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Defence & Aerospace

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... 

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

SA air defence artillery to be upgraded by German group 

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 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. The SA Army currently operates twin 35 mm air defence guns acquired from... 

SA air defence artillery to be upgraded by German group
Photo by Rheinmetall AG
A Skyshield fire control unit with two twin 35 mm Mk VII anti aircraft guns

Start of acquisition process for six new SA Navy patrol vessels confirmed 

By: Keith Campbell     20th March 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).... 

Start of acquisition process for six new SA Navy patrol vessels confirmed
Photo by SA Navy
SA Navy Warrior-class strike craft, before conversion to an OPV

Defence Minister warns on SANDF infrastructure and human resources

By: Keith Campbell     14th March 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 at the end of last month, she affirmed that it “is important that we... 

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 last decade, a growing number of countries and companies have seen UAVs as a means to break into the aerospace sector and international markets. In... 

SA seeks global unmanned-air-vehicle niche as rivalry intensifies

MoU signings mark advance of SA programme for Malaysia

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 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 advance of SA programme for Malaysia

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... 

SA seeks global unmanned-air-vehicle niche as rivalry intensifies

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

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