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New Ships for South Africa?


The South African government is expected to approve the contracts negotiated with the six preferred bidders that will supply the country with new ships, submarines, helicopters and aircraft in July. Last week Navy chief Vice-Admiral Robert Simpson-Anderson finally lifted the blanket of silence imposed by official quarters for the past few months on the R29.7 billion acquisition. Last November Cabinet authorised negotiations with the German Frigate and Submarine Consortiums for three Type 209 submarines and four MEKO corvettes. Negotiations started in earnest in January. The Navy desperately needs the corvettes and submarines to recreate a credible seaward defence capability. At the moment the Navy's deployable strength consists of a single submarine and four Fast Attack Craft (FAC). Two more submarines and FACs are in refit and two additional FACs are in reserve. The Navy has no offensive anti-air capability and its antisubmarine warfare capacity is limited to its one operational submarine. More information: Defence Systems Daily


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