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Defence & Aerospace

Denel breaks into the world defence industry’s Top 100

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 Leading US – indeed, international – defence publication Defense News has ranked South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel as the second largest defence manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the top 100 in the world, in terms of revenues obtained in 2014. Denel ranks... 

Denel wants to develop information warfare capabilities

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 A key priority for South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel is to develop its capabilities in what is known, in defence jargon, as C4ISTAR – command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance. “With regard to information... 

South African antenna company now established in US market

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 Specialist South African company Alaris Holdings has completed its take-over of US business Antenna Research Associates (ARA). The deal was originally announced in February. Alaris Holdings was previously known as Poynting Holdings and is listed on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It... 

Defence sector supportive of SMMEs, localisation underestimated, argues industry body

By: Natalie Greve     19th August 2015 As government continues to promote localisation and support for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through various incentive schemes and overhauled procurement legislation, the local defence industry argues that its contribution to propping up local industry often remains under... 

Defence sector supportive of SMMEs, localisation underestimated, argues industry body
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AMD executive director Simphiwe Hamilton

Denel breaks into the world defence industry’s Top 100

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2015 Leading US – indeed, international – defence publication Defense News has ranked South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel as the second largest defence manufacturer in the southern hemisphere and one of the top 100 in the world, in terms of revenues obtained in 2014. Denel ranks... 

Denel breaks into the world defence industry’s Top 100
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Denel Group CEO Riaz Saloojee

New course being charted for defence acquisition agency as marketplace shifts 

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 South Africa’s defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. “We’re looking into restructuring Armscor,” reports new... 

New course being charted for defence acquisition agency as marketplace shifts

Development of a Rooivalk Mark 2 attack helicopter under consideration

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 The country's State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the Department of Defence and the South African National Defence Force will give a favorable response to the proposed "future roadmap" for Denel's Rooivalk attack helicopter. This was stated by group CEO Riaz Saloojee at the... 

New course being charted for defence acquisition agency as marketplace shifts

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 South Africa's defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. "We're looking into restructuring Armscor," reports new... 

New course being charted for defence acquisition agency as marketplace shifts

State-owned defence group says order book stands at R35bn

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has reported that it had enjoyed a most successful financial year during 2014/2015. "This has been another really good year for us," enthused Group CEO Riaz  Saloojee. "This year under review was a remarkable one for us. We've grown... 

New course charted for Armscor 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2015 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about Armscor's reorganisation plans. 

New course charted for Armscor
New course charted for Armscor

Business leaders join call to ban robotic soldiers 

By: African News Agency      28th July 2015 The heads of leading technology companies will on Tuesday join the cosmologist Stephen Hawking, the cognitive scientist Noam Chomski and a host of the world’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers in calling for an international ban on the development of autonomous... 

Business leaders join call to ban robotic soldiers
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Tesla CE Elon Musk

Brown rotates Denel board

By: Natalie Greve     24th July 2015 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has, following Cabinet approval, rotated the board of State-owned aerospace and defence technology conglomerate Denel. Brown appointed Daniel Mantsha – an attorney with experience in corporate finance, transactional advising, business management, commercial... 

Brown rotates Denel board

Denel's ever-improving results 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2015 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about Denel's 2015 financial year results and its future plans for the Rooivalk helicopter. 

Denel's ever-improving results
Denel's ever-improving results

SA defence group protects key technologies and supports country

By: Keith Campbell     23rd July 2015 Local defence industrial group Denel regards the its most important mandate as being the retention of key defence industrial and technological capabilities in the country. "The most critical one [mandate] is the maintenance and support of sovereign strategic industrial capabilities," Denel Group... 

SA defence group protects key technologies and supports country

New generation Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter under consideration 

By: Keith Campbell     23rd July 2015 The country's State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the Department of Defence and the South African National Defence Force will give a favourable response to the proposed "future roadmap" for Denel's Rooivalk attack helicopter. This was stated by group CEO Riaz Saloojee at a media... 

New generation Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter under consideration

Denel continues to deliver ever-improving results

By: Keith Campbell     23rd July 2015 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel on Thursday reported that it had enjoyed a most successful financial year during 2014/2015. "This has been another really good year for us," enthused Group CEO Riaz  Saloojee. "This year under review was a remarkable one for us. We've grown... 

Denel continues to deliver ever-improving results
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Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee

African countries need to collaborate in the defence sector

By: Keith Campbell     17th July 2015 African countries should cooperate more in defence, including defence technology and the defence industry, in order to strengthen the continent's sovereignty, peace and development. So argued South African Defence acquisitions, disposals and research and development agency Armscor board chairman,... 

SA protection system for armoured vehicles getting global attention

By: Keith Campbell     17th July 2015 South African defence company Saab Grintek Defence is receiving a lot of interest from around the world in the latest version of its armoured vehicle Land Electronics Defence System (LEDS) 50, the Mark (Mk) 2. "We've received a lot of Requests for Proposals," reports company Product Manager: Land... 

Denel Dynamics seeks strong revenue growth and stronger SA supply chain

By: Keith Campbell     10th July 2015 South African guided weapons, unmanned air vehicles and space company Denel Dynamics plans to increase its revenue to more than R2-billion within five years. This was reported by company CEO Tsepo Monaheng at its annual "Show and Tell" briefing in Centurion, just south of Pretoria, on Friday. In... 

Denel Dynamics seeks strong revenue growth and stronger SA supply chain
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Denel Dynamics Marlin long-range missile

More South Africans want to understand radar technology

By: Keith Campbell     10th July 2015 There has been a strong increase in interest in radar technology among South African engineers and organisations over the past year or so. This has been demonstrated by greater than expected interest in radar education and training courses in the country this year – which happens to be the 75th... 

SA soft-kill system for armoured vehicles getting global attention 

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2015 South African defence company Saab Grintek Defence is receiving a lot of interest from around the world in the latest version of its armoured vehicle Land Electronics Defence System (LEDS) 50, the Mark (Mk) 2. "We've received a lot of requests for proposals," reports company product manager: land... 

SA soft-kill system for armoured vehicles getting global attention
Photo by Keith Campbell
LEDS 50

African countries must collaborate in defence sector

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2015 African countries should cooperate more in defence, including defence technology and the defence industry, in order to strengthen the continent's sovereignty, peace and development. So argued South African Defence acquisitions, disposals and research and development agency Armscor board... 

African countries must collaborate in defence sector

SA troops in Sudan feared the worst

By: News24Wire      17th June 2015 More than 800 terrified South African soldiers in Sudan feared the worst when their camp was surrounded by Sudanese troops. "In order to save lives, we would have to have surrendered if they stormed us. One battalion of soldiers without proper weapons could not fight against an entire country's... 

SA troops in Sudan feared the worst

Mapisa-Nqakula warns against ill-discipline in the army

By: African News Agency      12th June 2015 Acts of ill-discipline amongst members of the SA National Defence Force will not be tolerated, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said. “The military is a family unit, where in a war situation the duty to protect life doesn’t lie with you, but with your fellow soldier,” said Mapisa-Nqakula,... 

Mapisa-Nqakula warns against ill-discipline in the army
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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressing 119 young graduates at the Drakensig Military Sport Complex in Limpopo

A400M crash: engine control unit problems confirmed

By: Keith Campbell     4th June 2015 More information has been released about the recent fatal crash of Airbus A400M MSN23. Airbus Defence and Space, part of the Airbus Group and manufacturer of the A400M military transport aircraft, as well as of other types, on Wednesday reported that it had issued an Accident Information... 

A400M crash: engine control unit problems confirmed

Defence Minister hopes defence budget will grow to 2% of GDP over time

By: Keith Campbell     29th May 2015 South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She did so while addressing the media in her recent budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence budget comes to R44.5-billion,... 

Defence Minister welcomes developments within her department

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2015 Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed pleasure that the country's defence acquisitions, disposals and research and development agency, Armscor, again has a permanent CEO. The agency was headed by an acting CEO for four years. "I'm delighted that the... 

Defence Minister welcomes developments within her department

AEEI special purpose vehicle eyes 25% plus 1 in Saab subsidiary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2015 JSE-listed African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) plans to dispose of its 5% stake in Saab South Africa for R20-million, while AEEI’s 60%-owned ring-fenced special purpose vehicle (SPV) AEEI Newco will pay R120-million to acquire 25% plus one share of Saab subsidiary Grintek Defence (SGD).... 

AEEI special purpose vehicle eyes 25% plus 1 in Saab subsidiary

Mapisa-Nqakula hopes and wishes for a higher budget 

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2015 South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She was addressing the media on Tuesday in her budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence budget comes to R44.5-billion, which is... 

Mapisa-Nqakula hopes and wishes for a higher budget
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Denel’s order book standing at R33bn 

By: RDM News Wire      15th May 2015 Defence manufacturer Denel’s order book is standing at over R33-billion‚ with over 50 percent of its profits being derived from its international business. This was disclosed by public enterprises minister Lynne Brown during her Budget Vote speech in Parliament on Thursday. 

Denel’s order book standing at R33bn

Refocused and renamed antenna group moves to expand footprint

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2015 Defence and specialist antenna company Alaris Antennas recorded improved sales in many of the regions where it operates and has made good progress towards concluding an acquisition that will provide it a footprint in the US, says Alaris Holdings CEO Jürgen Dresel. Alaris Holdings, which changed... 

Refocused and renamed antenna group moves to expand footprint
JÜRGEN DRESEL Alaris is more focused and will devote more resources to research and development and client support

Airbus keeping SA informed on its multirole tanker transport

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2015 Airbus Defence and Space, part of the Airbus Group, has confirmed that it has been briefing the South African Department of Defence and the South African Air Force (SAAF) on the progress of the A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft programme. The SAAF previously operated Boeing 707... 

Airbus keeping SA informed on its multirole tanker transport

More focused and renamed Alaris targets growth, expanding footprint

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2015 Defence and specialist antenna company Alaris Antennas has recorded improved sales in many of the regions where it operates and has made good progress towards concluding an acquisition that will provide it a footprint in the US, Alaris Holdings CEO Jürgen Dresel has told Engineering News Online.... 

More focused and renamed Alaris targets growth, expanding footprint
Alaris CEO Jürgen Dresel

Real-time database techniques can empower emergency services

By: Schalk Burger     1st May 2015 The importance of timeously supplying the correct information to the right people is crucial to the effectiveness of emergency and security services, and these first responders can gain significant value from real-time databases, says German database giant SAP Public Security Europe, Middle East,... 

Defence review report going to Parliament

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th April 2015 The Joint Standing Committee on Defence on Thursday adopted the committee’s Defence Review Report that takes the policy a step further towards adoption by Parliament. The committee viewed this as a “major milestone” towards ensuring the revitalisation of the country’s armed forces. The report... 

Defence review report going to Parliament

Despite many woes, Nigeria continues to lead

By: Keith Campbell     24th April 2015 As is well known, at the end of last month, retired General Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s Presidential elections. A northerner and a Muslim, Buhari won a majority of the votes in predominantly Christian States in the south west of the country, as... 

Latest Paramount acquisition boosts group’s production capacity in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     24th April 2015 Early this month South African defence group Paramount announced that it had bought the manufacturing facilities and certain other assets of DCD Protected Mobility (part of South Africa’s DCD industrial and engineering group), as well as taking transfer of selected personnel. Paramount describes... 

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