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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 12:45
An A-Darter missile and Badger armoured vehicle

An A-Darter missile and Badger armoured vehicle


10 November 2015 by defenceWeb


The Public Enterprises Minister has given Denel a clean bill of health and the announcement of major multi-million Rand contracts adds further credibility but at least some suppliers of goods and services maintain they have not been paid.


According to one supplier, his company’s account with the State-owned defence industry conglomerate is currently 90 days in arrears.


“We also have no commitment as to when the outstanding amount of more than R10 million will be paid,” the disgruntled contractor said, adding there are “at least 20 other suppliers to Denel Dynamics” who find themselves in similar positions.


Last month Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said, in reply to a Parliamentary question, that the acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa had not exhausted Denel’s cash reserves.


Natasha Mazzone, opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow public enterprises minister, who first asked questions about Denel’s liquidity, said: “It appears the extent of the problem is greater than what has been reported and I have written to Minister Brown requesting her to urgently appear before the Parliamentary Public Enterprises Committee to respond to the Denel crisis”.


Among the other 20 companies who still await payment for goods and services are some that have incurred penalties on export contracts.


The newest addition to the Denel stable, now renamed Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS), this week confirmed a R900 million plus contract with NIMR in the United Arab Emirates for the development and supply of N35 (formerly RG35) mine protected vehicles.


The contract, according to a Denel statement, is one of the largest received by the now DVS and previously BAE Land Systems Land Systems South Africa in recent years and will provide work for two of the company’s major divisions for the next 24 months.


“It is one of several contracts awarded to DVS since it became part of Denel earlier this year and further confirms Denel’s leadership role in landward mobility and mine protected vehicles,” Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Denel Group Executive Business Development, said.


Other contracts Denel landward defence has recently concluded include 24 RG-31 mobile mortar platform (MMP) vehicles, assembly of driveline components for NIMR, maintenance and supply of spares for combat and military support vehicles and for components in the new Transnet electric locomotives.

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11 novembre 2015 3 11 /11 /novembre /2015 17:45
New Contracts To Boost Denel's Armoured Vehicle Business


10.11.2015 army-guide.com


Denel Vehicle Systems has concluded a contract of more than R900-million with NIMR in the United Arab Emirates for the development and supply of advanced mine-protected vehicles.


This contract for N35 is one of the largest received by Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) in recent years and will provide work for two of the company’s major divisions for the next 24 months.


Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Group Executive Business Development says the new contract confirms Denel’s leadership role in landward mobility and mine-protected vehicles. It is one of several contracts awarded to DVS since it joined the Denel Group earlier this year.


“We are delighted to work with NIMR, one of world’s leading manufacturers of wheeled armoured vehicles,” says Ntshepe. “There is a strong synergy between our companies and products and we are confident that we can, together, develop and improve the N35 to be among the best in its class.”


The N35 – formerly known as the RG-35 – is an armoured vehicle with superior mine protection and combat capabilities and can be used in command, ambulance and recovery roles.


Ntshepe says the contract with NIMR follows on the awarding of several other contracts to Denel’s landward defence business in recent months amounting to over R1 500m in total. These are

- The OMC division, within Denel Vehicle Systems specialises in wheeled armoured and mine-protected vehicles, received a development contract for the N35 from NIMR.

- A production contract for 24 RG-31 mobile mortar platform (MMP) vehicles.. The contract includes vehicle manufacture and technical support and will be delivered in the next 12 months.

- Contracts from Armscor for maintenance of - and the supply of spares for both combat and support vehicles.

- The Gear Ratio division, within Denel Vehicle Systems is working on a contract from NIMR for the assembly of driveline components.

- A contract was also concluded with Steloy Castings for components used in the new Transnet electric locomotives.

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22 mai 2015 5 22 /05 /mai /2015 07:45
Denel Mechem producing Casspir cargo truck


19 May 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


A new addition to Denel Land Systems division Mechem’s vehicle lineup is the ‘Blesbok’ cargo truck version of the Casspir mine-resistant vehicle, which is in production for Angola.


Three of these logistics variants have been ordered by Angola, which is soon due to take delivery after testing at the Gerotek grounds outside Pretoria. In 2013 Angola ordered 45 Casspir New Generation 2000B vehicles comprising 30 armoured personnel carriers, four fire support vehicles (able to carry two 23 mm cannons or a recoilless rifle), two command vehicles, two recovery vehicles, two ambulances, three logistics vehicles, a water tanker and a diesel tanker.


Mechem General Manager Ashley Williams told defenceWeb that the Casspir has been doing very well, with sales of the new generation Casspir 2000 to Angola and Burundi. Mechem is now waiting on a possible sale to Chad, which could buy a mixed fleet of ambulances and armoured personnel carriers.


Last year Mechem delivered three Casspir ambulances to the United Nations in Mali. Williams said this was an emergency procurement. The wide body ambulance has the same dimensions as the Rinkhals armoured ambulance and can accommodate four lying and two sitting patients plus two medics. The vehicle is fully equipped to treat any operational casualty. Older generation Casspir ambulances were much more confined and could only accommodate two stretchers, one sitting patient and a medic.


The new generation NG2000 Casspirs feature more powerful engines and better manufacturing techniques than their predecessors and can withstand a 21 kg TNG blast under a wheel and a 14 kg blast under the hull.


As part of Mechem’s core business is mine detection it is working on a prototype of a new ground penetrating radar that will be fitted to the Casspir. Williams said the main purpose would be for de-mining, rather than route clearance, and as such the new system would not be competing with DCD Protected Mobility’s Husky system.


Mechem also offers armoured truck cabs. Although Benin was supposed to be the launch customer for the armoured trucks, no sale was forthcoming.


Although not as actively marketed as the Casspir, Mechem is able to supply the ballistically protected Uniscout vehicle with either a Unimog or Tata drivetrain. This vehicle was developed as a joint project with N4 Trucks using the old South African Police Service (SAPS) Scout vehicle body and fitted with a Unimog engine. Mechem presently uses one in Mogadishu.


Another N4/Mechem project resulted in the KF 46 armoured personnel carrier, which is still marketed by N4. Mechem dropped the vehicle in favour of the New Generation Casspir, as the latest model has better blast protection.


One of the more unusual vehicles Mechem uses on its demining projects is the Tapir MPV, a mine and ballistically protected vehicle which was built on a MAN drivetrain. It was developed in the early 1990s for a Special Forces project and intended to be a weapons platform and built such that one can basically bolt on and off any weapon fitted on a container type platform. The project was canned after 1994 and only 14 vehicles were built, with ten sold to the UN for demining purposes while the remaining four being used by Mechem, mainly in Mozambique.


The company also has four armoured/mine-protected graders its uses on its own demining projects. They are fitted with armoured cabs and rippers in front to expose sub-surface objects up to a depth of 400 mm

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29 avril 2015 3 29 /04 /avril /2015 16:45
Denel finishes acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa


29 April 2015 by defenceWeb


State-owned defence conglomerate Denel has now acquired Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) from BAE Systems, with BAE yesterday announcing the sale of its 75% stake in LSSA.


Denel took over the majority ownership stake for R641 million ($53 million) in cash. The complete acquisition cost Denel R855 million, as it also bought the remaining 25% stake from BAE Systems’ partner DGD Technologies.


Speaking to defenceWeb last week, Denel Group CEO Riaz Saloojee said that with the acquisition of LSSA, the whole landward mobility capability of the South African National Defence Force will once again be invested in the state. LSSA, Denel Land Systems, Mechem and LMT will be under one roof.


Regarding the future of LSSA, Saloojee said Denel plans to grow the division to produce more vehicle capacity than there is at present. LSSA will be focused on the international market, particularly in areas like the Middle East and Africa.


“This proposed divestiture will further focus our portfolio on our core capabilities and strong franchise positions in tracked, combat, and amphibious vehicles and weapon systems which represent markets where we possess strong franchise positions and discriminating capabilities,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems’ Platforms and Services sector, when the deal was initially announced. “We also recognise that the LSSA employees have made a significant contribution to BAE Systems over the last 10 years, and we believe that transitioning ownership to Denel will better position the LSSA business to achieve its full potential working with a strong South African company.”


BAE Systems and Denel signed an agreement to proceed with the sale in August last year, which was anticipated to conclude during the fourth quarter after receiving regulatory and other approvals.


LSSA has comprised three business segments employing approximately 500 people. The LSSA business specialises in the design and manufacture of military tactical-wheeled vehicles, mechanical driveline products, precision-machined components and gears, fire directing systems, and remote weapon launching platforms, subsystems and products.


LSSA already works with Denel, supplying commander and gunner sights for the Badger 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle being developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army.


The deal comes as BAE sells off various divisions, such as its Safariland protective clothing and body armour business for $124 million, commercial armoured vehicle activities for $10 million and a small unmanned aerial vehicle business.

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 17:45
Denel moving into civil security sector


18 March 2015 by defenceWeb


An indication Denel is moving into areas other than pure defence comes with the announcement of a partnership with Aviation Co-ordination Services (ACS) to provide secure hold baggage screening services at African airports.


A memorandum of understanding signed this week will see Denel, through its recently established Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (DSIM) division work and co-operate with ACS at airports outside South Africa.


“We are combining the experience, reputation and resources of Denel with the specialist technology and expertise offered by ACS to provide safe, secure and cost effective operational services to airlines operating at African airports,” said Ismail Dockrat, DISM chief executive.


DISM is the newest addition in the Denel stable and was created primarily to partner with other companies in the defence and security sectors where design, management, integration and through-life support of security systems is a priority.


“The agreement with ACS is an opportunity for us to start playing a role in the security arena on the African continent,” Dockrat said, adding it would see what he termed the “implementation of security measures needed at African airports to enable compliance with international standards”.


Hold baggage screening technology is a critical requirement for airlines operating internationally. The African Union has, according to DISM, been keeping pace with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) and various national civil aviation authorities’ screening requirements.


Juan van Rensburg, ACS chief executive, said the company has more than 17 years of experience in screening hold baggage on behalf of airlines operating to and in South Africa.


“We look forward to exploring possibilities with Denel and rolling out similar services in other parts of Africa. This alliance is the first foray for Denel into the international civil security sector.”


The DISM division housed at Denel Kempton Park campus will manage implementation of the memorandum on Denel’s behalf and together with ACS commence initial assessments in targeted key African markets.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 15:45
BAE Land Systems SA to be sold to Denel


11 August 2014 by defenceWeb


BAE Systems has made the decision to sell of its South African division, BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA), which is being bought by state owned arms company Denel.


BAE Systems and Denel today signed an agreement to proceed with the sale, which is anticipated to conclude during the fourth quarter of this year after receiving regulatory and other approvals, BAE Systems Land Systems SA announced in a statement. Until the sale goes through, LSSA will continue with business as usual.


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2 juillet 2014 3 02 /07 /juillet /2014 07:45
Mechem about to ship first Casspir wide body ambulances


01 July 2014 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


Specialist Denel division Mechem is about to ship off the first three wide body ambulance versions of its popular Casspir armoured personnel carrier and will deliver them to the United Nations in Somalia.


The United Nations and Angola are the launch customers of the wide body ambulance, the latest version of the Casspir NG2000, development of which was completed in 2012. The United Nations will use the vehicles as part of the Amisom hybrid African Union and UN mission in Somalia.


Ashley Williams, General Manager of Mechem, told defenceWeb that the vehicles would be shipped out within a week. He said the wide body ambulance has the same dimensions as the Rinkhals armoured ambulance and can accommodate four lying and two sitting patients plus two medics. The vehicle is fully equipped to treat any operational casualty. Older generation Casspir ambulances were much more confined and could only accommodate two stretchers, one sitting patient and a medic.


The new generation NG2000 Casspirs feature more powerful engines and better manufacturing techniques than their predecessors and can withstand a 21 kg TNG blast under a wheel and a 14 kg blast under the hull. Various Casspir NG2000 variants are available, including cargo, water, fuel, command and control, infantry fighting, and recovery. To meet customer demand, the vehicles can be fitted with different drivetrains, such as Mercedes or Powerstar South Africa.


Williams said that Mechem was mainly focusing on Casspirs as there is still a big need for them. Mechem also offers armoured truck cabs and two countries are interested in this product at the moment. Benin became the launch customer for the armoured trucks and has also bought Casspir NG2000s.


Because customers often want fast turnaround times on vehicle deliveries, Mechem has decided to keep a small stock of vehicles, with around 15-20 Casspirs as stock on hand.


Williams said an African country has just signed a large vehicle order but the contract is still being finalised. He estimated demand for 50 to 100 Casspirs a year – Mechem sold 50 last year.

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7 mai 2014 3 07 /05 /mai /2014 07:45
Luftwaffe conducts successful missile firing tests at Overberg

Luftwaffe conducts successful missile firing tests at Overberg


05 May 2014 defenceWeb


The technical support offered by the Denel Overberg Test Range (OTR) has again been put to good use this time by the Luftwaffe for testing of its Taurus air-to-ground missile.


Four Tornado fighters and 115 German Air Force personnel were involved in the recent exercise at the southern Cape range near Arniston.


The tests included live firings and missile quality assurance testing. Close air support and low flying manoeuvres were an integral part of the exercise.


“The testing campaign confirms the test range’s reputation as an internationally recognised centre for testing and evaluation. In recent years we have hosted tests for various clients in Europe and the Far East providing world-class and cost-effective facilities for test programmes,” said Abrie van der Walt, Denel OTR chief executive.


For the German exercise the Test Range deployed a wide spectrum of instrumentation systems for measurement. Command and control was set up to ensure operational evaluation criteria could be met during each mission. All the flight data were collected and displayed in real time at the Test Range’s control room.


Van der Walt said test support included capturing of trajectory and telemetry data during launches as well as provision of flying targets for pilots to practice aircraft gun employment.


With more than 43 000 hectares of terrain and almost 70 km of uninhabited coastline, the Test Range is a perfect arena for testing stand-off weapon systems. Topographic conditions over land allow for individual mission planning and evaluation of weapons systems.


The testing was preceded by an extensive logistical effort co-ordinated by Denel.


This saw more than 60 tons of technical equipment transported to AFB Overberg in an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft; the rest of the equipment was shipped in 20 sea containers from Bremerhaven in Germany to Cape Town; the four Tornadoes flew in from Büchel Air Base in Germany with stop-overs at the Canary Islands and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. A US Air Force KC-10 tanker aircraft accompanied the fighters to do in-flight refuelling along the 10 000 km journey.


Luftwaffe Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Mbassa was fulsome in his thanks to both Denel and the AFB Overberg for contributing to the success of the exercise. This was the eighth testing of the Taurus since 2000 and he said the Luftwaffe was looking forward to working with and at the Denel Overberg Test Range in the future.

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19 décembre 2013 4 19 /12 /décembre /2013 08:45
Denel products including the Badger IFV and Umkhonto SAM

Denel products including the Badger IFV and Umkhonto SAM


17 December 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


South African defence and aerospace conglomerate Denel says it is well on the way to business sustainability and has highlighted a number of important achievements for 2013, such as the awarding of the Badger production contract, the performance of the Rooivalk in African peacekeeping operations and a R5 billion guided munition contract.


Riaz Saloojee, Denel Group CEO, said that the company’s performance over the last year “has received widespread recognition. At our recent meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, Members of Parliament spoke with great appreciation about the company’s role in meeting its strategic mandates and the success of our financial turnaround.”


Over the last year Denel improved revenue by more than 10% and grew profit by R30 million to R71 million. The only remaining loss-making unit in the group, Denel Aerostructures, has improved its position by 35%.


Saloojee said some of the year’s greatest highlights include the launch of the Badger, the South African Army’s new infantry combat vehicle, and the first successful deployment of the Rooivalk in active service in support of peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some 2 000 jobs are expected to be created from the Badger vehicle, 238 of which will be delivered to the South African Army over the next decade.


Denel Land Systems is also involved in a smaller project (part of Project Warrior), which involves upgrading the SA National Defence Force’s R4 assault rifles with Picatinny rails, sights and other accessories.


Another highlight was the move into space science, with Denel creating the Spaceteq division. This was inducted as a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in September. In July 2013, satellite manufacturer SunSpace was incorporated into Denel Dynamics, creating Spaceteq. Denel said that developments are already underway for Spaceteq’s first project, a multispectral, high resolution, earth observation satellite called EO-Sat1 for operation by the SA National Space Agency (SANSA) by 2017.


“We made huge progress with our strategic alliances on missile and guided munition developments with international partners. We signed new agreements for work packages in the aerostructure business and launched an international centre of excellence for MRO work during South Africa’s historic hosting of the BRICS Summit,” Saloojee said of 2013.


Expanding on the guided munitions developments, Tawazun Dynamics, a joint venture between Denel and Tawazun Holdings, was awarded a R5 billion contract by the UAE armed forces for Al Tariq precision guided bombs for its Mirage 2000-9 fighters in November.


Also on the guided munition front, Denel successfully tested its land-based Umkhonto surface-to-air-missile, destroying targets at 20 kilometre ranges during a series of tests in the southern Cape. The Umkhonto SAM system was developed by Denel Dynamics for the SA Navy’s Meko A200 class frigates, and is in service in both Block 1 and Block 2 versions. This ground-based launcher now provides an alternative that can also be used by the SA Army’s for Phase 2 of its Ground-based Air Defence System (GBADS), according to Denel.


On the missile front, Denel Dynamics is working towards final development and qualification of the A-Darter fifth generation air-to-air missile, being developed together with Brazil. The company is also working on the future Marlin missile project, aimed at establishing a common platform for long-range all weather air-to-air and surface-to-air defence.


On the aviation side, Denel Aviation is working on external fuel tanks for the Rooivalk combat helicopter. Denel said that the project was revived about four years ago when most of the Rooivalk development was completed. The external fuel tanks are needed for the Air Force’s long range escort missions where one or two Rooivalks fly alongside other aircraft such as the Oryx to provide protection. The external tanks of fuel add about two additional hours of flying. The manufacture of production tanks for the Rooivalk squadron is expected to be contracted within this financial year as almost all testing has already been done.


Also on the aviation side, Denel this year redelivered two Botswana Defence Force AS350B helicopters after their 12 year inspection and is working on upgrading six SA Air Force C-130 Hercules with auxiliary power units and environmental control systems. Denel Aviation also handed over a Puma helicopter to the Kenyan Air Force after maintenance work.


Denel Aviation earlier this year partnered with Russian Helicopters to provide a local maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for Russian Helicopters manufactured rotorcraft. Mi-8/17 aircraft are being catered for, but other models may be serviced at a later date.


On the manufacturing side, Denel Aerostructures received a third multi-million rand contract for the manufacturing of critical parts for the Airbus A400M strategic airlifter. The approximate R157 million contract (over eight years) will see Denel Aerostructures manufacture tailplane components.


Meanwhile, Denel Dynamics continues to support SANParks in the Kruger National Park by providing a Seeker UAV for anti-poaching operations. Mechem also supports anti-poaching operations by supplying dogs and handlers to track poachers.


Denel Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) this year commissioned and installed thirteen new CNC machines, worth R13 million, to assist with 30 x 175 mm ammunition production. The new machines will be able to make up to 500 of these rounds a day, meeting the requirements for the Badger vehicle. The requirement is to manufacture a volume of up to 100 000 rounds a year, something that can achieved with the introduction of the new CNC machines.


The development of the ammunition took place in tandem with the development of the 30 mm Cam-gun for the Badger, done by Denel Land Systems. The 8X8 Badger infantry combat vehicle will be equipped with a 30 mm cam-operated cannon and a breechloaded 60 mm mortar, both of which are integrated into the turret variants manufactured by DLS.


Phaladi Petje, CEO of PMP, said the commissioning of the new machines enhances PMP’s capability to export more medium calibre ammunition and to bring in valued foreign currency.


Mechem has also had a busy year, receiving contracts from Kenya and Zambia amongst others for dog training and dogs, which will sniff out explosives.


Saloojee said Denel wants to move from being a good company to a great company. “I have no doubt that we can achieve this if we continue on the current trajectory.” Part of this trajectory is Denel’s plan to grow its revenue to more than R7 billion over the next five years and create an order book more than five times its turnover. Denel is modernising its product offerings as a result, especially in the fields of artillery, unmanned aerial vehicles, ammunition and aviation MRO services.

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20 novembre 2013 3 20 /11 /novembre /2013 08:30
Dubai Airshow : Les Mirage 2000-9 émiratis bientôt équipés d’une nouvelle bombe guidée


19.11.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com


A l’occasion du salon aéronautique de Dubai, Tawazun Dynamics (EAU) et Denel Dynamics (Afrique du Sud) ont annoncé le 17 novembre que les Mirage 2000-9 de l’armée de l’air émiratie allaient être équipés de la bombe guidée laser GPS/INS Al-Tariq, après négociations avec Dassault Aviation.


Le système Al-Tariq est modulable et adaptable aux bombes Mk81, 82 et 83. Il est fabriqué par Denel et le consortium Tawazun, qui ont annoncé la création d’une co-entreprise en 2012 lors du dernier salon Africa Aerospace and Defense en Afrique du Sud.


Denel avance que la portée pourrait atteindre jusqu’à 200km, selon la configuration choisie. De même, la précision peut être améliorée grâce à l’intégration d’un laser semi-actif ou encore des têtes chercheuses à imagerie infrarouge, ce qui le rapproche de la constitution de l’AASM conçu par Sagem.


La lettre d’informations stratégiques et de défense TTU fait état dans un article daté du 19 septembre 2013 de « prochains vols d’emport » et d’un tir de validation « à l’été 2014 ».

La bombe guidée Al-Tariq avec voilure déployée - photo Tawazun Dynamics

La bombe guidée Al-Tariq avec voilure déployée - photo Tawazun Dynamics

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7 novembre 2013 4 07 /11 /novembre /2013 08:45
Denel targeting ASEAN decision-makers in Bangkok



05 November 2013 defenceWeb


With military modernisation programmes for south eastern Asian nations in full swing, Denel is confident its presence at the Thailand Defence and Security Exhibition will bring rewards.


The exhibition opened in Bangkok yesterday and Denel chief executive Riaz Salojee said the presence of the State-owned defence industry conglomerate in Thailand was a good fit to south-east Asia - “one of our primary target markets, along with Africa and the Middle East”.


The Thailand exhibition is the 10th of its kind and more than 400 defence manufacturers from 20 countries are showing the latest in products and technology to potential buyers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Denel personnel will build on the strong diplomatic and trade relations that exist between South Africa and ASEAN countries. Both China and India are members of BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] and South Africa has good relations with Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea and Indonesia, Salojee said.


Earlier this year Denel Land Systems (DLS) entered into a contract with Malaysia to supply a range of turrets and integrated weapons systems for that country’s infantry combat vehicles.


“Apart from boosting the Denel profile in the region it has also emphasised the quality and versatility of products carrying the Denel name,” he said.


One of the DLS products on display in Bangkok is the GA-1 20x80mm multi-purpose automatic cannon. This rapid fire weapon has proven its effectiveness in both landward defence and on helicopters. A naval-mounted version is seen as a deterrent in efforts to combat piracy.


According to DLS, the GA-1 can be effectively deployed alongside its NTW-20 anti-materiel weapon. This is effective for the destruction of high-value targets including vessels, refineries, bunkers and radar installations over a distance in excess of 2 000 metres.


DLS will also be marketing the latest version of its Casspir mine-protected vehicle which, according to the company, sets new standards in protection, power, manoeuvrability and comfort for crew and passengers.


With Denel acknowledged as a global leader in artillery systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as contributing to some of the most advanced missile development programmes currently underway, worldwide military attending the Bangkok exhibition will also be able to find out more about the Umkhonto surface-to-air missile. A new version destroyed targets at a range of 20 km during a recent series of tests in the Western Cape observed by local and international experts.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 17:45
M10 60mm Mortar

M10 60mm Mortar

04 September 2013 by defenceWeb


New innovations in landward defence products manufactured by Denel will debut internationally at the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) exhibition in London this month.


“We have chosen DSEI to launch these systems internationally because it is the world’s largest fully-integrated defence expo and attracts industry leaders, decision-makers and analysts from across the globe,” Riaz Saloojee, Denel Group chief executive, said ahead of the exhibition which runs from next Tuesday to Friday.


On display for the first time will be the GI-30 30mm CamGun and the M10 – 60mm breech –loading mortar, both designed and manufactured at Denel Land Systems (DLS) in Lyttelton, Centurion.


“We are confident the GI-30 will impress and excite the industry and visitors to DSEI. It was developed as part of our contract to deliver a first class infantry combat vehicle (ICV) for the SA Army.


“It will be the main weapon system on the South African Badger ICV but can be easily fitted into other turrets on the market,” Stephan Burger, DLS chief executive, said.


He maintains both the GI-30 and the M10 mortar system are global leaders in their fields with unique features not yet available on other systems.


The GI-30 is an externally driven electro-mechanical cannon, utilising a drum-cam to cycle the breech to chamber rounds and extract spent cartridges. This reduces gases in the confines of a turret and improves the controlled firing rate. DLS designed the GI-30 to fire link-less 30 x 173mm ammunition through a dual feeder – a world-first for this kind of weapon.



As a single-shot weapon, it is seen as unique for its sniper mode of operation. Fired from a closed-breech position it offers more accurate fire because no movement takes place immediately before the round is fired. It has an effective range of 4 000 metres and can fire up to 100 rounds per minute.



The GI-30 CamGun uses SAPHEI, APFSDS (Armoured Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot) and TPT (Target Practice Type) ammunition types, designed and manufactured by Denel PMP (Pretoria Metal Pressings), as well as ammunition from Oerlikon and Nammo. Ammunition is replenished from a supply inside the turret.


Burger said the 60mm long-range mortar system was also developed in parallel with the Badger but can easily be adapted to fit into most standard turrets. Its range of 6 000 metres at sea level makes it a world leader in its class.


Another unique feature is its range of elevation -- from -5° to +70° -- which allows it to be employed in a direct fire application.


The new features make it an ideal weapon system for peace support operations and the changing nature of modern conflict in urban or other close environments. With its compact size and low recoil (54kN), the mortar can be fitted to light vehicles such as a pickup truck or even a boat.


The system can provide a sustained rate of fire of six rounds per minute or eight rounds per minute at one minute intervals – for 250 bombs.

Denel to debut new products at DSEI
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25 juillet 2013 4 25 /07 /juillet /2013 11:45
Seeker 400 to fly in October – Denel

23 July 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


Denel Dynamics’ Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will fly in October this year, but possibly earlier, the company has confirmed.


Jan Wessels, Denel Group Chief Operations Officer, told defenceWeb that ground testing is currently underway and that the first flight is officially planned for October this year, but may occur sooner. It was originally scheduled for last year, but was delayed due to contracting and certification issues.


Denel’s annual report for the 2012/13 financial year also identifies “complexities with the key subsystems” as another reason for “significant variation in the programme schedule, including a delay of the maiden flight test.”


Nevertheless, Denel said that “significant progress” has been made in the Seeker 400 development programme over the last year and that all hardware manufacturing is completed with system integration underway.


In its annual report, Denel said the projects attached to the development of the Seeker 400 accounted for revenue of R89 million during the last financial year, with investment of R60 million in the Seeker 400.


The Seeker 400 was displayed in mock-up form at the 2010 Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition. It has an endurance of 16 hours and can be armed with two Mokopa air-to-surface missiles, with a 10 km range. It is able to carry two payloads at the same time, including electro-optical/infrared and radar as well as laser rangefinder and illuminator for target designation. Denel says an electronic surveillance payload is available for the detection and location of radar emitters. Future upgrades will include satellite communications, and sense-and-avoid capability in order to obtain civil aviation certification.


Currently, the Seeker 400 has a range of 250 km, because it uses only line-of-sight communications, but it could be upgraded to use satellite communications, which would allow it to operate at much greater ranges. With the use of the existing tactical ground station (TGS), the range may be extended to 750 km.


Denel Dynamics is executing a production contract for the UAV’s launch customer (which previously operated the Seeker I) and has also attracted strong interest from other potential clients, with most demand expected to come from the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South America. Denel is promoting the Seeker 400 to Seeker II customers, as the new UAV can be flown with Seeker II control stations.




Also on the UAV front, Denel has changed the layout of its Hungwe commercial UAV, which went from a swept wing dart-like layout to a scaled down version of the proven Seeker II. The triangle shaped Hungwe was shown at exhibitions last year, while the new layout first came to light earlier this year. An example of the ‘new’ Hungwe was on display at Denel’s corporate offices yesterday.


This UAV has a wingspan of four metres and a weight of 35 kg. Carrying a 5 kg sensor, it has an endurance of six hours and a direct line of sight range of 100 km. The system’s service ceiling is up to 12 000 ft. The sensor turret accommodates a daylight TV camera and an infrared camera.


Mobility and portability is a prerequisite and the Hungwe’s ground control station will be quick to setup, easy to use, and compact enough to transport in the back of a commercial light utility vehicle. The ground control station comprises a laptop-based two-console unit, with stations for the sensor operator and pilot.


Denel Dynamics believes there is a large market for the Hungwe as it fills a low-cost market niche – demand could be five times that of the Seeker II. Local applications range from anti-poaching, cable theft prevention and police monitoring.


Like the Seeker 400, the Hungwe is also funded by Denel. Wessels said Denel is pushing the UAV as it believes there is a large market for civil UAVs, which are much cheaper than their military counterparts. Denel Dynamics is targeting Hungwe production by April 2014 at the latest.

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Hoefyster production contract on the way

01 July 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


A production contract for the Badger infantry fighting vehicle for the South African National Defence Force has been approved and is currently with Armscor, which will send it out to industry.


According to Dr Sam Gulube, Secretary for Defence, the Badger production contract under Project Hoefyster was approved in February this year. He said he hoped to see the first production Badger vehicle roll off the assembly line by the end of 2013 and the last in 2023.


Up until recently the programme was in the development phase. Gulube said the approval of the production phase, worth R8 billion over the next ten years, had been taken to Armscor. “Right now Armscor is contracting production and ensuring local production etc. I don’t know where they are today,” he told journalists last week.


The production order is believed to be for 264 vehicles, to be placed with prime contractor Denel Land Systems (DLS), which sees it as a make or break contract for the company, as two thirds of its energy is directed towards this programme.


DLS is concurrently developing five different variants of the Badger infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Project Hoefyster is utilising five modular combat turret variants, armed with the home-grown GI-30 (30 mm CamGun) and 60 mm breech-loading long-range mortar system. The Ingwe anti-tank missile system is integrated into the anti-tank variant of the 8x8 armoured modular vehicle platforms.


The industrialisation and production of the Badger will be done in South Africa, creating an estimated 2 000 jobs and benefiting more than 100 subcontractors in the supply chain. It will also see the South African Army gain a replacement for its rapidly ageing Ratel infantry combat vehicles.


Hoefyster has led to spinoffs, the most important of which is a contract from Malaysia for turrets. In July last year it was announced that Malaysia had signed a 343 million euro (R3.5 billion) contract for turrets and weapons to be integrated onto their 8x8 armoured vehicles. This includes 69 x two man turrets fitted with the South African GI30 30mm main gun and 54 x missile turrets equipped with the GI30 30mm gun and Denel Dynamics Ingwe anti-tank missile system. The order also includes the supply of 216 laser-guided Ingwe missiles and 54 x remote control weapons systems. This contract would not have been possible without Hoefyster.


The Malaysian turret deal means six years of work on this project for DLS. Malaysia ordered 257 FNSS/Deftech AV-8 8x8 armoured vehicles, to be manufactured by Deftech of Malaysia, which will be fitted with the Denel turrets.

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Third Denel A400M work package re-negotiated after acquisition cancellation

20 June 2013 by defenceWeb


The loss of a multi-million Rand contract as a result of South Africa’s withdrawal from the A400M programme has been successfully re-negotiated thanks to the ability of a Denel Group company to deliver on time and within budget in the high-tech composite manufacturing sector.


Denel Aerostructures (DAe) was this week given its third work package on the new generation Airbus airlifter after completing initial design of tail plane detail parts.


“Manufacturing was placed on hold following South Africa’s decision to cancel its acquisition of the A400M. Airbus Military last year gave the green light for manufacturing which was followed by signing of a re-negotiated agreement for the ribs, spars and sword of the tail plane. This will mirror DAe’s ramped up production of wing to fuselage fairing and top shells,” chief executive Ismail Dockrat said following the official announcement of the contract at the Paris Airshow.


He said the third work package on the A400M placed DAe at “the core of the global aerospace manufacturing industry”.


The new package will see the ribs, spars and sword of the A400M vertical tail plane produced in virtual sterile conditions adjacent to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park.


The 7x2m structure consists of two vertical beams (the spars), 16 horizontal composite machinings (the ribs) and a bottom connecting plate (the sword). All are made from carbon fibre composites, covered by a metallic skin which is added to the internal structure prior to assembly.


“This component is a flight critical part of an aircraft the size of the A400M and contributes to its ability to carry payloads in excess of 35 tons,” Dockrat said.


With relocation of all its operations completed and now under a single roof DAe is confident of even more improved efficiencies and further cost cutting.


“It also positions the company well for future manufacturing work for Airbus and other original equipment manufacturers,” Dockrat said.


DAe has also made what he called “significant investment” in a composite facility. Products ranging from basic aircraft parts through to complex main rotor blades for helicopters can now be manufactured on site. Raw carbon fibre material is bonded, moulded, heated and polished until the required properties are achieved.


DAe’s investment in high-tech composite manufacturing is in line with the international aerospace sector where the move away from metallic structures to advanced materials with superior properties is well underway. Durability, hardness, elasticity and high strength-to-weight ratios are hallmarks of the new composite technology.


Dockrat sees DAe’s move in this area as complimentary to government’s aerospace sector development plan.

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24 January 2013 by Dean Wingrin - defenceweb


The South African Air Force (SAAF) has defended the cancellation of its contract with Aero Manpower Group (AMG), a Denel business unit, and has hinted that a new contract may be negotiated.


The long standing contract between the SAAF and AMG provides specialist technical and support personnel who are responsible for the maintenance of a variety of SAAF aircraft at bases across the country. However, the SAAF has given notice to Denel that they will not be renewing the current contract, which terminates at the end of March.


Last week, Denel Personnel Solutions said that as there was no contract or orders beyond March 31 this year, the only option was “retrenchment of the entire AMG workforce”. AMG has held talks with the affected employees at the various SAAF bases and have outlined the plan for their retrenchment.


In response to negative media publicity, the SAAF has reiterated that the termination of the contract was because the contract had been declared irregular by the Auditor General.


Lt Col Ronald Maseko, spokesperson for the SAAF, said that “the contract dates back to a period (1986) where the current governance regime did not exist. Consequent to the Auditor General’s findings in 2009, that the contract does not comply with the Public Finance Management Act and National Treasury Regulations, the SAAF has engaged its strategic partner Denel Aviation in pursuit of an acceptable solution.”


Since then, Maseko notes, the Auditor General has consistently referred to this irregularity and the SAAF’s notice of termination dates back to 2011.


“The termination of the contract, in accordance with a provision stipulated in the contract, places the SAAF in full compliance with the Auditor General’s recommendations and allows the SAAF to develop its strategic partnership with Denel Aviation unhindered by governance irregularities,” Maseko emphasised.


Despite the looming crises which will severely affect the airworthiness of a number of SAAF aircraft, including those in the VIP squadron, the SAAF has not revealed any contingency plans should the contract not be renewed.


Trade Union Solidarity has said that at least 75% of the 523 Denel employees are in the scarce and critical skills band, without which efficient functioning of the SAAF will not be possible.


The VIP transport aircraft operated by 21 Squadron are almost exclusively signed out by AMG personnel and the effects of the contract cancelation will be keenly felt by the President and Cabinet Ministers. Other AMG personnel perform critical roles in workshops and testing laboratories.


Despite the impending crisis, Maseko notes optimistically that the negotiation of a new contract with Denel “can only benefit the development of a vibrant South African aviation industry that is capable of continued support to the SAAF in executing its mandate.”


Even SAAF personnel who work side-by-side with the AMG employees or who fly the aircraft are uncertain of what will happen from 1 April. While it appears that Denel may be going through the legal motions of advising their employees of a possible retrenchment, just in case a new contract with the SAAF cannot be negotiated in time, the affected personnel are going through a trying time.

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