In the execution of its functions, ARMSCOR maintains capabilities and technologies that are required to fulfill its mandate, such as appropriate programme management systems, the Defence Industrial Participation (DIP) programme, the management of technology projects and strategic facilities.

ARMSCOR acquires defence materiel for the Department of Defence and for any organ of State that may require such services, including the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The acquisition role of ARMSCOR pertains to all the actions that need to be taken to satisfy the need for materiel, facilities or services intended for client use or in support of client requirements.


The Acquisition function is driven by the need to achieve acquisition excellence, this entails meeting the SANDF’s matériel requirements on-time, in-time. Armscor maintains high-quality international standards through rigorous testing and evaluation on all its acquisition projects. Through acquisition excellence Armscor provides acquisition services in an effective and efficient manner.


Armscor’s Acquisition expertise includes:

  • Technology development
  • Development of new products / systems
  • Upgrading of existing equipment / systems
  • Support of existing equipment / systems
  • Disposal of equipment / systems
  • Procurement

Armscor has over many decades demonstrated its acquisition know-how in the following areas:

-Vehicle design and manufacture (soft skin and armoured/mine-protected)
-Artillery systems
-Munitions and small, medium calibre ammunition
-Electronic warfare systems
-Weapon systems (guided & unguided)
-Telecommunication systems (static, tactical & secured)
-Aircraft (fixed and rotary wing)
-Radar systems (surveillance)
-Unmanned aerial vehicles
-Naval vessels
-Protective clothing
-System maintenance and support
-Project management.