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Defence & Aerospace

Defence workers to receive R4m - union

27th May 2005 Close to 6 000 workers at Denel, the defense parastatal, will pocket R4-million in lost wages. 

Management key to aviation competitiveness - Erwin

25th May 2005 Increasing competitiveness in the aviation industry depends on the effectiveness of management in each enterprise. 

SA armoured vehicle firm wins R64m Italian job

25th May 2005 Italian company Iveco Defence Vehicle Division (DVD) has ordered a full production batch of 30 RG-12 public-order vehicles from a South African firm, for use by the Italian Carabinieri. 

Aviation group in R100m expansion

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2005 SA’s largest private-sector aviation industry company Aerosud has decided on a more than R100-million comprehensive expansion and development programme. 

SA to provide Swedes with armoured vehicles

20th May 2005 South African armoured and peacekeeping vehicle manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems OMC has a confirmed order from FMV, the Swedish Procurement Agency. 

Mbeki says air travel reform key to 2010 World Cup

19th May 2005 Africa's air industry must boost efficiency and cut costs, South African President Thabo Mbeki urged on Wednesday, saying reforms were critical to the success of South Africa's 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Boeing lands new technology

16th May 2005 New York Stock Exchange listed Boeing Company at the weekend delivered a 737 equipped with an advanced landing system that will guide the airplane to runways with improved accuracy. 

Denel breaks into Brazilian market

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2005 SOUTH Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has broken into the Brazilian market, with a deal to provide support for a Brazilian missile test programme. 

Military-communication event to focus on technology

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2005 Preview of the second Military Information and Communication Symposium of South Africa (MICSSA), which will take place from July 26 to 28 next year. 

Actuators, controls and gearboxes fitted to naval warships

By: Liezel Hill     13th May 2005 The four new patrol corvettes, which will be South Africa’s first new naval warships in 16 years, have been fitted with some 3 000 Auma actuators, controls and gearboxes, reports Auma South Africa. 

SA tests new landmine-clearing device

10th May 2005 A landmine-clearing device is to be demonstrated today at the CSIR's Defence and Security Technology Unit (Defencetek). 

Second SA submarine launched in Germany

5th May 2005 South Africa's second submarine was launched in Germany yesterday, at a function attended by deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George. 

SAA set to grow freight's revenue contribution

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2005 With some air-cargo observers forecasting volumes to triple over the next two decades, South Africa's State-owned airline, South African Airways (SAA), is intensifying efforts to devise a comprehensive freight strategy. 

Russian helicopter group setting up SA training school

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2005 MAJOR Russian helicopter operating company UTAir Aviation is in the process of establishing a training school in South Africa. 

Denel's future strategy clarified

By: Keith Campbell     29th April 2005 SOUTH AFRICAN Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin sketched out the future priorities for State-owned defence industrial group Denel in his recent (April 15) address to Parliament. 

Top-level support for new aerospace network

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2005 SOUTH Africa’s renowned CSIR science council will be providing significant support for this country’s recently-launched Aerospace Network. 

Competition body welcomes SAA's travel-agent move

22nd April 2005 South African regulator the Competition Commission has welcomed the decision by South African Airways (SAA) to stop paying commissions to travel agents. 

Union questions Denel leadership change

18th April 2005 Following Friday’s  

SAAF's Hawk choice offers best value for money

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2005 SURVEY of the reasons for SA chosing BAE Systems Hawk trainer. 

New aircraft to inject 'new ways of doing things' into SAAF

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2005 THE introduction of new aircraft into service with the SAAF in the next few years introduce new technologies and new ways of doing things. 

Liebenberg confirmed as new Denel head

15th April 2005 Following much media speculation, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin today confirmed the appointment of Shaun Liebenberg as the new CEO of Denel. 

SA sets up public-private network to pursue aerospace growth

By: Nicola Mawson     13th April 2005 An Aerospace South Africa Network management unit that will unite the government and the private sector in driving competitiveness within the industry will be established within the next few weeks. 

Cheetah beaten by Tiger in Brazil

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2005 SOUTH Africa’s Cheetah fighter loses out in competition for interim fighter for Brazil, but R-Darter missile still in contention for BVRAAM requirement. 

German group wins big UK defence order

By: Keith Campbell     6th April 2005 GERMAN manufacturing group MAN has won a  

Botswana installs new air-defence system

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2005 SPANISH defence electronics and systems company Indra is currently developing a full air defence command and control system for Botswana in a €7,1-million contract. 

AgustaWestland seeks SA ground-support expertise

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2005 MORE details on configuration of SA Super Lynx helicopters & some more on offsets. 

SA missiles system enhanced

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 Details and technical specifications of the Denel Aerospace Systems R-Darter beyond visual range air-to-air missile. 

Brazil makes interim fighter choice

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2005 South African hopes to sell or lease second-hand Denel Cheetah C multirole fighters to the Brazilian Air Force seem to have been dashed. 

Lesotho may come to South Africa's aid on peaking power

By: Nicola Mawson     18th March 2005 The Highlands of Lesotho could provide the region with an additional 1 000 MW of hydro peaking power if a proposed pumped-storage scheme is found to be economically viable. 

Cheetah in Brazil air force race, but . . .

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2005 Senior Brazilian Air Force officers have confirmed that SA’s Denel Cheetah fighter and Denel R-Darter missile are in contention for Brazilian requirements. 

Future jet-engine technologies studied

By: Keith Campbell     11th March 2005 Around the world, scientists and engineers are working on various advanced and even exotic concepts for future power plants for aircraft, especially for high-speed, high-altitude, low-pollution flight. 

US defence order will open doors for SA firm

By: Keith Campbell     11th March 2005 The US Army decision to buy 148 RG-31 vehicles designed & built by SA company Land Systems OMC will boost the local company’s international marketing efforts. 

26 years of supplying high-performance batteries

25th February 2005 Established in 1979, Aztec Electronics supplies high-performance batteries and related components to the defence industry. 

Defencetek's contribution to quality of life

By: Liezel Hill     25th February 2005 “In short, the mandate of the CSIR is to contribute to the quality of life of the people of South Africa through research and development,” asserts CSIR Defence Technology (Defencetek) director Andr 

Global defence specialist clinches £140m UK contract

25th February 2005 Global defence and aerospace specialist BAE Systems’ C4ISR Networked Systems & Solutions (NS&S) has been down-selected as the preferred contractor for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) project Shaman. 

French aerospace firm revamps Joburg branch

25th February 2005 The premises of Turbomeca’s South African site, Turbomeca Africa, have been revamped and their machine-tools and heavy maintenance workshops, catering for engines and accessories, have been upgraded. 

France's defence forces acquire night-vision cameras

25th February 2005 The French defence procurement agency, DGA, has awarded Thales a contract to equip the French army, air force and navy with Sophie night-vision cameras. 

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