Saab Grintek Defence to take part in maritime security event


Local defence and security company, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), is preparing to participate at the Maritime Africa conference and exhibition later this month, where it will showcase its technologies and solutions to regional and international maritime and security industry experts and role-players.

“We are excited to participate at Maritime Africa and see this as an opportunity to connect with our existing stakeholders as well build new relationships with key industry experts,” says Anne Lewis-Olsson, SGD’s vice president of communications in Africa. “We also hope to gain fresh insights into maritime and security in Africa to enable us to continue to offer leading technologies to this sector.” Saab is a gold sponsor of the event.

Maritime Africa takes place in Cape Town on the 23 – 24 November. The conference and exhibition will see navy commanders, maritime safety and security authorities and the maritime economy drivers come together for an event that presents solutions for a secure maritime domain.

The conference will look at ways to unlock the potential of South Africa’s ocean economy whilst ensuring adequate ocean protection.

With 90 percent of global trade conducted at sea, South Africa’s oceans possess the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the country’s GDP by 2033. This potential not only increases the trade and human activity on our oceans but the threats too.
“In an ever-changing world, safeguarding our coastlines and the wealth it generates creates a growing market for maritime surveillance,” Lewis-Olsson says.

This year, SGD will showcase its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, the MSA340, Naval Radars (UME- Underwater mounted equipment and SME – Surface mounted equipment), Naval Sensors (NLWS – Naval laser warning system), 9LV – C2 solution, Tacticall, SAFE, AIS and Traffic Management.
“Our range of solutions can be used to secure maritime drivers such as shipping, ports, fisheries, oil and gas from the threats of piracy, poaching and pollution. When these perils are controlled and our oceans secured, South Africa’s blue economy will have the freedom to flourish,” she concludes.