South African defence industry company Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) was established 15 years ago to support the SA Navy and has, after long negotiations, concluded a support agreement for the maritime service in partnership with ThyssenKrupp Marine systems (tkMS).
As a primary support company to the SA Navy CAD is the technology recipient for the South African submarine combat system manufacturing data pack and software development environment (including source code), supplied by Atlas Elektronik of Bremen in Germany. CAD is 40% owned by Atlas Elektronik, in turn is now 100% owned by tkMS and provides an efficient channel for the German company to support the SA Navy via an indigenous company.
tkMS delivered three Heroine Class Type 209 submarines and four Valour Class frigates to the maritime service of the SA National Defence Force and CAD announces with, after more than a year of negotiations, a framework agreement has been signed between the companies and the contract is now fully operational. The framework agreement had to pass through a rigorous compliance review and provides a local logistics channel for the SA Navy. Tin turn the logistics channel provides a local procurement conduit needed by the SA Navy to continue proper maintenance and operation of its frigates and submarines.
CAD is a 60% black owned, level 2 B-BBEE contributor and has been supporting the SA Navy since 2005 with maintenance and support capabilities located at the Naval dockyard in Simon’s Town and from offices in Cape Town and Durban.