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Defence & Aerospace

New Swedish fighters to have SA parts in electronic warfare systems

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2014 South African company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), part of Sweden’s Saab Group, has indicated what parts it will develop and manufacture for the latest generation of the Saab Gripen fighter for the Swedish Air Force, the Gripen E. These will be parts of the aircraft’s electronic warfare (EW)... 

CSIR, SA company to develop new radar for satellites

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that it is partnering with local company Space Commercial Services Holdings Aerospace (SCSH) group to develop a maritime wide-area synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for use by small satellites. The project was... 

CSIR, SA company to develop new radar for satellites
SCSH CEO Sias Mostert and the CSIR's Laurens Cloete

SA company launches new off-road truck for military and civil markets

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 South African specialist mine detection and mine protected vehicle company DCD Protected Mobility unveiled on Thursday its latest product, the Oribi multirole utility truck. This is a joint development with another South African company, vehicle customising enterprise Histomart. "The Oribi boasts... 

SA company launches new off-road truck for military and civil markets
Photo by Duane Daws
Oribi

Bilateral defence cooperation between SA and Brazil, and Brazil and Angola, highlighted

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 Defence industrial cooperation between South Africa and Brazil was highlighted at the recent III Brazil Defence Industrial Base Show (III Mostra BID-Brasil, as it is known in Portuguese), held in Brazil’s capital city, Brasília. The Brazilian Ministry of Defence (MD) highlighted, on its website,... 

Paramount group makes acquisitions and unveils robotics ambitions

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 South African private-sector defence group Paramount recently announced a series of major initiatives to strengthen its position in the local aerospace, defence and maritime sectors. Group Executive Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz told a media briefing that the enterprise had acquired two companies –... 

New South African armoured vehicle launched  

By: Keith Campbell     17th September 2014 South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) launched its latest product at African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 at Air Force Base Waterkloof, south of Pretoria, on Wednesday. It is the RG21 4 x 4 mine-protected vehicle. "It's about... 

New South African armoured vehicle launched
Photo by Keith Campbell
RG21

SA, international, defence companies should collaborate 

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2014 The need for local defence companies to collaborate with international partners has been highlighted by Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger. "If this [collaboration] is not part of your business plan, the sustainability of your business is in doubt," he warned. As an example, he cited the... 

SA, international, defence companies should collaborate
Photo by Duane Daws
Badger infantry fighting vehicle

SA Defence Department aims to support local defence industry

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2014 The South African Department of Defence (DoD) will support the future development of the South African defence industry, Secretary for Defence and Military Veterans Dr Sam Gulube affirmed on Monday. "We will also support the industry in its international export efforts. A vibrant defence industry... 

SA Defence Department aims to support local defence industry

Aircraft set to boost African aerospace industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     5th September 2014 Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace company Paramount Group says the development and production of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) is expected to significantly boost jobs and skills in the African aerospace industry. Several local... 

Paramount group on offensive with acquisitions and robotics ambitions

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2014 South African private-sector defence group Paramount announced a series of major initiatives on Thursday to strengthen its position in the local aerospace, defence and maritime sectors. Group Executive Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz told a media briefing that the enterprise had acquired two companies –... 

Paramount group on offensive with acquisitions and robotics ambitions
Photo by Keith Campbell
Ahrlac

DA wants AG to probe defence tenders

By: Sapa     29th August 2014 The DA has called on Auditor General Kimi Makwetu to investigate allegations of irregularities in the awarding of tenders worth more than R200-million by the defence department. "The dodgy defence force air transport tender must be investigated," said Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier in a... 

DA wants AG to probe defence tenders

Another year of good results for Denel and India lifts ban on group

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2014 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced its fourth consecutive year of profits. The group's results for the financial year 2013/2014 were recently announced at its head office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. Revenues grew by 17%, net profit increased by 63%,... 

Good times, bad times

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2014 There has lately been some quite important news from, and affecting, the local defence industry. For example, it has been announced that, provided all the regulatory and other approvals are obtained, State-owned defence group Denel will acquire the entirety of BAE Systems Land Systems South... 

New South African aircraft makes first public flight

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2014 South Africa's latest aircraft design, the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (Ahrlac), made its first public flight at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria, on August 13. The actual maiden flight took place at the same airfield in late July and the aircraft had, by the time... 

UK-owned SA armoured vehicle subsidiary to revert to local control

By: Keith Campbell     22nd August 2014 UK-based global defence group BAE Systems is to sell its South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle and related systems subsidiary BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) to South Africa’s State-owned defence group Denel. LSSA is located in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. BAE Systems... 

India ends ban on Denel

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2014 India has lifted its blacklisting of South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel, US website Defensenews.com reported on Monday, citing a source in the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The MoD reportedly communicated the ending of the ban to Denel in a letter dispatched on August... 

India ends ban on Denel
Photo by Denel
A Denel NTW-20 anti-material rifle

Defence group Denel has become outward-looking business

By: Keith Campbell     15th August 2014 The Denel Group, South Africa's State-owned defence company, has announced a stronger-than-ever order book. "Denel's order book of R32-billion is the strongest the company has had in its history," reported group CEO Riaz Saloojee on Friday. "These are contracts that will be executed in the next... 

Defence group Denel has become outward-looking business
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel CEO Riaz Salojee

Public Enterprises Minister hails another year of good Denel results

By: Keith Campbell     15th August 2014 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced its fourth consecutive year of profits. The group's results for the financial year 2013/14 were announced at its head office in Centurion, south of Pretoria, on Friday. Revenues grew by 17%, net profit increased by 63% and... 

Public Enterprises Minister hails another year of good Denel results
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

New SA aircraft flies in public for first time  

By: Keith Campbell     13th August 2014 South Africa's latest aircraft design, the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (Ahrlac), made its first public flight at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria, on Wednesday. The actual maiden flight took place at the same airfield late last month and the aircraft has now... 

New SA aircraft flies in public for first time
Paramount Group's Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft makes its first public flight at Wonderboom Airport. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BAE Systems to sell its SA armoured vehicle subsidiary to Denel

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2014 UK-based global defence group BAE Systems is to sell its South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle and related systems subsidiary BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) to South Africa’s State-owned defence group Denel. LSSA is located in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. BAE Systems... 

BAE Systems to sell its SA armoured vehicle subsidiary to Denel
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An LSSA OMC 6x6 RG35 armoured and mine protected vehicle, fitted with a LSSA Dynamics TRT gun turret

Minister seeks to rebuild SANDF and promote national development

By: Keith Campbell     8th August 2014 In her recent budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula reported progress in the institutionalisation of the relationship between the Department of Defence (DoD) and the local defence industry. “Our plans for the establishment of the... 

SA, Japan strengthen defence relations 

By: SANews, SA government news service     5th August 2014 South Africa and Japan have explored areas of military and defence cooperation of the two armed forces. On Monday, Japanese vice Defence Minister Minoru Kihara visited South Africa to exchange information on defence related matters, and to find out more about the South African Arms production and... 

SA, Japan strengthen defence relations

Intl partnerships start paying off for South African aerospace and defence group

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2014 South African missiles, unmanned air vehicles, systems integration and space company Denel Dynamics, part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group, is most optimistic about its prospects. “The future is looking very exciting,” enthuses Denel Dynamics CEO Tsepo Monaheng. “We’d planned for... 

Intl partnerships start paying off for South African aerospace and defence group

International partnerships start paying off for South African aerospace and defence group

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2014 South African missiles, unmanned air vehicles, systems integration and space company Denel Dynamics, part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group, is most optimistic about its prospects. “The future is looking very exciting,” enthuses Denel Dynamics CEO Tsepo Monaheng. “We’d planned for... 

International partnerships start paying off for South African aerospace and defence group

Denel’s Seeker 400 UAV passes vital round of testing

     31st July 2014 Denel’s Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system has successfully completed the second round of flight tests as part of its development process. The tests, conducted at the Alkantpan range in the Northern Cape, included an evaluation of the system for range and performance with a full... 

Denel’s Seeker 400 UAV passes vital round of testing
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel Dynamics' Seeker 2

SA-designed and -built aircraft enters test phase

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th July 2014 A locally designed and built aircraft has entered ground-testing phase at the Wonderboom Airport, in Pretoria, marking a significant milestone for South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group. 

Minister seeks to integrate defence sector with national development, rebuild SANDF

By: Keith Campbell     23rd July 2014 In her budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has reported progress in the institutionalisation of the relationship between the Department of Defence (DoD) and the local defence industry. “Our plans for the... 

Minister seeks to integrate defence sector with national development, rebuild SANDF
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

SA company wins another Airbus A400M work package

By: Keith Campbell     18th 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 company wins another Airbus A400M work package

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... 

US, SA defence companies sign collaboration memorandum
Photo by RAF Photo
A Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter of the UK Royal Air Force

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... 

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