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SA: Statement by the Denel, South African aerospace and defence technology conglomerate, to feature at the International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi (06/02/2013)

6th February 2013


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Denel will strengthen its marketing campaign in the Middle East and Africa through a strong presence at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, later this month.

Riaz Saloojee, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Denel SOC says IDEX is the most opportune vehicle for the company to present and demonstrate its products and services to defence decision-makers in the region.  The 2011 IDEX was attended by official delegations from 52 countries.

“We have identified the Middle East as one of the primary regions for our new marketing drive to grow Denel’s business,” says Mr Saloojee. “At IDEX we will have an opportunity to put some of our flagship products on prominent display and speak directly to potential clients.”

Denel has maintained strong relations with clients in the Gulf region for many years. The G6 self-propelled artillery system, manufactured by Denel Land Systems, is currently in use by the defence forces of the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

In September 2012, Denel Dynamics announced a joint venture with Tawazun Holdings, an investment and defence manufacturing company, owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. The new company, Tawazun Dynamics, is the Middle East region’s first facility for the development, manufacture, assembly and integration of precision-guided systems for conventional air munitions.

The first product jointly developed by Tawazun Dynamics, the Al-Tariq precision-guided bomb kit will make its debut at IDEX.

Denel products will be on display at a number of exhibition stands at IDEX, including being part of the South African pavilion. The focus will be predominantly on missile technology, unmanned aerial vehicle systems, landward defence and turret systems for mechanized infantry.

A scale model of the Seeker 400, the new generation tactical unmanned aerial vehicle system can be seen at the Denel stand. Denel Dynamics will also showcase a range of its tactical missile products – the Mokopa anti-armour system, the Umkhonto-IT surface-to-air missile and the Ingwe laser-guided anti-tank missile.

Denel Land Systems will display scale models of its recently upgraded G6-52. The highly-mobile self-propelled Gun-Howitzer has been upgraded with an increased firing range and ability to fire up to eight rounds per minute.

The company’s range of turret systems that can be fitted to armoured fighting vehicles will also be demonstrated to visitors. Last year, Denel signed a R3.5 billion contract with Malaysia to supply turrets and integrated weapon systems to be fitted to 8X8 armoured vehicles.

The NTW-20 anti-materiel rifle usually attracts great attention at defence exhibitions. The NTW-20 can destroy high-value targets with the pin-point accuracy of a sniper rifle without causing extensive collateral damage to the surrounding environment.

Other infantry weapons manufactured by Denel Land Systems that will be showcased are the SS77, general-purpose machine gun, the SS77 Compact and the GLI-40 (AGL) grenade launcher.

Denel PMP will market its locally developed Neopup 20mm Personal Area Weapon (PAW) which fires bursting munition with remarkable accuracy at high-value targets. The Neopup is a semi-automatic grenade launcher that is carried and fired by a single rifleman and is effective at distances of up to 1 000 metres. PMP is confident that IDEX will attract interest in its weapon.

Mr. Saloojee says Denel will maintain a strong presence at a number of major international defence exhibitions in 2013, especially in the Middle East, South East Asia and South America.



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