Armscor actively marketing itself in Africa


Armscor’s recent marketing foray outside South Africa saw its acting general manager for acquisition give Land Forces East Africa conference attendees an insight into how “smart acquisition” can benefit stability in the eastern and southern African regions.

Speaking during the conference in Dar-es-Salaam this week, Dawie Griessel said: “Identifying common requirements from countries within the region will create an opportunity for joint defence acquisition programmes. These will not only facilitate establishment of capabilities and capacity but also technology transfer, standardisation, inter-operability and economies of scale”.

Armscor presented a collaborative approach to best lever the power available when it comes to acquiring defence systems for countries in the region. This would include defence industrial participation (DIP) and local manufacture under licence.

His address followed the opening of the Land Forces East Africa conference by Tanzanian Defence and National Services Minister, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, who called for African states to co-operate to create stability on the continent.

Speaking at a dinner function, Armscor General Manager: Business Development, Lulu Mzili, said it was imperative for African states to take the lead when it came to addressing challenges, including instability, through collaboration and co-operation. This was because both land and maritime security were inextricably linked to economic development. South Africa, she told guests, had signed bi- and multilateral agreements to promote peace, safety and security across the entire continent.

Armscor used the Land Forces East Africa conference and exhibition to showcase its capabilities in acquisition, research and development as well as its naval dockyard and logistic freight services.

The out-of-country venture to Tanzania was, according to Mzili, “driven by the vision for Armscor to become the premier technology and acquisition agency for the South African government and governments of the SADC region”.
“Armscor is forging ahead in penetrating the African defence market given the region’s increased defence budget which has grown at an average of more than 13% a year.”