Sep 18, 2012
SA company gun turrets now ready for marketBack
Engineering|Pretoria|Africa|BAE Systems Group|BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa|Defence|Design|Land Systems SA|System|Systems|Africa|South Africa|United States|Mm Turret|Tactical Remote Turret|Logistics|Products|Systems|Gerrie Van Der Merwe|Johan Steyn|South Africa
© Reuse this
That these two systems were under development had previously been revealed by the company, but it also unveiled new versions of both on Tuesday.
"These two products were designed from the basics, from a clean sheet of paper, over the past three years," Land Systems SA MD Johan Steyn told Engineering News Online. "We have completed the design, engineering tests and qualification."
"What makes us proud is that these turrets are South African technology, designed by South African engineers," he added. "Designed by us, funded by us. We're talking millions of rands of investments in these two turrets. It shows our shareholders are prepared to invest. The funds were generated within the South African business, but these investments were welcomed and supported by the wider BAE Systems group."
SDROW stands for Self-Defence Remotely Operated Weapon, which is intended as a self-defence system for logistics and light utility vehicles. It is designed to mount a 7.62 mm light machine gun, and is adaptable for different makes of this category of weapon. The new version can also mount special versions of 12.7 mm and 20 mm guns, developed in South Africa by the New Strike company, which are 12.7 x 76 mm and 20 x 42 mm weapons.
TRT is the abbreviation for Tactical Remote Turret, which can mount 25 mm or 30 mm cannons (the latter version was unveiled to the media on Tuesday). The 30 mm version of the TRT can also carry two anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), a number of different types of which have been, or can be, integrated with the turret.
The TRT on display at the African Aerospace and Defence 2012 exhibition in Pretoria is fitted with two Russian Konkurs ATGMs.
Land Systems SA carried out live firing demonstrations of both turrets to the media on Tuesday at a military firing range north of Pretoria. The TRT 30 mm turret demonstrated was armed with a Russian 2A42 cannon and was mounted on an Iklwa (arrow) armoured vehicle (an upgraded Ratel infantry fighting vehicle). The SDROW demonstrated was equipped with a 7.62 mm light machine gun and mounted on a Land Systems SA RG32 Light Tactical Vehicle.
"Russian weapons are of great interest to many potential customers," explained Land Systems SA Dynamics business development manager Gerrie van der Merwe.
"The TRT is highly stabilised and can do observation and firing on the move. Both turrets are fitted with our rapid target designation function, which is unique and was developed by us."
Neither turret contains any systems which are subject to US export control regulations.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Defence News
JSE-listed communications and defence antenna manufacturer Poynting’s interim results for the period ended December 31, 2014, show that the company has increased turnover for continuing operations by 101% after disposing of its loss-making segments. It posted profits...
Recently established Denel Integrated Systems and Management (Denel ISM) has formed an alliance with GEW Technologies, a South African subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, part of Europe’s Airbus group. The alliance is intended to pursue future electronic warfare...
No fewer that three of the development projects being carried out by local missile, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellite company Denel Dynamics (part of the State-owned Denel group) are coming to an end and being transformed into industrialisation and...
Recent Research Reports
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 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.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 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 road...
This Week's Magazine
Updated 5 hours ago Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
Updated 5 hours ago After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
Updated 5 hours ago South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
Updated 5 hours ago The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Updated 5 hours ago Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments.