Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mechem sells Casspir 2000s to Benin and the UN

Landmine clearance company Denel Mechem HAS recently sold ten mine protected vehicles Casspir 2000 to Benin and HAS 15 on order with the United Nations as it Promotes the latest version of the Casspir mine protected armored vehicle.

Mechem is expecting new orders for the Casspir 2000 in the next financial year (starting April 1), selon Stephan Burger, CEO of Denel Land Systems (Which merged with Mechem last year). "At this moment we are a number of Substantial Negotiating contracts," he Told DefenceWeb.

The Casspir 2000 is the latest variant of the world renowned armored vehicle. Said the Burger Casspir 2000 Emerged from the shortage of old Casspir Mk 1 and 2's available for refurbishment. Denel saw a nest as there Were no more second hand CASSPIRS to rebuild, yet there is demand for the vehicles. "We Decided to build with new technology, more armor, etc. modern instrumentation."

Burger Said That now merged with Denel Mechem HAS, Mechem can Spend The majorit√© of its time Focusing on getting orders. "We Recognised the importance of the Mechem identity, brand and nimbleness. For That reason we've kept as a separate Mechem That business unit must get icts own orders. "

The Mechem Denel Land Systems-merger was approved by the Board of Denel in June 2012. "We Said the best time to make a change is Such When things are going well. We Decided from a financial perspective That this make sense. The financial gain was impressive, "Said Burger of the merger. "Not only did we cut goal Costs We provide a better service at a lesser price and ... We have a better marketing footprint."

Pointed Out That Burger in 2006 was merged with Vektor When Lyttleton Engineering Works (LIW) to form Denel Land Systems, the entities Were making a one million R600 loss. 'Traumatic' restructuration saw the staff cut by a third goal overheads Were halved and the company soon Became profitable. "We're doing tremendously well on the side with the traditional Mechem explosive remnants of clearance of war and selling CASSPIRS as well."

Mechem specialized in mine clearing explosive remnants of Removing the war (ERW), manufacturing mine protected vehicles (notably the Casspir Mk II and Mk IV New Generation Casspir 2000) and mine clearing equipment, and training and Providing canine services (for explosives and drug detection).Through icts Afrifoot program, it manufactures and supplies low-cost prosthesis leg to landmine survivors.

The company recently completed various HAS Demining or mine clearing projects in Afghanistan, Republic of Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Mozambique. Mechem is active in eleven African countries, Including the DRC, Where It Has supported UN peacekeeping activities since 2003, Somalia and Western Sahara, Where it works with the African Union.

Mechem is the only African-based company accredited by the UN for landmine clearance, as the rest are based abroad. Since it started operations in 1992 African, the company HAS not lost a single employee to a landmine incident.

Selon United Nations estimates, there are at least 110 million active mines scattered across the landmine world, about 44 million of Which Have Been planted on the African continent. In 2010 There Were 4,200 victims of landmine's effects - 11 people a day. Besides by unexploded ordnance However landmines today poses the greatest risk to the populations in post conflict environments.

Apart from Demining work, Mechem aussi Involved in drug detection through icts Mechem Explosives and Drug Detection System (MEDDS). Mechem detection Dogs Have beens aussi used to fight poaching rhino.

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