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Defence & Aerospace

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... 

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

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... 

CSIR, SA Police sign cooperation agreement 

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2014 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday to provide the police with scientific, technological and other specialist expertise to help fight crime and improve public safety. This is the latest... 

 CSIR, SA Police sign cooperation agreement
Riah Phiyega and Sibusiso Sibisi

African growth providing lift for global helicopter group’s SA unit

By: Keith Campbell     14th February 2014 Over the past few years, Kenya has emerged as the biggest single market for Eurocopter Southern Africa Limited (ESAL) as the aviation sector in that country has boomed and the Nairobi government has sought to strengthen its law enforcement, security and conservation agencies. ESAL receives new... 

    African growth providing lift for global helicopter group’s SA unit
Photo by ESAL
RISING MARKET An Airbus Helicopter AS350 Squirrel of the Kenya Forest Service preparing for take off

SA spy satellite issue resurrected

By: Keith Campbell     31st January 2014 The Kondor radar surveillance satellite designed and built by the Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPO Mash) that was launched into orbit in June last year and which has been linked in the South African media to South Africa’s Project Flute, reportedly started in 2006, to acquire such a... 

    SA spy satellite issue resurrected
Photo by NPO Mash
EXPORT MODEL An artist’s impression of the Kondor-E

Brazilian Gripen order could have training spin-off for South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     24th January 2014 South Africa may have the opportunity of providing flying training for Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Saab Gripen fighter pilots over the next few years. Such training would, of course, be paid for by the Brazilians. Although Saab has previously proposed setting up a Gripen fighter weapons school in... 

 Brazilian Gripen order could have training  spin-off for South Africa
Photo by Saab AB
TWO GENERATIONS The Gripen NG demonstrator in the foreground, with the Gripen D behind

Russian-built radar satellite now in orbit not developed for SA

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2014 The Kondor radar surveillance satellite designed and built by the Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPO Mash) that was launched into orbit in June last year and which has been linked in the South African media to South Africa’s Project Flute, reportedly started in 2006, to acquire such a... 

Russian-built radar satellite now in orbit not developed for SA
Photo by NPO Mash
An artist's impression of a Kondor radar surveillance satellite in orbit

Questions over SA's mystery satellite - DA

By: Sapa     20th January 2014 There were many unanswered questions about a satellite reportedly commissioned eight years ago under the title "Project Flute", the DA said on Sunday. "It is time, after more than eight years and R1-billion, for government to provide some straight answers about 'Project Flute'," Democratic... 

Antipoaching rapid insertion and night patrols aided by new helicopter

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2014 The specialist Kruger National Park antipoaching response unit of the South African National Parks received a Gazelle helicopter, which will enable the unit to rapidly deploy tracking teams to locate poachers and conduct night patrols using thermal imaging equipment on the aircraft, says donor... 

   Antipoaching rapid insertion and night patrols aided by new helicopter

Denel Dynamics innovates in its mentorship programme

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2014 South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space technology company Denel Dynamics has determined that an innovation in its annual engineering internship programme, introduced last year, was a great success. This was the purposeful use of young engineers, as well as older staff, as mentors... 

Fitch upgrades Denel to AAA(zaf) status, outlook stable

By: Leandi Kolver     15th January 2014 Fitch Ratings on Wednesday upgraded South Africa-based aerospace company Denel’s National Long-term Rating to ‘AAA(zaf)’ from ‘AA-(zaf)’ and affirmed its National Short-term rating at 'F1+(zaf)’, stating that the company’s outlook was stable. The upgrade reflected a recalibration of the higher... 

Fitch upgrades Denel to AAA(zaf) status, outlook stable

Local company develops improved version of mine-protected ambulance

By: Keith Campbell     13th December 2013 Denel Land Systems’ (DLS) Mechem division is successfully marketing the latest version of its highly regarded Casspir mine-protected vehicle, the Casspir NG2000 series wide body ambulance. As its description says, this has a notably wider body than standard Casspirs, including previous Casspir... 

  Local company develops improved version of mine-protected ambulance
Photo by Denel Land Systems Mechem
MUCH IMPROVED The NG2000 series Casspir wide-body ambulance

Denel Dynamics innovates in its mentorship programme

By: Keith Campbell     6th December 2013 South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space technology company Denel Dynamics has determined that an innovation in its annual engineering internship programme, introduced this year, has been a great success. This was the fifth year the company has run the programme. "For this year's... 

Denel Dynamics innovates in its mentorship programme
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Denel Dynamics Seeker II

South African group boosted by overseas, local contracts for bombs and armoured vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2013 A joint venture (JV) company created by South Africa’s Denel defence industrial group and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Tawazun has won a R5-billion contract for precision guided munition (PGM) systems for the UAE Air Force. The JV is Tawazun Dynamics and it is based in the UAE where it... 

    South African group boosted by overseas, local contracts  for bombs and armoured vehicles
Photo by Denel
OPENING NEW MARKETS The Al Tariq precision guided munition

New-generation Airbus incorporates key components made in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2013 On June 14, 2013, the first example of European manufacturer Airbus’ latest airliner family, the twin-engined wide body A350 XWB, made its maiden flight from Toulouse Blagnac airport in south west France. (Throughout this story, the name Airbus means the airliner manufacturer and not the European... 

New-generation Airbus incorporates key components made in South Africa

Creamer Media publishes Defence 2013: A review of SA's defence industry

     27th November 2013 Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand 1999 arms deal, the sector’s... 

Creamer Media publishes  Defence 2013: A review of SA's defence industry

Security technology firm considering its SA manufacturing options

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd November 2013 Safety and security technology provider International Security Consulting is in high-level negotiations with large South African company’s with regard to the distribution and sales of its proactive security solutions. 

     Security technology firm considering its SA manufacturing options

SA/UAE joint venture wins guided bomb contract worth billions of rands

By: Keith Campbell     20th November 2013 A joint venture (JV) company created by South Africa’s Denel defence industrial group and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Tawazun has won a R5-billion contract for precision guided munition (PGM) systems for the UAE Air Force. The JV is Tawazun Dynamics and it is based in the UAE where it... 

SA/UAE joint venture wins guided bomb contract worth billions of rands
Photo by Denel
A Tawazun Dynamics Al Tariq PGM

SA defence company highlights importance of local armoured vehicle contract

By: Keith Campbell     19th November 2013 Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger has hailed the contract for the Badger infantry fighting vehicle for the South African Army (under Project Hoefyster) as "really the most significant defence contract ever signed with a South African defence company". He was briefing the media at the... 

SA company wins long-term manufacturing contract from Airbus group

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 2013 European plane maker Airbus Military, part of the Airbus group, announced on Friday that it has awarded South African aerospace company Aerosud major component contracts for the A400M airlifter for the whole of the programme. Aerosud designed and manufactures the fuselage linings, cockpit... 

SA company wins long-term manufacturing contract from Airbus group

SA defence group seeks major revenue, orders, boosts within five years

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 2013 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel is modernising most of its product offerings to increase its competitiveness in the international defence markets. “By 2018, Denel will have moved from its current position as a ‘good company’ to be a ‘great company’ and a national asset... 

SA munitions firm a key asset for major German defence group

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 2013 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM) is set to become the German Rheinmetall group's second global hub for munitions manufacture and is already a major research and development (R&D) centre for the global company. RDM is 51%-owned by Rheinmetall and 49% by South... 

SA space agency responds to growing demand for in-orbit satellite testing

By: Joanne Taylor     15th November 2013 The ever-increasing need for information generated from space requires several satellites to orbit the earth, which subsequently require more antennas worldwide to track and monitor their orbits and functions. This provides an opportunity for South Africa to invest in and develop space programmes... 

SA space agency responds to growing demand for in-orbit satellite testing

For SA Air Force, strategic partnerships with local industry are crucial

By: Keith Campbell     8th November 2013 In a recent media briefing, South African Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant-General Fabian Zimpande Msimang highlighted the mutual importance of the relationship between his Service and the local aerospace and aviation industries. “Strategic partnerships are being forged with the aviation... 

  For SA Air Force, strategic partnerships with local industry are crucial

Looking to make Africa safer place

By: Carina Borralho     8th November 2013 Security and defence company Saab Grintek hopes to achieve its goal of supplying civil security products in sub-Saharan Africa. “We want to take advanced military technology and adapt it to civil society in Africa to make it a safer place,” Saab South Africa CEO Magnus Lewis-Olsson tells... 

Looking to make Africa safer place
Photo by Peter Liander
SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTPRINT Ninety per cent of the systems being designed and produced at Saab Grintek Defence facilities, in South Africa, are being used by defence forces worldwide and comprise indigenous South African technology

Denel aims to grow revenue to R7bn

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th November 2013 State-owned defence company Denel on Tuesday said it intends to grow its yearly revenue to more than R7-billion in the next five years and create a long-term order book of more than five times its turnover. 

Denel aims to grow revenue to R7bn

Denel seeks further South East Asia opportunities

By: Leandi Kolver     4th November 2013 Many of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) countries have embarked on military modernisation programmes, making it one of the fastest growing regions in terms of defence spending in the world, State-owned Denel said on Monday, adding that Southeast Asia was one of its primary... 

Denel seeks further South East Asia opportunities

Final batch of Husky VMMD units to be delivered to US Army

By: Leandi Kolver     30th October 2013 DCD Protected Mobility on Wednesday announced that it was ready to deliver the final batch of Husky vehicle-mounted mine detector (VMMD) units to the US Army, after which its Husky VMMD build programme would transition from a production to a sustainment phase. The Husky VMMD landmine detection... 

Final batch of Husky VMMD units to be delivered to US Army
DCD Protected Mobility GM Andrew Mears

Strategic partnerships with local industry key for SA Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2013 Addressing the media on Thursday morning, South African Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant-General Fabian Zimpande Msimang highlighted the mutual importance of the relationship between his Service and the local aerospace and aviation industries. “Strategic partnerships are being forged with the... 

Strategic partnerships with local industry key for SA Air Force
Photo by BAE Systems
A Hawk fighter-trainer of the SAAF

SA company wins electronic warfare contracts for Indian helicopters

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2013 South African company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), part of the Swedish Saab aerospace and defence group, has been awarded two orders, worth $33-million (about R335-million) in total, by Indian State-owned aircraft company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to supply it with integrated electronic... 

Denel demonstrates greater surface-to-air missile range and local air defence system

By: Keith Campbell     9th October 2013 South African missile and unmanned air vehicle company Denel Dynamics has successfully extended the range of its Umkhonto surface-to-air missile to 20 km, while also testing a land-based launcher for the weapon for the first time. Hitherto, the Umkhonto has been only available as a naval system.... 

Denel demonstrates greater surface-to-air missile range and local air defence system
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Denel Dynamics Umkhonto missile

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