The penny appears to have dropped at Armscor which this week will host an engineering day under the theme of “engineering in tough economic times”.
The State-owned acquisition agency has assembled a panel of 12 speakers on topics germane to both the South African defence industry and the major user of its products – the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).
In what can be termed a thought provoking subject list the topics include the use of drones in the SA Air Force (SAAF), sovereign technology in a dynamic defence context, new generation over the horizon (OTH) radar missile, force design costing methodology and the modern African battlespace.
Giving further credibility to the event’s theme is an address titled “The relevance of local development during tough economic times”.
The necessity for a hydrographic capacity in the maritime arm of the SANDF will be explained by Nomasonto Msibi, a naval system specialist at Armscor. Given the awarding a tender, in terms of Project Hotel for a new hydrographic platform to be built by Southern African Shipyards of Durban, this is of particular importance. The contribution hydrographic services can make toward a sustainable South African economy also forms part of her address.
A slot has been assigned to development of the A-Darter short range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) with a new generation OTH radar missile adding more missile development to the agenda of the day.
Armscor chief executive Kevin Wakeford will welcome delegates on Wednesday after which the keynote address will be delivered by Dr Motodi Maserule, executive director of CSIT Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS).
The Engineering Day seminar will be held in the Diamond Auditorium at the CSIRT International Convention Centre on August 22.