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29 septembre 2015 2 29 /09 /septembre /2015 16:45
Exercice maritime bilatéral Oxide 2015

 

29.09.2015 ambafrance-rsa.org

 

Les forces françaises basées à la Réunion participent à l’exercice Oxide 2015 du 9 septembre au 2 octobre à Richards Bay avec les forces armées sud-africaines.

 

Le but de cet exercice est de renforcer notre coopération et de développer notre interopérabilité afin de faire face plus efficacement aux enjeux régionaux de sécurité.

 

A l’occasion de sa quatrième édition, cet exercice a pris une dimension interarmées. La marine sud-africaine a ainsi engagé trois bateaux, le SAS Protea (bâtiment océanographique), le SAS Isaac Dhyoba (Offshore Patrol Vessel) et le sous-marin SAS Queen Modjadji. La France a déployé la frégate de surveillance Floréal.

Un C130 BZ et un CASA 235 ont participé à des opérations de parachutages de forces spéciales sud-africaines et de commandos français. Un C 47 TP a réalisé des missions de sauvetage en mer et de surveillance maritime. En complément, un Oryx et le Panther du Floréal ont déposé des équipes d’inspection et évacué des blessés dans le cadre d’opérations de sauvetage en mer.

 

La frégate de surveillance Floréal :

Le Floréal est une frégate de surveillance, dont la mission est de faire respecter la souveraineté de l’Etat français dans les espaces maritimes éloignés de la métropole. A ce titre, elle intervient dans les opérations de lutte contre la piraterie et les trafics, de police des pêches, de surveillance du trafic commercial et de sauvetage en mer.

Long de 93,50m, large de 14m, il déplace 2800 tonnes. Le Floréal est armé d’un canon de 100mm, de deux canons de 20mm et de quatre mitrailleuses de 12,7mm. Un hélicoptère de type Panther est embarqué en permanence.

 

VIP day :

A l’occasion du VIP day de l’exercice Oxide qui s’est tenu le 24 septembre, madame l’Ambassadrice Elisabeth Barbier, le Lieutenant-general Mgwebi (chef des opérations interarmées), le Lieutenant-general Msimang (chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air), le Vice-Amiral Hlongwane (chef d’Etat-major de la marine), le Lieutenant-general Nyembe (Chef des Renseignements Militaires) et le Général de Brigade Reignier (commandant supérieur des Forces Armées de la Zone Sud de l’Océan Indien FAZSOI) ont pu assister à une démonstration des capacités des forces engagées. Pendant plus d’une heure, les participants ont présenté l’ensemble du spectre des missions qui sont jouées durant cet exercice.

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C-Navy welcomes the French Ambassador on board SAS PROTEA - Photo by Leading Seaman Themba Zekevu

C-Navy welcomes the French Ambassador on board SAS PROTEA - Photo by Leading Seaman Themba Zekevu

 

28.09.2015 by Sub Lieutenant Doreen Oosthuizen - navy.mil.za

 

Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General D.M Mgwebi invited the Chiefs of Military Services and Divisions, maritime stake holders and the media to view a capability demonstration on board the South African Naval Hydrographical Survey vessel, SAS PROTEA. The capability demonstration formed part of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) joint and Multi-National Maritime EXERCISE OXIDE 2015. French (FNS FLOREAL) and South African Naval vessels (SAS PROTEA and SAS ISAAC DYOBHA) and support forces have been in the area of operations since the beginning of September. EXERCISE OXIDE takes place every two years between the South Indian Ocean Naval Forces (FAZSOI) and the SANDF.

 

The capability demonstration that took place on 24 September showcased the combined operational and tactical procedures between the SANDF’s four Arms of Services. The South African marines from the Maritime Reaction Squadron and 4 Special Forces Regiment boarded the South African Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel, SAS ISAAC DYOBHA.

 

The SAS ISAAC DYOBHA (simulating a vessel in distress) lay in close proximity of the SAS PROTEA to ensure a perfect vantage point for viewing. The demonstration included marines performing an un-opposed a boarding by sea boat, a search and seizure of ‘pirates’, big bangs, smoke, marines being vertically dropped on the deck of the SAS ISAAC DYOBHA by a South African Air Force ORYX helicopter and a man-overboard simulation. The South African Air Force’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft dropped a life raft during the fly-pass to simulate a Search And Rescue scenario while running commentary was broadcast to explain the sequence of events to the guests who paid close attention to the demonstration from the SAS PROTEA’s flight deck.

 

The SAS PROTEA treated guests the evening with a cocktail function on board where the day’s display was praised by the Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant-General D.M. Mgwebi, the Commander Task Group, Captain (South African Navy) M. Nkomonde and the French Ambassador, Elizabeth Barbier who all thanked Richards Bay for the warm welcome and highlighting the importance of forces’ being able to perform readiness training to conduct unified land and sea operations.

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SAS Isaac Dyobha (P1565) - photo Perry Hutson

SAS Isaac Dyobha (P1565) - photo Perry Hutson

 

14 September 2015 by defenceWeb

 

SAS Protea (A324), the South African Navy’s hydrographic vessel, will be the lead South African platform in the upcoming Exercise Oxide later this month.

 

She, along with the offshore patrol vessel SAS Isaac Dyobha (P1565) and the Type 209 submarine SAS Queen Modjadji (S103) make up the South African complement for the exercise starting in Richards Bay on September 21.

 

The French light surveillance frigate, FNS Floreal (F730), part of the French naval force stationed at La Reunion, will be the sole French vessel taking part in this year’s exercise. The previous Exercise Oxide took place off the Mozambican port of Maputo.

 

This year’s exercise will again emphasise the search and rescue aspect of naval operations and will also include a high value target extraction, giving French Commandos and South African maritime reaction squadron members and Special Forces the opportunity to hone their particular skills.

 

Other French forces taking part will be a seaborne Commando group and an infantry section aboard a CASA CN235.

 

Other South African military elements to be deployed for the exercise, which ends on October 2, include a 28 Squadron C-130BZ, a 35 Squadron C-47TP and possibly a Super Lynx maritime helicopter (22 Squadron) as well as Special Forces comprising a submarine team, a submarine parachute action group and an airborne team. SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) will have task teams ashore and aboard with an operational emergency care practitioner on each of the SA Navy platforms taking part.

 

The search and rescue component will be co-ordinated by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Cape Town and the Maritime Rescue Sub-regional Centre on La Reunion. It will centre round a distressed passenger liner scenario about 20 kilometres offshore from Richards Bay and will see all Exercise Oxide forces involved as well as the Richards Bay Port Authority and other government departments and agencies.

 

Military operations to be exercised include establishing an airhead either at Mtubatuba or Richards Bay airport, moving to Naval Island for the simulated high value extraction. Combat swimmers, attack divers, kayaks, inflatables, and delta boats will be utilised by Special Forces and the Maritime Reaction Squadron detachment.

 

The first week of sea operations coincide with World Maritime Day on September 24 and a number of events are planned for Richards Bay to mark the day.

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8 septembre 2015 2 08 /09 /septembre /2015 17:45
Les USA visés par une menace terroriste en Afrique du Sud

 

08 septembre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Johannesburg - L'ambassade des Etats-Unis en Afrique du Sud a publié mardi un avertissement contre une menace terroriste visant les intérêts américains dans ce pays d'Afrique australe.

 

Des extrémistes pourraient viser des intérêts américains en Afrique du Sud, y compris des installations gouvernementales américaines et d'autres installations pouvant être associées aux intérêts économiques des Etats-Unis, selon le texte publié sur le site internet de l'ambassade américaine à Pretoria.

 

Il n'y a pas d'élément supplémentaire sur le moment ou les cibles éventuelles qui pourraient être visées, ajoute l'ambassade qui appelle ses ressortissants à la vigilance. Prenez les mesures adéquates pour améliorer votre sécurité personnelle, conseille l'ambassade.

 

Le porte-parole du ministère sud-africain de la Sécurité publique, Brian Dube, interrogé par l'AFP, a dit être informé de l'avertissement, mais s'est refusé à tout commentaire.

 

La semaine dernière, les Etats-Unis avaient publié une alerte sécuritaire générale en prévision de la commémoration des attentats du 11-Septembre, mais la mise en garde de mardi est plus spécifique.

 

L'Afrique du Sud, économie la plus industrialisée du continent noir, a échappé jusqu'à présent aux attaques de militants islamistes, qui frappent plusieurs autres pays africains, essentiellement en Afrique de l'Est et de l'Ouest.

 

Selon l'analyste Ryan Cummings, basé au Cap (sud), la dernière mise en garde terroriste publiée par les Etats-Unis en Afrique du Sud remonte à 2009.

 

On n'associe pas immédiatement l'Afrique du Sud à l'extrémisme islamique, qui est le moteur du terrorisme international contre les intérêts américains, a-t-il déclaré à l'AFP. Mais il y a des preuves que l'Afrique du Sud sert de sorte de passerelle ou de plaque tournante potentielle pour la logistique et les finances de mouvements terroristes, a-t-il ajouté.

 

En février, le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU avait mis en garde l'Afrique du Sud contre des groupes terroristes susceptibles d'utiliser son territoire comme une base opérationnelle.

 

En 2013, les autorités sud-africaines avaient révélé qu'une Britannique, Samantha Lewthwaite - surnommée la veuve blanche car son mari faisait partie des kamikazes des attentats de Londres de 2005 - , s'était procurée frauduleusement un passeport sud-africain. Cette jeune femme est toujours activement recherchée dans le monde. Elle est poursuivie au Kenya pour détention d'explosifs et organisation d'attaques terroristes.

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SAAF Oryx has nose wheel accident in DRC

SAAF Oryx has nose wheel accident in DRC

 

22 July 2015 by Dean Wingrin

 

No-one was injured when a South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter suffered damaged to its' nose on Saturday July 18 while operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

 

Unconfirmed reports state the helicopter, serial 1209 (UNO 827), was taxiing on the ground at Goma airport in the eastern DRC at 14h45 when the nose wheel hit a 5cm raised section of a resurfaced taxiway area. This caused the nose wheel to collapse, leaving the helicopter nose down on the apron.

 

The SAAF operates a number of Oryx medium-transport helicopters as part of an SANDF deployment in the DRC. South African elements are part of both the MONUSCO peacekeeping mission and the UN FIB (Force Intervention Brigade).

 

In May this year, another SAAF Oryx flying in the DRC was hit by small arms fire when flying the MONUSCO Force Commander on a routine visit to the Bunia area of operations when several shots from a small calibre weapon were fired at it from unidentified gunmen on the ground. One of the projectiles penetrated an internal fuel tank, causing a fuel leak. The aircraft commander took evasive action, flew out of the danger zone and diverted safely to Beni Mavivi Airport.

 

Picture via the Unofficial SAAF website

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An artists concept of the Nautic 9 metre boarding boat

An artists concept of the Nautic 9 metre boarding boat

 

22 July 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Paramount Group company Nautic Africa is in the process of custom-developing five boarding craft for the South African Navy to meet its Project Carol requirements. The vessels will be delivered by December.

 

The craft are currently under development at Nautic Africa’s Cape Town facilities. Project Manager Pieter Heyneman said that, “Nautic always aims to raise the bar, and this project will be no different.” He added that the design brief for Project Carol required a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped, composite craft capable of providing superior performance under demanding conditions.

 

The result is a 9 metre epoxy infused vessel capable of reaching speeds of 38 knots via twin Volvo D4-260 diesel sterndrives. Capable of carrying 10 crew members, the mid-engined arrangement will offer in-house developed shock mitigating seating to operational crew, whilst the boarding party is accommodated aft, Nautic said.

 

Designed to be deployed from the Navy’s frigates, the solid fendered, self-righting capable boarding craft make provision for interfacing via a single-point lifting arrangement, customized to fit the pre-existing CSIR adapted Vest Davit launching cranes.

 

In addition, the vessels will be equipped with a suite of equipment including military specification tactical communications, navigation and tracking systems, touch screen glass cockpit instrumentation, keyless starting, automatic fire suppression, noise cancelling intercom, a drop-in ammunition locker, a customized gun mount pintle interface as well as a pre-heating umbilical cord system and more.

 

“The multi-purpose boarding craft will be deployed to perform safety and security functions, including boarding operations, intelligence support and rescue missions,” said James Fisher, CEO of Nautic Africa.

 

Project Carol, which has been in existence for several years, aims to procure small boats less than 60 metres in length for the SA Navy in the form of boarding boats, diving boats, riverine patrol boats, ship sea boats, ferries, sailing dinghies, an ocean racing yacht and associated trailers.

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Parts sought for Samil trucks

 

01 July 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Vehicle maintenance of particularly the SA Army’s older Samil trucks has been in the hands of Cuban diesel mechanics for at least three months and if Armscor tenders are anything to go by they are making inroads into the backlog.

 

No less than four tenders issued by Armscor this month are for parts to be used on Samils. They are driveline sub-assemblies (ESPV/2015/68), air brake components (ESPV/2015/65), electrical components (ESPV/2015/66) and clutch and pressure plates (ESPV/2015/67). The tenders close on July 14 with the exception of the one for sub-assemblies which closes a day later.

 

Samil trucks were locally manufactured during the arms embargo using Magirus Deutz chassis and engines with the final units built in 1998. They are set to be replaced by new vehicles to be acquired in terms of projects Sepula and Vistula, both of which have been “deferred” according to SA Army Chief, Lieutenant General Vusi Masondo.

 

There are currently just on a hundred Cuban technicians working on the Samil vehicles at bases including Potchefstroom, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. They are in South Africa on a 12 month contract to refurbish vehicles and assist the SANDF in building capacity in this particular skill, Department of Defence head of communications Siphiwe Dlamini, said in March.

 

“The SANDF has had numerous problems with vehicles. They get fixed but two to three weeks down the line they are stuck on the road.

 

“The Cubans are here to assist us fix the vehicles and create capacity in the defence force so we can do the fixing and maintenance ourselves,” he said during a media visit to Potchefstroom in March.

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A Pathfinder UGV

A Pathfinder UGV

 

01 June 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

B-Cat Military has finished development testing of its one hundred per cent South African designed and built Pathfinder unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is being offered to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

 

The civil version of the B-Cat has been around for a number of years and started out as an unmanned mining vehicle for exploring blasting areas. Roughly two years ago B-Cat Military began development of a version for defence and security applications, which is available for a variety of missions such as anti-poaching, reconnaissance, perimeter surveillance, riot control intelligence gathering, forward deployment etc.

 

The company’s Pieter le Roux told defenceWeb that development has concluded and the vehicle is ready for production. The Pathfinder recently test-fired its 12.7 mm Rogue remote control weapons cluster supplied by Reutech, and was demonstrated to the SANDF, which has expressed a lot of interest in the type. The SANDF has bought into the remote controlled and unmanned idea, according to le Roux.

 

Le Roux said the vehicle would initially be marketed locally, targeting entities like the police (which could use it as a non-lethal crowd control tool), security services and the military before moving into the rest of Africa, as the Pathfinder is “an African machine for the African theatre of war.”

 

B-Cat Military said the Pathfinder is designed to operate in complex urban environments. “The Pathfinder UGV operates in close support to dismounted soldiers to also provide a forward fire suppression platform with an added additional payload carrying capacity. Some of the possible payloads include ammunition, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), weapons, supplies, medical equipment etc.”

 

For base protection duties, the Pathfinder could be used to investigate intruder alarms, function as a mobile remotely operated radar and night vision or thermal imaging platform and could engage intruders with weapons.

 

In the support role, B-Cat Military said that the Pathfinder can be used by dismounted infantry sections to detect and destroy improvised explosive devices (IEDs), function as an ambush early warning system, gather intelligence, provide missile/small arms fire protection and provide communications support.

 

The Pathfinder can be fitted with limited mine protection and mine detection technology.

 

One of the envisioned roles for the Pathfinder is medical evacuation of injured soldiers out of combat zones, the replenishment of medical supplies to forward lines and protection for injured and medical personnel.

 

The six wheeled Pathfinder can be remotely operated at distances of between 400 metres and seven kilometres, terrain and communications systems dependant. The vehicle weights 800 kg without equipment and can carry a 300 kg payload. It is 1.7 metres long, 1.1 metres wide and .8 metres high. Its battery allows for ten hours of operation, but the battery pack can be switched out for continuous operation.

 

Le Roux explained to defenceWeb that the Pathfinder can be made bigger or smaller depending on customer requirements and is very flexible in terms of payload, use, size and weight. For instance, it could be used for firefighting or carry stretchers and have customer equipment integrated onto it.

 

The vehicle was displayed at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in September last year with a mast-mounted Reutech radar and day sights, but can be fitted with other sights and equipment. Reutech said it is quite unique on the continent and had generated a lot of interest during AAD 2014. Le Roux said the niche market the Pathfinder is serving could be “quite substantial.”

 

B-Cat Military offers the Pathfinder with a control station and battery packs or can supply it with a transport vehicle, such as a Toyota Land Cruiser or Mercedes Sprinter. This would be fitted with a control station, recharging point and quick offload tray. The Pathfinder can also be aircraft deployed.

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AEEI acquires 25% of Saab Grintek Defence

 

20 May 2015 by defenceWeb

 

African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (former Sekunjalo Investment Ltd) has acquired 25% of Saab Grintek Defence for R120 million, and will dispose of its 5% shareholding in parent company Saab South Africa for R20 million.

 

AEEI Newco, set up specifically for the transaction and 60% owned by AEEI, will acquire the stake in Saab Grintek Defence (SGD). It will retain at least 51% black ownership status as long as it is a shareholder in SGD.

 

The effective date of the acquisition will be no later than 26 June this year, according to a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) notice.

 

“We are proud to have AEEI as a strategic partner and we see this agreement as further strengthening our commitment to the industrial growth and prosperity of South Africa at the same time supporting our endeavours to supply security solutions in Africa,” said Leif Karlsson, Acting CEO of Saab Grintek Defence.

 

CEO of AEEI, Khalid Abdulla said, “It has always been part of the company’s growth strategy to become an empowerment partner of choice to multinationals due to our credibility, expertise and credentials built up over the years. We are exceptionally proud to have increased our stake within the Saab Group through SGD.

 

“This additional acquisition is an important breakthrough for both AEEI and Saab for its growth plans within South Africa, Africa and abroad by adding value, creating jobs, alleviating poverty and finding solutions in the global market.”

 

“We are confident that our investment in Saab will open many more doors for opportunities across the continent, the globe and especially BRICS, with the prospect of further exploring AEEI and Saab’s capabilities in the technology sectors and in new markets,” said Abdulla.

 

Saab Grintek Defence specialises in areas that include electronic warfare systems, sensor technology, command and control, training systems, avionics, security and support solutions. As the export market represents almost 75% of the South African company’s total turnover, Saab Grintek Defence was awarded the Best Exporter Award by the SA Premier Business Awards in 2013 and 2014.

 

One of SGD’s main sources of turnover is the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS), which has done well in India, where it is being fitted onto the Air Force and Army’s Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters. SGD also developed and are producing the LEDS self-protection system for land vehicles.

 

SGD in March announced R940 million in follow-on orders from India for Integrated Defensive Aids Suites (IDAS) for the Indian Army and Air Force’s Dhruv helicopters. Deliveries will take place between 2015 and 2018. The most recent orders are by far the largest from HAL, the helicopter’s manufacturer, as the company speeds up production.

 

SGD is tasked with producing some of the microwave components for the antennas and electronic warfare components of the Gripen fighter jet for the international market and is currently assembling these parts for the current generation Gripen at its facilities in Centurion outside Pretoria. As one of Saab’s microwave production houses, this provides a lot of business for Saab Grintek Defence and accounts for around 8% of sales.

 

The company today has turnover in excess of a billion rand a year and employs 700-800 people. 80-90% of this revenue is from foreign orders.

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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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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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South African continental peacekeeping deployments extended for another year

 

01 April 2015 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb

 

President Jacob Zuma wearing his SA National Defence Force (SANDF) commander-in-chief hat has committed South Africa to more than R1,4 billion in expenditure over the next 12 months on three separate out-of-country military deployments.

 

None of the three – to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan and in the Mozambique Channel – are new. All three see South African airmen, medics, sailors and soldiers stand alongside uniformed counterparts from Africa and other parts on the world in either peace support or peacekeeping missions (DRC and Sudan) and keeping territorial waters safe from pirates (Mozambique).

 

Zuma yesterday (March 31) informed Parliament of the “extended employment of troops” according to a statement issued by the Presidency.

 

A total of 1,388 SANDF members will find themselves in the DRC between now and March 31 next year serving “in fulfilment of international obligations of the Republic of South Africa towards the United Nations”. The Presidential statement indicates all will be part of the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), operating under the MONUSCO umbrella in the strife-torn central African country. According to the UN there are currently 1,322 uniformed South Africans in the overall MONUSCO mission.

 

The cost of the DRC deployment is R909,687,562.

 

The SANDF will between now and March 31 next year ensure 850 SANDF members find themselves in Darfur, Sudan, as part of the hybrid AU/UN UNAMID force. This deployment is also “in fulfilment of international obligations” and will cost R369,079,895 for the 12 months.

 

South Africa’s third and final military commitment outside own borders is the Southern African Development community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking Operation Copper.

 

“Two hundred and 20 members of the SANDF were employed to monitor and deter piracy and other related illegal maritime activities along the Southern African coast of the Indian Ocean. They were employed for the period for the period April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 and the employment has now been extended to March 31, 2016,” the statement said.

 

South Africa is the lead country in this deployment supplying a naval platform as well as aerial support and the associated manpower. The next 12 months of Operation Copper cost R 127,027,773.

 

The UN mission in the DRC – MONUSCO - is the largest of its 16 peacekeeping missions internationally with troop, police and military expert contributions coming from 55 countries. There are currently 21,067 of these in the DRC at present according to the latest UN statistics. Countries are literally an A (Algeria) to Z (Zambia).

 

In Sudan, South Africans find themselves alongside soldiers, police and military experts from 43 other countries in a total combined AU/UN force of 15,863. UN statistics indicate there are currently 783 South African soldiers in the country.

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Denel signs MoU with Strand Aerospace Malaysia

 

01 April 2015 by defenceWeb

 

In line with ongoing defence collaboration between South Africa and Malaysia, Denel Aerostructures has signed a memorandum of understanding with Strand Aerospace Malaysia covering knowledge transfer and possible subcontracting work.

 

The agreement was signed on 17 March during the Langkawi International Maritime and Air Defence Show (LIMA) in Malaysia. Under the agreement, Denel staff will help Strand strengthen is technical capabilities in the area of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), through engineer mentoring and knowledge provision. Denel is also considering giving Strand design and engineering work packages.

 

The collaboration is part of the number of defence and high-technology indirect offset initiatives between South African and Malaysian companies, managed by Malaysia Industry Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and the Technology Depository Agency (TDA).

 

In 2011 Denel Land Systems signed a contract to supply a range of turrets and integrated weapon systems to be fitted onto the Malaysian Army’s Pars 8X8 armoured vehicles. The major portion of this contract is being implemented in Malaysia over a seven year period.

 

Denel said it has already started with a programme of direct technology transfer and is meeting its commitment to build high-tech capacity in the Malaysian defence sector.

 

It flows from the strong diplomatic and trade relations between South Africa and Malaysia since the democratic transition in 1994. The President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, visited Malaysia in 2013 during which bilateral relations including the offset initiatives resulting from the Denel contract were discussed.

 

Following Zuma’s visit, Denel signed a memorandum of understanding with Strand Aerospace (SAM) to explore opportunities for technology transfer. “We are proud to work with a world-class Malaysian entity which is at the cutting edge of technology and has identified Denel as a useful strategic partner in the future,” said Riaz Saloojee, Denel Group Chief Executive.

 

In terms of the new agreement a senior technical specialist from Denel Aerostructures will spend at least a year at Strand Aerospace Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur to build capacity within the company, mentor emerging engineers and provide guidance on the company’s efforts to enter the global supply chains of major aerospace manufacturers.

 

The programme will include on the job training to at least 10 engineers employed by SAM; formal classroom training and professional mentoring; professional advice and guidance to other engineers; ongoing technical support and the development of tools and processes to support project delivery.

 

Saloojee said Denel will continue to support SAM’s human capital development programme and provide professional advice based on its own extensive experience in manufacturing and design engineering. This cooperation and knowledge-sharing will also contribute to the growth of indigenous South African aerospace industry.

 

The relationship between South Africa and Malaysia goes back a long way, but was formally established in 1993. Malaysia was the first country to invest in South Africa in 1994, and is still the largest investor from South East Asia in the country. Total trade between both nations rose from $1.4 billion in 2008 to $2.3 billion in 2012, fostered by the creation in 1997 of the South Africa- Malaysia Business Council by former president Nelson Mandela and former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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SAS Strikecraft OPV

SAS Strikecraft OPV

 

26 March 2015 by Dean Wingrin/defenceWeb

 

Operation Copper, the anti-piracy deployment in the Mozambique Channel, is a demanding and expensive operation that is stretching the South African Navy, according to Flag Officer Fleet.

 

In his recent state of the Navy briefing, Rear Admiral Bravo Mhlana said that sustaining the seven day a week, 24 hour a day presence “is an extremely demanding operation in terms of logistic support and sustainment.”

 

The Navy has been involved in Operation Copper since SAS Mendi commenced patrols in January 2011. An operational pause was undertaken in July 2012 as the use of the frigates “was proving costly and expensive.” It was then decided to introduce the Warrior-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) into Operation Copper. Since then, deployment duties have rotated between the frigates and the OPVs, “with OPVs typically spending six weeks on station and the frigates up to four months on station.”

 

The replenishment ship SAS Drakensberg has also been sent to patrol for pirates, and assisted European warships in apprehending seven Somali pirates in early 2012.

 

Operation Copper has accounted for the bulk of the Navy’s total sea days. Whilst no actual figures were available, Mhlana said that the frigates were meant to operate approximately 120 days at sea a year, but the intense nature of Operation Copper forced the Navy to operate the frigates at a rate of over 220 sea days a year for each frigate.

 

“I must indicate that the last financial year was dominated by the OPVs which came to us as a big relief as the frigates could focus on other deployments and international commitments that happened for us in this particular year,” Mhlana explained.

 

“(For) the OPVs themselves, the mileage they gained from Operation Copper is far higher than in any other period since the inception of democracy in 1994.” Despite the challenges “that puts a strain on the finances of the organisation, we have more days at sea now than we have had before.”

 

Whilst the current mandate for Exercise Copper expires at the end of March, the Navy is preparing a frigate to replace the OPV on station. “We have no indication that Operation Copper will be terminated in a short space of time,” Mhlana said, as the Navy always waited “until the last day to get confirmation of the continuation of Operation Copper.”

 

“SAS Isaac Dyobha will return towards the end of next week [this week] and by that time SAS Isandlwana will be ready to take over. They are currently undergoing workup and operational sea training evaluation before we can confirm them mission ready…Until such time as we receive any instruction to discontinue, we will get ourselves ready.”

 

Although Mozambique and Tanzania are the other two SADC nations who have committed to supporting Operation Copper, South Africa is the major contributor of both personnel and equipment – for instance, Mozambique only contributes a few personnel aboard South African Navy ships.

 

The South African Air Force contributed shore-based aircraft from Pemba but apparently this is no longer the case.

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A SAAF Oryx at the Rand Show 2012

A SAAF Oryx at the Rand Show 2012

 

26 March 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will be part and parcel of the Rand Show right from the official opening Friday after next along with arena and static displays for the duration of the event at the Johannesburg Expo Centre.

 

Of the more than 10 000 square metres of display space that will be taken up by the military, a major portion will be dedicated to careers in the SANDF. To be housed in Hall 10A, the career expo will, in addition to having representatives from all four arms of service on hand to answer questions, also have Army Young Lions and Air Force Young Falcons present. They will tell, in their own words, what these two arms of service are like, having done camps and been involved in some of the musterings, ranging from pilots, navigators and flight engineers through to artillery and mortar men as well as Sappers, the military name for an engineer whose work ranges from blowing up bridges and roads to building them and providing clean water.

 

Another part of the indoor exhibition will be a display showing a typical day in the life of a soldier. Also of interest to those thinking of joining the SANDF, more specifically the Signals Formation, will be a display pitting first generation communication methods such as Morse Code against modern signalling equipment and technology.

 

Rand Show visitors will also be able to show their support for soldiers on peace support and peacekeeping missions in the DRC and Sudan. 11 Field Postal Unit, an active Reserve Force unit staffed by Post Office employees, will be open for the duration of the show and have goodwill postcards waiting for messages.

 

The outdoor exhibition will feature, among others, the Ratel ZT3, Gecko rapid deployment vehicle, Badger infantry combat vehicle, Rooikat armoured vehicle, radar systems, a tactical intelligence post with working cameras, the Rooivalk combat support helicopter, Umlindi radar, a flight simulator, a dive tank and compression chamber as well as elements of a field hospital and emergency medical, disaster and search and rescue equipment.

 

The military will this year also be hands-on with visitors to the SANDF exhibition able to try their skills on driving, shooting and missile simulators.

 

The SAAF Silver Falcons aerobatic team, headquartered at AFB Langebaanweg, will perform displays as will Hawk Mk120 Lead-In Fighter Trainers from 85 Combat Flying School at AFB Makhado. Their displays will coincide with SANDF arena displays including fast-roping of specialist infantry from an Oryx helicopter, an artillery gun run, precision drill and parachute jumps (weather permitting).

 

The military contribution to the opening on Friday April 3 will be in the form of a massed band comprising the SA Military Health Service band, the SA Army’s Kroonstad band and the SA Navy band.

 

The Rand Show closes on April 12.

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The SAS Drakensberg

The SAS Drakensberg

 

25 March 2015 by Dean Wingrin/defenceWeb

 

The South African navy is looking at the eventual replacement of the combat support ship SAS Drakensberg, since the maritime arm of service takes great strain when the vessel is out of action for maintenance. Several platforms could be acquired to replace the nearly 30-year old vessel.

 

Studies have commenced into a potential replacement for the Drakensberg, according to Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral Bravo Mhlana, who made the remarks during his state of the Navy briefing last week.

 

“We are presently taking serious strain as the Drakensberg, for the last one and a half years, has been going through major maintenance,” Mhlana stated. “When it is not there, you are very limited in terms of reach, in terms of sustainment of the operations in distant areas.”

 

Mhlana said that Drakensberg is a useful ship and a major force multiplier and consequently studies have commenced into a potential replacement. “The replacement class may end up being more than one vessel as we really feel Drakensberg’s absence when she goes into an extended maintenance period.”

 

“We probably need two Drakensbergs and we probably need to build more ‘sealift’ into the class,” he continued, “this is something we have come to realise over the last decade or so.”

 

In addition to being used as a replenishment ship, SAS Drakensberg has also been used to patrol for pirates in the Mozambique Channel as part of Operation Copper. In April 2012 she helped European warships catch seven Somali pirates in the Channel.

 

While the SAS Drakensberg replacement is most likely years away, the South African Navy can look forward to receiving a number of new platforms before then and will introduce four new classes of vessels (offshore patrol vessels, inshore patrol vessels, harbour tugs and a hydrographic survey ship) within the next five years.

 

Two new harbour tugs are under construction, with the first scheduled for delivery in June this year. In the longer term, the Navy has commenced with engineering studies to upgrade the frigates and submarines in order to maximise their operational lives.

 

Looking into the future, the Navy will replace its Warrior class offshore patrol vessels when the first new Project Biro offshore and inshore patrol vessels arrive in 2018. Around the same time, a replacement for the hydrographic survey SAS Protea (under Project Hotel) will be delivered.

 

SAS Drakensberg was launched in April 1986 by Sandock Austral and commissioned into service in November the following year. She has a full load displacement of 12 500 tons and a length of 147 metres. She can carry 5 500 tons of fuel, 750 tons of ammunition and dry stores and 210 tons of fresh water. In addition, 50 000 litres of fresh water can be made every day. Two Oryx helicopters, two landing craft and two RHIBs can be accommodated on board as well.

 

The Drakensberg is the largest ship built in South Africa to date and is reportedly the first naval vessel to be completely designed in the country. In addition to her replenishment role she is employed on search and rescue duties, patrol and surveillance duties and has considerable potential for use in disaster relief.

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photo Marine Nationale

photo Marine Nationale

 

 

23 Mars 2015 Source : Marine nationale

 

Après 30 jours de patrouille opérationnelle dans les Zones Économiques Exclusives des Kerguelen et de Crozet, la frégate de surveillance Floréal a fait relâche dans la ville du Cap en Afrique du Sud.

 

La patrouille réalisée s’inscrit dans le cadre de la protection des intérêts français dans cette zone et, en particulier, la lutte contre la pêche illicite dans les eaux poissonneuses autour des îles des Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises. Elle est de la plus haute importance compte tenu des richesses naturelles convoitées que contiennent ces 2,8 millions de kilomètres carrés d’eaux françaises. C’est donc avant tout une mission de souveraineté dont les actions de surveillance des pêches constituent le volet économique et écologique.

 

Si les contacts sont peu nombreux, c’est grâce à l’action conduite depuis des années par les bâtiments des Forces armées dans la zone sud de l’océan Indien (FAZSOI) dans cette zone, en relation avec le CROSS Réunion, qui ont un effet dissuasif puissant. Cependant, comme le confirment les observations satellites, les incursions de contrevenants ne sont pas écartées et l’effort doit se maintenir pour éviter leur recrudescence. Il en va de même pour les approches des îles  Heard et Mac Donald, dépendantes de l’Australie avec laquelle une coopération est en place.

 

En remontant de Kerguelen vers le Cap de Bonne Espérance, une fois n’est pas coutume, face aux vents dominants, le Floréal a parfois affronté  des mers rudes et des températures proches du zéro et croisé quelques icebergs. Ces derniers imposent une veille particulièrement attentive tant en passerelle qu’au central opération (CO) dans une zone où la visibilité est très variable et où l’on peut passer plusieurs jours en visibilité réduite. Des passages dans les îles de Crozet et Kerguelen ont permis d’échanger avec les permanents en place et de leur apporter parfois un peu de soutien.

 

Outre le ravitaillement et les maintenances nécessaires, la relâche à Cap Town a permis de conduire un certain nombre d'échanges avec la South African Navy (SAN) et la communauté française, essentiellement sous l'impulsion de la mission militaire de l'ambassade.

 

La partie sud-africaine a finalement confirmé les manœuvres d'hélicoptères sur la plateforme du Floréal. A l'appareillage, des manœuvres aviation ont donc été réalisées par un Oryx (Puma SA) sur la plate-forme du Floréal. Ces échanges sont un excellent préalable à l’exercice Oxyde 2015 prévu avec l’Afrique du Sud en septembre auquel la frégate de surveillance devrait participer.

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C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft

C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft

 

19 March 2015 by Kim Helfrich – defenceWeb

 

The decrease in pirate activity off Africa’s east coast has probably contributed to an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations decision to withdraw air operations from Pemba in support of the anti-piracy Operation Copper.

 

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking is now in its fifth year of operation with South Africa as the major contributor of both personnel and equipment. Mozambique and Tanzania are the other two SADC nations who have committed to the operation in the Mozambique Channel since its inception in 2011.

 

The first Operation Copper deployment was early in 2011 following the hijacking of a Mozambican fishing vessel by Somali pirates in the northern reaches of the Mozambique Channel. Lindiwe Sisulu, at the time Defence and Military Veterans Minister, said South African warships were deployed to northern Mozambique along with a C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft from 35 Squadron and a 22 Squadron Super Lynx maritime helicopter. This hardware was supported by a total of 377 uniformed personnel from the air force, military health services and the navy.

 

Captain (SAN) Jaco Theunissen, Joint Operations spokesman, confirmed this week that Pemba and hence 35 Squadron would no longer be a part of Operation Copper.

 

“Maritime operations will continue from an SA Navy platform,” he said, declining to answer questions on whether the SAAF would still be part of Op Copper.

 

At present the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) SAS Galeshewe is on station in the Mozambique Channel having replaced one of her sister ships, SAS Isaac Dyobha.

 

At various times since the deployment started the Navy has put Valour Class frigates and the supply ship SAS Drakensberg into the seas off the lower east African coast as a piracy deterrent. More recently this task has been the exclusive preserve of the serving OPVs, all converted Warrior Class strikecraft.

 

The normal OPV crew requirement for an Operation Copper deployment is around the 60 mark including a Maritime Reaction Squadron component, divers, an ops medic and two Mozambican sea riders.

 

The only South African platform to have been an active part of a counter-piracy operation was Drakensberg. She acted as southern stopper for the EU Naval Force to prevent a suspected pirate ship from escaping the multi-national task force based off the Horn of Africa.

 

It is not known at present if the term of Operation Copper will be extended. It was last extended for 12 months by President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as SANDF Commander-in-Chief, until the end of March this year.

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Pelindaba Nuclear Research Center. (photo Douglas Birch - Center for Public Integrity)

Pelindaba Nuclear Research Center. (photo Douglas Birch - Center for Public Integrity)

 

19 March 2015 by Peter Fabricius, Foreign Editor, Independent Newspapers, South Africa - defenceWeb

 

In the early hours of 28 July 2012, three people, one of them an 82-year-old nun named Megan Rice, broke into the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex near the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Y-12 is where all of America’s highly enriched uranium (HEU) – for making nuclear weapons – is made or stored: about 400 000 kg of it, according to The New Yorker magazine.

 

Rice and two others from the Plowshare anti-nuclear activist group managed to cut through three fences, paint slogans and splash blood on the football-field-sized building housing the Y-12 arsenal before a few of the 500-odd security guards finally arrived to arrest them. This demonstration by Plowshare – one of many over the last 35 years – was designed in part to show that America’s nuclear weapons were not secure from theft by terrorists. Which it did.

 

Five years earlier, in November 2007, two groups of intruders cut through the security fences surrounding South Africa’s 118-acre Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre, west of Pretoria. They got as far as the emergency operations centre before a barking dog alerted a stand-in security officer, who called for back up. The intruders fled after shooting a security officer’s boyfriend, though not fatally.

 

 

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Terence Dumont, CEO of Atlantis

Terence Dumont, CEO of Atlantis

 

March 2015 press release issued by Atlantis Corporation

 

The Atlantis Defence Division has named Terence Dumont as its chief executive officer.

 

The Atlantis Defence Division, based in the Tygervalley area, has added substantially to its technical and project management staff in the past few months in order to complement the international contracts it has been awarded.

 

Atlantis has successfully registered several successful patents and expanded the operational envelope, while reducing the manufacturing costs and improving the production processes of several infantry weapon systems.

 

The company recently expanded its Programme Management offices for a third time in three years and purchased additional production capacity equipment.

 

Among the appointments is Terence Dumont, recently promoted to CEO. Dumont has over 25 years' experience in the defence industry and headed a large manufacturing facility specialising in weapon and munition component production for 14 years. He joined Atlantis a year ago as a director, and his impeccable work ethic and professionalism has earned him this well-deserved promotion. 

 

"We believe his technical expertise in production management is going to assist us fulfil our vision of delivering innovation excellence and achieving our expanded role as an ordnance manufacturing facility," says Gordon Blackbeard, chairman of the Atlantis Group of Defence Companies.

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Foreigners train Nigerian troops as 'final onslaught' hits Boko Haram

 

18 March 2015 defenceWeb (Reuters)

 

Foreign private security personnel from South Africa, Russia and South Korea are on the ground in northeast Nigeria to train Nigerian troops and are not engaged in frontline combat against Boko Haram, the government said on Tuesday.

 

According to security and diplomatic sources, Nigeria has brought in hundreds of mercenaries to give its offensive against the Islamist militant group a shot in the arm ahead of the March 28 presidential elections.

 

But government spokesman Mike Omeri said foreigners on the ground were only engaged in training Nigerian troops.

 

"There are trainers on the ground to assist in the handling of equipment," Omeri told Reuters on the sidelines of a news conference in London. "They simulate, they teach. These are the things they do."

 

Asked if they were directly involved in fighting, he said: "I am not aware of that."

 

Africa's most populous nation and top energy producer has been plagued by the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009, when insurgents intensified efforts to establish an Islamic caliphate in the northeastern Borno state.

 

However, this year Nigeria and its neighbours have launched a series of offensives to recapture territory, turning the tide against Boko Haram in the run-up to the hotly contested presidential poll.

 

Omeri would not confirm how many foreigners were involved but said they had come from the same countries that had provided military equipment. He cited South Africa, Russia and South Korea.

 

"Acquisition of recruitment and military hardware is done through a number of processes. There are government-to-government exchanges and there are those who also come through contractors," he said.

 

The contractors' stay in Nigeria would end when local troops had become proficient at handling the equipment, he added.

 

"This is training on site and maybe this is why the people on the ground have been described as mercenaries."

 

He declined to predict how long it would take for the military to regain full control.

 

"We have started the final onslaught," he said. "This is the road to the finish and we are on it already."

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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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Denel, Airbus Unit Team for Electronic Warfare

 

Mar 13, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Denel; issued March 10, 2015)

 

New Alliance to Boost South Africa’s Electronic Warfare Capabilities

 

Denel has joined forces with local specialist company, GEW Technologies, owned by Airbus, to collaborate on future electronic warfare programmes.

 

The new alliance will significantly strengthen South Africa’s capabilities in an area that has become a primary feature of modern defence systems, says the Group CEO of Denel, Riaz Saloojee. “We are combining the experience, reputation and resources of Denel with the specialist technology and expertise offered by GEW Technologies to create an alliance that will best serve the strategic interests of South Africa.”

 

Electronic warfare technology has been singled out in the 2014 Defence Review as a “key technology domain” and a “sovereign capability” which must be under the control of local South African companies.

 

Mr Carel van der Merwe, the CEO of GEW Technologies says the company has more than 40 years of experience in the design and production of sophisticated communication monitoring, countermeasures and integrated security systems. “We are looking forward to work with Denel in an alliance that heralds a new era in electronic warfare programmes in South Africa,” he says.

 

The company’s ties with Airbus Defence and Space will add the international experience and expertise of Europe’s leading manufacturer of defence technology. Denel already has a strong working relationship with Airbus through its role as a top tier supplier of aerostructures for the A400M, the world’s most advanced military airlifter.

 

“This agreement confirms the trust that Airbus has in the capabilities of both Denel and GEW Technologies and will strengthen the relationship between our companies,” said Mr Andreas Huelle, the Head of Electronic Warfare at Airbus Defence and Space.

 

The recently established Denel Integrated Systems and Management will manage the implementation of the agreement and drive the projects and programmes that will form the core of its activities.

 

The CEO, Ismail Dockrat, says Denel ISM was primarily created to be a partner of the defence and security sectors in the design, management, integration and through-life support of complex systems.

 

“Electronic warfare will be a primary future area of focus for the SANDF to rapidly expand its current capabilities and implement counter-measures to combat potential threats to the security of the country.

 

This partnership between Denel ISM and GEW Technologies will play a leadership role to coordinate different initiatives in the field, advise decision-makers on the acquisition of the most appropriate systems, ensure that the end-users are adequately trained and provide on-going support, maintenance and upgrading of the systems,” says Dockrat.

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MR2175 - photo Megaray

MR2175 - photo Megaray

 

11 March 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Specialist searchlight company Megaray is offering an integrated recognition system that can identify people at 1.8 km or vehicle number plates at 1.2 km using an upgraded searchlight in conjunction with a low light camera and lens system.

 

Grant Cornish, International Sales Manager at Megaray, said the original MR2175 has been upgraded to a 300 watt unit to become the MR2300 and is capable of projecting a beam of light in infra-red onto a distant target in order to allow long range lenses and low light cameras the ability to covertly identify targets at night over long distances.

 

The MR2300 was specifically designed for vehicle, vessel and weapon mounted platforms as was its smaller predecessor the MR2175. The MR2300 also incorporates the strobe feature of the earlier version.

 

The MR2175/MR2300 can be mounted on weapons, including .50 calibre guns and mini-guns and carry MIL-STD-810G certification, while the MR4300 can be remote controlled in conjunction with CCTV surveillance up to 5 km from the operator.

 

Megaray recently launched the MR3300, which caters for the marine environment and is remotely operated. It joins the company’s main products which include the 5 km range MR2300, MR3300 and MR4300 searchlights, the smaller MR2175, and the familiar MR175MK2 series compact handheld or tripod mounted 3 km range unit. Infrared lenses are also incorporated with the units for covert or semi-covert use.

 

Cornish told defenceWeb that mining companies are now also showing interest in the MR2300/Lens Low-light Camera configuration for security use, and have taken several of the units for testing. He anticipates that more orders will follow.

 

Cornish said the company’s search lights fall under the “non-lethal technologies” category and as an all-rounder are used for detection, search and rescue, crowd control, counter-piracy and sniper suppression applications, for example.

 

Megaray specialises in the manufacture of high powered military grade searchlights aimed at defence forces, police services and security companies.

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FS Floréal – photo Consulat de France Cape Town

FS Floréal – photo Consulat de France Cape Town

 

11 March 2015 by Dean Wingrin - defenceWeb

 

Cape Town has seen a profusion of visiting foreign naval ships these past few weeks and now it is the turn of the French surveillance frigate Floréal to delight in what the Cape has to offer.

 

Floréal (F730), based in Port-des-Galets, Reunion Island, is visiting Cape Town as its first port of call since departing on a patrol of French overseas territories approximately 30 days ago.

 

Floréal’s main action areas are the Indian Ocean (Eastern Africa and Southern Asia) and the French Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) north of the Antarctic. Thus, she is a regular visitor to Cape Town. Having arrived on 6 March, she will be using her short stay to refuel, perform routine maintenance and allow the crew a few days R&R (Rest and Recuperation).

 

Commander Marc Woodcock, Officer Commanding Floréal, told defenceWeb that they had just endured some really rough seas and cold temperatures whilst performing surveillance in the EEZ of the islands of Kerguelen, Crozet and St Paul and Amsterdam, also known as the Desolation Islands, in the southern Indian Ocean.

 

These islands, among the most isolated places on Earth, are part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands and are administered as a separate district. There are no indigenous inhabitants, but France maintains a permanent presence of scientists, engineers and researchers.

 

The area is known for being rich in the fragile Patagonian Toothfish species and thus the Floréal ventured as far as 50 degrees south to ensure no illegal fishing activities were taking place.

 

“The temperature went down to approximately 2 degrees Celsius,” Woodcock said, “We can’t go beyond 60 degrees south as it is an international demilitarised zone and warships can’t go down there.”

 

Of course, fishery patrol is not their main mission. “It is, first of all, sovereignty. Because it is French zones, it is important to show we are there and know what is happening. It is our number one mission. Fishery, EEZ is the economic aspect of it,” Woodcock explained.

 

Floréal carries out several different tasks such as anti-piracy missions, maritime surveillance, fishing patrols in Austral and Antarctic French economic areas as well as public service operations and the enforcement of France’s international defence agreements.

 

Woodcock notes that the frigates (Floréal and her sister ship Nivôse which is also based at Reunion Island) are multi-mission vessels and are deployed in various types of operations.

 

“We have a Panther maritime helicopter aboard and a large boarding team. Also permanent satellite communications and air surveillance radar. Our assets allow us to do all kinds of things, which differentiates us from the patrol boats,” he remarked.

 

Floréal will resume her patrol on Thursday 12 March and is expected to be back in Reunion in mid-April. The route home will include patrolling French islands and protectorates in the Mozambique Channel.

 

Although France is not part of the Operation Copper anti-piracy mission in the Mozambique Channel, Woodcock says that they are available to assist should they be close and in international waters.

 

Floréal is the first vessel of a series of six surveillance frigates of the same class. She was built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire and commissioned in March 1992. With an overall length of 93.5 meters and breadth of 14 meters, the frigate Floréal displaces 2 800 tons. She is armed with one 100 mm and two 20 mm multipurpose guns and four 12.7 mm browning guns. The Floréal is also fitted with a Eurocopter Panther helicopter. The crew is composed of 98 sailors: 14 officers, 65 petty officers and 19 seamen.

 

Floréal will be back in South African waters in September this year when she participates in Exercise Oxide 2015, the joint maritime exercise held between the French naval forces stationed at Reunion Island and the South African Navy. The exercise will once again take place in the Richards Bay area. The Reunion Island-based French Navy Amphibious Supply Ship La Grandière”visited Richards Bay in mid-February.

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