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Defence & Aerospace

Scandinavians follow SA’s helicopter-purchase lead

26th June 2001 The Agusta A109 light utility helicopter, of which 30 are on order for the South African Air Force, has won a $110,5-million order from the Swedish armed forces, it has been announced at the Paris air show at Le Bourget airport. 

...while offsets are beginning to lift off

By: Keith Campbell     22nd June 2001 THE first elements of the national industrial participation (Nip) for the Agusta A109LUH light-utility helicopter are proceeding faster and better than planned or expected. 

SA set to make helicopters...

By: Keith Campbell     22nd June 2001 The Dip programme for the Agusta A109 helicopter will see South Africa continue as a helicopter manufacturing country. 

UK prods South African defence firms to bid for British contracts

By: Keith Campbell     15th June 2001 THE UK is encouraging the South African defence industry to compete for orders from the British Ministry of Defence. 

Navy chief excited by new techno prospects

8th June 2001 The new technology which will be introduced into the South African Navy (SAN) when the four Meko A-200 corvettes and three Type 209/1400 submarines, now on order, are delivered, will make life much easier for the service and its personnel. 

Army readies re-equipping plan

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2001 THE next stage in the modernisation of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is now under way, Engineering News can today report. 

Defence offsets take off, but civilian deals still grounded

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2001 Defence companies involved in the R37-billion (officially - some sources outside government put it at R50-billion) re-equipping programme are eager for a thorough investigation into allegations of corruption. 

South Africa to make helicopter structure

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The preferred bidder for the South African Navy’s maritime helicopter requirement, GKN Westland, has revealed to Engineering News the main elements in its 

Chopper hopeful moves ahead with offset Nips

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Unnoticed amidst the brouhaha over South Africa’s defence acquisition programme is that one of the overseas companies is already delivering on its national industrial participation obligations, even though the government has not yet signed any contract with it. 

No offset upset – Ruiters

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Department of Trade and Industry director-general Dr Alistair Ruiters reports that the national industrial participation projects arising from the R30-billion defence procurement programme are beginning to flow, and that South Africa is not facing an ‘offset upset’. 

A new propulsion technology for SA corvettes

By: System Author     24th November 2000 The South African Navy’s Meko A200 patrol corvettes will have a leading-edge technology propulsion system. 

Dips still outstripping Nips as offsets begin

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Heavy penalties await SA should it renege on the R30bn arms deal 

SA to become worldwide tailplane supplier for Hawk

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 South Africa’s Denel Aviation could become a prime supplier of tailplane assemblies for BAE Systems Hawk jet trainers worldwide, and is bidding for extra work on the British group’s Avro RJ regional jetliner programme. 

Defence privatisation negotiations are expected to take some time

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Giant British aerospace and defence group BAE Systems is warning against haste in the strategic equity partnership negotiations it is undertaking with South African State-owned aerospace and defence group Denel. 

Moz considers aircraft lease

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Mozambique’s predominantly government-owned airline, Linhas A 

Defence re-equipping: we’re open to inspection – Sisulu

By: System Author     6th October 2000 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has no objections to any audit of subcontracts awarded as part of the R30-billion defence re-equipping programme. 

Aircraft offset may include New Economy spin-off

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Much of the focus around the offsets arising from the R30-billion defence re-equipping programme has been on big industrial investment projects such as stainless-steel facilities. 

Algeria marketing light aircraft in SA

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Algeria is seeking to market its Safir 43 and Firnas 142 light aircraft in South Africa. 

R18-billion defence-linked contracts approved

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Eight national – that is, civilian – industrial participation projects, worth R18,5-billion over the next 11 years have so far been authorised in the offset programme from BAE Systems and Saab in return for South Africa’s decision to order Gripen fighters and Hawk lead-in... 

New civil aviation agencies

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 Mozambique and Namibia are planning to convert their present civil aviation oversight branches within their respective transport ministries into stand-alone agencies. 

Report on defence offset ban false, says UK association

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 Reports circulating in South Africa that offset or industrial participation deals, in return for defence contracts, have been banned between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, because they are alleged to cause corruption, are simply not true. 

UK eager to assist SA in defence re-equipping

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 The British government is determined to help South Africa in its programme to re-equip the South African National Defence Force. 

Defence department dons ‘greens’

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Bringing its activities in line with environmental considerations, the Department of Defence handed over its Environmental Implementation Plan to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism last month. 

UK defence giant pleased with SA buy

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Giant UK industrial group Vickers Defence Systems (VDS) is pleased with its acquisition of South African armoured vehicle manufacturer Reumech OMC – now Vickers OMC – a year ago. 

Waterkloof prepares for big air show

By: System Author     25th August 2000 In just over a week Africa Aerospace and Defence 2000 (AAD 2000) will open its doors at Air Force Base Waterkloof, Centurion, south of Pretoria. 

SA could gain from Brazil arms offsets

By: System Author     21st July 2000 South Africa’s aerospace industry could, with luck, be a beneficiary of an imminent fighter acquisition contest in South America. 

UK help for civilian offset deals

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Britain has seconded a senior civil servant from its Ministry of Defence to assist the South African Department of Trade and Industry oversee the national industrial participation programme for the South African Air Force’s Saab Gripen fighter and BAE Hawk fighter-trainer acquisitions. 

New range of artillery shells

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 At the start of this week, the Naschem division of State-owned de- fence industrial group Denel launched a new family of artillery shells at the Eurosatory defence exposition in Paris. 

Should SA return to rocketry?

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 With the debate about the advisability of creating some kind of South African space agency now under way, there is a related issue worth discussing – should this country seek to reactivate the programme, undertaken in the 1980s, to develop a satellite launch vehicle (SLV) for low earth... 

Concerns over defence packages

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Aerospace industry subcontractors in South Africa are reportedly uncertain and uneasy about the effects of the country’s R30-billion defence re-equipping programme – they wonder if they will ever see any of the benefits the government has promised the country. 

SA sole source of aircraft pylons

By: System Author     19th May 2000 The handing over of the first South African-manufactured components for the Gripen fighter aircraft by State-owned company Denel to BAE Systems and Saab is expected to provide opportunities within the employment-impoverished Eastern Cape. 

Arms offset criticisms refuted

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Claims which have been circulating in South Africa that Saudi Arabia did not receive the offsets it had been promised by the then British Aerospace in the Al Yamamah defence acquisition programmes have been firmly refuted by the company. 

Nuclear bombs to protect everybody

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Tech Track 

Will it be OFFSET or will it be UPSET?

By: System Author     14th April 2000 It is five months since South Africa signed the contracts in the country’s R30-billion defence acquisition programme. 

Partnership is paying off for SA aviation company

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Having initiated a re-engineering programme as far back as 1993, Denel Aviation Airmotive is securing contracts based on its extended partnership with Rolls-Royce, and is negotiating bigger contracts with other suppliers. 

Maiden voyage for South Africa’s marine showcase

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The first international showcase for South Africa’s maritime business sector, Maritme Africa 2000, is on course for a successful ‘maiden voyage’. 

Aerospace firm takes form

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Tech Track 

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