The Democratic Alliance has called on Minister
of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to come clean about
the seemingly failed development of a Kondor-E radar imaging investigation
satellite, at the cost of more than R1 billion, by Defence Intelligence.
DA Shadow Minister of Defence &
Military Veterans David Maynier said the contract to develop the Kondor-E
satellite was frozen for a period, sometime before 2008, by the Department of
Defence, causing NPO Mashinostroyenia to threaten legal action, and delaying
the launch of the SumbandilaSat, produced by South Africa.
“We need to know how it is that Defence
Intelligence entered into a contract, to finance a Russian company, to develop
a radar imaging reconnaissance satellite, at the cost of more than R1 billion,
over which they would have no control, and which has probably never been
launched.” Maynier added.
He concluded by saying that he will request
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to make a
statement about the apparently bungled R1 billion development of a Kondor-E
radar imaging reconnaissance satellite by the Defence Intelligence in
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