Armscor - your gateway to defence solutions

The Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited (Armscor) is an acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence


The Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited (Armscor) is an acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence. Its mandate is to provide armed forces with the state-of-the-art defence matériel required to provide safety and security for South Africa, its citizens and the continent.

This year, Armscor celebrates 50 years of delivering innovative defence solutions. The organisation has seen waves of change over the years. This is reflected in the values that govern how the organisation delivers on its mandate. The theme: Towards a Sustainable Future is a clear indication that Armscor commits to continue delivering cutting-edge solutions to the defence industry.

Despite the changing socio-economic climate, Armscor remains committed to supporting peacekeeping efforts that ensure peace and stability in African economies, and strengthen relations that further boost the continent’s development agenda.

It has a proven track record of delivering on its mandate. Armscor has extensive experience in product development, technology development, enhancement, sustainment and disposal of products.

The organisation has world-class facilities that can be used by both local and international clients to test and evaluate the performance of their defence and security related products. Armscor prides itself on maintaining high-quality international standards through rigorous testing and evaluation processes on all its technology management projects.

Armscor provides defence turnkey solutions and its research and development focuses on producing cutting-edge technology products. Its technologies have evolved from the defence sector to both commercial and domestic sectors. It has capabilities and skills to meet the needs of the changing global landscape.

Stakeholder engagement is at the centre of the organisation’s strategic objectives. This allows Armscor to partner with other organisations in the industry and countries to advance creative and innovative ideas aimed at transforming the defence sector. Over the years, Armscor has championed and assisted small medium enterprises mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds to position themselves in the competitive defence environment. The organisation has played a pivotal role in marketing South African Defence Industry at both local and international exhibitions.


To become the strategic partner of choice for the local public, private and security communities, the rest of Africa and global partners, whilst, at the core, continuing to optimally serve the Department of Defence.


To meet the defence matériel requirements, defence technology, research, development, analysis, and test and evaluation requirements of the Department of Defence and other organs of state effectively, efficiently, economically and holistically.

Armscor’s expertise

Some of its Research and Development capabilities include:

Hazmat Protective Systems

Hazmat situated in Centurion, Gauteng Province, manufactures and markets a comprehensive range of filter cartridges, canisters, and half and full face masks to protect individuals against respiratory health hazards. It also manufactures impregnated activated carbon, which is used as one of the primary filter materials in the manufacturing of air-purifying respiratory filters. Hazmat has a state-of-the-art carbon impregnation plant that provides it with a competitive advantage in the manufacturing of respiratory filters. These products are suitable for both military and commercial sectors.

Gerotek Test Facility

This facility is located about 20 kilometres west of Pretoria in the Gauteng Province. Gerotek has the ability to test and evaluate the performance of vehicles in terms of speed, braking, fuel consumption, acceleration and power output. Mobility tests are conducted to measure off-road mobility, step climbing, gradient ability and ditch crossing. Furthermore, homologation tests are conducted to determine a centre of gravity, speedometer calibration, stationary noise and brakes performance. These tracks are able to determine both endurance and reliability of vehicles irrespective of size. A wide range of test measurements such as strain, temperature, vibration, pressure and displacement can be supported from the instrumentation to data processing phase.

Gerotek is an ISO17025 international accredited test facility providing repeatable, scientific vehicle and product testing services to the industry. This is an indication that Gerotek is competent to conduct testing and that results generated are valid and reliable. It is also evidence that this facility conforms to the international standards with regard to testing and sampling. The facility offers testing support services in the form of test planning, import and export of test vehicles and equipment, providing workshops and accompanying test teams. Gerotek test team consists of highly motivated, qualified engineers and technicians. They possess many years of testing experience.

Services offered include:

  • Advanced defensive and offensive driver training;
  • Basic off-road (4x4) course;
  • Hosting corporate events;
  • Product promotions;
  • Restaurant facility;
  • Conference facilities; and
  • Adventure team-building events. 

For more information contact:

Corporate Communication division

Private Bag X337, Pretoria, 0001, Republic of South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 12 428 1911


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