Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Finally Some News On AV8 Progress
Denel of South Africa had announced that they had signed a contract to supply turrets and integrated weapon systems to be fitted on the AV8.
This means that out of the 257 initial units, 123 units are the Armoured Fighting Vehicles(AFVs) with two man 30mm or 30mm/ATGW turret variants while 54 are the Armoured Command Vehicle/AFVs/AFV-Surveillance/Armoured Vehicle Signal and Armoured Engineer NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle that are fitted with RCW system as stated below.
As such of the remaining 80 units, it remains to be seen how many will be the 25mm armed AFV and 120 mm mortar armed Armoured Mortar Carriers in addition to the rest of the support variants of the AV8. With about half of the units are to be well armed with 30mm cannons, it now seems justified for the Army to have requested to have 12 variants of the AV8 to be produced despite initial public misgivings.