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AAD 2010 Cape Town South Africa
Africa International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2010
21 - 25 September 2010
New main battle tank for South Africa

Thursday, 23 September 2010, 19:05 PM

A new main battle tank for the South African armed forces ?
At AAD 2010, the German Defense Company Rheinmetall presents for the first time in Africa, the famous main battle tank Leopard 2A4. According to some information, the South African armed forces are interested to replace the local upgrade main battle tank "Olifant".

German Rheinmetall Leopard 2A4 at AAD 2010 Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition

Several companies are ready to answer this request after the reception of official tender, not available at this time. The Ukrainian State Company Ukrspecexport could propose a solution to South Africa. In order to show its technological capacities to provide a main battle tank, Ukrspecexport presents at AAD 2010 its main battle tank, "Bulat", an upgrade of the T-64 main battle tank. In order to increase the combat efficiency of T-64 main battle tank which are in service in the Ukrainian army, the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau has developed a multi-purpose upgrade package for the T-64. The package includes the measures to improve the mobility characteristics, protection level, and fire control efficiency. It is possible to upgrade the tanks in some areas in any combination according to Customer’s request. Ukrspecexport produces main battle tanks having last technologies of combat as the "Oplot" and the "Yatagan".

Ukrainian "Bulat" main battle tank Ukrspecexport at ADD 2010
Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition

The South African army could consider acquisition for approximately 96 new main battle tank, and to equip thus three battalions. According to the local press, the original request was for 96, six armoured recovery vehicles and four launching bridge vehicle. The final decision could make increase the number of tanks to 132.

Olifant Mk 2 main battle tank South African army at AAD 2010

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