Armscor to market used UK defence equipment

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Combat proven defence equipment and materiel from the United Kingdom (UK) has a new window into Africa thanks to a framework agreement entered into between the UK Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) and the disposal solutions component of Armscor.

DDS (Defence Disposal Solutions) is, according to Armscor, a division of the state-owned defence and security acquisition agency responsible for selling excess and obsolete defence materiel on behalf of the Department of Defence (DoD), “to the best advantage of the state”. Stock includes aircraft, spares, vessels, land and/or air-based equipment and ammunition larger than 12.7 mm.

“The UK Ministry of Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) signed a framework agreement with Armscor to broaden its marketing capabilities and increase brand awareness across Africa,” according to a statement from trade organisation ADS, which represents over a thousand businesses in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

“Armscor’s DDS has been active in the sale of surplus and redundant South African National Defence Force (SANDF) military related equipment for more than 20 years. In co-operation with Armscor, DDS now works with DESA to promote sales opportunities of combat proven UK vehicle capabilities across the African continent.

“This co-operation creates an opportunity to increase DESA’s reach into Africa and the commercial sales sector. DESA is proud to be promoting sales opportunities with DDS of combat proven UK military capabilities sharing knowledge and expertise in their respective fields,” the statement said.

All sales will on be either on UK government to Armscor to African Government or UK government to African government basis. Upgrade and after sales support including repairs and maintenance are offered by Armscor as part of the framework agreement.

“Considerable commercial opportunities arise from the arrangement for UK defence companies, especially if they can identify a reliable and effective South African company they can work with for upgrade and after sales support activities such as repairs, parts support and maintenance,” according to the ADS statement.

More information on ARMSCOR’s International Disposal Solutions (IDS) initiative can be found here.