All aspects of air defence to come under the SAJADS microscope


Starting tomorrow, delegates to the eighth SA Joint Air Defence Symposium (SAJADS) will hear presentations from 20 top-flight speakers on various aspects of this important contributor to territorial sovereignty.

One of the most eagerly anticipated papers will be presented by a retired French lieutenant general on that country’s integrated air defence and air operations systems – concepts and recent experiences. DefenceWeb has been reliably informed the general will refer to the French involvement in Libya that saw Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’ regime being toppled.

With border protection and safeguarding now an integral part of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) business, interest in Colonel Anton Grundling of the Joint Operations Division’s paper on an integrated approach to border safeguarding is also expected to be high. This subject was also debated at last week’s Aardvark Roost Electronic Warfare Conference at the same venue following a presentation by the same speaker.

Duarte Goncalves, principal systems engineers at the CSIR’s Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division, will elaborate further on “a whole of government approach to border security”.

Other topics to be covered during the three day conference at the CSIR International Conference Centre in Pretoria include airspace denial and force protection as part of air defence in Africa; regional integration of joint air defence systems in the Southern African Development Community (SADC); Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) in southern Africa; an African approach to netcentric integration of air defence systems in SADC; the importance of beyond visual range missile capability of the Gripen in the African battle space; a look forward at an inter-operable and integrated joint air defence capability for SADC as well as a number of product and system specific presentations.

SAJADS will be officially opened by SA Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu, and the closing remarks will be delivered by Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube.