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Defence

SA’s aircraft deal appears competitive

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2003 Article compares price SA is paying for 28 Gripen and 24 Hawk with rpices Austria is paying for 18 Typhoon and UK for 44 Hawk. 

Grintek-Saab expand cooperation

21st August 2003 The aerospace and electronics joint venture between Centurion-based Grintek and Saab AB of Sweden has expanded with the launch of a new division, Grintek Integrated Defense Solutions (GrIDS). The new section is a systems integrator and software house that will specialise in developing, building... 

Govt still looking for Denel partner

By: Keith Campbell     15th August 2003 THE government is still looking for a strategic partner for State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

Brazil mulls Rooivalk purchase

By: Keith Campbell     8th August 2003 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is interested in acquiring South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter. 

SA, Namibia to sign Park agreement

4th August 2003 South Africa and Namibia are set to cement their relations when they sign a treaty to establish one of the largest conservation parks in Southern Africa on Friday. 

SA, India, Brazil set up G3 to foster South–South links

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 Development of the “Group of Three” (SA, Brazil, India) could be of long-term importance to local industries, particularly those in the aerospace, defence, and other high-technology fields. 

Brazil defence export drive could benefit South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 DECISIONS being made in Brazil could have benefits for the South African defence industry, as well as make new technologies available to the South African National Defence Force. 

SA, Brazil strengthen defence industrial ties

By: Keith Campbell     25th July 2003 Given the dramatic acceleration in political and economic ties between Brazil and South Africa, it should come as no surprise that this process also includes the strengthening of oper-ational, technological and industrial relations in the related fields of aerospace and defence. 

SA’s industrial participation programmes advancing rapidly

By: Martin Czernowalow     23rd July 2003 South Africa’s defence industrial participation (DIP) projects have progressed rapidly, with orders having been placed with 38 local companies and 1 677 direct jobs created. 

SA defence firms could win Portuguese submarine work

By: Keith Campbell     27th June 2003 South African defence equipment manufacturers Denel Eloptro and Avitronics could be beneficiaries of the Portuguese Navy’s new submarine acquisition programme. 

Cheetahs to be out-flankered?

By: Keith Campbell     27th June 2003 THE chances of South Africa selling ex-South African Air Force (SAAF) Cheetah C supersonic multirole fighters to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) now hang on whether or not the latter is allowed to go ahead with its FX advanced fighter programme in the near future. 

Defence electronics group winning global stripes

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2003 South African defence electronics company Avitronics, 51%-owned by Grintek and 49% by Saab of Sweden, is certainly establishing itself as a global player in a highly competitive industry. 

Fakie to make arms deal submission to parliament soon

19th June 2003 Parliament's public accounts committee (Scopa) will await a special report from the Auditor General Shauket Fakie before probing allegations of editing and omission in the final report of the arms deal investigation. 

Helmet-mounted display deal for Gripen

18th June 2003 High tech defence companies Saab Aerospace and BAE Systems yesterday signed an agreement for a new integrated helmet-mounted display system (IHMD) for the Gripen fighter. 

Brazil interest in SA missile technology

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2003 South African defence company Kentron, part of the State-owned Denel group, has encountered a “definite receptivity” towards its products from the Brazilian armed forces, and discussions are continuing on a number of systems. 

Arms offsets have helped reshape economy - Erwin

8th June 2003 The offset programme of the multi-billion rand arms procurement package has markedly improved the economic landscape of South Africa over the past six years, according to Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin. 

Offset boost for electronic surveillance company

By: Jill Stanford     6th June 2003 Government’s Industrial Participation (IP) strategy has boosted Avitronics’ turnover to $16-million (about R125-million) with two additional orders for submarine electronic surveillance equipment. 

Defence company enhances its approach to project management

30th May 2003 Pretoria-based Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) has selected local enterprise project management (EPM) specialist Fulcrum IT to facilitate its implementation of Microsoft Project TM 2002. 

Brazil, SA looking at defence cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2003 Brazil and South Africa are set to step up defence and defence industry cooperation while Alvis OMC is a candidate for a Brazilian Army programme for 1 200 4x4 armoured vehicles. 

Defence industrial participation creates spin-offs

30th May 2003 Defence technology group Avitronics, a subsidiary of Grintek and joint venture with Sweden’s Saab, has attracted a substantial part of the offset business from the main equipment suppliers, as part of government’s defence industrial participation policy, linked to strategic defence... 

Brazil, SA mull defence cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2003 Next week Brazilian Defence Minister Jos 

Maiden flight for SA Hawk

29th May 2003 A milestone in the development of the latest version of the BAE Systems Hawk Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) for the South African Air Force (SAAF) was achieved this week, with the first flight powered by the new Rolls-Royce-Turbomeca Adour 951 jet engine. 

SA surveillance equipment for Greece, S Korea

By: Jill Stanford     27th May 2003 THE Government’s Industrial Participation (IP) strategy has boosted Avitronic’s turnover to $16-million (about R125-million) with two additional orders for submarine electronic surveillance equipment. 

New York City combats bioterrorism with new IT network

23rd May 2003 Increased risk for major bioterrorist activities has raised the need for immediate, secure, and collaborative alerting and content sharing functions, linking emergency medical responders with public health officials. 

R120m ground-based air-defence contract awarded

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd May 2003 The JSE Securities Exchange-listed Reunert group’s 57%-controlled subsidiary, RRS, has been awarded a contract worth about R120-million to develop a ground-based air-defence system for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

Cheetahs still in the running for Brazil

By: Keith Campbell     23rd May 2003 Brazil’s largest defence exposition, Latin America Defentech (LAD) took place late last month in Rio de Janeiro, with the participation of a South African pavilion, which included State-owned Denel Aviation and Denel Kentron. 

TFM Industries

9th May 2003 TFM Industries is a specialist manufacturer of load bodies for commercial vehicles. 

New skills for naval acquisitions

9th May 2003 SOME of the young volunteers for the South African Navy’s first Military Skills Development (MSD) programme will form part of the teams that will steer its new patrol corvettes and submarines into the future. 

SA’s latest artillery ready for market

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2003 AFTER more than a decade of R&D Denel-LIW has produced the latest and dramatically upgraded version of its already renowned G6 6x6 wheeled 155 mm self-propelled gun. 

G5, G6 posed serious engineering challenges

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2003 THE new 52-calibre 155 mm gun/howitzers from Denel-LIW for the latest versions of its G5 and G6 artillery systems use a revolutionary new breech mechanism of entirely South African design. 

State calls off Denel-BAE talks

25th April 2003 The government announced on Thursday that it had terminated discussions with Britain's BAE Systems to sell it a 30 percent stake in state-owned arms and technology group Denel. 

Poland seals F-16 purchase, offset deal

23rd April 2003 Poland wrapped up eastern Europe's largest arms deal ever, last Friday, to buy Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for $3,5-billion and secure billions of dollars in reciprocal investments. 

Poland announces fighter-offset programme

17th April 2003 Poland set rules this week for a multibillion-dollar investment programme linked to east Europe's largest-ever military contract, won by US defence giant Lockheed Martin Corp late last year. 

SA defence-spend ratio reasonable – analyst

By: Keith Campbell     11th April 2003 DESPITE criticisms that this country is spending too much money on defence – a criticism made especially with reference to the strategic defence re-equipment programme now under way – this country actually has one of the lowest ratios of defence spending to gross domestic product... 

Ramifications of war on Iraq for Africa, SA

By: katharine mckenzie     11th April 2003 Even though the epicentre of the world’s global conflict is far from South Africa, the increasing realisation that this will not be a speedy conflict, has implications for us all. 

More chronicles of electronic warfare

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th April 2003 This is the second column about electronic warfare. In the first column I wrote that electronic warfare divides itself into the following fields: electronic countermeasures (ECM), electronic surveillance measures (ESM) and electronic order of battle (EOB). 

Speculation rises over SA’s chopper choice

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2003 The fact that Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has made R1,2-billion available over the next three years for the purchase of maritime helicopters, to operate from the four new corvettes on order from Germany for the South African Navy (SAN), suggests that the Navy may get the aircraft it has long... 

A brief chronicle of electronic warfare

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th April 2003 I thought I would give readers some idea of how complicated things have become with regard to electronic warfare. 

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