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Defence & Aerospace

Europe launches sixth Sentinel Earth observation satellite

By: Reuters     13th October 2017 Europe launched the sixth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Friday as part of the multibillion-euro Copernicus programme to monitor volcanic ash and ultraviolet radiation. The Sentinel-5P satellite, part of a system of satellites that is to monitor Earth, blasted off on board a... 

South Africa’s space sector hobbled by lack of support

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 South Africa's space sector has been hobbled by lack of adequate support from the South African Government. This was made clear during a panel discussion on space technology at the recent Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference 2017 in Pretoria. "Most space programmes, worldwide, have been... 

Not a cent available to implement the Defence Review, Wakeford warns

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 The South African defence sector needs to bring home to the country the importance of defence for the technological, innovation and economic development of the country. So affirmed Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford in his address to the recent fourth annual Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in... 

Local defence industry needs both local and export orders

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 Local orders are key to winning export contracts in the defence sector, Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger affirmed at the recent Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria. He cited the case of the order his company received for turrets for the Malaysian Army's new armoured... 

Embraer to open Johannesburg aviation training centre

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Aviation systems engineering and manufacturing firm Embraer will open an aviation training centre at the OR Tambo International airport, in Johannesburg, in the first half of next year. The facility will be the first of its kind in Africa to provide this range of training for qualified pilots,... 

Exhibition marks firm’s international re-entry

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Protective workwear manufacturer Sweet-Orr is set to exhibit at this year’s A+A Trade Show exhibition – which is an important trade forum for safety, security and health at work – from October 17 to 20 in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

Exhibition marks firm’s  international re-entry
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Sweet Orr benchmarks its continuous improvement process in order to maintain national and international quality standards

Industry-specific challenges a pall over AMD Conference 

     5th October 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to journalist Keith Campbell about the overall outcome of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference. 

Industry-specific challenges a pall over AMD Conference
Industry-specific challenges a pall over AMD Conference

Parliament looks into legality of bailout to SAA

By: African News Agency      4th October 2017 Parliament’s standing committee on finance on Tuesday asked for advice on the legality of National Treasury’s R3 billion bailout to South African Airways (SAA) after the opposition submitted a letter claiming it was in breach of public finance rules. Alf Lees, the deputy finance spokesman for the... 

Parliament looks into legality of bailout to SAA

Strike looms at South African Airways

By: African News Agency      4th October 2017 South African Airways (SAA) warned on Tuesday, that its operations may be disrupted after one of the labour unions served the embattled airline with a notice of intention to embark on industrial action at its aircraft maintenance unit. This comes after the airline’s maintenance subsidiary, SAA... 

Strike looms at South African Airways

South African space sector needs more support but has to market itself better

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 South Africa's space sector has been hobbled by lack of adequate support from the South African government. This was made clear during a panel discussion on space technology at the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference 2017 in Pretoria on Friday. "Most space programmes, worldwide, have been... 

South African industry must adapt 4th Industrial Revolution to local needs

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 South African industry needs to find ways of adapting and using the technologies driving the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) to remain globally competitive, yet maintain and create jobs in a high-unemployment environment. So argued productONE MD Charles Anderson at the... 

Fastjet to raise cash to fund South Africa, Mozambique growth

By: Reuters     29th September 2017 African budget airline Fastjet Plc said on Friday it would raise not less than $44 million, in part through a placing, to fund expansion in South Africa and Mozambique. Fastjet plans an accelerated bookbuild to raise gross cash proceeds of $28 million and would sell 60 million shares to Solenta... 

Local orders and exports both essential for the South African defence industry

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2017 Local orders are key to winning export contracts in the defence sector, Denel Land Systems (DLS) CEO Stephan Burger affirmed at the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in Pretoria on Thursday. He cited the case of the order his company received for turrets for the Malaysian Army's new... 

South Africa needs to recognise the economic importance of its defence sector

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2017 The South African defence sector needs to bring home to the country the importance of defence for the technological, innovation and economic development of the country. So affirmed Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford in his address to the fourth annual Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference in... 

South Africa needs to recognise the economic importance of its defence sector

Government pension fund won't be used to bail out State firms – Gigaba

By: Reuters     26th September 2017 South Africa is not planning to raid the government pension fund to bail out struggling State firms, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday. Gigaba also denied reports that he told a Cosatu union meeting that indebted State-owned entities needed R100-billion ($7.50-billion) to survive. 

Government pension fund won't be used to bail out State firms – Gigaba
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

Future of Denel’s aero engine and manned aircraft businesses clarified

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has a clear plan for the future of Turbomeca Africa (TMA), which it is in the process of buying off Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE), part of France’s Safran S/A aeroengines group. Hitherto, TMA (originally established in 2002) was a joint venture... 

South African munitions company to make major investments

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will invest R550-million over the next three years to modernise its production facilities to the latest standards, introduce state-of-the-art processes and to increase its capacity, company CEO Norbert Schulze tells “Engineering News”. “We will likely recruit... 

South African defence company setting up ammunition filling plant for foreign client

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) announced on Tuesday that it was in the final phase of commissioning a new Universal Filling Facility, which will serve the needs of an international client. “We have worked with this client over the last four years to bring this... 

South African defence company setting up ammunition filling plant for foreign client
Photo by Rheinmetall Denel Munition
A view of part of the new Universal Filling Facility

Geophysicists urged to innovate amid tough times for exploration

By: Kim Cloete     12th September 2017 The state of exploration for oil and gas as well as mining is in a fix, with exploration spending having decreased by 69% in the last four years, delegates attending the South African Geophysical Association (Saga) 2017 conference have heard. Lockheed Martin business development manager Dan Di... 

Denel ends controversial Asia joint venture

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2017 South Africa's State-owned Denel defence industrial group has exited the Denel Asia joint venture (JV) company. This was announced on by Denel acting Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, addressing the recent media briefing about the company's financial results, at the group's head office in Centurion,... 

Infrastructure expansion will boost oil rig traffic

     8th September 2017 South African ports are projected to receive an injection of almost R44.4-billion over the coming five years from State-owned logistics operator Transnet, which will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in South Africa, says defence and security solutions supplier... 

Infrastructure expansion  will boost oil rig traffic
Photo by Bloomberg
INCREASED CAPABILITY Expansions of South Africa’s port infrastructure will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in the country

Good growth, new products, from local defence company

By: Keith Campbell     5th September 2017 South African private-sector defence company Rheinmetall Defence Munition (RDM) is enjoying strong growth in its business, which is dominated by exports. “Things are going exceptionally good for RDM,” company CEO Norbert Schulze told Engineering News Online. “Since 2016, we have been growing at... 

Good growth, new products, from local defence company
Photo by Denel
A range of RDM’s mortar bombs

South African defence company making major investments to upgrade its facilities

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2017 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will invest R550-million over the next three years to modernise its production facilities to the latest standards, introduce state-of-the-art processes and to increase its capacity, company CEO Norbert Schulze informed Engineering News Online. “We will likely... 

South African defence company making major investments to upgrade its facilities
Photo by Denel
Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s product lines include rocket motors for Denel Dynamics missiles, such as the Mokopa

International summit features young industry professionals

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 This year, the Young Professional Forum, initiated by the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), will be held alongside the International Forum for Aviation Research’s open session that will take place on October 24. 

Self-protection system set for 2020 completion

     1st September 2017 Helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters has contracted defence and security company Saab to produce the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) self-protection system for the H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters, with deliveries scheduled for 2020. 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through  software and sensors
DMU210P The DMU210P is available with up to 5-axis and is valued at about €1.2-million

New tech could prevent collisions between manned aircraft and drones

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The latest generation of aircraft transponder technology, known as ADS-B, offers to provide the safety and security necessary to prevent collisions between manned aircraft and civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, popularly known as drones) and so will allow drones to be operated in controlled... 

Denel exits Denel Asia JV 

     31st August 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Keith Campbell about State-owned Denel’s decision to exit the controversial Denel Asia joint venture. 

Denel exits Denel Asia JV
Denel exits Denel Asia JV

Denel makes push into Eastern Europe

By: Keith Campbell     29th August 2017 South African defence industrial group Denel has announced that it will have a strong presence at next month’s International Defence Industry Exhibition, in the city of Kielce in Poland. The exhibition is known as MSPO for short, from the initials of its name in Polish. “Eastern and Central... 

Denel makes push into Eastern Europe
Photo by Denel
The control room at Denel OTR

Denel exits controversial Asia joint venture

By: Keith Campbell     25th August 2017 South Africa's State-owned Denel defence industrial group has exited the Denel Asia joint venture (JV) company. This was announced on Friday by Denel acting Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, addressing a media briefing (about the company's financial results) at the group's head office in Centurion,... 

Denel exits controversial Asia joint venture
Photo by Duane Daws
Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Draft empowerment code for the defence industry gazetted

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved and gazetted for public comment the draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) code for the defence industry, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on August 4. In line with the BBBEE Act, there will now be a 60-day... 

Denel appoints new CFO, legal officer

     17th August 2017 State-owned Denel has appointed Odwa Mhlwana CFO and Vuyokazi Xaxa company secretary and legal officer.   “The new additions to our executive team are critical to create stability in Denel and will contribute to our transformation into a self-sustaining State-owned company,” says Denel acting CEO... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

By: African News Agency      16th August 2017 The investigation into State capture by Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises on Wednesday hit its first hurdle as it was confirmed to members that the legislature would not pay for an independent evidence leader. Acting chairperson Zukiswa Rantho told MPs she had asked the chair... 

Parliamentary State capture probe hits first hurdle

Draft defence industry empowerment code gazetted

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved and gazetted for public comment the draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) code for the defence industry, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on Friday. In line with the BBBEE Act, there will now be a 60-day... 

Draft defence industry empowerment code gazetted
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies

Rougher waters in the Indian Ocean while SA behaves like the ostrich

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2017 To holidaymakers the Indian Ocean usually appears a balmy body of sea. But, over the horizon, out of sight, great political forces are moving across the ocean and its subsidiary seas and gulfs, creating rougher waters.  

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