South Africa holds position as leader in defence technology

CAPE TOWN, June 7 (ANA) – A new armoured vehicle unveiled at the Kazakhstan Defence Exhibition this week is reported to have drawn a lot of international attention and confirmed South Africa’s position as a global leader in armoured vehicle and landmine protected technologies.

Nico de Klerk, director for global marketing at South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group, told the African News Agency (ANA) on Tuesday that Paramount already worked with more than 30 governments around the world supplying peacekeeping operations, air forces, navies, land forces, police forces and internal security institutions.

Paramount, which was founded in 1994 in South Africa, announced on Monday that it had unveiled a new generation eight-wheeled armoured vehicle in Astana during the annual Kazakhstan Defence Exhibition.

“The technologically superior Mbombe 8 infantry combat vehicle represents the pinnacle of land system innovation,” according to Paramount.

“It was designed to meet the worldwide demand for sophisticated and affordable military equipment that provides unrivalled protection for land forces personnel in an era of unprecedented asymmetrical threats and conflict.”

Paramount’s executive chairman Ivor Ichikowitz said: “We have built a reputation for pushing the boundaries and pioneering armoured vehicles that are groundbreaking in their design, protection levels and mobility.

“South Africa has been leading the world in armoured vehicle and landmine protected technologies for decades. We have a truly remarkable skills base. We are home to some of the best engineers in the world who have developed technologies that are used globally to save lives daily,” Ichikowitz added.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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