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Defence

First Denel Agusta A109 helicopter takes off

13th September 2004 The first locally assembled Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) took to the skies last week, and successfully completed a series of acceptance test flights at Denel's Kempton Park facilities, adjacent to Johannesburg International Airport. 

Defence expo bigger than ever

By: Keith Campbell     10th September 2004 SOUTH Africa’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exposition, the leading such show in Africa and one of, if not the, most important in the Southern Hemisphere, will this year be bigger than ever before. 

Army re-equipping now the target

By: Keith Campbell     10th September 2004 Africa Aerospace & Defence 2004 exposition will have a display dedicated to the SA Army Project Hoefyster for a replacement for the Ratel IFV. 

First SA fighter in final-assembly phase

By: Keith Campbell     3rd September 2004 THE first Gripen International 4th generation multirole fighter for the SAAF is now in final assembly at the Saab plant in Sweden. 

Integration of SA systems into Hawk advances

By: Keith Campbell     20th August 2004 THE prototype of the SAAF version of BAE Systems Hawk fighter-trainer is more than 33% through its flight development programme for local avionics systems. 

Last corvette sets sail for SA

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th August 2004 The South African Navy’s fourth and last corvette, the SAS Mendi, will set sail from Kiel, Germany, today (Friday), the navy said in a statement. 

Defence force in R164m Casspir upgrade

11th August 2004 South African armoured vehicles manufacturer Alvis OMC has been awarded an upgrade and refurbishment contract by the Armscor valued at R164-million for the upgrade of Casspir MKII Mine Protected Vehicles for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

End to Denel’s US disbarment unlikely to have big impact

By: Keith Campbell     6th August 2004 THE ending of the disbarment of South African defence industrial parastatal Denel from the US defence market, although welcome and beneficial, will have less practical effect than one might expect. 

Details on State defence firm’s reorganisation emerge

By: Keith Campbell     6th August 2004 FIRST details have emerged about the restructuring of South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

Fighter plane offset deal yields 67 new ventures

23rd July 2004 The UK’s BAE Systems and Sweden’s Saab AB have launched 67 new business ventures in South Africa, in the fulfilment of their combined offset obligations tied to South Africa’s $2,2-billion procurement of new Hawk and Gripen aircraft for the South African Air Force, the companies... 

'Defence offsets may not be sustainable'

16th July 2004 Defence offsets in their current form might not be sustainable, a leading European engine manufacturer says. 

Hawk production under way in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 The first BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers for the SAAF are now moving down the production line at Denel Aviation’s plant 

Laser vehicle systems attract international attention

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 SA electronic warfare systems company Avitronics is attracting strong international interest with its laser warning system for combat vehicles (LWS-310CV). 

20 units ordered for international naval programmes

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 STELLENBOSCH, Western Cape-based Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) has established itself in the international high-tech radar systems and sub-systems market. 

Summit is ten

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 WHILE South Africa celebrates ten years of democracy, the yearly African Defence Summit is also marking its tenth anniversary. 

The CSIR provides support for the defence department

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 A core function of the CSIR Defencetek business unit is to operate as a Defence Evaluation and Research Institute (Deri) on behalf of the South African Department of Defence (DoD). 

Breakthrough contract for SA armoured vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     25th June 2004 SOUTH African armoured-vehicle manufacturer Alvis OMC has beaten European competition to win preferred supplier status for new armoured vehicles for Italy and Sweden. 

Erwin details plan to grow private investment in energy, transport and defence

By: Jill Stanford     25th June 2004 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin wants to raise the levels of private investment in energy, transport and defence, the key sectors reporting to his department. 

Modular workshop boosts army’s technical support

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 A containerised modular workshop system developed by local industry over the past decade for the Technical Service Corps (TSC) of the South African Army (SA Army) is revolutionising the way the Corps is able to fulfil its maintenance and repair role. 

Homegrown containerised system attracts US interest

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 THE containerised modular workshop system developed by Steelcore Heavy Equipment for the SA Army is attracting strong interest from civilian sectors in the US. 

75% of corvette combat suite is SA made

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 WITH three of the South African Navy’s (SAN) four new corvettes now at Simon’s Town, the long-awaited restoration of the country’s high seas patrol and surveillance capability is now in sight. 

Boron composites may repair ageing aircraft

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th June 2004 A composite technology which has been stagnant in South Africa for the past five years could well be the solution for cost-effective repairs of commercial aircraft, especially in Africa, where air traffic is predicted to double by 2010. 

Growing international demand for local armoured vehicles

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2004 There are a few things South Africans have a good international reputation for, and security and protection are some of them. 

SA’s third frigate arrives in Simon’s Town

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2004 Yesterday saw the arrival in Simon’s Town of the third of the South African Navy’s new German-designed and -built patrol frigates, the SAS Spioenkop. 

Navy set to float out first new-era sub

By: Keith Campbell     28th May 2004 THE first Type209/1400SAN submarine for the South African Navy (SAN) will be named and ‘floated out’ of its building dock next month. 

Details on State enterprise investment plans by Sept

25th May 2004 The South African government will announce detailed investment plans for certain State-owned enterprises (SOEs) by the end of September, the country’s new Minister of Public Enterprises said. 

Automaker moves to lower the cost of armoured vehicles

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2004 Responding to what it sees as customers’ needs, local auto maker Nissan South Africa has introduced armoured protection on its Almera cars, Hardbody pickups and X-Trail and Patrol sports-utility vehicles. 

Brazil still considering Cheetah

By: Keith Campbell     21st May 2004 South Africa’s Denel Cheetah C fighters are still in with chance to become interim fighter for Brazil. 

SA Navy soon to dispose of SAS Outeniqua

17th May 2004 The South African Navy's largest vessel, the Russian-built combat support ship SAS Outeniqua, is to be placed up for disposal shortly, after about 12 years of service. 

Upgrade of SANDF’s armoured vehicles completed

5th May 2004 South African armoured vehicle manufacturer Alvis OMC has completed a two-year upgrade programme of 80 Rooikat combat vehicles for the South African Army Armour Formation of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

The search for weapons of mass psychological destruction

By: Kelvin Kemm     23rd April 2004 I attended a meeting on international economic issues, in fact I was one of the guest speakers and I gave a presentation concerning why people continue to believe stories that are not true. 

Techno integration begins on South Africa’s new fighters

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 WITH the first Gripen International fighter for the South African Air Force moving down the production line at Saab’s factory in Sweden, the process of integrating an advanced technology South African system with the Swedish aircraft type has already begun. 

SA earning its wings in unmanned air vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 In the high-tech – and high cost – world of the modern aviation industry, there is a sector where South Africa can compete globally with the design and manufacture of complete systems and not just subsystems and components. That sector is unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

SA to participate in Asian defence exhibition

8th April 2004 South Africa will participate officially by means of a national pavilion at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition that will be staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from April 12 to 15. 

Defence vehicle is cherry

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 RSD the rolling stock division of DCD-Dorbyl has two distinct product profiles, the first as a supplier of railway rolling stock and the second as a proprietary defence product manufacturer. 

Still hope for the Cheetah in Brazil?

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 BRAZILIAN defence minister Jos 

SANDF to receive first unmanned air vehicle later this year

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 SOUTH African aeronautical and defence company Advanced Technology and Engineering, better known as ATE, will deliver its first production Vulture unmanned air vehicle system to the South African National Defence Force in the fourth quarter of this year.? 

R15m engineering spin-off from submarine order

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th March 2004 As part of the South African government’s industrial participation (IP) programme, the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) has made a significant multimillion-rand investment in engineering machinery for MAN Turbo. 

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