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Automaker moves to lower the cost of armoured vehicles

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2004 Responding to what it sees as customers’ needs, local auto maker Nissan South Africa has introduced armoured protection on its Almera cars, Hardbody pickups and X-Trail and Patrol sports-utility vehicles. 

Brazil still considering Cheetah

By: Keith Campbell     21st May 2004 South Africa’s Denel Cheetah C fighters are still in with chance to become interim fighter for Brazil. 

SA Navy soon to dispose of SAS Outeniqua

17th May 2004 The South African Navy's largest vessel, the Russian-built combat support ship SAS Outeniqua, is to be placed up for disposal shortly, after about 12 years of service. 

Upgrade of SANDF’s armoured vehicles completed

5th May 2004 South African armoured vehicle manufacturer Alvis OMC has completed a two-year upgrade programme of 80 Rooikat combat vehicles for the South African Army Armour Formation of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

The search for weapons of mass psychological destruction

By: Kelvin Kemm     23rd April 2004 I attended a meeting on international economic issues, in fact I was one of the guest speakers and I gave a presentation concerning why people continue to believe stories that are not true. 

Techno integration begins on South Africa’s new fighters

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 WITH the first Gripen International fighter for the South African Air Force moving down the production line at Saab’s factory in Sweden, the process of integrating an advanced technology South African system with the Swedish aircraft type has already begun. 

SA earning its wings in unmanned air vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 In the high-tech – and high cost – world of the modern aviation industry, there is a sector where South Africa can compete globally with the design and manufacture of complete systems and not just subsystems and components. That sector is unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

SA to participate in Asian defence exhibition

8th April 2004 South Africa will participate officially by means of a national pavilion at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition that will be staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from April 12 to 15. 

Defence vehicle is cherry

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 RSD the rolling stock division of DCD-Dorbyl has two distinct product profiles, the first as a supplier of railway rolling stock and the second as a proprietary defence product manufacturer. 

Still hope for the Cheetah in Brazil?

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 BRAZILIAN defence minister Jos 

SANDF to receive first unmanned air vehicle later this year

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 SOUTH African aeronautical and defence company Advanced Technology and Engineering, better known as ATE, will deliver its first production Vulture unmanned air vehicle system to the South African National Defence Force in the fourth quarter of this year.? 

R15m engineering spin-off from submarine order

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th March 2004 As part of the South African government’s industrial participation (IP) programme, the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) has made a significant multimillion-rand investment in engineering machinery for MAN Turbo. 

UK chooses Airbus for air-tanker requirements

27th February 2004 The UK government is in the process the of exclusive negotiations to make the Airbus A330-200 its future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA). 

Multimillion-rand kiln will increase capacity

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 A division of Multotec Wear Linings, MOH-9, has been supplying body armour to the police, defence forces and security industry since the 1990s. 

Firm entrenches itself in defence sector

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 Establishing and maintaining a reputation within both the local and international defence industries is not a simple feat, yet one that specialist environmental control and air conditioning engineering company, Booyco Engineering, has achieved, MD Jeremy Pougnet claims. 

Second corvette will arrive this month

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 The SAS Isandlwana, the second corvette for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), is scheduled to arrive in South Africa on February 25, a representative of the German Frigate Consortium (GFC) and German Submarine Consortium (GSC) confirms. In fact, he tells Engineering News that the... 

Will companies meet their Dip obligations?

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 A soon-to-be-released report by Armscor’s defence industrial participation (Dip) division indicates a mixed set of results as to whether companies involved in the arms deal will be able to comply with their Dip obligations. 

Defence is of growing importance to diversified technology firm

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 Defence exports contributed almost a third to Grintek’s yearly turnover last year. This translates into R469-million, says business coordination and counter trade manager Paul Gerber. 

Offsets assist defence company

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 As a result of South Africa’s defence offset industrial participation programme, local defence industry electronic company, Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS), has established itself as a global supplier. 

New partnerships between BAE and SA firms

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 The global defence and aerospace systems company, BAE Systems, intends to expand its business in South Africa through new partnerships aimed at capturing a significant slice of the global high-value command, control, communications, computing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR)... 

G3-Force: India, Brazil, SA Set Up Multi-Trillion-Dollar Power Bloc

By: Keith Campbell     20th February 2004 It would be no exaggeration to describe the India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA for short, but more popularly the G3, for Group of Three) as asignificant new force in globalaffairs. 

G3 defence compact urged

By: Keith Campbell     13th February 2004 COOPERATION between South Africa, India and Brazil will increase opportunities for all their defence industries, and not threaten them. 

SA’s second corvette sails home

11th February 2004 The second of four patrol corvettes was handed over to the South African Navy’s project officer in Kiel, Germany, and is on her way home, expected to arrive in South Africa on February 25. 

Spin-off expected from Portuguese sub purchase

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 SECTORS of the SA defence industry are likely to benefit from Portugal’s decision to buy 2 new submarines from Germany’s HDW. 

US army to evaluate SA self-propelled gun prototype

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 IN a local record time of some eight months South African State-owned defence group Denel’s LIW division has designed, developed and completed the prototype of a remotely-controlled light self-propelled (SP) artillery gun turret sporting the new 105 mm LEO gun, for despatch to the US this... 

ATE in world-first with BAE

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 South Africa’s Midrand-based Advanced Technology and Engineering (ATE) was the first foreign company, anywhere in the world, to receive authorisation from giant UK aerospace and defence group BAE Systems to integrate the complete avionics package for aircraft built by the British company. 

‘No hidden costs in the $2,2bn Gripen package’

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 There are no hidden costs in SA’s $2,2-billion acquisition of 28 Gripens & 24 Hawks; & Saab has increased its share of SA defence group Grintek. 

Hitech BEE sniffs acquisitions

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 SOUTH African company Kunene Brothers Holdings is now free to make acquisitions, if it so decides. 

Does SA need a modern defence force?

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2004 THE hardware ordered by South Africa in its multibillion-rand strategic defence re-equipment programme is now beginning to arrive in the country or is rolling down the production lines overseas and locally. 

Grintek and Saab strengthen netcentric capabilities

10th December 2003 In a further step towards strengthening their command and control capabilities in South Africa, Grintek and Saab have concluded the acquisition of Metatek, an engineering systems solutions company based in Pretoria. 

Navy in global submariner-training talks

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2003 THE South African Navy is in talks with its German, Indian & Brazilian counterparts over the possibility of its future submariners receiving training in those countries. 

Corvette supplier confirms offset promise

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2003 THE national industrial participation (Nip) obligations of the German Frigate Consortium (GFC) will be fulfilled, despite delays, assures a senior executive of one of the consortium’s main member companies. 

Ships’ combat system to be big on local content

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2003 THE South African Navy (SAN) believes that the combat system for its new Amatola-class patrol frigates has by far the greatest percentage of South African-designed and manufactured components of any element of the country’s strategic defence re-equipment programme. 

Navy ready to play catch-up on SAM technology

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 The SA Navy’s new corvette, SAS Amatola, will be the service’s first ship to be equipped with a surface-to-air missile system. 

Air and defence show already on the runway

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 ALTHOUGH 11 months remain before the start of Africa Aerospace and Defence 2004 the forecast looks good, with about half of the exhibition space already provisionally booked. 

Production of SA fighters under way

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 THE manufacture of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) new Gripen fighters has started at Saab’s newly-commissioned Gripen export production line in Sweden. 

Window opens for Rooivalk in Brazil, but prospects for Cheetah sales fade

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 Addressing journalists at a press conference in the south of Brazil recently, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), General Luiz Carlos da Silva Bueno, confirmed that his service has identified a need for an attack helicopter. 

SAPS issues tender for DNA-typing system

By: laurian clemence     31st October 2003 The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a procurement notice for the supply, installation and integration of an automated system to facilitate forensic DNA typing at its laboratory in Pretoria. 

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