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UK industry/academia consortium to develop advanced and novel sensing technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th November 2020 UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems and the University of Birmingham in England have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create an Advanced Sensing Technologies Consortium (ASTC). This consortium is part of the UK’s State-funded National Quantum Technologies... 

Opinion: Defence industry nowhere to be seen in science, technology and innovation policy

30th October 2020 In this opinion article, Dr Mthobisi Zondi argues that the South African government cannot implement critical science, technology and innovation (STI) policy while excluding the defence industry, which he describes as a capable sector with immense potential. The importance of science, technology... 

Maritime industry grappling with cyber-physical security as IT/OT converge

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2020 A panel of maritime and cybersecurity experts on October 21 discussed the changing demands on the maritime industry to ensure the physical security of vessels and shore side infrastructure and operations as information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) converge. The convergence is... 

Brazilian aerospace group delivered 28 civilian jets during the third quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd October 2020 Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that it delivered a total of 28 commercial and executive jets during the third quarter of this year. These were divided into seven airliners of its ‘E-Jet’ family and 21 executive jets. The company is the world’s number one manufacturer... 

Denel warns of big funding gap for key capabilities 

By: Reuters     21st October 2020 South African state arms firm Denel said on Wednesday it faced a funding gap of around R2.75-billion over the next five years for key capabilities. Denel, which makes military equipment for South Africa's armed forces and export, is in the grips of a liquidity crisis aggravated by the coronavirus... 

People, visibility and timely updates key steps for SMEs to improve cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2020 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can improve their cybersecurity by focusing on three aspects, namely empowering their personnel through regular training, ensuring that the information technology (IT) department has visibility across the business and staff have secure access, and... 

Paramount to expand air adversary offering in the US

By: Donna Slater     14th October 2020 Aerospace systems company Paramount Aerospace Systems USA (PAS USA) reports that it will “significantly expand” its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and training support for the Mirage F1 fighter jet fleet operated by US military contractors that provide adversary training for the... 

Boeing’s latest communications satellite passes key design review

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2020 US aerospace and defence giant Boeing has reported that its latest defence communications satellite design, WGS-11+, has passed its first key engineering design review. (WGS stands for Wideband Global Satcom.) This design review was conducted by Boeing and its customer, the US Space Force (USSF).... 

New strategic sites monitoring solution developed by Airbus and Earthcube

8th October 2020 Airbus has joined forces with Earthcube, a French company specialising in the analysis of geospatial data using Artificial Intelligence (AI), to develop and market "Defence Site Monitoring", an online solution for strategic site monitoring dedicated to defence actors, combining advanced satellite... 

Armscor – Providing Cost Effective And Efficient Defence Solutions

24th September 2020 The Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited (Armscor) is an acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence. Its mandate is to provide armed forces with the state-of-the-art defence materiél required to provide safety and security for South Africa, its citizens and the... 

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