About us


Cybicom Atlas Defence is a joint company between Atlas Elektronik GmbH and Cybicom Afica Technologies (Pty) Ltd.


Cybicom Atlas Defence (Pty) Ltd is a level 2 B-BBEE company registered and compliant with the Directorate of Conventional Arms Control (DCAC).


Our Management Team collectively possess the perfect combination of industry skills and experience that play a fundamental role in maintaining world-class products and services that bolster investor confidence.


Cybicon Atlas Defence (Pty) Ltd. is a South African Registered company, 60% of which is owned by Cybicom Africa Technologies (Pty) Ltd. And 40% by Atlas Elektronik GmbH.


  • Periscope Simulator

  • Helicopter Flight Deck Trainer

  • Multi-function Console

  • Naval Bridge Simulator

  • Multi-Level Simulation

  • Navigation Sensor Emulator

  • Engineering Test Bed

  • Helicopter Flight Trainer

  • Escape Trunk Lighting & Signalling System

  • Fixed Wing Flight Trainer

  • Airborne Observation System Simulator

  • Maritime Bridge Simulator



Cybicom Atlas Defence prides itself on being a responsible corporate citizen that seeks to make a difference and strengthen the communities in which it operates. We are passionate about ensuring sustainable development and improving the day to day lives of ordinary South Africans.

We believe that one of the best ways to harness the country’s potential is through education, and by investing our time and resources in education and training programmes, we can fast track development and help disadvantaged families escape the poverty cycle.

As such, we have embarked on a number of projects that provide necessary training and development at all levels of society, including those in marginalised segments of the population.

skills and socio-economic development

Amazing Grace Upliftment Centre

Amazing grace is a non-profit organisation in Westlake that aids and supports children with learning difficulties in the early stages of their schooling careers. We are proud to have partnered with Amazing Grace to provide ongoing support, through funding and the provision of learning tools, for the advancement of the children in the community.

QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)

Cybicom Atlas Defence has a long-standing relationship with QASA, which promotes and protects the interests of people with mobility impairments. Annual contributions towards skills development and training programmes, have enabled the QASA to advance their ongoing initiatives, that include, driving programmes and computer literacy training, among others.

CSIR (TLIU) Experiential Training Programme

In collaboration with the TLIU and SASCE, Cybicom Atlas Defence has introduced an internship programme, to provide experiential training to young South Africans in the Science, Engineering and Technology fields.

The aim of the Experiential Training Programme is to broaden the country’s current skills base by assisting students acquire practical knowledge that will enable them to complete their respective qualifications, gain relevant work experience and be absorbed into the labour market.

Masiphumelele Rugby Club (Masi)

Masi is a rugby club based in the Sothern Peninsula suburb of Noordhoek, that actively supports the development of rugby in disadvantaged communities in the area. Their first competitive year in club rugby was a great success and saw them establish their name as a potential contender in the sport. Topping Division 4 in their first-year inspired community cohesion and participation which culminated in the team’s very well-deserved promotion to Division 3. Masi is currently competing in the Super League C Division.

enterprise and supplier development

Cybicom Atlas Defence also believes in boosting and supporting small and medium enterprises, within and outside of our supply chain. We recognise that small businesses are not only important contributors to the national economy but also help create much needed employment within the country. Over the past year, we have provided financial and Business support to Divi’s Digital, MIB Transport, Essential Offices supplies and Mechano projects.

beneficiary profiles

Divi's Digital

Siyabonga Gasa’s internet café business idea came to fruition through the support of CAD in the form of refurbished personal computers, business mentorship and a financial contribution. His internet café provides his community with much-needed internet access through which they are able to participate in growing the local economy.

MIB Transport

Sandile Bekwa’s vision and life motto “make it better”, resulted in the acronym for his business name, MIB Transport. The company was established in 2015 and currently provides delivery services to customers in the upper highway and Durban areas, including Pick ‘n Pay and SA Home Loans.

Essential Office Supplies

Essential Office Supplies is a dynamic office equipment and stationery supplier that has a long-standing relationship with CAD. The company has been exemplary in providing superior quality products at competitive prices.

Mechano Projects

Gameem Booley, an expert Mechanical Design Draughtsman from Mitchell’s Plain, started Mechano projects as a sole proprietor in 2007. Since then, Mechano Projects has earned a reputation as a reliable service provider, delivering quality work to its clients, including CAD) despite being a small company.


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Cybicom delivers submarine escape system to large Asian navy

Written By Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, Tuesday 04 October 2016

SA defence system integrator Cybicom Atlas Defence has completed work for a large Asian navy on a system that allows submarine crews to safely escape in an emergency.

Cybicom said it had completed the last of three escape trunk signalling systems on this Asian navy’s Type 209 submarines. The company said it could not give the name of the navy. South Africa has three Type 209 submarines, but Cybicom did not do the work on this system for the SA Navy.

Cybicom Atlas Defence is 60 percent owned by SA registered Cybicom Africa technologies and 40 percent by German Atlas Elektonik. The South African company has focused on naval systems and simulators.

David Viljoen, MD of Cybicom Atlas Defence, said that after two years work on the third Signal Device and Lighting Escape Trunk systems, all acceptance tests had now been passed.

The signal and lighting system is critical in allowing a crew to make a safe escape from a submerged submarine. The control units for the signalling lights must be housed in units able to withstand high underwater pressure.

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Cybicom upbeat in spite of challenging times for the industry

Written By defenceWeb, Wednesday, 09 March 2016

Cybicom Atlas Defence recorded a busy year last year in spite of it being a difficult time for the defence industry, and anticipates business growth this year, as well as contracts from the Navy for torpedoes and other items resulting from Projects Hotel and Biro.

“2015 was a difficult year for the defence industry in general. With shrinking defence budgets aligned with a depreciating Rand it created a challenging environment in which many fell and few thrived. The value generated by the local defence industry must not be underestimated as a source of training, technology development, support for the South African Defence Forces, socio economic development, job creation, and as a revenue generator,” Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) said.

CAD specialises in the integration of naval systems and development of modelling and simulation software. Some of its highlights from last year included ongoing maintenance and support for the South African Navy, contracts with the South African National Space Agency, the signature of a new contract with the Institute for Maritime Technology for their maritime domain awareness programme and the sale of various simulators and stimulators to local and overseas clients.

During 2015 CAD and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) upgraded the prototype Helicopter Flight Trainer to advanced demonstrator/pre-production model status. This was partially funded by the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative, an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This could lead to the CSIR and CAD collaborating on the manufacture of locally developed simulators, CAD said.

The South African Navy provided access to its Simulation Facility at the Maritime School in Simons Town for the purpose of evaluating local simulation products, CAD said, noting that it currently has the several items under evaluation, including Instructor Work Station, Helicopter Flight Deck Trainer, Naval Bridge Simulator, CMS console and the updated Helicopter Flight Trainer.

CAD said it was attracting work outside South Africa for submarine related services and had exported its first fully qualified (and locally design and developed) Submarine Escape Hatch Signalling system to South Korea.

Also last year, CAD launched its Ondulus radar simulator, at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in September. Cybicom said the physics based simulator is able to give a highly realistic replication of the behaviour of waves generated by radar systems on vehicles and aircraft in conditions at any location. The system could be of use in radar training, testing, and research and development.

Ondulus is to be made available as part of the modelling and simulation suite sold by Presagis, a Canadian company for which Cybicom is an agent. Ondulus is designed to work with the Presagis VAPS XT in order to provide a realistic real time simulation experience.

Looking ahead, CAD said it was cautiously optimistic and is keeping an eye on the results of the Projects Hotel and Biro bids, for a new hydrographic survey vessel and three offshore and three inshore patrol vessels for the SA Navy. CAD submitted its offers for both project request for proposals released by Armscor last year.

“There is an early indication that the export aspect of our business should grow with interest emanating from South America and the Middle East in various products developed by CAD over the last few years. It is anticipated that the request for proposal will be issued for the replacement of the current submarine torpedoes during 2016. As the locally appointed custodian of the submarine combat system we are ready to integrate and support the winner of the torpedo shoot out,” CAD said.

Cybicom Atlas Defence receives periscope simulator order

Written By defenceWeb, 08 August 2016

Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) has been awarded a contract to supply a submarine periscope simulator for an undisclosed export customer in conjunction with Airbus Defence and Space Optronics.

“We are very proud to be in the position to export products like this, it showcases the capability of the South African defence industry”, said Dave Viljoen, Managing Director of CAD. “We also greatly appreciate our working relationship with the guys from Airbus Defence and Space Optronics”.

CAD said the SERO 250 Periscope Simulator (PSIM) is a high fidelity simulator for the SERO 250 Periscope System manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space. The simulator assists in facilitating navigational, safety and tactical training aspects of periscope use on a submarine in a safe training environment.

Customers for the SERO 250 periscope include Colombia, South Korea and Turkey, which all bought the periscope for their Type 209 submarines.

CAD said the SERO 250 PSIM makes use of Airbus equipment and components found on a real SERO 250 periscopes to preserve a high-fidelity human machine interface and is coupled with high-end image generation hardware and software based on Presagis Vega Prime graphics and custom developed software and hardware.

The Periscope Simulator provides simulated low light television and infrared views as well as a full complement of simulated functionality of the SERO 250 Periscope System and sub-components. The simulator provides for user customised terrain and models to be integrated into the system allowing for user expansion of features and functionality, according to CAD.

The SERO 250 is a compact periscope system that was specifically designed for retrofit programmes. It can make use of existing hoisting mechanisms, periscope bearings, seals, etc. The SERO 250 is available in an attack and search version. The search version includes a thermal imager.

CAD has supplied submarine periscope simulators to customers such as the South African Navy, having developed a SERO 400 periscope simulator for the Navy’s Heroine class Type 209s. The company has also developed a submarine combat information centre engineering test bed (ETB) for the South African Navy.

Earlier this year CAD said it was attracting work outside South Africa for submarine related services and had exported its first fully qualified (and locally design and developed) Submarine Escape Hatch Signalling system to South Korea.

Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016, Simulating Reality [AAD16D2]

Written By Sam J Basch, 15 September 2016

Training in a simulated environment is not only more practical but also cost-effective and safer, provided the systems mimic reality as closely as possible. Cybicom Atlas Defence (Hangar 5, Stand CW18) offers a range of surface and subsurface naval combat training packages.

The periscope simulator family consists of the Airbus DS Optronics SERO-based ocular box and instructor workstation. With its realistic human-machine interface (HMI) elements, the ocular box affords the operator a high-fidelity user experience. According to Cybicom, the periscope family ranges from a desktop trainer to a fully integrated ceiling mount configuration that supports high-fidelity graphics packaged within a realistic submarine environment.

Some of the technical highlights offered include vessel bow spray, navigation lights for vessels, sea states from SS0 to SS8, cloud cover, day/night simulation and weather effects.

Cybicom’s helicopter flight deck trainer (HFDT) provides joint training for flight deck controllers (FDC) and marine helicopter pilots. The system combines custom-developed gesture recognition software and commercial off-the-shelf motion tracking hardware, as well as modelling and simulation software, a scenario generation tool and interactive graphical interfaces. The system can be configured for the helicopter to respond automatically to signals given by the FDC or used with a basic helicopter model controlled by an instructor or helicopter pilot.

According to Cybicom, the HFDT can be integrated with existing helicopters for higher fidelity, or the company can develop a custom solution.

Cybicom Atlas Defence is a joint company of Cybicom (Africa) Technologies (Pty) Ltd and Atlas Elektronik GmbH.

Armscor seeking torpedoes for Type 209 submarines

Written By Guy Martin, Thursday, 14 September 2017

Armscor has issued a tender for a heavy weight torpedo system for the South African Navy’s Heroine class submarines, some years after it was announced that the Navy will be getting new torpedoes.

In a request for offer dated 11 September 2017 and entitled “Fully integrated heavy weight torpedo system (HWT) for the SA Navy Type 209 Mod RSA Submarine,” Armscor said it “intends obtaining formal and binding offers for the acquisition of a heavy weight torpedo (HWT) system for the South African Navy (SAN).”

Closing date for the tender is 5 March 2018, with a compulsory bidders conference planned after the issue of the request for offers (RFO) - this will take place in Simon’s Town between 23 and 27 October 2017.

Armscor said the heavy weight torpedo system must consist of inter alia Military Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) combat and exercise torpedoes that will be fully integrated by the prime contractor onto the Engineering Test Bed (ETB) of the Type 209 Mod RSA submarine and the three Type 209 Mod RSA submarines.

“The HWTs required are combat and exercise heavy weight torpedoes that can be operated from Type 209 Mod RSA submarines,” Armscor said.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) listed as being relevant to the contract include the German Submarine Consortium comprising Thyssen Nordseewerke, Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW) and Ferrostaal, Atlas Elektronik, Cybicom Atlas Defence (responsible for the ETB), HDW (torpedo tubes and mine laying control system), Zeiss/Hensoldt Optronics (periscopes), Raytheon (navigation data management centre), Saab (electronic warfare system) and Leonardo (torpedo countermeasures).

Armscor said it intends to acquire the torpedoes from a single prime contractor.

News of torpedo acquisition surfaced in the 2014/15 Department of Defence annual report, which stated that the Navy will be replacing its heavyweight torpedo capability, along with acquiring a hydrographic vessel, inshore and offshore patrol vessels and upgrading the frigates and static communications.

It is believed the new torpedoes will replace the existing SUT 264s, which were only intended as an interim weapon. The Department of Defence expects the torpedo capability to be replaced by 2022/23.

The South African Naval Shipbuilding Industry: An Overview

Written By Guy Martin, 19 February 2018

South Africa’s shipbuilding industry produces hundreds of vessels every year, with more than 90% being exported, and this includes naval vessels, from rigid-hulled inflatables to large patrol boats.

South Africa’s naval shipbuilding industry took off during the Second World War, when ships up to 14 000 tons, such as the passenger vessel Esperance Bay, were converted by yards in Durban and Cape Town for the war effort. These shipyards also carried out maintenance and repair on naval vessels, including battleships and cruisers. A 17 000 ton floating dock was also built in Durban by Dorman Long (Africa) at the request of the British Admiralty and in 1945 this was towed to Singapore.

After the war’s end, the naval shipbuilding industry receded, although commercial shipbuilding continued in South Africa. From the 1950s naval activity picked up again, with local companies, and the Naval Dockyard in Simon’s Town, modernising and converting vessels for the South African Navy (SAN), including two destroyers from 1962-66; modifying the three president class frigates from 1967 to operate helicopters; and converting three tankers between 1966 and 1983 to allow for replenishment at sea, the carriage of helicopters and ability to launch landing craft. Smaller craft, including three tugs, were also built for the SA Navy.

Activity picked up from the 1970s when due to sanctions, South Africa was forced to build naval vessels locally.

The Suez crisis of 1972 also brought the maritime industry to the government’s attention, and the state helped establish Barship, Dorman Long Vanderbijl (later renamed Dorbyl) and James Brown & Hamer (now Elgin Brown & Hamer) in Durban.

Dorbyl (now Dormac Marine) has built a large number of vessels including more than 20 harbour tugs, the South African Navy torpedo recovery ship SAS Fleur (the first warship ever to be designed and built in South Africa, commissioned in 1969), trawlers, cargo and container ships, the small coastal tanker Oranjemund and the research ship Africana. James Brown & Hamer built the salvage tug John Ross, which is still in service as the Smit Amandla.

Barship later became Sandock Austral and for many years was the most important naval shipbuilder in South Africa. Between 1978 and 1986 it built eight vessels for the Navy, including six strike craft (another three were imported from Israel). These are modified Israeli Sa’ar 4 (Reshef) designs, initially the Minister class and now the Warrior Class. Sandock Austral also built two River class minehunters – two were received from Germany as ‘research vessels’ to avoid the arms embargo while the other two were built in Durban.

One of the local shipbuilding industry’s greatest achievements was Sandock Austral’s construction of the locally designed combat support ship SAS Drakensberg, which was laid down in 1984 and commissioned in 1987. It is the largest, most sophisticated naval vessel to have been wholly designed and built in South Africa.

The 147 metre long SAS Drakensberg’s primary role is to support and assist naval vessels at sea – thus enabling the SA Navy to deploy its forces for extensive periods over long distances. She is designed and equipped to operate two large helicopters simultaneously.

Other locally built vessels around this time included the Namacurra harbour patrol boats (built by Sandock Austral and exported to Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia); Delta 80 landing craft and three 22 metre patrol boats in 1992.

Up until the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages in 1998, which saw the acquisition of four Meko A200 (Valour class) frigates and three Type 1400 Heroine class submarines, the local industry upgraded the strike craft, Daphne submarines and minehunters. Many local companies were involved with outfitting the new frigates and submarines, such as Reutech (radar and optronic trackers and 12.7 mm turrets), Denel Dynamics (Umkhonto missiles) and Saab Grintek Defence and Sysdel (countermeasures).

Emerging from Dorbyl and Sandock Austral was Southern African Shipyards (SAS), which became an independent company in 1996.

Based in Durban, it is South Africa’s largest shipbuilder and has built both commercial, private and naval vessels. For example, SAS supplied 12 tugs to the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and will this year deliver the last of nine new Voith Schneider tugs for the TNPA under a R1.4 billion contract – the largest ever awarded to a South African company for the building of harbour craft.

On the naval side SAS has done major refit work on the South African Navy’s frigate SAS Amatola, in one of the single largest work packages awarded by the Navy to a private sector company in decades. SAS has also done upgrade work on the Warrior class strike craft converted to offshore patrol vessels.

Southern African Shipyards is to build a new hydrographic survey vessel for the South African Navy under Project Hotel.

The current vessel, SAS Protea, will be replaced by 2019-20. Project Hotel also includes two fully integrated inshore survey motorboats and the upgrading of current shore-based hydrographic office infrastructure at Silvermine. The new vessel will cost an estimated R1.8 billion. SAS was offering the Vard Marine 9 105 design to meet the requirements.

Further down south lies one of South Africa’s biggest shipbuilders.

The Nautic group offers a wide lineup of civil and military vessels, such as workboats, patrol boats, crew transfer vessels, ferries and dive daughter craft, from 8.5m fast interceptors upwards, with the potential to build vessels up to 42 metres in length. The group has several subsidiaries, including Nautic South Africa, Paramount Naval Systems, Nautic Properties, Southern Power Products, the Anchor Boat Shop, Austral Marine and Veecraft Marine.

Paramount Naval Systems focuses on the naval side of the business and offers the manufacture, maintenance and refurbishment of light strike craft, river and off-shore patrol vessels and rapid intervention vessels.

It also offers hovercraft through a partnership with the UK’s Griffon Hoverwork and has partnerships with shipbuilders like Navantia, Austal and DCNS. A number of 35 metre Sentinel multirole vessels have been built for export customers, particularly in West Africa. They can be used for patrol or transport as they can be armed and armoured.

The Nautic group has delivered on a number of recent military contracts, such as five boarding boats to the SA Navy, two 11 metre workboats and a 20 metre ferry for the SA Special Forces, seven 8.5 metre Guardian BR850 interceptor boats for Malawi, and 14 RHIBs for Nigeria’s Navy.

Nautic company Veecraft has done a lot of military work, and has, amongst others, supplied two 14 metre, 60-knot fast interceptors, two 8 metre boarding boats and two 6 metre harbour patrol boats for the Namibian Navy to designs by KND Naval Design. The company previously delivered Project Xena riverine patrol boats for the SA Navy’s Maritime Reaction Squadron.

The Cape’s other largest shipbuilder is Damen Shipyards Cape Town, a subsidiary of its Dutch parent, which builds dredgers, patrol craft, tugs and offshore support vessels.

Its Cape Town yard has constructed over 40 vessels for the African continent, including two ATD 2909 tugs for the SA Navy, which entered service in 2015 and 2016, replacing the De Neys and De Mist, built in 1969 and 1978.

A potentially big contract for the shipyard is the South African Navy’s Project Biro for inshore/offshore patrol vessels. The Navy is also looking to acquire three inshore and three offshore patrol vessels, but there is still no finalisation of the main contractor – in February 2017 Damen Shipyards Cape Town was selected as the preferred contractor for Biro, but the offshore patrol component request for offer was subsequently cancelled.

A number of smaller players operate in the naval space, such as Stingray Marine, which built the Lima Boat light utility landing craft for the SA Navy, and also manufactures inflatable boats for special operations and inshore patrol.

Achieving widespread export success is Gemini Marine, which builds inflatables, rigid inflatables and aluminium rigid buoyancy craft for military, police and other applications. Its customers include the Royal Australian and New Zealand navies, the Singapore Navy and Indonesian armed forces, police forces in several countries, and the South African Army, Navy and Special Forces.

Other players include Marine & General Engineering of Durban, which built several 12 metre riverine patrol boats for the SA Navy to designs from KND Naval Design; Stealth Yachts, which offers a hydrofoil supported catamaran (HYSUCAT) patrol craft; Hyscat, which offers a range of patrol boats; and Rhino Marine, which has developed an extremely robust high-density polyethylene (HDPE) boarding boat, which has been demonstrated to the South African Navy.

Apart from dedicated boat-building, most other sectors of the naval industry are well covered in South Africa.

For instance, Hensoldt Optronics designs and manufactures optical periscopes for submarines and has exported a number of them. Saab Grintek Defence has exported self-defence equipment and naval communications while Thales South Africa supplies consoles for French Navy FREMM frigates. Reutech has exported naval radars and weapons turrets and Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) supplies test beds, combat management systems and simulators.

Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (Denel ISM) will manage the Simon’s Town Naval Dockyard and take responsibility for maintenance and upgrades on the SAN’s three Heroine Class submarines and four Valour class frigates in collaboration with the manufacturer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

Lastly, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a dismountable single-point davit system for use aboard the SA Navy’s large vessels as well as the SeaFar maritime domain awareness system, and the Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT) has developed maritime domain awareness technology and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for mine countermeasures work, amongst others.

Contact Us

Cybicom House,7D Bell Crescent,
Westlake Business Park

+27 (0) 21 701 1210

4th Floor, Electronic Complex,
Naval Dockyard,
Simon's Town

+27 (0) 21 786 4347