Paramount gearing up for AAD 2014

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South Africa’s biggest private defence and security company Paramount will have a major presence at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition to be held outside Pretoria next week especially in light of recent acquisitions.

Paramount will be showcasing new capabilities acquired through the formation of its new Robotics division and the acquisition of shipbuilder Veecraft Marine, Aerosud’s military business Aerosud Aerospace Systems (now Paramount Aerospace).

One of the star attractions of the show, the Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), will fly in on the 17th as part of the opening. It will then be put on static display. The first prototype flew in late July and is currently undergoing flight testing at Wonderboom Airport outside Pretoria.

Also on the aerial side, Paramount Advanced Technologies will announce its expanded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) range, including the Civet, Roadrunner rhomboid wing UAV and Mwari UAV. The Group will also showcase modular weapons and avionics for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and will elaborate on its recently concluded partnership with aerospace and defence giant Boeing.

The acquisition of Veecraft Marine will be formalised at the show with a signing ceremony. Veecraft Marine was acquired through Paramount subsidiary Nautic Africa, giving Paramount the ability to build vessels from eight to more than a hundred metres in length. Veecraft Marine specialises in manufacturing steel and aluminium vessels for government and private clients around the globe. It offers workboats, interceptors, patrol boats, harbour boats, crew and supply vessels, ferries and hovercraft.

As the Group, through the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, contributes to anti-poaching activities it will conduct an anti-rhino poaching demonstration during the show. Paramount has donated several aircraft (including a Seabird Seeker and Gazelle helicopter) to SANParks and has trained tracker dogs for counter poaching duties.

Also attracting attention will be a giant nine metre high ‘transformer robot’ of Paramount Land Systems’ Mbombe armoured vehicle, called the Parabot.