Denel announces latest phase of its offset programme to Malaysia

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South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Friday that its tenth and last offset project for Malaysia, being provided in return for the Asian country’s order for armoured gun turrets and integrated weapons systems for armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), was launched last week. The AV8 contract is the biggest export contract in Denel’s history and the group’s offset obligations total €342-million. The South African turrets and weapons are being fitted to the Malaysian Army’s new 8x8 wheeled AV8 Gempita AFVs, which are based on the Turkish Pars AFV family. (Gempita means Thunder.) The AFV will have about 12 variants and an initial number of 257 have been ordered, of which more than 118 have reportedly been delivered. Denel is providing 69 two-man LCT-30 turrets armed with its GI-30 30 mm cannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun for the AFV30 variant and 54 LCT-30 turrets armed with four of its Ingwe anti-tank missiles in addition to the 30 mm cannon, for the anti-tank variant. It is also supplying 54 remotely-controlled weapons stations. The deal reportedly includes 216 Ingwe missiles.

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