Air Defence Symposium will beam spotlight on Denel’s capabilities


Denel’s contribution to South Africa’s air defence capabilities will come under the spotlight at the eighth SA Joint Air Defence Symposium (SAJADS 2013) which will be held at the CSIR in Tshwane next week.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of Denel, Riaz Saloojee, says air defence is a market in which Denel has already provided the SA National Defence Force with a turnkey ground-based system (GBADS), which is being extended into the maritime environment.
“Not only is Denel expanding our proven expertise in systems engineering and command-and-control into the maritime environment, we are also growing our contribution in the “C4I” sector of the defence environment – namely, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence,” says Mr Saloojee.

He says this is part of Denel’s strategy to grow its revenue through the penetration of new markets and finding new business opportunities for existing core-systems capabilities.
“Denel has a sterling record for the delivery of quality products, systems and support services in the aerospace and landward defence sectors,” says Mr Saloojee.

Maritime security is of growing importance for South Africa and Africa in general, with increasing demands to counter the growth of piracy in southern waters and protect the marine resources along the 2 500 km long coastline.

The SA Navy’s four Valour Class Frigates are armed with Denel’s Umkhonto missiles which will be on display at SAJADS 2013. The missiles are launched vertically and are specially designed to provide all-round defence against simultaneous air attacks from multiple combat aircrafts – both fixed wing and helicopters – as well as incoming missiles.

Denel has identified a number of niche focus areas in which it has proven systems-level experience and can strengthen the reach of the existing maritime sector.

More than 300 delegates from the industry and the SANDF are expected to attend the symposium, which has been organised by the SA Navy this year.

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