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Defence & Aerospace

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... 

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... 

‘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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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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