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Defence & Aerospace

Cape institution uses space to train students and benefit country at same time

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Engineers and researchers at the French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are in an advanced stage of developing the institution’s second nanosatellite, designated ZACube-2. “CPUT has used CubeSat programmes to encourage students to train... 

New Denel board faces tough turnaround task as financial pressure mounts

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan recently announced the completely new, high-powered, Board to turn-around beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel. Technically, it is currently an interim Board, he explained, because it had not yet been approved by the Cabinet. He... 

Solidarity alleges mismanagement of funds at Denel

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday alleged in a report titled ‘Denel Dossier’ that State-owned aerospace and defence group Denel’s top management received increases of up to 60% in their salaries, as well as 100% performance bonuses last year, while there were insufficient funds to pay employees... 

Solidarity alleges mismanagement of funds at Denel
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Trade union Solidarity on Thursday made several allegations in a report titled 'Denel Dossier' on the mismanagement of funds

St Helena's cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armoury

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The RMS St Helena, Britain's last working postal ship, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity's remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4 500 residents of British-ruled St. Helena, will start a new life as a floating armoury,... 

St Helena's cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armoury
Photo by Reuters
RMS St Helena

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

New interim Denel board appointed 

     12th April 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the appointment of a new interim board of directors at State-owned Denel and how this might help turn things around at the embattled group. 

New interim Denel board appointed
New interim Denel board appointed

Gordhan appoints new Denel interim board

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday announced a completely new, high-powered, board to turn around beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel. Technically, it is currently an interim board, he explained, because it had not yet been approved by the Cabinet. He... 

Gordhan appoints new Denel interim board
Photo by Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Future of SA space industry lies in collaborations and constellations

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 International collaboration is essential for a successful South African space programme. “The future of the South African space industry lies in international collaboration in satellite constellations,” affirms South African private-sector space enterprise SCS Aerospace Group Executive Chairman... 

Next-generation Boeing jets to lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 In August last year, the US-based Space Foundation reported that the worldwide space economy had been worth $329-billion in 2016, up from $323-billion in 2015. The Foundation noted that the rise had been due to the increase in commercial space activities (there had been tiny declines in... 

Space essential for meeting South Africa’s economic and social development goals

Earth observation satellite programme still not fully funded

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 South Africa's current Earth observation satellite programme, presently known as EO-Sat1, is still not fully funded, South African National Space Agency (Sansa) Executive Director: Space Programme Amal Khatri told "Engineering News". He was speaking on the sidelines of the recent Sansa Space for... 

Ghanaians protest over expanded military co-operation deal with US

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 Thousands of people protested in Ghana's capital Accra on Wednesday against the expansion of its defence cooperation with the United States, in a rare public display of opposition to the growing foreign military presence in West Africa. Demonstrators blowing vuvuzelas and beating drums filled... 

Burger resigns as CEO of Denel Land Systems

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 Stephan Burger has resigned as CEO of Denel Land Systems (DLS). Burger, who is one of the longest-serving members of the Denel group, was appointed CEO of DLS in 2004. 

UK defence technology breakthrough could cut titanium parts production costs by half

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Monday that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost £30... 

UK defence technology breakthrough could cut titanium parts production costs by half
Photo by Crown Copyright (UK)
The FAST-forge technology demonstration unit at the University of Sheffield

The challenges and opportunities facing South Africa’s space sector 

     23rd March 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the key themes discussed at the recent South African National Space Agency for National Development Conference, including funding constrains and growth opportunities for the South African space... 

The challenges and opportunities facing South Africa’s space sector
The challenges and opportunities facing South Africa’s space sector

Aerosud Aviation warns of tough times for the South African aerospace industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa’s largest private-sector commercial aviation aerostructures manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerosud Holdings), warns that the local aerospace industry is going through tough times and is not receiving the kind of support that competitors in other... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group
Photo by Boeing
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight test development aircraft

Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 South Africa’s second largest airline company, Comair, and American software-industrial group Honeywell announced on Friday that the airline has chosen the US group’s advanced cockpit technologies suite to equip the Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 airliners that it is acquiring. The suite will include a... 

Comair announces selection of Honeywell avionics for its new airliners
Photo by Honeywell
An IntuVue RDR-4000 radar in the nose of Honeywell’s Convair 580 flying test bed

Cape Town shipbuilder gets order for new Navy patrol vessels

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 Local shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), part of the global Netherlands-based Damen Group, announced at the end of February that it had received an order to build three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN). The order was placed by South African defence... 

SANDF revises presidential flight procedures after Ramaphosa's Moti flight

By: News24Wire      8th March 2018 Internal processes around the procurement of private aircraft for presidential flights have been revised following news reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa flew on an aircraft owned by the Moti company. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was grilled in the National Assembly on Wednesday... 

SANDF revises presidential flight procedures after Ramaphosa's Moti flight
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan 

By: African News Agency      6th March 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday said the new political dispensation in South Africa and the reversal of the “bad things” which led to the capture of key state institutions by private interests will be regularly opposed by the beneficiaries of the corruption. “I think we all... 

Undoing State capture in South Africa will face stiff resistance, sabotage – Gordhan
Photo by Creamer Media
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Order placed for new Navy patrol vessels

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2018 Local shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), part of the global Netherlands-based Damen Group, announced on Monday that it had received an order to build three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN). The order was placed by South African defence acquisitions,... 

Order placed for new Navy patrol vessels
Photo by Damen
A computer-generated image of one of the Damen IPVs in South African Navy service

Alaris posts promising interim results; focuses on organic growth, US opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2018 AltX-listed specialist antenna firm Alaris Holdings has posted a 67% year-on-year increase in profit after tax to R21.6-million for the six months ended December 31. Revenue increased by 21% to R102.6-million, headline earnings a share from continuing operations increased by 125% to 18.62c and... 

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 Trade union Solidarity warned on Friday that its members at State-owned defence industrial group Denel were ready to start protesting at the company. This follows the response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to a recent urgent letter to her from Solidarity about, in the union’s words,... 

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
Various Denel products on display at the Group’s Head Office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. From front to rear, a portable launcher for the Ingwe missile, an Ingwe missile, a Badger infantry fighting vehicle, a Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (largely obscured), and a Casspir mine protected vehicle.

Denel looks for new market in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 State-owned aerospace and defence technology company Denel is looking to grow its export market by exploring other areas of specialisation, innovation, customisation and cyberspace. 

Denel looks for new market in Africa
Photo by Dauane Daws
SUSTAINABILITY Denel wants to improve its product offering and grow its market into Africa

Reduced funding triggers organisational turnaround

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 Owing to the Department of Defence's reduced funding allocation for defence in the country, acquisition agency Armscor has undergone the first phase of an organisational turnaround which will lead its top priorities being revenue generation, cost efficiency, and effective delivery of key products... 

Reduced funding triggers organisational turnaround
DRIVING INNOVATION Armscor focuses on creating an environment for economic growth and driving innovation

SA’s defence industry has potential to grow global market share 

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd February 2018 Owing to its international competitiveness and high levels of innovation, the local defence industry has a global reach and an increasing export market despite the low national defence budget, says global defence and security company Saab Grintek Defence president and CEO Trevor Raman. "The... 

A major local aerospace industry development initiative is coming back to life

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is being revitalised after spending some years in the doldrums. The initiative dates back to 2006 and was formally opened in 2008, but to date has only had one tenant, local aeronautics enterprise... 

Land and asset sales on cards as government seeks revenue-neutral support for State firms

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba used his maiden Budget to reinforce President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent announcement that stakes in cash-strapped State-owned companies (SoCs) could be sold to reduce their reliance on bail-outs and debt. Ramaphosa made the announcement in his response to the debate... 

Land and asset sales on cards as government seeks revenue-neutral support for State firms

Ramaphosa lauds South African defence forces for 'peace we enjoy'

By: African News Agency      21st February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday lauded the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) during the Armed Forces Day parade in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, "for the peace we enjoy". "We dare not fail to appreciate how the peace we enjoy lives alongside the constant vigilance and... 

Solidarity calls for suspension of Denel top brass following 'shocking financial mismanagement'

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 Trade union Solidarity has asked Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to urgently suspend Denel's top officials to prevent hundreds of possible job losses. In the run-up to Denel’s board meeting on February 22, at which the group’s management would submit its proposed restructuring plan to the... 

SANDF allowed peaceful 'change of leadership' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      19th February 2018 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has proven its role as a protector of the country’s constitutional order by allowing a peaceful handover of leadership in the ANC, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in Kimberley on Sunday. "Our nation celebrates the change of leadership in the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

SANDF members alleged to have committed torture and assault in DRC

By: News24Wire      12th February 2018 South African National Defence Force members serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been accused of assault and torture, its spokesperson said on Sunday. "The SANDF has been alerted to reports of torture and assault in the Democratic Republic of Congo allegedly committed by some... 

Airline’s latest order of superjumbos significantly extends life of A380 programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The recent order of further Airbus A380 airliners by Emirates Airlines has guaranteed that the Superjumbo will remain in production for at least another decade, an Airbus spokesperson assures “Engineering News”. On January 18 it was announced that Airbus and Emirates had signed a Memorandum of... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction
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