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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.
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus recently delivered the first of a batch of 50 A400M military transport planes - complete with critical components manufactured in South Africa, by South Africans - to the French Air Force.
South African defence equipment manufacturer Denel has signed a R157-million contract with Airbus to manufacture tail plane parts for the A400M strategic airlifter in a deal that places the country at the core of the global aerospace manufacturing industry.
The public debut of the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, which includes locally made components, is proof that South African manufacturers can hold their own with the best in the world when it comes to high-end engineering, says Denel Saab Aerostructures.
South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has entered into a year-long partnership with commercial aircraft maker Airbus to conduct research that could contribute to the next generation of environmentally friendly jetliners.
South African aeronautical design and engineering company Aerosud has won a contract to produce aircraft sub-assemblies for the world's best-selling jetliners, the Airbus A320 family.