R87.7m more for A-Darter

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The South African Air Force has awarded Denel a further R87.7 million order for the development of the Denel Dynamics A-Darter 5th generation short-range air-to-air missile, taking the known amount spent to date to over R1 billion.

The work follows on a R8 million contract to conduct a scope of work, optimisation, and risk reduction study for the integration of the A-Darter onto the BAE Systems Hawk Mk120 lead-in fighter trainer and to complete a provisional definition for Project Kamas.

Also awarded this last month was a further R1 333 792.40 to prepare A-Darter CFE Data and hardware items for integration onto the Saab Gripen advanced fighter. In addition, EOH Abantu subsidiary Highveld PFS was awarded a R560 000 contract to provide staff support for the SAAF’s procurement of the missile system, under development by Denel Dynamics in a joint South African-Brazilian programme with a R1 billion budget.

Denel Dynamics CE Jan Wessels last year April told defenceWeb the weapon, under development since March 2007 was on track and on target for delivery to the SAAF and the Brazilian Air Force from early 2013, now two years away. Wessels added training missiles will be delivered from net year. The SAAF is to fit the missile to its fleet of 24 workhorse BAE Systems Hawk Mk120 lead-in fighter trainers in addition to integrating it on to the 26 more sophisticated Saab Gripen C and D advanced lightweight fighter. Brazil wants the weapon for its FX-2 future fighter programme.

According to the Armscor Bulletin System, South Africa has to date spent at least R1 048 648 321.44 on the programme, Project Assegaai. This includes R973 965 663.29 spent on development and R64 709 038.43 on preparing the missile for integration onto the Gripen.

Development of A-Darter air-to-air missile – extension of ETMG/2005/565
TMG/S2010/1250 23 Mar 2011 R87 729 244,43 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2010/1147 26 Aug 2010 R181 954 496,94 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2009/0948 4 Jun 2009 R11 564 521,03 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2008/1028 19 Feb 2009 R121 353 169,33 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2008/1029 19 Feb 2009 R34 412 952,25 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
ETMG/2008/565 31 Jul 2008 R10 225 577,33 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2007/0798 7 Feb 2008 R167 925 698,78 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2006/0778 27 Mar 2007 R358 799 999,14 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace

Staff support for procurement of the A-Darter air-to-air missile system
ETMG/2010/472 10 Mar 2011 R560 000 EOH Abantu (Pty) Ltd
t/a Highveld PFS

Preparation of A-Darter CFE Data and hardware items for aircraft integration – extension of ETMG/2006/247
TMG/S2010/1242 17 Mar 2011 R1 333 792,40 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Dynamics
TMG/S2010/1194 2 Sep 2010 R3 191 705,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2010/1177 17 Jun 2010 R1 987 302,75 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2009/1137 25 Feb 2010 R632 660,68 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2009/1110 12 Jan 2010 R14 989 738,38 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2008/0990 5 Feb 2009 R2 456 386,62 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace
TMG/S2007/0866 18 Dec 2007 R5 165 836,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace

Preparation of A-Darter CFE Data items and hardware items for delivery to SAAB
ETMG/2006/247 28 Mar 2007 R36 285 409,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aerospace

Source : defenceweb.co.za

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