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Defence & Aerospace

Denel explores new growth opportunities in the Middle East, North Africa

By: African News Agency      Updated 7 hours ago State arms company Denel said on Monday it was attending a major global defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi this week to explore new growth opportunities for business in the Middle East and North Africa. Denel said its innovative products and systems would form the centrepiece of the South African... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Airbus launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus announced on Thursday that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A380 (right) leads a A350-900 (foreground) and a conventional-engined A330 (background) in a formation flight

Denel urges govt to use, support its new cybersecurity unit

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the Government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim is to ensure that cyber security for Government information and... 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 One of the technologies showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus on Thursday was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

CSIR wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area manager Kaven Naidoo told Engineering News Online on Thursday. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security... 

CSIR wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships
Photo by Rebecca Campbell
The LEMU twin-fuselage air vehicle

CSIR showcases its defence and security technologies to industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 The Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) held a technology demonstration day at the CSIR campus in Pretoria on Thursday. Various technologies developed by DPSS were displayed to representatives of industry and the media.... 

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

Aerospace group launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Aerospace group launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

UN Security Council to review Central African arms embargo by end-Sept

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 The United Nations Security Council agreed on Thursday to review arms embargo measures on Central African Republic by the end of September if the country makes progress in areas including reform of its security sector and management of its weapons. CAR has been under a UN arms embargo since 2013... 

Airbus launches competition to push development of quantum computing

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus has launched a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words) across... 

Denel launches cybersecurity division; urges government to use it

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th January 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim was to ensure that cybersecurity for government information and... 

Wakeford slams Agrizzi allegations as 'malicious, the fabric of lies'

By: African News Agency      29th January 2019 Former Port Elizabeth businessperson Kevin Wakeford, who has been granted special leave has slammed former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi's allegations against him as "malicious, a gross fabrication and the fabric of lies". Wakeford, who is the CEO of State-owned arms procurement... 

Ramaphosa gets a global Madiba moment, while SA ponders Denel's next step

By: News24Wire      28th January 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has finished off his first official state visit to India on a good note, celebrating and inviting "real, ethically driven" Indian businesses to invest more in South Africa. A visibly fatigued Ramaphosa, following Team South Africa's stop at the World Economic Forum in... 

Ramaphosa gets a global Madiba moment, while SA ponders Denel's next step
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian president Ram Nath Kovind, President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa's first state visit to India: Denel deal in sight after lifting blacklist over corruption claims

By: News24Wire      25th January 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be hosted by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first official state visit to the country on Friday. According to a media statement from the Presidency, Ramaphosa, who will be joined by a delegation of ministers including Jeff Radebe, Angie... 

Embraer, Boeing deal approved by the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The Brazilian Government has approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian Government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto over mergers, take-overs, and... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has launched a crowdfunding project to raise money to pay for the construction of a new combined workshop and hangar at the Museum’s main branch, at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion (south west of Pretoria) in... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced late on Wednesday (South African time) that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas, in the US State of Virginia, on Tuesday. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden... 

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight
Photo by Boeing
Boeing’s PAV prototype hovering during its first flight

Zimbabwe soldiers 'beating' protesters as crackdown continues

By: News24Wire      24th January 2019 Soldiers beat people on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital and second city Bulawayo overnight Tuesday, residents said, hours after President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to investigate a security service crackdown on anti-government protesters. There was no immediate comment from the government or... 

Zimbabwe soldiers 'beating' protesters as crackdown continues

SANDF warns civilians against wearing its uniforms, man nabbed

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2019 A 20-year-old Western Cape man allegedly seen on national television wearing an item of the uniform of the armed forces of the Republic of South Africa without authorisation has been arrested.  The arrested person was released on a warning and will appear before the Bellville Magistrate Court on... 

Airbus seeks to stimulate quantum computing for aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus launched on Tuesday a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words)... 

South Africa says there is no Saudi proposal on Denel under consideration 

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 The South African government is not considering any proposal from Saudi Arabia on taking a stake in struggling state arms company Denel, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said, after the Gulf country offered to partner with Denel last year. "There is no proposal from the country in... 

South Africa says there is no Saudi proposal on Denel under consideration

Armscor grants CEO special leave to prepare for State capture inquiry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st January 2019 Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) CEO Kevin Wakeford has requested special leave, after his name was mentioned during testimony before the Zondo Commission Inquiry into State Capture last week. IOL News reported on Sunday that Bosasa’s former COO Angelo Agrizzi last week told the... 

US urges Zimbabwe military to practice restraint amid protests

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 The United States Embassy in Harare on Thursday expressed concern over reports of violence in parts of Zimbabwe, urging all parties to exercise restraint. "We condemn any disproportionate use of force and call on Zimbabwe’s security forces to respond to civil unrest professionally and with... 

EU populist eyes $1bn for defence and wants trump to pay

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 A populist on the European Union’s frontier with Russia says he needs $1-billion to bolster the military. And he wants the US to pay. Mart Helme’s EKRE party is hot on the heels of Estonia’s two biggest political groups before March elections, campaigning on an anti-immigration and tax-cutting... 

SANDF warrant officer nabbed in alleged cash-for-jobs scam

By: News24Wire      15th January 2019 A warrant officer in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is expected to appear in the Thaba Tshwane military court on Tuesday following his arrest for alleged involvement in a cash-for-jobs scam. The man was arrested on Friday after an investigation by the military police and defence... 

Denel reaffirms commitment to transformation  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 State-owned arms manufacturer Denel on Monday reaffirmed the validity of its decision to appoint Daniel du Toit group CEO, after stakeholders raised concerns. Du Toit’s appointment was announced in December.  

Denel reaffirms commitment to transformation
Photo by Dylan Slater
Denel chairperson Monhla Hlahla

Ethiopia charges ex-head of military firm METEC with corruption

By: Reuters     11th January 2019 Ethiopia charged the former head of military-run industrial conglomerate METEC with corruption on Thursday, nearly two months after his arrest. Kinfe Dagnew was charged with four counts of corruption related to the procurement of tractors, said a judge in the Lideta High Court in Addis Ababa. His... 

Embraer, Boeing deal gets approval from the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th January 2019 The Brazilian government announced on Thursday that it had approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto... 

Embraer, Boeing deal gets approval from the new Brazilian government
Photo by Rebecca Campbell/Creamer Media
An Embraer E190-E2 airliner at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, while on an international demonstration tour. This is one of the types that will fall under the Embraer/Boeing JV

Workers union Limusa slams Denel for appointing a white CEO, Daniel Du Toit 

By: African News Agency      7th January 2019 The Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa) on Monday rejected the appointment of Daniel du Toit as the group CE of State-owned arms manufacturer, Denel, saying that the Public Enterprises Minister must implement employment equity recommendations.   The department of public... 

Denel's accounts littered with flaws – Auditor General

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Shoddy and incomplete accounting at South Africa's troubled state-run arms firm Denel left the country's Auditor General unable to make a judgement on the soundness of its most recent financial statements, according to the firm's annual report. In the report the Auditor General listed more than... 

Aerospace industrial park should receive new tenants in four months

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2018 The Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV) industrial park could be transformed from a national State-owned non-profit entity into a Gauteng Provincial Government-owned for-profit company, CAV CEO Lance Schultz told “Engineering News Online” on Thursday. “We are conducing a due diligence into our... 

Airbus unveils first base for its very high altitude UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2018 Europe-based global aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space recently announced, in Australia, that it had opened the first operational launch site for its Zephyr “High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite” (Haps) at the Western Australian town of Wyndham. The Zephyr is a very high... 

South African students jet off for prestigious six-months internship with Boeing in USA

By: African News Agency      13th December 2018 Two South Africans will be jetting off to the United States next month for the coveted international business intern program (IBIP) at the Boeing Company's head office in Seattle, Washington. The American multinational aircraft maker said the University of Witwatersrand students, Robert Clark and... 

Egypt aims to kickstart African trade as it takes AU chair

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 Egypt is promoting itself as a linchpin for intra-African trade and a model of economic reform as it prepares to chair the African Union in 2019. The country hosted a high-level business forum on Saturday and Sunday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that will be followed by an... 

Measures in place to boost the Western Cape economy

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 The Western Cape economy remains relatively stable despite challenges affecting consumer spending, says Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Beverley Schäfer. “The province has recorded good gains in employment, and continues to record the lowest expanded unemployment rate in the country.” 

Measures in place to boost the Western Cape economy
Beverley Schäfer Growth in the Western Cape economy slowed down over the past years because of the drought that impacted on some of the province’s key sectors such as agriculture and tourism
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