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Defence & Aerospace

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... 

South Africa pushes ahead with ocean monitoring satellite programme

By: News24Wire      28th February 2019 The government, through the Department of Science and Technology, has affirmed a further commitment to the Maritime Domain Awareness satellite programme. In addition to funding of R16.5-million, the department will pump another R27-million into the programme over the next three years, department... 

Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way  

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th February 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 Saturday. The small ships are being acquired under the SAN’s Project Biro. This, first, IPV is expected to be... 

Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way
Photo by Damen
An artist’s impression of the three IPVs sailing off Cape Town

South Africa submits Instrument of Ratification on nuclear weapons ban treaty

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2019 South Africa on Monday joined a growing number of States in submitting its Instrument of Ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) to the United Nations (UN) in New York. The treaty was adopted after 122 States voted in favour of it at the UN on July 7, 2017.  

Sasol denies claims it intentionally polluted Vaal River 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2019 A whistleblower's claims that Sasol is to blame for the intentional pollution of the Vaal River, were vehemently denied by the petrochemical giant at a South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) inquiry on Wednesday. The SAHRC established the inquiry in September 2018 to determine whether the... 

Armed forces day displays capabilities, readiness of SA's armed forces – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said the aim of national armed forces day was to display the capabilities and state of readiness of the country’s armed forces. “We also want to expand the public’s understanding of the military’s function and purpose in our society. The roles that the... 

Poland orders Black Hawk helicopters

22nd February 2019 Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has confirmed an order for four Polish-built Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to provide an enhanced capability to Poland’s military branch Special Operations Forces. Production of the aircraft will begin immediately with delivery of all four... 

Global general aviation show comes to S Africa

22nd February 2019 The global general aviation show AERO Friedrichshafen – that has been successfully taking place at Lake Constance in Germany for over 40 years – is now set to expand to South Africa in July of this year. From July 4 to 6, Messe Frankfurt South Africa will play host to the first AERO South Africa.... 

Global general aviation show comes to S Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
SHOWING OFF AERO South Africa will demonstrate everything from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters, remotely piloted aircraft and electric aircraft as well as avionics and maintenance

Armoured personnel carrier launched

22nd February 2019 South African private defence vehicle manufacturing company Milkor has developed and launched its Milkor 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the African market. Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in... 

Armoured personnel carrier launched
BUILT TOUGH The Milkor 4 x 4 is designed to meet the infantry carrier requirements of armed forces on the African continent

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 One of the technologies recently showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

CSIR displays its defence and security technologies to industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently held a technology demonstration day at the CSIR campus in Pretoria. Various technologies developed by DPSS were displayed to representatives of industry and the media.  

SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security division.  

Paramount secures armoured vehicle contract with UAE

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has secured a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its next generation armoured personnel carrier – Mbombe 4, which was unveiled at defence and security expo IDEX 2019, being held in the Middle East this week.  Manufactured... 

Paramount secures armoured vehicle contract with UAE
Ivor and Eric Ichikowitz

Defence group Denel to seek investment partners – CEO

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 State-owned defence group Denel could sell stakes in some divisions as part of a new strategy to return to profitability within two years, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The company has also asked the government for financial support to help underpin a strategy its board approved last week,... 

Denel explores new growth opportunities in the Middle East, North Africa

By: African News Agency      18th February 2019 State arms company Denel said on Monday it was attending a major global defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi this week to explore new growth opportunities for business in the Middle East and North Africa. Denel said its innovative products and systems would form the centrepiece of the South African... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Airbus launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus announced on Thursday 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... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A380 (right) leads a A350-900 (foreground) and a conventional-engined A330 (background) in a formation flight

Denel urges govt to use, support its new cybersecurity unit

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the Government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim is to ensure that cyber security for Government information and... 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 One of the technologies showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus on Thursday was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

CSIR wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area manager Kaven Naidoo told Engineering News Online on Thursday. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security... 

CSIR wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships
Photo by Rebecca Campbell
The LEMU twin-fuselage air vehicle

CSIR showcases its defence and security technologies to industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 The Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) held a technology demonstration day at the CSIR campus in Pretoria on Thursday. Various technologies developed by DPSS were displayed to representatives of industry and the media.... 

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

Aerospace group launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Aerospace group launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

UN Security Council to review Central African arms embargo by end-Sept

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 The United Nations Security Council agreed on Thursday to review arms embargo measures on Central African Republic by the end of September if the country makes progress in areas including reform of its security sector and management of its weapons. CAR has been under a UN arms embargo since 2013... 

Airbus launches competition to push development of quantum computing

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus has launched a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words) across... 

Denel launches cybersecurity division; urges government to use it

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th January 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim was to ensure that cybersecurity for government information and... 

Wakeford slams Agrizzi allegations as 'malicious, the fabric of lies'

By: African News Agency      29th January 2019 Former Port Elizabeth businessperson Kevin Wakeford, who has been granted special leave has slammed former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi's allegations against him as "malicious, a gross fabrication and the fabric of lies". Wakeford, who is the CEO of State-owned arms procurement... 

Ramaphosa gets a global Madiba moment, while SA ponders Denel's next step

By: News24Wire      28th January 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has finished off his first official state visit to India on a good note, celebrating and inviting "real, ethically driven" Indian businesses to invest more in South Africa. A visibly fatigued Ramaphosa, following Team South Africa's stop at the World Economic Forum in... 

Ramaphosa gets a global Madiba moment, while SA ponders Denel's next step
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian president Ram Nath Kovind, President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa's first state visit to India: Denel deal in sight after lifting blacklist over corruption claims

By: News24Wire      25th January 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be hosted by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his first official state visit to the country on Friday. According to a media statement from the Presidency, Ramaphosa, who will be joined by a delegation of ministers including Jeff Radebe, Angie... 

Embraer, Boeing deal approved by the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The Brazilian Government has approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian Government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto over mergers, take-overs, and... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has launched a crowdfunding project to raise money to pay for the construction of a new combined workshop and hangar at the Museum’s main branch, at Air Force Base (AFB) Swartkop in Centurion (south west of Pretoria) in... 

Crowdfunding plan for resurrecting South Africa’s Spitfire

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced late on Wednesday (South African time) that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas, in the US State of Virginia, on Tuesday. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden... 

Boeing 'Flying Car' makes its first flight
Photo by Boeing
Boeing’s PAV prototype hovering during its first flight

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