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Tellumat wins R41 million radar contract extension

Tellumat Defence, the defence technology unit in the Tellumat Group, has won a R41 million, five-year extension of its deal to maintain the South African Air Force’s air defence radar, the AR-3D.   The company has serviced the system since 1981, when it was supplied by Plessey before their defence interests (among others) were spun out as Tellumat (in 1998).  
   

Fact file: Denel CSH2/AH2 Rooivalk attack helicopter

   

Denel Dynamics eye export market for Mokopa

Denel Dynamics is eyeing the export market for its Mokopa heavyweight anti-armour missile, originally developed for the CSH2A Rooivalk attack helicopter.   But Denel’s recent annual report shows that the missile will no longer immediately be fitted to the helicopter, in terms of a Cabinet decision to operationalise the rotorcraft for peace support duty but with a “revised functionality within the existing allocated financial resources.  
   

Police Air Wing growing, but hampered by skills crisis

The SA Police Service says its Air Wing is growing in fleet size but the expansion to better fight crime is hampered by a global shortage of pilots and technicians.   In a written answer to a question asked in Parliament, the police say they have acquired 13 Eurocopter AS350 and six Robinson R44 helicopters since 2000 as well as a Pilatus PC12, a Learjet 31 and a Cessna Sovereign.  
   

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