South African Army Orders Anti-Aircraft Gun Spares

6 October 2010 (Last Updated October 6th, 2010 18:30)

The South African Army's Air Defence Artillery has ordered the procurement of spares and accessories for its Oerlikon GDF Mk 5 towed anti-aircraft guns. The $446,898 order is a follow-on contract awarded to Intertechnic Contracting in February for support services for the 35mm system and

The South African Army's Air Defence Artillery has ordered the procurement of spares and accessories for its Oerlikon GDF Mk 5 towed anti-aircraft guns.

The $446,898 order is a follow-on contract awarded to Intertechnic Contracting in February for support services for the 35mm system and 23mm ZU23-2 gun system.

The GDF had suffered a design flaw which killed nine soldiers during a gunnery exercise in October 2007.

The inspection found that ten of the Army's 48 GDF systems had broken spring pins which led to the injury.