“Areas of possible collaboration” between United Arab Emirates (UAE) headquartered Streit Group and South Africa’s defence and security acquisition agency Armscor was the sole agenda item when representatives from both met recently in Pretoria.
“Management of Armscor led by acting board chair Stanley Motimele hosted delegates from Streit Group at its headquarters in Erasmuskloof,” according to the Armscor newsletter “Inside Out”.
“The purpose of the visit was to discuss areas of possible collaboration between the two entities. Armscor gave an overview of its mandate, capabilities and explained its relationship with Denel.
“The corporation mentioned key projects including the ultrasonic broken rail detector (UBRD) and shark repellent technology. Some of Armscor’s dual use technologies were also explained.
“Armscor seeks to use engagements of this nature to establish strategic partnerships with industry players.
“Streit Group delegates led by chairman Guerman Goutorov gave an overview of the company and its expertise. They also mentioned areas of collaboration.
“Streit Group is an armoured vehicle manufacturer based in the UAE. Its product range includes armoured personnel carriers (APCs), cash-in-transit and luxury and security vehicles. The company has 12 production facilities and 25 offices globally.
“The meeting ended with a tour of Denel, the largest manufacturer of defence equipment in South Africa and a strategic partner for innovative defence, security and related technology solutions,” the newsletter reports.
Streit APCs, including Cougar, Cobra and other models ranging in mass from six to 16 tons, are in service with a number of African militaries, including Burkina Faso and Mali.
In 2018, Streit used the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition at AFB Waterkloof to launch a new addition – the Falcon – to its APC range.