http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.20Change: 0.17
R/$ = 11.58Change: 0.07
Au 1198.59 $/ozChange: 4.13
Pt 1200.50 $/ozChange: 3.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Feb 22, 2008

SA Defence Electronics Company Fills Gap In World Markets

Back
 
Engineering|SECURITY|Defence|Reunert|Reutech Radar Systems|RRS|Security|System|Systems|Security|Fantastic Little Product|Potential Applications|Qualified Software|Security|Service|Systems|James Verster|Power|Security
Engineering|SECURITY|Defence|Security|System|Systems|Security|Security|Service|Systems|Power|Security
engineering|security|defence|reunert|reutech-radar-systems|rrs|security-company|system|systems-company|security-facility|fantastic-little-product|potential-applications|qualified-software|security-industry-term|service|systems|james-verster|power|security-person
© Reuse this



Specialist South African radar and related systems company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) hopes to be able to win export orders for its new RSR 900 StealthRad family of radars in the near future. StealthRad is an acronym for stealthy radar.

"We're hoping to secure an export order for StealthRad in the next two months," reveals RRS CEO James Verster. "It would be in what we call a ‘homeland security' role, specifically border control."

The StealthRad family fills a gap in the world radar surveillance market. "Its a fantastic little product, its technical performance is quite impressive," he enthuses, "there is nothing like this out there." It was launched 18 months ago and has been developed and trialled since then. All the system's qualified software is based on software already developed and proved by the company on radars in service with both army and navy clients.

StealthRad is a family of low-cost, high-mobility, difficult to detect, short-range, persistent surveillance radars, primarily intended for homeland security missions but with other potential applications as well. "There is a big requirement for this kind of radar, from both armies and navies, for border, river, and coastal surveillance," he reports. "We've had a huge response from the international market. It also has applications for artillery surveillance, and we are having talks with a potential client, an artillery corps, in this regard."

The StealthRad family are frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radars.
FMCW radars have a low continuous power output, which increases reliability, reduces component cost, and make them more difficult to detect.

The RSR 900 StealthRad family is composed of five main models divided into two modes of operation. These are - continuous scanning surveillance, and sector scanning surveillance. The StealthRad continuous scanning surveillance radars have a unique architecture which means they are simultaneously optimised for both surface and air targets. They have 360 ˚ coverage. The sector scanning surveillance radars have a lower scan speed and can "stare" at targets, giving them a high-resolution capability; they are optimised to detect and identify small moving targets. They are intended to cover pre-defined sectors.

The StealthRad family comprises the Spider (subdivided into the RSR 940 and RSR 942), the Ngada RSR 950, the Kestrel RSR 952, the Seagull RSR 960, and the Fish Eagle RSR 970. The Spider RSR 940 and RSR 942 are both highly mobile, rapidly-deployable, land-based systems; the former is a continuous scanning model and the latter is a combined continuous and sector scanning model.

The Ngada RSR 950 is a man-portable sector scanning system, optimised for use on the battlefield, while the Kestrel RSR 952 is a mast-mounted version of the Ngada, optimised for fixed sector surveillance. The Seagull RSR 960 is a ship-mounted continuous scanning model, but it can also be employed in the sector scanning mode, whereas the Fish Eagle RSR 970 is a transportable, land-based, continuous scanning system optimised for coastal surveillance.

While the local market is too small and too intermittent to secure the future of the company, making exports essential, that does not mean that the domestic market is unimportant. "Its extremely important for us to win local orders and have local support," highlights Verster.

"Without that, we are certainly not going to penetrate the international market." But the international market is essential to the survival and growth of the business. "Currently, our sales are about 60% local and 40% international," he reports. "I'm aiming to reverse this - 40% local and 60% international - in the next two years, and I want to achieve revenue and earnings growth of around 15% a year."

Not long ago RRS' parent group, Reunert, put the radar company on the market, only to subsequently to decide not to sell it. "Our parent changed its mind because the types of offers coming in made no commercial sense - the bidders had no idea of the value of RRS and were all focused on the South African, and not the international, market," he explains. "Regarding the future, our parent recognises us as a strategic capability and as part of the country's defence related industries."

RRS recently won a contrract to supply the Royal Norwegian Navy with its RSR 210N air/sea surveillance radar (see Engineering News February 8, 2008).

* To watch a video of James Verster discussing RRS's recently developed technology, log on to www.engineeringnews.co.za and click on 'Video Clips'.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Defence News
Article contains comments
A ministerial medical task team appointed by the minister of defence has made recommendations on how to improve the country's three military hospitals, the department said on Monday. The task team, consisting of nine independent health care professionals, looked at...
When Reutech Radar Systems was set up in 1987, under its original name ESD South (ESD was a subsidiary of the then Barlow Rand group, since “unbundled”), its first programme was Project Hexagon, which the company consciously used to develop a profound understanding...
State-owned defence group Denel’s plan to acquire BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa has been given a shot in the arm, with the Competition Commission recommending that the Competition Tribunal approve the transaction without conditions. In August, UK-based global...
More
 
 
Latest News
China appears to have been routinely underestimating output from its sprawling steel sector, with official figures for last year alone 40-million tonnes below a key industry estimate - an amount equivalent to Germany's entire annual production. Beijing has vowed to...
Lumwana, Zambia
Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp will suspend operations at its Lumwana copper mine, in Zambia’s Northwestern province, after the country enacted legislation that raised the royalty rate on openpit mining operations from 6% to 20%. TSX- and NYSE-listed Barrick, the world’s...
The Labour Court in Johannesburg has set aside the 2011-2014 metal sector wage agreement, the National Employers' Association of SA (Neasa) said on Thursday. The 2011-2014 wage deal was the result of an agreement between the Steel and Engineering Industries...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
TO BE PHASED INTO SERVICE The first MeerKAT dish, with another 63 to come
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
MATT BARKER Wireless networks should enable users to engage and must provide relevant information to them based on their activity and location
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks