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Defence & Aerospace

End to Denel’s US disbarment unlikely to have big impact

By: Keith Campbell     6th August 2004 THE ending of the disbarment of South African defence industrial parastatal Denel from the US defence market, although welcome and beneficial, will have less practical effect than one might expect. 

Negotiations between SAA and Nigeria still on track

23rd July 2004 Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin has dismissed speculation that negotiations between South African Airways (SAA) and Nigeria have reached a deadlock. 

Fighter plane offset deal yields 67 new ventures

23rd July 2004 The UK’s BAE Systems and Sweden’s Saab AB have launched 67 new business ventures in South Africa, in the fulfilment of their combined offset obligations tied to South Africa’s $2,2-billion procurement of new Hawk and Gripen aircraft for the South African Air Force, the companies... 

SAA on track to join global alliance

By: jenny furness     16th July 2004 All being well, within the next few months, South African Airways (SAA) should be a fully-fledged member of airline network Star Alliance, SAA spokesperson JJ Thabane said yesterday. 

'Defence offsets may not be sustainable'

16th July 2004 Defence offsets in their current form might not be sustainable, a leading European engine manufacturer says. 

SAA remains committed to alliance choice

By: jenny furness     12th July 2004 There is unlikely to be any change in strategy on South African Airways’ (SAA) decision to join the Star Alliance airline network, despite the resignation of CEO Andr 

Hawk production under way in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 The first BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers for the SAAF are now moving down the production line at Denel Aviation’s plant 

The CSIR provides support for the defence department

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 A core function of the CSIR Defencetek business unit is to operate as a Defence Evaluation and Research Institute (Deri) on behalf of the South African Department of Defence (DoD). 

Laser vehicle systems attract international attention

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 SA electronic warfare systems company Avitronics is attracting strong international interest with its laser warning system for combat vehicles (LWS-310CV). 

20 units ordered for international naval programmes

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 STELLENBOSCH, Western Cape-based Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) has established itself in the international high-tech radar systems and sub-systems market. 

Summit is ten

By: Keith Campbell     2nd July 2004 WHILE South Africa celebrates ten years of democracy, the yearly African Defence Summit is also marking its tenth anniversary. 

Breakthrough contract for SA armoured vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     25th June 2004 SOUTH African armoured-vehicle manufacturer Alvis OMC has beaten European competition to win preferred supplier status for new armoured vehicles for Italy and Sweden. 

Erwin details plan to grow private investment in energy, transport and defence

By: Jill Stanford     25th June 2004 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin wants to raise the levels of private investment in energy, transport and defence, the key sectors reporting to his department. 

Africa’s business aviation sector shows signs of recovery

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 THE second quarter of this year has, at last, seen the recovery of the business aviation sector in Africa and South Africa from the global slump which followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, now known simply as 911, from the American practice of putting the... 

Fast-tracking aviation maintenance

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th June 2004 Africa’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility, SAA Technical, last week launched a state-of-the-art multipurpose docking system, which will give technical staff easy access to various types of planes. 

Grintek awarded big aviation communications contract

18th June 2004 Aviation equipment specialist Grintek Aviation Systems has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract by National Airports Corporation (NACL), in Zambia, to upgrade its VHF communications network. 

Modular workshop boosts army’s technical support

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 A containerised modular workshop system developed by local industry over the past decade for the Technical Service Corps (TSC) of the South African Army (SA Army) is revolutionising the way the Corps is able to fulfil its maintenance and repair role. 

Homegrown containerised system attracts US interest

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 THE containerised modular workshop system developed by Steelcore Heavy Equipment for the SA Army is attracting strong interest from civilian sectors in the US. 

75% of corvette combat suite is SA made

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 WITH three of the South African Navy’s (SAN) four new corvettes now at Simon’s Town, the long-awaited restoration of the country’s high seas patrol and surveillance capability is now in sight. 

Aviation firm gets global wings

By: Keith Campbell     11th June 2004 SA aviation company Execujet is well on the way to successfully globalising itself. Execujet companies now operate on five continents. 

Boron composites may repair ageing aircraft

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th June 2004 A composite technology which has been stagnant in South Africa for the past five years could well be the solution for cost-effective repairs of commercial aircraft, especially in Africa, where air traffic is predicted to double by 2010. 

Brazil advances aerial crop surveillance

By: Keith Campbell     11th June 2004 TWO research institutions in Brazil have developed, and are now patenting, an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) specifically for agricultural use. 

SAA Technical invests to stave off Asian competition

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th June 2004 Africa’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility, SAA Technical, yesterday launched a state-of-the-art multipurpose docking system, which will give technical staff easy access to various types of planes. 

Air-traffic control opportunities abound

By: Keith Campbell     4th June 2004 SA technology group Grintek reports a growing demand across Africa for ground-based civil aviation navigation and air traffic control systems. 

Researchers work on cloud-piercing radar project

By: Keith Campbell     4th June 2004 SA companies & research institutions are working together to develop a synthetic apperture radar (SAR) for airborne and space-based applications. 

Aerospace corrosion product finds new applications

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 Randburg power transmission company Entramarc has introduced a new corrosion-protection product to the South African market. 

Growing international demand for local armoured vehicles

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2004 There are a few things South Africans have a good international reputation for, and security and protection are some of them. 

SAA set to join global airline alliance

By: jenny furness     1st June 2004 South Africa’s national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), will this week sign on as an observer member of the 15-airline Star Alliance airline network and will now actively pursue full membership. 

SA’s third frigate arrives in Simon’s Town

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2004 Yesterday saw the arrival in Simon’s Town of the third of the South African Navy’s new German-designed and -built patrol frigates, the SAS Spioenkop. 

Navy set to float out first new-era sub

By: Keith Campbell     28th May 2004 THE first Type209/1400SAN submarine for the South African Navy (SAN) will be named and ‘floated out’ of its building dock next month. 

Three airports to upgrade aviation systems

26th May 2004 Aviation products specialist Grintek Aviation Systems has been awarded a contract to supply new direction finding systems to the George, Lanseria and Kimberly airports. 

Details on State enterprise investment plans by Sept

25th May 2004 The South African government will announce detailed investment plans for certain State-owned enterprises (SOEs) by the end of September, the country’s new Minister of Public Enterprises said. 

Brazil still considering Cheetah

By: Keith Campbell     21st May 2004 South Africa’s Denel Cheetah C fighters are still in with chance to become interim fighter for Brazil. 

Automaker moves to lower the cost of armoured vehicles

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2004 Responding to what it sees as customers’ needs, local auto maker Nissan South Africa has introduced armoured protection on its Almera cars, Hardbody pickups and X-Trail and Patrol sports-utility vehicles. 

SA Navy soon to dispose of SAS Outeniqua

17th May 2004 The South African Navy's largest vessel, the Russian-built combat support ship SAS Outeniqua, is to be placed up for disposal shortly, after about 12 years of service. 

Call for consolidated SA space policy

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th May 2004 A while ago President George W Bush announced ambitious space plans that included manned missions to the moon, and to Mars. The statement generated excitement, as it was intended to do. 

Upgrade of SANDF’s armoured vehicles completed

5th May 2004 South African armoured vehicle manufacturer Alvis OMC has completed a two-year upgrade programme of 80 Rooikat combat vehicles for the South African Army Armour Formation of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). 

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