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Defence & Aerospace

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
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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

Major changes in A400M programme to deal with continuing problems

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 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. The changes were announced by the company on... 

Major changes in A400M programme to deal with continuing problems
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
An Airbus A400M (with a Cessna Citation business jet in the foreground)

Solidarity wins in bargaining unit dispute with RDM

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd January 2015 Trade union Solidarity’s three-year dispute with defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) over the interpretation of a recognition agreement between the two entities has come to an end after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) ruled in the union’s favour.  

Solidarity wins in bargaining unit dispute with RDM

UCT enjoying success with postgraduate degree

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2015 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Masters degree in radar engineering, launched in 2011, is proving to be a success, with a healthy annual intake of about ten full time post graduate students. Furthermore, other students are pursuing the degree through distance education, taking the total... 

Recommendations for military hospitals  

By: Sapa     8th December 2014 A ministerial medical task team appointed by the minister of defence has made recommendations on how to improve the country's three military hospitals, the department said on Monday. The task team, consisting of nine independent health care professionals, looked at human resources, military... 

Recommendations for military hospitals

Reutech’s first radar project

By: Keith Campbell     5th December 2014 When Reutech Radar Systems was set up in 1987, under its original name ESD South (ESD was a subsidiary of the then Barlow Rand group, since “unbundled”), its first programme was Project Hexagon, which the company consciously used to develop a profound understanding of (then) modern radar... 

SA radar company on look-out for new market, product opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     5th December 2014 South African radar company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is planning to develop new products next year, while remaining focused on its core businesses. "This is to maintain our momentum in both the defence and commercial markets," says RRS CEO Carl Kies. RRS is a division of Reutech, itself part... 

Denel, BAE deal receives Competition Commission nod

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2014 State-owned defence group Denel’s plan to acquire BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa has been given a shot in the arm, with the Competition Commission recommending that the Competition Tribunal approve the transaction without conditions. In August, UK-based global defence group BAE Systems... 

Denel, BAE deal receives Competition Commission nod

New maritime division to open new markets for Denel

By: Leandi Kolver     1st December 2014 Through the establishment of the new Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (DISM) division, State-owned Denel was adding to its existing strengths in the landward and aerospace arenas, while also opening up new markets for the company, group CEO Riaz Saloojee said on Monday. The creation of the... 

New maritime division to open new markets for Denel
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee

Defence – time for Plan C

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2014 Some weeks ago, three economists – Prof Jannie Rossouw, head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Economic and Business Sciences, Adele Breytenbach and Fanie Joubert, both at the University of South Africa – published (in the Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe) the latest results from... 

Radar company looking at new products and markets

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2014 South African radar company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is planning to develop new products next year, while remaining focused on its core businesses. "This is to maintain our momentum in both the defence and commercial markets," RRS CEO Carl Kies told Engineering News Online on Monday. RRS is a... 

Radar company looking at new products and markets
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Reunert CEO Boel Pretorius

A landmark month for Brazilian aerospace group

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2014 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer rolled out the first prototype of its KC-390 military transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft at its Gavião Peixoto plant in São Paulo state on October 21. The aircraft is the biggest type yet developed by the company and probably the biggest aircraft... 

Defence acquisition agency delivers best results since 2009/10

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2014 South Africa’s defence acquisition agency Armscor (which also undertakes research and development [R&D] and disposes of surplus military equipment) achieved, during the 2013/2014 financial year, its best financial performance regarding acquisition projects in five years. This was revealed when... 

South African defence industry moves to collaborate at home and abroad to thrive 

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2014 South Africa’s defence, aerospace and maritime industries contribute to the country’s economy through the development and maintenance of high-level scientific, engineering, technological and technical skills and jobs, as well as advanced design, development and manufacturing processes. They have... 

South African defence industry moves to collaborate at home and abroad to thrive

New SA-developed unmanned ground vehicle for military use unveiled  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2014 One of the new products on display at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition last month was the Testudo unmanned ground vehicle.  

New SA-developed unmanned ground vehicle for military use unveiled
New SA-developed unmanned ground vehicle for military use unveiled

Creamer Media publishes Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry research report

     20th October 2014 Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand strategic defence procurement... 

Creamer Media publishes Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry research report

Russia hopes to widen, deepen technology cooperation with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2014 The next two-and-a-half months could see major impetus given to wide ranging science and technology cooperation between Russia and South Africa, both bilaterally and within the multilateral Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group framework. Russia has identified South Africa... 

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