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South African Airways is partnering with US aerospace giant Boeing and Amsterdam-based SkyNRG to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant, in a pioneering project that could make aviation more environment-friendly while advancing rural development in southern Africa.
In a major coup for South Africa's aerospace industry, European firm Airbus has contracted local aerospace company Aerosud to produce a number of key components for the full lifespan of the A400M military transport aircraft programme.
South African state-owned aerospace and defence technology company Denel is looking to diversify its offerings, moving beyond weaponry and opening exports to new markets, in order to reduce its dependency on government funding, the company said on Tuesday.
More than 28 countries are showcasing their aircrafts' capabilities at the 7th Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition and airshow, which kicked off at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Wednesday.
US aerospace giant Boeing is partnering with South Africa's 43 Air School to offer a comprehensive pilot training programme as part of its efforts to expand its presence and improve aviation safety in Africa.
The government has endorsed a number of initiatives to boost South Africa's aerospace industry, including building a multi-million rand component supplier park and taking steps to address the skills shortage in the industry.
Afro-Swedish firm Saab Grintek is buying Aerospace Monitoring and Systems in a R30-million deal that will give South Africa's avionics and defence industry increased global exposure while continuing Saab's expansion into the South African and African markets.
SA's strategy for aerospace industry growth is to encourage partnerships with international players in the field of component manufacture and maintenance. A number of new deals in the sector suggest the strategy is starting to pay off.
The government says it is committed to developing the fledgling aerospace industry in South Africa - in the same way that helped the country's motor industry out of the starting blocks. And new deals in the sector are beginning to pay off.