Tellumat keeps SAAF airfield radar approach systems turning


Tellumat Defence has been awarded a R350 877 contract for the provision of maintenance and support services of the South African Air Force’s airfield radar approach system. The deal is an extension of a R24 million contract awarded in March 2008 and takes the worth of the work – together with other extensions to R24 782 507.

The exact scope of the work is not known. Tellumat subsidiary SIA Solutions is also active in the field. SIA Solutions was in February 2009 awarded a five-year renewal of its contract to maintain the SAAF’s ground-based navigation (GBN) and safe landing and approach systems. “Winning the bid again is an indication of the confidence in SIA Solutions’ capacity and technical capabilities,” SIA marketing director Ntsane Kolisang said at the time. “It confirms our standing as a credible BEE player with the depth and breadth of skills to supply and maintain mission-critical aviation systems.”

The contract covered the maintenance of SAAF’s Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range Tactical Air Navigation (VOR TACAN) GBN systems, its instrument landing systems (ILS), and its distance measuring equipment (DME).

In November 2008 Tellumat Defence was awarded a R41 million five-year tender to provide maintenance services for the SAAF’s fleet of AR-3D mobile air defence radars. The company had by then being servicing the system for over 10 years. “This extension shows the air force is happy with the service we’ve been providing,” Tellumat Defence managing executive Colin Meintjes said. “I think our radar expertise and competitive solutions put us ahead of any competitors.”

Maintenance and support services of the air field radar approach systems for the SA Air Force – extension of ELGS/2007/263

LGS/S2010/4615 3 Feb 2011 R350 877,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2010/4535 27 Oct 2010 R232 840,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2009/4229 21 Dec 2009 R37 031,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2009/4133 23 Sep 2009 R161 759,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd

Maintenance and support of the Ground Based Navigation Systems for the SAAF

ELGS/2007/319 26 Jun 2008 R20 932 574,00 SIA Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Maintenance and repair of the Navigational ground equipment for the SAAF – extension of ELGS/2001/734

LGS/S2007/3713 9 Apr 2008 R321 055,00 SIA Solutions (Pty) Ltd

LGS/S2007/3571 24 Oct 2007 R877 214,00 SIA Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Maintenance and support services for the air field radar approach systems

ELGS/2007/263 20 Mar 2008 R24 000 000,00 Tellumat (Pty) Ltd