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Brazil considering investing in South African missile development

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2005 Brazilian Air Force Commander Air-Lieu-tenant-Brigadier (equivalent to South African Air Force General) Luis Carlos da Silva Bueno has revealed that Brazil and South Africa are currently undertaking a study on cooperating in the development of the A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM). 

Denel UAV on first overseas visit

22nd November 2005 Having shown a mock-up of its Bateleur medium-altitude long-endurance (Male) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time in late 2004, South African State defence firm Denel opted for this week's Dubai International airshow to display it abroad for the first time. 

Talking turkey

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2005 Denel CEO Shaun Liebenberg recently revealed that a large European defence contractor has joined Denel as a partner to bid for the Turkish contract for an attack helicopter. 

Airforce mulls regime change

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 A feature of the South African Air Force (SAAF) that has puzzled foreigners and, indeed, local observers, is its expensive approach to flying training. 

SA missile concludes trials with a bang

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has confirmed the successful completion of flight trials of its Umkhonto (“Spear”) naval surface-to-air missile (SAM). 

Hopes fade for South African role in Brazilian armoured-vehicle buy

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2005 Hopes that SA & Brazil could cooperate in the production of new wheeled armoured vehicles for their armies have been dashed. 

Too late for turnaround, but new pilot has plan to avert disaster

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2005 South African loss-making State-owned defence industrial group Denel is, over the next three to four years, to undergo what is arguably its most radicalrestructuring since the company was created in 1992. 

Offset report reveals disparate performance

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2005 Like the proverbial parson�s egg, the news concerning the civilian offset programmes for the South African National Defence Force�s (SANDF�s) strategic re-equipment pro- gramme, revealed by the recent publication of the Department of Trade and Industry�s (DTI�s) NIPP: National Industrial... 

Navy ship for Navy in the offing?

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 Recent statements by Defence Minister Lekota suggest that plans for the SA Navy to acquire an amphibious transport ship seem to have been quite dramatically brought forward 

Value for Brazilian Air Force contract withd Denel revealed

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 THE Brazilian Air Force has revealed the value of the contract it has entered into with SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel for use of Denel’s Skua target drones in missile tests. 

SA eyes unmanned-aircraft niche

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2005 THE South African Air Force (SAAF) hopes that South Africa will be able to recapture its place as a world-leader in the development and operation of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

Defence projects on parade

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2005 Armscor, in its Annual Report 2004-2005, reports on some of the defence industrial participation (Dip) activities, stemming from the strategic re-equipment packages. 

Defence industrial participation progress uneven

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2005 SA defence offset programmes for new ships, subs, aircraft and helicopters have delivered more than R7,6-billion in benefits since the end of 1999. 

Medium-sized defence industries under the whip

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Report comapring plight of SA State-owned defence group Denel with equally bad plights of Israeli State-owned IMI and Brazilian State-owned Imbel. 

Denel in finance vice

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 A story on how difficult the international environment is for SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

SANDF awards tank-upgrade contract

2nd September 2005 BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has been awarded a follow-on contract for some R171-million by, South African National Defence Force (SANDF) procurement agency Armscor, for the upgrade of Olifant MK2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). 

Armscor awards R171m tank-upgrade contract

2nd September 2005 Defence firm BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has been awarded a follow-on contract worth about R171-million by Armscor, acquisition agency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), for the upgrade of Olifant MK2 main battle tanks (MBTs). 

Defence reserve pilot scheme targets student

By: Keith Campbell     26th August 2005 The South African Military Health Services SAMHS, formerly the South African Medical Service), in conjunction with the South African Army (SA Army) has launched a pilot project for a new programme to recruit highly- educated young South Africans as officers in the Reserve (once known as the... 

South African missiles remain in contention for Brazilian order

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 SA State-owned defence group Denel still in with what seems a good chance to sell its R-Darter BVRAAM to Brazil. 

Can Denel be put back on target?

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2005 There needs to be a radical change in the Denel model going forward, asserts the group’s new CEO Shaun Liebenberg in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. 

Navy employs overseas training to address submariner dearth

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE South African Navy (SAN) is currently addressing its shortfall of submariners by training personnel abroad, in India, Germany, and probably also Brazil. 

First SA Gripens only months away

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE 1st Saab Gripen fighter for the SAAF should be completed & rolled out in the last quarter of this year and is scheduled to make its first flight this November. 

Delivery of first South African-made Hawk jets only weeks away

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2005 THE first 3 SA manufactured Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers for the SAAF are currently undergoing pre-acceptance checks before delivery to the SAAF. 

Spin-off expected from multipurpose ship project

By: Keith Campbell     10th June 2005 THE SA Navy’s plan for new multipurpose coastal ships should be implemented within the next 5 years & the LPD/LPH programme could be brought forward. 

HEAVY METAL HIT PARADE - Three major overseas orders for SA armoured-vehicles firm

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2005 BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, has had to totally re-arrange its production facilities to meet the needs created by its recent hat-trick of major international orders for its products. 

Grintek buys into defence software developer

30th May 2005 South Africa's multi-million rand Command & Control software development capabilities have been further consolidated. 

Military aircraft key for SA aero industry

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2005 THE South African government’s decision to join the European Airbus Military A400M transport project will be of enormous importance and benefit to the local aviation industry. 

Defence workers to receive R4m - union

27th May 2005 Close to 6 000 workers at Denel, the defense parastatal, will pocket R4-million in lost wages. 

SA armoured vehicle firm wins R64m Italian job

25th May 2005 Italian company Iveco Defence Vehicle Division (DVD) has ordered a full production batch of 30 RG-12 public-order vehicles from a South African firm, for use by the Italian Carabinieri. 

SA to provide Swedes with armoured vehicles

20th May 2005 South African armoured and peacekeeping vehicle manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has a confirmed order from FMV, the Swedish Procurement Agency. 

Military-communication event to focus on technology

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2005 Preview of the second Military Information and Communication Symposium of South Africa (MICSSA), which will take place from July 26 to 28 next year. 

Actuators, controls and gearboxes fitted to naval warships

By: Liezel Hill     13th May 2005 The four new patrol corvettes, which will be South Africa’s first new naval warships in 16 years, have been fitted with some 3 000 Auma actuators, controls and gearboxes, reports Auma South Africa. 

Denel breaks into Brazilian market

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2005 SOUTH Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has broken into the Brazilian market, with a deal to provide support for a Brazilian missile test programme. 

SA tests new landmine-clearing device

10th May 2005 A landmine-clearing device is to be demonstrated today at the CSIR's Defence and Security Technology Unit (Defencetek). 

Second SA submarine launched in Germany

5th May 2005 South Africa's second submarine was launched in Germany yesterday, at a function attended by deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George. 

Denel's future strategy clarified

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2005 SOUTH AFRICAN Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin sketched out the future priorities for State-owned defence industrial group Denel in his recent (April 15) address to Parliament. 

Union questions Denel leadership change

18th April 2005 Following Friday’s  

New aircraft to inject 'new ways of doing things' into SAAF

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2005 THE introduction of new aircraft into service with the SAAF in the next few years introduce new technologies and new ways of doing things. 

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