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Defence

Chile models its defence offsets on SA's programme

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 2002 SOUTH Africa’s experiences with its defence offset programme has helped Chile to develop an offset programme for its $650-million new fighter acquisition programme. 

Gripen offers Poles €8bn fighter deal offset

14th November 2002 The Anglo-Swedish joint venture making the Gripen fighter jet said yesterday Poland would get €8-billion worth of offset business if it chose the Gripen, in a $3,5-billion tender competition for 48 multi-role fighters. 

Offset programme ahead of schedule, says submarine consortium partner

By: nkolola halwindi     1st November 2002 In terms of the South African government’s industrial participation (IP) programme, German-owned Ferrostaal – a partner in the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) responsible for the commercial aspects of the contract to buy the submarines – says important parts of the offset... 

Finnish navy selects SA missles

21st October 2002 The Finnish Navy has signed a multi-million rand contract with Denel’s Kentron division last week, for the supply of Umkhonto-IR surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and associated fire control equipment. 

SA missile firm seeks out Brazilian market

By: Keith Campbell     18th October 2002 South African missile manufacturer Kentron, part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group, has been holding talks with defence companies in Brazil over possible cooperation. 

68 foreign delegations attend SA defence expo

By: Keith Campbell     18th October 2002 INITIAL indications are that the country’s and continent’s flagship aerospace and defence exhibition, Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD), which took place towards the end of last month, was a great success. 

Did SA get a good price for fighter jets?

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2002 A comparison of the costs of South Africa's acquisition of 28 Gripen fighters with the prices being offered to Brazil for 12 advanced fighters. 

Firm in R8m air-conditioning deal for Navy's new corvettes

By: Helene Le Roux     27th September 2002 A Gauteng company is manufacturing components and sub-assemblies to be used in the air-conditioning systems of the South African Navy’s patrol corvettes. 

Defence industry is a national asset – Lekota

By: Martin Czernowalow     19th September 2002 The Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria yesterday played host to a successful opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2002 exhibition, an event the country is hosting for only the second time. 

R25-million defence empowerment deal signed

By: nkolola halwindi     30th August 2002 In a R25-million partnership deal, empowerment company Dynamic Global Defence Technologies says it is enjoying a real partnership with armoured vehicle business firm Vickers OMC. 

New logistics division formed

23rd August 2002 Local company Grintek and Saab of Sweden announced the formation of a new division under Grintron, their jointly owned defence electronics company, which will have its head office at Grintek Park, in the Highveld Technopark in Centurion, Gauteng. 

Training is top priority for air force

By: Keith Campbell     23rd August 2002 The SAAF is determined to keep all squadrons at least at minimum operational skills levels.Top priority is training. The other top SAAF priority is the provision of air support for diplomatic missions. 

New planes, new technology for air force

By: Keith Campbell     16th August 2002 THE new aircraft which will be introduced into South African Air Force (SAAF) service in the coming five years will also bring new technologies into the service. 

Submarine upgrade finally surfaces

By: Keith Campbell     9th August 2002 SOUTH Africa’s two remaining Daphne-class submarines have completed a major upgrade programme that lasted just over a decade. 

Defence firm upset by offset allegations

8th August 2002 Defence manufacturer BAE Systems has responded with surprise to what it calls an unwarranted attack launched on it and the South African government by a weekly newspaper. 

International demand for South African telecoms expertise

By: Deborah Spicer     26th July 2002 The South African subsidiary of Industrial and Financial Systems (IFS) is exporting its telecoms know-how to Trinidad and Tobago as well as to countries in the Middle East, following the successful implementation of the company’s asset-management software at the operations of MTN SA, MTN... 

Dips still outpacing Nips in defence offsets

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2002 Two years into South Africa’s strategic defence acquisition programme, it is clear that the concommitant Dip programme has transformed this country’s previously beleagured defence industry. 

SA arms firm awarded parts contract

1st July 2002 South African arms group Denel yesterday said it had been awarded a contract by aerospace giant Boeing to manufacture parts for the Boeing 747 and other commercial planes for an undisclosed amount. 

South African navy's new high-tech era launched

By: Keith Campbell     21st June 2002 THE christening and launch of South Africa’s first Meko A-200 corvette, the SAS Amatola, marks the beginning of a new era for the South African Navy. 

Tanzania wants new deal on air system

19th June 2002 Tanzania is to demand a big reduction from British Aerospace (BAe) for its military air traffic control system after the disclosure by experts commissioned by the World Bank that the Tony Blair-backed deal was a ‘waste of money’ and that they had been sold ‘outdated... 

Defence re-equipping spins yet another offset contract

19th June 2002 South African company Avitronics, a joint venture owned by Grintek Limited (51%) and SAAB of Sweden (49%), has received an order in excess of R150-million, from the helicopter manufacturer Agusta-Westland, for the provision of the Avitronics multisensor warning system as part of a helicopter... 

. . . missiles attract Brazilian interest

By: Keith Campbell     14th June 2002 THE Brazilian Navy is seriously considering buying South Africa’s Umkhonto naval surface to air missile. Coincidently, SK105 light tanks bought last year by the Brazilian Marines have SA gun stabilisers. 

First corvette soon for SA waters

12th June 2002 The first of the four patrol corvettes purchased by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as part of the multibillion Rand arms acquisition deal, will soon be heading to the country’s waters. 

Africa's aerospace show attracts global interest

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 WITH five months still to go, 80% of the exhibition space for the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2002 show has been sold. 

Ten SA manufacturers show the way in the export market

By: Deborah Spicer     7th June 2002 South Africa’s exports grew from R210-billion in 2000 to R251-billion last year in what should not be regarded as an exceptional year for exports but as part of a sustained pattern of export growth. 

Strategic defence research alliance struck

6th June 2002 A CSIR/Armscor strategic alliance has been established in order to create a world-class technology provider that will maximise the benefit of defence and related technology for the people of South Africa. 

Swedish PM says jets sale to SA is taking off

14th May 2002 Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson said on Sunday that a planned sale of fighter jets to South Africa was running according to plan after talks with South African President Thabo Mbeki. 

New periscopes designed in SA

By: Keith Campbell     10th May 2002 THE 10 new periscopes which are to be manufactured by Denel Eloptro under the recent agreement between the company and Zeiss Optronik of Germany were entirely designed by Eloptro. 

Future of navy fleet charted . . .

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2002 THE South African Navy (SAN) has charted out the shape of its fleet over the next 20 years. 

. . . but local shipbuilding unlikely

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2002 IT is unlikely that future naval acquisition programmes will see the local construction of vessels for the South African Navy (SAN), Engineering News can report. 

Third Middle-East contract for SA armoured vehicle maker

29th April 2002 Defence equipment maker Vickers OMC announced its third contract for RG-12 multipurpose vehicles in the Middle East in the last six months. 

SA defence parastatal to restructure by June

25th April 2002 South Africa hopes to conclude separate strategic partnerships between its Denel Aerospace Group, Britain’s BAE Systems and Turbomeca of France by the end of June, officials told legislators. 

Navy promises local support

By: Keith Campbell     19th April 2002 THE South African Navy (SAN) is planning to make more extensive use of South African industry to support its fleet in the coming years and decades. 

$6-billion in defence offset deals by 2004 – Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2002 Government is forecasting that the value of approved civilian offset projects and exports, arising from the multibillion-rand defence acquisition programme, will be worth some $6-billion by 2004, more than $2-billion in advance of the target. 

SA armoured vehicles to make N.American debut

18th April 2002 The first RG-12 multipurpose armoured vehicle, manufactured by Vickers OMC in Benoni, on the East Rand, will soon begin operating in North America. 

SA's submariners glimpse their future

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2002 RECENTLY, for the first time, South Africans got a chance to see what the country’s three new Type 209/1400MOD submarines, currently under construction in Germany, will look like. 

12 more Hawks definitely on the way

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2002 Cabinet has confirmed its commitment to proceed with the second procurement tranche in its multibillion-rand arms re-equipping programme, Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin revealed yesterday. 

Brazil's approach to defence offsets

By: Keith Campbell     29th March 2002 The article summarises Brazilian Air Force policy concerning offsets. 

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