http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.17Change: -0.03
R/$ = 11.64Change: -0.07
Au 1176.88 $/ozChange: -1.17
Pt 1192.50 $/ozChange: -0.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 22, 2006

Air Force's first Gripen flying in SA skies

Back
Cape Town|Africa|Armscor|Defence|Denel|Industrial|Systems|Africa|South Africa|Sweden|United Kingdom|Avionics Systems|Development Agency|Parastatal Defence Industrial Group|Service|Systems|Flight Test And Development Centre|South African Air Force|Saab JAS39 Gripen
|Africa|Defence|Denel|Industrial|Systems|Africa||Service|Systems||
cape-town|africa-company|armscor|defence|denel|industrial|systems-company|africa|south-africa|sweden|united-kingdom|avionics-systems|development-agency|parastatal-defence-industrial-group|service|systems|flight-test-and-development-centre|south-african-air-force|saab-jas39-gripen
© Reuse this Preparations for the South African flight-test programme for the Saab JAS39 Gripen, which will replace the Denel Cheetah as this country’s frontline multirole fighter began this month.

This programme will take place at the South African Air Force (SAAF) Flight Test and Development Centre, near Bredasdorp.

The aircraft involved in this programme is the first for the SAAF, and undertook a preliminary flight- test programme in Sweden.

The South African flight-test programme will confirm and validate the avionics systems and external stores (weapons, fuel tanks, sensor pods), specified by the SAAF and by the national defence acquisition, disposal and research and development agency Armscor, for integration into the Gripen.

These include South African systems; further, part of the airframe of every Gripen (including those for other customers), such as the lower half of each central fuselage section, is built in this country.

This flight-test programme is scheduled to run for 18 months, and will be supported by technical experts from the SAAF, Armscor, parastatal defence industrial group Denel (some of their systems are to be integrated on to the Gripen), and, of course, Saab.

Indeed, Saab has seconded a team of such experts to South Africa for two years to work alongside their local counterparts on the Gripen programme.

The aircraft, known as the SA01, has been shown to visitors at this week’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2006 exhibition at Air Force Base Ysterplaat in Cape Town.

It made its public debut to the media at Ysterplaat on September 19, the eve of AAD 2006.

Gripen is Swedish for ‘griffin’, a mythological animal with the head and wings of an eagle and the body and tail of a lion – rather appropriate for a fighter to be operated by the SAAF.

Deliveries to the SAAF for operational duties are scheduled to start in early 2008. The Gripen is already in opera- tional service with the Swedish, Czech, and Hungarian air forces, and also serves with the UK’s world-renowned Empire Test Pilots’ School, as its advanced fast jet platform. The Gripen continues to be actively marketed to a number of countries around the world.
Edited by: Keith Campbell
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Defence News
STEPHAN BURGER The supply contract for 238 Badgers to the South African National Defence Force is the largest contract Denel has ever secured
South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel currently has contracts valued at about R30-billion, which will run over the next seven to ten years, landwards-based defence company Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger tells Engineering News. He...
COUNTER-POACHING TRAINING A counter-poaching training programme was launched at the Madikwe Game Reserve, in North West, in October
A statistical report, published by the Department of Environmental Affairs on January 30, states that 86 rhino have been killed by poachers in South Africa to date this year, bringing the total number of rhino killed since 2008, to 2 827. Last year, 1 004 rhino were...
SECURING AFRICA'S SEAS Paramount’s acquisition of Nautic Africa will help develop Africa’s naval defence capabilities, ensuring the safety of the continents marine assets
South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group’s acquisition of South Africa-based naval vessel solutions company Nautic Africa in November not only enables Paramount to enter the naval defence market but also provides Africa with naval defence...
More
 
 
Latest News
A consortium of nine banks has restructured the financing for the Gebze-Izmir highway project in Turkey to $5-billion, while the maturity was extended to 15 years from a previous seven, banking sources said. The consortium consists of Deutsche Bank and eight Turkish...
Germany's HeidelbergCement has clinched a deal to sell its Hanson Building Products business to private equity firm Lone Star Funds for $1.4-billion to reduce its debt. Up to $100-million of the takeover price will be payable in 2016, depending on the 2015...
Global mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining has recently provided one of Africa’s largest contract miners Aveng Moolmans with five diesel-powered drill rigs for use on the Nkomati nickel mine, in the northeast of South Africa, near Machadodorp in...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
TO BE PHASED INTO SERVICE The first MeerKAT dish, with another 63 to come
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
MATT BARKER Wireless networks should enable users to engage and must provide relevant information to them based on their activity and location
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks