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Defence

Exports contribute more than half of defence-sector earnings

By: Liezel Hill     25th February 2005 Of a total defence-related industry (DRI) turnover of some R7-billion for 2003, R3,7-billion can be attributed to exports, reports South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) vice-chairperson Alan Holloway. 

SA firm establishes itself as defence air-con specialist

By: Liezel Hill     25th February 2005 Air-conditioning expert Booyco Engineering has entrenched itself as a specialist supplier of air-conditioning and environmental-control units to the local and international defence community. 

Defencetek's contribution to quality of life

By: Liezel Hill     25th February 2005 “In short, the mandate of the CSIR is to contribute to the quality of life of the people of South Africa through research and development,” asserts CSIR Defence Technology (Defencetek) director Andr 

Cyber security for electronic crime

By: Liezel Hill     25th February 2005 With an ever-increasing number of people and organisations storing information, doing business and transacting money electronically in cyber space, the issue of information warfare is becoming a vital crime prevention, security and defence concern. 

Joburg firm sings the praises of offset programme

By: Liezel Hill     25th February 2005 A local company, which has benefited significantly from the government’s defence industrial participation programme, is Midrand-based Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS). 

26 years of supplying high-performance batteries

25th February 2005 Established in 1979, Aztec Electronics supplies high-performance batteries and related components to the defence industry. 

Brazil mulls SA missile for air force

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 BRAZILIAN sources have again indicated that this country’s Denel R-Darter beyond-visual-range air-to-air-missile (BVRAAM) is a contender for the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) requirement for this category of weapon. 

SA offset programme world's 'most challenging'

By: Keith Campbell     11th February 2005 SOUTH Africa’s industrial participation (IP) or offset programme for the defence re-equipment package is “stiff”, MAN Ferrostaal senior vice-president for naval affairs Horst Weretecki exclusively tells Engineering News. 

Submarine consortium to announce big offset soon

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2005 The company with overall responsibility for delivering on the German Submarine Consortium's €3-billion defence offset commitments has admitted to tardiness, but yesterday made a firm commitment to meeting its targets ahead of the December 31, 2007, deadline. 

SA parts fly high in choppers . . .

By: Keith Campbell     21st January 2005 SA designed and manufactured components for AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 helicopters continue to exceed expectations & the company is offering them to the rest of its customers. 

. . . offset opportunities sought

By: Keith Campbell     21st January 2005 HELICOPTER-manufacturer AgustaWestland has so far claimed some  

Attack choppe's enviro-control system being upgraded

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Gauteng-based Booyco Engineering is upgrading the environmental-control system (ECS) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopter, in collaboration with Denel Aerospace. 

New concept in vehicle self protection for peacekeeping

14th January 2005 A South African company owned jointly by Grintek (South Africa) and Saab (Sweden), Avitronics has launched a revolutionary new system at African Aerospace and Defence 2004. 

Military aircraft decision excites aerospace firms

By: Keith Campbell     14th January 2005 THE signing of a Declaration of Intent between SA & Airbus Military means that SA companies will produce components for every A400M military transport aicraft that is built. 

Brazil again mulls Cheetah

By: Keith Campbell     14th January 2005 SOUTH Africa’s Denel Cheetah C multirole fighter is again under consideration by Brazil as an interim interceptor fighter for that country’s air force. 

First SA-assembled Hawk completes maiden flight

14th January 2005 South Africa's first locally-assembled Hawk fighter trainer aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday. 

Peacekeepers interested in SA mobile-office system

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th December 2004 A unique mobile office, developed by South Africa’s Reunert Defence Logistics (RDL), has awakened the interest of peacekeeping and defence forces in Africa, in addition to local mining and construction companies operating on the continent. 

Sub consortium, Daun team up to create jobs

By: Keith Campbell     10th December 2004 THE national industrial participation (Nip – that is, civilian offsets) programme from the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) has resulted in an endeavour which has already created just over 360 jobs and is set to create almost 400 over the next year, for a total of 700 sustainable new jobs. 

'SA manufacturing more competitive than Europe, US'

By: Martin Czernowalow     29th November 2004 South African Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin on Friday declared that the country is more competitive and productive in terms of manufacturing than Europe or the US, and added that South Africa could also match China and India of competitiveness. 

Submarine consortium reveals 6 000-job call-centre plan

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2004 The German Submarine Consortium (GSC), which is supplying three type U-209 submarines to South Africa, has revealed that it is working on a number of new industrial participation (IP) projects, including a major call centre for the Western Cape that could create up to 6000 jobs. 

Leading Swede on new Denel board

By: Keith Campbell     12th November 2004 ONE of the most interesting aspects of the new board of State-owned aviation and defence group Denel, which was announced last week, is the inclusion of Swedish national Bengt Halse as a nonexecutive director. 

Is $16bn counter-trade promise bearing fruit?

By: Keith Campbell     8th November 2004 Nearly five years after the signing of most of the contracts for the strategic defence re-equipment programme for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), and more than four years after these contracts came into effect, the taxpayers of South Africa can see – and, in person or via... 

Offset tracking

5th November 2004 Four years on, is the $16bn counter-trade promise bearing fruit? 

First Word

By: Keith Campbell     29th October 2004 AT times, it was like being in a Second World War newsreel – some scene from the Battle of the Atlantic, perhaps. 

Denel consortium in pole position for army tender

By: Keith Campbell     29th October 2004 WITH the creation of a consortium that includes South African state-owned Denel and local private sector company Land Systems OMC, along with giant European aerospace and defence group EADS and vehicle designer and manufacturer Patria, the Patria armoured modular vehicle (AMV) must be regarded as... 

New antilandmine technology from South African firm

By: Keith Campbell     22nd October 2004 SA armoured vehicle maker Land Systems OMC has developed a new anti-landmine technology & has joined consortium to offer Patria AMV to SA Army for Project Hoefyster. 

Uranium enrichment questioned with good cause

By: Kelvin Kemm     8th October 2004 The ongoing sagas of all sorts in the Middle East makes everyone edgy, so there were extra shivers a few days ago when Iran announced that it had begun converting uranium into a uranium gas called uranium hexafluoride. 

New SA unmanned air vehicle project

By: Keith Campbell     8th October 2004 SOUTH Africa’s Denel Aerospace Systems, part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group, has revealed that it is entering the rapidly developing, increasingly important, market for ‘medium altitude long endurance’ (Male) unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

Report of Denel India deal premature

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2004 Sources indicate that media reports that Denel has secured a R2,7-billion deal for artillery from India are premature. 

Fitting out of new SA navy fleet gathers steam

By: Keith Campbell     1st October 2004 THE fitting out programme for the South African Navy’s (SAN) four Meko A200 light frigates, known to the Service as the ‘Valour’ class, is on schedule. 

New doctrines for new warship design

By: Keith Campbell     1st October 2004 THE South African Navy’s (SAN) new Meko A200 light frigates, the last of which arrived home on September 17, are not only the first of this design to be operated by the SAN, but are the first A200s to be operated by any navy. 

UK encourages SA defence firms to bid for contracts

By: Keith Campbell     1st October 2004 BRITISH Defence Procurement Minister Lord Bach stresses that his comments in Pretoria last week encouraging South African defence companies to bid for UK defence contracts are not merely his personal opinion. 

Indian defence firms move to access African market

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2004 For India, this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition was a gateway into Africa’s aviation and defence markets. 

Global partnerships buoy local technology group

By: Keith Campbell     24th September 2004 SOUTH African high-technology group Grintek is now benefitting from the support of major global original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in marketing its defence products internationally. 

Waterkloof's runways receive a facelift

By: Keith Campbell     24th September 2004 UNNOTICED by the public, perhaps, but certainly not by the local and visiting pilots, Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof’s upgraded runways were completed in time for this week’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2004. 

Combat vehicle self-protection system launched

By: jenny furness     24th September 2004 South African electronic warfare systems company Avitronics, which is jointly owned by Grintek and Saab Sweden, this week launched a revolutionary new combat vehicle self-protection system at the African Aerospace and Defence 2004 exhibition. 

Denel awarded R14m export contracts

23rd September 2004 Global defence and aerospace company BAE Systems has placed orders with Denel Optronics for the supply of high-tech layers display and control units (LDCU) for incorporation onto a BAE Systems new light field artillery gun being marketed worldwide. 

Last corvette to arrive in SA tomorrow

16th September 2004 South African National Defence Force chief General Siphiwe Nyanda is expected to officiate at the arrival of the fourth and last patrol corvette, the SAS Mendi. 

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