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SA defence industry aspires to bigger share of national defence spending

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa�s State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the proportion of the national defence budget used to acquire systems from local industry � not just Denel � will increase significantly in the near future. 

Lekota, Erwin driving defence industry strategy document

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2006 South Africa is developing a national strategy for the defence industry. 

Military comms deal

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th October 2006 Defence-related company Saab Grintek has acquired the communications division of Thales Advanced Engineering (TAE) for an undisclosed amount. 


By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2006 Armscor’s Protechnik Laboratories is the only facility in the Southern Hemispere to be accredited by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 

Brazilians marketing surveillance aircraft to SA for Fifa World Cup

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2006 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer took advantage of the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2006 exhibition, held last month at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, in Cape Town, to market to South Africa its capabilities in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sphere. 

South African and Russian companies in helicopter collaboration

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2006 South African aviation and defence company Advanced Technologies and Engineering (ATE) has signed a cooperation agreement with major Russian helicopter companies. 

Air Force's first Gripen flying in SA skies

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2006 Preparations for the South African flight-test programme for the Saab JAS39 Gripen, which will replace the Denel Cheetah as this country’s frontline multirole fighter began this month. 

South African frim buoyed by link into European Typhoon Fighter contract

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2006 The award to South African aerostructures manufacturing and aviation-engineering group Aerosud of a $20-million contract by UK defence group BAE Systems for the manufacture of components for Europe’s biggest multinational defence programme, the Eurofighter Typhoon fourth-generation,... 

First of the new fighters soon in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2006 A local spokesman for Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab has confirmed that the first Gripen advanced multirole fighter for the SAAF is now on its way to South Africa. 

Training assistance fast-tracking frigates into operation

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2006 The first of the South African Navy’s (SAN), four new frigates, the SAS Amatola, has recently undertaken its first overseas deployment, visiting Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, and S 

The next wave of new aircraft for South African Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2006 With BAE Systems Hawk Mk 120 lead-in fighter- trainers and Agusta-Westland A109 light utility helicopters now entering service with the South African Air Force (SAAF), attention in the Department of Defence (DoD) is beginning to switch to the next wave of new aircraft which will continue the... 

SA army, undertaking peacekeeping operations, needs re-equipping, asserts chief

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2006 The South African Army (SA Army) is hoping that it will be able to re-equip itself in the coming years. 

Denel mulls sale of Kempton Park campus to Acsa and relocation to Tshwane

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2006 At least some staff working at State-owned defence industrial group Denel’s aviation works have been told that the group’s companies and activities based there are to be transferred to Tshwane, and their current site sold to Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). 

Denel is still not viable, says CEO

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2006 State-owned defence industrial group Denel CEO Shaun Liebenberg reiterated to Parliament on May 17 (2006) that the group is not viable under its current model. 

Black-owned company launches new-generation armoured vehicle

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2006 SOUTH African black-owned defence company Ivema has launched a new armoured personnel carrier (APC), which it has named the Gila. 

Target date for missile service entry revealed

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2006 The Brazilian Air Force (Fab) has reported that Denel’s A-Darter air-to-air missile, currently under development, should enter service in 2015. 

Reunert set to exit defence, plans big electrical capex

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2006 The diversification of Reunert away from what was historically a core business of defence has gone full circle with the company announcing on Tuesday that it plans to sell its remaining defence-related companies. 

German, Indian navies help SA Navy fast track training as new submarines surface

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2006 To accelerate the entry into full operation service of its three new submarines, the SA Navy has being taking advantage of offers of training facilities and instructors from the German and Indian navies. 

Engineers who want to be submerged

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2006 Getting marine engineers into shipshape 

Second batch of SA aircraft sold to Brazil

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2006 Armscor has confirmed a further sale of former South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). 

Struggling Denel cuts head-office costs

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2006 State-owned Denel expects to save at least R5-miilion a year from shared services & infrastructure from moving the group’s head office, + world record-breaking artillery shot. 

Army engineers report military-skills development success

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 FOR the South African Army’s Engineer Corps (SAEC) the Military Skills Development System (MSDS), which started in 2004, has been a great success. 

SA army engineers support peacekeeping in Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 The South African Army Engineering Corps is playing a crucial role in bringing peace and stability to troubled countries elsewhere in Africa. 

UK group ponders Denel opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2006 BAE Systems has had its interest in South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel picqued again by the latter’s proposed restructuring strategy. 

Defence giant makes SA investments

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2006 The industrial participation or offset programme being run in South Africa by UK-based aerospace and defence industrial group BAE Systems is so big that the company has become one of the biggest facilitators of foreign investment into the country. 

SA a globalisation model for Swedish defence group

6th April 2006 Swedish defence group Saab has identified South Africa as a model of its evolving internationalisation effort. 

More details revealed about A-Darter cooperation project

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 Brazil reportedly will contribute 50% of investment needed to complete the Denel A-Darter missile project. 

Critical overseas partnerships help rope in business

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 SA company supplies military vehicles to US, Sweden, Canada..... 

SA’s newly-equipped, streamlined navy shipshape 

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 “We are the people’s navy, and therefore try to keep the public informed as to what it’s about, they are the taxpayers after all,” South African Navy head of public and media relations Captain Wise reports in an Engineering News exclusive. 

Defence-related industry could be in trouble

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 The South African defence-related industry, (Sadri) has been doing remarkably well over the past two decades, consider-ing the challenging circumstancesin the global arms arena and thedetrimental effects it has had on Sadri participants. So says South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence... 

South Africa flying high – or just pie in the sky?

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has proposed an ambitious new project it terms ‘AwareNet’. 

State-owned demining company posts positive results

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 Lately, State-owned weapons manufacturer Denel has been suffering a period of financial losses and hardship, whereas Mechem – a division of Denel – has posted positive results, the demining company’s manager AJ Rossouw tells Engineering News. 

Air-to-air missile deal only weeks away from full consummation

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2006 Update on Brazilian investment in Denel A-Darter missile project: contract not yet signed, but nearly finished. 

Aiming at global leadership in its niches

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 Fire-directing systems (FDS) and shooting training systems (STS); these are the two niches in the global defence market in which IST Dynamics is determined to be the world leader. 

Brazil invests in SA missile-developoment programme

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2006 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has formally revealed that it is investing $52-million in South Africa’s A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM) project. 

German group pursues housing-system offset

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2006 German group ThyssenKrupp is optimistic about its ability to deliver offset projects this year. One of these is the industrially-produced housing system unveiled at the end of last year (2005). 

Denel set to benefit form UK-Saudi Arabia deal

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2006 SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel is likely be a beneficiary of the recent agreement between Britain and Saudi Arabia in which the Saudis agreed to buy Typhoon fighers. 

Denel likely to have decades of business from fighter-trainer work

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 Denel could benefit from work on the BAE Systems Hawk fighter-trainer over the next three decades providing components for perhaps as many as 350 new aircraft. 

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