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South African defence company setting up ammunition filling plant for foreign client

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) announced on Tuesday that it was in the final phase of commissioning a new Universal Filling Facility, which will serve the needs of an international client. “We have worked with this client over the last four years to bring this... 

Longer-ranged artillery shell unveiled by South African defence company

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has reported that it has successfully qualified its 155 mm calibre M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP). This is a longer-ranged enhancement of the company’s Assegai series of 155 mm artillery rounds. The qualification... 

Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, would take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament... 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Wednesday that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, will take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament of two... 

Local munitions company working on export orders, new products

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2016 South African grenade, artillery ammunition, rocket propellant and warhead manufacturer Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) hopes to conclude more than one new order before the end of this year. “This includes a significant export contract, about which we cannot reveal any details yet,” says RDM CEO... 

SA defence company partners Saudi Arabian counterpart in new factory

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has helped set up a munitions manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in a venture with that country’s Military Industries Corporation (MIC), the Saudi Press Agency has reported. According to MIC head Mohammad Almadhi the establishment of... 

Presidency tight-lipped on report that Zuma opened Saudi weapons factory 

By: News24Wire      13th April 2016 The Presidency has failed to confirm or deny an international media report which alleges that President Jacob Zuma and his Saudi Arabian counterpart officially opened a joint weapons factory during his visit there last month. The report, published on the website Defense News, said South Africa's... 

SA company helps set up defence plant in Saudi Arabia

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2016 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has helped set up a munitions manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in a venture with that country’s Military Industries Corporation (MIC), the Saudi Press Agency has reported. According to MIC head Mohammad Almadhi the establishment of... 

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.  

Solidarity wins in bargaining unit dispute with RDM

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd January 2015 Trade union Solidarity’s three-year dispute with defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) over the interpretation of a recognition agreement between the two entities has come to an end after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) ruled in the union’s favour.  

SA munitions company enjoying technical and commercial success

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2014 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is busy launching new products on to the international market. The company, 51%-owned by German group Rheinmetall and 49% by South Africa’s State-owned Denel group, designs, develops and manufactures mortar bombs, aircraft bombs,... 

German group to upgrade SA air defence artillery

By: Keith Campbell     11th April 2014 Major German defence group Rheinmetall AG has announced that it has won a contract to modernise the South African Army’s (SA Army’s) air defence artillery systems. The value of the contract has not been revealed. Rheinmetall AG, through its Rheinmetall Waffe Munition subsidiary, owns 51% of South... 

SA air defence artillery to be upgraded by German group 

By: Keith Campbell     28th March 2014 Major German defence group Rheinmetall AG has announced that it has won a contract to modernise the South African Army’s (SA Army’s) air defence artillery systems. The value of the contract has not been revealed. The SA Army currently operates twin 35 mm air defence guns acquired from... 

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