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Defence & Aerospace

Russia seeks to promote intra-Brics investment, economic development

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2016 Russia is proposing a number of potential trade, investment and economic development projects within the framework of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) alignment. These cover a wide range of sectors, including energy, water resources, mining and mining equipment, the... 

Ansys concludes acquisition integration, on path for growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2016 AltX-listed technology group Ansys has completed its intensive acquisitive and consolidation phase to integrate and extend its offerings to its four target sectors, leading to positive results for the 13 months to March 31 and setting the group on a path of good organic growth during the current... 

Ansys concludes acquisition integration, on path for growth
Ansys CEO Teddy Daka

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 A newly released international survey of senior manufacturing executives highlights growth as being a key priority for most enterprises, which, in the context of weak underlying economic conditions, is suggestive of a “brutal competitive fight” for market share in the coming two years. In fact,... 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

Air passenger traffic forecast to double over next 15 years

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 Worldwide, air transport has proven very resilient over the past 45 years, despite periodic major crises. This was highlighted by Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy to international aerospace journalists at the company’s recent Innovation Days briefing in Hamburg. Since 1970,... 

Airbus planning to deliver 650 airliners

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier told the world's aviation media at the company’s recent Innovation Days briefing that "[t]he focus for 2016 is, no surprise, it is to deliver!" The company, part of the wider Airbus Group, is currently seeking to ramp up production and deliveries of its... 

Latest iteration of global student challenge launched

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 European airline manufacturer Airbus, part of the wider Airbus Group, has launched the 2017 Fly Your Ideas challenge for students around the world. Fly Your Ideas seeks to stimulate co-innovation between Airbus and, where relevant, its supplier companies, and universities around the world.... 

Paramount launches new combat vehicle

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2016 Defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has unveiled a new-generation eight-wheeled armoured vehicle in Astana, Kazakhstan, during the yearly Kazakhstan Defence Exhibition. The Mbombe 8 infantry combat vehicle was designed to meet global demand for sophisticated and affordable military... 

Paramount launches new combat vehicle

Armscor committed to assisting local SMMEs

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 South African defence acquisition and disposal, research and development (R&D) agency Armscor Chairperson, retired Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu, has pledged the organisation's support for local small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), especially black-owned ones, seeking to enter the defence... 

Small enterprises urged to contribute to defence sector charter

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2016 Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) have been urged to provide inputs for the development of the Defence Industry Sectoral Charter, which will seek, among other things, to advance black economic empowerment in the local defence industry. The call was made by Department of Defence (DoD)... 

Airbus launches latest iteration of global student challenge

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2016 European airline manufacturer Airbus, part of the wider Airbus Group, has launched the 2017 Fly Your Ideas challenge for students around the world. Fly Your Ideas seeks to stimulate co-innovation between Airbus and, where relevant, its supplier companies, and universities around the world.... 

Airbus focused on meeting its promises for this year

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2016 Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bregier told the world's aviation media on Tuesday that "[t]he focus for 2016 is, no surprise, it is to deliver!" The company, part of the wider Airbus Group, is currently seeking to ramp up production and deliveries of its new A350-900 wide body and re-engined... 

Airbus focused on meeting its promises for this year

Airbus still confident about future air traffic growth

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2016 Worldwide, air transport has proven very resilient over the past 45 years, despite periodic major crises. This was highlighted by Airbus COO customers John Leahy to international aerospace journalists in Hamburg on Tuesday. Since 1970, when the Boeing 747 Jumbo jet first entered commercial... 

Airbus still confident about future air traffic growth

Airbus unveils 3D printed unmanned test aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2016 European airliner maker Airbus has designed, built and flown an entirely 3D printed unmanned air vehicle (UAV) which it has designated Thor. This was reported by Airbus Head of Emerging Technologies & Concepts Peter Sander at the Innovation Days 2016 media conference on Monday. Thor is an acronym... 

Airbus unveils 3D printed unmanned test aircraft
The Thor 3D-printed aircraft

Airbus: new design airliner soon unlikely, but not impossible

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2016 European airliner manufacturer Airbus, part of the wider Airbus Group, is not currently planning a new airline design. But that does not mean that there is no thinking about a new design. "If there is [to be] a new plane, it will be a single-aisle [airliner]," Airbus Germany board chairperson... 

Airbus: new design airliner soon unlikely, but not impossible

SA’s relative economic decline undermines its diplomatic ambitions 

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The news, released earlier this month, that Egypt had become Africa’s second largest economy, pushing South Africa into third place, did not create all that much of a stir. There were two good reason for this. The huge shock had been to lose first place to Nigeria, back in 2014, whose economy was... 

World’s largest aircraft flies again to deliver generator to Australia

By: Dylan Slater     27th May 2016 Officially the world’s largest flying aircraft, the Antonov 225 (AN-225) is making a rare intercontinental flight, which started on May 10, to transport a generator from Prague, in the Czech Republic, to Perth, in Australia.  

World’s largest aircraft flies again to deliver generator to Australia
Photo by Reuters
MEGA THRUST Six turbofan engines provide 1 377 kN of thrust, enabling the Antonov 225 to airlift a record-breaking cargo of a 253 t

No way to avoid buying Zuma a new jet – Minister 

By: News24Wire      26th May 2016 Getting a new presidential jet seems to be unavoidable, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in Parliament on Wednesday. "It seems to me, honourable members, this is a matter we have to talk about and agree on and close it,'' she said in Parliament. 

No way to avoid buying Zuma a new jet – Minister
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

SMMEs need to contribute to Defence Sector Charter and meet Armscor requirements

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2016 Small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) have been urged to provide inputs for the development of the Defence Industry Sectoral Charter, which will seek, among other things, to advance black economic empowerment in the local defence industry. The call was made by Department of Defence... 

Armscor committed to supporting local SMMEs

By: Keith Campbell     19th May 2016 South African defence acquisition and disposal, research and development agency Armscor chairperson, retired Vice Admiral Refiloe Mudimu, has pledged the organisation's support for local small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), especially black-owned ones, seeking to enter the defence... 

Armscor committed to supporting local SMMEs

African airlines suffer from excessive capacity and need smaller planes

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s four biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers, has forecast that African operators will acquire 240 new jet airliners in the 70- to 130-seat category over the next 20 years. “Africans are turning progressively to air travel,” noted Embraer... 

VVIP jet will be bought – but not just for Zuma 

By: News24Wire      11th May 2016 Government will buy a new VVIP jet for the presidency, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday. She however rubbished that it would cost up to R4-billion. “Buying the VVIP aircraft, we will. But not for [President Jacob] Zuma. There will be a president... 

VVIP jet will be bought – but not just for Zuma
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

By: Samantha Herbst     11th May 2016 Continuing to defend its joint venture (JV) with steel manufacturing group VR Laser Services to establish Denel Asia, State-owned defence industrial group Denel told the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises in Parliament on Wednesday that its decision to extend its business footprint in... 

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

Denel tells Gordhan: We are not arrogant and belligerent 

By: News24Wire      5th May 2016 Denel’s board said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s accusation that the board and executives are “arrogant and belligerent … are unsubstantiated, baseless and unfounded”. Gordhan made the accusation during his Treasury budget debate in Parliament on Wednesday. This follows a statement in April,... 

Denel tells Gordhan: We are not arrogant and belligerent
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Denel CEO Riaz Salojee

Gordhan tells Denel to stop being ‘arrogant’ 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday termed Denel, which is at loggerheads with National Treasury over a joint venture with a company linked to the Gupta family, arrogant and belligerent. “One of the tendencies that we are noting in recent times is that when boards are beginning to do... 

Gordhan tells Denel to stop being ‘arrogant’

Lockheed Martin outlines possible offsets should South Africa buy its airlifter

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2016 Major US aerospace and defence group Lockheed Martin believes that the ability of its C-130J Super Hercules military airlifter to be reconfigured for other missions by use of palletised roll-on roll-off systems opens the way to significant South African industrial participation, should the South... 

Denel Asia's problems mount

By: News24Wire      26th April 2016 Denel Asia's problems mounted on Monday after it emerged that it had not applied for a permit to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said "The NCACC would appreciate any evidence or information relating to such an application as this... 

Denel Asia's problems mount

Nothing wrong in working with legal businesses, even with the Guptas – Denel

By: News24Wire      25th April 2016 There is nothing wrong in working with any registered, legally trading business in South Africa, whether it's with the Guptas or others, the Denel board of directors said on Saturday. This follows allegations that the board “brought the Gupta family into Denel”. City Press reported last week that... 

Nothing wrong in working with legal businesses, even with the Guptas – Denel

Arms deal report fails to settle corruption matter – Corruption Watch  

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd April 2016 Anticorruption nonprofit organisation Corruption Watch says that given the thoroughly flawed and irregular proceedings of the Seriti Commission over the last four years, its report on its findings on the 1998 arms deal was hardly surprising. This was in response to President Jacob Zuma’s release... 

Arms deal report fails to settle corruption matter – Corruption Watch
Photo by Duane Daws
David Lewis

SA defence company partners Saudi Arabian counterpart in new factory

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has helped set up a munitions manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in a venture with that country’s Military Industries Corporation (MIC), the Saudi Press Agency has reported. According to MIC head Mohammad Almadhi the establishment of... 

Opposition calls arms deal report a predictable whitewash

By: News24Wire      21st April 2016 The Seriti commission’s finding that there was no evidence of government corruption in the 1999 arms deal amounted to a predictable but disappointing whitewash, opposition politicians said on Thursday after President Jacob Zuma made it public in a televised address. Zuma said the commission found... 

Opposition calls arms deal report a predictable whitewash

Denel to sign two landmark agreements with Malaysia counterparts

By: Samantha Herbst     20th April 2016  State-owned defence industrial group Denel will be signing two landmark agreements with counterparts in the Malaysian industry during this week’s Defence Asia Exhibition – DSA2016 – in Kuala Lumpur.   The agreements formed part of the offset arrangements contained in the 2012 contract to supply... 

Denel to sign two landmark agreements with Malaysia counterparts
Denel acting CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Brazilian side of joint A-Darter missile programme hit by serious budget cuts

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 The Brazilian side of the joint South African/Brazilian A-Darter missile development programme has been significantly affected by severe emergency budget cuts that have taken place in the South American country. The A-Darter is a fifth-generation infrared (IR) homing air-to-air missile (AAM).... 

Denel says it seeks to resolve 'misunderstandings' with National Treasury

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2016 State-owned defence industrial group Denel issued a press release on Thursday stating that it will continue to discuss with National Treasury the issue of its joint venture with private sector South Africa company VR Laser, to create a Hong Kong-based company to be called Denel Asia, to resolve... 

Denel says it seeks to resolve 'misunderstandings' with National Treasury
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel acting CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Lockheed Martin suggests possible offsets should South Africa buy its C-130J aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2016 Major US aerospace and defence group Lockheed Martin believes that the ability of its C-130J Hercules II military airlifter to be reconfigured for other missions by use of palletised roll-on roll-off systems opens the way to significant South African industrial participation, should the South... 

Lockheed Martin suggests possible offsets should South Africa buy its C-130J aircraft
Photo by Lockheed Martin
A C-130J of the Tunisian Air Force

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

By: Dylan Slater     8th April 2016 Defence vehicle systems company Denel Land Systems (DLS) is continuing to update and broaden the versatility of the Casspir family of mine-protected vehicles – a move that is not only safeguarding the South African-developed platform, but also helping the vehicle to shed its controversial past... 

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

By: Dylan Slater     8th April 2016 Defence vehicle systems company Denel Land Systems (DLS) is continuing to update and broaden the versatility of the Casspir family of mine-protected vehicles – a move that is not only safeguarding the South African-developed platform, but also helping the vehicle to shed its controversial past... 

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

SA company helps set up defence plant in Saudi Arabia

By: Keith Campbell     7th April 2016 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has helped set up a munitions manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in a venture with that country’s Military Industries Corporation (MIC), the Saudi Press Agency has reported. According to MIC head Mohammad Almadhi the establishment of... 

SA company helps set up defence plant in Saudi Arabia
Photo by Denel
A range of RDM 60 mm and 81 mm mortar bombs
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