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South Africa to host twelfth Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition in Sept
10th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) trade exhibition and air show will be held from September 18 to 22 at Air Force Base Waterkloof, under the theme of ‘Exploring new paths, sharing solutions,... 


Denel displays guided weapons, landward defence systems at Defence Service Asia
6th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned defence technology company Denel is displaying its guided weapons and landward defence systems at the Defence Service Asia (DSA) exhibition this week. Its Umkhonto surface-to-air... 


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Yearly Air Force show promises 'mini-war', aircraft displays
30th April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum Annual Airshow will be held on May 4 at the Air Force Mobile Deployment Wing (AF MDW) alongside Old Johannesburg Road in Valhalla, Pretoria. With the theme... 


Ghana Navy fast offshore patrol vessel GNS Yaa Asantewaa
International maritime security conference being held in Ghana
30th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo will be the guest of honour at the second meeting of the African Maritime Forces Summit (AMFS), being held in Accra, Ghana, from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive.... 


Africa Aerospace and Defence organisers confident of a successful 2024 exhibition
29th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

More than half of the exhibition space for the 2024 iteration of the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) trade exhibition and air show has now been booked, the organisers have announced. AAD 2024... 


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Embraer reports strong increase in airliner order backlog
22nd April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Brazil-based global major aerospace group Embraer – the world’s number three maker of jet airliners – has released its deliveries and order backlog report for the first quarter of this year (1Q24).... 


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Boeing dramatically increases its sustainable aviation fuel purchases
17th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

American aerospace giant Boeing has announced that it is to buy 35.6-million litres of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), for use by its US commercial operations this year. This is its... 


Flight tests of Rolls-Royce’s latest engine have started
3rd April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based global major power and propulsion systems group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that it had started flight tests of its latest aero engine, the Pearl 10X. This has been developed... 


An image of drone pilot trainees at RocketDNA
Regulations need to adapt to evolving industry – drone specialist
29th March 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

A collaborative approach between industry authority the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and drone operators is critical in further easing regulations for new and existing drone... 


An image of Aerial Monitoring Solutions' Eagle Owl Drone
Drone potential hindered by regulatory hurdles, lack of funding
29th March 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

While the South African drone manufacturing sector could increase its participation in the international market, regulatory hurdles, as well as a lack of funding and government support, are some of... 


South Africa needs a new defence acquisition and maintenance funding model
8th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Africa needs to develop a new funding model to pay for both the acquisition and maintenance of military equipment. So argued South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries... 


One of the South African Navy’s three new MMIPVs
Third locally built patrol ship for the South African Navy 'blessed' in Cape Town
4th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The third of the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPVs) was “blessed” at a ceremony in Cape Town, on Friday. The ceremony took place at the facilities of the... 


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Is the era of the flying taxi finally about to dawn?
1st March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The concept of small, usually unconventional, aircraft, carrying small numbers of passengers, weaving their way through towering skyscrapers and speeding over suburbs, has been a staple of... 


Zero carbon aviation company demonstrates its complete system for the first time
28th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

US zero carbon-emissions aviation company Universal Hydrogen has announced that it has used one of its proprietary modular liquid hydrogen storage and transport ‘capsules’ to successfully power its... 


Rolls-Royce highlights its African presence, and delivers record results for 2023
23rd February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based global major propulsion and power systems group Rolls-Royce has highlighted its presence in Africa. It did so in parallel with the release of its full-year results for 2023. The group’s... 


An image of the European Investment Bank's headquaters
Equity facility to facilitate innovation
23rd February 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

The newly launched Defence Equity Facility (DEF) aims to bolster private equity and venture capital funds in European companies that are developing innovative technologies with dual-use components,... 


An image of DroneShield's DS Drone Gun
Industry faces expertise shortage amid international competition
23rd February 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

The South African defence industry continues to grapple with diminishing skills availability amid a competitive market dominated by international defence companies. However, increased government... 


South African military is at war without helicopter-service deal
19th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa has deployed its troops into two wars without renewing a maintenance contract needed to keep its essential attack and transport helicopters flying. A so-called fixed-cost contract... 


Denel interim CEO Mike Kgobe
Denel shows off its products at global defence show in Saudi Arabia
5th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned defence company Denel is showcasing several of its products in the fields of missile technology, air defence systems, precision guided munitions, artillery systems and unmanned aerial... 


Embraer reports significant increases in its aircraft deliveries and services business
31st January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Brazil-based major aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that its commercial and business aircraft deliveries last year were 13% higher than in 2022, reaching a total of 181 aircraft... 


Zero carbon aeroengine company reports breakthrough in inverter technology
25th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-US zero carbon emissions aviation company ZeroAvia has announced that the initial testing campaign for its in-house developed 200 kW continuous power inverter has been successfully concluded.... 


Airbus Helicopters reports orders increased in 2023 by about 10%, year-on-year
24th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Airbus Helicopters, part of the Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus, has reported that it secured 410 gross orders, or 393 net orders, for its aircraft last year. These... 


Boeing appoints retired nuclear submariner to review its airliner business quality control
17th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Global major US aerospace group Boeing has announced that the quality management system in its Boeing Commercial Airplanes business would be reviewed by a team of experts recruited from outside the... 


No emissions transport companies team up to analyse new hydrogen technology for aviation
17th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

US-UK zero carbon emissions aviation company ZeroAvia and US hydrogen storage and refuelling technology startup company Verne have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the... 


Aerovel Flexrotor
Airbus Helicopters acquires US uncrewed aircraft company
16th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Airbus Helicopters, the rotary-wing business of the Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus, has announced that it is acquiring US uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) company... 


Airbus reports 2023 was a landmark year for its airliner business
15th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that its Commercial Aircraft (that is, airliner) business had a “landmark” 2023, in terms of orders and deliveries. Gross orders last... 


Airbus opens new hydrogen technology research centre
11th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that it has opened a new hydrogen technologies research unit, in Germany. Designated the ZEROe Development Centre (ZEDC), the facility... 


On June 27, 1923 two DH-4B US Army biplanes conducted history’s first aerial refuelling exercise
Boeing marks centenary of aerial refuelling development
20th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

Major aircraft manufacturer Boeing marked 100 years of aerial refuelling technology and platform development this year, with the first successful aerial refuelling being performed by the US Army in... 


One of Elixir’s aircraft
Airbus buys new generation more sustainable training aircraft
11th December 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that its wholly-owned civil and military pilot training subsidiary, Airbus Flight Academy Europe, has taken delivery of four... 


Boeing Africa MD Henok Teferra Shawl
Boeing appoints Henok Teferra Shawl as MD for Africa
6th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Aerospace company Boeing has appointed Henok Teferra Shawl as MD for Boeing Africa to strengthen the company's operations and relationships across the African continent. In his new role, Teferra... 


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