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Defence & Aerospace

Hopes fade for South African role in Brazilian armoured-vehicle buy

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2005 Hopes that SA & Brazil could cooperate in the production of new wheeled armoured vehicles for their armies have been dashed. 

Too late for turnaround, but new pilot has plan to avert disaster

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2005 South African loss-making State-owned defence industrial group Denel is, over the next three to four years, to undergo what is arguably its most radicalrestructuring since the company was created in 1992. 

Offset report reveals disparate performance

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2005 Like the proverbial parson�s egg, the news concerning the civilian offset programmes for the South African National Defence Force�s (SANDF�s) strategic re-equipment pro- gramme, revealed by the recent publication of the Department of Trade and Industry�s (DTI�s) NIPP: National Industrial... 

SA aviation firm aids relief efforts

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2005 Within 24 hours of last week’s devastating earthquake in Kashmir SA aviation company Naturelink was contacted by NGOs seeking to contract aircraft to fly aid to the survivors. 

Nonstop African service

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2005 South African aviation company Naturelink has become the official service centre for Africa for civil aircraft manufactured by the Brazilian company Embraer. 

Value for Brazilian Air Force contract withd Denel revealed

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 THE Brazilian Air Force has revealed the value of the contract it has entered into with SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel for use of Denel’s Skua target drones in missile tests. 

Navy ship for Navy in the offing?

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 Recent statements by Defence Minister Lekota suggest that plans for the SA Navy to acquire an amphibious transport ship seem to have been quite dramatically brought forward 

SA eyes unmanned-aircraft niche

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2005 THE South African Air Force (SAAF) hopes that South Africa will be able to recapture its place as a world-leader in the development and operation of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

Defence projects on parade

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2005 Armscor, in its Annual Report 2004-2005, reports on some of the defence industrial participation (Dip) activities, stemming from the strategic re-equipment packages. 

Defence industrial participation progress uneven

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2005 SA defence offset programmes for new ships, subs, aircraft and helicopters have delivered more than R7,6-billion in benefits since the end of 1999. 

Skills development part of engine giant's pledge to Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Rolls-Royce will be providing the SAAF with lifetime support for the Rolls-Royce Adour 951 engines that will power the SAAF’s new BAE Systems Hawks. 

Medium-sized defence industries under the whip

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Report comapring plight of SA State-owned defence group Denel with equally bad plights of Israeli State-owned IMI and Brazilian State-owned Imbel. 

Denel in finance vice

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 A story on how difficult the international environment is for SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

SANDF awards tank-upgrade contract

2nd September 2005 BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has been awarded a follow-on contract for some R171-million by, South African National Defence Force (SANDF) procurement agency Armscor, for the upgrade of Olifant MK2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). 

Armscor awards R171m tank-upgrade contract

2nd September 2005 Defence firm BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has been awarded a follow-on contract worth about R171-million by Armscor, acquisition agency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), for the upgrade of Olifant MK2 main battle tanks (MBTs). 

Defence reserve pilot scheme targets student

By: Keith Campbell     26th August 2005 The South African Military Health Services SAMHS, formerly the South African Medical Service), in conjunction with the South African Army (SA Army) has launched a pilot project for a new programme to recruit highly- educated young South Africans as officers in the Reserve (once known as the... 


By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 Although Airbus’ giant A380 jetliner is still in the early stages of flight test, the company is driving head with its next project – the A350 twin-engined long-range airliner. 

Rough times for SA aviation

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 THE SA commercial & general aviation sectors have been hard hit by the failure of key parastatals & government departments to grasp their contribution to the national economy. 

The A380 final assembly facility is simply awesome

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 A report on the final assembly of the giant Airbus A380 airliner. 

South African missiles remain in contention for Brazilian order

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 SA State-owned defence group Denel still in with what seems a good chance to sell its R-Darter BVRAAM to Brazil. 

SA scholars ready to leave for UK aerospace challenge

4th August 2005 The South African Air force yesterday bid bon voyage to a team of local scholars taking part in a UK schools aerospace challenge, who are leaving for the UK on August 10. 

Can Denel be put back on target?

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2005 There needs to be a radical change in the Denel model going forward, asserts the group’s new CEO Shaun Liebenberg in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. 

Grintek to install air traffic equipment throughout SA

26th July 2005 South African firm Grintek has been contracted by ATNS, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company to supply, install and commission navigation aids across the country for a project that is being implemented by ATNS. 

SAA views cargo as central to six-pronged growth strategy

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2005 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is finalising a new freight strategy, designed to double the amount of cargo it handles and position the airline as the preferred air-cargo carrier in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. 

The ultimate plane kit

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2005 How do you put together the biggest airliner in the world, especially when it is produced by a company operating from several plants that are hundreds of kilometres apart? 

New giant of the sky set to transform world of civil aviation

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2005 It is an airliner like no other,better thought of as a winged airship or skyliner – so big in terms of payload and volume that applying the term ‘ship’ to it would not be an absurd affectation. 

First SA Gripens only months away

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE 1st Saab Gripen fighter for the SAAF should be completed & rolled out in the last quarter of this year and is scheduled to make its first flight this November. 

High winds force postponement of Karoo rocket launch

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 BAD weather forced postponement of SA Rocketry Association’s Anglo Platinum sponsored “SarAnglo” rocket – but SARA did launch its 1st successful I-class rocket. 

Navy employs overseas training to address submariner dearth

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE South African Navy (SAN) is currently addressing its shortfall of submariners by training personnel abroad, in India, Germany, and probably also Brazil. 

Airbus consolidates position in developing world

20th June 2005 Aerospace company Airbus has announced three confirmed orders from countries around the world. 

While government and professionals debate, amateurs pursue own 'space programme'

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2005 The South African Rocketry Association, an amateur body, plans to launch a rocket to an altitude of 10 km and has projects to reach 50 km, even 100km. 

Delivery of first South African-made Hawk jets only weeks away

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2005 THE first 3 SA manufactured Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers for the SAAF are currently undergoing pre-acceptance checks before delivery to the SAAF. 

Spin-off expected from multipurpose ship project

By: Keith Campbell     10th June 2005 THE SA Navy’s plan for new multipurpose coastal ships should be implemented within the next 5 years & the LPD/LPH programme could be brought forward. 

R213-million JIA project launched

3rd June 2005 Gauteng officials yesterday launched the R213-million project to revamp the Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) interchange. 

HEAVY METAL HIT PARADE - Three major overseas orders for SA armoured-vehicles firm

By: Keith Campbell     3rd June 2005 BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, has had to totally re-arrange its production facilities to meet the needs created by its recent hat-trick of major international orders for its products. 

Grintek buys into defence software developer

30th May 2005 South Africa's multi-million rand Command & Control software development capabilities have been further consolidated. 

Military aircraft key for SA aero industry

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2005 THE South African government’s decision to join the European Airbus Military A400M transport project will be of enormous importance and benefit to the local aviation industry. 

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