• Oribi leaps to prominence [AAD143]

    DCD Protected Mobility (Hangar 2, Stands B9-15 and C9) has launched the Oribi 4x4 vehicle, which it has developed as a private venture in close co-operation with local company Histomart under a joint venture agreement signed in 2013. Oribi is being aimed at the civil, paramilitary and military

  • SARA is team effort [AAD143]

    Yesterday at AAD, Denel Aerostructures’ CEO, Ismail Dockrat, unveiled a model of the company’s SARA (South African Regional Aircraft) project, thereby revealing this exciting enterprise to the public. SARA has been initiated to provide an aircraft that can be used on short, low-density

  • Long-range Raptor III goes on display [AAD143]

    Denel Dynamics is showing a model of its Raptor III precision stand-off weapon for the first time, in the company’s display outside Hangar 4. The weapon is tailored to a strategic mission against high-value targets, which are often hardened and well-defended. Like its predecessor, the Raptor

  • State-of-the-art helicopter training [AAD143]

    For many years the Robinson R22 has been the standard light training and personal helicopter, but Fama Helicopters Africa (Hangar 6, Stand A1) hopes that the new Fama K209 will provide a better-performing and more modern alternative. Designed and built by Fama at Modena in Italy, the stylish K209

  • Marlin nears first test [AAD143]

    Denel Dynamics expects to conduct the first flight test of its Marlin 100km radar-guided anti-air missile early next year. The first launch will be conducted from the ground at Overberg Test Range, and will be a ballistic test to check out the missile’s basic flight systems. Successful

  • Mineprotected ambulances operational [AAD143]

    The first three ambulances based on the proven Mechem Casspir armoured personnel carrier (APC) are already operational in support of UN and African Union Amisom forces in Somalia. According to Mechem’s general manager, Ashley Williams, the ambulances are fully equipped to treat any emergency

  • Officially handed over [AAD143]

    Delmon Aviation has purchased a DA42M PP-NG Diamond aircraft, which has just been registered as the first of its type in South Africa. It is the second Diamond aircraft to be owned by Delmon Aviation and was bought through the Elegance Group, the official representatives of Diamond Aircraft in

  • Mamba strikes twice [AAD143]

    South African company Osprea Logistics (Hangar 4, Stand C2) is now offering two versions of its Mamba Mk 5 (4x4) protected vehicle – one has a complete driveline from Magirus-Deutz, while the other has a complete driveline from Iveco. Spare parts for these are available from a well-established

  • New Chinese rocket launcher [AAD143]

    Poly Technologies of China (Hangar 2, Stand CP8) unveiled its latest Shoulder Launched Rocket (SLR) disposable system at AAD 2014, which is claimed to offer low collateral damage. This appears to be a more recent version of the previously revealed 80mm DZJ08 but optimised for use in urban

  • Small but smart UAV s under development [AAD143]

    Paramount Advanced Technologies (Hangar 4, Stand A14) is showing off a range of UAVs that are in development as part of its strategy to develop robotic and autonomous systems that can be applied to a range of air, sea, land and underwater applications. The new vehicles build on 30 years of

  • C-130J could be right for South Africa [AAD143]

    Casting an impressive shadow on the Waterkloof apron is the Lockheed Martin C-130J from the US Air Force. The aircraft’s maker is pitching the latest version of the 60-year-old aircraft as the ideal answer to South Africa’s needs for a tactical airlifter and maritime patrol aircraft.

  • Light bird for light jobs [AAD143]

    Named after a tiny garden bird quietly and efficiently going about its business, Wagtail Aviation (Hangar 3, Stand A10) specialises in gyroplanes for commercial and military operations. Now offering a complete family of gyroplanes, Wagtail has the Trojan tandem two-seater for long-distance patrol

  • Value added from India [AAD143]

    Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) (Hangar 1, Stand D11, Indian Pavilion) was set up in 1970 as a manufacturing base for guided weapons systems, reflecting the national wish for technological selfreliance. In its early years, it was involved in the manufacture of missiles and guided munitions under licence,

  • Brave soldier from the East [AAD143]

    Chinese company Dong Feng Off- Road Vehicle (Hangar 1, Stand D12) is well known for its range of unarmoured cross-country vehicles. It has now developed the Mengshi (Brave Soldier) family of 4x4 and 6x6 protected vehicles, which are being shown at African Aerospace & Defence 2014 for the first

  • Complex but comprehensive [AAD143]

    Ships of all sizes have a myriad of equipment, which all needs to be synchronised if the vessel is to perform efficiently. Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia, is demonstrating its new integrated systems for platform control and management (IPMS), called ‘Complex’ (Control and Monitoring of

  • Part of an extended family [AAD143]

    The extended family is a well-understood and valued concept in South African culture. The joint presentation of Rheinmetall Denel Munition and Denel underlines that Rheinmetall Denel Munition is an integral part of the South African environment and strong member of the family. Thus, Rheinmetall

  • Building an aircraft from scratch in just four days [AAD143]

    At the start of AAD, there was little more than a collection of tools and components, but by the end of the show a new aircraft should have taken to the air. The Airplane Factory has set itself the extraordinary ‘Sling 4-4-40’ challenge of building and flying a Sling 4 aircraft in just

  • From Russia with love [AAD143]

    We come to this exhibition in South Africa for the seventh time and consider it the most important venue for the promotion of weapons and military equipment to the African continent, especially to sub-Saharan countries,” said Yuri Demchenko, a Rosoboronexport special projects director heading

  • Shine some light on it [AAD143]

    Light is both a blessing and a nuisance. Megaray (Hangar 7, Dti pavilion), a specialist in ultra high-intensity portable and mobile searchlights, has just upgraded its MR2300 model to provide a 2° spot light at 5km (3.1 miles) from the original 3km. The searchlight offers powerful long-reach

  • Keeping helicopters aloft [AAD143]

    Lithuania-based Helisota (Hangar 1, Stand B16) is a long-established provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for rotorcraft. The company is an EASA Part 145 and Part 147 organisation as well as an authorised Mil Helicopters and Robinson R44 service centre, supporting