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Defence & Aerospace

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... 

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
Photo by African News Agency
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... 

South African mine-protected-vehicle firm still in business despite deal to sell Isando plant

By: Keith Campbell     24th April 2015 Despite its recent sale of its manufacturing plant at Isando, in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, DCD Protected Mobility is still very much in existence and in business. The company is part of the DCD industrial and engineering group and manufactures mine protected and armoured vehicles, being... 

Solidarity calls for independent probe on xenophobia

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2015 As South Africa is gripped by a wave of violent xenophobic attacks, trade union Solidarity called on government to appoint a multidisciplinary independent task team headed by a retired judge to delve into the violent uprisings against non-South Africans. While President Jacob Zuma established a... 

Solidarity calls for independent probe on xenophobia

DCD Protected Mobility still rolling, despite Isando plant sale

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2015 Despite its recent sale of its manufacturing plant at Isando, in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, DCD Protected Mobility is still very much in existence and in business. The company is part of the DCD industrial and engineering group and manufactures mine protected and armoured vehicles, being... 

DCD Protected Mobility still rolling, despite Isando plant sale
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A DCD Protected Mobility Husky 2G armoured and mine protected landmine and explosive device detector vehicle

Defence group Denel wins interim order against illegal squatters

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2015 The Western Cape High Court on Friday granted State-owned defence industrial group Denel an interim order forbidding anyone from entering or re-entering its Philippi property in the Western Cape province. The property lies close to Khayelitsha, itself a partially formal and partially informal... 

Defence group Denel wins interim order against illegal squatters

Latest Paramount acquisition marks a major consolidation in the SA defence industry

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2015 South African defence group Paramount announced on Thursday 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... 

Latest Paramount acquisition marks a major consolidation in the SA defence industry
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Part of the former DCD Protected Mobility production line

Poynting disposes of lossmaking segments, posts mixed interim results

By: Schalk Burger     20th March 2015 JSE-listed communications and defence antenna manufacturer Poynting’s interim results for the period ended December 31, 2014, show that the company has increased turnover for continuing operations by 101% after disposing of its loss-making segments. It posted profits after tax and before fair... 

Poynting disposes of lossmaking segments,  posts mixed interim results
JÜRGEN DRESEL Poynting disposed of loss-making segments and is now well positioned for growth

Two local companies form electronic warfare alliance

By: Keith Campbell     20th March 2015 Recently established Denel Integrated Systems and Management (Denel ISM) has formed an alliance with GEW Technologies, a South African subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, part of Europe’s Airbus group. The alliance is intended to pursue future electronic warfare (EW) programmes.  

Three key Denel Dynamics products poised to enter production phase

By: Keith Campbell     13th March 2015 No fewer that three of the development projects being carried out by local missile, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellite company Denel Dynamics (part of the State-owned Denel group) are coming to an end and being transformed into industrialisation and production programmes for local and... 

     Three key Denel Dynamics products  poised to enter production phase

Electronic warfare alliance created between two S African companies

By: Keith Campbell     10th March 2015 Recently established Denel Integrated Systems and Management (Denel ISM) has formed an alliance with GEW Technologies, a South African subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, part of Europe’s Airbus group. The alliance is intended to pursue future electronic warfare (EW) programmes. Denel ISM is... 

Electronic warfare alliance created between two S African companies
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee

SA radar sector has marked a major milestone in its history

By: Keith Campbell     6th March 2015 Late last year, the South African electronics industry, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the South African National Defence Force, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services and other institutions celebrated the 75th anniversary of radar in this country. On December 16,... 

SA radar sector has marked a major milestone in its history

SA radar sector has marked a major milestone in its history

By: Keith Campbell     6th March 2015 Late last year the South African electronics industry, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the South African National Defence Force, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services and other institutions celebrated the 75th anniversary of radar in this country. On December 16,... 

SA radar sector has marked a major milestone in its history

Paramount signs contracts with Jordanian, Ukrainian companies 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th February 2015 South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has concluded a deal with Jordan’s State-owned defence company King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) for the manufacture of 50 6x6 Mbombe infantry combat vehicles in Jordan and South Africa. KADDB CEO major-general Omar... 

Paramount signs contracts with Jordanian, Ukrainian companies
Ahrlac

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... 

Swedish defence group had challenging but successful 2014

By: Keith Campbell     20th February 2015 Swedish aerospace and defence group Saab, which includes South African subsidiary Saab Grintek Defence, expects that its sales will increase this year, following a slight decline last year in comparison to 2013. This was stated by the group when it released its Year-End Report for 2014. (Saab is... 

     Swedish defence group had challenging  but successful 2014

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

As problems continue, A400M programme sees major changes

By: Keith Campbell     13th February 2015 Yet further delays in the production and delivery schedules for the Airbus A400M military airlift and air-to-air refuelling aircraft have led to a major shake-up at Airbus Defence and Space, the Airbus Group company responsible for the aeroplane. Airbus Defence and Space Head of Military Aircraft... 

New Brazilian military transport makes first flight

By: Keith Campbell     4th February 2015 The first prototype of the latest and largest aircraft type developed by Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, the KC-390 military airlifter and air-to-air refuelling aircraft, made its maiden flight on Tuesday. The aircraft took off from the airfield at the company’s plant at Gavião Peixoto in São... 

New Brazilian military transport makes first flight
Photo by Embraer
The KC-390 takes off on its maiden flight

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