(by Andegna.com) Ethiopia is boosting its home-grown military industry technologies. A latest report indicated that the country has already converted its stationary S-75 Surface Air Missiles SAMs to mobile systems.
These modification and the like mounting military cost saving project is happening at Gafat Armament Industry, which is part of the government’s military-run Metals and Engineering Corporation shortly known as METEC.
Ethiopia has had S-75 systems since the 1970s, some of which are still deployed at three fixed sites around Addis Ababa, its S-125 (SA-3 'Goa') systems deployed closer to the Eritrean border to defend strategic locations, according to IHS Jane's Defense Weekly.
The S-75 modification is the most sophisticated work known to have been carried out by the Ethiopian defense industry to date, said Jeremy Binnie on IHS Jane's Defense.
To make the S-75 SAMs mobile they are mounted on to a heavily modified T-55 tank chassis. Both the S-75 SAMs and the T-55 tank chassis have to be modified for the whole system to work seamlessly, says a reports.
However, the modified self-propelled S-75 launchers to Air Missiles SAMs mobile would be far more mobile and quicker to deploy, especially in areas with poor roads, than the original launchers, which have to be loaded on and off dedicated trailers.
Cuba, Poland, and Iraq have done the successful similar modification to S-75 and sometimes to the S-125 fixed missile systems.
The Ethiopian defense industries manufacture a range of light weapons such as machine guns, assault rifles, automatic grenade launchers – RPGs, ammunition for variety of weapons. On top of manufacturing ammunitions and light weapons, The Ethiopian defense industries do major modifications to tanks, armored cars, transport trucks, and fighter jets.