• Keep fit anywhere [AAD16D3]

    The RST Trainer is a revolutionary training device designed to allow training anywhere – in doors, outdoors, at home or while deployed. It is lightweight and compact and can easily be carried around. Its effectiveness in maintaining peak operational fitness has been proven by military personnel.

  • Looking for a Hero? [AAD16D3]

    Leonardo’s helicopter business (formerly AgustaWestland) is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rotary-wing craft, and in recent times has brought its enormous experience in the business to the unmanned sector. At AAD the company is presenting its SD-150 Hero remotely piloted air system, while at the same time reporting growing and serious interest in the use of UAVs for a range of surveillance duties in Africa.

  • Taking the guesswork out of detection [AAD16D3]

    Public gatherings pose a security challenge to services tasked with maintaining law and order and, most importantly, safety. The chaos that can emanate from crowd unrest or protest situations necessitates fast, accurate information. For example, being able to pinpoint exactly if and where a gunshot originated will assist safety forces to respond in a controlled, measured manner.

  • Fire tender [AAD16D3]

    Locally based Marcé (Hangar 6, Stand W10) is the largest firefighting vehicle manufacturer in southern Africa and has delivered vehicles to most parts of the continent, Namibia being a case in point, and around the world.

  • Surveillance for hire [AAD16D3]

    Ultimate Unmanned has unveiled its new offering, the Viper 1000C, but the medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is not for sale. The company has outfitted the high-performance UAV as a platform that can be hired out to customers who require long-persistence surveillance with advanced sensors.

  • Serious firepower [AAD16D3]

    With its proud history going back almost 500 years, to 1526, it is hardly surprising that Beretta (Hangar 3, Stand CW4) remains an innovative company. Having supplied its ARX 160 weapon platform in 5.56mm calibre as the Italian Army’s standard assault rifle, Beretta offers a quick conversion to 7.62mm x 39.

  • Accurate approach [AAD16D3]

    Inclement weather or extreme environmental conditions make it hazardous for aircraft on final approach to an airport or military base. USA-based Harris Corporation (Hangar 3, Stand CE17) has a proud record of designing precision approach radar (PAR), going back to 1943 when it provided the first PAR to the US Army Air Corps.

  • All in one place [AAD16D3]

    Established in 1990, TAR Ideal Concepts Ltd (Hangar 5, Stand CE6) has evolved into a leading global defence-contracting company. TAR is client-orientated, striving to build and maintain a close relationship as a prime vendor with all its customers. It focuses on delivering fully customised turnkey solutions, from risk analysis, defence systems and equipment to training, tailored to meet its customers’ most challenging needs.

  • South Africa shows armour capability [AAD16D3]

    One of the highlights of Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016 is the mobility demonstration, during which armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) are put through their paces.

  • SA’s defence industry is among the best in the world [AAD16D3]

    Global interest in the South African defence industry is growing and there is broad agreement that it is among the best in the world and in the forefront of the development of innovative products, says the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa- Nqakula.

  • An aircraft for Africa [AAD16D2]

    Having been unveiled in model form at AAD two years ago, the SARA (Small African Regional Aircraft) project returns to AAD as a full-scale fuselage mock-up. Led by Denel, but involving many other government, academic and industrial stakeholders, the SARA programme is a candidate for a National Aerospace Flagship Programme. Not only does the SARA aim to provide an affordable ‘community’ airliner tailored to African transport requirements of the future, but also to act as a catalyst for the development of the local aerospace industry by creating a new pool of engineers and technicians.

  • Super quick C-RAM missile [AAD16D2]

    Military forces and civilians often fall victim to unconventional attacks perpetrated by militias and terrorist groups. Denel and associate company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) collaborated on developing an offensive missile to be deployed against RAM projectiles – rockets, artillery and mortars.

  • SAAF shows off its airpower [AAD16D2]

    On Tuesday, the day before AAD opened, the South African Air Force held its annual Airpower Capability Demonstration (ACD) at the Roodewal Weapons Range near Makhado. The demonstration involved most types of the SAAF and included live weapons firing, such as Rooivalks firing rockets and both Hawks and Gripens releasing Mk 81 250 lb bombs.

  • Teaming for air defence [AAD16D2]

    Saab and Denel are exhibiting an air defence solution at this year’s AAD after a period of trials. Saab’s Giraffe AMB radar is partnered with Denel’s Umkhonto vertical-launch surface-to-air missile. The Giraffe radar was deployed to South Africa around six months ago, and has completed a number of successful firings with the Umkhonto system.

  • A national science agency [AAD16D2]

    The focus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, Hangar 4, Stand W16) is on critical strategic defence domains and projects that offer opportunities for the establishment of technology-based enterprises and industry partnerships, writes Don Henning. Technology transfer is one of the CSIR’s mechanisms to create joint centres and new enterprises.

  • Saving lives on the move [AAD16D2]

    A live demonstration to South African Army officials ahead of AAD 2016 highlighted the vehicle-mounted mine-clearance capabilities of DCD Protected Mobility and its global partners (Hangar 7, Stands CW19 and ON2).

  • Final T-X contender unveiled [AAD16D2]

    Yesterday Boeing and Saab unveiled their contender for the US Air Force’s T-X advanced trainer competition. The twintailed aircraft, powered by a single General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan, joins three other contenders for the competition.

  • Superjet has landed [AAD16D2]

    The Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional passenger jet (pictured) has made its African debut at AAD as part of a demonstration tour of the continent. JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) is targeting Africa as part of its sales campaign for this 100- seat regional passenger jet. Seen on display in the static park is the Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) with a bespoke 19-seat corporate interior.

  • Ready to rescue [AAD16D2]

    Atlantis Aviation is leading a consortium to offer the Dornier Do 328 TP to provide an interim solution to South Africa’s outstanding requirements for maritime surveillance and search and rescue cover. To highlight the proposal, AeroRescue has brought one of its five Do 328s to AAD from Australia to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities as a multi-mission maritime platform and its suitability for South Africa’s needs.

  • Unmanned and unmatched [AAD16D2]

    Austrian specialist in the production of unmanned systems, mine detection systems and composite technology, Schiebel (Hangar 5, Stand CW6) arrived at AAD fresh from celebrating the tenth anniversary of its award-winning Camcopter S-100 unmanned helicopter. Since the first delivery to the UAE Armed forces in 2006, the Camcopter has undergone continuous improvement in order to meet the ever-growing demand for new capabilities from its worldwide customers, in line with the company’s philosophy of progressive performance enhancement.