Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become one of the major disruptors in technology today. It is seen as a key future differentiator in various industries including banking, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, and most importantly defence and security. It has the ability to outperform humans in tasks such as image and object recognition, voice generation, speech recognition, and decision-making.
Written by Elné Potgieter (Intern) for Satovarac Consulting
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Airbus Defence and Space showcased during their South African Defence Day 2018 held in Pretoria recently, a portfolio of new satellite-based solutions to the South African military and other institutions. Airbus offers a wide range of earth observation satellite capabilities and services that have seen steady growth within the African market.
Written by Elné Potgieter for Satovarac Consulting
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The Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), a division of Armscor Defence Institutes, provides research-based technological development and systemic support to the South African Navy. Armscor is the acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence however it has expanded its service offering to include the research and development of technologies that are marketed locally and internationally.
The IMT has evolved to provide services outside of the maritime domain to other South African National Defence Force (SANDF) structures. State-owned defence-related research institutions in South African at times collaborate and are involved in the transfer of technology from military to civilian applications. An example of this is IMT’s Ultrasonic Broken Rail Detector (UBRD), initially developed to detect cracks on submarines by utilizing sensor technology.
With drones gaining more popularity, anti-drone technologies may become a necessary countermeasure in years to come to neutralise drone threats in the defence, commercial, and homeland security sectors by detecting and intercepting drones. Anti-drone technology is also known as counter-UAS, C-UAS, or counter-UAC technology. As in any market segment, anti-drone manufacturers consist of the larger corporates like Thales, Lockheed Martin, and SAAB, however start-ups are becoming fierce competitors with their own in-house innovations, low-cost manufacturing capabilities, and the ability to build anti-drone systems to customer requirements.
We recently visited China to view and test anti-drone equipment that can be tailored to requirements by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) including exterior design, capabilities, and accessories.
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