http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.13Change: -0.02
R/$ = 12.07Change: -0.13
Au 1187.17 $/ozChange: -20.08
Pt 1125.50 $/ozChange: -23.50
 
 
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 Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 22, 2006

Air Force's first Gripen flying in SA skies

Back
Africa|Aircraft|Defence|Denel|Industrial|Systems|Africa|Service|Systems
Africa|Aircraft|Defence|Denel|Industrial|Systems|Africa|Service|Systems
africa-company|aircraft|defence|denel|industrial|systems-company|africa|service|systems
© 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
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Defence News
South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She did so while addressing the media in her recent budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence...
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed pleasure that the country's defence acquisitions, disposals and research and development agency, Armscor, again has a permanent CEO. The agency was headed by an acting CEO for four years....
JSE-listed African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) plans to dispose of its 5% stake in Saab South Africa for R20-million, while AEEI’s 60%-owned ring-fenced special purpose vehicle (SPV) AEEI Newco will pay R120-million to acquire 25% plus one share of Saab...
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 6 hours ago Kusile’s recently appointed contractor said on Wednesday that it was confident it would meet the tough deadlines set by Eskom and that labour issues will be averted going forward. The Mpumalanga-based power station has experienced massive delays and its completion...
Updated 6 hours ago None of the municipalities in the Free State, North West and Limpopo attained clean audit opinions for 2013/14, and a majority also achieved qualified, adverse or disclaimed audit opinions, according to a report released by the Auditor General Kimi Makwetu on...
Updated 6 hours ago With State-owned power producer Eskom “failing” South Africa, smaller private energy producers were stepping up to the plate and collectively delivering more power at a faster pace than Eskom or any other single entity could, EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland said on...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
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.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
While strongly welcoming the promulgation of the new Part 101 of South Africa’s civil aviation regulations, governing the commercial operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in South Africa, the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa...
LSM Distributors has contracted engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa to undertake the R100-million restoration of the 54-year-old Kyalami racetrack, situated in Midrand. The restoration will assist in re-establishing it as a venue for...
South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She did so while addressing the media in her recent budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence...
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has been an implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2008. The relatively young portfolio has 28 projects over 30 countries on the continent according to the 2014 AfDB and GEF annual report released...
PAUL SPEAR Training and development should be an integral and proportionate part of the long-term strategy of all companies, regardless of their size
Investment in South African youth through apprenticeships and learnerships will not only create direct benefits for businesses but will also contribute significantly to job creation and socioeconomic transformation in the country.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96