posted on July 02, 2015 13:16
DCD Protected Mobility is well positioned to supply the needs of the international defence markets. Underpinning its long history in the engineering of a range of military vehicles, the company recently completed the delivery of a batch of Husky 2G Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector (VMMD) vehicles to a customer in the Middle East. A subsequent order to the same customer is due for delivery by the end of 2015.
“The Husky 2G VMMD is widely acknowledged worldwide as the safest platform for route clearance and the demand for these units has substantially increased due to the continued threat from ISIS in the Middle East. It is extremely significant that, while in combat in the Middle East, our Husky 2G units have taken 7 000 improvised explosive device (IED) hits and mine explosions without a single operator blast fatality,” Cornelius Grundling, newly appointed general manager at DCD Protected Mobility, points out.
The two-seater Husky 2G VMMD is hailed as the world’s leading landmine detection system. The vehicle is blast-survivable, overpass-capable and field-repairable. This exceptional vehicle is a derivative of the single-occupant Husky that has been combat proven in conflict situations around the world since the early 1980’s.
The drive behind its development was to mitigate the risks of task overload on a single Husky operator whilst concurrently increasing the Route Clearance Package’s (RCP) ability to find and neutralise improvised explosive devices and provide direct fire capability for the lead vehicle of the RCP.
Grundling says that the Husky 2G operators’ cabin successfully withstands Level 3 Kinetic Energy and Level 5 Artillery Threats as defined in the NATO standard. In addition to its popularity with its operators, it received one of the highest accolades in the military world — being numbered among the US Army’s top ten ‘Greatest Inventions’ and recognised in 2010 by the US Army with the ‘Innovation of the Year Award’.
Through international partnerships, DCD Protected Mobility provides innovative and sustainable combat-proven landward protected mobility products and solutions.
Another product that has a significant established footprint is the Springbuck mine protected armoured personnel carrier (APC) which is favoured by Nigeria where it is operated by both Federal and State police forces.
In addition to supplying the Springbuck, DCD Protected Mobility developed a partnership with a Nigerian company to produce an APC based on the Springbuck – the Ikiri. The Ikiri is being assembled in Nigeria for the paramilitary units of the country’s Federal Police from kits supplied by DCD Protected Mobility’s South African operation.
DCD Protected Mobility, as part of the DCD Group of companies, has access to eight individual manufacturing facilities in South Africa, all of which are comprehensively equipped to produce products under exacting quality standards. The company recently took a strategic decision to sell its Isando facility and move all production of its full armoured vehicle range, including the Husky 2G route clearance system as well as the Mountain Lion and Springbuck armoured vehicles, to its Boksburg facility.
DCD Protected Mobility is a proud sponsor of Land Forces Africa 2015. Stand number E8,E9 at Heartfelt Arena Pretoria on the 6th-7th July 2015.