Eight people were killed Monday in an explosion at a Rheinmetall-Denel munitions factory near Cape Town in South Africa.
The blast was reported by local residents near the Rheinmetall-Denel plant in Somerset West when it erupted at 3:45 pm local time.
"Eight persons were confirmed as fatalities and the fire department is assisting the search and rescue operations," J.P. Smith, Cape Town council's safety chief, told news agency AFP.
"An explosion occurred at one of the buildings of Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). At this stage we are unable to confirm if there are any injuries or fatalities," the company said in a statement adding that the cause of the incident was under investigation.
The joint German-South Africa company makes munitions for the South African military and police and international clients. RDM is 51 percent owned by Rheinmetall Defence in Germany and 49 percent by South Africa's Denel.
Denel and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) announced that the companies are collaborating to provide support for the South African navy's frigates and submarines. Under the accord, Denel's Maritime division will be responsible for maintenance and upgrades on three Heroine-Class submarines and four Valour-Class frigates of the navy
Rheinmetall has won a 220 million euro contract for overhauling Polands 128 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBT). In cooperation with Polands Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and ZM Bumar-Łabędy, Rheinmetall will serve as a strategic partner, supplying crucial key capabilities, including electronics and weapon technology, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Denel will conduct a fly-over test of its Marlin missile system in September and a seeker head test in November this year. Denel aims to combine the Marlin and A-Darter missiles into a multi-role airborne weapons system containing infrared and radar seekers and ram rocket motor
Denel Dynamics is upgrading and improving its range of air defense, air-to-air and anti-armor missiles, Defence Web, an online news portal reported. The Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile has been sold to three users, including the South African Navy, Finland and an undisclosed customer
Rheinmetall has received a $59 million contract to supply nearly 70,000 cartridges of MK281 MOD3 40mm grenade practice ammunition to US Marines. The company is scheduled to start the production by the third quarter of 2019, Rheinmetall said in a statement Monday
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