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Defence & Aerospace

Air-force was right to go for Pilatus

By: Keith Campbell     17th August 2001 The 60 Pilatus PC-7 Mark 2 turboprop training aircraft acquired by the SAAF in the mid-1990s were undoubtedly the most suitable aircraft available to the service in the required time frame. 

Shipbuilders quantify offset promises

7th August 2001 The consortium building the four corvettes for the South African Navy as part of the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) re-equipping programme has revealed that it is obliged to fulfil defence industry participation (Dip) and national industry participation (Nip) offsets,... 

Helicopter hopes for township youth

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2001 Muzi Vilakazi was 14 when then president Nelson Mandela visited his Mpumalanga school – changing the course of his life forever. 

UK aero firm shoots down Denel speculation

By: Keith Campbell     31st July 2001 Aerospace firm BAE Systems has flatly denied a report in yesterday’s Financial Times that it is to pay R500-million for a minority share in South Africa’s state-owned defence group Denel. 

We calculate new fighter aircraft at $64m apiece

By: Keith Campbell     27th July 2001 Article looks at costs of advanced fighters and finds that cost to South Africa of 28 Gripens is not out of line with costs of other fighters being offered to other countries 

Periscope contract a big win for SA

By: Keith Campbell     13th July 2001 Eloptro, of the Denel group, signs R45-million DIP contract with Zeiss Optronik of Germany for periscopes for SA Navy and two foreign navies. Also, Eloptro laser rangefinders selling well. 

SA's civil aviation sector flies into stormy weather

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 The South African civil aviation industry is being severely buffeted by forces beyond its control, such as fuel prices and exchange rates, as well as factors which are changeable, like regulations and policy. 

Arms deal poker game

6th July 2001 What the challenge now really comes down to is: can we implement the agreed arms deal contracts in such a way that we reap maximum benefit over the next couple of decades? 

Old telescope gets

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2001 The 110-year-old Boyden telescope, in the Free State, will map the stars with new vigour once a R1,7-million project involving the upgrading of the telescope, and collaborative research and educational programmes between the University of the Free State, and three US institutions is completed. 

One-horse fighter race could benefit SA

By: Keith Campbell     29th June 2001 South Africa is set to benefit from the Czech Republic's $2,6-billion supersonic fighter acquisition programme, should Prague decide to go ahead with the project, Engineering News can report. 

Submarine project continues despite probe

By: Deborah Spicer     29th June 2001 The project work on the three class 209 type 1400 SAN submarines for the South African Navy that form part of the defence deal package is proceeding on a routine basis, reports representative of the German submarine consortium Captain Siegfried Netzband. 

Nip can still be a success

By: Deborah Spicer     29th June 2001 National industrial participation (Nip) is working despite the fact that the time-consuming process, governed by stringent rules, results in long lead-times between a Nip project's initiation and reports of its success. 

Firm's exports to soar thanks to defence deal

By: Deborah Spicer     29th June 2001 Procurement company DNA Sherwood is aiming to export R350-million worth of South African products a year for the next 11 years as part of the joint BAE Systems-Saab industry participation obligation to deliver $7,2 billion in new economic benefits to South Africa, following government's purchase... 

Production of aircraft parts starts

29th June 2001 This month, Denel Aviation went into full production on a multimillion rand contract to supply fuselage sections for Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters. 

Scandinavians follow SA’s helicopter-purchase lead

26th June 2001 The Agusta A109 light utility helicopter, of which 30 are on order for the South African Air Force, has won a $110,5-million order from the Swedish armed forces, it has been announced at the Paris air show at Le Bourget airport. 

...while offsets are beginning to lift off

By: Keith Campbell     22nd June 2001 THE first elements of the national industrial participation (Nip) for the Agusta A109LUH light-utility helicopter are proceeding faster and better than planned or expected. 

SA set to make helicopters...

By: Keith Campbell     22nd June 2001 The Dip programme for the Agusta A109 helicopter will see South Africa continue as a helicopter manufacturing country. 

UK prods South African defence firms to bid for British contracts

By: Keith Campbell     15th June 2001 THE UK is encouraging the South African defence industry to compete for orders from the British Ministry of Defence. 

Navy chief excited by new techno prospects

8th June 2001 The new technology which will be introduced into the South African Navy (SAN) when the four Meko A-200 corvettes and three Type 209/1400 submarines, now on order, are delivered, will make life much easier for the service and its personnel. 

Army readies re-equipping plan

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2001 THE next stage in the modernisation of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is now under way, Engineering News can today report. 

Defence offsets take off, but civilian deals still grounded

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2001 Defence companies involved in the R37-billion (officially - some sources outside government put it at R50-billion) re-equipping programme are eager for a thorough investigation into allegations of corruption. 

South Africa to make helicopter structure

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The preferred bidder for the South African Navy’s maritime helicopter requirement, GKN Westland, has revealed to Engineering News the main elements in its 

Chopper hopeful moves ahead with offset Nips

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Unnoticed amidst the brouhaha over South Africa’s defence acquisition programme is that one of the overseas companies is already delivering on its national industrial participation obligations, even though the government has not yet signed any contract with it. 

No offset upset – Ruiters

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Department of Trade and Industry director-general Dr Alistair Ruiters reports that the national industrial participation projects arising from the R30-billion defence procurement programme are beginning to flow, and that South Africa is not facing an ‘offset upset’. 

A new propulsion technology for SA corvettes

By: System Author     24th November 2000 The South African Navy’s Meko A200 patrol corvettes will have a leading-edge technology propulsion system. 

Dips still outstripping Nips as offsets begin

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Heavy penalties await SA should it renege on the R30bn arms deal 

SA to become worldwide tailplane supplier for Hawk

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 South Africa’s Denel Aviation could become a prime supplier of tailplane assemblies for BAE Systems Hawk jet trainers worldwide, and is bidding for extra work on the British group’s Avro RJ regional jetliner programme. 

Defence privatisation negotiations are expected to take some time

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Giant British aerospace and defence group BAE Systems is warning against haste in the strategic equity partnership negotiations it is undertaking with South African State-owned aerospace and defence group Denel. 

Moz considers aircraft lease

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Mozambique’s predominantly government-owned airline, Linhas A 

Defence re-equipping: we’re open to inspection – Sisulu

By: System Author     6th October 2000 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has no objections to any audit of subcontracts awarded as part of the R30-billion defence re-equipping programme. 

Aircraft offset may include New Economy spin-off

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Much of the focus around the offsets arising from the R30-billion defence re-equipping programme has been on big industrial investment projects such as stainless-steel facilities. 

Algeria marketing light aircraft in SA

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Algeria is seeking to market its Safir 43 and Firnas 142 light aircraft in South Africa. 

R18-billion defence-linked contracts approved

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Eight national – that is, civilian – industrial participation projects, worth R18,5-billion over the next 11 years have so far been authorised in the offset programme from BAE Systems and Saab in return for South Africa’s decision to order Gripen fighters and Hawk lead-in... 

New civil aviation agencies

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 Mozambique and Namibia are planning to convert their present civil aviation oversight branches within their respective transport ministries into stand-alone agencies. 

Report on defence offset ban false, says UK association

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 Reports circulating in South Africa that offset or industrial participation deals, in return for defence contracts, have been banned between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, because they are alleged to cause corruption, are simply not true. 

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. 

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