Warfare established itself as an important facet of warfare during and
after WWII. However, it was only during the Vietnam conflict and,
especially, the Yom Kippur war of 1973 that it became clear that it was
actually a critical facet of modern warfare.
During this period South
Africa itself was becoming increasingly embroiled in conflicts with
Soviet backed forces and it was not to be long before advanced Soviet
systems such as the SA-8 were to make their appearance.
In response to the escalating
threat a top level decision was taken in the mid 1970’s that Electronic
Warfare was strategically important.Various EW systems were
subsequently acquired from various sources. At the same time the
National Institute for Defence Research embarked on several research and
development projects under Armscor and SA Defence Force funding and
initiative soon filtered through to local industry and within a decade
South Africa was essentially self-sufficient and it was not too long
after that South Africa had become an exporter of technologically
advanced EW systems.
SYSDEL (acronym for System Development Lab) is proud to have been part
of this history from the beginning.
Registered in 1978, SYSDEL was initiated by a small team of engineers with backgrounds in radar development.
Although the original focus was on EW research and development a fullcapability including production and life cycle support was soon
We have delivered airborne, naval and ground based ESM, ELINT and ECM
systems to the SA Defence Force.Our products have also been exported to
users in Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Far East.
are particularly proud of our record of on-schedule delivery of
reliable, cost-effective solutions to real operational requirements.
quote an Air Force general during the early 1990s:
“SYSDEL stands for
SYSDEL has nevertheless remained a compact, dynamic company that is 100%
privately owned and run by engineers.
are able to tackle major projects through sub-contracting alliances with
a number of specialist companies. All system level and detail electronic
design is done in-house as is final system integration and test.
Software design and implementation is also done in-house.