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21 September
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.
Of the 78 companies that are members of AMD, the industry association, only six are female-owned, with only two of those exhibiting at AAD
2018. This is despite AMD having been established for 25 years.
“This means that if we go by the current trends, it may take us another 25 years to get to at least 10 companies,” the minister said.
While the defence sector has
Women in defence traditionally been male dominated, it does not mean it should remain so, according to the minister.
“Without making it a mirror of the
SANDF, we unavoidably have to urge the sector to up their game and become transformative in so far as women ownership and representation is concerned,” she said.
Mapisa-Nqakula called for the partnership between the Department of
Defence and AMD to be fostered further.
“It is fitting that we are establishing an association of women in the defence industry at this edition of
AAD 2018. Hopefully when we stage the next AAD exhibition in 2020, we will have at the very least double the number of women-owned companies,” she said.
The defence minister also urged women in uniform who are nearing retirement or are already military veterans, to consider business opportunities in the defence sector of which they have experience. While acknowledging that being in business was not easy, because it requires a great deal of courage and resilience, there was no reason not to venture into business.
“We need more companies to emerge and to enable the growth of the existing ones,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.
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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.
The 2018 edition of AAD maintains the tradition of being the region’s premier defence security, and aviation event. It is an ideal forum and marketplace, not only showcasing the latest developments in the technological capabilities and services that South Africa has to offer to a global audience, but also providing an environment in which companies from other nations can promote their products to the South
African and regional markets.
A number of new products have been unveiled, notably from South African companies.
Milkor is presenting a new family of UAVs, a new 4x4 and the distinctive MN Centurion vessel.
OTT Technologies has unveiled its Puma logistics vehicle, while the Mbombe 8 from Paramount is making its first appearance.
SVI has revealed a vehicle with a
Thales South Africa mortar. Denel is showing its Cheetah C-RAM missile for the first time, as well as the
T5-52 self-propelled gun and the
RG41 vehicle with a Badger turret.
Debutants from outside
South Africa include a welcome appearance by the Proforce vehicles from Nigeria, while Jadara is showing its Terminator missile for the first time outside Jordan.
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Waterkloof welcomes the world has launched the marketing of its soon-to-fly Il-112V light tactical airlifter at AAD.
AAD also provides a perfect venue to catch up with progress being made on important defence programmes such as the AHRLAC/
Mwari, of which both development aircraft have been flying daily at the show. Importantly, AAD is also a place in which international partnerships can be forged and grown. As an example, this week
ST Engineering announced a deal with Paramount under which the
Singaporean company is building
Marauder vehicles.

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.
Cheetah itself is currently at technology readiness level 4, with development expected to run for two or three more years, with the focus on the seeker. Meanwhile, some elements and technologies of the design are being trialled in the Mongoose-3 missile. Denel
Dynamics has undertaken three flights – all successful – with the
Mongoose-3 at the Alkantpan test range in the Northern Cape.
Now the development effort is shifting towards the Cheetah itself, although the Mongoose-3 could form the basis of a short-range counter-RAM (C-RAM) system in future. The trials missile has an ejector motor arrangement to lift it from the launch canister before the main motor fires, but the Cheetah may employ a pneumatic ejecting system. The vertically launched missile also has tip-over and
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.
Twiga designed the 850 MPB to perform patrols on rivers, lakes and in coastal waters. The rugged hull is made from high-density polyethylene that makes the boats “virtually indestructible”, according to the company. The hull offers considerable ballistic protection against small arms.
The vessel is operated by two crew, comprising the skipper and a marine electronics operator. Two touchscreen displays are provided, as is an onboard wi-fi system.
In typical configuration, the vessel has three gunner stations and carries a boarding party of four. The internal arrangement can be rearranged to meet mission requirements. Two 200hp Yamaha outboard engines give the 850 MPB a speed of more than 35kts. Fuel capacity is 300 litres. With a full load the vessel draws only 0.5m of water, making it suitable for riverine operations.
Rugged boats and protected vehicles
Twiga supplied the vessels to the UPDF via its Uganda-based sister company Impala Services and Logistics. The two have been partners since 2011 when Twiga designed the Mamba-based Nyoka to meet a Ugandan requirement.
Impala built the vehicles in Uganda from armour produced in South
Africa, where the original Mamba drivelines were refurbished.
Although production of the Nyoka has been ongoing in Uganda since
2013, the facility at Magamaga was officially opened by Ugandan
President Yoweri Museveni last month.
The Nyoka offers excellent performance both on and off road, suiting it to security and policing operations in urban and rural settings. The vehicle has NATO
Level 1 ballistic protection, and can withstand a single anti-tank mine blast underneath. It can mount three guns up to 20mm calibre on the roof, while a pick-up style version can be used as a weapons mount for 82mm mortars and
107mm rocket launchers.
Twiga supplies defence systems and provides a range of services, including the remanufacture of
South African armoured vehicles and spares supply. As well as its partnership with Impala, Twiga has had a subsidiary operating in
Namibia since 2016.
Hercules avionics upgrade
Paramount Advanced Technologies (Hangar 4, Stand W14) has unveiled an Integrated Avionics Suite (IAS) upgrade for the Lockheed Martin
The Integrated Avionics Suite has been developed to enhance cockpit capabilities and facilitate navigation, especially in the modern air traffic environment and during tactical operations. It assists operations in remote areas without ground-based navigation aids, and features heightened area navigation (RNAV) and GPS-SBAS capabilities.
The system also includes integrated ‘glass’ cockpit displays and offers enhanced landing guidance for tactical operations, while generating automatic search patterns for rescue work.
Paramount Advanced Technologies would install the upgrade, perform qualification flight tests and provide training. counter-thrusters to position it in roughly the direction of the threat before it accelerates to Mach 3.
Cheetah is intended to be launched from transportable batteries that can hold up to 60 ready-to-fire missiles, providing capability against saturation attacks. The interceptors are cued by a ground radar, and employ their own active radar for terminal
Protect from a
Mongoose-3 trials and development missile
A model shows how a
Cheetah Skyshield air defence/C-RAM system could look

is sized so that four can fit into an
Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile canister. Denel Dynamics is responsible for Cheetah’s overall design and guidance systems, while Rheinmetall Denel Munitions provides the warhead and rocket motors.
Denel and Rheinmetall are jointly proposing Cheetah as part of an enhanced Oerlikon Skyshield short-range air defence system from Rheinmetall Air Defence. The
Swiss company’s system comprises a sensor unit (radar) and two
Oerlikon Twin Gun MkVII 35-mm cannons. Cheetah would integrate seamlessly into this system, the fire control system selecting which of the two weapons to employ. When engaged in the C-RAM role, the system gives warning of attacks, predicts the point of impact if the threat is not neutralised, and locates the point of launch for counter-fire or other response. janes.com/aad
guidance. Up to four batteries can be controlled by a single system, each battery providing an effective defence over a 2.5km by 2.5km area. Maximum engagement range is 10km.
While Cheetah is initially intended to provide protection for bases and vital assets, it can also be used at sea to provide vessels with short-range defence. The interceptor ting forces erial threats
Cheetah interceptor
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.
The US Embassy in Pretoria, which assisted with the participation of that country’s air assets, deemed it appropriate to show some South African vehicles inside the huge transport aircraft as an example of interoperability. One of these was the Husky 2G, of which more than 1,400 are operational around the world in service of numerous countries, including the US. Testimony to its success in mine-detection missions is that the
Husky has detonated more than
7,000 mines of all types without any operator fatalities.
Significantly, during the opening address of AAD 2018, President
Cyril Ramaphosa pertinently mentioned the Husky in relation to South Africa’s defence industry achievements and contribution:
“The industry is a steady earner of foreign exchange by delivering to the world leading products such as the Husky vehicle for detecting improvised explosive devices,” he said.
Husky sniffs

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.
Women in Aviation is a non-profit organisation supported by various companies including CAASA. It has successfully developed the Girls Fly
Programme in Africa Foundation
(GFPA) into the ideal platform for positively influencing the youth of
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Tracey Eloff, president of CAASA on left, and Refilwe Ledwaba, founder of
Women in Aviation
Encouraging females into aerospace interested in the aerospace industry.
“We encourage eligible female students between the ages of 14 and 18 years with notable academic standings and community service hours to join us in the programmes we host,” said Refilwe Ledwaba, founder of
Women in Aviation.
Most recently, the GFPA Class of 2018 included 100 female learners; 20 from Botswana were hosted at a four-day aerospace and STEM camp. The camp was a major success and introduced all the learners to the aviation industry.
GFPA has also launched its job shadowing programmes.
South Africa’s Century Avionics celebrated its 40th anniversary with three of its longtime agents,
Bose, Garmin and BendixKing.
Marking the auspicious occasion,
Bose, a partner for the past 17 years; Garmin, partner for the past
21 years; and BendixKing since its inception, all presented the three owners, Carin van Zyl, Marc
Robinson and Morné Cilliers, with plaques.
Since its inception in 1978, what was then Bendix Repairs has grown from strength to strength to become one of Africa’s leading avionics experts, from sales to installations.
Century Avionics has ambitious goals this year, from continuing to expand its business and enhancing operator avionics training, to supporting the conservation of endangered wildlife. The service centre specialises in general aviation avionics for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. Celebrating 40 years in business, Century Avionics is the largest and oldest privately owned avionics facility.
The company boasts a host of dealerships of avionics manufacturers (Garmin, BendixKing,
Honeywell, Bose, Avidyne, McMurdo
Ruby anniversary celebration
ELT, Genesys Aerosystems and many others) and aims to constantly expand its horizons to offer its customers the widest range of products and capabilities.
Century Avionics endeavours to be a one-stop avionic facility to the general aviation community and to provide professional service to all under one roof. Long-standing customers attest to its professional commitment, fast and friendly service.
Its AMO and design organisation is SACAA approved for South
Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, which makes the approval of avionics installations hassle-free. The company has recently been audited by the
Kenyan CAA.
Along with its qualified and experienced certification department, the design organisation is able to develop and assist with avionics STC application/development and/or modification approvals with ease.
From left: Century Avionics founders Morné Cilliers, Carin van Zyl and
Marc Robinson
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.
Paramount SA’s first task was to announce a partnership with the Council for Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR), South
Africa’s primary R&D organisation.
The two intend to collaborate on certain technologies, including industrialisation. The partnership will see CSIR’s latest technology developments come into the
Paramount SA portfolio, with the company bringing its extensive industrialisation and production competency to the partnership.
“We have established
Paramount South Africa with the clear objective of embarking on an investment drive and technology transfer that will recharge South
Africa’s defence industry,” said
Technology collaboration

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.
In a briefing facilitated by Andy
Dunn, VP international business development for electronic systems and EW, Harris Corporation briefly outlined its solutions in areas ranging from communication systems, electronic systems and space and intelligence systems.
Within these domains, Harris has become a proven leader in tactical communications, EW, avionics, air traffic management, space and intelligence, and weather solutions.
As Dunn elaborated, whenever viewers watch the weather forecast on television, the graphics of shifting patterns derive from Harris.
Similarly, a search on Google
Earth provides a computer image developed from Harris space technologies.
Since 1941 when Harris provided innovative radar systems to the US Air Force, the company has led the world in the development and manufacture of radars and warning systems.
Its advanced radar technologies support a multitude of military and domestic operation missions in law enforcement, homeland security, search and rescue, disaster relief and environmental science.
According to Dunn, Harris has demonstrated its high-performance precision approach radar (PAR) system to the South African military to help in upgrading its precision approach and military air janes.com/aad
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.
The group is showcasing some elements here at AAD (Hangar 6,
Stand CW18).
Receiving a lot of interest from exhibition attendees is the selection of small arms being displayed by Zaklady Mechaniczne
Tarnow (ZMT), which has been in business since 1917. The company is showing some of its infantry weapons, ranging from pistols to
traffic management capabilities.
What makes the Harris offering attractive is not only dependable performance and affordability, but also the mobility of the system.
The compact all-weather system is air transportable and rapidly deployable, as was amply demonstrated in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. This feature has particular relevance in Africa, and especially South
Africa, for its deployments on peace support missions.
Dunn believes the sophisticated
Harris air traffic management radars provide the best solution in mobile capability to effectively manage military airspace operations.
Harris is expecting an announcement soon to give effect to this South African requirement that forms part of Project Chutney.
Poland’s defence industry on show the mighty WKW-50 heavy-calibre
(12.7mm) sniper rifle. The WLKM
12.7 multi-barrelled rotary machine gun is also on show. ZMT also makes heavier weapons for air defence and other duties, including the ZSU-23-4MP Biala, an improved version of the well-known Soviet
ZSU-23-4 ‘Shilka’.
Another PGZ company promoting its services at AAD this week is Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze
No. 1 (WZL-1, 1st military aviation works). This former Polish air force maintenance and logistics centre offers machining services with both computer numerically controlled (CNC) and traditional tools.
WZL-1 also specialises in the support of Mil Mi-8/17 ‘Hip’ and
Mi-24 ‘Hind’ helicopters, as well as the TS-11 Iskra jet trainer. That work extends to the engines installed in the aircraft.
With its long experience of working with these types, WZL-1 is able to offer a range of upgrades as well as overhaul services.
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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.
The Type CS/VP4 ATV features skid steering and a maximum speed of 60km/h; an operating range of 400km is being claimed.
It can climb a vertical obstacle of 300mm, traverse a trench of up to 1m width, and has good approach and departure angles of 45°. It can be fitted with a wide range of weapons including rocket launchers and anti-tank missiles.
The example being shown at
AAD is fitted with a 7.62mm CS/
LM12 Gatling-type machine gun, with a traverse of 180° left and right and with elevation from -45 to
+60°. It has 1,000 rounds of 7.62 x
51mm NATO ready-use ammunition with a muzzle velocity of 845m/s.
The operator can select either a low rate of fire of 2,500 rounds per minute, or a high rate of fire of 6,000rds/min, with a stated effective range of up to 1,000m.
The weapon would normally be used in the ground-to-ground role but also has a capability against low and slow-flying unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters.
Powerful new partnership
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.
The partnership will ensure an efficient, reliable and cost-effective solution to both inbound and outbound logistics for Aerosud. “Logistics can spell the difference between success and failure in business,” said
Aerosud Aviation managing director Johan Steyn.
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.
This new MRAP family comprises
10 variants and is based on the
Paramount Marauder (4x4) MRAP, which has already been built in significant numbers for the export market.
The 10 Belrex variants leverage
ST Engineering experience in the design, development and production of armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) mobility platforms as the Belrex Protected Combat
Support Vehicle (PCSV), which was officially commissioned into the
Singapore Army in November 2016.
Mobile and lethal
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.
Its Syegon central tyre inflation system (CTIS), for example, is installed on the Paramount
Mbombe 8 (pictured). In addition to being fitted on to new-build wheeled platforms, Syegon can be integrated into older wheeled platforms to enhance their cross- country mobility while operating over difficult terrain. The CTIS can be operated from a 12V or
24V power supply and is suitable for armoured and unarmoured vehicles with up to 10 wheels.
Depending on the application, the tyre pressure is from 0.8-10 bar, and the driver is provided with a warning of a puncture.
There is compensation for small leakages and an option for real- time tyre pressure and temperature measurement. The company says it features a long lifetime rotating seal mounted outside the hub/axle.
To enhance the survivability of platforms, Nexter Mechanics has developed the PG-Guard, which is a metal net type system that has already been installed on
AMX-10RC (6x6) armoured cars and the Aravis (4x4) armoured personnel carrier. The kit comprises a set of grids and supports, which have a weight of 11kg per square metre and which are claimed to have a high level of environmental resistance when operating in undergrowth, for example. Panels swivel together with doors in the vehicle to provide rapid entry and exit for the crew.
According to Nexter Mechanics, the PG-Guard has been designed to neutralise incoming rockets such as the widely deployed Russian PG-7 V,
VL and VM types, with effectiveness being between 50 and 65 per cent.
Trials have shown that multi-impact effectiveness is between two and four firings per square metre.
Better survivability

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The Belrex PCSV base platform comes in three basic protected crew compartment sizes for four, eight or ten soldiers.
In addition to being fitted with a roof-mounted remote weapon station armed with a machine gun and smoke grenade launchers, it has provision for the installation of a suite of C
systems to enable co-operative engagement with other platforms as part of a networked enabled force.
The Belrex vehicles deployed by Singapore are stated to provide motorised infantry combat support and combat support forces with improved firepower, protection and situational awareness to further enhance their survivability. The
10 variants currently deployed by Singapore comprise security, engineer, reconnaissance, logistics, fuel, medical, mortar, signal, maintenance and mortar ammunition carrier.
Tung Yui Fai, president of Defence Business at ST
Engineering Land Systems, said:
“We are pleased to be able to develop and produce 10 variants.
We believe the Belrex Protected
Vehicle, with its variants, will be a key asset to armed forces and paramilitary, offering protected mobility transport for combat and non-combat operational requirements.”
Ivor Ichikowitz, group chairman of the Paramount Group, added:
“Singapore is one of the most sophisticated defence procurement markets. It is through strategic alliances like this that the defence industry can design innovative and futureproof technologies for which there is a worldwide demand in an area of unprecedented asymmetrical threats and alliances.”
ST Engineering and Paramount plan to show the Belrex protected vehicles at key international defence exhibitions.

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.
Safomar said the Kopter
SH09 was designed for multiple missions, including military and law enforcement operations, medical and rescue, passenger transport and utility.
With a cruise speed of 260km/h
(140kts), it is one of the fastest helicopters in its category (2.5-ton class), boasting outstanding hot- and-high performance and a low noise signature, both inside and out, thanks to the newly developed dynamic assembly and shrouded tail-rotor. Its airframe is entirely composed of carbon composite materials.
According to Safomar Aviation, the SH09 provides high levels of comfort, combined with low operating costs and the highest in safety standards. It has a long range in excess of 800km (430 nautical miles) with standard fuel tanks.
The modularity of the cabin makes the most of the flat floor and high ceiling concept. With a it has 10 facilities. The company serves commercial, military, corporate and general aviation customers with a full spectrum of aviation-related solutions across multiple platforms, including UAVs, through its subsidiaries.
Its Mega Aero Training Academy trains students from all over the
African continent, including cabin and flight crew training conducted on a static fully equipped Boeing
737 aircraft. janes.com/aad
Kopter zooms in from Switzerland capacity of up to seven passengers carrying up to 10 suitcases, it offers multiple seating arrangements with between five and eight individual crashworthy seats. Rear access loading is through the clamshell doors for cargo and medical stretchers.
The Safomar Group was established in 1987 to offer aviation and industrial products and services in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa, where
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.
This is made possible through the company’s alliances with premium manufacturers and service providers, such as Raytheon
Anschütz, iXblue, Zenitel (Vingtor-
Stentofon), Cobham Sailor, Praxis
Automation Technology, KVH,
Terma, Teledyne Marine and RTsys.
These companies all have proven
For all your offshore needs track records with regard to naval equipment and systems already in service with navies around the world. Mvano Naval Systems’ services include local integration, installation and commissioning, as well as training, after-sales support and logistics support.
Mvano Naval Systems is a joint venture company that is owned
51 per cent by Mvano Marine and
49 per cent by Dynamic Marine
Systems. Mvano Marine is a proudly 100 per cent black-owned company (BBBEE Level 1) that supports, services and maintains all marine technology. It promotes preventative maintenance programmes within its service agreements, offering customers greater reliability and efficiency.
Dynamic Marine Systems is a specialist sales, rental and support company serving the maritime market around Africa. Its team of qualified service engineers can supply expert support to offshore vessels anywhere in the world.
Its speciality is dynamic positioning (DP) and automation, but it also covers navigation, communication, electrical/
power management, automation, engineering and other onboard systems. All Dynamic Marine
Systems engineers are qualified to perform all mandatory and industry-required DP surveys and audits, such as annual trials, failure mode and effects analysis verification, assurance audits, GAP analysis, DP operations manuals,
DP incident investigations, well as
Oil Companies International Marine
Forum-accredited Offshore Vessel
Inspection Database inspections.
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
The book is based on the real adventures and travels of the
Antonov An-2 as it criss-crosses the skies around southern Africa. The vision is to change people’s lives positively by applying the age-old principle of “treating others as you would want them to treat you”.
The Hill family, who own and operate Little Annie, fly around southern Africa and give underprivileged children the opportunity to experience the thrill of flying. Little Annie was donated out of love and flown all the way from Siberia, Russia, to join the
Hills’ Just Love mission.
Little Annie kindles hope in the hopeless and inspires belief that the impossible can be achieved, in line with one’s talents. Hearing
Little Annie’s story and being afforded the opportunity to fly with her, it is hoped that a positive attitude will be nurtured and that love, joy and peace can be attained, benefiting all.
The book can be purchased for
ZAR50 a copy at the static display
– just look for the world’s biggest single-engine biplane on display in the static area.
Adventures of Little Annie

range C-band video and datalink system, a commercial off-the-shelf
UHF back-up datalink, and a power management unit.
Astus can accommodate various types of payloads up to 10kg, including a best-in-class optical/
thermal payload in the standard configuration of 250mm maximum diameter, and a Tellumat-designed training payload. The company provides all the necessary support equipment, operational spares and base spares to allow for extended operations without external support.
“With UAS demand taking off worldwide, Astus provides high-end
UAV performance in a medium- sized, cost-effective package,”
Malan said. package that is robust, durable, easily transported, quick to deploy and easy to operate. The
5.2m wingspan Astus has a minimum crew requirement of four, comprising a pilot, payload operator, safety pilot and an aircraft technician.
With a 92kg maximum take-off weight, including the payload, it operates at 9,000ft, with a service ceiling of 14,000ft. It has an eight-hour endurance at 5,000ft above sea level. The core avionics package is the Tellumat-designed flight mission computer, sensor pack, health control unit, long- surveillance data collection. Other applications include missions such as border and coastal security, environmental protection and peacekeeping. It can also be used in the training of UAS pilots for beyond line- of-sight operations of larger UAVs.
The system integrates an aircraft, ground control system and camera payload capability, in a high-performance surveillance
For more than 30 years, South
African company Tellumat (Hangar
4, Stand CE8) has developed and manufactured UAS subsystems.
This week at AAD, the company is launching its first-ever full-scale
UAS system,
“The introduction to the market of Astus further entrenches South
Africa’s position in the global
UAS/UAV industry,” said Willie
Malan, senior product manager at
Astus is a medium-size, medium-range tactical surveillance
UAV system, suitable for lengthy missions to undertake real-time janes.com/aad
High-end UAV performance

Denel Vehicle Systems (Hangar 3,
Stand W25) has enhanced the firepower of its private venture
RG41 (8x8) Wheeled Armoured
Combat Vehicle (WACV) with the installation of a Denel Land
Systems (DLS) two-person turret.
This modular turret was originally developed for the Badger
(8x8) infantry fighting vehicle that is the replacement for the Ratel (6x6)
IFV currently deployed by the South
African Army.
The turret is armed with a DLS
GI-30 30mm dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun
(MG). Turret traverse and weapon elevation is all-electric with manual back-up controls, and an automatic target tracker is fitted as standard.
A typical RG41 crew, when fitted with a two-person turret, would comprise driver, commander, gunner and seven dismounts seated in the rear. The vehicle’s gross vehicle weight is being quoted as 28,000kg, of which the payload of 9,800kg is made up of the weapon fit, ammunition, crew and fuel.
The baseline RG41 ballistic
Enhanced firepower for two protection is to STANAG 4569
Level 2, but upgradable to Level
4 or 5, while mine protection is to
STANAG 4569 Level 4A/3B but upgradable to level 4B.
The RG41 has been tested in the janes.com/aad
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.
Middle East fitted with the Denel
Vehicle Systems Tactical Remote
Turret 30 (TRT-30) armed with a
Russian 2A42 dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm co-axial MG. It has also been shown fitted with the Denel
Missile Stabilised Turret (MST) with four Denel Dynamics Ingwe laser- guided anti-tank missiles in the ready-to-launch position, which are aimed by the gunner located under armour in the hull.
The company further confirmed that the Ara is based on a Tatra
(4x4) chassis fitted with an all- welded steel armour body, which can be upgraded with additional armour for ballistic protection. It is expected that future production
Aras would use an all-welded monocoque hull.
For a higher level of protection against rocket-propelled grenades, the Ara could be fitted with bar/
slat armour or a net-type system to neutralise the fuze of the high- explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.
Ara is powered by a Cummins
ISLe 375 turbocharged inline diesel, which develops 370hp at
2,100rpm, coupled to an Allison automatic transmission. A central tyre pressure system is fitted as standard.
A high level of cross-country mobility is claimed due to the installation of a fully independent suspension system, and the gross vehicle weight is currently being quoted as 19 tonnes.
Bullet/splinterproof windows provide for situational awareness through a full 360° and the ones in the rear troop compartment are provided with wire mesh protection with a circular firing port underneath to allow the occupants to fire their weapons with some degree of safety.
Proforce has already completed a number of more compact armoured personnel carriers for the internal security role and these are typically based on the Toyota
Land Cruiser 79 series (4x4) chassis. These vehicles typically have protection against attack from
7.62 x 51mm small arms fire, with the floor and fuel tanks also being armoured.
Ara MRAP in production

Leading sensor solutions house
Hensoldt announced this week at
AAD the merging of its two South
African daughter companies
GEW Technologies and Hensoldt
Optronics under the Hensoldt brand
(Hangar 3, Stand CE19).
“Uniting GEW and Optronics under the Hensoldt brand is an important strategic step towards future growth of our South African business,” said chief executive
Thomas Müller.
“We will leverage the power of the Hensoldt brand and open new market opportunities, thus reinforcing our commitment to South
Africa and to our local entities.”
Uniting for future growth
Celia Pelaz, executive member of Hensoldt responsible for strategic development in South
Africa, said: “This is only a first step towards our Hensoldt South Africa growth strategy and the creation of a South African sensor solution house. We are committed to further investing in the growth of our South
African footprint and supporting
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s stated investment drive.
“Our experience in the country shows that international investment and co-operation added to local infrastructure, skills and capacity are the perfect mix for business success and local economic growth,” she added.
The 50-year-old GEW janes.com/aad
Hensoldt SA’s spectrum dominance business line, GEW, is showing at AAD for the first time its most advanced high-frequency (HF) direction finder to date. The GEW MRD600 is a high- speed, ultra-wideband direction finder designed for extremely fast and accurate spectrum monitoring and direction finding (DF).
With its 30MHz instantaneous bandwidth, the MRD600 directly samples the entire HF spectrum, resulting in an extremely high DF scan speed of more than 15GHz/s.
This high capture rate leads to a very high probability of detection of even the fastest frequency-agile and low probability of intercept
(LPI) signals. With its large- aperture antenna arrays, excellent dynamic range and sophisticated signal-processing architecture, the MRD600 provides extremely accurate results even in dense signal environments.
The MRD600 can be used for standalone, single-operator spectrum surveillance solutions or as part of an integrated signals intelligence or spectrum monitoring system. When combined with GEW receiver and automatic signal- analysis subsystems, the entire HF frequency band can be buffered and automatically processed for both tactical and strategic collection systems.
Designed for use with static and deployed HF antenna arrays, the
MRD600 is perfectly suited for fixed and semi-mobile, or transportable
COMINT and spectrum monitoring sites. Its rugged construction and innovative cooling methods allow it to function continuously under harsh environmental conditions. Its high performance is complemented by the use of large- aperture interferometric L-array antennas in either 85m or 125m configurations, which allows for sub-1° accuracies and single site location algorithms. For compact deployments, the MRD600 can also be used with a Watson-Watt antenna configuration.
The MRD600 is displayed on Hensoldt SA’s Stand CE19 in
Hangar 3.
Technologies, with approximately
300 employees, is a leading solution provider for EW, spectrum monitoring and security.
Hensoldt Optronics South
Africa, with 300 highly skilled personnel, focuses on the design and supply of specialised optical payloads such as the Argos and
Goshawk airborne targeting and surveillance electro-optical systems and associated multi-spectral sensors, laser rangefinders and hand-held observation systems, as well as periscopes for the new-build and retrofit submarine market.
Hensoldt Optronics has been in business for more than 45 years and has a rich and varied history in electro-optical systems.
Hensoldt is headquartered in
Germany and also operates sites in South Africa and the UK, with a combined workforce of around
The company name traces back to Moritz Carl Hensoldt
(1821-1903), a German pioneer of optics and precision mechanics and founder of Hensoldt AG in
Wetzlar in 1847. The brand name was previously used for a product line of rifle scopes.
Generating annual revenues in excess of EUR1 billion, Hensoldt is now developing new products to counter evolving threats based on disruptive concepts in such fields as big data, robotics and cyber-security.
Countering threats
Fast spectrum monitoring
Joz Armored Vehicles (Hangar 2,
Stand CW19) is a premium vehicle armouring company experienced in the fields of engineering, prototyping and manufacturing of armoured cars, trucks and other armoured commercial vehicles.
JOZ provides a full vehicle armouring solution by taking a holistic approach in the design and engineering process, ensuring all potential weaknesses are eliminated.
For applications such as VIP close protection, armed convoys and patrols, it is suitable to use up-armoured vehicles such as armoured SUVs and armoured cars due to these vehicles’ discreet appearance. It is important to note that even though they are equipped with full armouring and safety features such as run-flat tyres and blast protection, light armoured vehicles such as the armoured
Toyota Land Cruiser are designed to provide a means of evasion from the threat, not head-to-head combat.
JOZ is one of the first armoured vehicle companies in the world to manufacture the fully certified VR7
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Convoy under the new VPAM BRV 2009 standard. In independent tests the JOZ certified VR7 Land Cruiser
Convoy defeated all the ballistic and blast threats in the new guidelines.
JOZ has also developed armoured trucks for cash-in-transit, tactical vehicles and armoured personnel carriers, armoured cargo transport trucks, passenger buses/
vans and ambulances.

Having completed the development and manufacture of a range of software-defined combat net radios
(CNR), South African company
Reutech Communications (Hangar
4, Stand E4) this week showed the new secure radios to the Chief of the South African Army, Lt Gen
Lindile Yam.
This CNR product family offers the user complete COMSEC and
TRANSEC autonomy for secure tactical voice and data network links to ensure information sovereignty. Designed for joint operations between airborne, ground-based and naval forces, the family is based on a common architecture and a common tactical datalink, enabling seamless integration of C4 systems, sensors, weapons and intelligence across the battlespace.
Based in KwaZulu-Natal province, the company was contracted by Armscor to develop the CNR range to modernise the communication needs of the South
African National Defence Force
(SANDF). Reutech Communications received the multiyear production contract to supply various subsystems, which include janes.com/aad
intra-platform communication, short-range communication, medium-range communication, long-range communication and a tactical communication management system.
According to the company, this contract contributed significantly to the economy through the creation of 100 jobs over the past three years, and investment in the industry by procuring from local
The Centurion Aviation Village
(CAV), exhibiting in Hangar 5,
Stand CE15B, is an initiative of the
Department of Trade and Industry that was established as a result of the Aerospace Industry Support
Initiative supply chain development programme.
The high-tech industrial
A village is born park is focused on advanced manufacturing within the aero- mechanical and defence sectors.
This cluster development is aimed at integrating sub-tier suppliers of the local industry into the global supply chain. According to
CAV’s CEO, Lance Schultz, “this is done by bringing aerospace and defence industry suppliers in close proximity to one another to reap benefits that can be derived from lowered logistics costs, as well as economies of scale realised through co-location and shared services”.
The CAV objectives are directed towards SMME, B-BBEE and human resources, as well as industry development. The project comprises several development phases, but the focus in the short and medium term is on the landside and airside development. The
13.6ha landside development will house industry sub-tier suppliers
Modernising communications suppliers, mainly black-owned
SMMEs. Importantly, Reutech offered interest-free loans to black
SMMEs and rent-free operating space, as well as subcontracting system integration work and technology transfer.
The company has also established a computer centre in a local community, which has improved school pupils’ pass marks in mathematics and science. and service providers who do not require runway access and that specifically conduct design and manufacturing operations. The airside development is envisaged to house industry sub-tier suppliers and service providers who do require airport runway access and conduct MRO operations.
The CAV announced the intent to conclude on lease agreements within the following six months with
Aerosud Aviation and African NDT
Centre, which will occupy 107m
and 1,220m
Reutech Communications divisional sales and marketing director for
Africa, Atwell Mhlongo with Chief of the SA Army, Lt General Lindile Yam
For more than 30 years,
South Africa-based Hiconnex
(Hangar 4, Stand E7) has supplied interconnect solutions to the military, aeronautical and space markets. With the expertise to design and develop systems, the company is able to provide custom solutions specifically suited to the customer’s requirements.
Hiconnex is the only specialised connector assembly facility in Africa licensed to assemble Mil-D38999 series III connectors and Mil-C
26482 II connectors.
Headquartered in Centurion, it is able to reduce the delivery time to its South African and regional customers by manufacturing complete connectors in-country. As a Qualified Products List company for the military, aerospace and maritime industry, Hiconnex adds value with the assurance of locally manufactured products compliant with international standards.
Hiconnex is constantly innovating to create more effective products. It recently added fibre- optic assemblies to its range, which the company assembles locally. Its ultramodern fibre laboratory is certified by Glenair and Radiall, and focuses on high- spec industries, such as military, aerospace, medical and mining. Its fibre solutions include planning, manufacturing, testing, repair and rework.
The company prides itself on its long-standing relationship as a supplier to Aerosud, Denel,
BAE Systems and Reutech, among others.

With the first production AHRLAC aircraft entering the final assembly process this week, the AHRLAC company (a joint venture between
Paramount Group and Aerospace
Development Corporation/ADC) has come a long way in its project to develop a light attack/ISR aircraft.
The company has amassed more than 500 hours of flying with its two development aircraft, and has secured orders from at least two customers.
AHRLAC (advanced high- performance reconnaissance light aircraft) is offered in three principal variants. The baseline aircraft is an ITAR-free unarmed version that can be employed for
ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) missions. Mwari is an ITAR-free armed version that is offered by Paramount. In February, the Bronco II ITAR-restricted version was launched with the US-centric market in mind.
Leading the weapons/system integration for this version is
Fulcrum Concepts, which has partnered with Paramount and ADC to form a company called Bronco
Combat Systems USA to market and support the aircraft. Although the US Air Force’s current OA-X programme is now focused on the Super Tucano and Wolverine adapted trainers,
Combat Systems is can carry a wide range of ‘drop- away’ weapons (as opposed to rail-launched), and is on display at
AAD with Denel Dynamics Mokopa missiles.
In the cockpit the crew sits on
Martin-Baker Mk 16 ejection seats.
The front cockpit has two 8x10 multifunction displays for flight information, while the aft cockpit is equipped with a 21in wide-area display for tactical and weapon system data, with a gaming-style hand controller. Although the pilot janes.com/aad
However, the principal systems- carrying location is the multimission pod that is located under the aft cockpit. Measuring 2.1m in length and 0.8m deep, the pod can carry up to 800kg. It is attached at just four points, allowing it to be rapidly changed or reconfigured, and it can carry weapons such as two GAU-
19 machine guns, each with 500 rounds. Already AHRLAC has flown an aircraft simultaneously carrying
18 different sensor systems.
In the Mwari version, the aircraft
AHRLAC adv pursuing at least three separate areas of interest in the US market.
Inspired in part by the North
American OV-10 Bronco, the
AHRLAC was designed by ADC as an aircraft tailored to the light attack/ISR role, rather than being an adaptation of a trainer or agricultural aircraft design. The twin- boom pusher configuration not only provides protection for the propeller during roughfield operations, but also leaves the entire front of the aircraft unimpeded. The radically stepped cockpits provide both pilot (front) and weapons/
reconnaissance systems operator
(rear) with exceptional views, while moving the Pratt & Whitney Canada
PT6A-66 engine behind the cockpit removes any thermal radiation that can affect night-vision goggles.
Furthermore, infrared sensors cannot see through the propeller disc of a traditional trainer-type aircraft, blocking a large sector to the front.
AHRLAC is equipped with 26 hardpoints around its airframe that can be utilised for equipment carriage or installation. Detachable wingtips can be used to house chaff/flare dispensers or satcoms antennas, for instance. Six underwing hardpoints are provided for weapons/stores carriage, and there is a leading-edge attachment point for fitting an optional radar.
The nose can mount a variety of sensors.
Left: Both AHRLACs fly a formation routine at AAD, displaying the aircraft’s forward-swept wings; above: cockpit of the PDM
AHRLAC can safely operate from the roughest of strips

vances would normally occupy the front cockpit, both crew stations have flying controls, which includes a side-mounted stick control column.
Trials fleet
ADC built two prototype/
demonstrator aircraft, the first of which, known as the XDM, made its first flight on 26 July 2014. This aircraft was primarily intended for aerodynamic and aircraft systems trials, but has also been extensively used for mission system tests, flying with a variety of sensors. Indeed, several sensor manufacturers have provided systems to AHRLAC as a means of gaining air time for their own products.
Recently the aircraft was involved in testing operations from extreme rough strips. The AHRLAC has a stalling speed of 62kts that, combined with the reverse-pitch capability of the propeller, allows it to land on very short strips, pulling up in about 350m. The high power of the PT6A engine and a rotation speed of 80kts give a take-off run of approximately 550m.
A second aircraft, known as the PDM, joined the trials effort in July 2017 and is a production- representative machine. Originally a third development aircraft, the
ADM was to have been built to test avionics and mission systems, but it was deemed unnecessary.
AHRLAC completed autopilot trials in May, and recently the two aircraft were used during close air support trials in South Africa and Botswana.
During these trials they acquired the individual Star Wars-inspired names of ‘Shuttle’ (XDM) and
‘Falcon’ (PDM).
Compared with the XDM, the
PDM introduces a number of features, the most obvious of which is a retractable undercarriage and the lack of bulges under the rear of the fuselage pod that were fitted to

janes.com/aad but the company has devised a
C-130-sized deployment pack that comprises one AHRLAC plus a self-contained support kit that includes a crane for reassembling the aircraft.
State-of-the-art factory
Drawing on its experience (through parent company Aerosud) of manufacturing parts for Airbus and Boeing, the AHRLAC company has constructed a modern facility at Wonderboom to build AHRLACs in a paperless, jigless factory. The factory produces all of its own parts, including laid-up composite elements, while the company
(and Aerosud) is a pioneer in the employment of 3D-printed metal parts.
The entire aircraft was designed using CATIA, and accurate component construction permits
the XDM to mimic the aerodynamics of the partly protruding tyres of the retracted landing gear. The PDM has a larger nose cone, and is fitted with the ejection seats in both cockpits and a Cobham onboard oxygen generating system.
Although the PDM is essentially a production-representative aircraft, development continues.
AHRLAC is shortly to receive a bespoke six-bladed propeller from Hartzell that is expected to increase maximum speed by 20kts to about 290kts, while reducing noise signature. The third and fourth production aircraft are being prepared to conduct pressurisation tests, and all subsequent aircraft will be built to provide for pressurisation to be installed as a customer option.
In terms of customers, AHRLAC has secured at least two, who have both opted for the Mwari armed version. The aircraft is aimed at air arms with limited budgets, and also at larger forces looking for an aircraft to efficiently undertake the
ISR and light attack missions that are often performed by costly jet fighters.
AHRLAC has been designed to be operated from remote locations, and can be serviced by just two ground personnel. A C-130 can transport two AHRLACs by air,
The AHRLAC XDM touches down on a rough bush strip
‘Falcon’ and ‘Shuttle’ – the AHRLAC trials fleet – prepare for a mission from the flight test facility, located next to the
Wonderboom factory
‘free-building’ processes to be employed for assembly. This approach – in which components are built up using a simple reference frame and pre-drilled parts that are pinned together prior to riveting – results in a compact factory that can be replicated anywhere, and produces airframes that are well within the manufacturing tolerances achieved using bulkier and costlier jig-based assembly.
The Wonderboom facility is now in full production with two shifts working every day and the first two aircraft in the final assembly hall. The facility has the ability to produce two aircraft a month, but the ease with which it can be replicated allows a duplicate factory to be rapidly established if a higher production rate is required.
The PDM has an enlarged nose cone compared with the XDM

South African company
OTT Technologies (Hangar 5) has completed company trials of its
Puma M36 Mk 6A (6x6) logistic support vehicle. Production can commence as soon as orders are placed.
This new vehicle features a fully enclosed and protected two- person cab, with the lower part being the traditional V-shape for a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). A standard ISO cargo container can be carried on the rear, although another option is a flatbed version with drop sides and drop tailgate. The gross vehicle weight is currently being quoted as
21,500kg, with an unloaded weight of 16,000kg.
The Puma M36 Mk 6A is fitted with the latest Mercedes-Benz
Zetros drive train. The suspension consists of
New logistic support vehicle parabolic leaf springs and shock absorbers. Tyres are 14.00 x R20 and a central tyre inflation system is standard, with run-flat tyres janes.com/aad
as an option. The vehicle can be supplied in either left-hand drive or right-hand drive configuration, with powered steering as standard.
The powerpack is a Mercedes-
Benz OM 926LA diesel developing
322hp, which is coupled to an Allison 3500SP six-speed automatic transmission to give a maximum road speed of 90km/h.
The company has confirmed that it has produced a batch of
Puma M36 Mk 6A (6x6) recovery vehicles for an undisclosed export customer, which uses the proven
Ashok Leyland Stallion drive train.
Trials have also been completed of the Puma M36 Mk 6C (6x6) recovery vehicle that uses the
Mercedes-Benz Zetros drive line and has the same powerpack as the
M36 Mk 6C logistic support vehicle, but has a slightly shorter wheelbase.
The development of recovery and logistics support vehicles in 6x6 configuration is regarded by OTT Technologies as complementary to its range of 4x4 vehicles and allows customers significant through-life savings due to a high level of commonality.
SVI Engineering (Hangar 4, OS2) is showing part of its extensive systems engineering capability by integrating the Thales South Africa
Scorpion mobile mortar system with its latest Max 3 (4x4) protected weapon platform (pictured).
The Scorpion being shown is fitted with a Denel 60mm long- range mortar, but it could also be fitted with an 81mm mortar. The platform includes a computerised fire control system coupled to the day/night observation and navigation system.
Max 3 is based on a Toyota Land
Cruiser 79 (4x4) series chassis with a ballistic protection to level B6 as standard, with upgrade options also available. The gross vehicle weight is currently being quoted as
The company is expecting a contract for the larger Max 9
(4x4), which is a mine-resistant ambushed protected (MRAP) type vehicle. This has a gross vehicle weight of up to 9,500kg, of which
1,500kg is the payload comprising the crew, weapons, ammunition and fuel.
The hull of the Max 9 is of all- welded steel; the lower part is of the traditional V-type for a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
It is powered by a Cummins diesel coupled to an Allison
2501 fully automatic six-speed transmission, which gives a maximum road speed of 110km/h.
For a higher level of cross-country mobility, Axle Tech 3000 series axles are provided coupled to leaf springs and anti-roll bars.
In addition to the Max 3 and
Max 9, the company produces civilian cars such as BMWs with an enhanced discreet protection package.
The company is also capable of Level 5 systems integration on platforms using a wide variety of subsystems such as weapon stations, acoustic detection devices, jammer systems, communications systems and ground penetrating radars.
Max platform fitted with
Scorpion mortar system
Latest OTT Technologies Puma logistic support vehicle with a 6m container being carried to rear of two-person protected cab

PJ Aviation (Hangar 1, Stand E6) first began trading in 1993 and made a name for itself as a leading distributor in Southern Africa for a wide range of products ranging from avionics to composite aircraft.
The company has accumulated a wealth of information and experience in the fields of audio communication devices for noisy environments such as defence, air traffic control, airport apron movements, heavy industry, mining, motor racing and rescue services.
PJ Aviation also produces radio equipment, primarily in the VHF aircraft band, for professional and light aviation and avionics, including flight computers, engine monitoring,
EFIS and flight recorders. In addition, it supplies electronic equipment for the marine sector.
In 2009 PJ Aviation moved its main office away from Gauteng to the centre of the country, where it has a quiet environment and excellent communications. To expedite deliveries, PJ Aviation established a small office and store on the east Rand. The company can now reach any part of the country within one day, by air or road.
PJ Aviation provides technical support for all its products and also supplies services, inspections and repairs under the Aero Club/RAASA
Approved Persons scheme. For those interested in gliding, PJ Aviation is a co-founder of the Adamsfontein
Flying Club, one of South Africa’s best venues for high-performance soaring across the Karoo.
Training for tracking
Training on a passive surveillance system simulator leaves the equipment free for normal operations. This is the solution from Czech company ERA (Hangar 1, Stand CW9), a system developed in conjunction with the University of Defence in Brno.
Consisting of consoles for trainee operators and instructors, a central processing station and a receiving universal military module, the VERA-NG simulator allows trainees to build experience in using the advanced system to “see without being seen”. It significantly decreases the time needed for new users to get familiar with the passive surveillance system through prepared scenarios or data from one receiving station.
Off-line data from another VERA-NG system can also be replayed.
According to the company, the training simulator, while designed not to impact on operational missions, makes use of one receiving station to analyse real signals for advanced training. It does not require deployment of the entire system. In addition to delivering scenarios ranging from navigation flights, dog fights, AWACS monitoring or border crossings, experts can create simulated situations that might be very rare or almost impossible to encounter in the real environment.
VERA-NG is a deployable passive ESM (electronic support measures) tracking technology, using advanced techniques to conduct cross-border long-term and long-range surveillance without alerting neighbouring nations. The covert system is passive, as it emits zero electromagnetic energy, which makes it invisible to anti-radar missile systems. The sensors are placed on masts, lightweight tripods or quadpods, and can be easily transported by general-purpose vehicles due to its ‘roll-on/roll- off’ configuration. VERA-NG is said to be the last line of defence if primary radars are destroyed in a conflict situation.
As the sole supplier of Tactical
Training Simulator (TSS) systems to the South African Army,
ThoroughTec Simulation (Hangar 3,
Stand W25) has vast experience in satisfying the complex training requirements of modern mechanised forces. From MRAPs and infantry combat vehicles to armoured fighting vehicles and main battle tanks, CYBERWAR
TTS systems meet all armoured vehicle crew training requirements, exceeding expectations and saving money.
ThoroughTec’s CYBERWAR range of simulator systems is designed to optimise and enhance the training of modern military forces across a broad spectrum of military operations, reducing costs and improving training efficiency wherever they are deployed.
CYBERWAR military simulators cater for all levels of synthetic training, from ab initio system familiarisation through low-level
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TTS introduces trainee drivers, gunners and commanders to the systems they will be required to operate and fight with. They learn to work together as a crew, and ultimately combine forces with their comrades to conduct integrated multi-vehicle tactical training exercises up to battalion level.
When compared with the costs and logistics required to achieve the same training effect via now redundant conventional training methods, there is no comparison, says the company, insisting
CYBERWAR TTS is the way forward.
TTS is the way forward
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Visitors to AAD 2018 might have seen its newly designed logo, with the number 20 prominently displayed within the colourful map of Africa. There is an interesting history behind this.
It all started way back in 1975 when the Commercial Aviation
Association (CAASA), host partner for AAD 2018, and the privately owned World Airnews magazine, hosted a series of aviation exhibitions at the then brand- new Lanseria Airport north of
In 1998, CAASA and the industry association AMD (aerospace, maritime and defence industries
Association of South Africa) joined hands to host Aerospace Africa.
As was stated at the time: “Since the first Aviation Africa in 1975, the exhibition has undergone many changes, from a local aero- display and trade show, operating from a small airport 22 years ago,
Aviation Africa, under the auspices of the CAASA, has grown to a fully recognised international aerospace exhibition catering for all of the sub-
Saharan aviation and aerospace requirements.”
AMD’s successful hosting of SAAF 75, to celebrate the
South African Air Force’s 75th anniversary, prompted a greater interest in further military trade exhibits and an air show. “A joint venture between CAASA and AMD was a natural progression,” the history stated.
Thus, the name changed to
Aerospace Africa and the venue selected was AFB Waterkloof.
In 2000, the purely military exhibition DEXSA (defence exhibition of South Africa), under the auspices of Armscor and the DoD, amalgamated with the aerospace show. Its name changed to Africa Aerospace & Defence, now owned by the partners in the previous two shows.
The event of 2006 saw the move to AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town due to major upgrades taking place at Waterkloof. Africa Aerospace &
Defence remained in Cape Town until the close of the 2010 event.
Returning to AFB Waterkloof in 2012, the show attracted more than 40,000 trade visitors from 28 countries, 120 visiting delegations,
84 aircraft and more than 90,000 public visitors.
Lt Gen Fabian Msimang, Chief of the South African Air Force

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Since then, Africa Aerospace &
Defence has become very popular as an African exhibition and air show of international standing, the biggest on the African continent and the only one of its kind.
AAD 2018 – the 11th edition in a successful series – was officially opened on Wednesday by President
Cyril Ramaphosa, who proclaimed that the exhibition offers “a massive opportunity for all present to identify areas of synergy and convert them into joint ventures.
We are interested in leveraging intellectual property into tangible products and export contracts”.
This underlines the fact that
Africa Aerospace & Defence has come of age.

Aerosud Aviation’s new Growth
Strategy is focused on improving aviation production services to a growing industry. The Growth
Strategy follows on from a successful growth trajectory that has resulted in Aerosud Holdings being the largest commercial aerospace company in South Africa.
Aerosud continues to provide opportunities for improvement to the aviation industry based on the company’s sound understanding of the industry, and a passion for quality and innovation, both in response to industry demands and as a change agent.
Aerosud Aviation has been supplying parts and assemblies to commercial aircraft manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus for almost
20 years. The company culture of strong collaboration with leading technology suppliers globally is of great benefit to the industry and significant opportunity for growth is being unlocked as a consequence.
Aerosud is meeting increasing production demands
Over the past three years the company has invested more than EUR3 million in production expansions and technology upgrades, to meet increasing production demands from its customers. Some of the recent highlights achieved are:
– delivery of more than 5,000 parts a month to 14 different janes.com/aad
Things, robotics and complex process control.
Continuing to build
Aerosud employs more than
600 skilled employees, of which about 100 are in design and industrialisation and 400 in aircraft-parts manufacture. Local added content is around 40 per cent.
The supply chain includes more than 300 overseas suppliers and
15 local sub-tier manufacturers.
The company is AS 9100 approved approvals.
Aerosud has a workforce with an average age of 35 and employs
30 per cent female workers. The are the two major shareholders to this BBBEE level 4 contributor.
Over the past three years, the company has achieved recognition for excellence in manufacturing and
Business Awards, as well as Vision
Aerosud is well positioned to offer continued innovation solutions to the global aviation industry.
Boeing production locations, including parts for the B737 Max and B777-X;
extension for five years concluded in 2017, after a significant investment in fully automated robotic welding;
expansion of production rates on A320, resulting in a
“production rate test” of more than 60 shipsets a month, while production on the A380 remains stable. Aerosud has recently delivered the first production parts on a new A350 contract concluded in 2017;
and Space – delivering one
A400M shipset a month and recently successfully completing the quality certification of the structural composite facility.
Future-forward innovation offers better solutions
Aerosud invested in a new structural composite technology in 2015. This technology is owned by Aerosud Technology Solutions and required a significant further investment to bring it to the required maturity level.
The investment has resulted in a number of technology demonstrators to establish a so-called Technology Readiness
Level 6, and to prove that the technology is production-ready.
This investment has now proven to be a sought-after technology solution for future aircraft programmes of more than one OEM – and further focused development is now underway with specific application in wing structures, wing movables, aircraft doors and engine nacelle structures. The first pre-production parts have been delivered to a new-generation business jet programme, and a production contract is expected before the end of 2018.
The company is currently expanding its business solutions offer to well beyond its internal requirement and that of its integrated supplier base. This offering is focused on deploying the necessary elements of Industry
4.0 technologies in a practical and affordable manner. This includes truly integrated business systems
Aviation companies to benefit from Aerosud’s new growth strategy
Aerosud Holdings has announced the recent appointment of George
Sebulela to its board of directors. Sebulela is a highly experienced leader and entrepreneur with many years’ experience in strategy execution and investment banking in South Africa and internationally at a senior level. A board director with extensive corporate and business experience, he has achieved significant executive leadership accomplishments in business and philanthropy.
Sebulela’s qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion for progress, particularly within the area of corporate governance, make him an ideal candidate for appointment to the Aerosud board.
Aerosud plays a leading role in extensive industry and government stakeholder interaction, to better position local industry to participate in global aviation growth. In recognition of Aerosud’s support and
Exporter of the Year 2017-18 and by the Southern African Development
Aerosud’s focus on collaborations and “partnerships build on reliability” is an important element of its future growth strategy.
Sebulela’s strong leadership and entrepreneurial skills, which aid his natural affinity to cultivate relationships, persuade, convene, facilitate and build consensus among diverse individuals will contribute to
Aerosud’s pursuit of continuing to be an ever-flourishing company within the growing global aviation industry.
Aerosud appoints new board member

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