Denel moving into civil security on the African continent


Denel has joined forces with local hold baggage screening company, Aviation Co-ordination Services (ACS), in its drive to provide secure hold baggage screening services at African airports outside of South Africa.

A memorandum of understanding was signed today to explore possibilities in Africa. The new alliance will bring together the Denel brand and marketing network into Africa, with the hold baggage screening technical expertise of ACS, whose services will be provided to airlines operating at African airports.

“We are combining the experience, reputation and resources of Denel with the specialist technology and expertise offered by ACS to provide critically safe, secure and cost-effective operational services to airlines operating at African airports.”

CEO of Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (Denel ISM), Ismail Dockrat, says Denel ISM was primarily created to be a partner of the defence and security sectors in the design, management, integration and through-life support of complex security systems.

“The agreement with ACS is an ideal opportunity for us to start playing a role in the civil security arena on the African continent.

“This partnership between Denel ISM and ACS will play a key role in upgrading the measures of security that are needed at African airports to enable compliance with international standards,” says Dockrat.

Hold baggage screening technology is a critical requirement for airlines operating around the world.  The African Union has been keeping pace with ICAO and civil aviation authorities’ screening requirements.

Juan van Rensburg, CEO of ACS, says the company has more than 17 years of experience of screening hold baggage on behalf of the airlines operating to and in South Africa. “We look forward to exploring possibilities with Denel and rolling out similar services in other parts of Africa. This alliance is the first foray for Denel into the international civil security sector. 

The recently established Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime division will manage the implementation of the memorandum on Denel’s behalf, and together with ACS, commence the initial assessments in targeted key African markets.