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SA to make rudders, ailerons for civil planes

By: System Author     19th November 1999 The agreement for Denel Aviation to manufacture rudders and ailerons for British Aerospace Avro RJ regional jet airliners is only a first step in involving the South African State-owned company. 

Swedes to set up fighter design centre in SA

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Stockholm – Swedish company Saab intends to employ around 100 people from the local defence industry and possibly the local air force at a new Gripen design centre to be established in South Africa. 

Hamilton Airship down but not out – claim

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Controversial entrepreneur Jonathan Hamilton and his grandiose plans to build a R200-million airship have not disappeared into thin air, but have perhaps been brought down to earth. 

Sweden is mulling big SA investment

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Deal expected before end of year 

Denel pinning its hopes on aircraft contract

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Denel will be a major beneficiary of the R21-billion defence acquisition package for the South African National Defence Force. 

. . . and we fail to locate R1m recipient

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Government and the local economy have made zero return on R1-million granted through the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation. 

SAAF abandons plans to fit radar to Hawks

By: System Author     24th September 1999 British sources report that one of the steps taken by South Africa to reduce the cost of the planned arms package for the South African National Defence Force has been the abandonment of a plan to fit multimode radar to the planned 24 British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 100. 

New era dawning in surveying industry

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Eskom Enterprises 

Eastern Cape industrial park planned

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Up to 2 000 skilled jobs could be directly and indirectly created in the Eastern Cape by a planned aerospace and general engineering industrial park. This park would be established by British Aerospace (BAe) as part of its industrial participation programme (IP) in return for a contract for 24... 

Mission-simulator venture

By: System Author     16th July 1999 An agreement to co-operate on the development of a mission simulator for the future light utility helicopter (LUH) of the South African Air Force (SAAF) has been signed between Midrand defence company African Defence Systems (ADS) and CAE Electronics, of Canada. Selected by Agusta, the Italian... 

Silicon motion-sensing techno venture

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Aerospace giant British Aerospace (BAe) has signed an agreement with Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) to form a joint venture company for the exploitation of silicon motion-sensing technology in global commercial applications. BAe and SSP will each-own 50% of the new company, which will be... 

Bicycles for the 21st century

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 How shall we manufacture bicycles in the next century? Better bikes – stronger, yet lighter. We are approaching the limits of aluminium tubular manufacturing. And manufacturers claim that they cannot take any more money or time out of the process. We will soon be able to ride ultra-light... 

Aircraft demand to soar over next 20 years

By: System Author     25th June 1999 More than 15 500 new jetliners valued at US$1,3-trillion will be required by passenger and cargo airlines between 1999 and 2018. This figure has emerged from Airbus Industrie’s latest global market forecast which, for the first time, also contains a comprehensive review of the cargo market.... 

Composites sector is coming apart – warning

By: System Author     18th June 1999 What is the state of the composites industry? Generally poor, as it services industries in turmoil themselves, such as automotive, aerospace, leisure and construction. Most sectors are overtraded, with declining demand. What are the latest technological developments? Conversion processes have... 

New composites a hot hit in SA

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A well-established international technology has finally reached South Africa’s shores in the form of thermoplastic composites. “It is new in South Africa, although internationally it is becoming well-established due to its recyclability, speed of manufacture, and the reduction in... 

Defence offsets begin to flow into SA

By: System Author     11th June 1999 South African State-owned aerospace and defence group Denel is already benefiting from defence re-equipment programme industrial participation benefits, from British Aerospace (BAe) and Saab of Sweden, even though South Africa has not yet signed any contracts, Engineering News can today report.... 

Hi-tech system to boost air-passenger safety

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The safety of air passengers, the cost of energy and the health of premature babies could all benefit from the application of chromatic sensing, a technique developed in the department of electrical engineering and electronics at the University of Liverpool in north-west England. The technique is... 

SA niche in emerging Euro missile giant?

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The latest development in the continuing large-scale consolidation of the European aerospace and defence industries – the start of talks to merge major European guided-weapons companies – could very well draw in South Africa, Engineering News can today report. British Aerospace (BAe),... 

Botswana considering an air force upgrade

By: System Author     14th May 1999 BOTSWANA could be considering a re-equipping programme for its Defence Force Air Arm that could be worth as much as US$100-million. Reliable sources tell Engineering News that Gaborone has made unofficial enquiries about the acquisition of at least six jet trainers to act as lead-in... 

R1,5-million handrailing for diamond mine

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Two contracts to supply industrial handrailings at Debswana’s Orapa diamond-mine in Botswana have been completed by Meshcape Industries of Edenvale, Gauteng. The company is heavily involved in the manufacturing and supply of specific safety equipment such as floor grating and expanded metal... 

Jhb airport terminal cladding on track

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Upgrading and cladding of the north fa 

Floor-surface specialist scores projects

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Floor-surface properties are one of the ultimate performance elements in most indoor sports, with about a third of all indoor-sports injuries being traced to substandard flooring, reports CE Westergaard MD Penny Westergaard. The company has supplied Junckers solid hardwood floorings for a number... 

New hot seat for G-force simulation

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A new flight simulator seat that re-creates the effects of G-force and offers a more realistic flying experience will be used to train UK fighter pilots. Designed by Cranfield College of Aeronautics, the technology is now being commercially manufactured by Cranfield Aerospace in Bedford, Southern... 

Re-equipping will bolster defence sector

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The industrial participation component in the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) re-equipping exercise presents potential real benefits for defence companies that are struggling to survive and for others to improve their capabilities and increase business. “We see this as... 

Battle to secure black involvement begins

By: System Author     5th March 1999 As part of an industry charter defining the way ahead for defence-related industry members, which is being drafted at present, the South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence (AMD) association and its chapter, the Defence Industry Interest Group of South Africa (DiiGSA) are investigating... 

Defence firms worried about equipping delay

By: System Author     19th February 1999 South African defence companies are concerned that the upcoming general election might delay the finalisation of arms re-equipment contracts for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Engineering News can today report. The industry has already suffered a significant blow with Saudi... 

South African war expertise a hit in Europe

By: System Author     19th February 1999 South Africa, which has emerged as a world leader in passive infra-red aircraft protection, may well be on the verge of winning a major European contract in this area. Some European defence forces believe South Africa’s expertise in this area is decades ahead, and would like to employ the... 

Contract for hearing- protection units awarded

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Acontract for the sup- ply of 1 127 Vari- phone custom-made hearing-protection units has been awarded to Hass Industrial by South African Airways. The units are for use by SAA’s ground crew and technical staff who perform maintenance procedures on the national carrier’s fleet of... 

Breakthrough aviation contract for company

By: System Author     12th February 1999 TOGETHER with its Norwegian partner, Navia Aviation, Grintek has been awarded a breakthrough contract for a Normarc 7000 instrument-landing system for the South African Air Force (SAAF). The multimillion-rand system to be installed at Waterkloof Air Force Base in April this year enables aircraft... 

R18m flying school contract completed ahead of schedule

By: System Author     5th February 1999 An R18-million resurfacing of the runway and standing areas at Langebaan Central Flying School in the Cape was completed by Concor in December, two months ahead of schedule, reports Concor Roads MD Chris Barclay. The contract originally specified the laying of a premix asphalt overlay on top of... 

Helicopter contract expected to take flight

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A final contract between Agusta of Italy and Denel Aviation for the production of the A119 Koala helicopter was expected to be signed this month, reports Agusta deputy GM Guiseppe Orsi. It is planned that the South African manufacturer will produce the helicopter components for the local... 

New training scheme for air force appies

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) School of Logistics Training (SLT) has introduced a new training system based on that developed by the Swiss Pilatus company, manufacturer of the SAAF’s PC-7 Mark II Astra basic training aircraft. “We needed a training system which... 

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