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Defence & Aerospace

Machine tools trade exhibition returns

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Exhibition organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery last month announced the official launch of Machine Tools Africa 2017, an upcoming trade conference and exhibition that is expected to be the biggest Africa-based trade expo of its kind. The exhibition will be held at the Johannesburg Expo... 

South African defence industry faces challenges in tough conditions

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe has assured that the State-owned defence industrial group will not be changing its strategy. He was giving the opening address at the group’s recent 2015 Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria.  

‘I was just a normal village girl’ – SA’s first black female navy commander

By: News24Wire      12th October 2015 As a girl in the village of Lady Frere, Zimasa Mabela’s life revolved around school, and fetching firewood and water from the river. The country’s first black female navy commander says she only saw the sea for the first time when she was 18. 

Unmanned air vehicles and pseudo satellites being developed by Airbus

By: Keith Campbell     9th October 2015 The most important technology for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) operating in non-segregated airspace (in which manned and even civilian aircraft would be encountered) is "sense and avoid" technology. This would allow the UAV to detect and avoid other aircraft. So pointed out Airbus Defence and... 

Unmanned air vehicles and pseudo satellites being developed by Airbus
The Barracuda UAV

CSIR has developed add-on protection for armoured vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     8th October 2015 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has successfully developed a counter-improvised explosive device (IED) shaped charge protection system for vehicles. This was reported on Thursday at the CSIR Conference in Pretoria by Rayeesa Ahmed, research group leader for protection... 

CSIR has developed add-on protection for armoured vehicles

AU peacekeepers on their way to SA

By: News24Wire      8th October 2015 The African Union will conduct a field training exercise in the Northern Cape later this month to test the state of readiness of the continental peacekeeping force. The African Standby Force’s rapid deployment capability would also be evaluated, said Lieutenant General Derrick Mgwebi, chief of... 

AU peacekeepers on their way to SA

SA defence companies urged to find balance between cooperation and competition

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 South African defence companies must be able to both compete and cooperate with each other. So affirmed Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) senior VP Micael Johansson on Thursday. "In South Africa and on the continent, we need to get the balance right between competition, which is necessary and healthy,... 

SA defence companies urged to find balance between cooperation and competition

SA companies should seek more UN business

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division field procurement service chief Sean Purcell pointed out on Thursday that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from South African companies... 

SA companies should seek more UN business

CSIR test-flies aircraft pod intended to test electronics

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International Airport, north-west of... 

South African group scoring success with simulation systems

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 South African company Saab Grintek Defence is currently actively marketing its BattleTek military command and control (C2) simulation system to a number of African countries as well as to two in South East Asia and two in South America. “The local capability we’ve developed is world class. We... 

Alaris keeps eyes on acquisition opportunities, narrows FY losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2015 AltX-listed Alaris has its eyes locked on acquisition opportunities in the US and Europe as it narrows its losses for the year ended June 30. The group, formerly known as Poynting, earlier this month abandoned its bid for Antenna Research Associates (ARA), after the US-based business failed to... 

Armscor wants to strengthen SA industry

By: Keith Campbell     1st October 2015 South Africa's defence procurement, disposals and research and development agency Armscor is busy changing its relationship with the South African defence industry, Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford affirmed on Thursday. It is moving from being prescriptive to industry to being collaborative with... 

Denel steady-as-she-goes despite executive suspensions

By: Keith Campbell     1st October 2015 Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe has assured that the State-owned defence industrial group will not be changing its strategy. He was giving the opening address at the group's 2015 Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria on Thursday. Late last month, Denel Group CEO Riaz... 

Denel steady-as-she-goes despite executive suspensions

R700m buy could be behind Denel suspensions

By: News24Wire      28th September 2015 Serious cash flow problems after the recent acquisition of the local vehicle manufacturing component of BAE Systems Land Systems for more than R700-million are rumoured to be a possible reason for the suspension of three top managers at SA weapons manufacturer Denel, Netwerk24 reported on Monday.... 

R700m buy could be behind Denel suspensions
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee

Denel CEO put on special leave pending probe 

By: News24Wire      25th September 2015 State-owned defence manufacturer Denel on Wednesday placed three senior executives on special leave pending an investigation. Fin24 received a tip-off on Friday that the board placed CEO Riaz Saloojee, chief financial officer Fikile Mhlontlo and group company secretary Elizabeth Africa on special... 

Denel CEO put on special leave pending probe
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee

DTI reiterates Aerosud presence at CAV

By: SANews, SA government news service     22nd September 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reiterated that Aerosud occupies a building in the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV). “Assertions by the Democratic Alliance that this is not the case are baseless,” said the DTI on Monday. This as it was reported that the chairman of the privately... 

DTI reiterates Aerosud presence at CAV

CSIR test-flies aircraft pod intended as flying laboratory 

By: Keith Campbell     17th September 2015 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Thursday that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International Airport, north-west of... 

CSIR test-flies aircraft pod intended as flying laboratory
Photo by Matthias Kabel
A preserved Hunter T.68, in Swiss Air Force colours

Over R90m spent on Centurion Aerospace Village but nothing on site – DA 

By: African News Agency      17th September 2015 More than R90-million had been spent on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), launched in 2008, but there is neither any commercial activity nor any of the around 1 000 jobs promised, Democratic Alliance MP Patrick Atkinson said on Thursday. “I first became aware of the CAV after a parliamentary... 

Over R90m spent on Centurion Aerospace Village but nothing on site – DA

SA’s Paramount defence group signs agreement with UK hovercraft company

By: Keith Campbell     17th September 2015 South African private-sector defence group Paramount signed a cooperative agreement with British hovercraft company Griffon Hoverwork in London on Wednesday. The aim of this new strategic partnership is to bring British hovercraft to sub-Saharan Africa and take South African naval products to... 

SA’s Paramount defence group signs agreement with UK hovercraft company
Photo by Griffon Hoverwork
A Griffon Hoverwork 2000TD hovercraft of the Peruvian Marines

Lockheed Martin argues its aircraft can meet three SAAF needs 

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2015 US aerospace and defence giant Lockheed Martin believes that its latest-generation C-130J Hercules (referred to as the Super Hercules by the company) can meet three different South African defence needs, identified by the country’s 2014 Defence Review. These missions are airlift, air-to-air... 

Protected-vehicle company scores success with new endeavour

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2015 South African specialist protected vehicle company LMT, part of the Denel group, has won its three significant vehicle production contracts over the past two years. The latest “is a very lucrative deal, with a Middle Eastern client,” reports company Business Development Head Vinesh Selvan. “We’re... 

Defence group’s new landward business reports first contract

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2015 South African armoured and mine protected vehicles company Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) has won its first order since becoming part of the Denel group at the end of April. "It's a sizeable contract," reports DVS CEO Johan Steyn. "We won the contract in July. It's a follow-on contract for RG31... 

Denel unit targeting big revenue uplift as part of five-year restructuring plan

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2015 South African guided weapons, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and space company Denel Dynamics plans to increase its revenues to more than R2-billion within five years. This was reported by company CEO Tsepo Monaheng at its annual "Show and Tell" briefing in Centurion, just south of Pretoria. In the... 

Denel unit targeting big revenue uplift as part of  five-year restructuring plan

Reconnaissance aircraft poised for commercial production

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 Having celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft’s (Ahrlac’s) first flight in July, South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group says it will soon be able to set/finalise the aircraft’s specifications to move into... 

Reconnaissance aircraft poised  for commercial production
EN ROUTE Paramount Group aims to produce between 10 and 15 Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft a year at its new production facility

Creamer Media publishes Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector research report 

     24th August 2015 Creamer Media’s Defence 2015 report examines key developments in South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on key participants, and innovations and diversification in the sector, local and export demand, and the outlook for South Africa’s defence industry in light of current levels... 

Creamer Media publishes Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector research report

New Denel business, Denel Vehicle Systems, reports new contract

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 South African armoured and mine protected vehicles company Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) has won its first order since becoming part of the Denel group at the end of April. "It's a sizeable contract," DVS CEO Johan Steyn told Engineering News Online on Friday. "We won the contract last month. It's... 

New Denel business, Denel Vehicle Systems, reports new contract
Photo by Duane Daws
RG32

Denel breaks into the world defence industry’s Top 100

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 Leading US – indeed, international – defence publication Defense News has ranked South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel as the second largest defence manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the top 100 in the world, in terms of revenues obtained in 2014. Denel ranks... 

Denel wants to develop information warfare capabilities

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 A key priority for South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel is to develop its capabilities in what is known, in defence jargon, as C4ISTAR – command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance. “With regard to information... 

South African antenna company now established in US market

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 Specialist South African company Alaris Holdings has completed its take-over of US business Antenna Research Associates (ARA). The deal was originally announced in February. Alaris Holdings was previously known as Poynting Holdings and is listed on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It... 

Defence sector supportive of SMMEs, localisation underestimated, argues industry body

By: Natalie Greve     19th August 2015 As government continues to promote localisation and support for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) through various incentive schemes and overhauled procurement legislation, the local defence industry argues that its contribution to propping up local industry often remains under... 

Defence sector supportive of SMMEs, localisation underestimated, argues industry body
Photo by Duane Daws
AMD executive director Simphiwe Hamilton

Denel breaks into the world defence industry’s Top 100

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2015 Leading US – indeed, international – defence publication Defense News has ranked South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel as the second largest defence manufacturer in the southern hemisphere and one of the top 100 in the world, in terms of revenues obtained in 2014. Denel ranks... 

Denel breaks into the world defence industry’s Top 100
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Denel Group CEO Riaz Saloojee

New course being charted for defence acquisition agency as marketplace shifts 

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 South Africa’s defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. “We’re looking into restructuring Armscor,” reports new... 

New course being charted for defence acquisition agency as marketplace shifts

Development of a Rooivalk Mark 2 attack helicopter under consideration

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 The country's State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the Department of Defence and the South African National Defence Force will give a favorable response to the proposed "future roadmap" for Denel's Rooivalk attack helicopter. This was stated by group CEO Riaz Saloojee at the... 

New course being charted for defence acquisition agency as marketplace shifts

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 South Africa's defence acquisitions and research and development (R&D) agency Armscor is considering reorganising itself to better meet the changing demands on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the local defence industry. "We're looking into restructuring Armscor," reports new... 

New course being charted for defence acquisition agency as marketplace shifts

State-owned defence group says order book stands at R35bn

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has reported that it had enjoyed a most successful financial year during 2014/2015. "This has been another really good year for us," enthused Group CEO Riaz  Saloojee. "This year under review was a remarkable one for us. We've grown... 

New course charted for Armscor 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2015 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about Armscor's reorganisation plans. 

New course charted for Armscor
New course charted for Armscor

Business leaders join call to ban robotic soldiers 

By: African News Agency      28th July 2015 The heads of leading technology companies will on Tuesday join the cosmologist Stephen Hawking, the cognitive scientist Noam Chomski and a host of the world’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers in calling for an international ban on the development of autonomous... 

Business leaders join call to ban robotic soldiers
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Tesla CE Elon Musk

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