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Defence

Defence industrial participation progress uneven

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2005 SA defence offset programmes for new ships, subs, aircraft and helicopters have delivered more than R7,6-billion in benefits since the end of 1999. 

Medium-sized defence industries under the whip

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Report comapring plight of SA State-owned defence group Denel with equally bad plights of Israeli State-owned IMI and Brazilian State-owned Imbel. 

Denel in finance vice

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 A story on how difficult the international environment is for SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

SANDF awards tank-upgrade contract

2nd September 2005 BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has been awarded a follow-on contract for some R171-million by, South African National Defence Force (SANDF) procurement agency Armscor, for the upgrade of Olifant MK2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). 

Armscor awards R171m tank-upgrade contract

2nd September 2005 Defence firm BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has been awarded a follow-on contract worth about R171-million by Armscor, acquisition agency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), for the upgrade of Olifant MK2 main battle tanks (MBTs). 

Defence reserve pilot scheme targets student

By: Keith Campbell     26th August 2005 The South African Military Health Services SAMHS, formerly the South African Medical Service), in conjunction with the South African Army (SA Army) has launched a pilot project for a new programme to recruit highly- educated young South Africans as officers in the Reserve (once known as the... 

South African missiles remain in contention for Brazilian order

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 SA State-owned defence group Denel still in with what seems a good chance to sell its R-Darter BVRAAM to Brazil. 

Can Denel be put back on target?

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2005 There needs to be a radical change in the Denel model going forward, asserts the group’s new CEO Shaun Liebenberg in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. 

Navy employs overseas training to address submariner dearth

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE South African Navy (SAN) is currently addressing its shortfall of submariners by training personnel abroad, in India, Germany, and probably also Brazil. 

First SA Gripens only months away

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE 1st Saab Gripen fighter for the SAAF should be completed & rolled out in the last quarter of this year and is scheduled to make its first flight this November. 

Delivery of first South African-made Hawk jets only weeks away

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2005 THE first 3 SA manufactured Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers for the SAAF are currently undergoing pre-acceptance checks before delivery to the SAAF. 

Spin-off expected from multipurpose ship project

By: Keith Campbell     10th June 2005 THE SA Navy’s plan for new multipurpose coastal ships should be implemented within the next 5 years & the LPD/LPH programme could be brought forward. 

HEAVY METAL HIT PARADE - Three major overseas orders for SA armoured-vehicles firm

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2005 BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, has had to totally re-arrange its production facilities to meet the needs created by its recent hat-trick of major international orders for its products. 

Grintek buys into defence software developer

30th May 2005 South Africa's multi-million rand Command & Control software development capabilities have been further consolidated. 

Military aircraft key for SA aero industry

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2005 THE South African government’s decision to join the European Airbus Military A400M transport project will be of enormous importance and benefit to the local aviation industry. 

Defence workers to receive R4m - union

27th May 2005 Close to 6 000 workers at Denel, the defense parastatal, will pocket R4-million in lost wages. 

SA armoured vehicle firm wins R64m Italian job

25th May 2005 Italian company Iveco Defence Vehicle Division (DVD) has ordered a full production batch of 30 RG-12 public-order vehicles from a South African firm, for use by the Italian Carabinieri. 

SA to provide Swedes with armoured vehicles

20th May 2005 South African armoured and peacekeeping vehicle manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has a confirmed order from FMV, the Swedish Procurement Agency. 

Military-communication event to focus on technology

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2005 Preview of the second Military Information and Communication Symposium of South Africa (MICSSA), which will take place from July 26 to 28 next year. 

Actuators, controls and gearboxes fitted to naval warships

By: Liezel Hill     13th May 2005 The four new patrol corvettes, which will be South Africa’s first new naval warships in 16 years, have been fitted with some 3 000 Auma actuators, controls and gearboxes, reports Auma South Africa. 

Denel breaks into Brazilian market

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2005 SOUTH Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has broken into the Brazilian market, with a deal to provide support for a Brazilian missile test programme. 

SA tests new landmine-clearing device

10th May 2005 A landmine-clearing device is to be demonstrated today at the CSIR's Defence and Security Technology Unit (Defencetek). 

Second SA submarine launched in Germany

5th May 2005 South Africa's second submarine was launched in Germany yesterday, at a function attended by deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George. 

Denel's future strategy clarified

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2005 SOUTH AFRICAN Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin sketched out the future priorities for State-owned defence industrial group Denel in his recent (April 15) address to Parliament. 

Union questions Denel leadership change

18th April 2005 Following Friday’s  

New aircraft to inject 'new ways of doing things' into SAAF

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2005 THE introduction of new aircraft into service with the SAAF in the next few years introduce new technologies and new ways of doing things. 

Liebenberg confirmed as new Denel head

15th April 2005 Following much media speculation, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin today confirmed the appointment of Shaun Liebenberg as the new CEO of Denel. 

Cheetah beaten by Tiger in Brazil

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2005 SOUTH Africa’s Cheetah fighter loses out in competition for interim fighter for Brazil, but R-Darter missile still in contention for BVRAAM requirement. 

German group wins big UK defence order

By: Keith Campbell     6th April 2005 GERMAN manufacturing group MAN has won a  

Botswana installs new air-defence system

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2005 SPANISH defence electronics and systems company Indra is currently developing a full air defence command and control system for Botswana in a €7,1-million contract. 

AgustaWestland seeks SA ground-support expertise

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2005 MORE details on configuration of SA Super Lynx helicopters & some more on offsets. 

SA missiles system enhanced

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 Details and technical specifications of the Denel Aerospace Systems R-Darter beyond visual range air-to-air missile. 

Brazil makes interim fighter choice

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2005 South African hopes to sell or lease second-hand Denel Cheetah C multirole fighters to the Brazilian Air Force seem to have been dashed. 

Cheetah in Brazil air force race, but . . .

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2005 Senior Brazilian Air Force officers have confirmed that SA’s Denel Cheetah fighter and Denel R-Darter missile are in contention for Brazilian requirements. 

US defence order will open doors for SA firm

By: Keith Campbell     11th March 2005 The US Army decision to buy 148 RG-31 vehicles designed & built by SA company Land Systems OMC will boost the local company’s international marketing efforts. 

Global defence specialist clinches £140m UK contract

25th February 2005 Global defence and aerospace specialist BAE Systems’ C4ISR Networked Systems & Solutions (NS&S) has been down-selected as the preferred contractor for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) project Shaman. 

French aerospace firm revamps Joburg branch

25th February 2005 The premises of Turbomeca’s South African site, Turbomeca Africa, have been revamped and their machine-tools and heavy maintenance workshops, catering for engines and accessories, have been upgraded. 

France's defence forces acquire night-vision cameras

25th February 2005 The French defence procurement agency, DGA, has awarded Thales a contract to equip the French army, air force and navy with Sophie night-vision cameras. 

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