• Transatlantic strategic collaboration cemented [AAD142]

    Yesterday at AAD, Paramount Group and Boeing Defense Space and Security (BDS) reaffirmed the strategic partnership that was announced in July at the Farnborough air show. The agreement is aimed at future collaboration in a wide range of sectors, but notably those concerning key areas such as

  • Chinese launcher offers flexible firepower [AAD142]

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) (Chinese Pavilion, Hangar 2) is marketing a new version of its SR5 universal artillery rocket launcher (UARL), which can fire rockets with a guidance capability to provide a more precise attack capability. According to the company, development of this

  • Chinese trucks come to AAD [AAD142]

    FAW South Africa (Chalet 32), a subsidiary of China FAW Group, has announced here the establishment of a new company with South Africa’s Pamodzi Group for the production of trucks for South Africa and other sub-equatorial countries. The new company, Pamodzi-FAW (Pty) Ltd, has a structured

  • UAS expands African trip support network [AAD142]

    International flight trip support provider UAS (Hangar 2, Stand CP4) has appointed nine country managers across Africa as part of a major drive to expand in the continent. Earlier this year, the company opened a continental office in Johannesburg, South Africa, which acts as an operations centre

  • Details make the difference [AAD142]

    Turtle-Pac (Hangar 5, Stand A6), located on Australia’s Gold Coast, has been involved in all aspects of manufacturing inflatables since 1978. Among a large variety of products are collapsible aircraft ferry tanks, air cargo fuel bladder tanks, bush plane long-range bladder tanks, helicopter

  • Total capability on wheels [AAD142]

    Mercedes-Benz (Hangar 5, Stand D1) is showing part of its total capability for military wheeled vehicles. According to Christo Kleynhans, product manager, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the company “is at the forefront of innovation and product development in the defence field. Which makes us the

  • Total protection from STREIT [AAD142]

    Protecting and saving lives by delivering a range of vehicles and training courses is the main focus of the Streit Group (Aircraft Park), which is presenting its armoured vehicle and security solutions here at the show. Its Typhoon MRAP, Varan, Warrior and Shrek models, which were recently launched

  • Air data testing expertise [AAD142]

    Exhibiting as Measure and Test, Italian firms D. Marchiori and DMA-Aero (Hangar 5, Stand E8) have long-standing expertise in the manufacture of aerospace instrumentation products and airframe tooling. Their MPS range of air data testers covers civil and military requirements for pitot-static

  • Innovative inshore patroller [AAD142]

    Various threats along the African coast, including piracy and poaching of marine resources, require innovative thinking to counter them. Veecraft Marine (Hangar 1, Stand A7) is completing a 30m wave-piercer inshore patrol vessel (IPV), which it describes as revolutionary and a first for Africa, at

  • Reaching out to new markets [AAD142]

    US company Defense Technology Equipment Inc (DTE) of Sterling, Virginia, USA, provides logic support and aftermarket sales of aircraft spare parts and is reaching out to new markets. It claims to be different because with a large inventory on hand, it can expedite shipments of spares anywhere in the

  • South Africa to get upgraded GDF weapons [AAD142]

    Rheinmetall Air Defence of Switzerland is upgrading part of the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) twin 35mm Oerlikon GDF-005 towed anti-aircraft guns (AAG) to the latest GDF-007 standard. This programme is due to be completed by 2017 and includes upgrading the current weapons to

  • Win-win from Thailand [AAD142]

    One of the new defence contractors coming to African Aerospace & Defence 2014 for the first time is Thai company Chaiseri (Hangar 5, Stand C7), which is aiming to increase export sales of its expanding range of military mobility solutions. Chaiseri is well known as a key supplier of tracks for

  • Comprehensive UAV expertise [AAD142]

    South African UAV specialist S-Plane is highlighting its capabilities here at AAD. The company focuses on subsystems that are used as part of a larger system by a range of mostly international clients, and also hardware-in- the-loop simulators to test control components. Among the subsystems are

  • Control the unmanned [AAD142]

    Unmanned and radar systems for civil and military users need sophisticated control. Cape Town-based Tellumat (Hangar 4, Stand B26) is showcasing several new offerings. Its UAS avionics team is presenting the new and enhanced portable operator control unit (OCU), part of its ground control system

  • Naval protection with a bang and a wallop [AAD142]

    Protection of vessels has become increasingly important as they face a wider range of threats, and as military and law enforcement roles have expanded into the littoral arena, where smuggling and piracy are prevalent. Wallop Defence Systems (Hangar 5, Stand B19) is highlighting its naval protection

  • Driver under training [AAD142]

    A simulator is probably less nerve-wracking for a trainee – and the instructor – than getting driver training in a real vehicle in real driving situations. More importantly for the military, ThoroughTec offers its operating training simulator as a most economic solution “to train

  • Slowly but surely [AAD142]

    Taking its name from the Roman legionary ‘testudo’ (‘tortoise’) formation, this rugged unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) advances over unsafe terrain on reconnaissance, mapping, surveillance or search and rescue missions. It was officially launched yesterday at DCD Protected

  • Vehicle and body protection rolled into one [AAD142]

    Armor USA (Hangar 1, Stand B17a) provides a range of armoured products for body and vehicle protection in both the law enforcement and defence sectors, writes David Donald. Here at AAD, the company is showing off a versatile and lightweight new product known as the Carshield. Despite its name, it

  • Extinguish the fire [AAD143]

    How many young boys and girls dream of being a firefighter, racing down the street on a gleaming fire engine? Pretoria-based Marcé (Hangar 3, Outside N2) lives this dream, building state-of-the-art fire engines and firefighting equipment in its 8,400m2 factory almost adjacent to Waterkloof

  • MRO for Africa [AAD142]

    Aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services are a continually growing requirement for civil aviation companies in South Africa and indeed Africa. Vector Aerospace (Hangar 6, Stand C14) holds approvals from some of the world’s leading OEMs,