Expenditure in the South Africa defence market registered a CAGR of 9.2% during the review period and values US$5.3 billion in 2013. The focus of the South African government will be on crime, peacekeeping missions, border security, and military modernization initiatives to drive defense expenditure.
Managing the weapons acquisition process is a challenge to both the political and technical systems in South Africa. The South African defense policy frameworks, written in the 1990s, have been proven unsuitable by several procurements, most notably the US$3.5 billion Strategic Defense Package of 1999, which was marred by corruption and irregularity. As a result, functions, mandates, and roles that were not envisaged at the time have been written into current defense force roles.
Increasing concerns regarding the obsolescence of South Africa's military arsenal has enabled many foreign companies to enter the South African defense market by offering superior defense products. For instance, Boeing made its initial entry into the South African defense market with a major presence at the Africa Aerospace and Defense Expo in 2008, and the offer of the CH-47 Chinook as a solution to South Africa's heavy airlift requirements.
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