Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (DISM) has announced it will team up with geospatial technology company Hexagon Geospatial to develop defence and security solutions tailored to the growing needs of African clients.
Geospatial intelligence software will be developed and marketed by the two companies, Denel said on Monday.
“We are combining the reputation, marketing network and support capabilities of Denel with the specialist technology and continued research and development capacities of Hexagon Geospatial and Geo Data Design,” Ismail Dockrat, Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (ISM) chief executive, said.
“Through this collaboration we intend to bring cutting edge geospatial solutions to the local and international security arenas.
DISM was established in 2014 to respond to needs identified in the South African Defence Review to strengthen capabilities in the maritime environment and in specialised areas including integrated systems, intelligence, cyber-security and cyber-warfare.
Denel said the new partnership will leverage the shared experience and capabilities to develop new IT solutions and geospatial software systems.
“We are excited to work with Denel and Geo Data Design to fulfil the requirements of mission critical projects in Africa,” Claudio Mingrino, Vice President: Global Strategic Partnerships at Hexagon Geospatial, said.
Hexagon Geospatial is part of Hexagon, a provider of information technologies across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications. Hexagon Geospatial’s solutions assist intelligence, military and defence organisations worldwide.
In South Africa, Hexagon Geospatial partner Geo Data Design works directly with units in the SA National Defence Force, including the Directorate Geospatial Information, the SA Air Force’s Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) and the SA Army Engineer Formation.
The services provided are geospatial software systems and workflow training for intelligence creation at the SA Defence Intelligence College training facilities. Working with Denel ISM, Hexagon Geospatial and Geo Data Design will leverage their shared expertise to develop new IT solutions, Denel said.
After being set up as the latest Denel company division, Denel ISM’s first new project is equipping JARIC with image analysis tools. Project Achilles was launched in 2004 to ensure that JARIC remained up to date with the latest technology. The main roles of JARIC are exploitation of imagery from diverse imagery sources within and outside the military with the specific purpose of producing image intelligence for the South African National Defence Force, supplying tactical geo-spatial information and general intelligence training.
Denel Denel ISM is working with contractors like Airbus Defence and Space to provide components like the latter’s ACTINT (ACTionable INTelligence). ACTINT consist of image interpretation and exploitation software, data management software and workflow management software. Project Achilles is due to be completed in January 2019.
There are three main components of Project Achilles. The Military Image Interpretation Computer System (MIICS), the Tactical Image Exploitation System (TIES) and the Military Image and Exploitation Capability (MIIC) Training facility. The South African Air Force acquired the Thales Optronics Digital Joint Reconnaissance Pod (DJRP) capability for the Gripen fleet. DJRP ground stations are housed in equipped vehicles as part of the TIES system, to utilize data from the Gripen DJRP for the purpose of image and video interpretation and exploitation by JARIC.