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Defence

UK chooses Airbus for air-tanker requirements

27th February 2004 The UK government is in the process the of exclusive negotiations to make the Airbus A330-200 its future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA). 

Multimillion-rand kiln will increase capacity

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 A division of Multotec Wear Linings, MOH-9, has been supplying body armour to the police, defence forces and security industry since the 1990s. 

Firm entrenches itself in defence sector

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 Establishing and maintaining a reputation within both the local and international defence industries is not a simple feat, yet one that specialist environmental control and air conditioning engineering company, Booyco Engineering, has achieved, MD Jeremy Pougnet claims. 

Second corvette will arrive this month

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 The SAS Isandlwana, the second corvette for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), is scheduled to arrive in South Africa on February 25, a representative of the German Frigate Consortium (GFC) and German Submarine Consortium (GSC) confirms. In fact, he tells Engineering News that the... 

Will companies meet their Dip obligations?

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 A soon-to-be-released report by Armscor’s defence industrial participation (Dip) division indicates a mixed set of results as to whether companies involved in the arms deal will be able to comply with their Dip obligations. 

Defence is of growing importance to diversified technology firm

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 Defence exports contributed almost a third to Grintek’s yearly turnover last year. This translates into R469-million, says business coordination and counter trade manager Paul Gerber. 

Offsets assist defence company

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 As a result of South Africa’s defence offset industrial participation programme, local defence industry electronic company, Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS), has established itself as a global supplier. 

New partnerships between BAE and SA firms

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 The global defence and aerospace systems company, BAE Systems, intends to expand its business in South Africa through new partnerships aimed at capturing a significant slice of the global high-value command, control, communications, computing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR)... 

G3-Force: India, Brazil, SA Set Up Multi-Trillion-Dollar Power Bloc

By: Keith Campbell     20th February 2004 It would be no exaggeration to describe the India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA for short, but more popularly the G3, for Group of Three) as asignificant new force in globalaffairs. 

G3 defence compact urged

By: Keith Campbell     13th February 2004 COOPERATION between South Africa, India and Brazil will increase opportunities for all their defence industries, and not threaten them. 

SA’s second corvette sails home

11th February 2004 The second of four patrol corvettes was handed over to the South African Navy’s project officer in Kiel, Germany, and is on her way home, expected to arrive in South Africa on February 25. 

Spin-off expected from Portuguese sub purchase

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 SECTORS of the SA defence industry are likely to benefit from Portugal’s decision to buy 2 new submarines from Germany’s HDW. 

US army to evaluate SA self-propelled gun prototype

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 IN a local record time of some eight months South African State-owned defence group Denel’s LIW division has designed, developed and completed the prototype of a remotely-controlled light self-propelled (SP) artillery gun turret sporting the new 105 mm LEO gun, for despatch to the US this... 

ATE in world-first with BAE

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 South Africa’s Midrand-based Advanced Technology and Engineering (ATE) was the first foreign company, anywhere in the world, to receive authorisation from giant UK aerospace and defence group BAE Systems to integrate the complete avionics package for aircraft built by the British company. 

‘No hidden costs in the $2,2bn Gripen package’

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 There are no hidden costs in SA’s $2,2-billion acquisition of 28 Gripens & 24 Hawks; & Saab has increased its share of SA defence group Grintek. 

Hitech BEE sniffs acquisitions

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 SOUTH African company Kunene Brothers Holdings is now free to make acquisitions, if it so decides. 

Does SA need a modern defence force?

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2004 THE hardware ordered by South Africa in its multibillion-rand strategic defence re-equipment programme is now beginning to arrive in the country or is rolling down the production lines overseas and locally. 

Grintek and Saab strengthen netcentric capabilities

10th December 2003 In a further step towards strengthening their command and control capabilities in South Africa, Grintek and Saab have concluded the acquisition of Metatek, an engineering systems solutions company based in Pretoria. 

Navy in global submariner-training talks

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2003 THE South African Navy is in talks with its German, Indian & Brazilian counterparts over the possibility of its future submariners receiving training in those countries. 

Corvette supplier confirms offset promise

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2003 THE national industrial participation (Nip) obligations of the German Frigate Consortium (GFC) will be fulfilled, despite delays, assures a senior executive of one of the consortium’s main member companies. 

Ships’ combat system to be big on local content

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2003 THE South African Navy (SAN) believes that the combat system for its new Amatola-class patrol frigates has by far the greatest percentage of South African-designed and manufactured components of any element of the country’s strategic defence re-equipment programme. 

Navy ready to play catch-up on SAM technology

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 The SA Navy’s new corvette, SAS Amatola, will be the service’s first ship to be equipped with a surface-to-air missile system. 

Air and defence show already on the runway

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 ALTHOUGH 11 months remain before the start of Africa Aerospace and Defence 2004 the forecast looks good, with about half of the exhibition space already provisionally booked. 

Production of SA fighters under way

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 THE manufacture of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) new Gripen fighters has started at Saab’s newly-commissioned Gripen export production line in Sweden. 

Window opens for Rooivalk in Brazil, but prospects for Cheetah sales fade

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 Addressing journalists at a press conference in the south of Brazil recently, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), General Luiz Carlos da Silva Bueno, confirmed that his service has identified a need for an attack helicopter. 

SAPS issues tender for DNA-typing system

By: laurian clemence     31st October 2003 The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a procurement notice for the supply, installation and integration of an automated system to facilitate forensic DNA typing at its laboratory in Pretoria. 

Swarms of locusts threatening N Africa -UN

22nd October 2003 Swarms of locusts in northern Africa are threatening crops in areas previously blighted by drought, the United Nations food body said yesterday. 

SA hosts Unicef's first non-European disaster-relief hub

By: laurian clemence     22nd October 2003 The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has officially opened an emergency supply facility in Johannesburg, the first such facility to be opened outside of Europe. 

Aerospace thrust

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2003 The South African aerospace industry has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as an important sector of the country’s manufacturing industry, as an important cluster that should be promoted and further developed. 

More rigour needed in screening firearm licence applications

By: katharine mckenzie     10th October 2003 The Supreme Court of appeal recently upheld an important judgment concerning the circumstances in which an individual may be granted a firearm licence. 

Boeing, CSIR cooperation is no ‘phantom’

By: Keith Campbell     3rd October 2003 SOUTH African scientists and engineers could find themselves working on aspects of advanced projects for the giant US aerospace group Boeing, as a result of discussions being held between Boeing’s research and development (R&D) arm, popularly known as the Phantom Works, and the CSIR, on... 

Cannon air-conditioning systems scheduled for February delivery

26th September 2003 The successful performance of the Booyco prototype air-conditioning system installed on the new LIW 35 DPG dual-purpose cannon, has resulted in specialist environmental control and air-conditioning engineering company Booyco Engineering receiving an order for four identical systems. 

Denel wins helmet-systems contract for Nato aircraft

26th September 2003 State-owned defence manufacturer Denel has secured two contracts from BAE Systems-Saab worth $10,5-million to produce advanced tracking helmet systems for Nato's newest aircraft, the Eurofighter-Typhoon, and for components for the Gripen helmet display system. 

First corvette set to install SA radar system

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 STELLENBOSCH company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is putting the radar tracking system for the South African Navy’s first Patrol Corvette through its final stages of acceptance testing at the ORT test site in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape. 

Grintek takes R30m knock on defence project

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2003 South African defence and electronics firm Grintek has described a R30-million financial knock, relating to cost overruns and delivery delays on a R150-million project to supply airborne communications systems to a European client, as a wake-up call. 

Commercialisation strategy key to offsetting funding crisis

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th August 2003 Arms-procurement parastatal Armscor, which has been smarting from inadequate funding by the government for some time, has started commercialising some of its technology in a bid to boost its coffers. 

Defence offsets ahead of target

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th August 2003 Foreign suppliers of defence equipment constituting South Africa’s Strategic Defence Package (SDP) have, since December 1999, concluded contracts with the local defence industry for local and export sales, investments and technology transfer valued at a total of R3,7-billion, assuming an... 

UK defence order to benefit South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2003 THE British government’s decision to order Hawk Mk 128 advanced trainers from BAE Systems means work for South African companies Denel Aviation and Aerospace Monitoring Systems (AMS). 

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