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Defence & Aerospace

SAAF abandons plans to fit radar to Hawks

By: System Author     24th September 1999 British sources report that one of the steps taken by South Africa to reduce the cost of the planned arms package for the South African National Defence Force has been the abandonment of a plan to fit multimode radar to the planned 24 British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 100. 

Cuts in arms acquisition mean cuts in offsets

By: System Author     24th September 1999 The decision by the South African cabinet to reduce the numbers of some systems for the re-equipment of the National Defence Force will mean a cut in the industrial participation benefits for the country. 

Arms deal – Cabinet must decide now

By: System Author     17th September 1999 The long-debated and often disputed arms re-equipment programme for the South African National Defence Force is coming to its decisive moment. 

Defence co-operation benefits SA and UK

By: System Author     17th September 1999 CSIR Defence Technology division’s new co-operation agreement with the UK’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency will give the South African organisation access to a range of technologies. 

From freezer-to-oven dishes to missiles

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Tech Track 

New era dawning in surveying industry

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Eskom Enterprises 

‘Sensible, solid’ arms deals expected

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 A solid and sensible deal will emerge out of South Africa’s arms acquisition programme. 

Not long now for defence deal decision

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The much-awaited, much-debated, arms re-equipment contracts for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) should be concluded in “a matter of weeks,” says acting SANDF chief Vice-Admiral Robert Simpson-Anderson. The R30-billion programme involves the purchase of four corvettes... 

Up in arms over the South African defence industry

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Building the nation 

Eastern Cape industrial park planned

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Up to 2 000 skilled jobs could be directly and indirectly created in the Eastern Cape by a planned aerospace and general engineering industrial park. This park would be established by British Aerospace (BAe) as part of its industrial participation programme (IP) in return for a contract for 24... 

Mission-simulator venture

By: System Author     16th July 1999 An agreement to co-operate on the development of a mission simulator for the future light utility helicopter (LUH) of the South African Air Force (SAAF) has been signed between Midrand defence company African Defence Systems (ADS) and CAE Electronics, of Canada. Selected by Agusta, the Italian... 

Silicon motion-sensing techno venture

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Aerospace giant British Aerospace (BAe) has signed an agreement with Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) to form a joint venture company for the exploitation of silicon motion-sensing technology in global commercial applications. BAe and SSP will each-own 50% of the new company, which will be... 

Bicycles for the 21st century

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 How shall we manufacture bicycles in the next century? Better bikes – stronger, yet lighter. We are approaching the limits of aluminium tubular manufacturing. And manufacturers claim that they cannot take any more money or time out of the process. We will soon be able to ride ultra-light... 

Aircraft demand to soar over next 20 years

By: System Author     25th June 1999 More than 15 500 new jetliners valued at US$1,3-trillion will be required by passenger and cargo airlines between 1999 and 2018. This figure has emerged from Airbus Industrie’s latest global market forecast which, for the first time, also contains a comprehensive review of the cargo market.... 

Composites sector is coming apart – warning

By: System Author     18th June 1999 What is the state of the composites industry? Generally poor, as it services industries in turmoil themselves, such as automotive, aerospace, leisure and construction. Most sectors are overtraded, with declining demand. What are the latest technological developments? Conversion processes have... 

New composites a hot hit in SA

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A well-established international technology has finally reached South Africa’s shores in the form of thermoplastic composites. “It is new in South Africa, although internationally it is becoming well-established due to its recyclability, speed of manufacture, and the reduction in... 

Defence offsets begin to flow into SA

By: System Author     11th June 1999 South African State-owned aerospace and defence group Denel is already benefiting from defence re-equipment programme industrial participation benefits, from British Aerospace (BAe) and Saab of Sweden, even though South Africa has not yet signed any contracts, Engineering News can today report.... 

New building techniques for UK warship

By: System Author     28th May 1999 FRESH ground is being broken in construction techniques for an innovative trimaran warship for the next millennium. The timetable has influenced the size and way in which components are being produced by the shipbuilder, Vosper Thornycroft (VT), at its Southampton yard in southern England. The... 

Hi-tech system to boost air-passenger safety

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The safety of air passengers, the cost of energy and the health of premature babies could all benefit from the application of chromatic sensing, a technique developed in the department of electrical engineering and electronics at the University of Liverpool in north-west England. The technique is... 

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),... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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,... 

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