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29 octobre 2015 4 29 /10 /octobre /2015 08:45
Four more Badger ICVs for the Army

Four more Badger ICVs for the Army


28 October 2015 by defenceWeb


The SA Army will ultimately have a fleet of 242 Badger infantry combat vehicles in nine variants as opposed to the original five combat variants according to the 2014/15 Armscor annual report.


The slight increase in the number of vehicles is “a quid pro quo for increasing the advance payment made to industry on the production contract”.


Earlier this year the National Conventional Arms Control committee (NCACC) reported the import of a single armoured personnel carrier (APC) from Finland as part of the Denel Land Systems/Patria Land and Armament partnership to produce the new generation of combat vehicles for the landward arm of the SA National Defence Force. Two APC hulls were also imported.


According to the Armscor public document 21 vehicle platforms will be sourced from the Finnish company with the remaining 221 to be “completely manufactured in South Africa”.


The report continues: “Significant progress was made during the past year with the final phases of the vehicle development programme and a number of major technical challenges were successfully mitigated. It is expected that development will be completed by the end of the 2016/17 financial year and that industrialisation and production can commence without significant delay.”


The 2014/15 financial year saw completion of most of the design, test and evaluation trials of the Badger with the preliminary operational test and evaluation completed in February.


“The locally developed 30mm Camgun performed well during trials and all performance life goals were achieved.


“Development of the mortar and missile variants of the vehicle are planned to lag behind the section variant, and design and test and evaluation trials for these variants are planned to be completed during the 2015/16 financial year. Development of both these variants will be completed by the end of 2016. The concept designs of the signal and ambulance variants were completed in March 2015, while that of the artillery variant will be completed during the 2015/16 financial year,” according to the report.


The year under review also saw three vehicle platform pre-production models manufactured by Patria in Finland with two delivered to South Africa.


Denel Land systems will deliver the new infantry combat vehicles to the SA Army over a 10 year period from the signing of the production contract in November 2013 with final delivery expected at the end of 2022.

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 17:45
First A-Darter missiles to be delivered in February 2016


27 October 2015 by defenceWeb


The development of the A-Darter fifth generation short range air-to-air missile has reached the stage of industrialisation and subsequent production with first deliveries expected by February next year.


The 2014/15 Armscor annual report notes that “despite a total delay of approximately six months during the development phase, this ambitious development programme, co-funded by the Brazilian Air Force and the SA Air Force, is delivering good results.


“It will deliver an air-to-air missile that is functionally comparable with the most advanced missiles of this nature available in the world. Despite delays incurred during the development phase, the programme time scale has still been shorter than that of comparable missiles developed internationally.


“The programme encountered several difficulties on various aspects during this reporting period, but these difficulties were all successfully resolved without any significant further delays to the programme. During the past year, a number of test flight campaigns were conducted which culminated in the successful completion of the final development flight test campaign.


“These successful tests essentially signify the completion of the development phase of the project. The following reporting period will see the finalisation of the Critical Design Reviews of the complete missile and all its subsystems as a precursor to final qualification and attainment of the Product Baseline (PBL).


“Following the successful flight test campaigns conducted during the past year, and sufficient mitigation of most technical risks on the programme, a contract for the industrialisation and subsequent production of the operational missiles for the SAAF was placed with industry towards the latter part of the reporting period. First delivery of missiles is expected to be towards February 2017.”


During the year under review work was also done on integrating the A-Darter and a helmet mounted display capability (HMC) onto the SAAF’s Hawk Mk120 lead-in fighter trainers.


“A feasibility study was conducted to identify and reduce major integration risks, and it was concluded it is viable to integrate the missile and an HMC onto the Hawk aircraft with no major developmental risks associated with the programme.”


Armscor foresees a contract for the integration of the A-Darter missile onto the Hawk aircraft based at 85 Combat Flying School in Limpopo being concluded during the 2015/16 financial year.

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1 juillet 2014 2 01 /07 /juillet /2014 16:45
The new Armscor board


01 July 2014 by Kim Helfrich – defenceWeb


New Armscor chairman Vice Admiral (ret) Johannes Mudimu can call on expertise ranging from legal through to foreign investment as well as procurement and acquisition when he and his board members take decisions on acquisitions for the South African defence and security sector.


Former South African ambassador to France and UNESCO, Thuthukile Skweyiya, is Mudimu’s deputy on the new 10-strong Armscor board announced by Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, in May.


According to Armscor her tenure as ambassador to France saw “an unprecedented amount of foreign direct investment, including but not limited to, the SAA/Airbus contract, Pechiney, Alcatel and various empowerment projects in the South African wine industry”.


Bethuel Mobu brings to the Armscor board “depth and breadth in the procurement/acquisition environment”. He is currently General Manager: Tactical Procurement at Eskom and was previously group procurement specialist at the Airports Company of SA (ACSA) and Group Executive: Supply Chain Management at the SA Post Office. He currently chairs the State-owned Enterprise Forum and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.


Legal expertise on the new Armscor board comes from advocates Virginia Lee Anne De la Hunt and Sesi Baloyi. De la Hunt is a practising advocate and member of the Cape Town bar while Baloyi is a member of the Victoria Mxenge Group of Advocates and a member of the Johannesburg Bar.


Raymond Vokwana was deputy director general of the Defence Service Commission and is now a businessman with interests in mining, manufacturing, ICT and financial services. According to Armscor he was also a senior manager at the National Intelligence Agency and the SA Secret Service.


Dr Moses Khanyile is currently General Manager: Strategy and Business Sustainment at ABSA. He was previously Chief Director: Strategic Planning at the Department of Defence and at the University of Stellenbosch’s Centre for Military Studies.


Ndumiso Tyibilika is a registered professional engineer who holds a Government Certificate of Competence (factories) and is a member of the SA Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He has previously worked at one of the Denel divisions in addition to holding positions at Eskom, Amcoal and Caltex.


The two remaining Armscor board positions are filled by Sipho Mkwanazi, who has been acting chief executive since November 2009, and chief financial officer, Gerhard Grobler.

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 17:45
Defence Review approved, new Armscor chairman named


20 March 2014 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb


A 15 word sentence in the statement on this week’s Cabinet meeting will boost the country’s entire defence community.


The sentence reads: “Cabinet approved the South African Defence Review 2014 and directed that it be tabled in Parliament”.


It marks the end of mammoth task started in July 2011 by then Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu when she appointed Roelf Meyer as chairman of the Defence Review Committee with a wide brief on South Africa’s long term defence policy. Among tasks she specifically wanted the committee and its resource group to investigate and report on were a new defence policy, supportive of government’s priorities and strategic intent and a reviewed and confirmed defence mandate with associated functions, high level tasks, strategic concepts, doctrine, capabilities, level of effort and structure.


Another area Sisulu asked the Meyer team to investigate was “defence’s contribution to South Africa’s international policy, strategy and obligations”.


These and another at least nine objectives saw widespread consultation across with country with senior SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel, the defence industry, think tanks and universities as well as civil society by way of open meetings in all nine provinces.


All this input were then refined into more than 400 pages of documentation which was subsequently again refined following requests for further investigation and clarification by Sisulu’s successor, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and SANDF Commander-in-Chief, President Jacob Zuma.


This effectively saw the deadline of October 2012 set by Sisulu for the document to be tabled in Parliament scrapped. The decision approving it taken this week by Cabinet means it will be up for debate sometime after the May national and provincial elections when the fifth Parliament gets down to work.


The final item on the Cabinet statement is another with implications for both the SANDF and the defence industry.


Outgoing SA Navy chief, Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu, has been named as chairman of Armscor’s board of directors. This indicates he will replace current chairman retired Lieutenant General Mojo Motau, who took Mapisa-Nqakula to court to fight his dismissal last year. He and his deputy Refiloe Mokoena, who was also dismissed by the Minister, found themselves in the Constitutional Court earlier this year after an appeal against their reinstatement was lodged by Mapisa-Nqakula. Judgement in the case, according to the Constitutional Court website, has been reserved.


The statement also lists eight new non-executive members of the state security procurement agency. They are Thuthukile Skweyiya, Dr Moses Khanyile, Bethuel Mobu, Sesi Baloyi, Mpumi Zikalala, Ndumiso Tyibilika, Raymond Vokwana and Virginia de la Hunt.


No commencement date for them to replace the existing Armscor board is given in the Cabinet statement.

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