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Defence & Aerospace

Defence industry is a national asset – Lekota

By: Martin Czernowalow     19th September 2002 The Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria yesterday played host to a successful opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2002 exhibition, an event the country is hosting for only the second time. 

Big UK presence at aerospace show

18th September 2002 The United Kingdom has traditionally been enthusiastically represented at Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibitions; this year will be no exception. 

New home-grown tech to aid weatherman

By: marisa rodrigues     6th September 2002 In 1996, South Africa out was carrying soundings at eleven weather stations, across the country, twice a day. 

Hunting for moon trees

By: Kelvin Kemm     30th August 2002 A couple of guys are on the hunt for moon trees, and so far they have found 40 of them, and they are asking if anyone knows where any more are. So if you know, let me know, and I will pass on the message! 

R25-million defence empowerment deal signed

By: nkolola halwindi     30th August 2002 In a R25-million partnership deal, empowerment company Dynamic Global Defence Technologies says it is enjoying a real partnership with armoured vehicle business firm Vickers OMC. 

Engine that could start a revolution

By: Karel Smrcka     23rd August 2002 Dramatic savings in fuel and operation efficiency could result if an inventor’s ideas for a “completely novel internal combustion engine” are taken up commercially. 

Training is top priority for air force

By: Keith Campbell     23rd August 2002 The SAAF is determined to keep all squadrons at least at minimum operational skills levels.Top priority is training. The other top SAAF priority is the provision of air support for diplomatic missions. 

New logistics division formed

23rd August 2002 Local company Grintek and Saab of Sweden announced the formation of a new division under Grintron, their jointly owned defence electronics company, which will have its head office at Grintek Park, in the Highveld Technopark in Centurion, Gauteng. 

New planes, new technology for air force

By: Keith Campbell     16th August 2002 THE new aircraft which will be introduced into South African Air Force (SAAF) service in the coming five years will also bring new technologies into the service. 

Composites in defence group's armoury

9th August 2002 As an affiliate to the South African arms manufacturing group Denel, Kentron develops missiles and unmanned aircraft. 

Aircraft joins info war

By: Karel Smrcka     9th August 2002 Modern aircraft combat is moving into the realms of the information war. Future air battles will be dictated by the aircraft that can control the battle space, not just through raw combat power, and by the ability to exploit the data that gives the split-second edge. 

Submarine upgrade finally surfaces

By: Keith Campbell     9th August 2002 SOUTH Africa’s two remaining Daphne-class submarines have completed a major upgrade programme that lasted just over a decade. 

Defence firm upset by offset allegations

8th August 2002 Defence manufacturer BAE Systems has responded with surprise to what it calls an unwarranted attack launched on it and the South African government by a weekly newspaper. 

Tunisia to buy 12 aircraft

6th August 2002 Tunisian flag carrier Tunisair plans to spend about 700-million dinars ($510-million) on 12 aircraft as part of its expansion strategy and to renew its fleet, a Tunisair manager has said. 

SA aviation firm wins offshore distributorship

1st August 2002 US-based Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC) has appointed National Airways Corporation (NAC) to represent it in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. 

French government launches privatisation of airliner

31st July 2002 The French Government has launched the privatisation process for Air France – a decision which will enable the airliner to face the increasingly tough international competition in the best possible conditions. 

SAA gets first of five new Boeings

30th July 2002 Newly established Safair Lease Finance (SLF)) is leasing five new Boeing 737-800s to South African Airways. 

Aerospace showpiece to be SME showpiece

By: Keith Campbell     26th July 2002 THIS year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD 2002) exhibition – which will run from September 18 to 22 – will see a concerted attempt to bring South African small and medium (SME) and black economic empowerment (BEE) companies to the attention of international groups, in order... 

International demand for South African telecoms expertise

By: Deborah Spicer     26th July 2002 The South African subsidiary of Industrial and Financial Systems (IFS) is exporting its telecoms know-how to Trinidad and Tobago as well as to countries in the Middle East, following the successful implementation of the company’s asset-management software at the operations of MTN SA, MTN... 

Kenya selects engines for new aircraft

25th July 2002 East African airliner Kenya Airways has selected Roll Royce's Trent 800 engine for three of its Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. 

Free State pursues five growth sectors

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 Cars on the N1 highway speeding past fields of paprika, with freight planes now and then passing overhead to land at a dedicated cargo airport. 

African helicopter market a boon for SA

By: Keith Campbell     19th July 2002 The continuing success of Italian/UK helicopter group AgustaWestland in Africa ensures benefits for the South African aviation industry. 

Dips still outpacing Nips in defence offsets

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2002 Two years into South Africa’s strategic defence acquisition programme, it is clear that the concommitant Dip programme has transformed this country’s previously beleagured defence industry. 

New aircraft fleet to boost SAA's competitiveness

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2002 Earlier this year the outlook for South African Airways (SAA) looked bleak. 

SA arms firm awarded parts contract

1st July 2002 South African arms group Denel yesterday said it had been awarded a contract by aerospace giant Boeing to manufacture parts for the Boeing 747 and other commercial planes for an undisclosed amount. 

Aviation financing firm takes off

28th June 2002 A new aviation financing company with an initial funding capacity of at least R5-billion has been formed through a partnership between Imperial Holdings, the country's leading mobility group, and the financial services group, Sanlam and its investment banking arm, Genbel Securities (Gensec). 

Bullet-proof doors for new SAA planes

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2002 South African Airways (SAA) will install reinforced, bullet-proof cockpit doors on all of its planes flying into the US, according to a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) ruling ordering all foreign airlines flying into the country to feature these doors by April 9, next year. 

South African navy's new high-tech era launched

By: Keith Campbell     21st June 2002 THE christening and launch of South Africa’s first Meko A-200 corvette, the SAS Amatola, marks the beginning of a new era for the South African Navy. 

French aluminium investment set for Coega - Radebe

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2002 The establishment of the Pechiney aluminium smelter at Coega looks certain, says South Africa’s Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe who met with the French company in Paris earlier this week. 

SA’s biggest jetline order signed

20th June 2002 South African Airways yesterday officially placed Africa’s largest single jetliner order when it formalised its acquisition of 41 new Airbus aircraft which will be used to modernise its entire fleet. 

Tanzania wants new deal on air system

19th June 2002 Tanzania is to demand a big reduction from British Aerospace (BAe) for its military air traffic control system after the disclosure by experts commissioned by the World Bank that the Tony Blair-backed deal was a ‘waste of money’ and that they had been sold ‘outdated... 

Defence re-equipping spins yet another offset contract

19th June 2002 South African company Avitronics, a joint venture owned by Grintek Limited (51%) and SAAB of Sweden (49%), has received an order in excess of R150-million, from the helicopter manufacturer Agusta-Westland, for the provision of the Avitronics multisensor warning system as part of a helicopter... 

World Bank critical of Tanzania air traffic plan

17th June 2002 A World Bank commissioned report raises serious concerns about Tanzania’s plan to spend $39-million on an air traffic control system to be provided by British aerospace company BAE Systems, in a contract which was backed by the British government last year. 

Composite textiles take the world by storm

By: Jill Stanford     14th June 2002 A Western Cape composite manufacturer is increasing its share in the world market with non-crimp fabrics. 

. . . missiles attract Brazilian interest

By: Keith Campbell     14th June 2002 THE Brazilian Navy is seriously considering buying South Africa’s Umkhonto naval surface to air missile. Coincidently, SK105 light tanks bought last year by the Brazilian Marines have SA gun stabilisers. 

First corvette soon for SA waters

12th June 2002 The first of the four patrol corvettes purchased by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as part of the multibillion Rand arms acquisition deal, will soon be heading to the country’s waters. 

Africa's aerospace show attracts global interest

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 WITH five months still to go, 80% of the exhibition space for the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2002 show has been sold. 

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