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MENA region to account for big proportion of 3% growth

     24th February 2017 Last month, international consultancy company Deloitte projected a growth of more than 3% in global defence spending in 2017 after years of declining budgets. 

Significant growth ensures positive future for defence company

     24th February 2017 Swedish security and defence group Saab’s South African defence and security company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has expanded its client base and grown its staff complement, explaining that Saab Grintek Defence has a solid order book to 2020, firmly positioning the South African security and... 

Significant growth ensures positive future for defence company
Photo by Keith Campbell
PRODUCTION Production at the South African plant is steady with orders up to 2020

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training

     24th February 2017 From next year, the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 cadets to a military academy in Saldanha in the Western Cape each year to pursue their first degree in their chosen fields. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support mustering. 

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training
Photo by Dylan Slater
ROOIVALK HELICOPTER The Rooivalk helicopter has recently shown its effectiveness in combat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Local rifle manufacturing multibeneficial for economy 

By: Bruce Montiea     19th February 2016 Precision rifles designer and manufacturer Truvelo believes that manufacturing its rifles locally encourages foreign currency influx and alleviates unemployment. “We contribute to job creation and skills development by offering training to our staff and, as the majority of our products are... 

Local rifle manufacturing  multibeneficial for economy
PRECISION Truvelo’s rifles are lightweight, adjustable and accurate

Military training ground cleared for housing development 

     19th February 2016 Demining and clearance company Mechem, which is part of defence products and solutions company Denel, was called in to inspect vacant land next to Loftus Gardens in Pretoria that has been earmarked for a new housing development. Denel acting group CE Zwelakhe Ntshepe says the land was used as a... 

Military training  ground cleared for housing development
Photo by Bloomberg
AVAILABLE RESOURCE The young people will undergo continuing basic demining training and will be added to the pool of skilled South African deminers which Mechem can call on for future international clearance missions

Simulator designer begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles

     19th February 2016 Simulator-based training systems designer ThoroughTec Simulation has begun the delivery of its Tactical Crew Training Simulators from its Cyberwar range, for the South African Army’s Badger Infantry Combat Vehicles. ThoroughTec Simulation military business manager David Cooke says the army will... 

Simulator designer  begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles
COMBAT READY The South African Army will use ThoroughTec Simulation’s Tactical Crew Training Simulators to maintain its conventional, mechanised warfare skills


By: Zandile Mavuso     19th February 2016 Established in April 1992, State-owned aerospace and defence technology group Denel continues to provide turnkey defence equipment solutions to its clients by designing, developing, integrating and supporting aerospace and defence technology. 


SA company working on armoured vehicle order for East African client

     19th February 2016 South African defence equipment and logistics company Twiga Services is building Mamba-class armoured personnel carrier vehicles for a client in East Africa. Twiga CEO Damien de Lange says the vehicles are due for completion by the end of the year. 

Company strengthens position with new maritime division

     20th February 2015 The establishment of State-owned aerospace and defence technology company Denel’s new Integrated Systems and Maritime division (DISM) will strengthen the company’s position as a high-end technology powerhouse and expand the range of products and services it now offers to the South African defence... 

Composite armour provides added protection

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th February 2015 MOH-9 Armour Ceramics, a division of Multotec Wear Linings, part of the Multotec Group, launched its 99% alumina oxide ceramic (Al2O3) in December, available as both monolithic body armour and vehicle armour tiles. Owing to its improved hardness, lighter weight composite armour solutions can be... 

Composite armour provides added protection
PROVIDING PROTECTION MOH-9 Armour Ceramics’ 99% alumina oxide ceramic is harder than steel and can provide superior protection compared with armour steels of comparable thickness

Fifty successful flight-testing hours recorded

     20th February 2015 Defence and aerospace company Paramount Group announced in December that its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) reached a milestone of 50 hours of successful incident-free test flying. The AHRLAC, the first military manned fixed-wing aircraft to be fully designed,... 

Multimillion-rand skills development programme launched

     20th February 2015 In partnership with the Department of Military Veterans (DMV), privately owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group announced in September that they will establish a multimillion-rand high-technical-skills development programme, aimed at advancing the South African defence industry... 

Defence company’s missile passes critical tests

     20th February 2015 Aerospace and defence company Denel’s latest air-to-air missile, the A-Darter, passed critical in-flight guided tests late last year and production on this fifth-generation missile system is expected to start before the end of 2015. Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee says the A-Darter will be a global... 

Patrol vehicle built for Nigeria police force

     20th February 2015 Vehicle-mounted mine detector original equipment manufacture DCD Protected Mobility launched a new type of mine-protected patrol vehicle last year, which will be built for the Nigeria Police Force's (NPF's) paramilitary units. Named after a mythical Nigerian creature, the Ikri patrol vehicle was... 

SA company presents weapons tracking solution to UN

     21st February 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 New York, in November. These... 

Defence company secures multibillion-rand contracts

By: David Oliveira     21st February 2014 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 notes that DLS secured two... 

Defence company secures multibillion-rand contracts
Photo by Denel
STEPHAN BURGER The supply contract for 238 Badgers to the South African National Defence Force is the largest contract Denel has ever secured

Paramount secures naval capabilities through acquisition

By: David Oliveira     21st February 2014 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 competency. Paramount Group executive... 

Paramount secures naval capabilities through acquisition
Photo by Paramount Group
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

Family foundation supports fight against poaching

By: David Oliveira     21st February 2014 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 killed, a 150% increase on the... 

Family foundation supports fight against poaching
Photo by Paramount Group
COUNTER-POACHING TRAINING A counter-poaching training programme was launched at the Madikwe Game Reserve, in North West, in October

Budget cuts reduce industry’s capabilities, potential being eroded

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 The South African defence industry has been heavily affected by budgetary cuts – its range of capabilities is much smaller and narrower, compared with what it was in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in a loss of technological depth, states independent defence analyst Helmoed Heitman. He adds that,... 

Davit system customised for antipiracy efforts

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa’s premier scientific research and development organisation, has developed a removable hoisting and davit-storage system that rapidly places smaller vessels on frigates for immediate response to piracy along the African... 

SA defence company signs partnership agreement to target South America

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 Global defence, security and peacekeeping company Paramount Group signed a multipronged partnership agreement with Argentine defence and security company Codesur. This will enable Paramount Group to develop its business in South America. The strategic partnership between Paramount Group and... 

Helicopter to offer better performance in ambient conditions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 Aeronautical engineering company Marenco Engineering Technologies Africa is developing a new helicopter in conjunction with its parent company Marenco Swisshelicopter. “The main advantage of the helicopter is that it is based on new-generation technology and materials. Most designs on the market... 

Company designs lock-wing drone

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 Engineering and military technology company Braddick Defense Systems is developing a high-speed, long-range, mobile deployment unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance and attack-mission augmentation in collaboration with aeronautical engineering company Marenco Engineering Technologies Africa.... 

Exhibition and air show going green

By: Yolandi Booyens     24th February 2012 This year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition and air show, AAD2012, is going green with the implementation of a digital greening project to decrease the show’s carbon footprint. 

First commercially qualified armed helicopter now sold in SA 

By: Yolandi Booyens     24th February 2012 Independent representative for Bell Helicopter in 13 Southern African countries National Airways Corporation (NAC) is now selling the helicopter manufacturer's first commercially qualified armed helicopter, the Bell 407AH, configured to perform a range of missions. 

Company completes contract for Department of Defence 

     24th February 2012 Specialist in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of industrial and commercial equipment Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) has completed a three-year mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance contract on behalf of the Department of Defence, for the 4 South African... 

Satellite systems company paves way for defence developments

By: Yolandi Booyens     24th February 2012 Supplier of innovative small and medium-sized satellite systems SunSpace says its Sumbandila satellite has paved the way for further research and development into the requirements of a future, locally built, communications satellite over which the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)... 

Local electronics company to form Malaysian partnerships

By: Yolandi Booyens     24th February 2012 South African electronics company Tellumat is planning to form cooperative partnerships with Malaysian companies to meet common defence requirements within South-East Asian and Southern African countries with medium- to long-term sustainability, Tellumat Defence marketing manager Brian Ferguson... 

SA could benefit from weapons integration skills

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th February 2011 South Africa’s defence industry could benefit from the honing and re-establishment of the capabilities required for defence aircraft weapons integration, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aerospace contract research and development manager John Wesley says. 

International market access improvement critical to success

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th February 2011 State-owned arms manufacturer Denel has put much effort into driving innovation and technological advances, with a focus on operational excellence through improved programme management, supply chain efficiencies and cost reduction. 

Long-range thermal cameras enter SA market

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th February 2011 Stainless steel trailer manufacturer Desert Wolf has been appointed as the South Africa distributor of the US thermal imaging manufacturer Flir’s land systems. 

Strategic plans for SA aerospace industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th February 2011 Several strategic studies have been commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to ensure that the South African aerospace and defence industries are effectively positioned for future competitiveness and that these contribute to... 

Council launches SA’s first radar and electronic defence degree

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th February 2011 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS), in conjunction with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and several international partners, are launching South Africa’s first Master of Engineering (M Eng) in Radar and Electronic Defence on... 

Increasing demand for unconventional defence products

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 Specialist South African electronics, radar and related systems company Reutech, part of the JSE-listed Reunert group, reports that currently, the global political landscape is fairly stable, except for the war in Afghanistan, which means that there is not much demand for conventional defence... 

Government use of acquisition muscle for projects- key for defence industry

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 Industry association the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Related Industries Association (AMD) reports that the key issue facing the South African defence industry in 2010, is how the government will use its acquisition muscle for projects in the landward naval or maritime environments. 

Research key to tackiling security challenges

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 State-owned defence company Denel believes that effective support to national security challenges can only be remedied by refocusing on consistent research and technology development, as well as enhancing staff competency. 

Locally developed fighter vehicle enters international markets 

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 Defence company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa introduced the locally developed multipurpose RG35 6 x 6 vehicle, a crossover vehicle between a personnel carrier and a fighting vehicle, to the international markets late last year. 

Warning that lack of 
support will affect 
industry growth

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 Specialist aerospace systems integrator Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE) warns that a decrease of local contracts will result in the lack of growth in the local defence industry’s export prospects. 

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