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Defence

Speculation arises over navy’s chopper choice

By: Keith Campbell     4th 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... 

Denel deal, Hawk trials soon

By: Keith Campbell     4th April 2003 BAE Systems expects its deal with the South African government to buy 30% of state-owned Denel to be concluded soon, while the first Hawk trainer for the SAAF should arrive in this country towards the end of this year. 

Flying lab arrives in SA to test new trainer aircraft

26th March 2003 A British-owned flying laboratory has arrived in South Africa to help in the testing of the engines that will be fitted to the SA Air Force's new generation Hawk training aircraft, the contractor BAE Systems said on Tuesday. 

Helicopter filters now used in ploughing farmlands

By: candice haase     21st March 2003 South African air-filter technology is making an impact on the locomotive industry both locally and overseas. 

The art of smart war

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st March 2003 A popular read among businesspeople is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. 

SA defence firms exhibit at UAE show

16th March 2003 Twenty-six South African defence-related companies are taking part in the sixth International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Sunday, Armscor said. 

The exploration and exploitation of space

By: Karel Smrcka     14th March 2003 On a dark night, hundreds of the stars we see as we look up may not be stars at all, but man-made satellites. 

Corvette programme back on track - navy

14th March 2003 The South African Navy's corvette acquisition programme is back on track after a delivery delay, chief of navy staff Rear-Admiral Johannes Mudimu said yesterday. 

US military deal one of many abroad for firm

By: nkolola halwindi     7th March 2003 High-pulse repetition-rate pulsed carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers for non-destructive testing on aircraft have been developed by the Scientific Development and Integration (SDI) company. 

Rand hits Grintek, but order book grows to R1,8bn

6th March 2003 The results of JSE Securities Exchange-listed Grintek for the six months to 31 December 2002 were hurt by appreciation in the value of the rand, the group reported yesterday. 

No clarity yet on extent of corvette delay

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2003 It is still not clear just how much the South African Navy’s corvette programme will be delayed as a result of the faulty cabling found in the first ship in the class, the SAS Amatola, Engineering News can report. 

Aids, poverty biggest security threat to SA

By: Marius Roodt     28th February 2003 South Africa does not face a conventional threat from any quarter at the moment, with other issues, such as peacekeeping and human security having become the focus of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

Outlook for defence industry positive

By: Marius Roodt     28th February 2003 For most South Africans, the election of the ANC to power proved to be a boon, with the arrival of democracy, and the opening up of the local economy – but this was not quite the case for local South African defence contractors. 

SA's first landmine conference to be held in Pretoria

By: Marius Roodt     28th February 2003 The South African defence procurement agency, Armscor, and its subsidiary, Tec, are to host the country’s first ever landmine symposium in September. 

Missile-maker expects a R1bn turnover

By: Marius Roodt     28th February 2003 A division of the state-owned armaments company Denel, Kentron, is celebrating its 25th birthday this year, says Kentron GM Willie van Biljon. 

Jordan orders a hundred Ratels

By: Marius Roodt     28th February 2003 South Africa is supplying the Middle East kingdom of Jordan with a hundred second-hand Ratels. 

Submarine deal hands SA firm contract work abroad

By: Marius Roodt     28th February 2003 Three German companies have joined forces to construct three submarines for the South African navy, as part of the re-equipping of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

No clarity yet on extent of corvette delay

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 2003 IT is still not clear just how much the South African Navy’s corvette programme will be delayed as a result of the faulty cabling found in the first ship in the class, the SAS Amatola, Engineering News can report. 

Fifteen defence aircon systems for Middle East

21st February 2003 Specialist air-conditioning manufacturer Booyco Engineering has been awarded the contract to supply fifteen roof mounted systems for armoured personnel carriers destined for the Middle East. 

Counter-terrorism vehicles in demand

By: Karel Smrcka     21st February 2003 The US administration is in advanced talks with Detroit’s ‘big three’ motor-vehicle makers as well as with the US army over production of a new generation of vehicles designed for counter-terrorism, protecting US diplomatic missions abroad and homeland defence. 

SA Cheetah fighters offered to Brazil

By: Keith Campbell     21st February 2003 Denel has confirmed with Engineering News that, supported by the South African Air Force and Armscor, it is leading a bid to supply a number of Cheetah C fighters to the Brazilian Air Force. 

Final assembly begins on new helicopter

20th February 2003 It was announced this week that AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica and GKN company, has started the final assembly of the first Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) airframe for the South African Air Force, at the Denel Aviation facilities. 

Contractor responsible for ensuring corvette standards met

20th February 2003 The primary contractor in South Africa's acquisition of four new corvette warships for the navy will be held responsible for ensuring the vessels are up to standard, Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota said on Thursday. 

Gripen flies with made-in-SA technology

17th January 2003 South Africa is the launch customer for the latest generation Hawk Lead-In Fighter Trainer (Lift) and the international launch customer for the export version of the Anglo-Swedish Gripen multirole advanced fighter aircraft and has purchased 24 and 28 of each respectively. 

Brazil delays $700m jet fighter purchase

7th January 2003 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has suspended for a year the $700-million purchase of 12 supersonic fighter jets, choosing to devote more of this year's budget to fighting poverty, the defence minister said. 

Extent of corvette copper cable problem still not clear

By: Keith Campbell     7th January 2003 It will be another couple of weeks before the full extent of the problem with sub-standard copper cabling fitted to the South African Navy’s (SAN) first Meko A-200 type corvette becomes known. 

No announcement yet on steel plants

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 German industrial services firm Ferrostaal’s plans for the Coega Industrial Development Zone continue to be fuelled by speculation. 

Offsets flow from loco-bogie tie-up

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th December 2002 A global supplier agreement between US industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) and Scaw Metals, of Germiston, has resulted in large benefits for South Africa’s industrial participation programme (IPP). 

Denel-BAE deal in final stages

By: Keith Campbell     13th December 2002 The South African government believes that the R375-million deal in which giant British defence and aerospace group BAE Systems will take a 30% share in South Africa’s State-owned defence group Denel will be concluded early next year. 

Order book swells at local defence electronics firm

By: Joanne Delaurentis     6th December 2002 Export opportunities in the defence electronics, telecommunications and industrial electronics markets in southern Africa and the rest of the world are positively influencing the growth prospects of South Africa’s Grintek group. 

SA company helps Jordan develop new tank turret

4th December 2002 South Africa’s IST Dynamics, the division of the IST group of Pretoria responsible for developing embedded software products for the international defence industry, is assisting Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) in the development of a new gun turret for... 

Denel awarded new SA army contract

2nd December 2002 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group, Denel has confirmed that it has been awarded a significant contract for the Local Warning Segment (LWS) of the Ground Based Air Defence System (GBADS) for the South African Army. 

Outdated Armscor Act to be redrafted

By: Deborah Spicer     29th November 2002 The Armscor Act of 1968, which served to establish the primary roles and functions of the company, is currently being rewritten to reflect the changes that have occurred since the early 1990s, CEO Sipho Thomo reported at the South African Excellence Foundation conference in November. 

SA defence firm makes its mark on international market

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2002 The future looks bright for State-owned defence industrial group Denel as significant and growing success in export markets replaces the years of recession, retrenchment, and under-utilisation that so strongly marked the 1990s. 

South African defence firm makes its mark on international markets

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2002 The future looks bright for State-owned defence industrial group Denel as significant and growing success in export markets replaces the years of recession, retrenchment, and under-utilisation that so strongly marked the 1990s. 

Chile models its defence offsets on SA's programme

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 2002 SOUTH Africa’s experiences with its defence offset programme has helped Chile to develop an offset programme for its $650-million new fighter acquisition programme. 

Gripen offers Poles €8bn fighter deal offset

14th November 2002 The Anglo-Swedish joint venture making the Gripen fighter jet said yesterday Poland would get €8-billion worth of offset business if it chose the Gripen, in a $3,5-billion tender competition for 48 multi-role fighters. 

Offset programme ahead of schedule, says submarine consortium partner

By: nkolola halwindi     1st November 2002 In terms of the South African government’s industrial participation (IP) programme, German-owned Ferrostaal – a partner in the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) responsible for the commercial aspects of the contract to buy the submarines – says important parts of the offset... 

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