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Defence & Aerospace

Denel seeking contingency funding as it outlines turnaround strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/2020 Budget speech. “We know that [the] Government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Mogadishu jittery about withdrawal of AU troops

By: African News Agency      20th March 2019 Mogadishu is growing jittery about the planned withdrawal of African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops from Somalia, according to a report on Wednesday. On February 16, AMISOM commanders met in the Somali capital to agree on a plan to execute the mission’s new Concept of Operations (Conops), a... 

Mapisa-Nqakula cancels meeting with Mozambique counterpart

By: African News Agency      19th March 2019 The Defence and Military Veterans Minister has announced the cancellation of a meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday with her counterpart from neighbouring Mozambique, which has been hit by the deadly Cyclone Idai that has left a trail of death and destruction. "Owing to unforeseen... 

SANDF personnel deployed to help in flood-ravaged Malawi and Mozambique

By: African News Agency      18th March 2019 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel have been deployed to support humanitarian efforts in Malawi and Mozambique, "currently facing serious floods", the SANDF said on Saturday. The SANDF had committed air assets and personnel to supplement the joint inter-departmental,... 

Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft 

15th March 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about what led to the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft across the world and how this is likely to affect Boeing. 

Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft
Global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft

Nato allies like Germany risk another spending fight with Trump

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2019 America’s Nato allies are risking another bust-up with President Donald Trump after spending figures released Thursday showed little movement toward a more equitable sharing of the costs of collective defense. Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands are nowhere near meeting a pledge to... 

Raytheon's improved missile-defence warhead delayed by two years

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 Raytheon’s redesigned missile-interceptor warhead -- an improvement on a system intended to defend against a potential North Korean attack -- will be delayed for two years because of technical difficulties, according to the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency. The new version of the interceptor... 

Defence minister to host 200 female officers in SANDF on Women's Day

By: African News Agency      8th March 2019 Defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will host the first ever engagement session with 200  female junior officers in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on International Women's Day. A statement by her department said the main objective of the session at the... 

Building of new ships for South African Navy has started

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Construction of the first of three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN) formally started with a keel-laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on February 23. The small ships are being acquired under the SAN’s Project Biro. The first one is expected to be... 

UAVs, ecommerce set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (in particular the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion at the recent Air... 

BAE production surge for $8bn in Howitzers delayed by US army

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2019 US Army officials have delayed a decision on moving BAE Systems Plc’s new self-propelled howitzer into full production, possibly as late as November, until the service sees more improvements in the $8.1-billion programme that’s one its highest priorities. “They have made progress, but they’re... 

Defence Force Service Commission reactivated after five months with new appointments

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula announced on Wednesday the appointment or reappointment of four members to the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC). Originally established in 2009, by law the DFSC must have no fewer than eight and no more than ten members, with... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/20 Budget speech. “We know that [the] government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
One of Denel’s signature products, the 6x6 G6 155 mm self-propelled gun, on display at the group’s head office

US deploys THAAD anti-missile battery in Israel for first time

By: African News Agency      5th March 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed the deployment of an advanced American anti-missile system in Israel for the first time as the two countries kicked off a month-long joint air defence exercise on Monday. The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD)... 

Pentagon wants 78 Lockheed F-35s in 2020, six fewer than planned

By: Bloomberg     4th March 2019 The Pentagon will request 78 F-35 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp., six fewer than previously planned, in the budget expected to be sent to Congress next week, according to defense officials. The cutback from the 84 fighters projected a year ago for fiscal 2020 is a setback for Lockheed, the... 

Defence Minister Mapisa-Nqakula hits back at Public Protector

By: African News Agency      1st March 2019 Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Friday said she took exception to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane "naming and shaming" her departments among the many government entities that simply ignored her remedial action.  Mkhwebane this week listed 38 matters where... 

Airbus to end production of its flagship A380 airliner

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st March 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus has announced that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because there is no... 

South Africa pushes ahead with ocean monitoring satellite programme

By: News24Wire      28th February 2019 The government, through the Department of Science and Technology, has affirmed a further commitment to the Maritime Domain Awareness satellite programme. In addition to funding of R16.5-million, the department will pump another R27-million into the programme over the next three years, department... 

Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way  

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th February 2019 Construction of the first of three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN) formally started with a keel-laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Saturday. The small ships are being acquired under the SAN’s Project Biro. This, first, IPV is expected to be... 

Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way
Photo by Damen
An artist’s impression of the three IPVs sailing off Cape Town

South Africa submits Instrument of Ratification on nuclear weapons ban treaty

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2019 South Africa on Monday joined a growing number of States in submitting its Instrument of Ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) to the United Nations (UN) in New York. The treaty was adopted after 122 States voted in favour of it at the UN on July 7, 2017.  

Sasol denies claims it intentionally polluted Vaal River

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2019 A whistleblower's claims that Sasol is to blame for the intentional pollution of the Vaal River, were vehemently denied by the petrochemical giant at a South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) inquiry on Wednesday. The SAHRC established the inquiry in September 2018 to determine whether the... 

Armed forces day displays capabilities, readiness of SA's armed forces – Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said the aim of national armed forces day was to display the capabilities and state of readiness of the country’s armed forces. “We also want to expand the public’s understanding of the military’s function and purpose in our society. The roles that the... 

Poland orders Black Hawk helicopters

22nd February 2019 Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has confirmed an order for four Polish-built Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to provide an enhanced capability to Poland’s military branch Special Operations Forces. Production of the aircraft will begin immediately with delivery of all four... 

Global general aviation show comes to S Africa

22nd February 2019 The global general aviation show AERO Friedrichshafen – that has been successfully taking place at Lake Constance in Germany for over 40 years – is now set to expand to South Africa in July of this year. From July 4 to 6, Messe Frankfurt South Africa will play host to the first AERO South Africa.... 

Global general aviation show comes to S Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
SHOWING OFF AERO South Africa will demonstrate everything from ultralights and gliders to business jets, helicopters, remotely piloted aircraft and electric aircraft as well as avionics and maintenance

Armoured personnel carrier launched

22nd February 2019 South African private defence vehicle manufacturing company Milkor has developed and launched its Milkor 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the African market. Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in... 

Armoured personnel carrier launched
BUILT TOUGH The Milkor 4 x 4 is designed to meet the infantry carrier requirements of armed forces on the African continent

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 One of the technologies recently showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

CSIR displays its defence and security technologies to industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently held a technology demonstration day at the CSIR campus in Pretoria. Various technologies developed by DPSS were displayed to representatives of industry and the media.  

SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR's Defence, Peace, Safety and Security division.  

Paramount secures armoured vehicle contract with UAE

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has secured a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its next generation armoured personnel carrier – Mbombe 4, which was unveiled at defence and security expo IDEX 2019, being held in the Middle East this week.  Manufactured... 

Paramount secures armoured vehicle contract with UAE
Ivor and Eric Ichikowitz

Defence group Denel to seek investment partners – CEO

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 State-owned defence group Denel could sell stakes in some divisions as part of a new strategy to return to profitability within two years, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The company has also asked the government for financial support to help underpin a strategy its board approved last week,... 

Denel explores new growth opportunities in the Middle East, North Africa

By: African News Agency      18th February 2019 State arms company Denel said on Monday it was attending a major global defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi this week to explore new growth opportunities for business in the Middle East and North Africa. Denel said its innovative products and systems would form the centrepiece of the South African... 

Boeing reports the first flight of ‘Flying Car’

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 US aerospace group Boeing announced on Wednesday, January 23, that its prototype autonomous urban air mobility vehicle had successfully made its maiden flight at Manassas in the US State of Virginia on the previous day. Boeing calls the aircraft a passenger air vehicle (PAV). The maiden flight... 

Airbus launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2019 Europe-based global aerospace major group Airbus announced on Thursday that production of its flagship four-engined A380 Superjumbo airliner would end in 2021. This is because the main customer for the aircraft, Emirates, had decided to cut its order for the airliner by 39 units, and because... 

Airbus announces that production of its flagship airliner, the A380, is to end
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A380 (right) leads a A350-900 (foreground) and a conventional-engined A330 (background) in a formation flight

Denel urges govt to use, support its new cybersecurity unit

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the Government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim is to ensure that cyber security for Government information and... 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 One of the technologies showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus on Thursday was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

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