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Feb 19, 2010
Specialist South African electronics, radar and related systems company Reutech, part of the JSE-listed Reunert group, reports that currently, the global political landscape is fairly stable, except for the war in Afghanistan, which means that there is not much...
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 19, 2010
State-owned defence company Denel believes that effective support to national security challenges can only be remedied by refocusing on consistent research and technology development, as well as enhancing staff competency.
Feb 19, 2010
Russia would like to cooperate with South Africa in the development of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) for civilian missions. Meanwhile, now that South Africa has cancelled the Airbus Military A400M transport aircraft, Russia is eager to offer the military version of...
Feb 19, 2010
Specialist aerospace systems integrator Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE) warns that a decrease of local contracts will result in the lack of growth in the local defence industry’s export prospects.
Feb 05, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
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The board of Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA) has appointed its operations chief, Theo Kleynhans, as the acting CEO, following the resignation of Lana Kinley earlier this month. The DSA board said in a statement on Monday that it treated the appointment of a...
Jan 22, 2010
The Brazilian Navy remains interested in South Africa’s Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile (SAM), in particular in proposed longer-range versions. The Umkhonto – the name translates into English as Spear – is a product of Denel Dynamics, and is in service...
Dec 04, 2009
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Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
Cover story on South Africa's Sumbandila microsatellite and its commissioning process.
Oct 30, 2009
Specialist South African de-mining and anti-landmine technology company Mechem, part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group, as part of the expansion of its activities, has gone back to the mine-protected vehicles business. “Our business has expanded...
Oct 27, 2009
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The National Treasury has included a R192-million expenditure revision in the mini-Budget, released on Tuesday, for a possible claim against Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA) by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement indicates...
Oct 16, 2009
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A nation has to invest in its security, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. "We will not be found wanting in this regard for the instability in our continent presents a direct national security threat to us," Zuma told a parade celebrating the country's 10th year...
Oct 16, 2009
Should Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab win the current Brazilian FX-2 contest for a new fighter with its Gripen NG, a document leaked to media in Brazil indicates that part of the aircraft would be made in South Africa. The document, obtained by the defence news...
Oct 15, 2009
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Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has to cancel a deal to buy eight military transport aircraft after costs rocketed by R30-billion, a Democratic Alliance MP said on Wednesday. David Maynier said unless the programme to buy eight Airbus A400M transport planed was...
Oct 09, 2009
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South Africa’s Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) industry, once – and not so long ago – one of the few in the world and a leader in the field, now faces intense competition from many new players, with numerous countries pouring funds into the sector and developing...
Oct 01, 2009
The missiles and unmanned air vehicle (UAV) business unit of Denel, Denel Dynamics, on Thursday reported that the first System Avionics Test Missile (SATM) was delivered for testing to SAAB Aerospace Systems in Sweden, at end of September. The SATM would be used for...
Sep 25, 2009
The South American country of Ecuador is negotiating with South Africa to buy 12 Denel Cheetah C single-sea fighters, retired from South African Air Force (SAAF) service. This has been confirmed by Ecuadorian Defence Minister Javier Ponce. Ecuador has, in principle,...
Sep 25, 2009
South African defence company BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, which designs and manufactures armoured and mine protected vehicles, is meeting evolving international market conditions with a quartet of new vehicles.
Sep 18, 2009
Air Force Base (AFB) Makhado, located some 40 km from the town of the same name in Limpopo province, is the fast jet base of the South African Air Force (SAAF), the home of the country’s growing force of Saab Gripen advanced fighters and BAE Systems Hawk...
Sep 11, 2009
State-owned defence industrial group Denel has this year refined its recovery strategy, which was developed some three years ago by the group’s shareholder, the Department of Public Enterprises, and which, the group believes, will bring it back to profitability in...
Sep 09, 2009
Giant British defence group BAE Systems is looking at using technology developed by South African company Carl Zeiss Optronics in the next version of its latest helmet-mounted sight, the Q-Sight. "South African technology is definitely under active consideration...
Sep 09, 2009
British defence group BAE Systems and Swedish aerospace company Saab have effectively completed their defence industrial participation (Dip) obligations to South Africa 19 months ahead of schedule, and they have almost fulfilled their non-defence or national...
Sep 08, 2009
South Africa's Benoni-based mine-protected and armoured fighting vehicle company, BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, unveiled its latest design, the RG35, at the major British biennial defence exhibition Defence Systems and Equipment International (better known as DSEi)...
Sep 04, 2009
South Africa’s defence optronics industry has been completely overhauled and reinvigorated since the creation of Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd some two years ago.
Carl Zeiss Optronics was formed from the combination of two of South African State-owned defence...
Jul 27, 2009
Defence firm RheinMetall Denel Munitions (RDM) on Monday defended its position on starting a Section 189 process to retrench about 210 workers, saying it has always informed the unions that the business was not sustainable in its current form and that various actions...
Jul 24, 2009
Labour union Solidarity has rejected a move by defence firm RheinMetall Denel Munitions (RDM) to retrench 210 employees, saying this was “unfair dismissal”. The union reported on Friday that RDM, which was established in September last year when Germany’s...
Jul 24, 2009
Is South African planning to compete in the increasingly lucrative, but also increasingly competitive, international satellite launch market? This was the tenor of little-noticed testimony to the National Assembly’s Trade and Industry Committee on July 1, by the...
Jul 17, 2009
South Africa’s guided missiles house, Denel Dynamics, will definitely remain a local company even after it acquires an international strategic equity partner. “The missiles business is very sensitive, as it involves national security issues,” explains Denel...
Jul 17, 2009
South African aerospace and defence company Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE) has now established itself in the global supply chain of one of the world’s biggest aircraft companies at the highest level a supplier can achieve. This is the significance of...
Jul 10, 2009
THE South African Air Force (SAAF) is stimulating high-technology in South Africa. “Over the past few years we have brought substantial technology into the country,” affirms SAAF Chief Lt-Gen Carlo Gagiano. “If you consider our newest acquisitions, the A109,...
Jul 03, 2009
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Arms manufacturer Denel is to be "realigned" and brought back under control of the defence force, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told MPs on Friday. "We have to serve notice... that we intend to negotiate Denel back into the ambit of the defence force," she said,...
Jul 03, 2009
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BY buying the intellectual property (IP) for the RG34 (originally known as the Iguana) light armoured vehicle (LAV) design, Benoni-based BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa has widened the range of products it can offer the international markets.
Jul 03, 2009
Aviation technical education provider the Denel Centre for Learning Development’s (DCLD’s) move towards a more sustained support strategy for its students will see the centre engaging directly with aircraft maintenance organisations (AMOs), inviting them to...
Jun 19, 2009
SOUTH African aerospace company Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA) has confirmed it is in contact with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer about joining the latter’s KC-390 military transport and tanker aircraft programme. Nor is this the only potential...
May 22, 2009
The worldwide Swine flu outbreak has led to many airports implementing thermal imaging technology systems to pick up whether travellers might have the deadly disease, and South Africa is no exception.
Mar 27, 2009
Airbus Military has given the assurance that the excess weight on the A400M military transport aircraft is not an issue which is affecting its basic performance – and there will be further improvement with time. The A400M is reportedly 12 t over its designed...
Mar 20, 2009
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A new specialist aviation medicine facility that will cost more than R500-million will be built at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.

Construction of the facility, which is the first in the southern hemisphere, is expected to start in September.
Mar 20, 2009
The South African Navy (SAN) has a programme to build a new hydrographic research vessel, to replace the nearly 37-year old SAS Protea. The SAN is also looking into a much bigger project, which could see the construction of the biggest naval vessel ever built for...
Mar 20, 2009
ONE of the key thrusts of the recently launched National Space Policy is the development of the country’s space industry.
Mar 13, 2009
Cover story on the progress and developments in the restructuring and turn-around of State-owned defence industrial group Denel
Mar 13, 2009
SOUTH African specialist armoured and mine-protected vehicle company BAE Systems Land Systems OMC (Land Systems OMC) has earned $430-million from international customers for its RG-series of vehicles since 2003. This includes royalties for vehicles designed by Land...
Mar 06, 2009
State-owned defence industrial group Denel has not given up hope that the government will grant the company the outstanding tranche of R1,7-billion needed to complete the restructuring of the business. And Denel Dynamics recently announced that a significant...
Feb 27, 2009
THE travails of Europe’s A400M military transport aircraft programme, in which South Africa is a risk-sharing partner, are greater than previously believed. The extent of the problems have been revealed by a report released by the French Senate. On the other hand,...
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