Rooivalk goes to war

Rooivalk goes to war

After gathering dust for a couple of decades and swallowing R8bn, SA's attack chopper will finally see action in Sudan.

Rooivalk has come near to crippling Denel. In 2002 the company posted a net loss of R363m.


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Submitted by : Hilary Venables of SUURBRAAK on 2008-11-13 13:03:19
Brian, I think you’re underestimating the role of basic needs like food and shelter in technological development.

Conflict was less of an issue for sparse hunter-gatherer societies than the need for food and defence against other species. As far as we can tell, the first human use to which fire was put was cooking, which is probably when we realised it kept predators at bay. The first weapons were designed for hunting . The first weapon specifically designed for war was the sword which emerged in bronze age Europe just 3 000 years ago.

The world is facing a difficult future. Unless we apply our minds to solving the twin problems of energy and global warming, the whole human race will be plunged into conflict. I’m not making this up. See the 2004 Hirsch Report from the US department of Energy and the various peer-reviewed reports on the impact of climate change.

We can carry on pouring our intellectual resources into the weapons that will fuel that conflict, or we can direct them towards the far more difficult task of trying to maintain the peace. I’m confident most scientists, designers , engineers and entrepreneurs would rather work on solving global problems than killing people.

But, of course, there is far more money, opportunity for corruption and machismo in the arms trade than in solar voltaics or wave energy, isn’t there?
Submitted by : Brian Panicco of Cape Town on 2008-10-29 23:54:54
"It makes one wonder how much of the world’s talent is being wasted on creating ever more successful (or unsuccessful) ways to kill people."

Wrong, the funding provided for developement of weapons to kill people is what has allowed these people to develope. THe skills acquired are then allowed to be put to good commercial use later. Weapons of war almost solely are the reasons for mans advancement from the stoneage to where we are today. If man had no urge to fight we would still be living in caves.


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