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Aerospace

Cheetah beaten by Tiger in Brazil

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2005 SOUTH Africa’s Cheetah fighter loses out in competition for interim fighter for Brazil, but R-Darter missile still in contention for BVRAAM requirement. 

Botswana installs new air-defence system

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2005 SPANISH defence electronics and systems company Indra is currently developing a full air defence command and control system for Botswana in a €7,1-million contract. 

AgustaWestland seeks SA ground-support expertise

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2005 MORE details on configuration of SA Super Lynx helicopters & some more on offsets. 

SA missiles system enhanced

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 Details and technical specifications of the Denel Aerospace Systems R-Darter beyond visual range air-to-air missile. 

Brazil makes interim fighter choice

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2005 South African hopes to sell or lease second-hand Denel Cheetah C multirole fighters to the Brazilian Air Force seem to have been dashed. 

Lesotho may come to South Africa's aid on peaking power

By: Nicola Mawson     18th March 2005 The Highlands of Lesotho could provide the region with an additional 1 000 MW of hydro peaking power if a proposed pumped-storage scheme is found to be economically viable. 

Cheetah in Brazil air force race, but . . .

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2005 Senior Brazilian Air Force officers have confirmed that SA’s Denel Cheetah fighter and Denel R-Darter missile are in contention for Brazilian requirements. 

Future jet-engine technologies studied

By: Keith Campbell     11th March 2005 Around the world, scientists and engineers are working on various advanced and even exotic concepts for future power plants for aircraft, especially for high-speed, high-altitude, low-pollution flight. 

Empowered flooring firm seeks low-cost housing niche

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 What is reportedly South Africa’s first, and currently only, 100% black-owned flooring manufacturer, Marley FloorWorX, is looking at new avenues, especially in low-cost housing, says MD Dr Donald Platt. 

26 years of supplying high-performance batteries

25th February 2005 Established in 1979, Aztec Electronics supplies high-performance batteries and related components to the defence industry. 

Defencetek's contribution to quality of life

By: Liezel Hill     25th February 2005 “In short, the mandate of the CSIR is to contribute to the quality of life of the people of South Africa through research and development,” asserts CSIR Defence Technology (Defencetek) director Andr 

Time to take our technological heritage more seriously

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th February 2005 Some years ago the South African Air Force, in collaboration with others, rebuilt what was possibly the best flying Spitfire fighter aircraft in the world. 

Brazil mulls SA missile for air force

By: Keith Campbell     18th February 2005 BRAZILIAN sources have again indicated that this country’s Denel R-Darter beyond-visual-range air-to-air-missile (BVRAAM) is a contender for the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) requirement for this category of weapon. 

SA parts fly high in choppers . . .

By: Keith Campbell     21st January 2005 SA designed and manufactured components for AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 helicopters continue to exceed expectations & the company is offering them to the rest of its customers. 

. . . offset opportunities sought

By: Keith Campbell     21st January 2005 HELICOPTER-manufacturer AgustaWestland has so far claimed some  

Cessna introduces advanced aircraft

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Rated as the largest manufacturer of aviation equipment in units sold, Cessna, whose franchise in South Africa is held by Comair, is growing rapidly. 

Aircraft sales soar as rand strength continues

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 With the South African economy booming and the rand remaining strong, aircraft sales have been buoyant, says National Airways and Finance Corporation (NAC) executive director Graeme Conlyn. 

Global industrial group acquires NDT specialist

14th January 2005 GE Inspection Technologies, a division of GE Transportation, has completed its acquisition of Hocking NDT (Hocking), after receipt of all required regulatory approvals. 

Attack choppe's enviro-control system being upgraded

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Gauteng-based Booyco Engineering is upgrading the environmental-control system (ECS) of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopter, in collaboration with Denel Aerospace. 

Firm invents business tool for airlines

By: abdul cook     14th January 2005 Pretoria-based Airline Control Systems has introduced a new business tool for airlines called PerformAir. 

Aerospace training centre opens its doors

14th January 2005 The Denel Centre for Learning and Development (DCLD), the largest public skills-development and training programme in Africa for the aerospace and defence industry, has opened its doors 

Boeing's contribution to South African business

14th January 2005 The world's largest aerospace and defence company, Boeing, concluded 2004 by increasing its contribution to business and the community in South Africa and the region in several ways. 

New concept in vehicle self protection for peacekeeping

14th January 2005 A South African company owned jointly by Grintek (South Africa) and Saab (Sweden), Avitronics has launched a revolutionary new system at African Aerospace and Defence 2004. 

Military aircraft decision excites aerospace firms

By: Keith Campbell     14th January 2005 THE signing of a Declaration of Intent between SA & Airbus Military means that SA companies will produce components for every A400M military transport aicraft that is built. 

Brazil again mulls Cheetah

By: Keith Campbell     14th January 2005 SOUTH Africa’s Denel Cheetah C multirole fighter is again under consideration by Brazil as an interim interceptor fighter for that country’s air force. 

First SA-assembled Hawk completes maiden flight

14th January 2005 South Africa's first locally-assembled Hawk fighter trainer aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday. 

SA joins Airbus design and manufacture programme

10th December 2004 The South African government has announced that it has accepted an invitation from Airbus Military for South Africa to participate in the A400M multi-role mission transport aircraft design and manufacture programme. 

'SA manufacturing more competitive than Europe, US'

By: Martin Czernowalow     29th November 2004 South African Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin on Friday declared that the country is more competitive and productive in terms of manufacturing than Europe or the US, and added that South Africa could also match China and India of competitiveness. 

Safe landings and the runway lights that make them possible

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     19th November 2004 I read that some enterprising fellow has developed and patented a method of providing runway illumination for aircraft landing at night. 

SA sells surplus aircraft spares

By: Keith Campbell     19th November 2004 SOUTH Africa’s defence acquisition, disposal and research and development agency Armscor, and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB in Portuguese acronym) have both confirmed that the latter has bought a significant quantity of aircraft spare parts from the former. 

Africa must make big air-traffic control decisions

By: Keith Campbell     19th November 2004 IN the next couple of years the countries of Africa will have to decide on whether or not they will adopt a regional approach to air traffic control (ATC) rather than the current national approaches. 

Safety critical in design of maintenance products

19th November 2004 Equipment maker Bellambie Mining & Industrial director George McMaster says that safety is critical in the design of the company’s products used in maintenance procedures. 

Leading Swede on new Denel board

By: Keith Campbell     12th November 2004 ONE of the most interesting aspects of the new board of State-owned aviation and defence group Denel, which was announced last week, is the inclusion of Swedish national Bengt Halse as a nonexecutive director. 

East African country unveils new diverse-project suite

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th November 2004 Malawi - The Malawian government has lined up projects worth millions of dollars in different sectors such as the airline industry, fish farming and mining, which are to be carried out by its investment arm, the Malawi Development Corporation (MDC). 

Is $16bn counter-trade promise bearing fruit?

By: Keith Campbell     8th November 2004 Nearly five years after the signing of most of the contracts for the strategic defence re-equipment programme for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), and more than four years after these contracts came into effect, the taxpayers of South Africa can see – and, in person or via... 

Offset tracking

5th November 2004 Four years on, is the $16bn counter-trade promise bearing fruit? 

Flooring company becomes empowered

5th November 2004 On October 1, Marley Flooring, a subsidiary of Marley SA, was acquired by the Empowerment Financial Investment Company (EFIC) and rebranded as Marley FloorworX. 

Aircraft-maintenance giant seeks non-SAA work

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2004 With most domestic companies struggling for skills, aircraft maintenance and repair organisation (MRO) South African Technical (SAT) is in the fairly unique position of having too much capacity - for the next two years anyway. 

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