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Defence & Aerospace

On-standby SANDF to provide field hospitals in fight against coronavirus

By: News24Wire      23rd April 2020 The entire South African National Defence Force has been put on standby. The deployment of more than 73 000 SANDF members will include medical personnel and it might include field hospitals, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said when she addressed the Joint Standing... 

DA commends Ramaphosa for approaching IMF, World Bank to fund part of relief package 

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd April 2020 Democratic Alliance interim leader John Steenhuisen has welcomed President’s Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the R500-billion Economic and Social Relief Package and has further applauded the President for approaching the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for funds. During a virtual... 

DA commends Ramaphosa for approaching IMF, World Bank to fund part of relief package
DA interim leader John Steenhuisen

Boeing announces major organisational and leadership changes

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd April 2020 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing has announced major changes in its organisation and associated leadership, which come into effect on May 1. The group, the biggest aerospace company in the world, says that these changes are intended to create greater integration within the company and... 

SAPS members that violate the regulations undermine government’s efforts - General Rabie

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st April 2020 South African Police Service (SAPS) Major General Leon Rabie on Tuesday said the abuse of power or involvement in any illegal activities by the members of his organisation during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic not only brings SAPS into disrepute but grossly undermines government’s efforts to... 

SAPS members that violate the regulations undermine government’s efforts  - General Rabie

Specialist UK company designs new hull form for autonomous vessels

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st April 2020 The ship design division of UK-based design, engineering and scientific services group BMT has unveiled a new hull design concept for autonomous (that is, uncrewed) vessels. This concept is called the Pentamaran platform. The Pentamaran is intended for both defence and commercial applications.... 

Specialist UK company designs new hull form for autonomous vessels
Artist’s impression of a Pentamaran autonomous vessel at sea (BMT)

Nigerian Air Force Super Tucano light attack plane has made first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2020 The first Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack and reconnaissance aircraft for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) made its maiden flight in the US, at Jacksonville, Florida, on April 17. (In addition to its primary Super Tucano production line in Brazil, Embraer has a second production line,... 

Nigerian Air Force Super Tucano light attack plane has made first flight
Photo by Embraer
Nigeria’s first Super Tucano climbs away following its maiden take-off

2019 airline safety report released by Iata

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that airline safety last year improved again, both in relation to 2018 and to the five-year average for 2014 to 2018. This improvement was across all major safety performance indicators. “The safety and wellbeing of our passengers... 

ICA partners with Navigate Compliance in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2020 Professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime community, the International Compliance Association (ICA), has partnered with training and advisory firm Navigate Compliance to bring ICA education to South Africa.   Navigate Compliance is a 100% women- and youth-owned small,... 

SANDF confirms four Covid-19 cases in military community

By: Thabi Madiba     15th April 2020 The South African Department of Defence on Wednesday confirmed four positive cases of coronavirus within the military community, however, none of the cases involved members deployed for the nationwide lockdown. The Department of Health has confirmed that the country  had 2 415 confirmed cases of... 

SANDF confirms four Covid-19 cases in military community

Covid-19 has begun to afflict members of South Africa’s military community

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th April 2020 The South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) chief medical officer, the Surgeon General, confirmed on April 15 that four members of the “military community” had tested positive for Covid-19. Three were in the Western Cape and one in Gauteng. None of the cases involved uniformed members of... 

SANDF must act responsibly – Parliament

By: News24Wire      15th April 2020 Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans Cyril Xaba appealed to members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to conduct themselves in "accordance with the Constitution" after complaints that soldiers used excessive force in enforcing the lockdown. In... 

SANDF must act responsibly – Parliament
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans Cyril Xaba

Paramount Group partners with hospital on Intubox innovation

By: Donna Slater     9th April 2020 Aeronautical engineers from aerospace and technology company Paramount Group have teamed up with emergency doctors at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, for the design and production of the innovative Intubox to help protect frontline healthcare workers when treating patients... 

Paramount Group partners with hospital on Intubox innovation

South African defence company wins major export order

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th April 2020 German defence group Rheinmetall announced on April 7 that its South African subsidiary company, Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM), had won an export order worth more than €70-million (or more than $80-million). The client was identified only as an “international customer”. The order is for... 

South African defence company wins major export order
Photo by Rheinmetall Denel Munitions
A Denel G6 155 mm self-propelled gun/howitzer fires an RDM shell using RDM propellant

Denel joins campaign to develop local medical ventilator

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2020 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has committed itself to assist the country in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in every way it can. In this regard, its top priority is to assist in the local design and development of a medical ventilator. This programme, designated Project... 

Denel joins campaign to develop local medical ventilator
Casspir mine protected vehicles

Boeing temporarily closes its military helicopter manufacturing plants

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd April 2020 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing announced on April 2 that it was, with effect from close of business on April 3, suspending production at its complex at Ridley Township (just south of Philadelphia International Airport in the US state of Pennsylvania) for two weeks, as a result of the... 

Boeing temporarily closes its military helicopter manufacturing plants
A Boeing CH-47 Chinook of the UK Royal Air Force firing flares (UK MOD)

Covid-19 causes Rolls-Royce to halt most activities at its civil aerospace plants in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2020 UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on March 27 that it would “significantly reduce all but essential activity” at its civil aerospace facilities in Britain with effect from midnight on that day, and for a period of one week. This was in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

Ramaphosa writes to Parliament, reveals 2 820 soldiers could be on SA's streets until June 

By: News24Wire      27th March 2020 Members of the South African National Defence Force could be patrolling the country’s streets well beyond the 21-day lockdown period. This is contained in a letter President Cyril Ramaphosa sent to the speaker of the National Assembly on Wednesday, informing members of Parliament of the... 

Ramaphosa writes to Parliament, reveals 2 820 soldiers could be on SA's streets until June

Opinion: War declared during peacetime

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2020 The outbreak of coronavirus in every continent (except Antarctica) has resulted in a war-time mobilisation of national assets and resources, as well as a shift in production by some companies from their core products to the manufacture of products that can support the fight against the... 

Opinion: War declared during peacetime
Photo by Reuters
Members of the South African National Defence Force gather at the premises of the Rand Light Infantry in Craighall Park on March 23 in preparedness for mobilisation to help enforce the presidents national lockdown.

Boeing announces work suspension at major plants owing to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th March 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on March 23 that it was temporarily suspending production at its facilities in the Puget Sound area of the US state of Washington. The suspension would start on March 25 and would run for 14 days. The decision was taken following the proclamation, that same... 

Boeing announces work suspension at major plants owing to Covid-19

Airbus imposes temporary Covid-19 shutdown at its French and Spanish plants

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th March 2020 Europe-based major global aerospace group Airbus announced on Tuesday that it was temporarily halting work in its facilities in France and Spain. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The halt, which will see a temporary cessation of production and assembly work at these facilities, will... 

Airbus imposes temporary Covid-19 shutdown at its French and Spanish plants
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A350 XWB airliner

Programme to help startup drone companies launched in Gauteng

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 The first drone (unmanned air vehicle) start-up accelerator programme in Africa was recently launched in Katlehong, south east of Johannesburg. (Katlehong lies within the City of Ekurhuleni.) The programme is being hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator (CfERI) of the... 

SAA says adhering to safety protocols on Covid-19

By: African News Agency      12th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways said on Thursday its operational health and safety procedures were in line with the World Health Organisation’s protocols to protect its passengers and crew from contracting Covid-19. On Wednesday WHO declared the coronavirus disease a pandemic as it... 

 SAA says adhering to safety protocols on Covid-19

Accelerator to help start-up drone companies launched in Gauteng

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th February 2020 The first drone (unmanned air vehicle) startup accelerator programme in Africa was launched in Katlehong, south east of Johannesburg, on Friday. The programme is being hosted by the Ekurhuleni Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. The initial programme is a pilot of the... 

Defence contract signed with German armed forces

21st February 2020 Germany’s unified armed forces and civil administration and procurement authority The Bundeswehr, has joined with defence contractor Rheinmetall to carry out new measures for extending the service life of its Marder infantry fighting vehicles. In order to maintain the operational readiness of... 

Defence contract  signed with German armed forces
The upgrades to the Marder tanks will expand the life of the tanks which have been in service since 1971

Big armoured vehicle delivered

21st February 2020 Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture between global aerospace and technology business Paramount Group and defence industry complex Kazakhstan Engineering, has successfully delivered a series of Arlan 4 X 4 mine-protected armoured wheeled vehicles to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of... 

Big armoured vehicle delivered
ROLL OUT The supply of 1 000 armored vehicles to the Kazakhstan government was finalized in November by Paramount Group

Rolls-Royce starts manufacture of the world’s largest aeroengine fan blades

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2020 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that it has started manufacturing the world’s largest aeroengine fan blades. These are for its UltraFan demonstrator power plant, which will be unprecedentedly efficient and sustainable. A full set of UltraFan blades will have a diameter of... 

Denel upgraded by Fitch Ratings as it closes aerostructures business

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2020 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group has Denel welcomed the recent decision by Fitch Ratings to affirm its long- and short-term ratings for the group, and to upgrade its outlook. Fitch affirmed Denel’s national short-term rating at “B(zaf)” and its national long-term rating also at... 

Co-production agreement signed

21st February 2020 Saudi Arabia-based electronics, optronics, communication, unmanned aerial systems and related services provider Intra Defense Technologies and South Africa-based precision optronic solutions supplier Hensoldt Optronics, have signed an exclusive partner agreement for the joint development and... 

Co-production  agreement signed
SHAKE ON IT The agreement to join forces was made last year

Organisers aim high for defence and aerospace expo

By: Halima Frost     21st February 2020 Despite various challenges in South Africa, as well as in other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Expo organisers hope to host a successful event this year, says AAD exhibition director Leona Redelinghuys. These difficulties include... 

Organisers aim high for  defence and aerospace expo
AIMING HIGH The Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo will showcase South African Air Force’s capabilities in an ever better air show this year

EU renews Zimbabwe arms embargo, defence-company assets freeze

By: , Bloomberg     17th February 2020 The European Union (EU) has renewed its arms embargo against Zimbabwe and will maintain a targeted assets-freeze against the State-controlled armaments company, Zimbabwe Defence Industries. The decision takes into account the “situation in Zimbabwe, including the yet to be investigated alleged... 

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter

By: African News Agency      17th February 2020 After a short hiatus from Twitter, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is once again posting prolifically, using the platform at the weekend to call for a public debate, possibly a referendum, on the use of taxpayers' money to bail out failing State-owned enterprises. "We must develop a democratic... 

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Latest Airbus airliner gains certification from both Europe and the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2020 Europe-based global aerospace group Airbus has announced that its A330-800 widebody airliner has been jointly certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration. This joint Type Certification followed 132 flights totalling 370 test flying hours,... 

Latest Airbus airliner gains certification from both Europe and the US
Photo by Airbus
The Airbus A330-800

Denel’s outlook upgraded by Fitch Ratings

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th February 2020 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel on Tuesday welcomed the decision by Fitch Ratings to affirm its long- and short-term ratings for the group, and to upgrade its outlook. Fitch affirmed Denel’s national short-term rating at “B(zaf)” and its national long-term rating also at... 

Denel’s outlook upgraded by Fitch Ratings
Photo by Rebecca Campbell/Creamer Media
Denel’s flagship product: the Rooivalk combat helicopter

Rolls-Royce has started making the world’s largest aeroengine fan blades

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th February 2020 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Tuesday that it has started manufacturing the world’s largest aeroengine fan blades. These are for its UltraFan demonstrator power plant, which will unprecedentedly efficient and sustainable. A full set of UltraFan blades will have a... 

Rolls-Royce has started making the world’s largest aeroengine fan blades

Correct policies, equipment vital for substance testing

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     7th February 2020 Without the correct drug-testing policies and correct testing equipment in place, companies can face serious legal implications, warns workplace testing company ALCO-Safe MD Rhys Evans, adding that these policies serve as guidelines for employees and employers. “Having policies in place ensures... 

Correct policies, equipment vital for substance testing
WELL INFORMED Policies ensure employees understand the drug-testing equipment better and eliminate misconceptions

Airbus reaches legal settlements to end bribery and compliance probes

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2020 Europe-based major aerospace group Airbus has issued a brief press release, concerning its negotiations with regulators and law enforcement agencies in three countries. The release stated in full:  

Denel reports it has almost finished closing its aerostructures division 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2020 Denel reported on Thursday that the closing down of “the greater part” of its aerostructures business had reached “an advanced stage”. It gave the assurance that it had taken “major steps” to minimise job losses within the group. The business was being closed because it was not sustainable for... 

Denel reports it has almost finished closing its aerostructures division
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Denel Aerostructures workers assembling a fuselage top shell for an Airbus A400M military airlift aircraft, back in 2013
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