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Offline Graugrun

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Another update on the Inkunzi 20mm X 42mm automatic weapon system, it indicates that it is getting very close to full production and also that they are getting a lot of international interest in it. Some of the reasons include the compact size and light weight, making it ideal for airborne and vehicle mounted operations too.

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52647:inkunzi-strike-almost-ready-for-production&catid=50:Land&Itemid=105

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This article is a little more about the development of various new turrets rather then the weapons themselves - however they are mostly to house small to medium caliber weapons, so I decided that this was the best thread to place this in.

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53069:new-turrets-being-developed-by-denel-vehicle-systems&catid=50:Land&Itemid=105

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The updated (now ready for production?) 20x42mm AMRIS (short for anti-materiel rifle, integrally suppressed)

Interesting that it's integrally suppressed...

https://www.janes.com/article/83060/smart-hard-hitter-aad18d1

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Another update on the Inkunzi 20mm X 42mm automatic weapon system, it indicates that it is getting very close to full production and also that they are getting a lot of international interest in it. Some of the reasons include the compact size and light weight, making it ideal for airborne and vehicle mounted operations too.

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52647:inkunzi-strike-almost-ready-for-production&catid=50:Land&Itemid=105

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15+25 ready rounds ?

Badger gun has 74 ready rounds.
The EMAK-35 had 80 rounds linked and another 26 feeding from clips on the left for AP ammo.
And that was a 35mm system !
EMAK-35 would also fit in this form factor and allow you to reload the clips from inside pretty easily.

Still don't get why they dont have the 35mm EMAK in their catalogue.
Does anyone know if there was something wrong with the gun?

I don't see a 40 round stowed kill remote turret being competitive in the marketplace.

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I am not sure why the EMAK-35 is not listed in their catalogue, but I suspect there is nothing wrong with the weapon per se, but rather the SANDF's choice for a 30mm, as part of the Patria choice drove things.
From what I understand, the EMAK shares some or many components with the GA-35mm naval gun, which was taken into service. They certainly share barrel, locking mechanism, and feed links, amongst other parts.
The original weapon stems from the ZA-35 SPAAD on the Rooikat chassis.
I personally think the SANDF made the incorrect choice, looking at recent trends toward larger medium calibre weapons internationally, but then..the less said about the "motivations" behind high ranking SANDF and political figures over the last decade or two, the better.