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May 20, 2011
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It has taken some 25 years, but South Africa’s attack helicopter programme has finally delivered a fully operational aircraft to the South African Air Force (SAAF). On April 1, five upgraded Denel Rooivalk helicopters were formally handed over to the Chief of the...
May 20, 2011
It has taken some 25 years, but South Africa’s attack helicopter programme has finally delivered a fully operational aircraft to the South African Air Force (SAAF).
May 19, 2011
In Madrid on Wednesday, Airbus Military CEO Domingo Ureña expressed confidence that his company and the South African government will come to a mutually beneficial agreement regarding the A400 programme and the work packages currently assigned to South African...
May 18, 2011
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Military, a subsidiary of airliner maker Airbus, revealed in Madrid on Wednesday that it is developing an airborner early warning and control (AEW&C) version of its C295 twin turboprop aircraft. The C295 is already available in...
May 17, 2011
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European aerospace company Airbus Military is offering South Africa dual role aircraft for the country´s Project Saucepan maritime surveillance aircraft programme. Saucepan is being accelerated because of the spread of Somali piracy to Southern African waters. The...
May 12, 2011
The South African Police Service (SAPS) on Thursday partnered with Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) and community forums to roll out an initiative that would deploy owner-identifying technology called microdotting to mark household assets in an effort to...
May 10, 2011
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President Jacob Zuma has appointed lieutenant-general Solly Shoke as the chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) with effect from June 1. Shoke replaces general Nhlanhla Ngwenya, who was recently appointed South Africa's Ambassador to Angola.
Apr 13, 2011
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The air force cannot afford to put its new Gripen jet fighters into flight for the required number of hours, Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano conceded on Wednesday. "No, we are not going to fly the required number of hours," the air force chief told a media briefing...
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Air Force Base (AFB) Ysterplaat in Cape Town is one of the most important air bases in South Africa. It, and its assigned squadrons (Sqdns) and units, are the custodians of both some of the most modern and advanced, and some of the oldest, technologies in use with...
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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For decades, if not longer, many science fiction stories simply assumed that, one day, tourists would enter and traverse space, with space tourism simply forming a background element in their plots. It was probably in 1967 that space conferences first had papers...
Dec 03, 2010
Thailand’s signing of an order for six more Saab Gripen fighters is welcome good news for beleaguered South African aerospace company Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA), which manufactures major Gripen structures. “We are very excited whenever Gripens sell into the...
Nov 26, 2010
Astronomy and space science can be used to stimulate children and especially teenagers to study maths and science. So argues Massachussets Institute of Technology aerospace engineering professor and retired US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa)...
Nov 12, 2010
South Africa is rapidly running out of time to join the Embraer KC-390 military transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft programme. The KC-390 is a twin jet aircraft being designed and developed by Brazil’s highly successful and private-sector aircraft...
Nov 11, 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.

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