R/€ = 13.44
R/$ = 12.06
Au 1188.32 $/oz
Pt 1148.50 $/oz
Aug 11, 2006
South Africa, Brazil now working together on missile programmeBack
© Reuse this A team of specialists from the Aerospace Technical Centre (CTA) of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is now in South Africa to participate in the further development of Denel’s A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM).
The contract, covering Brazilian participation in the financing and development of the A-Darter, was signed only a few weeks ago, after several delays, apparently requested by the South African side; the reason for the delays is not known.
Originally, it had been hoped that the signing would take place in late March or early April.
The contract is actually between, on the one side, the Brazilian Minis-try of Defence and the FAB and, on the other, South Africa’s defence procurement, disposal and research and development agency Armscor, part of the South African Depart-ment of Defence.
It is, thus, a high-level agreement between government departments on both sides of the Atlantic.
A certain amount of development of the A-Darter has already taken place, funded entirely by South Africa.
In terms of the agreement with Brazil, the South American country will fund 50% of the costs of completing the missile’s development.
So far, Brazil has allocated $52-million to the A-Darter programme, but some defence media sources in that country estimate that Brazil’s investment in the A-Darter could reach $100-million or even more.
Just how far the development of the A-Darter has proceeded has not been revealed; but the FAB has stated that it expects the missile to enter service in 2015, nine years from now, which suggests that a lot of work still has to be done.
Until now, the A-Darter was being developed by State-owned defence industrial group Denel’s main missile and unmanned air vehicle division, Denel Aerospace Systems (formerly known as Kentron), under contract from Armscor.
The Brazilian specialists, who currently number five, are now working with their South African counterparts on the development of the missile. In addition, one or more Brazilian private-sector defence companies will, in due course, become involved in the programme.
The CTA is known to be holding talks with missile-maker Mectron (manufacturer of Brazil’s first indigenous AAM, the MAA-1 Piranha, which the A-Darter will replace in service), rocket, missile and armoured vehicle maker Avibras, and strategic systems software house Atech.
Such involvement is necessary on the Brazilian side because the CTA is a research and development (R&D) organisation, with no capa-city for industrialisation and series manufacture.
Interestingly, as long ago as October 18, 2002, Engineering News reported that Denel Aerospace Systems, then called Kentron, was holding talks with Avibras and Mectron over possible cooperation.
The A-Darter will be a fifth-generation, infrared (IR) homing weapon.
For example, the A-Darter will have a longer range than current IR-homing missiles (which are short-range weapons) and will, after launch, reportedlly be able to turn 180
Edited by: Keith Campbell© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other News This Week News
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
Mercedes-Benz will launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, says the German automaker’s parent company, Daimler. Following the launch of the S 500 plug-in hybrid, March saw the introduction of the C 350 e, the second model to feature the drive-train concept. Under...
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's recent unveiling of something of a road map for an upscaled and accelerated deployment of independent power producer (IPP) capacity has been widely welcomed. Besides plans to accelerate and expand the hitherto successful...
South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout has firmly denied reports that a stake in the airline was going to be sold to Air China. “Categorically, SAA is not in any talks with any airline to sell itself at the moment,” he stated at a media briefing at...
Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has confirmed that it is in talks with Nigeria about the construction of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in that country, but has denied that any agreement has been signed. This follows a recent report in the Nigerian media that...
Gas products and services company Afrox has launched a pilot programme to deliver its range of Handigas liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to domestic consumers to fill a gap in the market, thereby expanding its direct contact with end-users.