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    South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel is modernising most of its product offerings to increase its competitiveness in the international defence markets. “By 2018, Denel will have moved from its current position as a ‘good company’ to be a ‘great company’ and a national asset that all South Africans can be proud of,” Denel Group CEO Riaz Saloojee recently told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises.

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    European plane maker Airbus Military, part of the Airbus group, announced on Friday that it has awarded South African aerospace company Aerosud major component contracts for the A400M airlifter for the whole of the programme. Aerosud designed and manufactures the fuselage linings, cockpit linings, galleys and wing tips of the A400M. Now, it will do so for the entire lifespan of the aircraft. Most of these parts are made from composite materials. "Aerosud won this contract in competition against other bidders in an open tender process around the world," highlighted Airbus VP: international cooperation Simon Ward at the Aerosud facility in Centurion, south of Pretoria, when announcing the new contract. "I cannot stress enough that this was a global competition. For Aerosud, its local supply chain and South Africa, all of this represents incomparable potential for sustainable industrial, commercial and socioeconomic benefits."

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    Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger has hailed the contract for the Badger infantry fighting vehicle for the South African Army (under Project Hoefyster) as "really the most significant defence contract ever signed with a South African defence company". He was briefing the media at the DLS facility in Centurion, south of Pretoria, on Tuesday. "Through this programme, Denel makes another decisive contribution to meeting the country's industrial objectives," he affirmed. These include advanced manufacturing, job creation, skills development, and the earning of foreign currency through export orders. 

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    A joint venture (JV) company created by South Africa’s Denel defence industrial group and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Tawazun has won a R5-billion contract for precision guided munition (PGM) systems for the UAE Air Force. The JV is Tawazun Dynamics and it is based in the UAE where it has a fully modern manufacturing facility, which was opened last year. Denel has a 49% share in Tawazun Dynamics. The deal was announced at the Dubai Air Show on Wednesday. It will see the integration of the Al Tariq PGM on Dassault Mirage 2000-9 fighters of the UAE Air Force. The Al Tariq could later be integrated with other aircraft, as well. “The new contract also confirms the wisdom of Denel’s strategic decision to enter into an international long-term partnership with Tawazun,” affirmed Denel group CEO Riaz Saloojee. “It strengthens our global profile and opens new markets for Denel’s growing range of defence and security-related products and services.”

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    Safety and security technology provider International Security Consulting is in high-level negotiations with large South African company’s with regard to the distribution and sales of its proactive security solutions.

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    Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand 1999 arms deal, the sector’s competitiveness and diversification, as well as the challenge of skills shortages and an ageing skills base.

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    On June 14, 2013, the first example of European manufacturer Airbus’ latest airliner family, the twin-engined wide body A350 XWB, made its maiden flight from Toulouse Blagnac airport in south west France. (Throughout this story, the name Airbus means the airliner manufacturer and not the European aerospace group previously known as EADS, of which the airliner company is a subsidiary.) Designated MSN1 (for Manufacturer’s Serial Number One), it carries the registration F-WXWB and had a take-off weight of about 221 t.

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    A joint venture (JV) company created by South Africa’s Denel defence industrial group and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Tawazun has won a R5-billion contract for precision guided munition (PGM) systems for the UAE Air Force. The JV is Tawazun Dynamics and it is based in the UAE where it has a fully modern manufacturing facility, which was opened last year. Denel has a 49% share in Tawazun Dynamics.

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    South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space technology company Denel Dynamics has determined that an innovation in its annual engineering internship programme, introduced this year, has been a great success. This was the fifth year the company has run the programme. "For this year's programme, for the first time as part of a purposeful strategy, some of the mentors were last year's interns, now working in the company as young engineers. This has worked incredibly well," Denel Dynamics Engineering Academy of Learning manager Shahen Naidoo told Engineering News Online on Thursday. "Part of the difficulties interns have is the technology, but part is adjusting to the company. And the previous year's interns have been through this." They thus complement the older mentors who have greater engineering, technological and organizational experience. As a result, he hopes that some of the 2013 interns class will volunteer as mentors for the 2014 interns, and that some of the 2012 interns will join their older colleagues and mentor again. Mentoring at Denel Dynamics is purely voluntary. "There a two parts to the success of this programme: the inherent talent of the interns, which we need to nurture, and the mentors willing to willing to transfer their knowledge and skills – they get no extrinsic reward."

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    Denel Land Systems’ (DLS) Mechem division is successfully marketing the latest version of its highly regarded Casspir mine-protected vehicle, the Casspir NG2000 series wide body ambulance. As its description says, this has a notably wider body than standard Casspirs, including previous Casspir ambulance vehicles. The design of a dedicated operational wide body ambulance variant started in 2011 and development was completed last year.

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    Fitch Ratings on Wednesday upgraded South Africa-based aerospace company Denel’s National Long-term Rating to ‘AAA(zaf)’ from ‘AA-(zaf)’ and affirmed its National Short-term rating at 'F1+(zaf)’, stating that the company’s outlook was stable. The upgrade reflected a recalibration of the higher end of the South African National Rating Scale and the alignment of Denel's ratings with those of the South African sovereign (BBB/BBB+/Stable), reflecting expectation of timely support from government to service and repay Denel's debts.

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    South African missile, unmanned air vehicle and space technology company Denel Dynamics has determined that an innovation in its annual engineering internship programme, introduced last year, was a great success. This was the purposeful use of young engineers, as well as older staff, as mentors (2013 was the fifth year the company has run the programme, which is seen as important for its future success).

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    The specialist Kruger National Park antipoaching response unit of the South African National Parks received a Gazelle helicopter, which will enable the unit to rapidly deploy tracking teams to locate poachers and conduct night patrols using thermal imaging equipment on the aircraft, says donor organisation Ichikowitz Foundation chairperson Ivor Ichikowitz. The Ichikowitz Foundation donated the aircraft and South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group Advanced Technology Division configured it for its new role, especially for night patrols using thermal imaging from a high altitude to detect intrusions.

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    There were many unanswered questions about a satellite reportedly commissioned eight years ago under the title "Project Flute", the DA said on Sunday. "It is time, after more than eight years and R1-billion, for government to provide some straight answers about 'Project Flute'," Democratic Alliance spokesman on defence David Maynier said in a statement.

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    The Kondor radar surveillance satellite designed and built by the Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPO Mash) that was launched into orbit in June last year and which has been linked in the South African media to South Africa’s Project Flute, reportedly started in 2006, to acquire such a satellite from Russia, actually belongs to the Russian armed forces and is the Kondor-1 version of the spacecraft. The launch of the first export version, the Kondor-E, for an undisclosed customer, is currently scheduled for February 27. The existence of a South African project to develop a military – most probably a surveillance (or, more popularly, a spy) satellite – was reported by Engineering News in February 2008. The project was accidently revealed by the then head of Russia’s civilian space agency, Roscosmos, Anatoly Perminov, after it had been terminated by South Africa, in an manner or for reasons that caused significant offence to the Russian Ministry of Defence. In retaliation, the Russian military refused to launch South Africa’s Sumbandila Earth observation satellite. “[U]nfortunately, the Russian Defence Ministry refused to launch this satellite, as the South African Defence Ministry for its turn refused to use our satellite,” he said. “The two countries defence ministries decided to go their opwn way, and we did not interfere in these affairs.” (Sumbandila was later launched by Roscosmos, which does not fall under the Ministry of Defence.)

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    South Africa may have the opportunity of providing flying training for Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Saab Gripen fighter pilots over the next few years. Such training would, of course, be paid for by the Brazilians. Although Saab has previously proposed setting up a Gripen fighter weapons school in South Africa, this would be a separate initiative and the idea hails from the FAB.

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    The Kondor radar surveillance satellite designed and built by the Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPO Mash) that was launched into orbit in June last year and which has been linked in the South African media to South Africa’s Project Flute, reportedly started in 2006, to acquire such a satellite from Russia, actually belongs to the Russian armed forces and is the Kondor-1 version of the spacecraft. The launch of the first export version, the Kondor-E, for an undisclosed customer, is currently scheduled for February 27.

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    Over the past few years, Kenya has emerged as the biggest single market for Eurocopter Southern Africa Limited (ESAL) as the aviation sector in that country has boomed and the Nairobi government has sought to strengthen its law enforcement, security and conservation agencies. ESAL receives new helicopters from its parent company in Europe, Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter) and paints them, modifies them and equips them as required by customers. It also undertakes maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Airbus Helicopter models.

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    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday to provide the police with scientific, technological and other specialist expertise to help fight crime and improve public safety. This is the latest step in the cooperation between the two agencies, which goes back ten or more years. "The CSIR, being a public institution, leads us to conduct research ... to advance the well being of the people of South Africa," explained CSIR CEO Dr Sibusiso Sibisi. He noted that improving public safety and security was part of his organisation's mandate.

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    Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions MD Kyle Parker participated in technical consultations on new technology related to marking, record-keeping and tracing of small arms and light weapons (SALW), at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, in November. These consultations were held in connection with a report, due to be released later this year by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to UN member States.

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