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Defence & Aerospace

UK eager to assist SA in defence re-equipping

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 The British government is determined to help South Africa in its programme to re-equip the South African National Defence Force. 

Defence department dons ‘greens’

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Bringing its activities in line with environmental considerations, the Department of Defence handed over its Environmental Implementation Plan to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism last month. 

UK defence giant pleased with SA buy

By: System Author     15th September 2000 Giant UK industrial group Vickers Defence Systems (VDS) is pleased with its acquisition of South African armoured vehicle manufacturer Reumech OMC – now Vickers OMC – a year ago. 

Waterkloof prepares for big air show

By: System Author     25th August 2000 In just over a week Africa Aerospace and Defence 2000 (AAD 2000) will open its doors at Air Force Base Waterkloof, Centurion, south of Pretoria. 

SA could gain from Brazil arms offsets

By: System Author     21st July 2000 South Africa’s aerospace industry could, with luck, be a beneficiary of an imminent fighter acquisition contest in South America. 

UK help for civilian offset deals

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Britain has seconded a senior civil servant from its Ministry of Defence to assist the South African Department of Trade and Industry oversee the national industrial participation programme for the South African Air Force’s Saab Gripen fighter and BAE Hawk fighter-trainer acquisitions. 

New range of artillery shells

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 At the start of this week, the Naschem division of State-owned de- fence industrial group Denel launched a new family of artillery shells at the Eurosatory defence exposition in Paris. 

Should SA return to rocketry?

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 With the debate about the advisability of creating some kind of South African space agency now under way, there is a related issue worth discussing – should this country seek to reactivate the programme, undertaken in the 1980s, to develop a satellite launch vehicle (SLV) for low earth... 

Concerns over defence packages

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Aerospace industry subcontractors in South Africa are reportedly uncertain and uneasy about the effects of the country’s R30-billion defence re-equipping programme – they wonder if they will ever see any of the benefits the government has promised the country. 

SA sole source of aircraft pylons

By: System Author     19th May 2000 The handing over of the first South African-manufactured components for the Gripen fighter aircraft by State-owned company Denel to BAE Systems and Saab is expected to provide opportunities within the employment-impoverished Eastern Cape. 

Arms offset criticisms refuted

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Claims which have been circulating in South Africa that Saudi Arabia did not receive the offsets it had been promised by the then British Aerospace in the Al Yamamah defence acquisition programmes have been firmly refuted by the company. 

Nuclear bombs to protect everybody

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Tech Track 

Will it be OFFSET or will it be UPSET?

By: System Author     14th April 2000 It is five months since South Africa signed the contracts in the country’s R30-billion defence acquisition programme. 

Partnership is paying off for SA aviation company

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Having initiated a re-engineering programme as far back as 1993, Denel Aviation Airmotive is securing contracts based on its extended partnership with Rolls-Royce, and is negotiating bigger contracts with other suppliers. 

Maiden voyage for South Africa’s marine showcase

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The first international showcase for South Africa’s maritime business sector, Maritme Africa 2000, is on course for a successful ‘maiden voyage’. 

Aerospace firm takes form

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Tech Track 

Arms manufacturers refocusing on the export market

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Defence 

New lens system for day or night surveillance

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Defence 

Radar enviro simulator to help develop warfare techniques

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Defence 

Defence force gets new polyurethane roadwheel

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Defence 

Empowerment company gunning for defence contracts

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Defence 

Rangefinders for accuracy in defence

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Measuring, weighing & balance instruments 

‘IP is an opportunity more than an obligation’

By: System Author     4th February 2000 British aerospace and defence group BAE Systems sees the industrial participation (IP) requirements of South Africa’s defence acquisition programme as an opportunity. 

New aeronautical organisation

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Aerospace 

R1,2m licence deal with UK

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Aerospace 

Tech countertrade takes shape

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Aerospace 

South Africa signs re-equipping contract for aircraft, helicopters

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Aerospace 

Third-largest aerospace firm born

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Aerospace 

SA in need of aero engineers

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Aerospace 

French defence group commits itself to SA

By: System Author     21st January 2000 France’s giant defence electronics group, Thomson-CSF, is determined to make its South African subsidiary, African Defence Systems (ADS), a player in the global defence electronics market. 

Smart gun prototype to be ready by March

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 The South African consortium developing a revolutionary intelligent firearm plans to have a prototype, capable of being demonstrated on a firing-range, ready by March next year. 

SA firm in ‘armour-plated’ global deal

By: System Author     26th November 1999 South African-based defence company Vickers OMC has become the design, development and manufacturing centre for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles for the Vickers group worldwide. 

Military base conversion, countrywide

By: System Author     26th November 1999 A request for proposals has been issued for research and development of a strategy for the conversion of eleven redundant military bases to non-military commercial and civilian use. 

SA to make rudders, ailerons for civil planes

By: System Author     19th November 1999 The agreement for Denel Aviation to manufacture rudders and ailerons for British Aerospace Avro RJ regional jet airliners is only a first step in involving the South African State-owned company. 

Swedes to set up fighter design centre in SA

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Stockholm – Swedish company Saab intends to employ around 100 people from the local defence industry and possibly the local air force at a new Gripen design centre to be established in South Africa. 

Hamilton Airship down but not out – claim

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Controversial entrepreneur Jonathan Hamilton and his grandiose plans to build a R200-million airship have not disappeared into thin air, but have perhaps been brought down to earth. 

Elements of R21bn defence deal outlined

By: System Author     12th November 1999 The defence industrial participation programmes (Dip) accompanying South Africa’s R21-billion arms acquisition programme for the South African National Defence Force. 

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