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Facility accreditation in process

By: Cameron Mackay     19th February 2021 Armour protection developer and manufacturer Bullet Proofing Technology is in the process of becoming the first ballistic testing laboratory in South Africa to be accredited by local body the South African National Accreditation System for ballistic testing. “There is a lack of independent and... 

Transnet pilots reefer trains to ease road congestion in Cape town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2021 To bring about much-needed relief on roads and move goods more efficiently to the ports, Transnet’s Cape Town Container Terminal has piloted an inland operation that will see the haulage of reefer containers from Belcon Inland Terminal, in Bellville, to the port. The collaboration between... 

Defence contract signed with German armed forces

21st February 2020 Germany’s unified armed forces and civil administration and procurement authority The Bundeswehr, has joined with defence contractor Rheinmetall to carry out new measures for extending the service life of its Marder infantry fighting vehicles. In order to maintain the operational readiness of... 

Defence contract  signed with German armed forces
The upgrades to the Marder tanks will expand the life of the tanks which have been in service since 1971

Big armoured vehicle delivered

21st February 2020 Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture between global aerospace and technology business Paramount Group and defence industry complex Kazakhstan Engineering, has successfully delivered a series of Arlan 4 X 4 mine-protected armoured wheeled vehicles to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of... 

Big armoured vehicle delivered
ROLL OUT The supply of 1 000 armored vehicles to the Kazakhstan government was finalized in November by Paramount Group

Reutech South Africa

21st February 2020 South African defence group Reutech supplies advanced original-equipment manufacturer products and services for  land, sea and air defence domains in the industrial, renewable energy and mining sectors.  The group’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) focuses on youth education and includes bursary... 

Reutech South Africa

Co-production agreement signed

21st February 2020 Saudi Arabia-based electronics, optronics, communication, unmanned aerial systems and related services provider Intra Defense Technologies and South Africa-based precision optronic solutions supplier Hensoldt Optronics, have signed an exclusive partner agreement for the joint development and... 

Co-production  agreement signed
SHAKE ON IT The agreement to join forces was made last year

Organisers aim high for defence and aerospace expo

By: Halima Frost     21st February 2020 Despite various challenges in South Africa, as well as in other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Expo organisers hope to host a successful event this year, says AAD exhibition director Leona Redelinghuys. These difficulties include... 

Organisers aim high for  defence and aerospace expo
AIMING HIGH The Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo will showcase South African Air Force’s capabilities in an ever better air show this year

Poland orders Black Hawk helicopters

22nd February 2019 Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has confirmed an order for four Polish-built Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to provide an enhanced capability to Poland’s military branch Special Operations Forces. Production of the aircraft will begin immediately with delivery of all four... 

Global general aviation show comes to S Africa

22nd February 2019 The global general aviation show AERO Friedrichshafen – that has been successfully taking place at Lake Constance in Germany for over 40 years – is now set to expand to South Africa in July of this year. From July 4 to 6, Messe Frankfurt South Africa will play host to the first AERO South Africa.... 

Global general aviation show comes to S Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
SHOWING OFF AERO South Africa will demonstrate everything from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters, remotely piloted aircraft and electric aircraft as well as avionics and maintenance

Armoured personnel carrier launched

22nd February 2019 South African private defence vehicle manufacturing company Milkor has developed and launched its Milkor 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the African market. Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in... 

Armoured personnel carrier launched
BUILT TOUGH The Milkor 4 x 4 is designed to meet the infantry carrier requirements of armed forces on the African continent

Denel looks for new market in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 State-owned aerospace and defence technology company Denel is looking to grow its export market by exploring other areas of specialisation, innovation, customisation and cyberspace. 

Denel looks for new market in Africa
Photo by Dauane Daws
SUSTAINABILITY Denel wants to improve its product offering and grow its market into Africa

Reduced funding triggers organisational turnaround

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 Owing to the Department of Defence's reduced funding allocation for defence in the country, acquisition agency Armscor has undergone the first phase of an organisational turnaround which will lead its top priorities being revenue generation, cost efficiency, and effective delivery of key products... 

Reduced funding triggers organisational turnaround
DRIVING INNOVATION Armscor focuses on creating an environment for economic growth and driving innovation

SA’s defence industry has potential to grow global market share 

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 Owing to its international competitiveness and high levels of innovation, the local defence industry has a global reach and an increasing export market despite the low national defence budget, says global defence and security company Saab Grintek Defence president and CEO Trevor Raman. "The... 

MENA region to account for big proportion of 3% growth

24th February 2017 Last month, international consultancy company Deloitte projected a growth of more than 3% in global defence spending in 2017 after years of declining budgets. 

MENA region  to account for  big proportion  of 3% growth
Photo by Duane Daws
RG32M VEHICLE Eight RG32M vehicles will be supplied from Denel to Namibia by March this year

Significant growth ensures positive future for defence company

24th February 2017 Swedish security and defence group Saab’s South African defence and security company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has expanded its client base and grown its staff complement, explaining that Saab Grintek Defence has a solid order book to 2020, firmly positioning the South African security and... 

Significant growth ensures positive future for defence company
Photo by Keith Campbell
PRODUCTION Production at the South African plant is steady with orders up to 2020

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training

24th February 2017 From next year, the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 cadets to a military academy in Saldanha in the Western Cape each year to pursue their first degree in their chosen fields. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support mustering. 

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training
Photo by Dylan Slater
ROOIVALK HELICOPTER The Rooivalk helicopter has recently shown its effectiveness in combat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Local rifle manufacturing multibeneficial for economy 

By: Bruce Montiea     19th February 2016 Precision rifles designer and manufacturer Truvelo believes that manufacturing its rifles locally encourages foreign currency influx and alleviates unemployment. “We contribute to job creation and skills development by offering training to our staff and, as the majority of our products are... 

Local rifle manufacturing  multibeneficial for economy
PRECISION Truvelo’s rifles are lightweight, adjustable and accurate

Military training ground cleared for housing development 

19th February 2016 Demining and clearance company Mechem, which is part of defence products and solutions company Denel, was called in to inspect vacant land next to Loftus Gardens in Pretoria that has been earmarked for a new housing development. Denel acting group CE Zwelakhe Ntshepe says the land was used as a... 

Military training  ground cleared for housing development
Photo by Bloomberg
AVAILABLE RESOURCE The young people will undergo continuing basic demining training and will be added to the pool of skilled South African deminers which Mechem can call on for future international clearance missions

Simulator designer begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles

19th February 2016 Simulator-based training systems designer ThoroughTec Simulation has begun the delivery of its Tactical Crew Training Simulators from its Cyberwar range, for the South African Army’s Badger Infantry Combat Vehicles. ThoroughTec Simulation military business manager David Cooke says the army will... 

Simulator designer  begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles
COMBAT READY The South African Army will use ThoroughTec Simulation’s Tactical Crew Training Simulators to maintain its conventional, mechanised warfare skills


By: Zandile Mavuso     19th February 2016 Established in April 1992, State-owned aerospace and defence technology group Denel continues to provide turnkey defence equipment solutions to its clients by designing, developing, integrating and supporting aerospace and defence technology. 


SA company working on armoured vehicle order for East African client

19th February 2016 South African defence equipment and logistics company Twiga Services is building Mamba-class armoured personnel carrier vehicles for a client in East Africa. Twiga CEO Damien de Lange says the vehicles are due for completion by the end of the year. 

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... 

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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

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

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

Budget cuts reduce industry’s capabilities, potential being eroded

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 The South African defence industry has been heavily affected by budgetary cuts – its range of capabilities is much smaller and narrower, compared with what it was in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in a loss of technological depth, states independent defence analyst Helmoed Heitman. He adds that,... 

Davit system customised for antipiracy efforts

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa’s premier scientific research and development organisation, has developed a removable hoisting and davit-storage system that rapidly places smaller vessels on frigates for immediate response to piracy along the African... 

SA defence company signs partnership agreement to target South America

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 Global defence, security and peacekeeping company Paramount Group signed a multipronged partnership agreement with Argentine defence and security company Codesur. This will enable Paramount Group to develop its business in South America. The strategic partnership between Paramount Group and... 

Helicopter to offer better performance in ambient conditions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 Aeronautical engineering company Marenco Engineering Technologies Africa is developing a new helicopter in conjunction with its parent company Marenco Swisshelicopter. “The main advantage of the helicopter is that it is based on new-generation technology and materials. Most designs on the market... 

Company designs lock-wing drone

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2013 Engineering and military technology company Braddick Defense Systems is developing a high-speed, long-range, mobile deployment unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance and attack-mission augmentation in collaboration with aeronautical engineering company Marenco Engineering Technologies Africa.... 

Exhibition and air show going green

By: Yolandi Booyens     24th February 2012 This year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition and air show, AAD2012, is going green with the implementation of a digital greening project to decrease the show’s carbon footprint. 

First commercially qualified armed helicopter now sold in SA 

By: Yolandi Booyens     24th February 2012 Independent representative for Bell Helicopter in 13 Southern African countries National Airways Corporation (NAC) is now selling the helicopter manufacturer's first commercially qualified armed helicopter, the Bell 407AH, configured to perform a range of missions. 

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