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Defence & Aerospace

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... 

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
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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
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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
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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... 

Airbus continues to develop new versions of its military aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 Airbus Defence and Space regards its C295 light/medium transport and maritime patrol aircraft as the best product in its range to meet the needs of the South African Air Force (SAAF) in these areas. The company has also been working on surveillance versions of its A320 single-aisle airliner. "Our... 

Military aircraft manufacturer coming under delivery pressures as conflicts flare

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 The changing and deteriorating international situation is having a clear impact on European defence enterprise Airbus Defence and Space, company military aircraft sales head Antonio Rodriguez Barberan reported at its recent Trade Media Briefing (TMB). "There are conflicts," he pointed out. "There... 

Small South African defence businesses succeeding in sector 

     5th November 2015 While the local defence industry is dominated by relatively large companies, there are also smaller companies succeeding in the sector. 

Small South African defence businesses succeeding in sector
Small South African defence businesses succeeding in sector

SA aircraft project making good use of 3D printing 

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2015 Additive layer manufacturing, better known as 3D printing,  is playing an important role in South Africa's Ahrlac armed reconnaissance and light aircraft project. "3-D printing has transformed the Ahrlac programme," Ahrlac programme manager Paul Potgieter (Junior) told Engineering News Online on... 

SA aircraft project making good use of 3D printing
Photo by Keith Campbell
Ahrlac

Airbus stressed synergies with SAA as UK RAF A330 Voyager visits S Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2015 Airbus Defence and Space: Military Aircraft has highlighted that its A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) has significant commonalities with the Airbus A330-200 commercial airliner, upon which it is based. The South African Air Force (SAAF) once operated a fleet of four Boeing 707 tankers,... 

Airbus stressed synergies with SAA as UK RAF A330 Voyager visits S Africa
An Airbus MRTT tanker aircraft refuels an Airbus A400M aircraft

Airbus Defence and Space continues to win orders for its aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2015 European aerospace company Airbus Defence and Space has reported continuing market success. "We keep growing not only the number of planes [on order] but the number of our customers and the number of countries," highlighted company military aircraft sales head Antonio Rodriguez Barberan at its... 

Airbus Defence and Space continues to win orders for its aircraft
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
An A400M on the Final Assembly Line in Seville

Airbus believes it has best product for SA Air Force needs 

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2015 Airbus Defence and Space regards its C295 light/medium transport and maritime patrol aircraft as the best product in its range to meet the needs of the South African Air Force (SAAF) in these areas. The company has also been working on surveillance versions of its A320 single-aisle airliner.... 

Airbus believes it has best product for SA Air Force needs
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
An Airbus C295W transport aircraft

Tense times increase pressure on Airbus’ defence business

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2015 The changing and deteriorating international situation is having a clear impact on European defence enterprise Airbus Defence and Space, company military aircraft sales head Antonio Rodriguez Barberan reported at its recent Trade Media Briefing (TMB). "There are conflicts," he pointed out. "There... 

Tense times increase pressure on Airbus’ defence business
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A Eurofighter Typhoon of the British Royal Air Force (foreground) intercepts an Il-20 intelligence-gathering aircraft of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea

South Africa is number two base for German high-tech sensor company

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2015 Germany-based Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security, currently a business unit of Airbus Defence and Space (itself part of Airbus Group) wants to expand its activities in South Africa. The entity has its biggest foreign operation in South Africa. "Our second biggest site is in South Africa,"... 

South Africa is number two base for German high-tech sensor company
Photo by Airbus Defence and Space
An Airbus DS Cobra counter-battery radar

Some catching up needed

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2015 Over the years, I have been to quite a few defence technology and industry conferences in South Africa. Invariably, they include lots of fascinating presentations and show just how impressive and high-tech the South African defence industry is. It certain areas, South Africa is one of only a tiny... 

Small SA defence company successfully carving a niche for itself

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2015 Small South African defence company Twiga Services has recently started sea trials with its latest product, an 8.5 m long military patrol boat. Manufactured out of high density polyethylene (better known as HDPE) it is designated the Rugged 850 Military Patrol Boat (MPB). “The Rugged 850 MPB is... 

Cooperation key to combating international cybercrime – Interpol

By: Schalk Burger     30th October 2015 Security incidents, natural disasters and cybercrime often transcend national boundaries, and sharing information helps to improve assistance, reaction speed and countermeasures to these events, as well as coordination among States, says international security cooperation body Interpol digital... 

Airbus exec on the outlook for electric flight and unmanned aviation

By: Keith Campbell     23rd October 2015 Major European aerospace enterprise, the Airbus Group, is working on innovations across the breadth of its activities, which include airliners, defence and space activities and helicopters. Some of these activities were recently highlighted by Airbus Defence and Space VP and Head of Disruptive... 

S African, Spanish groups sign shipbuilding agreement 

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South African private sector defence group Paramount signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spanish State-owned shipbuilder Navantia, in Pretoria, on Friday. This new MoU builds on a previous agreement signed between the two companies at the beginning of this year. "This is another... 

S African, Spanish groups sign shipbuilding agreement

SA companies should seek more UN business

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division Field Procurement Service Chief Sean Purcell pointed out recently that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from South African companies... 

Machine tools trade exhibition returns

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Exhibition organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery last month announced the official launch of Machine Tools Africa 2017, an upcoming trade conference and exhibition that is expected to be the biggest Africa-based trade expo of its kind. The exhibition will be held at the Johannesburg Expo... 

Machine tools trade  exhibition returns
MAKING A COMEBACK The largest African trade exhibition of its kind will take place in May 2017

Armscor seeks to strengthen domestic industry

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South Africa's defence procurement, disposals and research and development agency Armscor is busy changing its relationship with the South African Defence industry, Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford has affirmed. It is moving from being prescriptive to industry to being collaborative with industry.... 

South African defence industry faces challenges in tough conditions

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe has assured that the State-owned defence industrial group will not be changing its strategy. He was giving the opening address at the group’s recent 2015 Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria.  

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