Badger reaches Product Baseline One milestone
Late January saw the first real major project milestone in the production process of the SA Army’s new infantry fighting vehicle – the Badger. “We have reached the stage of Product Baseline One (PBL One),” an elated Stephan Burger, Denel Land Systems (DLS) chief executive, said. This milestone comes on the back of extensive testing, including an especially arduous one, called “bush break”, when test drivers use the vehicle to break through dense bush, which would ordinarily be impenetrable to the man on foot. Burger reports that the Badger, which underwent the test, one of 18 units currently at DLS in Lyttelton, Centurion, came through with flying colours. “We have done everything possible to get to this stage of the project, where PBL One is a reality, and from now on it really is all systems go, both on the product and the various systems and sub-systems that go into it,” he said, adding other aspects of eventual operational use by the landward arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), such as training and maintenance, were also always part of the overall project management.