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Defence & Aerospace

South Africa launches new body for the local defence industry 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2016 South Africa’s National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) was formally launched by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula on Thursday. “Today marks an historic day in the existence of the South African defence industry and its relationship with the South African government... 

SAAF aircraft crash lands near Air Force Base Langebaanweg

By: African News Agency      3rd March 2016 A South African Air Force (SAAF) Caravan aircraft crash landed on a private farm in the early hours of Thusrday while on a routine night flying exercise at Air Force Base Langebaanweg. “The pilots were recovered by the Base Rescue Capability. Both pilots sustained varying degrees of injuries and... 

Denel modifies Casspir to accommodate varying firepower needs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th February 2016 State-owned aerospace and defence technology group Denel has modified its Casspir mine-protected vehicles to accommodate clients’ varying firepower requirements. Clients would be able to select the type and range of firepower that they required, which would serve as platforms for 81 mm mortar... 

Tshwane police take delivery of new armoured vehicles 

By: Keith Campbell     26th February 2016 Now that the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) has taken delivery of three RG-12 Nyala armoured internal security vehicles from Denel Land Systems, finalising its acquisition of riot control equipment, the organisation is considering the next step in dealing with violent unrest. “We... 

Local rifle manufacturing multibeneficial for economy 

By: Bruce Montiea     19th February 2016 Precision rifles designer and manufacturer Truvelo believes that manufacturing its rifles locally encourages foreign currency influx and alleviates unemployment. “We contribute to job creation and skills development by offering training to our staff and, as the majority of our products are... 

Local rifle manufacturing  multibeneficial for economy
PRECISION Truvelo’s rifles are lightweight, adjustable and accurate

Military training ground cleared for housing development 

     19th February 2016 Demining and clearance company Mechem, which is part of defence products and solutions company Denel, was called in to inspect vacant land next to Loftus Gardens in Pretoria that has been earmarked for a new housing development. Denel acting group CE Zwelakhe Ntshepe says the land was used as a... 

Military training  ground cleared for housing development
Photo by Bloomberg
AVAILABLE RESOURCE The young people will undergo continuing basic demining training and will be added to the pool of skilled South African deminers which Mechem can call on for future international clearance missions

Simulator designer begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles

     19th February 2016 Simulator-based training systems designer ThoroughTec Simulation has begun the delivery of its Tactical Crew Training Simulators from its Cyberwar range, for the South African Army’s Badger Infantry Combat Vehicles. ThoroughTec Simulation military business manager David Cooke says the army will... 

Simulator designer  begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles
COMBAT READY The South African Army will use ThoroughTec Simulation’s Tactical Crew Training Simulators to maintain its conventional, mechanised warfare skills

Denel

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th February 2016 Established in April 1992, State-owned aerospace and defence technology group Denel continues to provide turnkey defence equipment solutions to its clients by designing, developing, integrating and supporting aerospace and defence technology. 

Denel

SA company working on armoured vehicle order for East African client

     19th February 2016 South African defence equipment and logistics company Twiga Services is building Mamba-class armoured personnel carrier vehicles for a client in East Africa. Twiga CEO Damien de Lange says the vehicles are due for completion by the end of the year. 

2015 intern programme benefited Denel Dynamics and its interns

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2016 South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space company Denel Dynamics held its annual intern project presentation at its main facility in Centurion, south of Pretoria, on Thursday. For some years now the company has designated young, newly recruited, engineers and technologists as interns... 

2015 intern programme benefited Denel Dynamics and its interns
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Denel Dynamics’ Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile

Denel grilled over Gupta-linked joint venture 

By: News24Wire      17th February 2016 Denel’s top management insisted on Wednesday that no law has been broken and that all its decisions and activities on the controversial VR Laser joint venture deal took place within the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). Denel chairperson Daniel Mantsha told MPs in the Select Committee on... 

Denel grilled over Gupta-linked joint venture

Door still open to controversial Denel Gupta deal 

By: News24Wire      16th February 2016 A joint venture with Denel which has attracted controversy because of its links to the influential Gupta family is not yet a done deal, the Department of Public Enterprises said on Tuesday. “There are still other conditions to be met before final approval can be granted,” Colin Cruywagen,... 

Door still open to controversial Denel Gupta deal
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Denel sets up new international joint venture in Asia

By: Keith Campbell     12th February 2016 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group, Denel, has set up another international partnership, based in Hong Kong. This new subsidiary is Denel Asia and it is a joint venture (JV) with South African private sector company VR Laser.  

Discussions under way on Rooivalk attack helicopter upgrade

By: Keith Campbell     12th February 2016 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel is in advanced discussions with the Department of Defence and the South African Air Force (SAAF) for upgrading the latter’s Denel Aviation Rooivalk attack helicopters. The upgrade would increase the operational effectiveness of the... 

Solidarity calls on Public Protector to probe Gupta, Denel partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th February 2016 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday called on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel’s new joint venture (JV) Denel Asia’s link to the Gupta family. The JV, established in Hong Kong in partnership with South African private-sector... 

Tshwane Metro Police acquire armoured vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2016 The Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) took delivery on Wednesday of three RG-12 Nyala armoured internal security vehicles from manufacturer Denel Land Systems. The ceremony took place at TMPD headquarters in Pretoria West. (The metropolitan city of Tshwane includes Pretoria.) The... 

Tshwane Metro Police acquire armoured vehicles

Cooling technology for plastic injection launched

     5th February 2016 Technology and manufacturing solutions provider RocTool last month launched its RocTool Performance Cooling (RPC) unit to complement its induction heating process for plastic injection and composites processes. “This is in keeping with the work that has been done by RocTool systems and... 

Cooling technology for plastic injection launched
Photo by Bloomberg
TEMPERATURE CONTROL RocTool’s technology enables users to have better control over temperature changes and save valuable production time

SA defence group promoting high-tech education, training

By: Keith Campbell     5th February 2016 The Acting CEO of South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, is “delighted” at his company’s role in helping prepare young South Africans to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He was speaking at the group’s recent annual Young Achievers Awards... 

Rooivalk attack helicopter upgrade talks at advanced level 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2016 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel reported on Tuesday that it is in advanced discussions with the Department of Defence and the South African Air Force (SAAF) for upgrading the latter’s Denel Aviation Rooivalk attack helicopters. The upgrade would increase the operational... 

Rooivalk attack helicopter upgrade talks at advanced level
Photo by Keith Campbell
A Denel Aviation Rooivalk helicopter, painted in United Nations white, taking off

Denel creates a second international joint venture company

By: Keith Campbell     29th January 2016 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group, Denel, has set up another international partnership, based in Hong Kong. This new subsidiary is Denel Asia and it is a joint venture (JV) with South African private sector company VR Laser. “This is a vitally important region for Denel to... 

Denel creates a second international joint venture company
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Denel Acting Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

German company develops integrated border surveillance systems

By: Keith Campbell     29th January 2016 Comprehensive land and sea border surveillance and security systems are entirely feasible with today’s technology. So assures specialist German-based Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security, part of Airbus Defence and Security, itself part of the Airbus Group. “We are for sure the market leader... 

Denel adds 6x6 offering to Casspir portfolio

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2016 State-owned aerospace and defence technology group Denel has expanded the range of its recovery vehicles based on the well-known Casspir mine resistant system, responding to what it describes as “keen interest” by clients on the African continent.   The latest addition to the Mechem vehicle... 

Denel adds 6x6 offering to Casspir portfolio

Defence group Denel promoting high-tech education and training

By: Keith Campbell     22nd January 2016 The acting CEO of South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, is “delighted” at his company’s role in helping prepare young South Africans to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He was speaking at the group’s annual Young Achievers Awards ceremony in... 

Defence group Denel promoting high-tech education and training
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

DA ‘whitewash’ comments on arms deal report riles Presidency 

By: African News Agency      4th January 2016 The Presidency has described the criticism by the DA of the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Fraud, Corruption, Impropriety or Irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package as “unwarranted” and “irresponsible”. The Arms Procurement Commission report... 

DA ‘whitewash’ comments on arms deal report riles Presidency

Downgrading of Durban naval facilities a mistake, admits Mapisa-Nqakula 

By: African News Agency      8th December 2015 A decision taken more than a decade ago to close Durban’s naval facilities was a mistake, South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday. Mapisa-Nqakula made the comments at a sod-turning ceremony ‎held at the Salisbury Island Naval Station to... 

Downgrading of Durban naval facilities a mistake, admits Mapisa-Nqakula
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

With the A400M now operational in Europe, export sales targeted

By: Keith Campbell     4th December 2015 Airbus Defence and Space (Military Aircraft) is highly optimistic for exports sales of its A400M military transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft, outside the programme’s seven European core partner nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK). “Our clear target... 

SA group’s new armoured vehicle factory in Kazakhstan has started production

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2015 South African private-sector defence group Paramount announced on Tuesday that it had started production at its new armoured vehicle plant in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan. The start of production was marked by a visit to the plant by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Defence... 

SA group’s new armoured vehicle factory in Kazakhstan has started production
Photo by Paramount
A Paramount Mbombe 6 armoured infantry vehicle undergoing winter trials in Kazakhstan

Brown hints to major changes in shareholder management of State companies 

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2015 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown reported on Tuesday that far-reaching interMinisterial committee (IMC) discussions were advancing on how best to reform South Africa’s State-owned companies (SoCs), many of which were currently underperforming. There are around 700 SoCs, with Brown having... 

Brown hints to major changes in shareholder management of State companies
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Experimental results are validating CSIR numerical simulation system

By: Keith Campbell     27th November 2015 The University of Pretoria is well advanced in a programme to experimentally validate numerical simulation software developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to accurately model the sloshing of fuel in an aircraft's fuel tank. This was unveiled at a joint briefing at... 

Experimental results are validating CSIR numerical simulation system

AEEI concludes Saab deal

By: News24Wire      26th November 2015 African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) announced on Thursday that it has completed the R125m deal to acquire a 25% plus one share stake in Saab Grintek Defence (SGD). SGD is the South African subsidiary of Swedish defence and civil security company, Saab and the group's largest operation... 

Denel wins major vehicle contract from Middle East

By: Keith Campbell     20th November 2015 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced that its recently acquired subsidiary, Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS – previously BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa or LSSA) had finalised a R900-million contract with United Arab Emirates group Nimr. The deal covers the... 

Safomar in vibration control partnership with SAAF

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th November 2015 Owing to the continuously evolving needs of the South African Air Force (SAAF), aviation and service offering company Safomar plans to ensure that the Vibration Control Centre (VCC) at SAAF is well renowned for excellence in vibration management globally. 

Airbus unit develops counter-UAV system

By: Keith Campbell     13th November 2015 European defence company Airbus Defence and Space has developed a system to counter small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), also known as remotely-piloted aircraft (RPAs). "We target small commercial UAVs; we do not target military UAVs," explained company mission and support systems sales head... 

SA is number two base for German high-tech sensor company

By: Keith Campbell     13th November 2015 German-based Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security, currently a business unit of Airbus Defence and Space (itself part of the Airbus Group) has its biggest foreign operation in South Africa. "Our second biggest site is in South Africa," highlighted company media relations senior manager... 

Denel wins major vehicle contract from Middle East 

By: Keith Campbell     9th November 2015 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel on Monday announced that its recently acquired subsidiary, Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS – previously BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa or LSSA) had finalised a R900-million contract with United Arab Emirates group Nimr. The deal covers... 

Denel wins major vehicle contract from Middle East
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
The 6x6 version of the N35/RG35

Local defence company uses 3D printing to accelerate new developments

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 The use of additive manufacturing (popularly known as 3D printing) has helped revolutionise product development at South African defence company Airbus DS Optronics. It is one of the technologies adopted by the company to enable it to carry out rapid prototyping of new products. The company is... 

Spanish, SA shipbuilders confirm localisation embedded in patrol-vessel bid

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 Spanish State-owned shipbuilding group Navantia has confirmed that, if its design is chosen for the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), they will be built locally. The SAN is seeking to procure new OPVs and inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) under Project Biro and Navantia... 

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