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Defence & Aerospace

Astronomers show what shock waves 60 times larger than Milky Way look like

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2022 An international team of astronomers has made available detailed images of what is known to be the largest visible cosmic shock wave from Earth. The team comprises of experts from Italy-based National Institute for Astrophysics (Inaf), the Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe at Universität... 

Rolls-Royce switching titanium supply away from Russia, reports profit for 2021

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th February 2022 UK-based global major propulsion and power systems group Rolls-Royce, which is particularly renowned for its aeroengines, will no longer buy titanium from Russia, group CEO Warren East told the London Daily Telegraph newspaper on Thursday. Titanium is used in the manufacture of rotor blades for... 

Transceiver evades pitfalls while seizing benefits

By: Nadine Ramdass     25th February 2022 Military communication systems specialist and JSE-listed company Reunert subsidiary Reutech Communications’ TR3000 transceiver unlocks the full potential of high-frequency (HF) network communication, which enables the military to evade the difficulties previously associated with high-frequency... 

An image of Reutech Communications' TR3000
TR3000 INTO THE FUTURE Reutech Communications’ TR3000 transceiver unlocks the full potential of high-frequency network communication

Tech development enhances defence equipment

By: Nadine Ramdass     25th February 2022 Global aerospace and technology company Paramount Group’s equipment and technologies, in service with various armed forces and security agencies on four continents, as well as digital and drawing-board designs, prototyping and acceptance trials, are under constant review to keep abreast and... 

An image of Paramount Group's Mwari aircraft
MWARI WARRIOR Paramount's Mwari aircraft can perform missions that would usually require a multitude of aircrafts

Minister reiterates ‘tough love’ approach to SOE fiscal dependence 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has reiterated his commitment to clamp down on State-owned entities (SOEs) that are draining the fiscus with bailouts. Delivering his Budget 2022 speech on February 23, he pointed out that more than R308-billion had been directed towards bailing out failing SOEs. 

An SAA aircraft

Airbus, CFM to jointly undertake hydrogen fuel engine flight test programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2022 Two global major commercial aerospace groups, airframer Airbus and aeroengine company CFM International (a 50:50 joint venture between GE of the US and Safran of France), have announced the launch of a joint liquid hydrogen fuel technology demonstration programme. This will use a modified Airbus... 

An artist’s impression of the modified A380 flying testbed
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of the modified A380 flying testbed

Solidarity union to take action against SOE looters after defeating Denel in Court again

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2022 The Solidarity Trade Union has announced that it will pursue criminal charges against those responsible for theft and mismanagement at the country’s State-owned entities (SOEs). It did so in a statement reporting its latest legal success, on behalf of its members, against the Denel defence... 

Embraer announces aircraft deliveries for last year and orders secured in fourth quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2022 Brazilian major aerospace group Embraer has announced that it delivered 141 commercial and business (or executive) jets last year. Of these, 55 were delivered during the fourth quarter. The company ended the year with a firm order backlog worth $17-billion, which was the highest value recorded... 

An Embraer E190 airliner of South African operator Airlink
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 airliner of South African operator Airlink

Airbus recorded a record net income during 2021

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th February 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus released its full-year results for 2021 on Thursday. It achieved a record net income of €4.2-billion during the year. Revenues totalled €52.1-billion, adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) came to €4.9-billion and reported... 

Embraer, Rolls-Royce and Widderøe cooperating on sustainable regional aviation project

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th February 2022 Brazilian major aerospace group Embraer, leading British propulsion and power systems group Rolls-Royce and Norwegian aviation group Widderøe have announced that they are to jointly study a concept for a zero-emission regional aircraft. The study will run for 12 months, and will be a... 

First general aviation aircraft with hybrid power plant has been successfully flown

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2022 UK power and propulsion technologies group Rolls-Royce and Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam, in conjunction with Austrian leisure and sports craft propulsion systems company BRP-Rotax, announced on Tuesday that they had successfully flown the first general aviation aircraft powered by a... 

The Tecnam P2010 H3PS in flight
Photo by Tecnam Aircraft
The Tecnam P2010 H3PS in flight

Rolls-Royce partners with Luxaviation to pursue electric air mobility ventures

By: Donna Slater     14th February 2022 Vehicle propulsion systems manufacturer Rolls-Royce and luxury jet and helicopter service provider Luxaviation Group have agreed, through a memorandum of understanding (MoU), to collaborate on developing advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions. Both companies share a vision of AAM solutions,... 

An artists impression of a vertical take-off and landing facility
An artists impression of a vertical take-off and landing facility

French group wins major fighter order from Asian country

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th February 2022 The South East Asian archipelagic Republic of Indonesia has ordered 42 Dassault Rafale fighters, it was announced at the contract signing ceremony in the country’s capital of Jakarta, on Thursday. This is the seventh export order won by the French “omnirole” fighter. The contract provides a... 

A Dassault Rafale of the Qatar Air Force
Photo by Dylan Agbagni/Public Domain
A Dassault Rafale of the Qatar Air Force

Brazil cuts order for Embraer airlifters, but by much less than originally feared

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th February 2022 Brazil-based major aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that it has reached agreement with the Brazilian Air Force (abbreviated to FAB in Portuguese) over the restructuring of the latter’s order for KC-390 multimission – airlifter and air-to-air refuelling (AAR) – aircraft. The... 

French aircraft selected for British VIP requirement

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2022 French aerospace group Dassault Aviation, renowned for its fighter and business jets, has secured a prestigious order, albeit indirectly. Two of the French group’s Falcon 900LX business jets will be acquired to serve as the next generation of VIP aircraft for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). The... 

Boeing achieves major advance in using composites for cryogenic fuel tanks 

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th February 2022 US major aerospace group Boeing has announced a technology breakthrough for cryogenic fuel tanks. These tanks are essential components of liquid-fuelled rockets, as they hold the liquid hydrogen and the liquid oxygen that act as the fuel (technically, the hydrogen is the fuel and the oxygen is,... 

Denel's bonds suspended from JSE

By: Reuters     4th February 2022 The JSE has suspended South African State-owned defence company Denel's bonds after it failed to submit financial results within the required timeframe. The suspension means investors cannot trade Denel's bonds on the JSE's secondary market nor can Denel sell more debt on the primary market. 

South Africa has just deployed its first truly operational satellites

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th February 2022 On Thursday, January 13, 2022, a Falcon 9 rocket, designed, developed, assembled and operated by renowned company SpaceX, founded and spearheaded by South African-born entrepreneur and engineer Elon Musk, lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, in the US state of Florida. Its... 

Engineering News and Mining Weekly magazine cover

Part Two of Zondo report focuses on State Capture at Transnet and Denel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2022 The second part of the three-part report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, also known as the Zondo Commission, was delivered to The Presidency at the Union Buildings, on Tuesday February 1. This volume deals with evidence of State capture, corruption and... 

Secretary of the commission, Prof Itumeleng Mosala, hands over Part Two of the Zondo Commission report to DG in The Presidency, Phindile Baleni
Secretary of the commission, Prof Itumeleng Mosala, hands over Part Two of the Zondo Commission report to DG in The Presidency, Phindile Baleni

Creating opportunity: Military veterans are being trained as PRASA guards 

By: News24Wire      28th January 2022 Military veterans are being trained to guard the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa's (PRASA's) rail network against the rampant plundering which has left some stations gutted and chunks of track missing from railway lines. The director-general of the military veterans department, Irene... 

Boeing reports year-on-year improvement in revenues, reduced losses for 2021

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th January 2022 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing has released its results for the full year of 2021 (plus those for the fourth quarter of that year). For the group as a whole, revenues for the year came to $62.3-billion (for the fourth quarter alone, $14.8-billion), which represented a 7% improvement... 

Airbus avails previous generation Beluga’s for private oversized air cargo charter

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2022 Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is making its fleet of iconic whale-shaped Beluga Super Transporter (ST) aircraft available to private clients for abnormal air freight transportation requirements. Airbus’ five-strong BelugaST aircraft fleet, which has been the backbone of the company’s inter-site... 

An image of an Airbus BelugaST
The Airbus Beluga Super Transporter, tail number 3

Airbus Helicopters reports solid 2021 recovery with 419 orders

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Aerospace manufacturer subsidiary Airbus Helicopters reports that it had logged 419 gross orders, 414 net, in 2021, with 167 customers across 45 countries, and that 338 aircraft have been delivered. This showed solid signs of recovery from the 2020 market situation, which had been heavily... 

Artificial intelligence M&A deals grew by 33.5% in the past 12 months – GlobalData

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Artificial intelligence (AI) sector deals have grown by 33.5% in the past 12 months, with the average deal valued at $159-million, says data and analytics company GlobalData. It adds that the number of AI deals is likely increasing as the technology becomes more advanced and more companies see... 

Steve Griessel appointed Paramount Group CEO

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2022 Aerospace and technology company Paramount Group has appointed US subsidiary Paramount USA CEO Steve Griessel as its group CEO with immediate effect. This comes as the group further globalises its operations and expands its network of strategic partnerships with governments and major corporations... 

Paramount Group CEO Steve Griessel
Paramount Group CEO Steve Griessel

Fire at Waterkloof Air Force Base has been contained - SANDF spokesperson

By: News24Wire      24th January 2022 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) confirmed that a massive fire, which broke out at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Sunday evening after a fuel pump burst, has been extinguished. The SANDF's spokesperson, Brigadier-General Mongezi Kweta, said the fire started on the... 

World air speed records for Rolls-Royce-led electric aircraft officially confirmed

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th January 2022 Renowned UK-based propulsion and technology systems group Rolls-Royce announced on Thursday that its ‘Spirit of Innovation’ technology demonstrator aircraft had been officially declared the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft. The international body responsible for controlling and certifying... 

The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft

French Navy patrol ship visiting Durban

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2022 The French Navy offshore patrol vessel Champlain is currently in Durban harbour, the French Embassy in Pretoria has reported. The ship arrived on Monday and will sail on Friday. The vessel is based in the French overseas island territory of La Réunion (which is legally and constitutionally an... 

The B2M patrol ship Champlain
Photo by French navy
The B2M patrol ship Champlain

Airbus, NTT, Docomo and SKY Perfect JSAT jointly studying connectivity services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2022 Airbus, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT Docomo and SKY Perfect JSAT have jointly announced that they have begun studying the feasibility of collaborating on future high-altitude platform station- (Haps-) based connectivity services as part of a future space-based wireless... 

Southern African bloc extends Mozambique troop deployment

By: Reuters     12th January 2022 Southern African countries agreed at a summit on Wednesday to extend their troop deployment in Mozambique to help the government fight an Islamic State-linked insurgency, a communique said. The countries, linked in the Southern African Development Community, agreed in June to send troops to help... 

Airbus wins contract for first law enforcement version of its new helicopter

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th January 2022 France’s Gendarmerie Nationale has become the first police force to order Airbus Helicopters’ new-generation H160 multimission helicopter, the company has reported. The contract, for ten of the machines, was signed by the French Ministry of Defence’s Directorate General of Armaments, on behalf of... 

An H160 painted in Gendarmerie colours pictured with Gendarmerie special forces
Photo by Airbus
An H160 painted in Gendarmerie colours pictured with Gendarmerie special forces

Airbus reports hitting its 2021 airliner delivery target

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th January 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus announced on Monday that it had achieved its 2021 target for deliveries of commercial aircraft. During the year, the company delivered 611 commercial aircraft to 88 customers. Commercial aircraft deliveries in 2020 had totalled 566. Of the aircraft... 

American group wins contract to upgrade Egyptian Air Force attack helicopters

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th January 2022 US-based global major aerospace and defence group Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $102-million contract to upgrade 25 of the Egyptian Air Force’s (EAF’s) Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E standard. Lockheed Martin will supply latest generation sensors which will be... 

Dassault reports aircraft order and backlog numbers for last year

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th January 2022 Renowned French aerospace group Dassault Aviation reported on Friday the number of new aircraft that it had delivered during last year and the (unaudited) size of its order backlog (as of December 31, 2021). The company manufactures the Falcon series of business jets and the Rafale multirole... 

A Rafale fighter of the Qatar Air Force
Photo by Dylan Agbagni/Public Domain
A Rafale fighter of the Qatar Air Force

Airbus unveils new manufacturing subsidiary

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th January 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus announced on Monday that it had established a new and wholly-owned subsidiary, named Airbus Atlantic. Formally set up on January 1, it is focused on aerostructures. The new subsidiary has been created by combining the already existing Airbus... 

UK and Japan to jointly develop future fighter engine technology demonstrator

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd January 2022 Shortly before Christmas, on December 22, the UK and Japanese governments announced that the two countries were to jointly develop a jet engine technology demonstrator, as the precursor to a next generation propulsion system to power their respective future fighter aircraft, currently under... 

Competition Commission reaches settlements with two companies over air force tender

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th December 2021 The Competition Tribunal has announced that two separate settlement agreements have been concluded with two companies, regarding alleged collusion regarding a South African Air Force (SAAF) tender. The tender concerned the maintenance of ground command and control systems and intelligence system... 

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