South African small to medium calibre weapon prototypes, concepts, projects etc.

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There is a PAWS specific thread here:

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,7338.msg282480.html#msg282480
 

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tround said:
Without a FCS ,The inzuki lacks the range of the 0,50 HMG .
the hight of trajectory of the 20 mm projectile is high with 310 ms so the sighting at long range is difficult .

The projectiles lacks of pentration and
it's radius of action is small .
The inzuki needs new ammunitions .

Nevertheless, the vehicle version is impressive .
Not sure that I agree here. My understanding is that the PAWS is intended as an alternative to a 40mm grenade launcher with much lighter ammo, much flatter trajectory, smaller lethal radius for more precise targeting. The belt-fed weapon using the same ammunition would provide similar benefits with enhanced area affect when firing bursts. From the Janes link:

"The iNkunzi Strike uses the same ammunition as the semi-automatic iNkunzi Personal Area Weapon (PAW) and has been specifically designed to fit any mounting that will take a typical 7.62 mm machine gun. At 13 kg, it is slightly heavier than most such weapons, but somewhat more compact at 850 mm in length"

For comparison, the M240B GPMG (FN MAG) in 7.62 x 51mm NATO weighs 12.5 kg. That is the appropriate comparison for the iNkunzi Strike rather than a .50 cal M2HB at 38 kg or or a Mk 19 40mm automatic grenade launcher at 35 kg.
 

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No doubt the Australian commanders of all those Colombian soldiers fighting for the UAE like buying tough, hard hitting SA weapons. (What a world we live in...)
 

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Denel improving Inkunzi http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46204:denel-improving-inkunzi&catid=50:Land&Itemid=105

Denel PMP has made several changes to the Inkunzi personal area weapon (PAW), announcing the improved Inkunzi PAW A2.

This new version contains a number of upgrades to improve the weapon’s stability and accuracy. A rotary magazine replaces the old box cartridge cassette which improves the balance of the weapon and adds to its efficiency. The gas operated recoil system was also replaced by a new inertia-operating system, Denel said in a statement today.

The semi-automatic weapon fires 20x42 mm bursting ammunition from the six round rotary magazine.

Phaladi Petje, the CEO of Denel PMP, said there is already international interest in the upgraded version of the iNkunzi PAW and PMP is exploring further markets for the weapon and the ammunition.

He said the iNkunzi PAW was designed to meet the needs of the modern combat soldier who requires a light weight, yet highly effective, personal area weapon. It is carried by a single soldier and fired from the shoulder. Petje said the iNkunzi PAW is a highly accurate weapon that is best deployed in modern urban warfare conditions. It can also be used in rural or jungle combat terrains at distances of up to 1 000 metres.

In 2015 PMP began production of the Inkunzi for its first international client, with a second in the Middle East ordering the weapon.

Denel PMP launched the automatic Inkunzi Strike version at the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition in Tshwane in September. The iNkunzi Strike has been integrated into a remotely operate weapon station – SDROW – developed by Mechatronics, a division of Denel Vehicle Systems.

The weapon and camera are mounted on the outside of the vehicle but fired by a single operator located inside. It can fire up to 350 rounds a minute using the same 20x42mm bursting ammunition.

Petje said PMP is also busy with the development of a tripod for the iNkunzi Strike which will enable forces to fire high volume bursts from outside the vehicle.

The Inkunzi was the first weapon designed around the 20x42 mm round, but others are following – also during Africa Aerospace and Defence sniper rifle specialist Truvelo unveiled its new CMS 20x42 anti-material rifle using the Inkunzi round. Describing it as a game changer, Truvelo said the weapon has better characteristics and a flatter trajectory than low or medium velocity 40 mm grenade launchers.
 

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Photo's of Kurdish soldiers armed with the Inkunzi, fighting against ISIS, have surfaced. The gun in the picture is fitted with a box magazine and may therefore be an older version.
 

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Are there any pictures of the eGLas single 35mm AA gun mounted on a Samil or Kwevoel 100?
I could have sworn I saw one somewhere, but can't seem to locate it.
 

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Graugrun said:
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.
 

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I understand this to be an updated/upgraded SS-77 LMG - it's a bit lighter than the SS-77 for one...
 

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