Premium Equipment

RDS invests in the best possible equipment for logistically complex drilling programmes. This includes a groundbreaking innovation to mount modern Atlas Copco and Boart Longyear fully hydraulic core rigs on MAN 4X4 and 6X6 all-terrain trucks, which has proved to be highly advantageous and extremely reliable.

These rigs are designed to dismount and mount in less than 10 minutes. The flexibility and mobility of this configuration has proved a major advantage and boost to drilling production as all drill rig-trucks are multi-configured to transport all rigs, cart water and normal heavy loads.  This redundancy/ back-up significantly reduces down-time. Every second MAN truck is fitted with an hydraulic crane. 

RDS conducts in-house modifications and technical innovations to its rigs and trucks through its sister company, MS Engineering. Significant improvements have been designed, engineered and implemented on the Atlas Copco and Boart Longyear rigs at MS engineering. In addition, RDS recycles used drill rods by re-threading the rods using modern CNC lathes.


•   Custom configured diesel Toyota Landcruiser pick-ups and trooper/personnel 
•   MAN 4X4 (18 tonne) and 6X6, 6X4 (26 tonne) trucks - 50% with cranes
•   Comprehensive spares and repair tools
•   Fully hydraulic Atlas Copco truck mounted core rigs
•   Fully hydraulic Boart Longyear LF90D truck mounted core rigs
•   Heavy duty Bundu 1.5-tonne trailers
•   Heavy duty 10-tonne drill equipment trailer
•   Reflex survey instruments
•   Custom trailer water bowsers and portable aqua dams
•   Custom trailer fuel bowsers
•   Comprehensive self-sufficient camping equipment and infrastructure for  
    multiple teams comprising over 100 field staff at any given time
•   Established operational bases in Namibia, Botswana, DRC, Zambia and Mozambique