With the BRICS Summit in South Africa and its associated defence industry seminar still fresh in the memory, local defence industry giant Denel is striking while the iron is still hot.
The State owned group will have a strong presence at the LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro starting on Tuesday (April 9).
The decision to take part in the premier South American defence exhibition was taken before the defence industry seminar on the side of the Durban BRICS gathering, but this has not stopped Denel chief executive Riaz Salojee from stressing LAAD’s importance.
“A seminar on opportunities for growth in the defence industries of the five BRICS countries coincided with the Summit.
“The next step is for Denel to expand this by having a presence at LAAD. It will be a showcase for both the quality and range of products, systems and technology Denel has to a large audience of decision makers in Latin America,” he said.
Denel is one of more than 720 exhibitors taking part in the five day long exhibition at Rio de Janeiro’s Riocentre. All told defence and security delegations from 60 countries have already indicated they will visit LAAD.
Salojee is confident Denel’s reputation in the defence industry globally will assist it in making itself the “obvious partner of choice” for Latin American companies wanting to extend business into Africa.
It is already in partnership with Brazil on developing the A-Darter fifth generation short-range infrared guided missile. Production is expected to start next year with the missile integrated onto Brazilian and South African aircraft, including the Hawk, Gripen and F-5.