New alliance to boost SA EW capabilities

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Denel has joined forces with GEW Technologies, a South African company in the Airbus Defence and Space stable, to collaborate on electronic warfare (EW) programmes.

The new alliance, announced this week, will significantly strengthen South Africa’s capabilities in an area that has become a primary feature of modern defence systems, according to Riaz Saloojee, Denel Group chief executive.
“We are combining the experience, reputation and resources of Denel with the specialist technology and expertise offered by GEW Technologies to create an alliance to best serve the strategic interests of South Africa.”

Electronic warfare technology has been singled out in the 2014 Defence Review as a “key technology domain” and a “sovereign capability” which must be under the control of local South African companies.

Carel van der Merwe, GEW Technologies chief executive, said GEW has more than 40 years of experience in the design and production of sophisticated communication monitoring, counter-measures and integrated security systems.
“We look forward to working with Denel in an alliance that heralds a new era in electronic warfare programmes in South Africa.”

GEW’s ties with Airbus Defence and Space will add international experience and expertise from Europe’s leading manufacturer of defence technology. Denel already has a working relationship with Airbus Defence and Space through its role as a top tier supplier of Aerostructures for the A400M t military airlifter.
“This agreement confirms the trust Airbus has in the capabilities of both Denel and GEW Technologies and will strengthen the relationship between our companies,” said Andreas Huelle, head of electronic warfare at Airbus Defence and Space.

Denel Integrated Systems and Management (ISM) was established at the end of last year with Ismail Dockrat as chief executive. The Kempton Park-based business division of the State-owned defence industry conglomerate was set up primarily to be a partner to the defence and security sectors in the design, management, integration and through-life support of complex systems, including EW.
“This will be a primary future focus area for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to expand its current capabilities and implement counter-measures to combat potential threats to national security.
“The partnership between Denel ISM and GEW Technologies will play a leadership role to co-ordinate different initiatives, advise decision-makers on acquisition of appropriate systems, ensure end-users are adequately trained and provide on-going support, maintenance and upgrading of the systems,” Dockrat said.