• Ultra long-range just got longer [AAD142]

    Cape Town to New York in a single hop at Mach 0.85? Or Cape Town to Sydney at Mach 0.9? No problem for the Gulfstream G650ER, which is making its AAD debut. The aircraft is the latest addition to the Gulfstream family, and takes the already impressive range performance of the G650 to a new level.

  • Investing in life saving equipment [AAD142]

    Whether the need is for lifejackets, life rafts, submarine escape suits, antig trousers or evacuation systems, extraordinary operating environments require specialist equipment to ensure survival. A range of cutting-edge modular pilot flight equipment designed for pilots flying Hawk Jets, but also

  • Kodiak: built robust for Africa [AAD142]

    D isplayed as part of the CDC Aviation corral in the static display is an example of Quest’s Kodiak utility aircraft. With its rugged construction, large cargo door, spacious interior and luggage panniers, plus its low stall speed and ability to use fields of around 1,000ft in length, the

  • Tough computers for tough conditions [AAD142]

    Computers that need to work in harsh industrial environments must be robust enough to withstand extreme conditions of low temperatures, vibrations and dust. They must operate 24/7/365 without failure. Centurion Micro Electronics (Hangar 1, Stand E12), a South Africa-based company, focuses on the

  • AAD – a historic perspective [AAD142]

    Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) emerged from the Aerospace Africa civilian exhibition, the roots of which lay in the original Lanseria air show in 1975 and the DEXSA military exhibition. The first in the series of avia tion exhibitions, which later became known as Aviation Africa and is now

  • From small beginnings [AAD142]

    Interjet Group (Hangar 6, Stands B2-4), situated at Lanseria, is a licensed privately owned aircraft maintenance and avionics company whose maintenance division is geared to making flying safe and pleasurable for customers and aviation enthusiasts. Its avionics and electrical department has the

  • Mobilising the youth of today to sustain the aerospace and defence capability of tomorrow [AAD142]

    The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition has invested in the Youth Development Programme (YDP) for the past seven editions of the show. The aim of YDP 2014 is to: Create awareness about careers in defence and aviation; Provide a platform for the youth to interact with the defence and

  • Parachuting without risk [AAD142]

    Working with technical partner Meso Group and regional representative Unisim, German simulation specialist e.sigma has launched a parachute training simulator here at AAD. Known as Sokol Next Generation, the training system is being showcased on the Unisim/MESO display (Hangar 1, Stand B18). Sokol

  • Protected, streamlined and less threatening [AAD141]

    BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa is launching its latest RG21 mine protected vehicle (MPV) here at the show (Outdoor Hangar 4, Stand ON4). The RG21 MPV has been developed using company funding for the export market. Compared with other MPVs, it has a more streamlined appearance and is

  • Three can be good company [AAD141]

    Denel Aerostructures, Aerosud Aviation and Airbus have signed a three-way collaborative agreement that aims to strengthen and sharpen the global competitiveness of South Africa’s aerospace manufacturing industry and its research and development capabilities. The agreement particularly

  • Poachers beware! #Parabot is after you [AAD141]

    Towering over the exhibition site, the 9.7m tall #Parabot has come to AAD with a purpose: to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s endangered wildlife, particularly the rhino. The problem is huge: so far this year more than 760 rhinos have been taken by poachers in South Africa, and the

  • AAD supported by Tshwane [AAD141]

    Executive mayor of Tshwane*, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, last week gave his firm support for Africa Aerospace and Defence (AA&D), saying the event brings significant benefits to the city, its inhabitants and visitors. “This is one of the most auspicious events on the aerospace and

  • Airborne police share expertise [AAD141]

    Every two years, delegates from law enforcement agencies from around the world gather in South Africa for a seminar to discuss aspects of aerial law enforcement. Hosted by Airbus Helicopters South Africa (AHZA), the fourth such seminar is being held in Centurion to coincide with the AAD show. Based

  • Civil security drives expansion [AAD141]

    Earlier this year, Centurion-based Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) received the award for South Africa’s Best Exporter for the second year in a row. Since the Swedish parent company arrived in the country as part of the Gripen fighter deal, it has steadily increased its technology and manufacturing

  • New identity [AAD141]

    Cassidian Optronics in South Africa has announced a change of name to Airbus DS Optronics (Pty) Ltd. The local subsidiary’s new name derives from the rebranding of its parent to Airbus DS Optronics GmbH with effect from 1 October 2014. Kobus Viljoen, managing director, said: “As the

  • High mobility in triplicate [AAD141]

    Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) (Outdoor 3S and German Pavilion) is showing three of the latest high-mobility cross-country trucks from its extensive product range. These are the HX77 (8x8) fitted with a modular armoured cabin, and the HX58 (6x6) and HX60 (4x4) fitted with the standard

  • Paramount strengthens presence [AAD141]

    South African defence group Paramount (Hangar 4, Stand A14) has announced a series of acquisitions to further strengthen its position in the local naval and aerospace markets. The privately owned company has increased its holding in Aerosud Aerospace to 100 per cent and has acquired marine platforms

  • A craft for all reasons [AAD141]

    Travelling over all terrains, crossing shallow water, mud, sand, rapids, ice and vegetation, a hovercraft allows full access to areas that were previously inaccessible and the most direct route to be taken, saving time and fuel costs. Hovercraft are a complete logistical solution, they have the

  • Countermeasures contracts [AAD141]

    Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has announced two agreements this week for its electronic warfare and countermeasures equipment, a speciality of the Centurion-based company. Marking a launch order for the LEDS-50 Mk 2 vehicle self-protection suite, SGD has announced a contract from an undisclosed

  • Experience live communications [AAD141]

    It is almost impossible to understate the importance of radar and communications in any modern military operation, and especially in protecting a country’s borders.