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Defence & Aerospace

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. 

Sweden is mulling big SA investment

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Deal expected before end of year 

From artillery support to the weather report

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Weathering the cutting edge 

Re-equipping will not save defence sector

By: System Author     5th November 1999 The South African National Defence Force package deals are not enough to sustain the local defence industry in the medium to long term. 

Dip clarifies future of defence industry

By: System Author     29th October 1999 The defence industrial participation programmes are likely to be the saviour of the local private-sector defence industry. 

Denel pinning its hopes on aircraft contract

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Denel will be a major beneficiary of the R21-billion defence acquisition package for the South African National Defence Force. 

Rooivalk eyed by Peruvians

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Peru is reportedly considering a programme to acquire new attack helicopters, and South 

Successful SA participation at UK defence show

By: System Author     8th October 1999 South Africa’s first-ever participation in the UK Defence Systems and Equipment International exhibition, which took place in mid-September, was highly successful. 

What South Africa will get for its R21-billion

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The list of national or non-defence industrial participation projects which will be undertaken in South Africa in return for the country’s R21-billion purchase of defence equipment is long and varied, ranging from stainless steel to tourism. 

Govt’s defence-deal offsets come under fire

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Government has been warned that its R21-billion arms procurement programme, linked with specific counter-trade commitments, may lead to the same “misallocation of resources to strategic industries and capital intensive mega-projects as happened under apartheid”. 

Arms deal good news for parastatals - Radebe

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The cabinet’s decision to go ahead with a R21-billion arms acquisition programme could launch the Coega industrial development zone project in the Eastern Cape. 

Defence procurement set to net SA R70bn

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The benefits to South Africa from the more than R21-billion arms acquisition programme, which received the go-ahead from cabinet on September 15. 

Heat-exchange wind-tunnel radiates success

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Heating & Cooling 

. . . and we fail to locate R1m recipient

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Government and the local economy have made zero return on R1-million granted through the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation. 

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. 

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