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Defence & Aerospace

Rooivalk cooler than ever

1st March 2002 Close work between Booyco Engineering and Denel Aviation on the design of the environmental control system (ECS) for the Rooivalk Helicopter has resulted in a system, which meets stringent design requirements for this application, reports Booyco Engineering MD Jeremy Pougnet. 

Aircraft engine displays new tech

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 2002 The new General Electric GE 90 large turbofan, developed for the Boeing 777, incorporates various new technologies as well as others proven on the CF 6 and CFM 56 turbofans. 

Offset promise for SAA aero engines

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 2002 US industrial conglomerate GE is already set up to provide offsets for this country should South African Airways decide to equip their planned new wide-body airliners with GE90 turbofan engines. 

SA air-droppable vehicle takes flight

1st March 2002 Late last year saw the CSIR Defence Technology’s launch of a prototype 4x4 lightweight air-droppable rapid-reaction vehicle for South Africa's defence procurement agency Armscor. 

SA's stance on conflict in Africa

1st March 2002 The South Africa government has reaffirmed its position on conflicts in Africa, with conflict prevention, management and resolution on the continent remaining a key foreign policy objective. 

South Africa seeks defence collaboration with India

1st March 2002 South Africa’s defence-related industry wants to build on the excellent bilateral relations with India to establish stronger co-operation along the Indian Ocean Rim in general and with Indian defence industry in particular. 

Military vehicles to get night-vision

1st March 2002 A night-vision system which can pick out pedestrians in the dark and project their images on the windscreen has been fitted to a car and military truck and car by Pilkington’s Thale Optronics, of the UK. The night-vision display allows military vehicles to drive across battlefields at night... 

SA defence industry: export or die

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 South African defence companies should become more competitive on the international defence export market in order to survive in the industry, reports South African Maritime and Defence Industries Association executive director Brigadier General John Wesley. 

Pta firm launches laser-warning system

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 A leader in the design, development and production of electronic warfare systems and associated equipment and services for air, land and sea applications, Pretoria company Avitronics has developed airborne laser warning systems that can detect and give warning in the case of danger. 

$20m pledge to support defence BEE

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 One of the largest aerospace and defence company BAE Systems has pledged $20-million to support black economic empowerment (Bee) enterprises in the defence industry, Armscor head of small business development Jim Mampye tells Engineering News. 

Corvette subsystem order's E150-million local content

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 Orders with a local content value of about EUR150-million worth of subsystems have been placed for the corvettes that have been ordered for the South African Navy (SAN) as part of the defence deal re-equipping programme, reports Armscor communications manager Bertus Celliers. 

South African-developed hovercraft to the rescue

1st March 2002 Sheer inspiration and persistence lead two Epsilon Engineering Services engineers to design, develop and construct a complete hovercraft in less than a year (working after hours no less). 

R3m ballistic ceramics contract on target

By: nkolola halwindi     1st March 2002 Ceramic armour producer MOH-9 Armour Ceramics has completed the first part of a R3-million contract with a Germany company for the supply of ballistic ceramic panels, reports product manager Andreas Hecht. 

French to take majority stake in SA defence group

26th February 2002 The Department of Public Enterprises and French firm Turbomeca marked an important milestone in the government’s restructuring programme for the defence sector by signing heads of agreement in preparation for Turbomeca to acquire a majority equity holding in the Airmotive division of Denel. 

The stuff life will be made of

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd February 2002 In the previous Developments Column, published on February 8, we spoke about developments in the field of total communication and global virtuality. 

Arms-to-soy firm exporting 30% of output

22nd February 2002 A subsidiary of State-owned defence group Denel, Specialised Protein Products (SPP), is currently producing 600 t of a ‘multibase’ soy protein powder and 300 t of soyfibre, its two largest products, every month. 

SA-India in defence cooperation

22nd February 2002 South Africa’s defence-related industry wants to build on the good bilateral relations with India to establish stronger cooperation along the Indian Ocean Rim in general and with Indian defence industry in particular. 

SA carrier plans $1,5bn aircraft purchase

18th February 2002 South African Airways (SAA), Africa's largest air carrier, has stated that it plans to spend up to $1,5-billion on new aircraft to upgrade its ageing long-haul fleet. 

Defence acquisition costs and comparisons

By: Keith Campbell     15th February 2002 With an accelerating tempo of defence re-equipping and modernisation programmes worldwide it is becoming increasingly possible to make rough-and-ready comparisons between South Africa’s programme and those of other countries. 

UK defence firm selected as SA partner

8th February 2002 The South African government has selected BAE Systems to become a strategic equity partner in Denel. 

R2,3-bn airports expansion still on track

By: Deborah Spicer     1st February 2002 While the events of September 11 may have caused a global slump in the airline industry, local airport companies continue to plan expansions based on long-term traffic forecasts. 

State aircraft maintenance firm to spread wings

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2002 Aircraft maintenance company South African Airways (SAA) Technical plans to expand its business in the next few years. 

SA-German airship alliance

29th January 2002 South African defence group Denel has entered into a long-term partnership with German company CargoLifter for the development and production of its CargoLifter CL 160 transportation airship. 

R72-million aircraft/car museum opens doors

25th January 2002 Phase one of a R72-million leisure development at Cape Town International Airport was completed in mid-December. 

Aerospace supplier aims for 30% growth

By: Zonika Botha     18th January 2002 Local company Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS) supplies a niche in the military aircraft market, focusing mainly in the area of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS), as well as data acquisition and recording systems. With a turnover of R30-million this year, the company is now aiming... 

BEE and exports top association agenda

By: Zonika Botha     18th January 2002 Acting as a mediator between government and the aerospace and defence-related industry, the South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) has the dual task of encouraging black economic empowerment in the industry and, at the same time, assisting it to become more... 

New helicopter to grace SA skies

By: Zonika Botha     18th January 2002 Headquarted at Lanseria International Airport, Eurocopter Southern Africa (ESA) will launch the latest edition to the Eurocopter fleet, the EC130 helicopter in South Africa this year. 

Students flock to take aeronautical engineering 

By: Zonika Botha     18th January 2002 With the South African aeronautical industry having experienced a shortage of professional skills in the past, there seems to be a renewed interest in this specialised field, reports University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Aeronautical Engineering head Dr Lino Ravaglia. 

French turbo-engine manufacturer soars

By: Zonika Botha     18th January 2002 Despite some turbulence in the aerospace industry, Turbomeca, a leading producer of turboshaft engines for helicopters, training and attack aircraft, is flying high with a turnover of more than E 466-million. 

Airline slashes costs

18th January 2002 South African Airways (SAA) has begun a series of cost-cutting measures, including the streamlining of the airline's managers by between 20% to 30%. 

Now Czech and Hungary choose Gripen aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 The Czech Republic and Hungary have ordered 24 and 14 Gripen fighters respectively and both are receiving offset programmes, worth 150% of contract value for Prague and 100%+ for Budapest 

SA defence group in helicopter deal

15th January 2002 South African defence group Denel said it had clinched a licence to produce and market Agusta helicopters, giving it access to the civil helicopter market. CEO Flip Botha said the licence agreement with Italy’s unlisted Agusta would enable Denel to produce and market the A109 and A119 Koala... 

'Getting forex up-front' for combat jets

By: Keith Campbell     14th December 2001 Decline of the rand exchange rate against the dollar does not only increase the rand cost of BAe Hawk and Saab Gripen aircraft but also the value of their offset programmes, which are also in dollars. 

Navy subs to be 'most sophisticated' globally

By: Keith Campbell     14th December 2001 The three Type 209/1400 submarines now being built for the South African Navy (SAN) will be the most sophisticated vessels ever operated by the service. 

Navy subs to be 'most sophisticated' globally

14th December 2001 The three Type 209/1400 submarines now being built for the South African Navy (SAN) will be the most sophisticated vessels ever operated by the service, Engineering News can report. A senior submariner described them as being of "unprecedented complexity and sophistication for the navy". Such is... 

SA affected by UK decision to end an airliner programme

By: Keith Campbell     7th December 2001 THE decision by BAE Systems to end production of its Avro RJ and RJX regional jetliners means that Denel Aviation’s contract to manufacture aerostructures for these aircraft is being terminated. 

Navy corvette project making rapid progress

By: Keith Campbell     7th December 2001 THE process of re-equipping the South African Navy (SAN) with new patrol corvettes and submarines is now so far advanced that cancelling the project is no longer a fiscally responsible option. 

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