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Defence & Aerospace

Sudanese military invites AUC chairperson to Khartoum for urgent talks

By: African News Agency      17th April 2019 Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) has invited African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Moussa Faki to visit Khartoum for urgent talks after the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on Monday warned that unless the TMC handed over power to a civilian government Sudan would be kicked... 

Air force suppliers to be prosecuted for alleged collusive conduct

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 The Competition Commission has referred a case of alleged cartel conduct against network maintenance companies KF Computers and SAAB Grintek Defense to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution.   The two firms have been charged with alleged collusive tendering in respect of a tender that was put... 

Denel to stop manufacturing parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject... 

Long-running trade dispute between aerospace giants ends with victory for Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 Late last month the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body found that the US had failed to end some of the subsidies awarded by Federal, State and local authorities to aerospace giant Boeing, and to stop the damage these subsidies were causing to Boeing’s Europe-based arch rival... 

SANDF to craft industry transformation framework

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2019 The South African National Defence Force will on Friday host a broad-based black-economic empowerment event at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research convention centre, in Pretoria. The purpose of the event is to create a framework for meaningful and sustainable transformation.  

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine

10th April 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that it had agreed an accelerated inspection programme for its Trent 1000 TEN turbofan engines with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This stems from the company’s work to address the earlier than expected deterioration... 

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 production line

Give SANDF more money to tighten South Africa's borders, says Msimanga

By: African News Agency      9th April 2019 The Democratic Alliance's Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanga on Tuesday led a picket in the Pretoria central business district (CBD), calling for a bigger budget allocation for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to tighten the country's borders and curb illegal immigration.... 

R341m set aside to prevent pollution in the Vaal river – Water dept

By: News24Wire      8th April 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has set aside R341-million for the resuscitation of all wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Vaal Triangle. The aim of the project is to prevent further pollution in the Vaal River. 

Boeing CEO gives assurance that 737 MAX control system problem will be solved

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 US major aircraft manufacturer Boeing has given the assurance that it will terminate the risk posed in its Boeing 737 MAX airliners by the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, which is installed in these aircraft. This operates automatically and was intended to remove the danger of... 

Boeing CEO gives assurance that 737 MAX control system problem will be solved
Photo by Bloomberg
The Ethiopia crash site

Aerospace Development Corporation affirms its ownership of Ahrlac aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 In a statement issued on March 26, South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High... 

Airbus signs agreement to sell hundreds of airliners to China

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 Europe-based global aerospace giant Airbus and the China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) signed, late last month, a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase, by Chinese airlines, of 300 Airbus airliners. These will be composed of 290 A320-family single aisle air craft and ten... 

Mapisa-Nqakula to visit Emfuleni for an update on Vaal River contamination

By: African News Agency      4th April 2019 Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will on Friday revisit Emfuleni Local Municipality to give a joint report on the development and work done thus far at the Vaal River rehabilitation project. Last year, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed about 300 of its specialized engineers... 

Lockheed's $31bn marine copters running 19 months late

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 Lockheed Martin Corp.’s $31 billion King Stallion helicopter program for the U.S. Marines may miss its first key milestone by more than 19 months because of a growing checklist of flaws discovered in development testing. The Naval Air Systems Command acknowledged that the helicopter designed to... 

South African delegation showcases country’s industrial capabilities at Brazil exhibition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2019 A South African business delegation is participating in the twelfth Latin American Defence and Security Exhibition, which is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this week. The event is open to companies that provide technology, equipment and services for armed forces, special forces, police,... 

Nato's muted 70th birthday overshadowed by skeptic-in-chief

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2019 In normal times, Nato’s 70th anniversary would bring alliance leaders together for elaborate ceremonies, self-congratulatory speeches and declarations of unshakable unity. Not when they’re meeting in Donald Trump’s Washington. Instead, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has opted for a more... 

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced over the weekend that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject to... 

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft
Photo by Airbus
An A400M takes off from an unpaved airstrip

Paramount's Marauder commissioned into service by Nigerian Air Force

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th March 2019 Defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has launched its Marauder armoured vehicle and personnel carrier in Nigeria, in partnership with the Nigerian Air Force. The West African nation is bolstering its efforts to effectively tackle a range of threats posed by various terrorist and... 

Paramount's Marauder commissioned into service by Nigerian Air Force

US navy's $7.8bn destroyer due for delivery five years late

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2019 The first ship in the US Navy’s $23-billion programme to build a new class of destroyers is scheduled for a September delivery – more than five years later than originally scheduled and ten years after construction began on the stealthy vessels built by General Dynamics Corp. Delivery plans for... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) on Tuesday clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High Performance... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design
Photo by Aerospace DEvelopment Corporation
An Ahrlac aircraft under assembly

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets 

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said a discussion must begin on whether the government needs to retain control of all the assets it owns given the poor state of the national finances. Mboweni has asked Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for a list of noncore State assets and has been... 

Mboweni questions need to hold onto State assets
Photo by Reuters
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Denel seeking contingency funding as it outlines turnaround strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/2020 Budget speech. “We know that [the] Government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Mogadishu jittery about withdrawal of AU troops

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 Mogadishu is growing jittery about the planned withdrawal of African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops from Somalia, according to a report on Wednesday. On February 16, AMISOM commanders met in the Somali capital to agree on a plan to execute the mission’s new Concept of Operations (Conops), a... 

Mapisa-Nqakula cancels meeting with Mozambique counterpart

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 The Defence and Military Veterans Minister has announced the cancellation of a meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday with her counterpart from neighbouring Mozambique, which has been hit by the deadly Cyclone Idai that has left a trail of death and destruction. "Owing to unforeseen... 

SANDF personnel deployed to help in flood-ravaged Malawi and Mozambique

By: African News Agency      18th March 2019 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel have been deployed to support humanitarian efforts in Malawi and Mozambique, "currently facing serious floods", the SANDF said on Saturday. The SANDF had committed air assets and personnel to supplement the joint inter-departmental,... 

Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft 

15th March 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about what led to the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft across the world and how this is likely to affect Boeing. 

Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft
Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft

Nato allies like Germany risk another spending fight with Trump

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2019 America’s Nato allies are risking another bust-up with President Donald Trump after spending figures released Thursday showed little movement toward a more equitable sharing of the costs of collective defense. Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands are nowhere near meeting a pledge to... 

Raytheon's improved missile-defence warhead delayed by two years

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 Raytheon’s redesigned missile-interceptor warhead -- an improvement on a system intended to defend against a potential North Korean attack -- will be delayed for two years because of technical difficulties, according to the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency. The new version of the interceptor... 

Defence minister to host 200 female officers in SANDF on Women's Day

By: African News Agency      8th March 2019 Defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will host the first ever engagement session with 200  female junior officers in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on International Women's Day. A statement by her department said the main objective of the session at the... 

Building of new ships for South African Navy has started

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Construction of the first of three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN) formally started with a keel-laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on February 23. The small ships are being acquired under the SAN’s Project Biro. The first one is expected to be... 

UAVs, ecommerce set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (in particular the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion at the recent Air... 

BAE production surge for $8bn in Howitzers delayed by US army

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2019 US Army officials have delayed a decision on moving BAE Systems Plc’s new self-propelled howitzer into full production, possibly as late as November, until the service sees more improvements in the $8.1-billion programme that’s one its highest priorities. “They have made progress, but they’re... 

Defence Force Service Commission reactivated after five months with new appointments

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula announced on Wednesday the appointment or reappointment of four members to the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC). Originally established in 2009, by law the DFSC must have no fewer than eight and no more than ten members, with... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/20 Budget speech. “We know that [the] government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
One of Denel’s signature products, the 6x6 G6 155 mm self-propelled gun, on display at the group’s head office

US deploys THAAD anti-missile battery in Israel for first time

By: African News Agency      5th March 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed the deployment of an advanced American anti-missile system in Israel for the first time as the two countries kicked off a month-long joint air defence exercise on Monday. The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD)... 

Pentagon wants 78 Lockheed F-35s in 2020, six fewer than planned

By: Bloomberg     4th March 2019 The Pentagon will request 78 F-35 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp., six fewer than previously planned, in the budget expected to be sent to Congress next week, according to defense officials. The cutback from the 84 fighters projected a year ago for fiscal 2020 is a setback for Lockheed, the... 

Defence Minister Mapisa-Nqakula hits back at Public Protector

By: African News Agency      1st March 2019 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Friday said she took exception to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane "naming and shaming" her departments among the many government entities that simply ignored her remedial action.  Mkhwebane this week listed 38 matters where... 

Airbus to end production of its flagship A380 airliner

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus has announced that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because there is no... 

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