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Mar 01, 2011
Government is "haggling hard" to get manufacturer Airbus to pay it nearly R3-billion, an amount linked to the SANDF's cancelled contract for eight Airbus A400M aircraft, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Tuesday. Speaking to members of Parliament's watchdog...
Feb 18, 2011
Giant US aerospace group Boeing has sourced components from South African companies worth $365-million over the past ten or so years, reveals the company’s Director for International sales (Commercial Airplanes), Miguel Santos. This programme originated when national...
Feb 18, 2011
South African airline company Comair, operator of the British Airways brand in South Africa and the Kulula low cost airline brand, has signed an approximately $646-million deal with US aerospace giant Boeing for the supply of eight Boeing 737-800 airliners. “The...
Feb 18, 2011
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS), in conjunction with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and several international partners, are launching South Africa’s first Master of Engineering (M Eng) in Radar...
Feb 18, 2011
State-owned arms manufacturer Denel has put much effort into driving innovation and technological advances, with a focus on operational excellence through improved programme management, supply chain efficiencies and cost reduction.
Feb 18, 2011
Stainless steel trailer manufacturer Desert Wolf has been appointed as the South Africa distributor of the US thermal imaging manufacturer Flir’s land systems.
Feb 18, 2011
Several strategic studies have been commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to ensure that the South African aerospace and defence industries are effectively positioned for future competitiveness...
Dec 13, 2010
State-owned defence company Denel Aviation confirmed the sale of 12 Cheetah C supersonic fighter aircraft to Ecuador on Monday, following a sale agreement signing ceremony, which took place recently in Quito. CEO Mike Kgobe, who signed the deal, announced that Denel...
Dec 10, 2010
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A pilot initiative designed to reduce property-related crimes through the use of an owner-identifying technology called microdotting was launched in Gauteng on Thursday. The project will see newly-trained youth apply microdots to the valuables of 500 households...
Oct 22, 2010
The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM) will receive full delivery of nine remote surveillance systems, housed in stainless steel trailers worth about R800 000 each, and a mobile control room worth R6-million before the end of October, reports local manufacturer...
Oct 15, 2010
Laser system supplier SDI Lasers will soon be releasing a new environment-friendly and cost-effective laser-based paint removal system.
Oct 15, 2010
US aerospace and defence giant Lockheed Martin, which is marketing its C-130J Super Hercules airlift aircraft to the South African Air Force (SAAF) to replace its existing fleet of C-130BZ Hercules, has developed a high opinion of South African industry. “We have...
Oct 08, 2010
British officials believe that South African aerospace and defence companies could benefit the opportunities provided by the UK’s defence acquisition process. “Although the UK defence budget is under pressure, 40% of [British] acquisition spending goes to overseas,...
Oct 08, 2010
Airliner manufacturing giant Airbus has announced that two South African companies have been awarded contracts to produce parts and subsystems for the European company’s latest design, the A350 XWB. The two companies concerned are both private sector enterprises,...
Oct 08, 2010
The industrial participation programmes of British companies that supplied South Africa with new aircraft under the Strategic Defence Re-equipment (SDR) programme that was launched in 1999 are now almost totally concluded. Westland, now part of the Italian-owned...
Oct 07, 2010
South Africa's negotiations with European aerospace group EADS for the repayment of R2,9-billion could be finalised before the end of this year, a senior military official said on Thursday. Last year, South Africa pulled out of Europe's largest defence project when...
Oct 07, 2010
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Some 85% of the maintenance of the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) Hawk fighter trainers can now be done locally, saving the country a considerable amount in foreign exchange. The proportion for the Gripen is now about 65%, although this will increase.
Sep 24, 2010
With problems with the production of its A380 Superjumbo being overcome, production rates increasing, and more and more examples of the biggest airliner in the world entering revenue-generating service with a steadily lengthening list of airlines, European aircraft...
Sep 22, 2010
Mechem, a subsidiary of State-owned Denel, on Wednesday launched its latest version of the Casspir MK IV mine-protection vehicle at the African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Expo, in Cape Town. Mechem CEO Ashley Williams pointed out that the latest model had a number...
Sep 21, 2010
South African shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Cape Town, part of the Dutch multinational Damen shipbuilding group, would consider expanding its facilities in Cape Town if the South African Navy's (SAN's) Project Biro resulted in this country ordering a...
Sep 17, 2010
Aerospace company Denel Aviation, part of the State-owned Denel Group, is embarking on an aggressive marketing strategy to pursue markets beyond South Africa’s borders.
Sep 17, 2010
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing an omnidirectional optical maritime surveillance system for the South African Navy (SAN). “This is a real time system,” reports CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety and Security Optronic Sensor Systems...
Sep 17, 2010
The acquisition of the Saab Gripen fighter by the South African Air Force has further strengthened the country’s expertise in the sphere of airborne radars. This has been revealed by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Chief Radar and Electronic...
Sep 17, 2010
The Gripen fighter, being phased into service by the South African Air Force (SAAF), is already delivering on the promises made by its manufacturer, Saab of Sweden. So reports Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Chief Radar and Electronic Warfare...
Sep 17, 2010
Specialist supplier of military vehicles, equipment and services to armies and police forces in Africa and internationally, International Vehicle & Equipment Marketing (IVEMA), is a small company with a big company approach.
Sep 17, 2010
Military vehicles and equipment supplier International Vehicle & Equipment Marketing (IVEMA) will this month launch a remanufactured Ratel 6 x 6 infantry fighting vehicle fitted with a new Cummins diesel engine that has been specially adapted to fit into the...
Sep 17, 2010
The International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA) 2010 will be held from November 23 to November 25, in Cape Town, and will be convened by the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) and the Flight Test Society of South Africa.
Sep 17, 2010
To determine what aerospace skills are needed in South Africa and to enable tertiary institutions to structure relevant courses to meet the industry’s long-term demands, a well-defined, updated and relevant aerospace sector strategy is needed, says National Aerospace...
Sep 15, 2010
South African aerospace company Advanced Technologies & Engineering (ATE) and European helicopter giant Eurocopter jointly announced on Wednesday that they have won an export order for Eurocopter's EC635 light helicopter fitted with ATE's Stand Alone Weapons Systems...
Sep 10, 2010
Engineers at South African missile and unmanned air vehicle (UAV) company Denel Dynamics are convinced that Iran’s recently unveiled new UAV, the Karrar, is based on an old American design, and not on the Denel Dynamics Skua target drone.

Sep 01, 2010
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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing an omnidirectional optical maritime surveillance system for the South African Navy (SAN). "This is a real time system," reported CSIR defence, peace, safety and security optronic sensor systems...
Sep 01, 2010
The Gripen fighter, being phased into service by the South African Air Force (SAAF), is already delivering on the promises made by its manufacturer, Saab of Sweden. This was reported on Wednesday by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chief radar...
Sep 01, 2010
The acquisition of the Saab Gripen fighter by the South African Air Force has further strengthened the country's expertise in the sphere of airborne radars, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chief radar and electronic warfare systems engineer...
Aug 31, 2010
South Africa should regard its aerospace industry as a "national university" and as a key enabler of the country's industrial development, a leading researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) argued on Tuesday. CSIR Aerospace Initiative...
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
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Six rocket launchers and four mortars are among weaponry thathas gone missing from SA National Defence Force arsenals over the past year, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu revealed on Monday. The missing launchers include three 88 mm anti-tank...
Jun 25, 2010
Last November, the South African government cancelled this country’s order for eight Airbus Military A400M strategic transport and air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft, “due to extensive cost escalation and the supplier’s failure to deliver the aircraft within the...
Jun 04, 2010
Black-controlled investment company Sekunjalo would become a shareholder in Saab South Africa, it announced this week. Sekunjalo CEO Khalid Abdulla said that the move was in line with the company's strategy to become a partner of choice to multinationals in key...
May 21, 2010
The main A400M work packages being carried out by South African companies Aerosud and Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA) are not in danger at the moment, despite the fact that South Africa withdrew from the programme and cancelled its order for eight of the military...
May 20, 2010
European military transport and special mission aircraft maker Airbus Military earlier this month signed a new contract with South Africa's defence procurement, disposals and research and development agency Armscor to provide support for two of the company's types of...
May 19, 2010
Should South Africa choose the Airbus Military C-295 as its future maritime surveillance and maritime patrol aircraft, replacing its now more than 65 year old Douglas C-47TPs, there will be no difficulty in integrating any South African systems into them. "There...
May 19, 2010
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Avionics company Saab South Africa is supplying its structural health monitoring system to Airbus Military for installation in a number of that company's A330 multi-role tanker and transport (MRTT) aircraft. "Saab South Africa is providing us with the hardware – the...
May 18, 2010
South African missile manufacturer Denel Dynamics, which is a wholly owned division of State-owned defence group Denel, confirmed on Tuesday that restructuring proposals, including one that involves the introduction of a strategic equity partner, have been submitted...
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