Denel Vehicle Systems ships first RG-31s to UAE
Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) has shipped the first batch of RG-31 mine-resistant vehicles to the UAE Armed Forces. The UAE ordered 24 of these vehicles in June last year. The 24 vehicles are configured as Mobile Mortar Platforms (MMPs) and were ordered via the International Golden Group (IGG). The first batch of eight vehicles was shipped off to Abu Dhabi where IGG will fit further customised equipment (including mortars) required by the client. Denel Vehicle Systems is currently producing the second batch that will undergo further testing by the client within the next two months. Denel Vehicle Systems in a statement issued today said the 24-vehicle order follows on the successful delivery of 73 vehicles that are already in service with the UAE Armed Forces. In terms of the follow-on contract Denel Vehicle Systems was required to make some 30 improvements to the performance and reliability aspects of the vehicle based on assessments in the operational environment. The client recently visited Denel for static acceptance of the vehicles as well as dynamic testing conducted at Armscor’s Gerotek test facilities in Pretoria West. “The vehicle was put through rigorous testing and met all the expectations and requirements of the client,” said Johan Steyn, CEO of DVS. The 4x4 RG31 MMP has a range of 800km at a speed of 80m/h and carries a crew of 4 people, including the driver. BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa was taken over by Denel to become Denel Vehicle Systems in April 2015. The company has over a billion Rand’s worth of contracts, including a R900 million contract to produce N35 (RG-35) vehicles in collaboration with the UAE's NIMR. DVS has not dropped any vehicles since the takeover by Denel, with the core lineup being the RG-12, RG-31, RG-32, and RG-21. Locally, the company supplies gunner and commander sights for the South African Army’s new Badger infantry fighting vehicle manufactured by Denel Land Systems.