South Africa’s position in the global defence and aerospace industries will be in the spotlight at the inaugural Denel Aerospace and Defence Conference, which brings together military decision-makers, industry leaders, senior public servants and defence sector participants for intense discussions on the challenges and opportunities currently facing the industry.
The Denel Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference, taking place in Centurion tomorrow, will feature senior speakers from the SA National Defence Force as well as top decision-makers in the global defence technology environment and government.
Riaz Saloojee, the Group Chief Executive of Denel says the conference is an opportunity to get the latest insights about trends in the international defence industry and to determine opportunities for the growth of the local sector. This is the first opportunity to discuss the future of the South African defence industry since the recent release of the 2014 Defence Review.
The conference takes place on the eve of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) to be hosted at the Air Force Base Waterkloof from 17 to 21 September. The AAD is the biggest defence show on the African continent and will feature more than 300 exhibitors from 30 countries.
Dr Sam Makhudu Gulube, the Secretary for Defence and Military Veterans will be one of the key speakers to deliver a position paper at the conference with the topic “Building a competitive industry to serve a global defence market.” He will be followed by the Chairman of Armscor, Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu who will speak on Pan-African trade relations in the defence sector.
Both the deputy Chief of the SA Army, Major General Les Rudman and the deputy Chief of the SA Air Force, Major General G. Malinga are among the speakers scheduled for the afternoon session.
Mr Saloojee says the conference will also provide a valuable opportunity for small and medium enterprises to network with established players in the defence industry and to gain insight on how to become part of the global supply chains.
India has lifted its nine-year ban on South Africa based Denel after investigations failed authenticate corruption charges pertaining to a rifle sale over a decade prior. Denel received a letter confirming the decision to de-blacklist the company from the Indian Ministry of Defense earlier this month, according to various reports
Denel Dynamics is upgrading and improving its range of air defense, air-to-air and anti-armor missiles, Defence Web, an online news portal reported. The Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile has been sold to three users, including the South African Navy, Finland and an undisclosed customer
India, in the past couple of months, has closed at least two high-profile cases involving bribery and corruption in its defense dealings thus lifting a moratorium placed on several firms over the past decade. One is the long-running investigation into the allegation that the Israeli Aerospace Industries paid kickbacks to Indian officials to win the Barak missile deal in 2001
Denel Systems will debut the GI-30 30mm CamGun and the M10 – 60mm breech–loading mortar at DSEi 2013 show. Stephan Burger the CEO of Denel Land Systems (DLS) says both the GI-30 and the M10 mortar system are global leaders in their fields with unique features that are not yet available on other systems
Denel and Malaysia have signed a contract worth $413 million for the supply of turrets and integrated weapon systems to be fitted onto 8x8 armoured infantry fighting vehicles. The turrets will be exported to Malaysia over a seven year period – with the first consignment ready for delivery early next year
Denel Aviation is growing in its strategic role to perform vital maintenance services on a wide range of aircraft flown by the South African Air Force (SAAF). The Chief Executive Officer of Denel Aviation, Michael Kgobe, says the partnership with the SAAF has just been strengthened with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to promote collaboration and cooperation between the parties and to ensure that there is a consolidation and retention of capabilities and scarce skills
Denel has announced that it is on track to deliver RG32M armored patrol vehicles and Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SDROW) lightweight remote weapon systems to Namibia. "The contract is a substantial one and consists of eight RG32M vehicles and four SDROW weapon stations," Johan Steyn, CEO of Denel Vehicle Systems, said delivery to Namibia will be completed by the end of March 2017
Denel and Poly Technologies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces in SAs maritime rejuvenation. Poly Technologies aims to take a stake in the Simons Town shipyard and join Denel in constructing three naval vessels
Denel will display RG21 mine-protected vehicle, which is capable to withstand a 21kg blast under any wheel at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi 2015). The 4X4 vehicle can also with stand a 14kg charge under hull, the company announced Wednesday
Denel will conduct a fly-over test of its Marlin missile system in September and a seeker head test in November this year. Denel aims to combine the Marlin and A-Darter missiles into a multi-role airborne weapons system containing infrared and radar seekers and ram rocket motor
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