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Defence

Defence agency and bank in move to support small business

15th March 2002 South African defence procurement agency Armscor and the People’s Bank joined forces yesterday by signing a facilitation agreement which will assist black economic empowerment (BEE) within the defence-related industry. 

Laser designators for attack helicopter's sighting system

8th March 2002 The past three years have been marked with hectic activity at Eloptro as the Kempton Park-based electro-optical company worked to deliver 12 laser designator’s for integration into the sighting systems of the South African Airforce’s Rooivalk Attack Helicopters. 

SA air-droppable vehicle takes flight

1st March 2002 Late last year saw the CSIR Defence Technology’s launch of a prototype 4x4 lightweight air-droppable rapid-reaction vehicle for South Africa's defence procurement agency Armscor. 

SA's stance on conflict in Africa

1st March 2002 The South Africa government has reaffirmed its position on conflicts in Africa, with conflict prevention, management and resolution on the continent remaining a key foreign policy objective. 

South Africa seeks defence collaboration with India

1st March 2002 South Africa’s defence-related industry wants to build on the excellent bilateral relations with India to establish stronger co-operation along the Indian Ocean Rim in general and with Indian defence industry in particular. 

Military vehicles to get night-vision

1st March 2002 A night-vision system which can pick out pedestrians in the dark and project their images on the windscreen has been fitted to a car and military truck and car by Pilkington’s Thale Optronics, of the UK. The night-vision display allows military vehicles to drive across battlefields at night... 

Corvette subsystem order's E150-million local content

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 Orders with a local content value of about EUR150-million worth of subsystems have been placed for the corvettes that have been ordered for the South African Navy (SAN) as part of the defence deal re-equipping programme, reports Armscor communications manager Bertus Celliers. 

$20m pledge to support defence BEE

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 One of the largest aerospace and defence company BAE Systems has pledged $20-million to support black economic empowerment (Bee) enterprises in the defence industry, Armscor head of small business development Jim Mampye tells Engineering News. 

Pta firm launches laser-warning system

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 A leader in the design, development and production of electronic warfare systems and associated equipment and services for air, land and sea applications, Pretoria company Avitronics has developed airborne laser warning systems that can detect and give warning in the case of danger. 

R3m ballistic ceramics contract on target

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 Ceramic armour producer MOH-9 Armour Ceramics has completed the first part of a R3-million contract with a Germany company for the supply of ballistic ceramic panels, reports product manager Andreas Hecht. 

Rooivalk cooler than ever

1st March 2002 Close work between Booyco Engineering and Denel Aviation on the design of the environmental control system (ECS) for the Rooivalk Helicopter has resulted in a system, which meets stringent design requirements for this application, reports Booyco Engineering MD Jeremy Pougnet. 

South African-developed hovercraft to the rescue

1st March 2002 Sheer inspiration and persistence lead two Epsilon Engineering Services engineers to design, develop and construct a complete hovercraft in less than a year (working after hours no less). 

SA defence industry: export or die

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 South African defence companies should become more competitive on the international defence export market in order to survive in the industry, reports South African Maritime and Defence Industries Association executive director Brigadier General John Wesley. 

French to take majority stake in SA defence group

26th February 2002 The Department of Public Enterprises and French firm Turbomeca marked an important milestone in the government’s restructuring programme for the defence sector by signing heads of agreement in preparation for Turbomeca to acquire a majority equity holding in the Airmotive division of Denel. 

Arms-to-soy firm exporting 30% of output

22nd February 2002 A subsidiary of State-owned defence group Denel, Specialised Protein Products (SPP), is currently producing 600 t of a ‘multibase’ soy protein powder and 300 t of soyfibre, its two largest products, every month. 

SA-India in defence cooperation

22nd February 2002 South Africa’s defence-related industry wants to build on the good bilateral relations with India to establish stronger cooperation along the Indian Ocean Rim in general and with Indian defence industry in particular. 

Defence acquisition costs and comparisons

By: Keith Campbell     15th February 2002 With an accelerating tempo of defence re-equipping and modernisation programmes worldwide it is becoming increasingly possible to make rough-and-ready comparisons between South Africa’s programme and those of other countries. 

UK defence firm selected as SA partner

8th February 2002 The South African government has selected BAE Systems to become a strategic equity partner in Denel. 

SA-German airship alliance

29th January 2002 South African defence group Denel has entered into a long-term partnership with German company CargoLifter for the development and production of its CargoLifter CL 160 transportation airship. 

Now Czech and Hungary choose Gripen aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 The Czech Republic and Hungary have ordered 24 and 14 Gripen fighters respectively and both are receiving offset programmes, worth 150% of contract value for Prague and 100%+ for Budapest 

SA defence group in helicopter deal

15th January 2002 South African defence group Denel said it had clinched a licence to produce and market Agusta helicopters, giving it access to the civil helicopter market. CEO Flip Botha said the licence agreement with Italy’s unlisted Agusta would enable Denel to produce and market the A109 and A119 Koala... 

'Getting forex up-front' for combat jets

By: Keith Campbell     14th December 2001 Decline of the rand exchange rate against the dollar does not only increase the rand cost of BAe Hawk and Saab Gripen aircraft but also the value of their offset programmes, which are also in dollars. 

Navy subs to be 'most sophisticated' globally

By: Keith Campbell     14th December 2001 The three Type 209/1400 submarines now being built for the South African Navy (SAN) will be the most sophisticated vessels ever operated by the service. 

Navy subs to be 'most sophisticated' globally

14th December 2001 The three Type 209/1400 submarines now being built for the South African Navy (SAN) will be the most sophisticated vessels ever operated by the service, Engineering News can report. A senior submariner described them as being of "unprecedented complexity and sophistication for the navy". Such is... 

Navy corvette project making rapid progress

By: Keith Campbell     7th December 2001 THE process of re-equipping the South African Navy (SAN) with new patrol corvettes and submarines is now so far advanced that cancelling the project is no longer a fiscally responsible option. 

SA electrical group in R105m R&D drive

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 Electronics and electrical engineering company, Reunert, will spend a significant R105-million on research and development (R&D) projects during the next financial year. 

Air-droppable vehicle takes to the sky

30th November 2001 THE defence technology division of CSIR in Pretoria has completed the prototype of a 4x4 lightweight air-droppable rapid-reaction vehicle for South Africa’s defence procurement agency, Armscor. 

R12,5m maritime plant opens

By: Jill Stanford     16th November 2001 A new maritime facility has been opened by Avitronics – jointly owned by Grintek and Saab, of Sweden – at Capricorn Park, in Muizenberg, Western Cape. 

S African–Swedish partnership formed

2nd November 2001 South African electronics and communications group Grintek and Sweden’s Saab have teamed up to compete in world markets in the high-tech communications and data network defence sectors. 

R70bn procurement offset promise

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th October 2001 The South African economy stands to reap more than R70-billion over the next 11 years from industrial participation projects linked to the arms-purchase programme, Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin said last week. 

'Top brass' offset deal

By: Laura Franz     12th October 2001 Ammunition manufacturer Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP), a division of State-owned arms manufacturer Denel Ordnance, will be exporting about 30% of its yearly brass plant output in the form of brass cups and discs to Royal Ordnance Defence (RO Defence), a UK-based unit of BAE Systems, in terms of... 

SA to win from Hungarian fighter choice

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2001 The decision by Hungary to adopt the Saab Gripen as its new fighter aircraft will benefit the South African avionics industry. 

R55m defence logistics contract awarded

5th October 2001 Local logistical-support company Reutech Defence Logistics (RDL), of Woodmead, Gauteng, was awarded contracts, worth some R55-million, by Armscor this month to provide full logistical support to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

SA firm wins from defence offset deals

21st September 2001 Local communications and defence electronics company Tellumat has won several multimillion-rand contracts for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) strategic package acquisitions. 

UK, SA defence technology deal

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 BRITAIN and South Africa are to co-operate in the commercialisation of defence technology, with a formal agreement to be signed on September 11. 

Exports vital for SA defence sector’s survival

23rd August 2001 The South African defence budget will remain limited and insufficient to sustain a fully-fledged defence industry, warns Defence Deputy-Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, speaking at the African Defence 2001 Summit Conference in Sandton. 

Local flight-monitors for new Hawks

By: Laura Franz     17th August 2001 South African avionics company Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS), founded in the mid-1980s by a group of systems engineers from the local defence industry, has been awarded a R26-million rand contract to supply its health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) and crash survival recorders to... 

Air-force was right to go for Pilatus

By: Keith Campbell     17th August 2001 The 60 Pilatus PC-7 Mark 2 turboprop training aircraft acquired by the SAAF in the mid-1990s were undoubtedly the most suitable aircraft available to the service in the required time frame. 

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