Bringing out the Big Guns: Kruger gets heavy artillery to combat poaching
“The time has come for everyone to stand up and fight against poaching in order to help ensure these precious heritages for our children’s children survive forever."
With these words, SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni received a 40mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) system on behalf of South African National Parks (SANParks) in Groenkloof Pretoria. The artillery, SANParks says, will assist in the on-going fight against poaching in the Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa’s largest national Park.
SANParks is home to the largest population of rhino in the world and the majority of these rhino reside in the iconic KNP.
Mketeni says that with the increased incursions in the KNP, SANParks will continue to look at new and innovative ways in fighting the relentless incursions that we are dealing with in order to protect the rhino. “The South African rhino population is one of the last viable rhino populations in the world which makes it extremely vulnerable. South Africa is therefore the remaining hope for the world in terms of rhino conservation and as such, we have no choice but to conquer this war.”
The UBGL was made by large weapon manufacturer Milkor, a world leader in the design, development and manufacturing of 37/38 and 40mm weapons systems, famous for its 40mm MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher) range of products.
The company is known for its prolific use in many Defense and Police Forces for more than 35 years, and with 60 000 of its systems sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Marius Roos, CEO Milkor says they are confidant that the UBGLs’ light weight and durable characteristics along with its diverse less-lethal and lethal applications such as flare, smoke, flash bang, impulse and rubber rounds will aid SANParks’ Anti-Poaching operations.
The UBGL gives the user an added advantage over the traditional type launcher as it forms part and parcel of the main weapon or assault rifle.
“SANParks will be able to deploy these weapon systems as part of their arsenal of weapons to combat poaching activities nationally. Milkor is committed to the fight and we continually improve our weapons to adapt to these unique requirements,” Roos says.
SANParks said at the event that partnerships of this nature allow them to provide the desperately needed support in terms of equipment to the counter poaching teams who are in the bush at this very moment.