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Aerospace

Defence acquisition agency supports police procurement efforts

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 South African defence acquisition, disposal, and research-and-development agency Armscor also plays a key role in supporting the acquisition of key specialised equipment for the South African Police Service (SAPS). 

Air-to-air missile deal only weeks away from full consummation

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2006 Update on Brazilian investment in Denel A-Darter missile project: contract not yet signed, but nearly finished. 

SAAT set to begin first passenger-to-freighter conversion in March

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2006 The technical division of South African Airways, South African Airways Technical (SAAT), concluded a technology agreement with international aerospace company Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in December, which has positioned it as a new global hub for the conversion of passenger aircraft into... 

Brazil invests in SA missile-developoment programme

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2006 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has formally revealed that it is investing $52-million in South Africa’s A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM) project. 

Amateurs pump their own cash into rocket project

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2006 THE Saranglo project of the South African Rocketry Association (Sara) is not dead despite the failure of the first launch attempt last October. 

Africa displays higher-than-world aerospace growth

By: Matthew Hill     20th January 2006 Boeing’s strategy of a balanced portfolio of products and services has been instrumental in ensuring the company’s ongoing success in an extremely competitive environment. 

Ensuring safe South African skies

By: Matthew Hill     20th January 2006 Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) was established in 1993 to ensure the safe navigation of aircraft while in flight, says CEO Wrenelle Stander in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. “And in order to accomplish this a broad spectrum of activities need to synergise; there are... 

Business jets lead commercial aircraft

By: Matthew Hill     20th January 2006 Over its existence of some 60 years, National Airways Corporation (NAC) has grown to become the largest general aviation company on the African continent. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News NAC CEO Martin Banner states that much of this success is owed to the impressive growth... 

Denel set to benefit form UK-Saudi Arabia deal

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2006 SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel is likely be a beneficiary of the recent agreement between Britain and Saudi Arabia in which the Saudis agreed to buy Typhoon fighers. 

SA Gripen hits Swedish skies on maiden flight

By: Matthew Hill     20th January 2006 Saab and BAE Systems’ acquired a joint direct industrial participation (DIP) obligation arising from South Africa’s combined procurement of 28 Gripen fighters and 24 Hawk lead-in fighter trainers from the two companies. The aircraft purchase is worth $2.2-billion, but attracts a... 

Denel likely to have decades of business from fighter-trainer work

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 Denel could benefit from work on the BAE Systems Hawk fighter-trainer over the next three decades providing components for perhaps as many as 350 new aircraft. 

European airlift order to benefit SA

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2005 South Africa's aviation industry continues to reap benefits from this country's decision to join the Airbus Military A400M military airlift aircraft programme as a partner. 

Brazil considering investing in South African missile development

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2005 Brazilian Air Force Commander Air-Lieu-tenant-Brigadier (equivalent to South African Air Force General) Luis Carlos da Silva Bueno has revealed that Brazil and South Africa are currently undertaking a study on cooperating in the development of the A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM). 

Talking turkey

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2005 Denel CEO Shaun Liebenberg recently revealed that a large European defence contractor has joined Denel as a partner to bid for the Turkish contract for an attack helicopter. 

Denel investigates fault in unmanned-craft flight

17th November 2005 Defence parastatal Denel reported yesterday that, during a development test flight this week, one of its 'Seeker' unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was damaged in an emergency landing north of Pretoria. 

Airforce mulls regime change

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 A feature of the South African Air Force (SAAF) that has puzzled foreigners and, indeed, local observers, is its expensive approach to flying training. 

SA missile concludes trials with a bang

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has confirmed the successful completion of flight trials of its Umkhonto (“Spear”) naval surface-to-air missile (SAM). 

Airbus signs Chinese cooperation protocol

11th November 2005 China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC 1) and Airbus this week signed a protocol to confirm the extension of their cooperation in activities to produce A320 Family wing boxes in China. 

Local aerospace firm in BEE deal

By: Liezel Hill     8th November 2005 Aircraft systems and aeromechanical solutions provider Aerosud yesterday announced the conclusion of a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal, which will effectively raise black-owned equity in the firm to 28%. 

Too late for turnaround, but new pilot has plan to avert disaster

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2005 South African loss-making State-owned defence industrial group Denel is, over the next three to four years, to undergo what is arguably its most radicalrestructuring since the company was created in 1992. 

SA aviation firm aids relief efforts

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2005 Within 24 hours of last week’s devastating earthquake in Kashmir SA aviation company Naturelink was contacted by NGOs seeking to contract aircraft to fly aid to the survivors. 

Nonstop African service

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2005 South African aviation company Naturelink has become the official service centre for Africa for civil aircraft manufactured by the Brazilian company Embraer. 

Value for Brazilian Air Force contract withd Denel revealed

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 THE Brazilian Air Force has revealed the value of the contract it has entered into with SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel for use of Denel’s Skua target drones in missile tests. 

SA eyes unmanned-aircraft niche

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2005 THE South African Air Force (SAAF) hopes that South Africa will be able to recapture its place as a world-leader in the development and operation of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

Defence industrial participation progress uneven

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2005 SA defence offset programmes for new ships, subs, aircraft and helicopters have delivered more than R7,6-billion in benefits since the end of 1999. 

Skills development part of engine giant's pledge to Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Rolls-Royce will be providing the SAAF with lifetime support for the Rolls-Royce Adour 951 engines that will power the SAAF’s new BAE Systems Hawks. 

Multimillion-rand upgrade contract signed

9th September 2005 Local company Grintek has been contracted by ATNS, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company, to supply, install and commission navigation aids across South Africa for a project that is being implemented by ATNS. 

Aerospace has to follow in auto sector's footsteps

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 There are a number of issues, which need to be considered when one assumes that there are problems within the aerospace sector. 

A R563,2bn order book for aerospace giant

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 The aerospace industry in South Africa is fast pacing itself, so much so, that it is expected to catch up with automotive conformations by 2014. 

Air show preparing for Sept 2006 take-off

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 The biannual Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition is one of the largest air shows in the world and has catapulted both the South African and African aerospace industry into the limelight. 

Flying high with latest collision-avoidance system

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 Collision-avoidance systems are looked upon as an important element of safety in the aerospace industry assisting pilots in keeping safe distances between aircraft while being airborne. 

Largest supplier of batteries is still powering ahead

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 Being one of the largest suppliers of high-performance batteries to the defence and civilian industries in South Africa, Germiston-based company Aztec Electronics has been in the battery-supplying business for some 26 years. 

Aerospace firm to take lead role in aviation industry

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 One of the fastest-growing aerospace companies in South Africa, Aerosud, is by design and circumstance, required to assume a lead role in a number of areas in the aeromechanical sector of the country’s aviation industry. 

Denel in finance vice

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 A story on how difficult the international environment is for SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

Trailer industry benefits from moving-floor technology

26th August 2005 Moving-floor technology in the trailer industry is becoming increasingly popular since it enables the legal transport of larger loads with no risk of instability during unloading. 

PUSHING THE ENVELOPE

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 Although Airbus’ giant A380 jetliner is still in the early stages of flight test, the company is driving head with its next project – the A350 twin-engined long-range airliner. 

Rough times for SA aviation

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 THE SA commercial & general aviation sectors have been hard hit by the failure of key parastatals & government departments to grasp their contribution to the national economy. 

The A380 final assembly facility is simply awesome

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 A report on the final assembly of the giant Airbus A380 airliner. 

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