South African electronics company Tellumat is planning to form cooper-ative partnerships with Malaysian companies to meet common defence requirements within South-East Asian and Southern African countries with medium- to long-term sustainability, Tellumat Defence marketing manager Brian Ferguson reveals.
“As a secondary opportunity, we would like to offer systems, products and services into Malaysia and the rest of the South-East Asian region,” he adds.
Tellumat hopes to achieve this through its participation in the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition and conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur in April.
The company plans to demonstrate its data link development and unmanned aerial vehicle subsystem integration capability by using its Hardware-In-The-Loop Simulator.
Tellumat will also display its Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) products, solutions and systems at the DSA exhibition.
The company notes that its IFF Mode S interrogator development was its greatest achievement in 2011.
“This development enables the company to provide a fully indigenous IFF system and solution from interrogator to transponder, control and display apparatus, cryptographic computers and key management, enabling an entirely secure IFF capability,” states Ferguson.
A built-in test verifies the correct operation of the interrogator and aids in fault diagnosis and identification of faulty line replaceable units.
Besides the interrogator, the other IFF products have been locally developed for over two decades and some are already employing fourth-generation technologies.
The DSA 2012 exhibition and conference will showcase the latest in defence equipment and technology, weaponry and advancements in security and safety.
Tellumat made its debut at DSA in 1998 when the company was still known as Plessey and has exhibited five times since then.
It will join other South African companies at the South African pavilion. South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry and Armscor are organising the pavilion.
Tellumat contributes to the South African defence industry through its mix of local and foreign customers. The company’s customer base allows for continuous product development and manufacturing activities that contribute to the technological and industrial foundation of the South African defence and electronics industries.
This, in turn, creates intellectual property, revenue and employment opportunities.
Education and training are also a key focus for Tellumat and a significant effort is being made to meet the company’s current and future skills needs.
Tellumat will also be participating in the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition in September.
“For the medium to long term, plans are in place to continue the growth curves Tellumat Defence experienced up to 2010. This would include increasing product and solution portfolios, as well as expanding into new geographic territories,”