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Defence & Aerospace

Greater drone deployability in Africa requires regulatory allowances, supply chain integration

By: Donna Slater     Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago Drones are being successfully deployed to support medical and humanitarian projects across Africa, but for a greater, more sustainable impact, they will need to be fully integrated into supply chains within an enabling regulatory environment, according to panellists who spoke during a webinar on... 

Trade unions slam Denel management over unpaid salaries, head to court

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 The Solidarity trade union has blasted the South African government and the management of State-owned defence industrial group Denel over their mishandling of the affairs of the company, causing it to be in so bad a condition as to be unable to pay its employees their full salaries. In May, some... 

Proposed business rescue plan would see severe cut in SAA’s fleet

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 In their business rescue plan for State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), published on June 16, business rescue practitioners (BRPs) Siviwe Dongwana and Leslie Matuson proposed a massive downsizing of the airline’s fleet, followed by a slow expansion after it resumed... 

African govts urged to apply ICAO guidance to restart air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 Three international air transport sector organisations have urged African governments to harmonise the safe restart of their air services by swiftly implementing the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for the restoration of safe air transport, entitled Takeoff:... 

South Africa’s defence electronics sector sees significant acquisition deal

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st July 2020 Local defence company Hensoldt South Africa (Hensoldt SA) has agreed to buy the Defence and Security and Air Traffic Management (ATM) business units of another South African company, Tellumat. The agreement was signed in a virtual ceremony on June 26. It will come into force once all the... 

Airbus announces widespread job cuts to deal with effects of Covid-19 crisis

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st July 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus announced at the end of June that it was going to have to cut 15 000 jobs over the next 12 months – from now until the northern summer of 2021 – and resize the operations of its commercial aircraft business. These steps were being taken to meet the... 

Airbus announces widespread job cuts to deal with effects of Covid-19 crisis
Photo by Airbus
Members of all Airbus’ current airliner families in flight – from front to rear: an A220-300, an A319neo, an A330neo, an A350-1000, a Beluga transport (developed for Airbus’ own use) and an A380

US regulator approves next step in re-certifying Boeing 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2020 The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has told Boeing that it can start test flights of its troubled 737 MAX single-aisle airliner with FAA pilots aboard, American media have reported. These test flights would be an important step towards re-certifying the aircraft to carry passengers. The... 

US space agency awards major commercial lunar lander contract

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th June 2020 The US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), has awarded a $199.5-million contract to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based space robotics company Astrobotic Technology, to land Nasa’s Viper lunar rover at the Moon’s south pole in late 2023. The Viper will be carried... 

Faced with aviation crisis, Aerosud restructures, diversifies and will launch new product

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th June 2020 South African private-sector aerostructures company Aerosud remains optimistic about its future, despite suffering significant short-term hits from both the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX airliner early last year and the current Covid-19 pandemic. Aerosud is a supplier of airframe components to... 

Trade union attacks State and Denel management over unpaid salaries and goes to court

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th June 2020 The Solidarity trade union has blasted the South African government and the management of State-owned defence industrial group Denel over their mishandling of the affairs of the company, causing it to be in so bad a condition as to be unable to pay its employees their full salaries. In May, some... 

Zuma trial: French arms company Thales intends to challenge racketeering charge

By: News24Wire      23rd June 2020 French arms company Thales' legal team says they will challenge racketeering charges brought against it in their criminal matter with co-accused former President Jacob Zuma, potentially delaying the trial further. 

FMCSA supplies 50 000 face shields for frontline health workers

By: Donna Slater     22nd June 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has assembled and supplied 50 000 face shields for the US Department of Defence to shore up its response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the Southern African region. The face shields are being produced in a specially prepared and sanitised facility at... 

South African munitions and explosives company announces plant engineering contract

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2020 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM), part of the Germany-based Rheinmetall Defence group, has reported that it has won a more than R200-million ($13-million) industrial plant engineering contract. The project includes the upgrading of an existing plant and will start as... 

Major Brazilian aerospace group secures export financing to strengthen its cash position

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2020 Brazil-based global major aerospace group Embraer has reported that it has secured export financing of up to $600-million for the next four years. The company is the world’s number one manufacturer of commercial airliners with 150 seats or less. It stated that the loans had been obtained at... 

Major Brazilian aerospace group secures export financing to strengthen its cash position
Photo by Rebecca Campbell
An Embraer E190-E2 airliner

Trade union taking Denel to court over non-payment of salaries

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2020 The UASA trade union has announced that it is launching an urgent application in the Labour Court, against State-owned entity (SOE) Denel, over the non-payment of workers’ salaries by the group. The union has also written to the CEO of Denel, which is a defence industrial group, on behalf of its... 

Brazilian aerospace group Embraer reports net loss for first quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2020 Brazilian major aerospace group Embraer, the world’s number one manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, and the world’s number three commercial jet manufacturer, after Airbus and Boeing (in alphabetical order), has reported a net loss of $292-million attributable to its shareholders... 

April saw almost total collapse in air travel demand, but early signs of recovery appearing

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that it has detected signs of a recovery in air passenger demand, following a gigantic collapse in April. Air passenger demand during April was 94.3% lower than in April 2019, a fall never before seen in this statistical series since... 

Denel briefs Parliament on the future opportunities it has identified

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th June 2020 Liquidity-starved State-owned defence industrial group Denel has identified opportunities that would allow it to generate revenues and even create new revenue streams in the coming years. It reported this in its recent briefing to Parliament (which was released by the legislature on June 17). The... 

Denel briefs Parliament on the future opportunities it has identified
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The Rooivalk combat support helicopter is Denel’s flagship product

Denel briefs Parliament on its restructuring progress  

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th June 2020 In a presentation released by Parliament on June 17, financially-embattled State-owned defence industrial group Denel reported on its progress and plans regarding its turnaround strategy. The group pointed out that it had been classified as a national security asset, with a main role of... 

To deal with aviation crisis, Aerosud restructures, diversifies and will launch new product 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2020 South African private sector aerostructures company Aerosud remains optimistic about its future, despite suffering significant short-term hits from both the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX airliner early last year and the current Covid-19 pandemic. Aerosud is a supplier of airframe components to... 

To deal with aviation crisis, Aerosud restructures, diversifies and will launch new product
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The protracted grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft has negatively impacted on Aersosud.

Underfunding has put SANDF in dire position, lawmakers warned

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th June 2020 In a briefing to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, the Department of Defence (DoD) has warned that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is in dire need of rejuvenation. The briefing was delivered on May 27. The DoD started its briefing by quoting the... 

Elon Musk’s SpaceX makes history with first commercial crewed spaceflight

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th June 2020 Space history was made on May 30 when two American astronauts (Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley) were carried into space by a commercial spacecraft. This was the Crew Dragon space capsule, launched on a Falcon 9 rocket, the entire system being the product of the SpaceX company, founded by South... 

SANSA and Nasa developing project for new Matijiesfontein ground station

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th June 2020 The project for a new deep space network ground station in South Africa, which is a collaborative venture between the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and its US counterpart, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), is still in its study phase, SANSA Space Operations... 

Parliament’s Defence Committee concerned about Defence Works Formation’s progress

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th June 2020 The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (Defence Committee) has urged the Department of Defence (DOD) to develop a thoroughgoing plan to create a fully-functional Defence Works Formation (DWF) and to implement it in an incremental manner. This followed a briefing... 

Airbus reports on progress by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2020 Airbus Defence and Space, a division of the giant aerospace group Airbus, reported on June 8 that the Solar Orbiter (SolO) spacecraft is now some 105-million kilometres from Earth, heading for the Sun. (The distance between the Earth and the Sun is nearly 152-million kilometres.) Airbus designed... 

Airbus reports on progress by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of the SolO spacecraft approaching the Sun

Air transport bodies appeal to South African government to support local airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) have jointly appealed to the South African government to provide direct financial relief for the country’s airline sector. This... 

Global airline debt soars as a result of Covid-19 counter measures

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th June 2020 In its latest briefing regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic (and the near total halt in commercial air passenger traffic to help try to contain it) on the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that it expected global airline debt to jump... 

Plan unveiled to prevent aircraft corrosion

5th June 2020 As hundreds of aircraft remain grounded owing to plummeting air travel demand amid pandemic restrictions, the question arising is how airlines can preserve as much value as possible, while high-dollar assets sit idle for an indefinite period. To address this critical need, corrosion solution... 

Plan unveiled  to prevent  aircraft corrosion
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Airbus A400M transport achieves essential paratrooping certification

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 Airbus Defence and Space, part of the Europe-based global giant Airbus aerospace group, announced on June 3 that it had finally completed the full industrial development of the paratroop deployment capability of its A400M military airlifter. The final step, successfully concluded last month, was... 

Brazilian aerospace group Embraer reports net loss for the first quarter of the year

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 Brazilian major aerospace group Embraer, the world’s number one manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, and the world’s number three commercial jet manufacturer, after Airbus and Boeing (in alphabetical order), has reported a net loss attributable to its shareholders of $292-million... 

Brazilian aerospace group Embraer reports net loss for the first quarter of the year
Photo by St Helena Tourism Authority
An Embraer E190 airliner of South African operator Airlink

Paramount receives order from Kazakh Ministry for new armoured vehicles

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2020 Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture between global aerospace and technology business Paramount Group and Kazakhstan partners, has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan to supply the Eurasian nation’s... 

Paramount receives order from Kazakh Ministry for new armoured vehicles

Parliamentary committee concerned at failure of Denel to deliver on key army project

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th May 2020 Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence has revealed that the South African Army’s R9-billion Hoefyster (‘Horseshoe’) project, to acquire 264 Badger infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from Denel Land Systems (DLS), is now running three years and nine months late. The Badger is intended to... 

Trade union takes Denel to court over nonpayment of salaries

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th May 2020 Trade union UASA announced that it has started legal action against State-owned defence industrial group Denel. This is because the company has failed to pay its employees their salaries on the agreed date of May 25. Denel informed the union that it would also not be able to pay its staff in June... 

Airline industry – global, regional, national – being decimated by Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th May 2020 The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken by most governments to contain it, including national lockdowns, severe travel restrictions and even total flight bans, have had an incredibly severe impact of the commercial aviation industry worldwide. At the end of last month, the... 

Airline industry – global, regional, national – being decimated by Covid-19

Parliamentary defence committee concerned about the state of the SANDF 

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2020 The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has expressed concern that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is rapidly losing its capabilities. This situation was the result of repeated budget cuts. These cuts had also hurt the SANDF’s acquisition... 

SANDF warns Parliament of the serious consequences of underfunding

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2020 In a briefing to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, the Department of Defence (DoD) has warned that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is in dire need of rejuvenation. The briefing was delivered on May 27. The DoD started its briefing by quoting the... 

SANDF warns Parliament of the serious consequences of underfunding
Photo by Creamer Media
A Ratel 90 fire support vehicle of the South African Army

Boeing announces low-rate restart of 737 MAX airliner production

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on May 27, at Renton in the US state of Washington, that it was restarting production of its troubled 737 MAX single-aisle airliner. This restart would initially be at a low rate, with only one of the three production lines at the Renton facility being used.... 

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