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Defence & Aerospace

Small airlines will struggle to meet noise regulations

10th February 2003 Noise abatement procedures that are expected to be implemented by the South African government this year, to make aircraft quieter and safer, are expected to have serious implications for both local and international airlines. 

Samora Machel – did we do it? (Part 3)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th February 2003 In previous columns: Did the South African Government of 1986 plant a false beacon which misled the pilots of the aircraft with President Samora Machel and 33 other passengers, leading to a fatal crash? 

Airbus offsets begin to flow

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2003 A South African private-sector aviation company is on the verge of being awarded series production of components for the Airbus A320 family, which will, all being well, provide it with work for at least ten years, Engineering News can report. 

Malawi fast-tracks four privatisation transactions

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th February 2003 Malawi– The Malawian Privatisation Commission says it is at an advanced stage in the privatisation process for four of the country’s major State-owned companies, which the Malawian government has planned to dispose of into private hands before the end of the year. 

SAA named preferred bidder in Air Malawi sale

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th February 2003 A South African private-sector aviation company is on the verge of being awarded series production of components for the Airbus A320 family, which will, all being well, provide it with work for at least ten years, Engineering News can report. 

Airports company forecasts 6% growth for this year

By: marisa rodrigues     31st January 2003 An airport cannot be viable financially if it does not attract the expected airline traffic. 

Samora Machel – did we do it? (Part 2)

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st January 2003 In last week’s column: Did the South African government of 1986 plant a false beacon which misled the pilots of the aircraft with President Samora Machel and 33 other passengers, leading to a fatal crash? 

Samora Machel – did we do it?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th January 2003 Again we hear stories that the South African government of 1986 planted a false beacon which misled the pilots of the aircraft which crashed with President Samora Machel and 33 other passengers. 

African Aeronautics academy is mooted for Johannesburg

By: marisa rodrigues     17th January 2003 The possibility of establishing an African Aeronautical Academy is being investigated by members of the School of Mechanical, Industrial & Aeronautical Engineering at University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). 

Four-year contract on cards for niche market company

By: marisa rodrigues     17th January 2003 With a three year order book, 95% of it being for export, local avionics company, Aerospace Monitoring Systems (AMS) is becoming an increasingly notable company in the international health and usage monitoring systems (Hums) market. 

IT company sees aerospace as growth node

By: marisa rodrigues     17th January 2003 One of the fastest growing information technology (IT) companies in South Africa, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), sees the aerospace and defence industries as key to sustaining and growing its business. 

Gripen flies with made-in-SA technology

17th January 2003 South Africa is the launch customer for the latest generation Hawk Lead-In Fighter Trainer (Lift) and the international launch customer for the export version of the Anglo-Swedish Gripen multirole advanced fighter aircraft and has purchased 24 and 28 of each respectively. 

French jumbo maker inching ahead of competition

17th January 2003 One of the world’s leading commercial jetliner manufacturers, Airbus, experienced a milestone year in 2002, with orders, deliveries and earnings giving it the market lead in terms of forward order-book, units placed in the market and gross earnings from sales. 

Aviation company opens test cell at Lanseria airport

By: marisa rodrigues     17th January 2003 The maintenance division of aviation company ExecuJet South Africa offers the local aviation industry a unique service in aircraft maintenance. 

Brazil delays $700m jet fighter purchase

7th January 2003 Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has suspended for a year the $700-million purchase of 12 supersonic fighter jets, choosing to devote more of this year's budget to fighting poverty, the defence minister said. 

Rolls-Royce signs $200m contract with SAA

7th January 2003 British aeroengine firm, Rolls-Royce said yesterday it had signed a $200-million contract with South African Airways (SAA) as part of its ongoing drive to expand in the valuable maintenance market. 

Extent of corvette copper cable problem still not clear

By: Keith Campbell     7th January 2003 It will be another couple of weeks before the full extent of the problem with sub-standard copper cabling fitted to the South African Navy’s (SAN) first Meko A-200 type corvette becomes known. 

No announcement yet on steel plants

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 German industrial services firm Ferrostaal’s plans for the Coega Industrial Development Zone continue to be fuelled by speculation. 

Offsets flow from loco-bogie tie-up

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th December 2002 A global supplier agreement between US industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) and Scaw Metals, of Germiston, has resulted in large benefits for South Africa’s industrial participation programme (IPP). 

Denel-BAE deal in final stages

By: Keith Campbell     13th December 2002 The South African government believes that the R375-million deal in which giant British defence and aerospace group BAE Systems will take a 30% share in South Africa’s State-owned defence group Denel will be concluded early next year. 

Peru prosecutor halts Angola aircraft sale

11th December 2002 A Peruvian prosecutor has stymied an arms sale to Angola in a probe into whether the Andean nation's $4,8-million sale of six Brazilian-made military planes was undervalued, court sources said last week. 

Southern Hemisphere’s largest telescope makes Sutherland a global icon

6th December 2002 The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) team is on schedule to hand over one of the world’s foremost scientific instruments to South African and international astronomers in December 2004. 

Order book swells at local defence electronics firm

By: Joanne Delaurentis     6th December 2002 Export opportunities in the defence electronics, telecommunications and industrial electronics markets in southern Africa and the rest of the world are positively influencing the growth prospects of South Africa’s Grintek group. 

SA company helps Jordan develop new tank turret

4th December 2002 South Africa’s IST Dynamics, the division of the IST group of Pretoria responsible for developing embedded software products for the international defence industry, is assisting Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) in the development of a new gun turret for... 

Denel awarded new SA army contract

2nd December 2002 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group, Denel has confirmed that it has been awarded a significant contract for the Local Warning Segment (LWS) of the Ground Based Air Defence System (GBADS) for the South African Army. 

Hi-tech survey system integrated locally

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2002 THE revolutionary new airborne surveying system which has recently been introduced by Airborne Laser Solutions (ALS), a subsidiary company of Eskom Enterprises, although it makes use of foreign hardware, was integrated in South Africa largely using local expertise. 

Nasa buys SA-developed laser

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th November 2002 A Pretoria-based high-tech company has started exporting a pulsed carbon dioxide laser developed locally to the US’s technology-savvy National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and several aircraft manufacturers. 

SAA bids for another SADC airline

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th November 2002 Malawi – South African Airways (SAA) has submitted its bid in the privatisation process for Malawi's state-owned airline Air Malawi. 

Outdated Armscor Act to be redrafted

By: Deborah Spicer     29th November 2002 The Armscor Act of 1968, which served to establish the primary roles and functions of the company, is currently being rewritten to reflect the changes that have occurred since the early 1990s, CEO Sipho Thomo reported at the South African Excellence Foundation conference in November. 

SA defence firm makes its mark on international market

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2002 The future looks bright for State-owned defence industrial group Denel as significant and growing success in export markets replaces the years of recession, retrenchment, and under-utilisation that so strongly marked the 1990s. 

SA, Russia discuss low-orbit satellite joint venture

25th November 2002 State-owned industrial defence group, Denel, announced last week that discussions are under way between South African and Russia regarding a possible joint collaboration on launching low-orbit satellites, using South African launch infrastructure. 

South African defence firm makes its mark on international markets

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2002 The future looks bright for State-owned defence industrial group Denel as significant and growing success in export markets replaces the years of recession, retrenchment, and under-utilisation that so strongly marked the 1990s. 

Chile models its defence offsets on SA's programme

By: Keith Campbell     15th November 2002 SOUTH Africa’s experiences with its defence offset programme has helped Chile to develop an offset programme for its $650-million new fighter acquisition programme. 

Gripen offers Poles €8bn fighter deal offset

14th November 2002 The Anglo-Swedish joint venture making the Gripen fighter jet said yesterday Poland would get €8-billion worth of offset business if it chose the Gripen, in a $3,5-billion tender competition for 48 multi-role fighters. 

Electric technology generates aircraft change

By: Karel Smrcka     1st November 2002 The evolution of electrical power on civil aircraft has been slow. Proved technologies have become an industry mainstay and years pass before new technologies are accepted. 

Offset programme ahead of schedule, says submarine consortium partner

By: nkolola halwindi     1st November 2002 In terms of the South African government’s industrial participation (IP) programme, German-owned Ferrostaal – a partner in the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) responsible for the commercial aspects of the contract to buy the submarines – says important parts of the offset... 

Erwin moots auto-type plan for aerospace

By: Martin Czernowalow     23rd October 2002 Speaking at the official opening of Auto Africa Expo 2002 last night, South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Alec Erwin, said the phenomenal growth of the local automotive industry should serve as an example to other sectors. 

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