• Growing to help build South Africa [AAD16D2]

    South Africa-based Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Hangar 4, Stand W7) has announced significant growth in sales and profits. RDM is a strategic equity partnership between state-owned Denel and Germany’s Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH. “Major export contracts have enabled us to realise continued growth in sales to R2.14 billion in 2015,” said CEO Norbert Schulze at AAD this week. “Our order book stood at R4 billion at year-end.”

  • Tethered surveillance [AAD16D2]

    Paramount Advanced Technologies (PAT, Hangar 4, Stand W14) is showing a new tethered drone for the first time at AAD. The system is currently under development. The use of a tether, which provides both a means of powering the drone and relaying sensor imagery, allows the drone to stay airborne indefinitely, in turn providing persistent surveillance and freeing the drone from the restrictions of battery life. It also does not require a flight-qualified operator.

  • Scorpion shows off its sting [AAD16D2]

    The Scorpion Mobile Mortar System (MMS) has been developed by Thales South Africa to provide rapid reaction and special forces units with their own integrated indirect fire support capability.

  • Terrorist response [AAD16D2]

    Paramount Advanced Technologies (PAT) is demonstrating a simulated joint command post that has been developed to provide a base from which commanders can effectively respond to a crisis and asymmetric threats such as a terrorist attack.

  • Improving maritime skills [AAD16D2]

    South African simulation and training specialist TMI Dynamatics (Hangar 4, Stand E11) is developing a technology demonstrator of a full-mission bridge simulator to train and assess marine pilots. The initiative was taken by the company as part of Operation Phakisa, which was launched by the government in 2014 as a fast-results programme to implement the National Development Plan (NDP). The NDP identified the ocean economy as an important stimulant for growth.

  • Precision strike [AAD16D2]

    Poly Technologies (Hangar 2) of China is now marketing a number of precision-guided weapons that allow targets to be engaged beyond the range of conventional tube artillery systems. These are the CM-501GA and FT-10A multipurpose tactical precision strike weapon systems.

  • Sudan spreads its wings [AAD16D2]

    Appearing for the first time at AAD, the SAFAT Aviation Group (SAG) from Sudan has brought its two aircraft products to the show, as well as a presence (Hangar 3, Stand CE15) that showcases the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), training, logistics support and R&D activities. Exemplifying the latter is a new precision glide bomb.

  • Communication empowerment [AAD16D2]

    Founded in 1973, Accutronics (Pty) Ltd (Hangar 6, Stand CE2) has become a key supplier of electronic communications equipment to the South African communications, broadcast and defence industries.

  • Gaining the upper hand [AAD16D2]

    The Herstal Group, under the brands FN Herstal (Hangar 3, Stand CE23), Browning and Winchester Firearms, designs, manufactures and distributes a full range of firearms and associated products for defence, law enforcement, hunting and shooting.

  • Long march fast [AAD16D2]

    China Aerospace Long-March International is marketing two versions of its LY-80 medium-range air defence missile system, and scale models of both of these are being shown at AAD. The land-based LY-80 would typically consist of a command post vehicle and a vehicle fitted with long-range phased array search radar. This would control three fire units, with each of these having one guidance vehicle and two to four launchers with six missiles each.

  • A South African giant [AAD16D2]

    South Africa’s privately owned Reutech Group, part of Reunert Ltd, has a diversified portfolio of businesses specialising in electronics and defence, supplying local and export customers with advanced OEM products and services in the land, sea and air defence domains, as well as in the industrial and mining sectors. The group is exhibiting in Hangar 4, Stand E4, and also occupies an outside stand where various products are on display.

  • Reliable protection [AAD16D2]

    Integrated Convoy Protection (ICP, Hangar 7, Stand W15) has unveiled its latest REVA (Reliable Effective Versatile Affordable) Protection vehicle. The first one was completed just before the show opened.

  • ATM for Africa [AAD16D2]

    The Minister of Defence, the Hon Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa- Nqakula, in her media briefing at AAD spoke about “Unleashing Africa’s Defence and Aerospace Potential”. South Africa’s Tellumat Air Traffic Management (Hangar 4, Stand CE14) has indicated that there is plenty of room for up-and-coming technology suppliers to differentiate themselves in the emerging African aviation market.

  • Power generation [AAD16D2]

    Barloworld Power (Hangar 4, Stand CW3) has been the Caterpillar dealer since 1927 for southern Africa. The company supplies diesel and gas generators, industrial, marine and diesel engines, as well as allied Cat components and pumps.

  • Simulating reality [AAD16D2]

    Training in a simulated environment is not only more practical but also cost-effective and safer, provided the systems mimic reality as closely as possible. Cybicom Atlas Defence (Hangar 5, Stand CW18) offers a range of surface and subsurface naval combat training packages.

  • Seek and ye shall find [AAD16D2]

    Eye-catching in the AAD display is the Seeker Aircraft SBL-360A Seeker, a high-wing light observation aircraft. Its unusual layout, with a large glazed cabin and high-mounted pusher engine, makes it an ideal platform for a range of observation missions, such as border surveillance, security operations and anti-poaching patrols.

  • Building partnerships to protect [AAD16D2]

    UK technology company QinetiQ is at AAD as part of the UKTI stand to explore opportunities in Africa where it can partner with governments and local industries, bringing its technological expertise to bear with analysis and advice, as well as the provision of advanced hardware. One sector that is of particular interest is border security.

  • Bloodhound seeks land speed record [AAD16D2]

    The fastest car ever built and some of the largest airlifters yet seen in the African skies are among the main attractions at this year’s AAD. Apart from the spectacular aerobatics of the SA Air Force’s Silver Falcons and regular flypasts of fighter planes, helicopters and executive jets, one of the top attention-grabbers is a full-scale replica of the Bloodhound supersonic car, which has been designed to break the 1,000mph speed barrier for the first time ever.

  • Opportunities abound for emerging enterprises [AAD16D2]

    Emerging enterprises in the defence and technology sectors will have ample opportunities to showcase their capabilities at Africa’s largest defence show – AAD 2016. The Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2016 is attracting global industry leaders such as Airbus, Thales, Saab and BAE Systems, but there is also ample space for local companies to showcase their capabilities to decision-makers.

  • Mbombe 8: fighting fit and ready [AAD16D1]

    Being shown for the first time at Africa Aerospace & Defence is the latest Paramount Mbombe 8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Its very first outing in the IFV configuration was at the Kazakhstan Expo in June this year under the local name of Barys 8.