• Hercules avionics upgrade [AAD18D3]

    Paramount Advanced Technologies (Hangar 4, Stand W14) has unveiled an Integrated Avionics Suite (IAS) upgrade for the Lockheed Martin C-130.

  • Waterkloof welcomes the world [AAD18D3]

    This year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence show is a year for anniversaries. The AAD show itself celebrates 20 years, while the hosting venue, Waterkloof Air Force Base, is 80 years old. Armscor is also commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2018.

  • Women in defence [AAD18D3]

    Launching the South African Women in Defence (SAWiD) association here at AAD this week, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula called for greater involvement of women in the defence sector.

  • Rugged boats and protected vehicles [AAD18D3]

    South African defence logistics and services company Twiga has brought its 850 MPB military patrol boat to AAD, showcasing the rugged vessel alongside its Nyoka 4x4 protected vehicle. Four of the vessels have recently been delivered to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) after being built in Cape Town. Uganda is also an operator of the Nyoka, having initially driven the vehicle’s requirement.

  • Encouraging females into aerospace [AAD18D3]

    AAD 2018 host partner, the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA), hosted Women in Aviation in its chalets yesterday. Speaking at the event, CAASA president, Tracey Eloff, reiterated the association’s support for Women in Aviation.

  • Husky sniffs [AAD18D3]

    With its worldwide reputation for successful detection and identification of explosives, the South African-developed Husky vehicle from DCD Protected Mobility is being shown at AAD as part of the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III display in the static aircraft park.

  • Protecting forces from aerial aerial threats [AAD18D3]

    Denel Dynamics is developing a missile system that can provide close area protection against a range of threats, such as rockets, artillery, mortars (RAM), UAVs, helicopters and small aircraft. Known as the Cheetah, the missile is also intended to form part of a force protection system in conjunction with the Oerlikon Skyshield gun-based air defence system.

  • Technology collaboration [AAD18D3]

    Earlier this week Paramount Group announced the establishment of Paramount South Africa, a transformed black-owned enterprise with Dr Mathews Phosa as its chairman. The aim is to meet future capability requirements of South Africa’s defence and security forces, while at the same time driving the resurgence of local industry.

  • Poland’s defence industry on show [AAD18D3]

    Poland’s Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ, Polish armaments group) concentrates more than 60 Polish defence enterprises into an entity that can present the country’s capabilities on a global scale, as well as invest in innovations.

  • Precision approach [AAD18D3]

    Given South Africa’s long-standing requirement for the replacement of the air force’s mobile and fixed air defence radars, US-based Harris Corporation (Hangar 3, Stand CE23) this week once again showcased its comprehensive range of capabilities, including radar technologies.

  • Ruby anniversary celebration [AAD18D3]

    South Africa’s Century Avionics celebrated its 40th anniversary with three of its longtime agents, Bose, Garmin and BendixKing.

  • Better survivability [AAD18D3]

    Nexter Mechanics (Hangar 6, Stand CE22) is presenting a number of its wide range of subsystems, which can be integrated into not only some of Nexter Systems wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), but also into an increasing number of export platforms.

  • Mobile and lethal [AAD18D3]

    China Jin AN Import & Export Corporation (Hangar 2, Stand CW17) has brought the Type CS/VP4 Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to AAD, which is understood to be deployed by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and is being marketed for a wide range of military, paramilitary and civilian applications.

  • Adventures of Little Annie [AAD18D3]

    The world’s most famous Antonov An-2, better known as ‘Little Annie’ – the plane with a big heart – is on a mission to spread love and hope to people in need and forms the backdrop for its owners to launch their book, The Adventures of Little Annie.

  • Kopter zooms in from Switzerland [AAD18D3]

    For rotorcraft operators and enthusiasts, South Africa-based Safomar Aviation (Chalets 18 to 19) has interesting news: it is bringing the Swiss-built Kopter SH09 to South Africa, the company announced this week at AAD.

  • Powerful new partnership [AAD18D3]

    Aerosud, the largest privately owned aerospace manufacturing company in South Africa supplying components to the major aircraft OEMs such as Boeing and Airbus, has announced a partnership with DB Schenker, the world’s second-largest logistics service provider.

  • Strategic alliance on Belrex [AAD18D3]

    South Africa’s Paramount Group and Singapore’s ST Engineering Land Systems arm have announced a commitment to joint marketing of the Belrex (4x4) family of wheeled Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

  • For all your offshore needs [AAD18D3]

    Mvano Naval Systems (Hangar 3, Stand W4) offers complete solutions with respect to proven naval equipment and systems for navigation, internal communications, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System communications, naval command and control, radar systems, Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System, EOS, automation, alarm monitoring and control systems, and electrical systems.

  • High-end UAV performance [AAD18D3]

    For more than 30 years, South African company Tellumat (Hangar 4, Stand CE8) has developed and manufactured UAS subsystems.

  • Ara MRAP in production [AAD18D3]

    Proforce (Hangar 6, Stand CW19) of Nigeria has confirmed that it has started production of the latest Ara (4x4) mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle, which is also referred to as the Thunder.