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Defence & Aerospace

Improved civil-aviation safety seen as key tourism enabler

By: Helene Le Roux     28th April 2006 Although Africa accounts for only 3% of the world’s aircraft departures, in 2004, the continent accounted for 27% of the world’s fatal aircraft accidents. 

SA students impress leading international aero-engineer

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 Chief Aerodynamicist for the Airbus A380 double-decker super-jumbo airliner, Frank Ogilvie, on enthusiasm of Sa engineering students for aviation & on latest on A380. 

Army engineers report military-skills development success

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 FOR the South African Army’s Engineer Corps (SAEC) the Military Skills Development System (MSDS), which started in 2004, has been a great success. 

SA army engineers support peacekeeping in Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2006 The South African Army Engineering Corps is playing a crucial role in bringing peace and stability to troubled countries elsewhere in Africa. 

UK group ponders Denel opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2006 BAE Systems has had its interest in South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel picqued again by the latter’s proposed restructuring strategy. 

Defence giant makes SA investments

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2006 The industrial participation or offset programme being run in South Africa by UK-based aerospace and defence industrial group BAE Systems is so big that the company has become one of the biggest facilitators of foreign investment into the country. 

SA a globalisation model for Swedish defence group

6th April 2006 Swedish defence group Saab has identified South Africa as a model of its evolving internationalisation effort. 

Urgent action needed

By: thamashni naidoo     31st March 2006 “Government needs to pay more attention to the general and commercial aviation sector.” This is the belief of Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (CAASA) CEO Oliver Stratford, saying that government must play an active role in expanding the aerospace industry instead of... 

African air-transport industry expanding . . .

31st March 2006 . . . but more infrastructure investment required 

More details revealed about A-Darter cooperation project

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 Brazil reportedly will contribute 50% of investment needed to complete the Denel A-Darter missile project. 

Test-flight success

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 The development flying programme for Airbus’ giant A380 airliner is going better than expected, with performance better than forecast. 

Defence acquisition agency supports police procurement efforts

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 South African defence acquisition, disposal, and research-and-development agency Armscor also plays a key role in supporting the acquisition of key specialised equipment for the South African Police Service (SAPS). 

Air-to-air missile deal only weeks away from full consummation

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2006 Update on Brazilian investment in Denel A-Darter missile project: contract not yet signed, but nearly finished. 

SAAT set to begin first passenger-to-freighter conversion in March

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2006 The technical division of South African Airways, South African Airways Technical (SAAT), concluded a technology agreement with international aerospace company Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in December, which has positioned it as a new global hub for the conversion of passenger aircraft into... 

Critical overseas partnerships help rope in business

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 SA company supplies military vehicles to US, Sweden, Canada..... 

SA’s newly-equipped, streamlined navy shipshape 

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 “We are the people’s navy, and therefore try to keep the public informed as to what it’s about, they are the taxpayers after all,” South African Navy head of public and media relations Captain Wise reports in an Engineering News exclusive. 

Defence-related industry could be in trouble

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 The South African defence-related industry, (Sadri) has been doing remarkably well over the past two decades, consider-ing the challenging circumstancesin the global arms arena and thedetrimental effects it has had on Sadri participants. So says South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence... 

South Africa flying high – or just pie in the sky?

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has proposed an ambitious new project it terms ‘AwareNet’. 

State-owned demining company posts positive results

By: Matthew Hill     24th February 2006 Lately, State-owned weapons manufacturer Denel has been suffering a period of financial losses and hardship, whereas Mechem – a division of Denel – has posted positive results, the demining company’s manager AJ Rossouw tells Engineering News. 

Aiming at global leadership in its niches

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 Fire-directing systems (FDS) and shooting training systems (STS); these are the two niches in the global defence market in which IST Dynamics is determined to be the world leader. 

Brazil invests in SA missile-developoment programme

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2006 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has formally revealed that it is investing $52-million in South Africa’s A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM) project. 

Amateurs pump their own cash into rocket project

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2006 THE Saranglo project of the South African Rocketry Association (Sara) is not dead despite the failure of the first launch attempt last October. 

German group pursues housing-system offset

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2006 German group ThyssenKrupp is optimistic about its ability to deliver offset projects this year. One of these is the industrially-produced housing system unveiled at the end of last year (2005). 

Africa displays higher-than-world aerospace growth

By: Matthew Hill     20th January 2006 Boeing’s strategy of a balanced portfolio of products and services has been instrumental in ensuring the company’s ongoing success in an extremely competitive environment. 

Ensuring safe South African skies

By: Matthew Hill     20th January 2006 Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) was established in 1993 to ensure the safe navigation of aircraft while in flight, says CEO Wrenelle Stander in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. “And in order to accomplish this a broad spectrum of activities need to synergise; there are... 

Business jets lead commercial aircraft

By: Matthew Hill     20th January 2006 Over its existence of some 60 years, National Airways Corporation (NAC) has grown to become the largest general aviation company on the African continent. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News NAC CEO Martin Banner states that much of this success is owed to the impressive growth... 

Denel set to benefit form UK-Saudi Arabia deal

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2006 SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel is likely be a beneficiary of the recent agreement between Britain and Saudi Arabia in which the Saudis agreed to buy Typhoon fighers. 

Denel likely to have decades of business from fighter-trainer work

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 Denel could benefit from work on the BAE Systems Hawk fighter-trainer over the next three decades providing components for perhaps as many as 350 new aircraft. 

European airlift order to benefit SA

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2005 South Africa's aviation industry continues to reap benefits from this country's decision to join the Airbus Military A400M military airlift aircraft programme as a partner. 

Brazil considering investing in South African missile development

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2005 Brazilian Air Force Commander Air-Lieu-tenant-Brigadier (equivalent to South African Air Force General) Luis Carlos da Silva Bueno has revealed that Brazil and South Africa are currently undertaking a study on cooperating in the development of the A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM). 

Denel UAV on first overseas visit

22nd November 2005 Having shown a mock-up of its Bateleur medium-altitude long-endurance (Male) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time in late 2004, South African State defence firm Denel opted for this week's Dubai International airshow to display it abroad for the first time. 

Talking turkey

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2005 Denel CEO Shaun Liebenberg recently revealed that a large European defence contractor has joined Denel as a partner to bid for the Turkish contract for an attack helicopter. 

Denel investigates fault in unmanned-craft flight

17th November 2005 Defence parastatal Denel reported yesterday that, during a development test flight this week, one of its 'Seeker' unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was damaged in an emergency landing north of Pretoria. 

Airforce mulls regime change

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 A feature of the South African Air Force (SAAF) that has puzzled foreigners and, indeed, local observers, is its expensive approach to flying training. 

SA missile concludes trials with a bang

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has confirmed the successful completion of flight trials of its Umkhonto (“Spear”) naval surface-to-air missile (SAM). 

Airbus signs Chinese cooperation protocol

11th November 2005 China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC 1) and Airbus this week signed a protocol to confirm the extension of their cooperation in activities to produce A320 Family wing boxes in China. 

Local aerospace firm in BEE deal

By: Liezel Hill     8th November 2005 Aircraft systems and aeromechanical solutions provider Aerosud yesterday announced the conclusion of a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal, which will effectively raise black-owned equity in the firm to 28%. 

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