The Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited (Armscor) is an acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence (DOD), and other organs of state and entities.
Armscor’s mandate is to provide the armed forces with state-of-the-art defence matériel, delivering innovative defence solutions efficiently and effectively.
The organisation manages the strategic capabilities of the DOD, producing research and vanguard technological solutions required to provide safety and security for South Africa, its citizens and the continent.
Armscor is geared towards taking the defence industry to the next level by building new sustainable pathways to unlock Africa’s defence growth potential.
ARMSCOR’S CORE BUSINESSES
One of Armscor’s core businesses is acquisition. Its key functions include requirements analysis, technology development, design and development of products and product systems, the industrialisation and manufacturing of mature products, and product systems that fully meet user requirements.
It also entails procurement of existing and qualified products, as well as the acquisition of product system support for user systems during the operational lifetime of the systems.
Research and Development
Armscor, through its research and development, is able to conduct defence research and scientific research, test and evaluation services, technology management, analysis and industrialisation, and intellectual property-management services.
The organisation has the capability to perform an independent, centralised co-ordination and management role for technology acquisition and technology commercialisation.
The dockyard provides repair and maintenance services to the South African Navy on various product systems, including tugs, small craft, frigates and submarines.
Maintenance and repair services cover both planned and ad hoc projects. It is one of South Africa’s strategic national capabilities, where the country’s naval defence maintenance, repair and overall capabilities are housed.
ARMSCOR FACILITIES AND CAPABILITIES
AB Logistics (AB Log) is a shipping and travel company that provides clearing, freight forwarding and travel-management services to Armscor, the DOD, defence industry and commercial clients, both locally and abroad.
The services are in road, rail, sea and airfreight and they specialise in domestic and international transportation and distribution. The travel division manages flights, car rental, accommodation, bus bookings and shuttle services for Armscor and the DOD.
Alkantpan Test Range
The Alkantpan Test Range (ATR) is an all-purpose ballistics test range for all kinds of weaponry, ranging in calibre from 5.56mm to 155mm, to large-calibre weapons and ammunition. An ISO9001- and ISO14001-accredited facility, this 85,000ha facility is equipped for testing of artillery, mortars, armour, rockets, short-range missiles, insensitive munitions, sequential environmental testing, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). ATR also provides customised ordnance testing and related services to local and international clients.
The Armour Development facility has more than 40 years of experience in conducting research and development, as well as the testing of armour protection systems and technologies for the DOD and the entire defence industry. Services provided include analysis of customer protection needs, development of armour, testing, and qualification of vehicle hull ballistic resistance. Expertise also include designing and fitting of armour packages on lightweight vehicles and main battle tanks.
Defence Decision Support Institute
The Defence Decision Support Institute (DDSI) has more than 30 years of experience in defence support, focused on enabling the DOD, state organs and commercial entities. The institute assists in developing insights and holistic solutions to decision-making challenges over the full cycle of defence capabilities and systems. This facility also offers a range of services that include policy and weapon-systems analysis, war conflict studies, defence capability analysis and engineering support.
Ergonomics Technologies (Ergotech) is Armscor’s leading research institute, providing military defence and commercial ergonomics research, design and development of human-machine systems and evaluation of environmental stressors.
The broad range of services it offers in ergonomics as well as occupational health and safety is intended to optimise human performance and efficiency, reduce work-related risks, and improve overall safety and productivity of employees.
Fluid and Mechanical Engineering Group
The Fluid and Mechanical Engineering Group (Flamengro) provides integrated modelling and simulation support on the design, development and operations of the DOD and the broader engineering and software sector. The group provides holistic and cost-effective solutions in the areas of computational mechanics, test and measurement, software development and small-scale manufacturing.
Gerotek Test Facilities
The Gerotek Test Facilities is an internationally accredited multidisciplinary facility offering ISO17025 accredited testing and evaluation of defence-related and commercial vehicles and products.
Other services offered include advanced driver training, facilities hire, events, recreation and conferencing, together with restaurant and catering services for public and corporate clients.
Hazmat Protective Systems
Hazmat Protective Systems (Hazmat) is a major manufacturer and supplier of purpose-designed quality respiratory and filtering products to the commercial and defence industries. Hazmat is one of the few companies capable of impregnating activated carbon for use in their products. As an ISO9001:2015-certified company, processes are in place to ensure that clients consistently receive safe, high-quality products at competitive prices.
Institute for Maritime Technology
Armscor’s Institute of Maritime Technology (IMT) is an ISO9001-accredited centre of excellence that provides science-based technological and engineering support to the South African Navy and other members of the maritime community.
IMT specialises in maritime technologies, sciences for military defence applications, defence research, development, testing and evaluation of maritime systems, which have led to a number of cutting-edge innovations.
Protechnik Laboratories is a multidisciplinary scientific laboratory focused on high-end research and development work in chemical and biological defence solutions.
An ISO17025/IEC:2017-accredited testing laboratory with a 30-year history, Protechnik Laboratories offers a wide range of analytical services to verify and detect the presence of highly toxic and prohibited chemical and biological agents. This research benefits the defence and commercial industry, agriculture, food manufacturing, mining and environmental sectors.
Corporate Communication Division
Private Bag X337, Pretoria, 0001,
Republic of South Africa
+27 (0)12 428 1911