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Defence & Aerospace

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

New VIP jet for South Africa will be bought, says Defence Minister 

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2016 The South African Air Force (SAAF) will acquire a new VIP aircraft for presidential travel, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula affirmed on Tuesday, reported specialist news website Defenceweb. While this acquisition process is under way, an aircraft will be leased to... 

New VIP jet for South Africa will be bought, says Defence Minister
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Reutech gets conditional approval to take over Nanoteq

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th September 2016 The Competition Commission has approved, with conditions, an intermediate merger whereby defence products supplier Reutech intends to acquire Nanoteq. Both companies supply the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) through the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor), with Reutech... 

Proposed VIP jet lease costs released and denounced

By: Keith Campbell     12th September 2016 In a written reply to a Parliamentary question, South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has revealed that the government has budgeted R100-million to lease a VIP jet during the 2016/17 financial year. She further confirmed that a Request for Offer had been... 

Proposed VIP jet lease costs released and denounced

Swedish and SA defence groups create joint air-defence system from their products

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Swedish aerospace and defence group Saab revealed on Friday that it and South African Defence group Denel had 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... 

Swedish and SA defence groups create joint air-defence system from their products
Denel's Umkhonto surface-to-air missile

SA space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector 

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Space science and technology is developing ever more rapidly. And this has consequences for South Africa and especially the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). “We’re living in exciting times, in terms of space,” highlighted the founder-CEO of Sansa, Dr Sandile Malinga. “There are many... 

SA space agency mulls future course in rapidly changing sector

Rocket explodes on launch pad in blow to Elon Musk's SpaceX

By: Reuters     2nd September 2016 An explosion destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk's SpaceX and its cargo during preparations for a routine test firing at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, two days before it had been due to blast off and place a satellite in orbit. SpaceX said there were no injuries and that... 

Denel working on various aerospace and artillery projects

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2016 The Denel Group, South Africa’s State-owned defence and aerospace business, is upbeat on the future of its Small African Regional Aircraft (Sara) project. “We have progressed well on the Small African Regional Aircraft concept, and have developed a full scale mock-up as part of the R&D [research... 

Local defence group continues to deliver improved results

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel unveiled significantly improved annual results at a recent media briefing. Revenues in the financial year 2015/2016 jumped by 41% to R8.228-billion. Net profit increased by R125-million in comparison to the previous financial year, to... 

Denel defies Treasury on VR Laser 

By: African News Agency      31st August 2016 The National Treasury on Wednesday declined to be drawn into a public spat with Denel after the State-owned defence conglomerate publicly defied and accused it of political “grandstanding” for trying to stop a joint venture company linked to the controversial Gupta family, Denel Asia. This... 

Denel defies Treasury on VR Laser

SA to cease membership of SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation

By: African News Agency      29th August 2016 South Africa is to end its membership of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) troika on politics, defence and security, the Presidency has revealed. “South Africa will cease to be a Member of the Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation on 30 August 2016 when the... 

SA to cease membership of SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Denel Asia confirmed as Denel Group looks to the East for markets

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2016 Denel acting CFO Odwa Mhlwana has confirmed that the creation of Denel Asia, a joint venture with South African private-sector company VR Laser, has been approved by the relevant governmental authorities. Furthermore, they have agreed that nothing wrong was done in setting up the company, which... 

Denel Asia confirmed as Denel Group looks to the East for markets
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A G6 155 mm self-propelled gun on display outside the Denel corporate office

Denel on a ‘sustainable growth trajectory’ 

     24th August 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to Engineering News journalist Keith Campbell about defence industrial group Denel’s annual results. 

Denel on a ‘sustainable growth trajectory’
Denel on a ‘sustainable growth trajectory’

Denel optimistic about its regional aircraft project

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2016 The Denel Group, South Africa’s State-owned defence and aerospace business, is upbeat on the future of its Small African Regional Aircraft (Sara) project. “We have progressed well on the Small African Regional Aircraft concept, and have developed a full-scale mock-up as part of the R&D [research... 

Denel optimistic about its regional aircraft project
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A model of the Denel Sara

Denel continues to deliver improving results

By: Keith Campbell     23rd August 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel on Tuesday unveiled significantly improved annual results. Revenues in the financial year 2015/2016 jumped by 41% to R8.228-billion. Net profit increased by R125-million in comparison to the previous financial year, to R395-million.... 

Denel continues to deliver improving results
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Zwelakhe Ntshepe

European helicopter maker highlights global presence, including SA

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2016 Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter and part of the larger Airbus Group) is confident that it has a unique global presence. The company recently pointed out it that had 22 900 employees worldwide, with 29 customer centres, 26 training centres and 100 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)... 

Brazilian group to help develop aviation industry in Morocco

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2016 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer and Morocco’s Mohammed VI International Aviation Academy (AIAC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Casablanca last week. The aim of the MoU is to develop aviation-related engineering in the North African country. Embraer will train Moroccan engineers... 

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

Global defence aviation market predicted to expand, but competition to rise too

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2016 European aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) expects the global defence market to grow at an annual average rate of 2.4% between now and 2020. Currently, total global defence expenditure is estimated at about €400-billion. In terms of regions, defence spending in... 

Helicopter company adding a punch to its civil designs

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2016 Inspired by, and drawing on some of the development work done with a South African company, European aerospace company Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter and part of the Airbus Group) has created a system that allows its extensive range of civilian helicopters to be militarised and armed.... 

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