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Defence & Aerospace

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... 

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),... 

Jhb airport terminal cladding on track

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

Global storm batters South African defence industry

By: System Author     26th March 1999 THE economic crisis which has ravaged so much of the world has been extremely damaging to the South African defence industry, Engineering News can today report. In addition to the economic crisis in Asia, the global oil glut and the concomitant low oil price has spread recession to Middle Eastern... 

Armaments face-lift

By: System Author     5th March 1999 With even the Minister of Defence, Joe Modise, not always having been an over-enthusiastic supporter of Armscor, the organisation has the unenviable task of changing its 50-year old face into, not quite a Mona Lisa, but less reminiscent of the previous situation. Armscor is the official armaments... 

Battle data enhanced

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In modern warfare, the volume of data generated is so great that humans can no longer assimilate it without the help of sophisticated machines. “This has spurred the introduction of computers to the battlefield, initially in the form of embedded processors such as radar and fire-control... 

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 equipment puzzle falls into place

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Walking along the hallways where Armscor’s top management resides, one almost expects a respectful silence. Instead, the rooms are abuzz with hot discussions revolving around the arms programme. With the preferred bidders for the various weapons platforms an-nounced, financing and technical... 

Defence firm reacts to Asian onslaught

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Although powerful enough to stop an army in its tracks, the armour and artillery systems manufactured by LIW – best known for the G5, G6 and Rooikat – could not protect the company against the effects of the ‘Asian flu’. The Far East and Middle East represented LIW’s... 

Exports the saving grace of arms maker

By: System Author     5th March 1999 With its order book value now at around R1-billion, things are starting to look up for arms-manufacturing company Kentron. Although still suffering the consequences of severe cuts in the national defence budget, which saw the company’s turnover plunge, a number of significant export... 

Light armour material

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Specialist in electrical insulation materials and industrial laminates Calidus Von Roll Isola, has diversified into ballistic protection with the introduction of the Para-lite range of materials, suited for use in the defence industry. Protection and security in the military, paramilitary and... 

Local gun-drive system supply targeted

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The weapons systems arm of Reunert Defence, EDS, will supply an electric gun-drive system for the 76 mm naval guns on each of the four corvettes to be procured in the R30-billion South African National Defence Force re-equipping programme. “It is of strategic importance that we have a local... 

Military logistics support

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Wholly-owned subsidiary of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed Log-Tek Holdings one of the largest integrated logistic support houses in the Southern hemisphere, Log-Tek has large military and commercial experience that positions it well to supply logistical support to the preferred suppliers... 

Near international dominance for South African search-and-tracking systems

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Together with leading defence suppliers in South Africa, Reutech Systems forms part of the South African combat suite group aiming to take part in the South African Navy corvette acquisition programme, and is also responsible for sensors and command and control in the South African Air Defence... 

Negotiations take off

By: System Author     5th March 1999 With only a few more weeks to go before the completion of offset negotiations with the South African authorities, Italian helicopter manufacturer Agusta is already set to become a significant contributor to the South African economy. Having won preferred supplier status for 40 light utility... 

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... 

Specialised test facilities determine risk

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The vehicle-test facility which is part of Gerotek Test Facilities has been awarded a second contract to the tune of R1,4-million by the Department of Transport for a training programme for taxi drivers. Initially established by Armscor to assist it in the procurement and marketing of armaments,... 

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... 

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... 

Defence technology fights farm killings

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new defence-turned- civilian-security solution is being marketed as from this month in a bid to combat attacks on farmers in South Africa. It will be launched initially in Gauteng, but will be taken nationwide within the next six months. Farm attacks have reached horrific proportions, and have... 

New military adviser by April

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A NEW defence-industry focus group called Defencetek will be launched by CSIR at the beginning of April. The group will merge all the defence-related functions held within the various divisions of the State-owned research house, and will be housed at the Aerotek building on the CSIR campus east... 

Pigment-free paint

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE phenomenon that makes butterflies beautiful may soon be exploited to make pigment-free paints and high-visibility displays. For years, scientists have known that the colourful patterns on butterflies’ wings are created by a combination of multilayer interference, light scattering and... 

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... 

‘Smart’ gun aims to curb misuse of firearms

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Statistics show that the misuse and illegal use of firearms costs the country about R22-billion every year, while more than 30 people are killed and 60 wounded each day. A new ‘smart’ firearm currently in the developmental stages could provide gun control for the next century. The... 

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... 

Defence contracts will bolster growth

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Although the machine tool industry has been subdued for quite some time and no significant recovery is expected in 1999, Retecon executive chairperson Burkhard Herrmann is quietly optimistic about the future. He attributes this to positive signs such as the softening of interest rates, which is... 

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... 

Crunch year for defence packages

By: Archivist     22nd January 1999 THIS year is the crunch year as far as South Africa’s ambitions for big foreign direct investment (FDI) from defence industrial and national industrial participation (Dip and Nip) projects stemming from the re-equipment programme for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are... 

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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