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Defence & Aerospace

SA’s aircraft deal appears competitive

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2003 Article compares price SA is paying for 28 Gripen and 24 Hawk with rpices Austria is paying for 18 Typhoon and UK for 44 Hawk. 

Commercialisation strategy key to offsetting funding crisis

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th August 2003 Arms-procurement parastatal Armscor, which has been smarting from inadequate funding by the government for some time, has started commercialising some of its technology in a bid to boost its coffers. 

Defence offsets ahead of target

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th August 2003 Foreign suppliers of defence equipment constituting South Africa’s Strategic Defence Package (SDP) have, since December 1999, concluded contracts with the local defence industry for local and export sales, investments and technology transfer valued at a total of R3,7-billion, assuming an... 

Materials take off in aerospace

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd August 2003 If land transport is one of the biggest users of materials, the aerospace industry is where they push materials to their limits. 

Grintek-Saab expand cooperation

21st August 2003 The aerospace and electronics joint venture between Centurion-based Grintek and Saab AB of Sweden has expanded with the launch of a new division, Grintek Integrated Defense Solutions (GrIDS). The new section is a systems integrator and software house that will specialise in developing, building... 

SAA mulls local engine shop

By: Zonika Botha     15th August 2003 Leading aircraft-engine manufacturer CFM International, a 50:50 joint venture company between General Electric of the US and Snecma Moteurs of France, has over 300 engines operating in various aircraft in Africa. 

Govt still looking for Denel partner

By: Keith Campbell     15th August 2003 THE government is still looking for a strategic partner for State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

Brazil mulls Rooivalk purchase

By: Keith Campbell     8th August 2003 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is interested in acquiring South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter. 

SA, Namibia to sign Park agreement

4th August 2003 South Africa and Namibia are set to cement their relations when they sign a treaty to establish one of the largest conservation parks in Southern Africa on Friday. 

SA, India, Brazil set up G3 to foster South–South links

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 Development of the “Group of Three” (SA, Brazil, India) could be of long-term importance to local industries, particularly those in the aerospace, defence, and other high-technology fields. 

Brazil defence export drive could benefit South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 DECISIONS being made in Brazil could have benefits for the South African defence industry, as well as make new technologies available to the South African National Defence Force. 

SA, Brazil strengthen defence industrial ties

By: Keith Campbell     25th July 2003 Given the dramatic acceleration in political and economic ties between Brazil and South Africa, it should come as no surprise that this process also includes the strengthening of oper-ational, technological and industrial relations in the related fields of aerospace and defence. 

Air traffic monitoring system welcomed for SA

24th July 2003 A local aviation risk expert has welcomed the introduction of an Advanced Air Traffic Monitoring system to South Africa's main centres, but says that the rest of Africa needs to catch up. Head of Alexander Forbes Aviation Division in Cape Town Chris Readman says the primary benefit of installing... 

SA’s industrial participation programmes advancing rapidly

By: Martin Czernowalow     23rd July 2003 South Africa’s defence industrial participation (DIP) projects have progressed rapidly, with orders having been placed with 38 local companies and 1 677 direct jobs created. 

UK engineering group sells polymers unit

22nd July 2003 British engineering group Smiths Group said yesterday it will sell its polymer business to Sweden's Trelleborg AB for 495-million pounds in cash to focus on more profitable units. 

Two engine bidders shortlisted by SAA

By: Zonika Botha     18th July 2003 Multinational engine manufacturer International Aero Engines (IAE) and CFM International, a 50:50 joint-venture between General Electric of the US and Snecma Moteurs of France, are the two companies shortlisted to equip South African Airways (SAA’s) new single-aisle Airbus 319 and A320... 

Pebble-bed reactor takes off

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th July 2003 You may know that Eskom has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to go ahead with an experimental nuclear power station at the Koeberg site. 

SA's other offset programme

7th July 2003 The distinction of being the parastatal which makes the most purchases in foreign-denominated currencies is likely to remain with South African Airways (SAA) depite the Spoornet locomotive investment programme and other tenders which are to be awarded shortly. 

SA's other offset programme

By: Deborah Spicer     4th July 2003 The distinction of being the parastatal which makes the most purchases in foreign- denominated currencies is likely to remain with South African Airways (SAA) depite the Spoornet locomotive investment programme and other tenders which are to be awarded shortly. 

Salt camera take galaxy snaps

2nd July 2003 Scientists and engineers working on the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) camera, known as Salticam, reported yesterday that they have achieved “engineering first light”, using the digital CCD camera to snap test pictures of galaxies and stars. 

Cheetahs to be out-flankered?

By: Keith Campbell     27th June 2003 THE chances of South Africa selling ex-South African Air Force (SAAF) Cheetah C supersonic multirole fighters to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) now hang on whether or not the latter is allowed to go ahead with its FX advanced fighter programme in the near future. 

SA defence firms could win Portuguese submarine work

By: Keith Campbell     27th June 2003 South African defence equipment manufacturers Denel Eloptro and Avitronics could be beneficiaries of the Portuguese Navy’s new submarine acquisition programme. 

Defence electronics group winning global stripes

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2003 South African defence electronics company Avitronics, 51%-owned by Grintek and 49% by Saab of Sweden, is certainly establishing itself as a global player in a highly competitive industry. 

Fakie to make arms deal submission to parliament soon

19th June 2003 Parliament's public accounts committee (Scopa) will await a special report from the Auditor General Shauket Fakie before probing allegations of editing and omission in the final report of the arms deal investigation. 

Helmet-mounted display deal for Gripen

18th June 2003 High tech defence companies Saab Aerospace and BAE Systems yesterday signed an agreement for a new integrated helmet-mounted display system (IHMD) for the Gripen fighter. 

SKA would hold many benefits for local industry

By: Martin Czernowalow     13th June 2003 South Africa submitted its bid to host the world’s biggest radio telescope, the $1-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) last Friday, to a panel of international experts who will select the host country on the basis of a comprehensive set of criteria. 

Hawk soars in Southern Cape skies

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2003 SOUTH African engineers from Denel Aviation, Turbomeca Africa and the South African Air Force (SAAF) are playing a significant role in the current flight test programme of the BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainer (Lift) powered by the latest version of the Anglo-French Adour engine, the Adour... 

Restart of Brazil jet fighter programme mooted

13th June 2003 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer on Wednesday said it believed the government could restart its shelved plan to buy 12 supersonic fighter jets in the second half of the year. 

Brazil interest in SA missile technology

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2003 South African defence company Kentron, part of the State-owned Denel group, has encountered a “definite receptivity” towards its products from the Brazilian armed forces, and discussions are continuing on a number of systems. 

Arms offsets have helped reshape economy - Erwin

8th June 2003 The offset programme of the multi-billion rand arms procurement package has markedly improved the economic landscape of South Africa over the past six years, according to Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin. 

Malaysian group enters telecoms bidding race

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th June 2003 MALAWI – A consortium of Telecom Malaysia and Tanzanian firm Masons Intertrade has joined the bidding fray in the privatisation of Malawi’s sole fixed-phoneline provider Malawi Telecommunications (MTL) following the withdrawal of the consortium comprising of Trojan Communications SA,... 

Offset boost for electronic surveillance company

By: Jill Stanford     6th June 2003 Government’s Industrial Participation (IP) strategy has boosted Avitronics’ turnover to $16-million (about R125-million) with two additional orders for submarine electronic surveillance equipment. 

SA submits bid to host world’s largest telescope

By: laurian clemence     2nd June 2003 South Africa submittied its bid to host the world’s biggest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) on Friday, to a panel of international experts who will select the host country on the basis of a comprehensive set of criteria. 

Defence company enhances its approach to project management

30th May 2003 Pretoria-based Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) has selected local enterprise project management (EPM) specialist Fulcrum IT to facilitate its implementation of Microsoft Project TM 2002. 

Brazil, SA looking at defence cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2003 Brazil and South Africa are set to step up defence and defence industry cooperation while Alvis OMC is a candidate for a Brazilian Army programme for 1 200 4x4 armoured vehicles. 

Defence industrial participation creates spin-offs

30th May 2003 Defence technology group Avitronics, a subsidiary of Grintek and joint venture with Sweden’s Saab, has attracted a substantial part of the offset business from the main equipment suppliers, as part of government’s defence industrial participation policy, linked to strategic defence... 

Brazil, SA mull defence cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2003 Next week Brazilian Defence Minister Jos 

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