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Defence & Aerospace

US, SA defence companies sign collaboration memorandum

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2014 Major US company Boeing Defence, Space and Security, a unit of the giant Boeing Company and private-sector South African defence and aerospace enterprise the Paramount Group on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Collaboration. The signing took place at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK. In terms of... 

Ansys positioning itself to take advantage of defence sector growth

By: Leandi Kolver     14th July 2014 The South African defence sector is poised for growth on the back of the 2014 Defence Review, creating an opportunity for private companies to assist the State in meeting its targets, engineering and electronics firm Ansys CEO Teddy Daka told Engineering News Online on Monday. He said while the... 

Ansys positioning itself to take advantage of defence sector growth

Airbus now actively marketing A400M to possible new customers

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2014 The Military Aircraft Division of Airbus Defence and Space has begun to actively market its A400M military airlifter to countries outside of the aircraft programme’s core partnership states. “We received authorisation to market the plane internationally one year ago,” reported the division’s Head... 

    Airbus now actively marketing A400M to possible new customers
Photo by Airbus
GLOBAL MARKETING Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in the cockpit of an A400M with Airbus experimental test pilot Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Lombo

Airbus seeks to help strengthen SA aerospace company

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2014 European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, part of the aerospace and defence Airbus Group, wants to help South African company Denel Aerostructures (DAe) to expand into the commercial aircraft aerostructures sector. DAe is part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group and is one of three... 

Gas can offer low-carbon-economy springboard

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2014 Gas will be a springboard for a low-carbon economy, as it will deter new investment in coal and complement renewable-energy resources, believes Johannesburg-based consulting firm MAC Consulting associate director Dave Collins. 

High-performance reconnaissance aircraft takes to the skies in test phase  

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th July 2014 The Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (Ahrlac) has reached the ground-testing phase at the Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria, marking a significant milestone for South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group.  Ahrlac is a compact twin-boom, single-engine... 

High-performance reconnaissance aircraft takes to the skies in test phase
Photo by Sashnee Moodley
The Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft

Land Systems SA secures sights contract for Denel’s Badger

By: Natalie Greve     9th July 2014 BAE Systems subsidiary Land Systems South Africa has secured a contract under Denel Land Systems’ 8x8 Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) programme, which will see the defence systems developer providing commander and gunner sights for Badger combat vehicles. “This is a key contract for our business,... 

Land Systems SA secures sights contract for Denel’s Badger

South African missile company aiming to develop new products

By: Keith Campbell     4th July 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, addressing staff and guests at the conclusion of the... 

    South African missile company aiming to develop new products

State-owned defence group looks to diversify into the rail sector

By: Keith Campbell     4th July 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... 

SA aerostructures company wins more Airbus A400M work

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2014 Local aerospace company Denel Aerostructures (DAe), part of the State-owned Denel Group, has won a fourth contract to manufacture parts for the Airbus A400M military air transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft. The new contract, which was won in an international bidding process, is worth... 

SA aerostructures company wins more Airbus A400M work

Airbus military aircraft head says it was good to keep A400M work in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     27th 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 Ureña told South African journalists in Seville recently. "I think it was the right decision to keep... 

‘Hardly possible’ to overstate SA defence crisis – ISS 

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2014 It is hardly possible to overstate the crisis in the South African Department of Defence (DoD) which, in its current configuration, is risking the lives of the country’s soldiers as well as South Africa’s reputation, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) executive director Jakkie Cilliers said on... 

‘Hardly possible’ to overstate SA defence crisis – ISS

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... 

Denel looks to diversify into the rail sector

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

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