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Defence & Aerospace

Big superalloys project is set for take-off

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2004 An exciting new phase in the beneficiation of South Africa’s mineral wealth has been opened by the initiative and imagination of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM, formerly Anglovaal Mining Avmin), namely the local production of superalloys. 

FULL FORCE: Full force: Big superalloys project is set for take-off

By: Keith Campbell     30th April 2004 An exciting new phase in the beneficiation of South Africa’s mineral wealth has been opened by the initiative and imagination of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM, formerly Anglovaal Mining Avmin), namely the local production of superalloys. 

Techno integration begins on South Africa’s new fighters

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 WITH the first Gripen International fighter for the South African Air Force moving down the production line at Saab’s factory in Sweden, the process of integrating an advanced technology South African system with the Swedish aircraft type has already begun. 

SA earning its wings in unmanned air vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 In the high-tech – and high cost – world of the modern aviation industry, there is a sector where South Africa can compete globally with the design and manufacture of complete systems and not just subsystems and components. That sector is unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

The search for weapons of mass psychological destruction

By: Kelvin Kemm     23rd April 2004 I attended a meeting on international economic issues, in fact I was one of the guest speakers and I gave a presentation concerning why people continue to believe stories that are not true. 

National casting technology centre being assessed

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 The need for a state-of-the-art advanced national casting centre has been highlighted as a leading initiative within the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS), which is an implementation strategy in support of the South African government’s integrated manufacturing strategy... 

The Wright brothers: when engineers were also pilots

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th April 2004 The Wright brothers were not actually part of aviation in the modern sense. They were engineers. They built the aircraft themselves and worked out how they hung together. 

SA to participate in Asian defence exhibition

8th April 2004 South Africa will participate officially by means of a national pavilion at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition that will be staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from April 12 to 15. 

SA avionics expertise marketed globally

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 SA aerospace & defence company ATE is actively marketing its success in integrating advanced avionics systems in aircraft to international customers & is attracting serious interest. 

Still hope for the Cheetah in Brazil?

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 BRAZILIAN defence minister Jos 

SANDF to receive first unmanned air vehicle later this year

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 SOUTH African aeronautical and defence company Advanced Technology and Engineering, better known as ATE, will deliver its first production Vulture unmanned air vehicle system to the South African National Defence Force in the fourth quarter of this year.? 

Defence vehicle is cherry

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 RSD the rolling stock division of DCD-Dorbyl has two distinct product profiles, the first as a supplier of railway rolling stock and the second as a proprietary defence product manufacturer. 

R15m engineering spin-off from submarine order

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th March 2004 As part of the South African government’s industrial participation (IP) programme, the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) has made a significant multimillion-rand investment in engineering machinery for MAN Turbo. 

Adaptronics – bringing materials to life

By: Karel Smrcka     19th March 2004 Hum-free refrigerators, noiseless car interiors, whispering helicopters, ambulances that ride smoothly over potholes – all these things are enabled by adaptronics, a relatively new science that brings materials to life. 

Lightweight construction in the aerospace industry and beyond

By: Karel Smrcka     12th March 2004 What has always been an essential factor in the aerospace industry is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage for other sectors. 

Concerns raised about the image of South Africa’s aviation body

By: Keith Campbell     12th March 2004 SOUTH Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) does not yet have the international reputation it should have. 

African skies remain perilous

By: Keith Campbell     12th March 2004 AFRICA remains a cause for concern in the sphere of civil aviation safety.The region remains the most unsafe continent for the sector. 

New international suitor for Denel?

By: Keith Campbell     5th March 2004 UNCONFIRMED reports are circulating overseas that giant group EADS is interested in a future partnership with SA’s state-owned Denel defence industrial group. 

UK chooses Airbus for air-tanker requirements

27th February 2004 The UK government is in the process the of exclusive negotiations to make the Airbus A330-200 its future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA). 

Will companies meet their Dip obligations?

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 A soon-to-be-released report by Armscor’s defence industrial participation (Dip) division indicates a mixed set of results as to whether companies involved in the arms deal will be able to comply with their Dip obligations. 

Defence is of growing importance to diversified technology firm

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 Defence exports contributed almost a third to Grintek’s yearly turnover last year. This translates into R469-million, says business coordination and counter trade manager Paul Gerber. 

Offsets assist defence company

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 As a result of South Africa’s defence offset industrial participation programme, local defence industry electronic company, Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS), has established itself as a global supplier. 

New partnerships between BAE and SA firms

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 The global defence and aerospace systems company, BAE Systems, intends to expand its business in South Africa through new partnerships aimed at capturing a significant slice of the global high-value command, control, communications, computing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR)... 

Multimillion-rand kiln will increase capacity

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 A division of Multotec Wear Linings, MOH-9, has been supplying body armour to the police, defence forces and security industry since the 1990s. 

Firm entrenches itself in defence sector

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 Establishing and maintaining a reputation within both the local and international defence industries is not a simple feat, yet one that specialist environmental control and air conditioning engineering company, Booyco Engineering, has achieved, MD Jeremy Pougnet claims. 

Second corvette will arrive this month

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 The SAS Isandlwana, the second corvette for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), is scheduled to arrive in South Africa on February 25, a representative of the German Frigate Consortium (GFC) and German Submarine Consortium (GSC) confirms. In fact, he tells Engineering News that the... 

India, Brazil, SA set up multitrillion-dollar power bloc

By: Keith Campbell     23rd February 2004 It would be no exaggeration to describe the India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA for short, but more popularly the G3, for Group of Three) as a significant new force in global affairs. 

G3-Force: India, Brazil, SA Set Up Multi-Trillion-Dollar Power Bloc

By: Keith Campbell     20th February 2004 It would be no exaggeration to describe the India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA for short, but more popularly the G3, for Group of Three) as asignificant new force in globalaffairs. 

G3 defence compact urged

By: Keith Campbell     13th February 2004 COOPERATION between South Africa, India and Brazil will increase opportunities for all their defence industries, and not threaten them. 

SA’s second corvette sails home

11th February 2004 The second of four patrol corvettes was handed over to the South African Navy’s project officer in Kiel, Germany, and is on her way home, expected to arrive in South Africa on February 25. 

First tests positive for tailless aircraft

By: candice haase     6th February 2004 Tailless flight has been in existence since the early days of aviation, but it has never become the dominant design since it has been hampered by several shortcomings. 

Motor-industry-type support on the cards for aerospace

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2004 The South African government is currently conceptualising an industrial-development plan for the aerospace sector along the lines of its successful motor industry development programme (MIDP), which was first implemented back in the 1990s. 

Spin-off expected from Portuguese sub purchase

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 SECTORS of the SA defence industry are likely to benefit from Portugal’s decision to buy 2 new submarines from Germany’s HDW. 

US army to evaluate SA self-propelled gun prototype

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 IN a local record time of some eight months South African State-owned defence group Denel’s LIW division has designed, developed and completed the prototype of a remotely-controlled light self-propelled (SP) artillery gun turret sporting the new 105 mm LEO gun, for despatch to the US this... 

ATE in world-first with BAE

By: Keith Campbell     6th February 2004 South Africa’s Midrand-based Advanced Technology and Engineering (ATE) was the first foreign company, anywhere in the world, to receive authorisation from giant UK aerospace and defence group BAE Systems to integrate the complete avionics package for aircraft built by the British company. 

‘No hidden costs in the $2,2bn Gripen package’

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 There are no hidden costs in SA’s $2,2-billion acquisition of 28 Gripens & 24 Hawks; & Saab has increased its share of SA defence group Grintek. 

Malawi plans to remarket airline

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th January 2004 Malawi – The Malawian government says it is preparing to remarket its wholly owned airline, Air Malawi, after the airline goes through a commercialisation process to improve its performance under the country’s World Bank funded $33,1-million Privatisation and Utility Reform project... 

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