SVI Engineering expands global footprint into Saudi Arabia

Focus on military, security and civilian sectors.

SVI Engineering, a specialist manufacturer of armoured products in South Africa, has expanded into Saudi Arabia, where it plans to develop and manufacture a variety of armoured vehicles and military solutions.

Identified by its Saudi partners – Shamal Commercial Investments and Hala Auto – as a leader in the vehicle-armouring industry, the South African firm forms an integral part of the newly established SVI Saudi Industries company, which is fully registered in the region and already in the process of setting up a factory.

Benefiting from SVI’s extensive experience in perfecting products designed to combat crime and ultimately save lives in South Africa, the newly created company will focus its efforts on the growing military, security and civilian sectors in Saudi Arabia.

SVI Saudi Industries marked its official launch at the inaugural World Defence Show 2022 in the capital of Riyadh from 6 to 9 March 2022, where it was displaying its versatile MAX 3 light armoured vehicle, the mighty MAX 9 armoured personnel carrier and the popular semi-discreet Stopgun V2.0 armouring package.

The MAX 3 was developed to provide security forces with the required equipment to deal with crime, terrorism, violent demonstrations and regional conflicts. Based on the robust Toyota Land Cruiser 79 chassis (and inheriting its tried-and-tested powertrain, too), the MAX 3 is available in various body configurations, including an eight-seater called the Troopy.

The latest version of the MAX 9, meanwhile, is a bespoke military solution yet likewise adaptable to a multitude of roles. It can be used to transport personnel, serve as a weapons platform, employed in law enforcement or peacekeeping and even configured into a battlefield ambulance. Power comes courtesy of an efficient yet brawny Cummins 6.7-litre turbodiesel engine, which provides motive force through a specially adapted five-speed Allison automatic gearbox.

In addition to the discreet armouring of civilian vehicles, SVI’s semi-discreet Stopgun V2.0 kit will be offered in Saudi Arabia. Already the default choice in South Africa’s mining, security and valuables-in-transit industries, this package delivers a cost-effective B6 armouring solution offering protection against assault rifles (including AK47 and R1).

SVI’s expansion into Saudi Arabia is the latest evidence of the company’s global standing in the industry and ultimately allows it to broaden its overarching mission of saving lives to even further beyond South Africa’s borders.

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