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Defence

Research key to tackiling security challenges

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 State-owned defence company Denel believes that effective support to national security challenges can only be remedied by refocusing on consistent research and technology development, as well as enhancing staff competency. 

Locally developed fighter vehicle enters international markets 

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 Defence company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa introduced the locally developed multipurpose RG35 6 x 6 vehicle, a crossover vehicle between a personnel carrier and a fighting vehicle, to the international markets late last year. 

Warning that lack of 
support will affect 
industry growth

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 Specialist aerospace systems integrator Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE) warns that a decrease of local contracts will result in the lack of growth in the local defence industry’s export prospects. 

Avionics innovations introduced to local market

By: Petronel Smit     19th February 2010 As part of the global Cobham group, aerospace and defence technologies company Cobham Advanced Technologies (CAT) is in the position to continually introduce new innovations and developments into the local and African defence industry. 

Local defence company 
expands global footprint

By: Beth Shirley     20th February 2009 South African armoured and mine protected vehicle manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems OMC is the main contractor to the Irish Department of Defence for the supply of RG32M light tactical armoured vehicles (LTAVs). 

Demining company's technology finds international use

By: Beth Shirley     20th February 2009 Demining company Mechem, a subsidiary of local defence company Denel, uses advanced technology in the detection and removal of land mines, unexploded ordnance and contraband substances in the global arena 

Defence company proudly South African

By: Beth Shirley     20th February 2009 Private defence company Ivema deputy CEO Damian de Lange believes that the South African defence industry should retain defence capability in South Africa by designing, developing and buying its own defence products. 

Visualisation tool to serve defence industry

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd February 2008 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a three-dimensional (3-D) simulation, visualisation and analysis tool that could benefit the defence industry. 

Water-propelled rocket demonstrates military applications

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd February 2008 Water-propelled rocketry is showing increased potential in engineering for military and industrial applications, as well as for recreational purposes. 

Armour components manufacturer to focus on vehicles

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd February 2008 Armour ceramics manufacturer MOH-9 Armour Ceramics a company in the Multotec group, is focusing its efforts on the manufacture of components for vehicle armour. 

Company offering to include armoured vehicles

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd February 2008 Provider of turnkey defence, security and peacekeeping solutions, the Paramount Group has expanded its offering to include its own range of manufactured armoured vehicles. 

Skills development keeps SA Navy afloat

By: Chanel de Bruyn     22nd February 2008 The South African Navy has made its human resources (HR) retention strategy one of its main priorities, in an effort to manage the skills shortage that it says reflects the national skills shortage experienced by the country as a whole. 

Locally developed infrared countermeasures protect aircraft

23rd February 2007 The infrared (IR) heat-seeking missile has brought down a large percentage of all aircraft shot down in the last 15 years. One of the most lethal threats is the shoulder-launched surface-to-air (SAM) IR missile, which is deployed all over the world. 

Local company creates opportunity for defence industry

23rd February 2007 The Paramount Logistics Corporation, a division of the Paramount Group, continues to create work for its local defence industry partners to supply, refurbish, and refit equipment for projects that Paramount has secured. 

Defence industry invests in bulletproof jackets for women

23rd February 2007 Increasingly, women in uniform have active combat roles during military, police and security operations. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) recognised that it was necessary to review the requirements of women’s bodies when designing protective clothing and equipment. 

Sustainable defence industry must favour local industry – AMD

By: Laura Tyrer     23rd February 2007 South Africa is in need of a defence industrial strategy that favours the local defence industry if the industry is to be sustainable, South African Aerospace, Maritime, and Defence Related Industries Association (AMD) executive director Simphiwe Hamilton tells Engineering News. Without such a... 

SA firm wins award and champions composite technology

By: Neal Goldwyer     9th February 2007 Mission system integration specialist Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE), of Midrand, is entering 2007 confident it can capitalise on the technologies that won it accolades and key contracts in 2006. 

SA electronics company sets its sights on a higher-value defence suite

By: Keith Campbell     2nd February 2007 South African electronics and high-precision manufacturing company Tellumat is actively moving itself up the value chain with regard to a key focus area of  

Lead-in fighter-trainers mark another milestone

By: Keith Campbell     2nd February 2007 Two-thirds of the BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers on order by the South African Air Force (SAAF) have now been delivered. 

The navy gets its bearings

By: Keith Campbell     26th January 2007 South African specialist split bearings supplier OE Bearings has won a R40 000 contract from the South African Navy (SAN) for four split bearings for installation on Strike Craft. 

Denel announces plans to sell more noncore businesses

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th January 2007 South Africa’s State-owned defence company, Denel, expects to conclude the sale of its machine shop and printed circuit board assembly facility by the end of May. 

Uncertainty continues in attack-helicopter programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2007 January sees South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel still on tenterhooks over the outcome of Turkey’s programme to acquire new attack helicopters. 

SA orders high-tech antitank weapons system

11th January 2007 The South African National Defence Force has placed an order for the latest generation MBDA Milan ADT firing posts and training simulators, as well as Milan 3 munitions worth more than €18-million, Engineering News Online can report. 

Denel appoints CEO for subsidiary Munitions

13th December 2006 South Africa’s State-owned defence company, Denel, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Monwabisi Kalawe as the new CEO of Denel Munitions, with effect from December 1. 

South African/German joint R&D project delivers leading-edge technology

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2006 A ten-year joint South African/German defence research and development (R&D) programme has resulted in the successful completion and testing of a technology demonstration directable infrared (IR) countermeasures (DIRCM) system in a South African Air Force (SAAF) Denel Oryx helicopter. 

New propulsion system under test for army's fighting vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa’s defence acqui-sition, disposals and research and development (R&D) agency, Armscor, will next year start a combat vehicle electric-drive technology test programme for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), using a modified Rooikat armoured fighting vehicle, as the... 

SA defence industry aspires to bigger share of national defence spending

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa�s State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the proportion of the national defence budget used to acquire systems from local industry � not just Denel � will increase significantly in the near future. 

Lekota, Erwin driving defence industry strategy document

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa is developing a national strategy for the defence industry. 

Military comms deal

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th October 2006 Defence-related company Saab Grintek has acquired the communications division of Thales Advanced Engineering (TAE) for an undisclosed amount. 

ACCREDITED AND ON CALL

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2006 Armscor’s Protechnik Laboratories is the only facility in the Southern Hemispere to be accredited by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 

Brazilians marketing surveillance aircraft to SA for Fifa World Cup

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2006 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer took advantage of the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2006 exhibition, held last month at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, in Cape Town, to market to South Africa its capabilities in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sphere. 

South African and Russian companies in helicopter collaboration

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2006 South African aviation and defence company Advanced Technologies and Engineering (ATE) has signed a cooperation agreement with major Russian helicopter companies. 

Air Force's first Gripen flying in SA skies

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2006 Preparations for the South African flight-test programme for the Saab JAS39 Gripen, which will replace the Denel Cheetah as this country’s frontline multirole fighter began this month. 

South African frim buoyed by link into European Typhoon Fighter contract

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2006 The award to South African aerostructures manufacturing and aviation-engineering group Aerosud of a $20-million contract by UK defence group BAE Systems for the manufacture of components for Europe’s biggest multinational defence programme, the Eurofighter Typhoon fourth-generation,... 

First of the new fighters soon in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2006 A local spokesman for Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab has confirmed that the first Gripen advanced multirole fighter for the SAAF is now on its way to South Africa. 

Training assistance fast-tracking frigates into operation

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2006 The first of the South African Navy’s (SAN), four new frigates, the SAS Amatola, has recently undertaken its first overseas deployment, visiting Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, and S 

The next wave of new aircraft for South African Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2006 With BAE Systems Hawk Mk 120 lead-in fighter- trainers and Agusta-Westland A109 light utility helicopters now entering service with the South African Air Force (SAAF), attention in the Department of Defence (DoD) is beginning to switch to the next wave of new aircraft which will continue the... 

SA army, undertaking peacekeeping operations, needs re-equipping, asserts chief

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2006 The South African Army (SA Army) is hoping that it will be able to re-equip itself in the coming years. 

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