Denel Dynamics

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Denel Dynamics
Type Division of proprietary limited company
Industry weapons development and manufacturing
Founded 1991
Headquarters Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
Area served World wide
Products Guided missiles, glide bombs
Parent Denel (Pty) Ltd (100% state-owned)
Website DenelDynamics.co.za
Footnotes / references
Previously Kentron a division of Denel (Pty) Ltd

Denel Dynamics, formerly Kentron, is a division of Denel (Pty) Ltd, a South African armaments development and manufacturing company wholly owned by the South African Government. It underwent a name change from Kentron to Denel Aerospace Systems during the early part of 2004 and later to Denel Dynamics. Denel Dynamics is located in Centurion, South Africa. Several sites are operating according to ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 certified.

Key products[edit]

Category Type Name
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
Hungwe - tactical reconnaissance
Seeker - tactical reconnaissance
Bateleur - MALE reconnaissance
Skua - target drone
Guided missiles
air-to-air
A-Darter – short-range Infrared homing
R-Darter – radar guided Beyond Visual Range missile (BVR)
air-to-surface
MUPSOW (Multi-Purpose Stand Off Weapon) – medium-range Air-launched
TORGOS – (Cruise Missile) Air-Launched Cruise Missile
surface-to-air Umkhonto
anti-armour
Mokopa - Long-range Precision-guided Missile
ZT3 Ingwe - Precision-guided Missile
Guided bombs
Raptor precision-guided glide bomb series
Umbani GPS/INS guidance kit for Mk.82, Mk.83 and Mk.84 bombs
Seekers used in Brazilian MAA-1 Piranha
Weapons Management Systems
Arachnida weapons management system

UN arms embargo violation[edit]

Main article: Coventry Four

Four South Africans working for Kentron were arrested in March 1984 in Coventry and charged with violation of the UN arms embargo – which outlawed the export of arms and military equipment to apartheid South Africa.

The Coventry Four were granted bail against a deposit of £200,000 and a guarantee by a diplomat from the South African embassy who waived his diplomatic immunity. They were allowed to return to South Africa on condition that they appeared at their trial in England in August 1984. In the event, South African foreign minister, Pik Botha, refused to allow them to return for their trial.

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