Magazine
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) has introduced a 4x2 derivative of its Pajero Sport sports-utility vehicle (SUV), which will give it access to a substantial slice of the full-size SUV market, where it will compete with the likes of the Ford Everest, Chevrolet...
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins has affirmed that the government wants the country to be globally competitive in the nuclear sector. "Our responsibility has always been ... to ensure that, in nuclear energy, South Africa can compete with the rest of the...
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) president and CEO Dr Martin Zimmermann describes the new S-Class as “a special place to be”, with the car creating a sense of “wellness” once you are seated inside the German brand’s flagship model. It is difficult to argue...
Water scarcity and water-quality issues are broadly recognised and understood in most political, business and civil organisations in South Africa, but solving water issues will require wide and continuous action in catchments and municipalities by organisations and...
Work is well under way on the R212-million Imvutshane dam, 30 km north-west of Stanger, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is a key link in supplying people in rural Maphumulo with a reliable source of safe drinking water.