Commission phase of defence system starts

2012-03-22 11:37

Johannesburg - The commission phase of the SA Army's new ground-based air defence system is starting, defence manufacturing group Denel said on Thursday.

"The SA Army will now take the equipment on inventory and initiate the commissioning phase of the programme," said Ralph Mills, CEO of Denel Integrated Systems Solutions (DISS), in a statement.

"This will take the system to operational readiness with support from Denel."

DISS, a division of Denel, was established with the sole purpose of supporting the SA National Defence Force to acquire its ground-based air defence system.

Mills said DISS had successfully completed the contractual hardware delivery requirements for the ground-based air defence system.

This followed extensive evaluation and testing conducted last year at the Swartkop Air Field in Tshwane and at the Combat Training Centre at Lohatla, in the Northern Cape.

Denel group CEO Riaz Saloojee said DISS was now ready to expand into other areas.

"The successful finalisation of this phase of the programme had positioned DISS well for subsequent stages and the company is now in a position to expand into other domains," he said.

  • Piet - 2012-03-22 11:44

    Zimbabwe invation imminent....

      Koos - 2012-03-22 12:50

      .... scramble all care packs and social grants!

      Chris - 2012-03-22 14:29

      This might surprise you, but Zimbabwean air force pilots currently spend more hours in the air than their South African counterparts

      Kala - 2012-03-22 17:09

      @ Chris - In what? Hang gliders, hot air balloons, paragliders...

  • Warwick - 2012-03-22 11:46

    We have an Army???

      NrGx - 2012-03-22 12:08

      @duncan - pointless system if you dont have planes or anyone to fly them!

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 12:09

      duncan you racist f@ck go crawl back into the tunnel you dug from zim to here. ps out army is up to sh1t i know this for a fact, its our own little circus payd for by the 10% of the population that actualy pays tax.

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 12:43

      @ NrGx – Huh!? This was stated as a ground based system. It takes out enemy planes not fly planes. Then it is absolute rubbish that SA has no planes. SA has the Griffin (or JAS 39 Gripen as specified by SAAB in Sweden). We would have had it sooner was it not for your stupid party that tried to disrupt and destroy any of the arms deals.

      NrGx - 2012-03-22 14:42

      @Pierre - who is our enemy? Who is going to attack us by air? And sure lets just let the thieves do as they wish with no contest. Evil thrives when good men do nothing!

      Albert Lubbe - 2013-05-16 15:01

      No enemy can do us more harm than our own government

  • John - 2012-03-22 12:06

    I heard that more than half of all members of the SANDF are HIV positive.

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 12:11

      probly from a factual research article, unlike your word of mouth "facts" duncan.

      Eric - 2012-03-22 12:12

      Wrong! It's much more than half! Seriaaas!

      Michael - 2012-03-22 12:28

      the other half are just negative

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 12:45

      @ John - Nonsense, clearly you should not believe everything you hear. Is that what they teach you at the DA conferences?

      Hugo - 2012-03-22 12:54


      Deon - 2012-03-22 12:55

      In the old days (pre 1994) you were given the boot when testing HIV+ in the forces, now you are given + 30 years. It is just another chronic disease like diabetes or hypertension.

      Mouldy - 2012-03-22 12:59

      Duncan, please do some reading mate, our "army" is pathetic to say the least. This country can be taken by a single armoured brigade with only light infantry and minimal air support. The biggest difficulty will be logistics due to the large land mass to be conquered. The strongest resistance to an invasion will be from civilians using commandeered military equipment. (There are studies on this) A few facts: More than half of South Africa’s soldiers are medically unfit; Many of the riflemen and servicemen are regarded as too old for active service; Due to a lack of funds, the army can deploy only one operational brigade of 3000 and deploying 19 regular army companies and 23 reserve platoons is impossible; Military training has come to a halt. Army reservists, for instance, have not been deployed on training exercises since 1996; and Military equipment is in a appalling state with only 20 out of 168 Olifants and 16 out of 242 Rooikat armoured cars being deployed due to budget constraints. REF: (22) Solomon, H., South Africa in Africa: a case of high expectations for peace, South African Journal of International Affairs, 17(2), pp. 142, 2010

      NrGx - 2012-03-22 14:50

      @mouldy - What utter rubbish! It wont take a whole brigade to overthrow our army...just Chuck Norris! lol

  • Nick - 2012-03-22 12:11

    Alert ... incoming spear thrown from Lesotho border .. scramble all Gripon fighter jets .... stand by the SA Navy subs in case it hits the Vaal dam and causes a blockage of astronmical proportions .... at last the SA military circus is in town !!!!

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 12:16

      ha ha ha, infantry = guys on foot throwing rocks, artilary guys in taxis throwing rocks lol

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 12:55

      Who gives thumbs up for rubbish comments like this? Did FF+ finally succeeded in training a few of their people to use the internet or is it just DA supporters?

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 13:02

      pierre your fake profile is somewhat lacking in believebilety, the anc IS useless whe are just pointing out facts.

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 13:17

      So the "we", which is it? FF+ or DA? (Fake profile? I just don't share my life with the world.)

      Kala - 2012-03-22 17:14

      A new troll I see.

  • Derek - 2012-03-22 12:14

    @NrGx this is a ground based system. No need for planes or pilots.

      Koos - 2012-03-22 12:48

      Maybe in his army they mount surface to air defence systems on fighter planes..... air to air on tanks... air to ground on subs.

      Fanie - 2012-03-22 13:15

      farmers around Lohatla - start digging trenches boys hide the 'Cruizers - last time round it was only an Anti-aircraft gun.

  • Eric - 2012-03-22 12:14

    Who are they going to defend us against? Swaziland? Lesotho? How many ANC fat black cats received kickbacks on this one?

      Michael - 2012-03-22 12:30

      the pigeons in Church square - those blighters are lethal man..

  • Mark - 2012-03-22 12:30

    That's commissioning phase........

  • Bloodstone - 2012-03-22 12:41

    All the shiny new Grippins grounded...and now an air defence system that will defends us against an air attack from...from...uhm...nevermind.

      Koos - 2012-03-22 12:53

      Your statement is missing the phrase “Bent airframes” somewhere.

      Hugo - 2012-03-22 12:55

      you are an Idiot.

      Deon - 2012-03-22 12:56

      They do fly every now and then at an air show.

  • Koos - 2012-03-22 12:49

    Ok ... who is getting how much commission this time?

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 13:19

      Normally the sales guys ... those with the big mouths and the small everything else.

      Koos - 2012-03-22 13:38

      "small everything else"? You going to offend some of the ANC boys. Rumour has it they have “African machineguns” and “things you need a crane to lift”. Rumour has it there is nothing “small” about them... physically speaking of course.

  • Hugo - 2012-03-22 12:53

    dankie siyabonga!

  • patterson.graeme - 2012-03-22 13:08

    Where the hell is Tswane? I thought it was still called Pretoria???

      Fanie - 2012-03-22 13:16

      Indeed - ignoring court orders seem to be a national pastime

      Pierre - 2012-03-22 13:31

      Yes, you and Steve Hofmeyer seem to think that. Just think about it, if Tswane is used you are rid of all those “Pretoria” jokes. (Don't worry - just kidding.)

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