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Defence & Aerospace

Ansys showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     1st December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys on Wednesday hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility was dedicated to the manufacture of high-end technology... 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Wednesday that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, will take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament of two... 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages
Photo by Denel
A warship of the Finnish Navy launches an Umkhonto missile

New South African nanosatellite to participate in international project

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 A South African nanosatellite will be launched into space from the International Space Station (ISS) during the first quarter of next year, as part of an international research project under the European Commission’s Seventh (Research) Framework Programme (better known as FP7). The project is... 

Crawford Browne loses ConCourt bid to set aside arms deal commission finding 

By: News24Wire      16th November 2016 Arms deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne has lost his Constitutional Court bid to have the arms deal commission, which found no evidence of corruption, set aside. The Constitutional Court ruled that his application is not in the interest of justice. 

Crawford Browne loses ConCourt bid to set aside arms deal commission finding

Defence charter draft released for public comment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 The Department of Defence and its acquisition vehicle Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) has released a draft of the Defence Sector Charter for public comment. The charter aims to accelerate black-economic empowerment in the defence industry over three years, setting an ownership... 

Local air travel maintains positive growth trajectory year-on-year

By: Samantha Herbst     15th November 2016 Air passenger numbers climbed steady year-on-year in the third quarter of 2016, according to Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA’s) latest Aviation Barometer for the three months to September 30. ACSA recorded a 4.4% year-on-year increase in total arrivals and departures, compared with the... 

Local air travel maintains positive growth trajectory year-on-year

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2016 It is generally, if not universally, accepted, that the height of flying skill is embodied in the test pilot and the apex of air engineering ability in the flight test engineer. Despite huge advances in computer modelling and simulation, test pilots and flight test engineers still have a crucial... 

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads

New South African nanosatellite to participate in international project

By: Keith Campbell     8th November 2016 A South African nanosatellite will be launched into space from the International Space Station (ISS) during the first quarter of next year, as part of an international research project under the European Commission’s Seventh (Research) Framework Programme (better known as FP7). The project is... 

New South African nanosatellite to participate in international project
Photo by SCS Aerospace Group
The nSight1 nanosatellite

Armscor cancels intercontinental jet tender for Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor has announced that it had cancelled the tender “for the lease of an intercontinental aircraft” for the South African Air Force (SAAF). This probably refers to the project to obtain a new Presidential VIP... 

CSIR considering flight test and research UAV project

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 One of the projects currently being developed by the Aeronautics Competency of the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a Modular Transonic Research Platform (MTRP). A preliminary feasibility study has been completed and is now... 

Jet fighter programmes stimulate South Africa’s aerospace sector

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2016 In the 70 years since the South African Air Force (SAAF) first flew a jet fighter, the country has gone from importing complete aircraft with no technology transfer, to developing a highly sophisticated and capable local industry capable of adapting advanced aircraft to local conditions and... 

Armscor cancels intercontinental jet tender for South African Air Force 

By: Keith Campbell     25th October 2016 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor on Tuesday announced that it had cancelled the tender “for the lease of an intercontinental aircraft” for the South African Air Force. This probably refers to the project to obtain a new Presidential VIP... 

Armscor cancels intercontinental jet tender for South African Air Force

CSIR considering research UAV programme

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 One of the projects currently being developed by the Aeronautics Competency of the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a Modular Transonic Research Platform (MTRP). A preliminary feasibility study has been completed and is now... 

SA manufacturer eyes growth in aerospace composites market

By: Dylan Slater     21st October 2016 Somerset West-based aircraft and automotive component manufacturer AAT Composites is increasing its reach into the aerospace component industry by producing specialist parts that are lighter and less costly than conventional metal or plastic parts.  

SA manufacturer eyes growth  in aerospace composites market
HELICOPTER SEATS Seats made by AAT Composites installed in an Airbus Helicopters H130 helicopter

South Africa's fighter programmes have developed the local aerospace sector

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2016 In the 70 years since the South African Air Force (SAAF) first flew a jet fighter, the country has gone from importing complete aircraft with no technology transfer, to developing a highly sophisticated and capable local industry capable of adapting advanced aircraft to local conditions and... 

Local munitions company working on export orders, new products

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2016 South African grenade, artillery ammunition, rocket propellant and warhead manufacturer Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) hopes to conclude more than one new order before the end of this year. “This includes a significant export contract, about which we cannot reveal any details yet,” says RDM CEO... 

Lockheed Martin emphasises advantages to South Africa of its C-130J Super Hercules

By: Keith Campbell     7th October 2016 Large orders from the US government for Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport and multimission aircraft are helping the manufacturer keep down the acquisition costs for the aircraft for all customers. At the end of last year, Washington placed a multi year contract for 78 C-130Js, plus... 

Production of Ahrlac aircraft set to begin in early 2017

By: Dylan Slater     7th October 2016 The South African-designed, -developed and -built Advanced, High-performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (Ahrlac) is due to enter line production in early 2017, with the construction of a purpose-built factory at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria.  

Production of Ahrlac aircraft set to begin in early 2017

UK enterprise interested in building relationships with SA companies

By: Keith Campbell     7th October 2016 British science and high-technology company QinetiQ used this year’s recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition to investigate the local market. QinetiQ is a technology development, technology services and niche manufacturing company predominantly but not exclusively operating in the... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Denel Land Systems unveils new, improved weapons

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 Denel Land Systems (DLS) unveiled the lightest 7.62 mm calibre general purpose machine gun (GPMG) in the world at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition. It also revealed improved versions of other infantry support weapons. "You get belt-fed assault rifles that are lighter, but... 

UK committed to increasing defence and wider business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 Trade in the defence and security sector between the UK and South Africa is increasingly significant, British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor told Engineering News at the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Centurion, just... 

Local unit of global defence group enjoying significant success

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 South African private-sector defence company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) is enjoying such success that it has had to recruit 198 new staff since January 2015, taking its work force up to 719 people. The company, 75%-owned by Sweden’s Saab and 25% by black South African investors, now has customers... 

SA government to lease, then buy, VIP aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 The South African Air Force (SAAF) will acquire a VIP aircraft for Presidential travel, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula affirmed last week, reported specialist news website Defenceweb. While this acquisition process is under way, an aircraft will be leased to... 

Saab, Denel create joint air defence system from their products

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 Swedish security and defence group Saab has revealed that it and South African Defence group Denel have cooperated to integrate the former's Giraffe radar with the latter's Umkhonto surface-to-air missile. "It's producing a system that's going to be very hard to beat," affirmed Saab Country Unit... 

Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility 

     22nd September 2016 A new 6 000 m2 production site for rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation’s high-power propulsion equipment was opened earlier this month. Megan van Wyngaardt has the story. 

Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility
Bombardier affirms localisation with new Isando facility

Significant agreements signed at AAD 

     21st September 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about some of the key developments announced at the recent Africa Aerospace & Defence exhibition. 

Significant agreements signed at AAD
Significant agreements signed at AAD

South African, Chinese groups enter industrial partnership in maritime sector

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2016 South African defence industrial group Denel and China's Poly Technologies signed a partnership agreement at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition in Centurion, just south of Pretoria, on Friday. This agreement is "to develop our joint Denel/Poly Technologies maritime business in South... 

South African, Chinese groups enter industrial partnership in maritime sector
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel Integrated Systems & Maritime CEO Ismail Dockrat, Denel acting CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe and Poly Technologies president Eric Wang

Denel Land Systems unveils new and improved weapons

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2016 Denel Land Systems (DLS) unveiled the lightest 7.62 mm calibre general purpose machine gun (GPMG) in the world at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition on Thursday. It also revealed improved versions of other infantry support weapons. "You get belt-fed assault rifles that are lighter,... 

Denel Land Systems unveils new and improved weapons
Photo by Duane Daws
DLS CEO Stephan Burger

South African, European companies to cooperate on Rooivalk upgrade 

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2016 Airbus Helicopters and Denel Aviation announced on Thursday that they were to cooperate on the upgrading of the South African Air Force's Denel Rooivalk Mark (Mk) 1 attack helicopters. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this end at the Africa Aerospace and Defence... 

South African, European companies to cooperate on Rooivalk upgrade

Airbus Group sees helping African aeronautics sector as good business

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Morocco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Lockheed Martin emphasises advantages to SA of its C-130J Super Hercules

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2016 Large orders from the US government for Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport and multimission aircraft are helping the manufacturer keep down the acquisition costs for the aircraft for all customers. At the end of last year, Washington placed a multiyear contract for 78 C-130Js, plus... 

Lockheed Martin emphasises advantages to SA of its C-130J Super Hercules
Photo by Bloomberg
Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules

Fit-for-purpose military truck unveiled at AAD as concept for African scenarios

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2016 South African defence group Denel unveiled its conceptual Africa Truck at Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) this week as a potential logistical support vehicle for African militaries and defence organisations.  

Fit-for-purpose military truck unveiled at AAD as concept for African scenarios
Every aspect of the Denel Africa Truck is designed for military logistical use in African conditions

Paramount showcases new infantry fighting vehicle at AAD

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2016 South Africa-headquartered defence and aerospace platform manufacturer Paramount Group this week unveiled, for the first time in Africa, its high-mobility 8 X 8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the Mbombe 8, during the Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 exhibition, held at Airforce Base... 

Paramount showcases new infantry fighting vehicle at AAD
The Mbombe 8 provides increased ballistic and blast protection as well as enhanced mobility with four axles

Zuma prefers to use SAAF, not chartered planes – Presidency

By: News24Wire      14th September 2016 The Presidency has denied claims that President Jacob Zuma prefers to use chartered aircrafts instead of the South African Air Force (SAAF) fleets. "The Presidency reiterates that it prefers the use of aircraft within the South African Air Force fleet to transport the President and Deputy... 

Zuma prefers to use SAAF, not chartered planes – Presidency

South Africa a priority defence market in Africa for the UK

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2016 Following a successful appearance at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 Exhibition, which led to a number of British and South African companies signing partnership agreements, Britain's Defence and Security Organisation (DSO), a unit of the Department of International Trade, is seeking... 

South Africa a priority defence market in Africa for the UK

UK committed to increasing both defence and wider business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2016 Trade in the defence and security sector between the UK and South Africa is increasingly significant, British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. "It's not a huge part of our trade relationship but it is important and growing and it's... 

UK committed to increasing both defence and wider business with South Africa
Photo by Keith Campbell
British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor
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