May 8, 2015

Rooivalk 2 under consideration

South Africa's Denel group is studying the possibility of bringing the Rooivalk attack helicopter back into production in an updated variant.
Sources involved in considering the future of the Rooivalk have suggested the Rooivalk 2 might be fitted with the new EO/IR turret developed by Airbus Optronics - formerly Denel Optronics - that includes both a laser designator and a laser beam generator for beam-riding missiles such as the Ingwe.
There has also been discussion of adding an air-to-air missile for self-defence.
Two countries have already expressed interest in the Rooivalk 2.

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