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2022 top 100 defence company revenue declines in spite of demand

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Revenues from the sales of arms and military services by the 100 largest companies in the industry fell by 3.5% in real terms from...

SA arms exports up in first half of 2023

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If current trends continue, South Africa is set to export far more military hardware and munitions this year than last, as exports in the...

Ammunition and electronic systems dominate SA’s 2022 defence exports

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Ammunition and electronic systems accounted for the majority of South African defence exports last year, according to the latest National Conventional Arms Control Committee...

Morocco and Brazil forge closer defence ties

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In February, the Foreign Relations and National Defence Committee of Brazil's Senate approved a draft decree for a defence cooperation agreement with Morocco, aimed...

AMD calls for defence industry input ahead of lekgotla

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The South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) is gearing up for an Industry Lekgotla to be hosted by Defence and Military...

Maximising functionality for aerospace and defence in Africa

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Cloud enterprise software company IFS believes that optimising value and maximising functionality – doing more with available resources – is something it is ideally...

Defence industry not specified on critical skills list but disciplines are...

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There are 101 scarce skills on the South African government’s recently published list of them and while the local defence industry is not named,...

Defence industry lekgotla will address challenges

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A defence industry lekgotla next month will bring together the Department of Defence, industry representatives, policy-makers and academics to try and address some of...

Aerospace and Defence Masterplan is the industry’s last hope

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The 2020 Aerospace and Defence Masterplan is “the last hope of the industry” and needs to be implemented in order to save it. This is...

SecDef optimistic on future of local defence industry

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While accepting South Africa’s current – and foreseeable – economic situation as well as other factors, including the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, South African...

Unions want Presidential action on NCACC

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Organised labour in the form of six trade unions is appealing for presidential intervention to shake the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) out...

African defence industry forum proposed

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The establishment of an African defence industry mechanism or forum within the African Union has been proposed in order to develop African solutions to...

AMD cautiously optimistic about SA defence industry prospects

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There is some light at the end of the tunnel for the South African aerospace and defence industry, with various efforts underway to revive...

Aerospace, maritime and defence industries can move SA economy forward

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The aerospace, maritime and defence industries play an important yet largely unsung role in South Africa’s economy and civil society and can do more...

Opinion: SA Defence Solutions Centre – An Alternative SADI Future

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There have been a few documents presented in the last few years that are aiming to address the decline of the South African defence...

Opinion: Glimmers of hope!

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In the last few months it seems as though there is some momentum growing in the discussions around South African Defence capability. The positive...

Aerospace and Defence Masterplan highlights projects that could stabilise the defence...

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Several projects could contribute in important ways to ensuring the stabilisation and survival of the South African defence industry, including an upgraded Rooivalk, Ratel...

Israel says it thwarted foreign cyber attack on defence industry

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Israel said on Wednesday it thwarted a cyber attack on its defence industry by a hacking group known as Lazarus, which the United States...

SA defence industry exported to 100 plus countries in 2020

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The 2020 annual report of Government’s National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) – the latest available – shows 628 contracts valued at R3 111...

Opinion: SA Defence Industry – 18 inches from greatness

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British Politician Andrew Bennett stated that “The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.” What we...

Declining defence budget hurting defence industry – Parliamentary report

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According to a report of Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD), one of the biggest challenges facing the South African defence industry is...

SA defence industry struggling, but avenues for growth exist

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The South African defence industry is struggling to survive amidst a declining local defence budget, stiff competition and poor economic growth, but it is...

SA defence industry needs international partnerships

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The decline in local defence spending and budget constraints is impacting growth of the South African defence industry and international partnerships are a way...

Israel says it thwarted foreign cyber attack on defence industry

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Israel said on Wednesday it thwarted a cyber attack on its defence industry by a hacking group known as Lazarus, which the United States...

Opinion: SA’s deliberate and predictable underfunding of defence function is a...

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I did not listen to the country’s budget vote this year and have not done so over the last few years. Not because I...

Planned client site inspections seen as potential nail in the SA...

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Trade union Solidarity has rallied to support South Africa’s beleaguered defence industry, which now finds itself potentially on the losing side of National Conventional...

SA’s flagging defence industry needs ammunition to remain a force

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A capable domestic defence industry is arguably as important to a country as its defence force writes Dr Mthobisi Zondi for Independent Online (IOL)....

Mapisa-Nqakula committed to supporting the local defence industry

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South Africa’s beleaguered defence industry will, according to Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, continue to be supported by the national defence force...

Saudi Arabia turns to South Africa to bolster its defence industry

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Saudi Arabia's military industry is open for business – and hoping to secure South African ventures before the end of this year. Set...

SA Defence Inc. not in a good place

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SA Defence Inc. – the colloquial name military watchers have given to the country's armed forces and its defence industry – looks...

Tax activists slam U.S. reporting exemption for defense firms

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Tax activists this week criticized a U.S. government move to exempt large defense contractors from a financial disclosure rule meant to fight...

SA defence industry performance declined in 2016/17 – Armscor CEO

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The 2016/17 financial year was, according to Armscor chief executive Kevin Wakeford, one in which there was "a significant and concerning decline"...

Draft Defence Industry BBEEE charter published for second round of public...

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Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has gazetted the draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Defence Sector charter for its second round...

South African defence industry should look more to supplying security services...

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Facing a future devoid of large scale defence acquisitions, South Africa's defence industry should look to meeting the requirements of other security...

Defence Industry Strategy document identifies two military UAV suppliers

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The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the military is acknowledged worldwide but the South African National Defence Force appears slow...

Arms Trade Treaty report sheds more light on SA defence trade

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South Africa has submitted its 2016 calendar year Arms Trade Treaty report, which shows that it exported 142 armoured vehicles in 2016,...

Exports crucial to survival of SA defence industry – AMD

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The Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) Industry Association of South Africa says that exports play a crucial role in the survival of...

SecDef addresses co-operation between DoD and defence industry

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The South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industry Association (AMD) held its 25th anniversary meeting at the CSIR on 8 June, where...

Defence Minister opens Pakistan door for local defence industry

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The latest foreign foray by the Defence and Military Veterans Minister has, in addition to opening up valuable military contact and relations...

Choppy waters ahead for Defence Sector Charter

While those backing the formation of a BBBEE charter for the South Africa defence industry maintain its smooth sailing ahead, the oldest...

Paramount envisages a pan-African defence industry

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Ivor Ichikowitz, Founder and Executive Chairman for Paramount Group, is pushing for the creation of a pan-African defence industry, as the manufacture...

Feature: Has the South African defence industry lost its edge?

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South Africa's defence industry has a well-established reputation, especially regarding artillery, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), mine-protected vehicles, helmet-mounted sights and guided weapons....

Defence industry, government and acquisition agencies need to converge – Ntshepe

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Growing convergence in government, the defence industry and acquisition agencies is vital to arrest the decline of and maintain the sustainability of...

Defence industry needs to focus on Africa

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The South African defence industry needs to work together and focus on the African market, according to Armscor officials. Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford said...

Aerospace and defence market set to resume growth in 2016

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The global aerospace and defence (A&D) industry is expected to return to growth in 2016 with total sector revenues estimated to grow...

Global arms sales declined slightly in 2014, but grew outside Europe...

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The world's biggest arms manufacturers recorded a slight decline in sales in 2014, particularly those based in Western Europe and North America,...

Overcapacity stifling Europe’s defence industry

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Europe's politicians need to put aside national pride and security sensitivities and let the defence industry tackle the overcapacity that has led...

A good 2014 for Denel

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With the end of another year fast approaching State-owned defence industry conglomerate Denel can look back on a successful year in financial...

Japanese defence exports taking off

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Japan has eased its arms export restrictions in place since 1967. On April 1st, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revealed that now Japan...