Denel’s HOEFYSTER project to supply infantry combat vehicles to the South African Army is creating major opportunities for young engineers and artisans to gain experience on one of the country’s largest ever defence contracts.
Danie du Toit, the Group CEO of Denel says HOEFYSTER will not only rejuvenate the Army’s combat vehicle capabilities but also demonstrate the ability of the local defence industry to manufacture world-class products and systems.
“We are especially proud of the way in which we are integrating the skills and energy of a new generation of engineers at Denel with the experience and know-how of professionals who have worked on this project since its inception,” he says.
In terms of the contract, Denel Landward is responsible for the delivery of five infantry fighting variants and four support variants as well as ammunition, training simulators and an integrated logistic support system.
Du Toit says the development phase of the section variant of the vehicle is nearing completion. A product base line will be established before the end of 2019 leading into the next stage of industrialisation and production.
One of the distinguishing features of the vehicle is its turret design and the integration of its 60mm breech-loaded long-range mortar gun and Ingwe missiles into the system.
Denel’s success in the development of the Badger contributed to the signing of a major export contract with Malaysia to deliver similar infantry fighting turrets to its defence force.
Du Toit says Project HOEFYSTER showcases the value that Denel can add to the South African defence community and the broader engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors.