South African defence giant Denel Group announced that it is “on track” to deliver eight RG32M mine-resistant armoured vehicles to Namibia.
In its official press release, Denel Group stated that Namibia will receive eight RG32M vehicles and four Self-Defence Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (SD-ROW) by the end of March 2017.
Denel Group claims that the value of the contract is “substantial”, though it is not clear if Namibia’s order for eight vehicles is an initial tranche.
The RG32M is manufactured by Denel Vehicle Systems. The 7,500+ kg vehicle has been used by overseas customers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The RG32M’s armour can sustain 7.62×51 mm and 7.62×51 mm armoured-piercing rounds. It can protect the crew from the blast of a DM31 fragment mine.
The SD-ROW is also manufactured by Denel Vehicle Systems (under its Denel Mechatronics branch) and weighs 75 kg and can carry 200 kg in ammunition rounds. It can be fitted with a 5.56 mm or 7.62 mm machine gun. Besides providing short-range self-defence, the SD-ROW can also be utilized offensively.
The SD-ROW can also be fitted with the belt-fed fully automatic Denel PMP Inkunzi Strike 20×42 mm weapon, combined with a thermal night sight and laser rangefinder as well as a day camera and optional shot-detection system. It can fire high explosive (HE) and semi-armour-piercing ammunition, making it an alternative to 40×53 mm automatic grenade launchers but has a higher velocity and flatter trajectory.
Denel says it can fire between 350 and 400 rounds a minute with an effective range of 600 m and suppressive fire capability out to 800 m or 1,000 m against area targets. The kill zone of the 20×42 mm HE round is about 2 m, making the weapon more useable in some situations than 40 mm HE grenades.
It is as yet unclear what weapons Namibia will fit on its SD-ROWs. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec9b5d0eb8cf6eac3b28d2889bba0393a8c186a614f4fbc1fed620ac1badc870.jpg