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Defence & Aerospace

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 2 hours 48 minutes ago State-owned defence industrial group Denel confirmed on Tuesday that it will pay its staff only 85% of their salaries for this month. “Due to ongoing liquidity challenges we are now faced with unfortunate reality that the company is not in a position to fulfil the 100% salary obligation,” stated... 

Rolls-Royce reports strong progress in its civil aerospace 'IntelligentEngine' initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th June 2019 UK-based global major power plant manufacturer Rolls-Royce has reported that its “IntelligentEngine” philosophy (also referred to as a vision) is making strong progress throughout its Civil Aerospace products and services “portfolio”, powerfully driven by the capabilities of digital technology.... 

Rolls-Royce reports strong progress in its civil aerospace 'IntelligentEngine' initiative
Photo by Rolls-Royce
Trent 1000 civil aeroengines on a Rolls-Royce production line

Ethiopia's army chief, top regional officials killed in northern coup attempt

By: Reuters     24th June 2019 Ethiopia's army chief of staff and the regional president of the northern state of Amhara were killed in two related attacks when a general tried to seize control of Amhara in an attempted coup, the prime minister's office said on Sunday. Amhara state president Ambachew Mekonnen and his advisor... 

CSIR announces new head of its Defence and Security Technology Sector Cluster

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Friday that Sipho Mbhokota had been appointed as the new executive manager of CSIR Defence and Security (previously Defence, Peace, Safety and Security). He has been at the CSIR since 2014, when he was appointed Competency... 

South African drone sector association created

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 A representative body for the South African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, sector was launched on Thursday evening at Kyalami, north of Johannesburg. This is the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS – another term for drones), officially abbreviated to Safu.... 

South African drone sector association created

Aerospace giants displaying their wares at Paris

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 Global major aerospace groups Airbus and Boeing are both using the current Paris Air Show (at Le Bourget Airport) to display innovative technologies and programmes. Airbus will also be marking its 50th birthday. Both companies will have commercial and military, fixed- and rotary-wing, aircraft on... 

Solidarity offers input on how Denel can resolve its financial problems

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th June 2019 Solidarity has submitted a memorandum with containing possible solutions it believes will help defence group Denel overcome the challenges it faces. The memorandum was addressed to Denel CE Dr Danie du Toit and was compiled after Solidarity conducted a survey among its members at Denel group... 

Aviation technology leaders reaffirm their determination to cut industry’s CO2 emissions

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th June 2019 At the 2019 Paris Air Show on Tuesday, the Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) of seven of the world’s major aerospace companies issued a joint statement on their joint and cooperative commitment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the aviation industry. The companies were, in alphabetical... 

Aviation technology leaders reaffirm their determination to cut industry’s CO2 emissions

SA soldiers and Mozambique border police involved in shooting incident

By: African News Agency      18th June 2019 South African soldiers and Mozambique police have been involved in a shooting incident along the border in KwaZulu-Natal, prompting a board of inquiry into the matter. "The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) can confirm that a shooting incident occurred between the South African... 

Airbus launches extra long range version of its best-selling airliner family

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th June 2019 At the Paris Air Show on Monday, global major aerospace group Airbus launched the latest version of its A321neo (new engine option) single-aisle airliner (itself the largest model in the A320neo family). This is the A321XLR, XLR standing for extra long range. This new version, which will enter... 

Airbus launches extra long range version of its best-selling airliner family
Photo by Airbus
Computer-generated image of the A321XLR

Airbus signs amended contract with launch customers for A400M airlifter

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 The Airbus group announced in Amsterdam on Friday that it had signed an amendment to its contract with OCCAR (the French acronym for the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) for the A400M military airlift aircraft. The OCCAR member states are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the... 

Airbus signs amended contract with launch customers for A400M airlifter
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A400M

Comair expects financial hit from 737 MAX grounding, but is filling the fleet gap

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair has suffered financially from having to ground its newly delivered Boeing 737 MAX airliner earlier this year, following two fatal crashes involving the type in just five months in late 2018 and early 2019, which killed 346 people. “We’re obviously... 

Airbus has flown flapping wing-tip scale demonstrator aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th June 2019 Europe-based giant aerospace group Airbus announced on Thursday that it had successfully flown a remote-controlled scale-model aircraft (based on the Airbus A321 single-aisle airliner and designated AlbatrossOne) fitted with flapping wing-tips. This is the first time that any category of aircraft... 

Airbus has flown flapping wing-tip scale demonstrator aircraft
Photo by Airbus
The remotely-controlled scale-model AlbatrossOne, with unlocked wing-tips

Judgment reserved in application to have arms deal report set aside 

By: African News Agency      12th June 2019 Legal representatives for President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday told the high court in Pretoria that he would not oppose an application to review and set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of inquiry into the controversial arms deal. Two civil society organisations - Corruption Watch and... 

Seriti Commission process 'flawed' – lawyers tell court

By: News24Wire      11th June 2019 The process of the Seriti Commission, which found that there was no evidence of corruption in the "arms deal", was flawed, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday. "We know that there is a constitutional obligation to combat corruption and to combat it, is to expose it. 

Seriti Commission process 'flawed' – lawyers tell court

Russia’s latest great game in Africa: energy

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 Vladimir Putin has made no secret of his intention to return Russia to its previous glory as a world power by all means available to him, not least of which has been military aggression such as in Crimea. But on the African continent, where Russia has no colonial hangover like Europe or the... 

Lufthansa Technik subsidiary opens its first operation in South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2019 Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) recently opened its new, and first, facility in South Africa. The facility has been established at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. A second facility is being set up Cape Town. Both facilities are initially intended to provide line... 

Mechem making strides in helping Turkey eliminate landmines

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th June 2019 Mechem, part of the Denel Group, says it has recorded notable results in Turkey with the clearance of landmines in a “dangerous” border area. Since the start of demining operations on the eastern border of Turkey in mid-2016, it has found and destroyed about 45 000 landmines and helped to make... 

IFP calls for deployment of army to deter torching of trucks in KZN

By: African News Agency      4th June 2019 The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Tuesday called for the urgent deployment of the army to high-risk spots on the N3 highway in KwaZulu-Natal following the petrol bombing of several trucks. Three trucks were set alight on Monday, on the N2 near the Umgeni Interchange, in Pietermaritzburg and on... 

Defence and military veterans minister Mapisa-Nqakula says corruption allegations receiving attention

By: African News Agency      3rd June 2019 The military veterans department is attending to allegations of corruption within the department, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Saturday. Mapisa-Nqakula had noted the allegation circulating on social media alleging corruption in the department of military... 

Boeing making ‘steady progress’ on returning the 737 MAX to safe operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st May 2019 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing has announced that it has concluded the development of updated software for its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner type, as well as the associated simulator testing and engineering flight test. The updated software is for the 737 MAX’s Manoeuvring... 

Airbus announces greater range for new airliners

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st May 2019 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus has announced that, from the second half of next year, it would be offering airlines increased range versions of its A220 small (100 seats to 150 seats) single-aisle airliners family. The A220 family is composed of two models, the A220-100 and the... 

SANDF honours soldiers who died during UN peacekeeping operations

By: African News Agency      30th May 2019 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on Wednesday honoured soldiers who had died during worldwide United Nations peacekeeping operations since 2003.  The event took place at the department of defence mobilisation centre in Bloemfontein and was planned to coincide with observance of... 

Adjudicator says any security defence of US auto tariffs at WTO 'very difficult'

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 The US will find it "very difficult" to defend President's Donald Trump's proposed car tariff against any challenge at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a veteran trade adjudicator who has ruled on a related case told Reuters. Trump said this month that some imported vehicles and parts pose a... 

'Dead' former Thales boss and Zuma trial witness Alain Thétard found alive in Europe

By: News24Wire      24th May 2019 Even though former president Jacob Zuma's legal team told the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg this week that a key witness and co-conspirator in the alleged corruption that led to him being charged was dead, investigators have found him in Europe. Alain Thétard, controversial former... 

'Dead' former Thales boss and Zuma trial witness Alain Thétard found alive in Europe
Former President Jacob Zuma

Denel announces last phase of offset programme for Malaysia

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2019 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced that it has launched its tenth and last offset project for Malaysia, being provided in return for the South East Asian country’s order for armoured vehicle gun turrets and integrated weapons systems for armoured fighting... 

State outlines Zuma’s ‘luxurious litigation’ designed to delay prosecution

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2019 The National Prosecuting Authority on Thursday outlined in court how it believed former president Jacob Zuma had used extensive litigation, known as the Stalingrad defence, to delay being prosecuted on fraud and corruption charges. Zuma had used a consistent pattern of litigation, designed... 

State outlines Zuma’s ‘luxurious litigation’ designed to delay prosecution
Photo by Reuters
Former President Jacob Zuma

Conspiracy theories aside, the case against Mr Zuma is very strong – State

By: News24Wire      23rd May 2019 The reason for the decision to prosecute former president Jacob Zuma on charges of racketeering, money laundering, fraud and corruption does not matter, even if it was politically motivated. This is one of the arguments set to be put to the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg by advocate... 

Conspiracy theories aside, the case against Mr Zuma is very strong – State
Photo by Reuters
Former President Jacob Zuma

Fire and fury from the bench as Thales tries to create distance between itself and Zuma

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2019 Arms company Thales has tried to distance itself from former President Jacob Zuma, as both parties seek a permanent stay of prosecution on charges relating to the now-infamous Arms Deal. But this angle from Thales' lawyers on Tuesday sparked a volley of questions from a full bench in the... 

Airbus announces range extensions for its new A220 family

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st May 2019 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus announced in Canada on Tuesday that it would be offering airlines an increased range version of its A220 small (100 seats to 150 seats) single-aisle airliner family, from the second half of next year. The A220 family is composed of two models, the... 

Abrahams relied on wrong sections of law to prosecute Thales, says Katz

By: African News Agency      21st May 2019 The legal team for French arms’ company Thales argued on Tuesday that South Africa’s former prosecutions’ chief, Shaun Abrahams, relied on, among other things, the wrong sections of the law when deciding to reinstate charges against its client. Advocate Anton Katz, SC, also said that when... 

Former SAAF chief lieutenant general Dennis Earp dies

By: African News Agency      21st May 2019 Former chief of South African Air Force (SAAF) lieutenant general Dennis Earp – a veteran of the Korean war – has passed away at the age of 88. "It is with great sadness that the South African Air Force (SAAF) has to announce the passing on of retired Lieutenant General Dennis Earp on midnight on... 

'Thales believes it cannot obtain a fair trial' as it bids to have charges quashed

By: News24Wire      20th May 2019 The application for a permanent stay of prosecution by former President Jacob Zuma's co-accused and French arms company, Thales, in relation to the dubious multibillion-rand arms deal will be heard in the Pietermaritzburg High Court over the next four days. "Bearing in mind the very long delay of... 

Boeing reports 'clear and steady progress' on returning 737 MAX to safe operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing announced on Thursday night (South African time) that it had concluded the development of updated software for its 737 MAX single-aisle airliner type, as well as the associated simulator testing and engineering flight test. The updated software is for... 

Boeing reports 'clear and steady progress' on returning 737 MAX to safe operations
Photo by Boeing
A Boeing 737 MAX-8 airliner

UAV without conventional flaps, ailerons or elevators takes flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th May 2019 British major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) announced on the first day of this month that its MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had become the first aircraft ever to be manoeuvred in flight using “blown air”. The MAGMA has been designed and developed by University of Manchester... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project  

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4-billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project

Ten startups selected in #Africa4Future challenge

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 Ten technology startup companies were selected, from 314 entries, in the second season of the #Africa4Future challenge. The companies – whose representatives met with experts, investors and other stakeholders at an innovator’s summit in Cape Town – presented innovative proposals to tackle some of... 

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