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Defence & Aerospace

Fifty successful flight-testing hours recorded

     20th February 2015 Defence and aerospace company Paramount Group announced in December that its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) reached a milestone of 50 hours of successful incident-free test flying. The AHRLAC, the first military manned fixed-wing aircraft to be fully designed,... 

Multimillion-rand skills development programme launched

     20th February 2015 In partnership with the Department of Military Veterans (DMV), privately owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group announced in September that they will establish a multimillion-rand high-technical-skills development programme, aimed at advancing the South African defence industry... 

Patrol vehicle built for Nigeria police force

     20th February 2015 Vehicle-mounted mine detector original equipment manufacture DCD Protected Mobility launched a new type of mine-protected patrol vehicle last year, which will be built for the Nigeria Police Force's (NPF's) paramilitary units. Named after a mythical Nigerian creature, the Ikri patrol vehicle was... 

As problems continue, A400M programme sees major changes

By: Keith Campbell     13th February 2015 Yet further delays in the production and delivery schedules for the Airbus A400M military airlift and air-to-air refuelling aircraft have led to a major shake-up at Airbus Defence and Space, the Airbus Group company responsible for the aeroplane. Airbus Defence and Space Head of Military Aircraft... 

New Brazilian military transport makes first flight

By: Keith Campbell     4th February 2015 The first prototype of the latest and largest aircraft type developed by Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, the KC-390 military airlifter and air-to-air refuelling aircraft, made its maiden flight on Tuesday. The aircraft took off from the airfield at the company’s plant at Gavião Peixoto in São... 

New Brazilian military transport makes first flight
Photo by Embraer
The KC-390 takes off on its maiden flight

Major changes in A400M programme to deal with continuing problems

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2015 Yet further delays in the production and delivery schedules for the Airbus A400M military airlift and air-to-air refuelling aircraft have led to a major shake-up at Airbus Defence and Space, the Airbus Group company responsible for the aeroplane. The changes were announced by the company on... 

Major changes in A400M programme to deal with continuing problems
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
An Airbus A400M (with a Cessna Citation business jet in the foreground)

Solidarity wins in bargaining unit dispute with RDM

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd January 2015 Trade union Solidarity’s three-year dispute with defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) over the interpretation of a recognition agreement between the two entities has come to an end after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) ruled in the union’s favour.  

Solidarity wins in bargaining unit dispute with RDM

UCT enjoying success with postgraduate degree

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2015 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Masters degree in radar engineering, launched in 2011, is proving to be a success, with a healthy annual intake of about ten full time post graduate students. Furthermore, other students are pursuing the degree through distance education, taking the total... 

Recommendations for military hospitals  

By: Sapa     8th December 2014 A ministerial medical task team appointed by the minister of defence has made recommendations on how to improve the country's three military hospitals, the department said on Monday. The task team, consisting of nine independent health care professionals, looked at human resources, military... 

Recommendations for military hospitals

Reutech’s first radar project

By: Keith Campbell     5th December 2014 When Reutech Radar Systems was set up in 1987, under its original name ESD South (ESD was a subsidiary of the then Barlow Rand group, since “unbundled”), its first programme was Project Hexagon, which the company consciously used to develop a profound understanding of (then) modern radar... 

SA radar company on look-out for new market, product opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     5th December 2014 South African radar company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is planning to develop new products next year, while remaining focused on its core businesses. "This is to maintain our momentum in both the defence and commercial markets," says RRS CEO Carl Kies. RRS is a division of Reutech, itself part... 

Denel, BAE deal receives Competition Commission nod

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2014 State-owned defence group Denel’s plan to acquire BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa has been given a shot in the arm, with the Competition Commission recommending that the Competition Tribunal approve the transaction without conditions. In August, UK-based global defence group BAE Systems... 

Denel, BAE deal receives Competition Commission nod

New maritime division to open new markets for Denel

By: Leandi Kolver     1st December 2014 Through the establishment of the new Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (DISM) division, State-owned Denel was adding to its existing strengths in the landward and aerospace arenas, while also opening up new markets for the company, group CEO Riaz Saloojee said on Monday. The creation of the... 

New maritime division to open new markets for Denel
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee

Defence – time for Plan C

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2014 Some weeks ago, three economists – Prof Jannie Rossouw, head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Economic and Business Sciences, Adele Breytenbach and Fanie Joubert, both at the University of South Africa – published (in the Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe) the latest results from... 

Radar company looking at new products and markets

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2014 South African radar company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is planning to develop new products next year, while remaining focused on its core businesses. "This is to maintain our momentum in both the defence and commercial markets," RRS CEO Carl Kies told Engineering News Online on Monday. RRS is a... 

Radar company looking at new products and markets
Photo by Duane Daws
Former Reunert CEO Boel Pretorius

A landmark month for Brazilian aerospace group

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2014 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer rolled out the first prototype of its KC-390 military transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft at its Gavião Peixoto plant in São Paulo state on October 21. The aircraft is the biggest type yet developed by the company and probably the biggest aircraft... 

Defence acquisition agency delivers best results since 2009/10

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2014 South Africa’s defence acquisition agency Armscor (which also undertakes research and development [R&D] and disposes of surplus military equipment) achieved, during the 2013/2014 financial year, its best financial performance regarding acquisition projects in five years. This was revealed when... 

South African defence industry moves to collaborate at home and abroad to thrive 

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2014 South Africa’s defence, aerospace and maritime industries contribute to the country’s economy through the development and maintenance of high-level scientific, engineering, technological and technical skills and jobs, as well as advanced design, development and manufacturing processes. They have... 

South African defence industry moves to collaborate at home and abroad to thrive

New SA-developed unmanned ground vehicle for military use unveiled  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2014 One of the new products on display at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition last month was the Testudo unmanned ground vehicle.  

New SA-developed unmanned ground vehicle for military use unveiled
New SA-developed unmanned ground vehicle for military use unveiled

Creamer Media publishes Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry research report

     20th October 2014 Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand strategic defence procurement... 

Creamer Media publishes Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry research report

Russia hopes to widen, deepen technology cooperation with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2014 The next two-and-a-half months could see major impetus given to wide ranging science and technology cooperation between Russia and South Africa, both bilaterally and within the multilateral Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group framework. Russia has identified South Africa... 

SA munitions company enjoying technical and commercial success

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2014 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is busy launching new products on to the international market. The company, 51%-owned by German group Rheinmetall and 49% by South Africa’s State-owned Denel group, designs, develops and manufactures mortar bombs, aircraft bombs,... 

Civilian derivative of Super Hercules airlifter attracting African interest

By: Keith Campbell     10th October 2014 The civilian version of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules military airlift aircraft is attracting attention from air freight operators in Africa. They are interested in replacing the previous generation L-100 civil Hercules version as well as other aircraft. The company produced 115 L-100... 

     Civilian derivative of Super Hercules  airlifter attracting African interest
Photo by Lockheed Martin
AFRICA BOUND? The Lockheed Martin LM-100J civilian air freighter

SA company launches new truck for military and civil markets

By: Keith Campbell     10th October 2014 South African specialist mine detection and mine protected vehicle company DCD Protected Mobility recently unveiled its latest product, the Oribi multirole utility truck. This is a joint development with another South African company, vehicle customising enterprise Histomart. "The Oribi boasts a... 

Two new vehicles launched by SA companies at African Aerospace and Defence expo 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2014 At the recent African Aerospace and Defence exhibition, two South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle companies, BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa and DCD Protected Mobility, publicly launched new vehicles.  

Two new vehicles launched by SA companies at African Aerospace and Defence expo
Two new vehicles launched by SA companies at African Aerospace and Defence expo

A new South African armoured vehicle is unveiled

By: Keith Campbell     3rd October 2014 South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) has launched a new product. It is the RG21 4 x 4 mine-protected vehicle. "It's about affordability, supportability and protection," explained LSSA Business Development and Communications... 

New Swedish fighters to have SA parts in electronic warfare systems

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2014 South African company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), part of Sweden’s Saab Group, has indicated what parts it will develop and manufacture for the latest generation of the Saab Gripen fighter for the Swedish Air Force, the Gripen E. These will be parts of the aircraft’s electronic warfare (EW)... 

New Swedish fighters to have SA parts in electronic warfare systems
Photo by Saab Group
A computer-generated image of a Gripen E in Brazilian Air Force markings

CSIR, SA company to develop new radar for satellites

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that it is partnering with local company Space Commercial Services Holdings Aerospace (SCSH) group to develop a maritime wide-area synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for use by small satellites. The project was... 

CSIR, SA company to develop new radar for satellites
SCSH CEO Sias Mostert and the CSIR's Laurens Cloete

SA company launches new off-road truck for military and civil markets

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 South African specialist mine detection and mine protected vehicle company DCD Protected Mobility unveiled on Thursday its latest product, the Oribi multirole utility truck. This is a joint development with another South African company, vehicle customising enterprise Histomart. "The Oribi boasts... 

SA company launches new off-road truck for military and civil markets
Photo by Duane Daws
Oribi

Bilateral defence cooperation between SA and Brazil, and Brazil and Angola, highlighted

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 Defence industrial cooperation between South Africa and Brazil was highlighted at the recent III Brazil Defence Industrial Base Show (III Mostra BID-Brasil, as it is known in Portuguese), held in Brazil’s capital city, Brasília. The Brazilian Ministry of Defence (MD) highlighted, on its website,... 

Paramount group makes acquisitions and unveils robotics ambitions

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 South African private-sector defence group Paramount recently announced a series of major initiatives to strengthen its position in the local aerospace, defence and maritime sectors. Group Executive Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz told a media briefing that the enterprise had acquired two companies –... 

New South African armoured vehicle launched  

By: Keith Campbell     17th September 2014 South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) launched its latest product at African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 at Air Force Base Waterkloof, south of Pretoria, on Wednesday. It is the RG21 4 x 4 mine-protected vehicle. "It's about... 

New South African armoured vehicle launched
Photo by Keith Campbell
RG21

SA, international, defence companies should collaborate 

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2014 The need for local defence companies to collaborate with international partners has been highlighted by Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger. "If this [collaboration] is not part of your business plan, the sustainability of your business is in doubt," he warned. As an example, he cited the... 

SA, international, defence companies should collaborate
Photo by Duane Daws
Badger infantry fighting vehicle

SA Defence Department aims to support local defence industry

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2014 The South African Department of Defence (DoD) will support the future development of the South African defence industry, Secretary for Defence and Military Veterans Dr Sam Gulube affirmed on Monday. "We will also support the industry in its international export efforts. A vibrant defence industry... 

SA Defence Department aims to support local defence industry

Aircraft set to boost African aerospace industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     5th September 2014 Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace company Paramount Group says the development and production of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) is expected to significantly boost jobs and skills in the African aerospace industry. Several local... 

Paramount group on offensive with acquisitions and robotics ambitions

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2014 South African private-sector defence group Paramount announced a series of major initiatives on Thursday to strengthen its position in the local aerospace, defence and maritime sectors. Group Executive Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz told a media briefing that the enterprise had acquired two companies –... 

Paramount group on offensive with acquisitions and robotics ambitions
Photo by Keith Campbell
Ahrlac

DA wants AG to probe defence tenders

By: Sapa     29th August 2014 The DA has called on Auditor General Kimi Makwetu to investigate allegations of irregularities in the awarding of tenders worth more than R200-million by the defence department. "The dodgy defence force air transport tender must be investigated," said Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier in a... 

DA wants AG to probe defence tenders

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