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Defence & Aerospace

Denel looks to diversify into the rail sector 

By: Keith Campbell     24th June 2014 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel is hoping to enter the railway manufacturing sector, following the launching of multi-billion rand programmes to modernise the country’s national railway network. These include the acquisition of new locomotives and both passenger and... 

High-tech defence company aims to benefit country

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2014 South African high-technology company Denel Dynamics must meet the challenges and seize the opportunities facing it not only for the sake of the company itself but for the sake of the country as a whole. So asserted company CEO Tsepo Monaheng on Friday, addressing staff and guests at the... 

High-tech defence company aims to benefit country

SA missile company focuses on seekers, motors 

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2014 The missile business of South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space company Denel Dynamics, part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group, is focusing a lot of its attention and investment on to the development of radar seekers and new rocket motors. These developments are the... 

SA missile company focuses on seekers, motors
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel Umkhonto IR missile

SA defence firm’s divisions now marketing themselves across the world

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2014 South African defence company BAe Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA), which is composed of three divisions – OMC, Dynamics and Gear Ratio – is actively promoting its products and capabilities across a wide range of international markets. Each of the three divisions is a specialist in its... 

Badger serial local manufacturing to start within 24 months 

By: Leandi Kolver     19th June 2014 Serial local manufacturing of State-owned defence group Denel Land Systems’ (DLS’) Badger infantry combat vehicle was expected to start within the next 24 months, with operational testing and evaluation progressing as planned, DLS CEO Stephan Burger said on Thursday. In late 2013, Armscor placed... 

Badger serial local manufacturing to start within 24 months

Denel PMP to boost ammunition production as it eyes R1bn/y turnover

By: Natalie Greve     17th June 2014 Munitions manufacturer Denel Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) plans to dramatically increase its ammunition production capacity in a bid to double its yearly turnover to more than R1-billion in the next five years. Responding to “strategic requirements” in the local market, Denel PMP CEO Phaladi... 

Denel PMP to boost ammunition production as it eyes R1bn/y turnover

Saab making maritime surveillance offer to SA 

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2014 Should South Africa select the Saab 340 MSA twin turboprop maritime surveillance aircraft to re-equip the South African Air Force (SAAF), the company could have a baseline-configuration aeroplane in South Africa within six months of contract signature. So assures Saab South Africa President and... 

South African defence firm forecasts global armoured vehicle market upturn

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2014 While the international armoured and mine-protected vehicle market remains in a downturn, local company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) expects this to come to an end over the next 18 to 24 months and be followed by an upturn. “We are seeing new vehicle projects emerging,” reports... 

Airbus Military Aircraft head says it was right to keep A400M work in SA 

By: Keith Campbell     10th June 2014 Airbus made the right decision in retaining South African companies in the supply chain for the A400M military airlift aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space Executive VP: Military Aircraft Domingo Urena told South African journalists at a dinner near Seville on Monday night. "I think it was the... 

Airbus Military Aircraft head says it was right to keep A400M work in SA

South Africa to make parts for new Swedish fighter 

By: Keith Campbell     6th June 2014 Some parts for the Swedish Air Force’s next fighter, the Saab Gripen E, will be manufactured in South Africa. The Gripen E is a significant redevelopment of the existing Gripen fighter family. “We will be making parts for the Swedish Air Force Gripen Es in South Africa,” reveals Saab South... 

    South Africa to make parts for new Swedish fighter

New addition completes SA company’s armoured-vehicle family

By: Keith Campbell     6th June 2014 South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) is to display the latest model of its RG35 armoured combat vehicle family at the Eurosatory defence exhibition in Paris later this month (June 16 to 20). The new version is the RG35 MIV... 

How the (newly) mighty are (apparently) fallen

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2014 Barely had the announcement been made that Nigeria had leapfrogged over South Africa to become, by a substantial margin, the biggest economy in Africa, than the West African country was subjected to the great humiliation and embarrassment of having between 200 and 300 schoolgirls abducted... 

Brazil, South Africa move to deepen defence cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     23rd May 2014 The visit to South Africa by Brazilian Defence Minister Celso Amorim in March has further stimulated defence ties between the two countries. He held official discussions with South African Defence and Military Veterans Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as well as having a private... 

    Brazil, South Africa move to deepen defence cooperation
Photo by Duane Daws
PROGRAMME TO BE CONTINUED The A-Darter missile

New ships needed by the SA Navy to protect ‘blue economy’ 

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2014 South Africa's Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Rusty Higgs, recently reaffirmed 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 Patrol Vessels. The first of these... 

     New ships needed by the SA Navy to protect ‘blue economy’

Research agreement signed between CSIR and Malaysian defence university

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 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 covering this was signed by the two institutions on... 

More defence orders for Poynting, new acquisition and exports promising

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2014 Local antenna manufacturer Poynting Holdings reports high growth of its defence equipment order book, offset by losses in other divisions, and notes that about 68% of its earnings stem from exporting equipment mainly to developed markets, says Poynting CEO Dr André Fourie. Poynting’s interim... 

Tanker offers instant purified water solution

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2014 The Slovak-made Strazan water purification tanker truck can purify 50 ℓ of water a minute to provide clean drinking water using any source of water during droughts, emergencies or military operations, says local distributor Zero7Health CEO Tatiana Lhotsky. The versatile 6 x 6 truck is able to... 

Mismatch between SANDF roles and budget has to be addressed – Minister

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd April 2014 Commitments made over the past 16 years, following the 1998 Defence Review, has resulted in a mismatch between what was expected from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the resources allocated to it, causing a decline in most aspects of the force’s work, Minister of Defence and... 

Mismatch between SANDF roles and budget has to be addressed – Minister

New defence review urges creation of new post to oversee R&D

By: Keith Campbell     18th April 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 development in the country.  

   New defence review urges creation of new post to oversee R&D

South Africa will need to protect its future defence intellectual property

By: Keith Campbell     18th April 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, development, engineering and... 

CSIR signs joint R&D agreement with Malaysian defence university

By: Keith Campbell     16th April 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 signed by the two institutions... 

CSIR signs joint R&D agreement with Malaysian defence university

Navy needs new ships to protect 'blue economy' and combat insecurity 

By: Keith Campbell     11th April 2014 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 Patrol Vessels. The first of these... 

Navy needs new ships to protect 'blue economy' and combat insecurity
Photo by SA Navy
SA Navy Warrior-class strike craft, before conversion to an OPV

German group to upgrade SA air defence artillery

By: Keith Campbell     11th April 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 Munition subsidiary, owns 51% of South... 

British warship docks in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     7th April 2014 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 exercises with the South African... 

British warship docks in Cape Town
HMS Portland

Acquisition process for six new SA Navy patrol vessels confirmed

By: Keith Campbell     4th April 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 inshore patrol vessels (IPVs).... 

   Acquisition process for six new SA Navy patrol vessels confirmed

SA air defence artillery to be upgraded by German group 

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 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. The SA Army currently operates twin 35 mm air defence guns acquired from... 

SA air defence artillery to be upgraded by German group
Photo by Rheinmetall AG
A Skyshield fire control unit with two twin 35 mm Mk VII anti aircraft guns

Start of acquisition process for six new SA Navy patrol vessels confirmed 

By: Keith Campbell     20th March 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 inshore patrol vessels (IPVs).... 

Start of acquisition process for six new SA Navy patrol vessels confirmed
Photo by SA Navy
SA Navy Warrior-class strike craft, before conversion to an OPV

Defence Minister warns on SANDF infrastructure and human resources

By: Keith Campbell     14th March 2014 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 at the end of last month, she affirmed that it “is important that we... 

SA seeks global unmanned-air-vehicle niche as rivalry intensifies 

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 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 last decade, a growing number of countries and companies have seen UAVs as a means to break into the aerospace sector and international markets. In... 

SA seeks global unmanned-air-vehicle niche as rivalry intensifies

MoU signings mark advance of SA programme for Malaysia

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 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 order for armoured vehicle turrets... 

   MoU signings mark advance of SA programme for Malaysia

SA seeks global unmanned-air-vehicle niche as rivalry intensifies 

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 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 international markets. In... 

SA seeks global unmanned-air-vehicle niche as rivalry intensifies

PMI higher but business activity still restrained

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd March 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 as the eurozone’s manufacturing... 

PMI higher but business activity still restrained

Defence Minister warns on SANDF infrastructure and human resources 

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 2014 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 “is important that we pay urgent... 

Defence Minister warns on SANDF infrastructure and human resources

MoU signings mark development of SA offset programme for Malaysia

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 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 order for armoured vehicle turrets... 

MoU signings mark development of SA offset programme for Malaysia
Photo by Denel
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.

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

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

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

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