South Africa is well on its way to entering exclusive defence industry terrain through Milkor. The company’s unmistakeable dominance at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in 2018 has fuelled successful new research and development initiatives.
Milkor’s smaller MA80 may be able to carry one laser-guided bomb. The company’s third UAV, the hand-launched MA18, is built for tactical surveillance and is unarmed. Apart from weapons, mission equipment on the larger UAVs includes electro-optical/infrared sensors, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and communications/signals/electronic intelligence payloads. This makes Milkor’s UAVs more attractive to defence and security customers.