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Defence & Aerospace

A boarding call for the aerospace industry

By: Helene Le Roux     16th January 2004 Late in 2002, Minister of Trade and Industry Alec Erwin announced that South Africa should strive towards having an aerospace industry equivalent to the local motor industry development programme (MIDP), in place by 2014. 

Electronic warfare systems company seeks to double its turnover

By: Helene Le Roux     16th January 2004 Advanced electronic warfare solution provider, Avitronics, reports that it is pursuing a growth strategy that will allow it to double its turnover in five years. 

India’s Hawk purchase provides new opportunity for price comparisons

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2004 INDIA’S decision, announced last September, to buy BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers (Lift) again provides an opportunity to compare the price this country is paying for its new high performance aircraft for the South African Air Force (SAAF) with that being paid by another land. 

Does SA need a modern defence force?

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2004 THE hardware ordered by South Africa in its multibillion-rand strategic defence re-equipment programme is now beginning to arrive in the country or is rolling down the production lines overseas and locally. 

If only Wilbur and Orville could see us now . . .

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th December 2003 The date December 17, 2003, is one hundred years after the first powered flight which history always says was made by the Wright Brothers. In fact it was the Wright brother, because the aircraft was certainly not a two seater. 

Helicopter-linked offsets taking off

By: Keith Campbell     12th December 2003 AgustaWestland is now 5 years into its 4 month old IP programme for the 4 Super Lynx maritime helicopters ordered for the SANDF. 

100 Years of Flight: How South Africa benefitted and contributed

By: Keith Campbell     12th December 2003 The first heavier-than-air aircraft to be designed in South Africa – indeed, probably in the whole of Africa – specifically for powered flight was the product of South African aviation pioneer John Weston. 

Grintek and Saab strengthen netcentric capabilities

10th December 2003 In a further step towards strengthening their command and control capabilities in South Africa, Grintek and Saab have concluded the acquisition of Metatek, an engineering systems solutions company based in Pretoria. 

Navy in global submariner-training talks

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2003 THE South African Navy is in talks with its German, Indian & Brazilian counterparts over the possibility of its future submariners receiving training in those countries. 

Corvette supplier confirms offset promise

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2003 THE national industrial participation (Nip) obligations of the German Frigate Consortium (GFC) will be fulfilled, despite delays, assures a senior executive of one of the consortium’s main member companies. 

Ships’ combat system to be big on local content

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2003 THE South African Navy (SAN) believes that the combat system for its new Amatola-class patrol frigates has by far the greatest percentage of South African-designed and manufactured components of any element of the country’s strategic defence re-equipment programme. 

First Hawk fighter-trainer arrives in SA

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th November 2003 The first BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainer (Lift) for the South African Air Force (SAAF) has arrived in the country. 

Navy ready to play catch-up on SAM technology

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2003 The SA Navy’s new corvette, SAS Amatola, will be the service’s first ship to be equipped with a surface-to-air missile system. 

Air and defence show already on the runway

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 ALTHOUGH 11 months remain before the start of Africa Aerospace and Defence 2004 the forecast looks good, with about half of the exhibition space already provisionally booked. 

Production of SA fighters under way

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 THE manufacture of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) new Gripen fighters has started at Saab’s newly-commissioned Gripen export production line in Sweden. 

Window opens for Rooivalk in Brazil, but prospects for Cheetah sales fade

By: Keith Campbell     7th November 2003 Addressing journalists at a press conference in the south of Brazil recently, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), General Luiz Carlos da Silva Bueno, confirmed that his service has identified a need for an attack helicopter. 

Swedes see more business spinoffs in SA

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2003 SWEDISH aerospace group Saab AB, manufacturer of the advanced Gripen multirole fighter, is seeking to grow its business with its South African partners. 

SAPS issues tender for DNA-typing system

By: laurian clemence     31st October 2003 The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a procurement notice for the supply, installation and integration of an automated system to facilitate forensic DNA typing at its laboratory in Pretoria. 

Risk-sharing opportunity for aviation sector

By: Keith Campbell     24th October 2003 An opportunity the SA aviation industry could use to develop new work & preserve & improve design & engineering capacity is that of risk-sharing partnerships 

Swarms of locusts threatening N Africa -UN

22nd October 2003 Swarms of locusts in northern Africa are threatening crops in areas previously blighted by drought, the United Nations food body said yesterday. 

SA hosts Unicef's first non-European disaster-relief hub

By: laurian clemence     22nd October 2003 The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has officially opened an emergency supply facility in Johannesburg, the first such facility to be opened outside of Europe. 

SA in big aerospace thrust

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2003 The South African aerospace industry has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as an important sector of the country’s manufacturing industry, as an important cluster that should be promoted and developed further. 

Aerospace thrust

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2003 The South African aerospace industry has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as an important sector of the country’s manufacturing industry, as an important cluster that should be promoted and further developed. 

Aircraft maintenance: preparation in 3D

By: Karel Smrcka     10th October 2003 The Aitram program for virtual aircraft maintenance offers many advantages, including learning by doing, reduced training time, cost and risks, and complex learning material that can be taught in an easy comprehensive manner. 

Solar-powered electric planes – it’s about time

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th October 2003 As we chug towards the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight one can’t help but notice that all aeroplanes run on avgas or gasoline, even after 100 years. 

More rigour needed in screening firearm licence applications

By: katharine mckenzie     10th October 2003 The Supreme Court of appeal recently upheld an important judgment concerning the circumstances in which an individual may be granted a firearm licence. 

UK aerospace showcase expo to be held in SA

By: laurian clemence     7th October 2003 A division of the British government, UK Trade and Investment, will be holding a mini-aerospace exhibition in Johannesburg on November 19, in a bid to boost trade between the two countries within the aerospace sector. 

R228m being spent on advanced air-traffic system

By: nkolola halwindi     3rd October 2003 With a possibility of a 100% increase in air traffic movement over the next ten years, it is imperative that industry participants tackle any shortcomings in the current air traffic control system with some urgency, believes Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) MD Dr Johan Van Vollenhoven. 

Boeing, CSIR cooperation is no ‘phantom’

By: Keith Campbell     3rd October 2003 SOUTH African scientists and engineers could find themselves working on aspects of advanced projects for the giant US aerospace group Boeing, as a result of discussions being held between Boeing’s research and development (R&D) arm, popularly known as the Phantom Works, and the CSIR, on... 

Cannon air-conditioning systems scheduled for February delivery

26th September 2003 The successful performance of the Booyco prototype air-conditioning system installed on the new LIW 35 DPG dual-purpose cannon, has resulted in specialist environmental control and air-conditioning engineering company Booyco Engineering receiving an order for four identical systems. 

Denel wins helmet-systems contract for Nato aircraft

26th September 2003 State-owned defence manufacturer Denel has secured two contracts from BAE Systems-Saab worth $10,5-million to produce advanced tracking helmet systems for Nato's newest aircraft, the Eurofighter-Typhoon, and for components for the Gripen helmet display system. 

Possible SA spin-offs from India’s aircraft purchase

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2003 The recent selection by India of Hawk 100 advanced jet trainers could create links between the South African and Indian aviation industries. 

SA premier destination for global projects

8th September 2003 Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Ben Ngubane says South Africa is continuing to position the region as a premier destination for globally significant, cutting-edge projects, especially in the field of Astronomy and research. 

Transport group gears up for R80bn investment

By: Deborah Spicer     5th September 2003 Transport parastatal Transnet announced at its yearly results last month that it will spend R10,5-billion for the financial year starting in April as part of its five-year R30-billion capital expenditure programme. 

First corvette set to install SA radar system

By: Jill Stanford     5th September 2003 STELLENBOSCH company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is putting the radar tracking system for the South African Navy’s first Patrol Corvette through its final stages of acceptance testing at the ORT test site in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape. 

Grintek takes R30m knock on defence project

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2003 South African defence and electronics firm Grintek has described a R30-million financial knock, relating to cost overruns and delivery delays on a R150-million project to supply airborne communications systems to a European client, as a wake-up call. 

UK defence order to benefit South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2003 THE British government’s decision to order Hawk Mk 128 advanced trainers from BAE Systems means work for South African companies Denel Aviation and Aerospace Monitoring Systems (AMS). 

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