25 August 2011 by Leon Engelbrecht - defenseWeb
Tellumat Defence has been awarded a R129 012.00 contract for “limited product supply support” for the South African Air Force's mobile three-dimensional Plessey AR3D “Umlindi” (watchman) air defence radar systems. A reading of the Armscor Bulletin System shows this is an extension of a R41 million contract awarded the company in September 2008 and takes spending on the system to R42 476 777.
The SAAF's Centurion-based 140 Squadron operates six AR3D radars, upgraded under Project Rossma at an undisclosed cost, said to be in the “multimillion” range. The project was completed in late 2007. Tellumat in a statement in November 2008 said it had been awarded the R41 million, five-year, deal to provide maintenance services for the AR3D. It added it had by then been servicing the system for over 10 years. “This extension shows the air force is happy with the service we've been providing,” said Colin Meintjes, managing executive at Tellumat Defence. In terms of the 2008 deal, Tellumat is providing a repair service at its resident depot at a Pretoria air base, call-out repairs to fixed and mobile air force sites, and re-design and fitment of system components.
The contract also sets out service requirements, which will see Tellumat provide training on the system, support with fault repairs and assistance with materials procurement.
Meintjes, in an interview earlier in 2008 said his company had upgraded the radars` displays and processors, “replacing important parts of the system with a new processor suite, state-of-the-art technical monitor workstations, custom-written software, servers and a converged TCP/IP network.
The AR3D will eventually replaced by a new system as part of Project Chutney.
Tellumat also recently snatched a maintenance contract for the SAAF`s airfield radar approach systems. The deal will see the company maintain the radars, which help pilots land at night and in bad weather, for five years. It is likely the radars will then be replaced and a project, code-named Bandit, has been registered to study the requirement.
Limted product supply support of the Umlindi Azimuth Range and 3 Dimensional Long Range Radar Systems for the SA Air Force - extension of ELGS/2008/98
LGS/S2011/4821 11 Aug 2011 R129 012,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd
LGS/S2010/4596 22 Dec 2010 R396 491,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd
LGS/S2010/4425 13 Jul 2010 R42 900,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd
LGS/S2010/4388 20 May 2010 R350 877,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd
LGS/S2009/4064 10 Sep 2009 R275 697,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd
Limted product supply support of the Umlindi Azimuth, Range 3 Dimensional Long Range Radar Systems for the SA Air Force
ELGS/2008/98 11 Sep 2008 R41 281 800,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd
Mobile deployment of a Plessey AR3D radar system