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Defence & Aerospace

SA is number two base for German high-tech sensor company

By: Keith Campbell     13th November 2015 German-based Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security, currently a business unit of Airbus Defence and Space (itself part of the Airbus Group) has its biggest foreign operation in South Africa. "Our second biggest site is in South Africa," highlighted company media relations senior manager... 

Denel wins major vehicle contract from Middle East 

By: Keith Campbell     9th November 2015 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel on Monday announced that its recently acquired subsidiary, Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS – previously BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa or LSSA) had finalised a R900-million contract with United Arab Emirates group Nimr. The deal covers... 

Denel wins major vehicle contract from Middle East
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The 6x6 version of the N35/RG35

Local defence company uses 3D printing to accelerate new developments

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 The use of additive manufacturing (popularly known as 3D printing) has helped revolutionise product development at South African defence company Airbus DS Optronics. It is one of the technologies adopted by the company to enable it to carry out rapid prototyping of new products. The company is... 

Airbus continues to develop new versions of its military aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 Airbus Defence and Space regards its C295 light/medium transport and maritime patrol aircraft as the best product in its range to meet the needs of the South African Air Force (SAAF) in these areas. The company has also been working on surveillance versions of its A320 single-aisle airliner. "Our... 

Military aircraft manufacturer coming under delivery pressures as conflicts flare

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 The changing and deteriorating international situation is having a clear impact on European defence enterprise Airbus Defence and Space, company military aircraft sales head Antonio Rodriguez Barberan reported at its recent Trade Media Briefing (TMB). "There are conflicts," he pointed out. "There... 

Spanish, SA shipbuilders confirm localisation embedded in patrol-vessel bid

By: Keith Campbell     6th November 2015 Spanish State-owned shipbuilding group Navantia has confirmed that, if its design is chosen for the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), they will be built locally. The SAN is seeking to procure new OPVs and inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) under Project Biro and Navantia... 

Small South African defence businesses succeeding in sector 

     5th November 2015 While the local defence industry is dominated by relatively large companies, there are also smaller companies succeeding in the sector. 

Small South African defence businesses succeeding in sector
Small South African defence businesses succeeding in sector

SA aircraft project making good use of 3D printing 

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2015 Additive layer manufacturing, better known as 3D printing,  is playing an important role in South Africa's Ahrlac armed reconnaissance and light aircraft project. "3-D printing has transformed the Ahrlac programme," Ahrlac programme manager Paul Potgieter (Junior) told Engineering News Online on... 

SA aircraft project making good use of 3D printing
Photo by Keith Campbell
Ahrlac

Airbus stressed synergies with SAA as UK RAF A330 Voyager visits S Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2015 Airbus Defence and Space: Military Aircraft has highlighted that its A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) has significant commonalities with the Airbus A330-200 commercial airliner, upon which it is based. The South African Air Force (SAAF) once operated a fleet of four Boeing 707 tankers,... 

Airbus stressed synergies with SAA as UK RAF A330 Voyager visits S Africa
An Airbus MRTT tanker aircraft refuels an Airbus A400M aircraft

Airbus Defence and Space continues to win orders for its aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2015 European aerospace company Airbus Defence and Space has reported continuing market success. "We keep growing not only the number of planes [on order] but the number of our customers and the number of countries," highlighted company military aircraft sales head Antonio Rodriguez Barberan at its... 

Airbus Defence and Space continues to win orders for its aircraft
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
An A400M on the Final Assembly Line in Seville

Airbus believes it has best product for SA Air Force needs 

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2015 Airbus Defence and Space regards its C295 light/medium transport and maritime patrol aircraft as the best product in its range to meet the needs of the South African Air Force (SAAF) in these areas. The company has also been working on surveillance versions of its A320 single-aisle airliner.... 

Airbus believes it has best product for SA Air Force needs
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
An Airbus C295W transport aircraft

Tense times increase pressure on Airbus’ defence business

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2015 The changing and deteriorating international situation is having a clear impact on European defence enterprise Airbus Defence and Space, company military aircraft sales head Antonio Rodriguez Barberan reported at its recent Trade Media Briefing (TMB). "There are conflicts," he pointed out. "There... 

Tense times increase pressure on Airbus’ defence business
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A Eurofighter Typhoon of the British Royal Air Force (foreground) intercepts an Il-20 intelligence-gathering aircraft of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea

South Africa is number two base for German high-tech sensor company

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2015 Germany-based Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security, currently a business unit of Airbus Defence and Space (itself part of Airbus Group) wants to expand its activities in South Africa. The entity has its biggest foreign operation in South Africa. "Our second biggest site is in South Africa,"... 

South Africa is number two base for German high-tech sensor company
Photo by Airbus Defence and Space
An Airbus DS Cobra counter-battery radar

Cooperation key to combating international cybercrime – Interpol

By: Schalk Burger     30th October 2015 Security incidents, natural disasters and cybercrime often transcend national boundaries, and sharing information helps to improve assistance, reaction speed and countermeasures to these events, as well as coordination among States, says international security cooperation body Interpol digital... 

Small SA defence company successfully carving a niche for itself

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2015 Small South African defence company Twiga Services has recently started sea trials with its latest product, an 8.5 m long military patrol boat. Manufactured out of high density polyethylene (better known as HDPE) it is designated the Rugged 850 Military Patrol Boat (MPB). “The Rugged 850 MPB is... 

Some catching up needed

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2015 Over the years, I have been to quite a few defence technology and industry conferences in South Africa. Invariably, they include lots of fascinating presentations and show just how impressive and high-tech the South African defence industry is. It certain areas, South Africa is one of only a tiny... 

Airbus exec on the outlook for electric flight and unmanned aviation

By: Keith Campbell     23rd October 2015 Major European aerospace enterprise, the Airbus Group, is working on innovations across the breadth of its activities, which include airliners, defence and space activities and helicopters. Some of these activities were recently highlighted by Airbus Defence and Space VP and Head of Disruptive... 

S African, Spanish groups sign shipbuilding agreement 

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South African private sector defence group Paramount signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spanish State-owned shipbuilder Navantia, in Pretoria, on Friday. This new MoU builds on a previous agreement signed between the two companies at the beginning of this year. "This is another... 

S African, Spanish groups sign shipbuilding agreement

SA companies should seek more UN business

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division Field Procurement Service Chief Sean Purcell pointed out recently that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from South African companies... 

Armscor seeks to strengthen domestic industry

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South Africa's defence procurement, disposals and research and development agency Armscor is busy changing its relationship with the South African Defence industry, Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford has affirmed. It is moving from being prescriptive to industry to being collaborative with industry.... 

Machine tools trade exhibition returns

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Exhibition organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery last month announced the official launch of Machine Tools Africa 2017, an upcoming trade conference and exhibition that is expected to be the biggest Africa-based trade expo of its kind. The exhibition will be held at the Johannesburg Expo... 

Machine tools trade  exhibition returns
MAKING A COMEBACK The largest African trade exhibition of its kind will take place in May 2017

South African defence industry faces challenges in tough conditions

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe has assured that the State-owned defence industrial group will not be changing its strategy. He was giving the opening address at the group’s recent 2015 Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria.  

‘I was just a normal village girl’ – SA’s first black female navy commander

By: News24Wire      12th October 2015 As a girl in the village of Lady Frere, Zimasa Mabela’s life revolved around school, and fetching firewood and water from the river. The country’s first black female navy commander says she only saw the sea for the first time when she was 18. 

Unmanned air vehicles and pseudo satellites being developed by Airbus

By: Keith Campbell     9th October 2015 The most important technology for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) operating in non-segregated airspace (in which manned and even civilian aircraft would be encountered) is "sense and avoid" technology. This would allow the UAV to detect and avoid other aircraft. So pointed out Airbus Defence and... 

Unmanned air vehicles and pseudo satellites being developed by Airbus
The Barracuda UAV

CSIR has developed add-on protection for armoured vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     8th October 2015 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has successfully developed a counter-improvised explosive device (IED) shaped charge protection system for vehicles. This was reported on Thursday at the CSIR Conference in Pretoria by Rayeesa Ahmed, research group leader for protection... 

CSIR has developed add-on protection for armoured vehicles

AU peacekeepers on their way to SA

By: News24Wire      8th October 2015 The African Union will conduct a field training exercise in the Northern Cape later this month to test the state of readiness of the continental peacekeeping force. The African Standby Force’s rapid deployment capability would also be evaluated, said Lieutenant General Derrick Mgwebi, chief of... 

AU peacekeepers on their way to SA

SA defence companies urged to find balance between cooperation and competition

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 South African defence companies must be able to both compete and cooperate with each other. So affirmed Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) senior VP Micael Johansson on Thursday. "In South Africa and on the continent, we need to get the balance right between competition, which is necessary and healthy,... 

SA defence companies urged to find balance between cooperation and competition

SA companies should seek more UN business

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division field procurement service chief Sean Purcell pointed out on Thursday that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from South African companies... 

SA companies should seek more UN business

CSIR test-flies aircraft pod intended to test electronics

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International Airport, north-west of... 

South African group scoring success with simulation systems

By: Keith Campbell     2nd October 2015 South African company Saab Grintek Defence is currently actively marketing its BattleTek military command and control (C2) simulation system to a number of African countries as well as to two in South East Asia and two in South America. “The local capability we’ve developed is world class. We... 

Alaris keeps eyes on acquisition opportunities, narrows FY losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2015 AltX-listed Alaris has its eyes locked on acquisition opportunities in the US and Europe as it narrows its losses for the year ended June 30. The group, formerly known as Poynting, earlier this month abandoned its bid for Antenna Research Associates (ARA), after the US-based business failed to... 

Armscor wants to strengthen SA industry

By: Keith Campbell     1st October 2015 South Africa's defence procurement, disposals and research and development agency Armscor is busy changing its relationship with the South African defence industry, Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford affirmed on Thursday. It is moving from being prescriptive to industry to being collaborative with... 

Denel steady-as-she-goes despite executive suspensions

By: Keith Campbell     1st October 2015 Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe has assured that the State-owned defence industrial group will not be changing its strategy. He was giving the opening address at the group's 2015 Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria on Thursday. Late last month, Denel Group CEO Riaz... 

Denel steady-as-she-goes despite executive suspensions

R700m buy could be behind Denel suspensions

By: News24Wire      28th September 2015 Serious cash flow problems after the recent acquisition of the local vehicle manufacturing component of BAE Systems Land Systems for more than R700-million are rumoured to be a possible reason for the suspension of three top managers at SA weapons manufacturer Denel, Netwerk24 reported on Monday.... 

R700m buy could be behind Denel suspensions
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee

Denel CEO put on special leave pending probe 

By: News24Wire      25th September 2015 State-owned defence manufacturer Denel on Wednesday placed three senior executives on special leave pending an investigation. Fin24 received a tip-off on Friday that the board placed CEO Riaz Saloojee, chief financial officer Fikile Mhlontlo and group company secretary Elizabeth Africa on special... 

Denel CEO put on special leave pending probe
Photo by Duane Daws
Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee

DTI reiterates Aerosud presence at CAV

By: SANews, SA government news service     22nd September 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reiterated that Aerosud occupies a building in the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV). “Assertions by the Democratic Alliance that this is not the case are baseless,” said the DTI on Monday. This as it was reported that the chairman of the privately... 

DTI reiterates Aerosud presence at CAV

CSIR test-flies aircraft pod intended as flying laboratory 

By: Keith Campbell     17th September 2015 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Thursday that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International Airport, north-west of... 

CSIR test-flies aircraft pod intended as flying laboratory
Photo by Matthias Kabel
A preserved Hunter T.68, in Swiss Air Force colours

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