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Defence & Aerospace

Boeing embraces cloud-based platform for commercial aviation analytics

By: Dylan Slater     29th July 2016 Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and technology company Microsoft announced earlier this month an agreement to build a cloud-based platform for Boeing’s portfolio of commercial aviation analytics tools.  

Denel wins Gupta capture court challenge

By: African News Agency      28th July 2016 Denel on Wednesday said it felt vindicated from allegations of being co-opted by the Gupta family after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an urgent business rescue application made by LMT Holdings against the state-owned defence conglomerate. The application for business rescue... 

Brazilians and Moroccans agree to develop aviation industry in the African country

By: Keith Campbell     26th July 2016 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer and Morocco’s Mohammed VI International Academy of Civil Aviation (AIAC is its abbreviation in French) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Casablanca. The aim of the MoU is to develop aviation-related engineering in the North African country.... 

Brazilians and Moroccans agree to develop aviation industry in the African country
Photo by Embraer
Embraer’s latest generation airliner, the E190-E2

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite communication technology 

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 The decades-old conventional flight data recorders found in every commercial airliner might soon be replaced, or at least supplemented by a feed of recorded data to a land-based server.  

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite  communication technology
A320 COCKPIT Either the Aviator 200S or 700S systems will be employed in the Airbus A320 from 2018 onwards to provide a seamless connection between the aircraft cockpit and Inmarsat’s extensive global satellite network

Teaching scholarship in education under spotlight

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2016 Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference. The conference, in its tenth year, is an international gathering of academics and researchers that will be held at the Southern Sun... 

Denel ships mine-resistant vehicles to UAE

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South African State-owned aerospace and defence company Denel’s subsidiary, Denel Vehicle Systems, has shipped its first batch of the RG31 mine-resistant vehicles to the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Armed Forces.   The RG31 is a mobile mortar platform (MMP) with 4 x 4 capabilities, mobility and... 

Terry Crawford-Browne to challenge arms deal commission findings in ConCourt  

By: News24Wire      19th July 2016 Arms deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne has filed an application at the Constitutional Court, asking it to set aside the Seriti Commission's report. In a statement released on Tuesday, Crawford-Browne said he had requested the court to set aside the commission’s report, and to "instruct the... 

Terry Crawford-Browne to challenge arms deal commission findings in ConCourt

Paramount, QinetiQ sign MoU

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th July 2016 South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based QinetiQ to identify areas of mutual interest by sharing opportunity, design, technology and global market intelligence. The MoU is expected to facilitate collaboration on a... 

Denel denies Gupta capture 

By: African News Agency      15th July 2016 State-owned defence conglomerate Denel on Thursday sought to refute allegations that it had been co-opted by the Gupta family to give a R1-billion contract to VR Laser instead of LMT Holdings, which has cried foul and turned to the high court. "Denel wish to respond to the adverse reporting which... 

Denel denies Gupta capture

Airbus Defence & Space believes its tactical transports are ideal for Africa

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 With 57 of its twin-engined light and medium tactical transport aircraft already in service with 14 countries in Africa, Airbus Defence and Space (DS), part of the Airbus Group, believes its products are ideal to meet the continent’s needs, both regarding transport and intelligence, surveillance... 

Role of 3D printing in development of aircraft components rising

By: Dylan Slater     15th July 2016 The rise of additive manufacturing technology, or three-dimensional (3D) printing, is spurring accelerated levels of development in a broad range of items, as concepts can be manufactured at a fraction of the costs and time it would otherwise have taken to develop parts using conventional... 

Role of 3D printing in development of aircraft components rising
AHRLAC PART 3D Solids have helped developed service parts from engineering thermoplastics for the Ahrlac aircraft

Armscor: No ‘classified’ data leaked in Anonymous hack

By: News24Wire      13th July 2016 State-owned arms supplier Armscor has said a cyber breach on its website has not resulted in classified or sensitive information being leaked. Hacktivists claiming links to the Anonymous group have breached Armscor’s website, dumping hundreds of records linked to the company’s settlement and... 

Airbus predicts commercial aircraft numbers doubling by 2035

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2016 European major airliner manufacturer Airbus has forecast, in its latest Global Market Forecast, that the world will require 33 000 new commercial aircraft, worth $5.2-trillion, over the next 20 years. The forecast was released by the company at the Farnborough International Airshow on Monday.... 

Airbus predicts commercial aircraft numbers doubling by 2035
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A350 XWB

Boeing foresees increasing demand for new airliners over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2016 US aerospace giant Boeing has forecast that the global market demand for new airliners will total 39 620 over the next 20 years, worth $5.9-trillion. This represents a 4.1% rise over last year’s forecast. These predictions were made in the company’s 2016 'Current Market Outlook', released on... 

Boeing foresees increasing demand for new airliners over next 20 years
Photo by Boeing
An artist’s impression of the Boeing 737 MAX 8

France, South Africa join hands on development

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2016 There is further room to increase bilateral trade and investment and expand cooperation between South Africa and France, particularly in energy and infrastructure, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. Zuma, currently on his second State visit to France to meet with French counterpart President... 

France, South Africa join hands on development
Photo by Reuters
South Africa President Jacob Zuma and France President Francois Hollande

Airbus says incremental development strategy is taking shape

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 With a comprehensive range of modern or modernised designs, European airliner manufacturer Airbus (part of the larger Airbus Group) is currently focused on the incremental improvement and further development of its existing airliner designs (as well as manufacturing processes and services, not... 

Airbus says incremental development strategy is taking shape

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
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