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Denel set to benefit form UK-Saudi Arabia deal

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2006 SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel is likely be a beneficiary of the recent agreement between Britain and Saudi Arabia in which the Saudis agreed to buy Typhoon fighers. 

SA Gripen hits Swedish skies on maiden flight

By: Matthew Hill     20th January 2006 Saab and BAE Systems’ acquired a joint direct industrial participation (DIP) obligation arising from South Africa’s combined procurement of 28 Gripen fighters and 24 Hawk lead-in fighter trainers from the two companies. The aircraft purchase is worth $2.2-billion, but attracts a... 

Denel likely to have decades of business from fighter-trainer work

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 Denel could benefit from work on the BAE Systems Hawk fighter-trainer over the next three decades providing components for perhaps as many as 350 new aircraft. 

European airlift order to benefit SA

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2005 South Africa's aviation industry continues to reap benefits from this country's decision to join the Airbus Military A400M military airlift aircraft programme as a partner. 

Brazil considering investing in South African missile development

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2005 Brazilian Air Force Commander Air-Lieu-tenant-Brigadier (equivalent to South African Air Force General) Luis Carlos da Silva Bueno has revealed that Brazil and South Africa are currently undertaking a study on cooperating in the development of the A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM). 

Talking turkey

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2005 Denel CEO Shaun Liebenberg recently revealed that a large European defence contractor has joined Denel as a partner to bid for the Turkish contract for an attack helicopter. 

Denel investigates fault in unmanned-craft flight

17th November 2005 Defence parastatal Denel reported yesterday that, during a development test flight this week, one of its 'Seeker' unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was damaged in an emergency landing north of Pretoria. 

Airforce mulls regime change

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 A feature of the South African Air Force (SAAF) that has puzzled foreigners and, indeed, local observers, is its expensive approach to flying training. 

SA missile concludes trials with a bang

By: Keith Campbell     11th November 2005 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has confirmed the successful completion of flight trials of its Umkhonto (“Spear”) naval surface-to-air missile (SAM). 

Airbus signs Chinese cooperation protocol

11th November 2005 China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC 1) and Airbus this week signed a protocol to confirm the extension of their cooperation in activities to produce A320 Family wing boxes in China. 

Local aerospace firm in BEE deal

By: Liezel Hill     8th November 2005 Aircraft systems and aeromechanical solutions provider Aerosud yesterday announced the conclusion of a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal, which will effectively raise black-owned equity in the firm to 28%. 

Too late for turnaround, but new pilot has plan to avert disaster

By: Keith Campbell     28th October 2005 South African loss-making State-owned defence industrial group Denel is, over the next three to four years, to undergo what is arguably its most radicalrestructuring since the company was created in 1992. 

SA aviation firm aids relief efforts

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2005 Within 24 hours of last week’s devastating earthquake in Kashmir SA aviation company Naturelink was contacted by NGOs seeking to contract aircraft to fly aid to the survivors. 

Nonstop African service

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2005 South African aviation company Naturelink has become the official service centre for Africa for civil aircraft manufactured by the Brazilian company Embraer. 

Value for Brazilian Air Force contract withd Denel revealed

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 THE Brazilian Air Force has revealed the value of the contract it has entered into with SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel for use of Denel’s Skua target drones in missile tests. 

SA eyes unmanned-aircraft niche

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2005 THE South African Air Force (SAAF) hopes that South Africa will be able to recapture its place as a world-leader in the development and operation of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

Defence industrial participation progress uneven

By: Keith Campbell     16th September 2005 SA defence offset programmes for new ships, subs, aircraft and helicopters have delivered more than R7,6-billion in benefits since the end of 1999. 

Skills development part of engine giant's pledge to Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Rolls-Royce will be providing the SAAF with lifetime support for the Rolls-Royce Adour 951 engines that will power the SAAF’s new BAE Systems Hawks. 

Multimillion-rand upgrade contract signed

9th September 2005 Local company Grintek has been contracted by ATNS, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company, to supply, install and commission navigation aids across South Africa for a project that is being implemented by ATNS. 

Aerospace has to follow in auto sector's footsteps

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 There are a number of issues, which need to be considered when one assumes that there are problems within the aerospace sector. 

A R563,2bn order book for aerospace giant

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 The aerospace industry in South Africa is fast pacing itself, so much so, that it is expected to catch up with automotive conformations by 2014. 

Air show preparing for Sept 2006 take-off

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 The biannual Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition is one of the largest air shows in the world and has catapulted both the South African and African aerospace industry into the limelight. 

Flying high with latest collision-avoidance system

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 Collision-avoidance systems are looked upon as an important element of safety in the aerospace industry assisting pilots in keeping safe distances between aircraft while being airborne. 

Largest supplier of batteries is still powering ahead

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 Being one of the largest suppliers of high-performance batteries to the defence and civilian industries in South Africa, Germiston-based company Aztec Electronics has been in the battery-supplying business for some 26 years. 

Aerospace firm to take lead role in aviation industry

By: thamashni naidoo     9th September 2005 One of the fastest-growing aerospace companies in South Africa, Aerosud, is by design and circumstance, required to assume a lead role in a number of areas in the aeromechanical sector of the country’s aviation industry. 

Denel in finance vice

By: Keith Campbell     2nd September 2005 A story on how difficult the international environment is for SA State-owned defence industrial group Denel. 

Trailer industry benefits from moving-floor technology

26th August 2005 Moving-floor technology in the trailer industry is becoming increasingly popular since it enables the legal transport of larger loads with no risk of instability during unloading. 

PUSHING THE ENVELOPE

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 Although Airbus’ giant A380 jetliner is still in the early stages of flight test, the company is driving head with its next project – the A350 twin-engined long-range airliner. 

Rough times for SA aviation

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 THE SA commercial & general aviation sectors have been hard hit by the failure of key parastatals & government departments to grasp their contribution to the national economy. 

The A380 final assembly facility is simply awesome

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 A report on the final assembly of the giant Airbus A380 airliner. 

South African missiles remain in contention for Brazilian order

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2005 SA State-owned defence group Denel still in with what seems a good chance to sell its R-Darter BVRAAM to Brazil. 

SA scholars ready to leave for UK aerospace challenge

4th August 2005 The South African Air force yesterday bid bon voyage to a team of local scholars taking part in a UK schools aerospace challenge, who are leaving for the UK on August 10. 

Can Denel be put back on target?

By: Keith Campbell     29th July 2005 There needs to be a radical change in the Denel model going forward, asserts the group’s new CEO Shaun Liebenberg in an exclusive interview with Engineering News. 

Grintek to install air traffic equipment throughout SA

26th July 2005 South African firm Grintek has been contracted by ATNS, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company to supply, install and commission navigation aids across the country for a project that is being implemented by ATNS. 

SAA views cargo as central to six-pronged growth strategy

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2005 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is finalising a new freight strategy, designed to double the amount of cargo it handles and position the airline as the preferred air-cargo carrier in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. 

The ultimate plane kit

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2005 How do you put together the biggest airliner in the world, especially when it is produced by a company operating from several plants that are hundreds of kilometres apart? 

New giant of the sky set to transform world of civil aviation

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2005 It is an airliner like no other,better thought of as a winged airship or skyliner – so big in terms of payload and volume that applying the term ‘ship’ to it would not be an absurd affectation. 

First SA Gripens only months away

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2005 THE 1st Saab Gripen fighter for the SAAF should be completed & rolled out in the last quarter of this year and is scheduled to make its first flight this November. 

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