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Apr 18, 2014
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
Apr 18, 2014
A key area of interest and concern in the South African Defence Review 2012 is “defence intellectual property”. The review recognises that a “vibrant defence industry remains a critical component of an effective South African defence capability”. Research,...
Apr 16, 2014
South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has agreed to set up a joint Centre of Excellence (CoE) for radar and sensor technology with the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM). The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) covering this was...
Apr 11, 2014
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SA Navy Warrior-class strike craft, before conversion to an OPV
South Africa's Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Rusty Higgs, reaffirmed on Friday the importance of Project Biro for the South African Navy (SAN) and for the country. Project Biro covers the acquisition of three Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and three Inshore...
Apr 11, 2014
Major German defence group Rheinmetall AG has announced that it has won a contract to modernise the South African Army’s (SA Army’s) air defence artillery systems. The value of the contract has not been revealed. Rheinmetall AG, through its Rheinmetall Waffe...
Apr 07, 2014
HMS Portland
British warship, HMS Portland, has docked in Cape Town after three months in West African waters patrolling the coastline for piracy, illegal fishing and drug smuggling. The ship docked in Cape Town harbour before heading to Simon’s Town, where the ship’s company...
Apr 04, 2014
The South African Navy (SAN) has confirmed that South African defence procurement (and disposals and research and development) agency Armscor has been granted the authority to start the acquisition process for three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and three new...
Mar 28, 2014
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A Skyshield fire control unit with two twin 35 mm Mk VII anti aircraft guns
Major German defence group Rheinmetall AG has announced that it has won a contract to modernise the South African Army’s (SA Army’s) air defence artillery systems. The value of the contract has not been revealed. The SA Army currently operates twin 35 mm air...
Mar 25, 2014
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Mar 20, 2014
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Mar 07, 2014
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Mar 07, 2014
Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between South African and Malaysian companies at the Malaysian High Commission in Pretoria on Friday. These MoUs are part of the indirect offsets programme South Africa is providing in return for Malaysia’s...
Mar 07, 2014
There can be little doubt that the unmanned air vehicle (UAV) sector is one of the most dynamic in today’s global aerospace industry. Over the past decade, a growing number of countries and companies have seen UAVs as a means to break into the aerospace sector and...
Mar 03, 2014
The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) increased by 1.8 index points to 51.7 in February, helped by a rebound in the new sales orders index. The new sales orders index increased by 3.2 index points to 53.4, owing to improved global demand...
Feb 28, 2014
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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has highlighted the poor state of much of the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) infrastructure. Addressing senior officers and the media on Thursday, she affirmed that it...
Feb 21, 2014
The South African Army’s future Badger infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). DLS is supplying the same turret to Malaysia for mounting on an 8x8 wheeled IFV.
Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between South African and Malaysian companies at the Malaysian High Commission in Pretoria on Friday. These MoUs are part of the indirect offsets programme South Africa is providing in return for Malaysia’s...
Feb 21, 2014
STEPHAN BURGER The supply contract for 238 Badgers to the South African National Defence Force is the largest contract Denel has ever secured
South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel currently has contracts valued at about R30-billion, which will run over the next seven to ten years, landwards-based defence company Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger tells Engineering News. He...
Feb 21, 2014
COUNTER-POACHING TRAINING A counter-poaching training programme was launched at the Madikwe Game Reserve, in North West, in October
A statistical report, published by the Department of Environmental Affairs on January 30, states that 86 rhino have been killed by poachers in South Africa to date this year, bringing the total number of rhino killed since 2008, to 2 827. Last year, 1 004 rhino were...
Feb 21, 2014
SECURING AFRICA'S SEAS Paramount’s acquisition of Nautic Africa will help develop Africa’s naval defence capabilities, ensuring the safety of the continents marine assets
South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group’s acquisition of South Africa-based naval vessel solutions company Nautic Africa in November not only enables Paramount to enter the naval defence market but also provides Africa with naval defence...
Feb 21, 2014
Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions MD Kyle Parker participated in technical consultations on new technology related to marking, record-keeping and tracing of small arms and light weapons (SALW), at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in...
Feb 18, 2014
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Riah Phiyega and Sibusiso Sibisi
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday to provide the police with scientific, technological and other specialist expertise to help fight crime and improve...
 
 
 
 
Feb 14, 2014
RISING MARKET An Airbus Helicopter AS350 Squirrel of the Kenya Forest Service preparing for take off
Over the past few years, Kenya has emerged as the biggest single market for Eurocopter Southern Africa Limited (ESAL) as the aviation sector in that country has boomed and the Nairobi government has sought to strengthen its law enforcement, security and conservation...
Jan 31, 2014
EXPORT MODEL An artist’s impression of the Kondor-E
The Kondor radar surveillance satellite designed and built by the Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPO Mash) that was launched into orbit in June last year and which has been linked in the South African media to South Africa’s Project Flute, reportedly started...
Jan 24, 2014
TWO GENERATIONS The Gripen NG demonstrator in the foreground, with the Gripen D behind
South Africa may have the opportunity of providing flying training for Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Saab Gripen fighter pilots over the next few years. Such training would, of course, be paid for by the Brazilians. Although Saab has previously proposed setting up a...
Jan 20, 2014
An artist's impression of a Kondor radar surveillance satellite in orbit
The Kondor radar surveillance satellite designed and built by the Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPO Mash) that was launched into orbit in June last year and which has been linked in the South African media to South Africa’s Project Flute, reportedly started...
Jan 20, 2014
There were many unanswered questions about a satellite reportedly commissioned eight years ago under the title "Project Flute", the DA said on Sunday. "It is time, after more than eight years and R1-billion, for government to provide some straight answers about...
Jan 17, 2014
The specialist Kruger National Park antipoaching response unit of the South African National Parks received a Gazelle helicopter, which will enable the unit to rapidly deploy tracking teams to locate poachers and conduct night patrols using thermal imaging equipment...
Jan 17, 2014
South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space technology company Denel Dynamics has determined that an innovation in its annual engineering internship programme, introduced last year, was a great success. This was the purposeful use of young engineers, as...
Jan 15, 2014
Fitch Ratings on Wednesday upgraded South Africa-based aerospace company Denel’s National Long-term Rating to ‘AAA(zaf)’ from ‘AA-(zaf)’ and affirmed its National Short-term rating at 'F1+(zaf)’, stating that the company’s outlook was stable. The...
Dec 13, 2013
MUCH IMPROVED The NG2000 series Casspir wide-body ambulance
Denel Land Systems’ (DLS) Mechem division is successfully marketing the latest version of its highly regarded Casspir mine-protected vehicle, the Casspir NG2000 series wide body ambulance. As its description says, this has a notably wider body than standard...
Dec 06, 2013
A Denel Dynamics Seeker II
South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space technology company Denel Dynamics has determined that an innovation in its annual engineering internship programme, introduced this year, has been a great success. This was the fifth year the company has run the...
 
 
 
 
Nov 29, 2013
OPENING NEW MARKETS The Al Tariq precision guided munition
A joint venture (JV) company created by South Africa’s Denel defence industrial group and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Tawazun has won a R5-billion contract for precision guided munition (PGM) systems for the UAE Air Force. The JV is Tawazun Dynamics and it...
Nov 29, 2013
On June 14, 2013, the first example of European manufacturer Airbus’ latest airliner family, the twin-engined wide body A350 XWB, made its maiden flight from Toulouse Blagnac airport in south west France. (Throughout this story, the name Airbus means the airliner...
Nov 27, 2013
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
A Tawazun Dynamics Al Tariq PGM
A joint venture (JV) company created by South Africa’s Denel defence industrial group and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Tawazun has won a R5-billion contract for precision guided munition (PGM) systems for the UAE Air Force. The JV is Tawazun Dynamics and it...
Nov 19, 2013
Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger has hailed the contract for the Badger infantry fighting vehicle for the South African Army (under Project Hoefyster) as "really the most significant defence contract ever signed with a South African defence company". He...
Nov 15, 2013
European plane maker Airbus Military, part of the Airbus group, announced on Friday that it has awarded South African aerospace company Aerosud major component contracts for the A400M airlifter for the whole of the programme. Aerosud designed and manufactures the...
Nov 15, 2013
South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel is modernising most of its product offerings to increase its competitiveness in the international defence markets. “By 2018, Denel will have moved from its current position as a ‘good company’ to be a...
Nov 15, 2013
South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM) is set to become the German Rheinmetall group's second global hub for munitions manufacture and is already a major research and development (R&D) centre for the global company. RDM is 51%-owned by...
Nov 15, 2013
The ever-increasing need for information generated from space requires several satellites to orbit the earth, which subsequently require more antennas worldwide to track and monitor their orbits and functions. This provides an opportunity for South Africa to invest...
 
 
 
 
Nov 08, 2013
In a recent media briefing, South African Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant-General Fabian Zimpande Msimang highlighted the mutual importance of the relationship between his Service and the local aerospace and aviation industries. “Strategic partnerships are being...
Nov 08, 2013
SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTPRINT Ninety per cent of the systems being designed and produced at Saab Grintek Defence facilities, in South Africa, are being used by defence forces worldwide and comprise indigenous South African technology
Security and defence company Saab Grintek hopes to achieve its goal of supplying civil security products in sub-Saharan Africa. “We want to take advanced military technology and adapt it to civil society in Africa to make it a safer place,” Saab South Africa CEO...
Nov 05, 2013
State-owned defence company Denel on Tuesday said it intends to grow its yearly revenue to more than R7-billion in the next five years and create a long-term order book of more than five times its turnover.
Nov 04, 2013
Many of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) countries have embarked on military modernisation programmes, making it one of the fastest growing regions in terms of defence spending in the world, State-owned Denel said on Monday, adding that Southeast...
Oct 30, 2013
 
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