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- Sep 10, 2020
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It is a gradual process I suppose right?Halcon's micro munitions are all local assembly/manufacturing of South African products, they do not produce any of the critical tech used in them.
even with the help of imported south African engineers, they still only produce parts that require imported machinery and no local production of pin photodetectors for SALH no thermal batteries no FPGA ... (you get the idea)
turkey, for example, started with tasking the design of its micro munitions to german companies, and at the beginning, even MAM-L warheads were imported from TDA .
they still import most critical parts ,but at least they're producing locally developed seekers for them now.
only MENAT counties that developed them from scratch are Iran and Israel, altough Iran mostly uses EO/IR in guidance in them because most of it's UCAVs rely on cheap EO/IR turrets with very short-range laser illuminators and some of them don't even have laser illuminators.
Saudi PSDSARC is working on one design for its sky guardian UAV but they didn't test it yet.
Also, the designs are becoming independent of Denel but they use many foreign components from countries like India which is perfectly fine considering the relationship between the two countries. The stuff being imported from South Africa is now being substituted with cheaper solutions from countries like India as I said which I found proof of with trade data.
It is not worth it to produce everything when the costs will go up and the likelihood of getting sanctioned is very low.