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    Construction of new ships for South African Navy now under way

    Construction of the first of three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN) formally started with a keel-laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Saturday. The small ships are being acquired under the SAN’s Project Biro.

    This, first, IPV is expected to be finished in early 2021 and enter service in the middle of that year. The second should be delivered in 2022 and the third in 2023.

    “The event today signifies the start of the building of Project Biro,” highlighted DSCT Director Sam Montsi. “Over the years, our shipyard has undertaken many projects for local and international clients but none as significant as project Biro. This project is being built and delivered within the agreed specifications, timelines and budgets.”

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    SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR’s Defence, Pe…

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    Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

    Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the foundation for a new European industrial ecosystem in aviation”. The partnership is in the form of a five-year Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).

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    SA wind tunnels very busy and other aeronautics projects secure partnerships

    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) wind tunnels are currently very busy with two international contracts, Aeronautics Competency Area Manager Kaven Naidoo tells Engineering News. Aeronautics falls under the CSIR’s Defence, Pe…

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    Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

    Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the foundation for a new European industrial ecosystem in aviation”. The partnership is in the form of a five-year Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).

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    UAVs, e-commerce, set to transform air cargo

    Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (particularly the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opin…

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    UAVs, e-commerce, set to transform air cargo

    Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (particularly the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opin…

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    Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector

    The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent’s air transport sector. So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition. “SAATM is a very important initiative,” stated Kenyan airfreight airline Astral Aviation founder and CEO Sanjeev Gadhia. “It is the initiative that is going to save the air transport industry in Africa.” He pointed out that the continent was divided by what he called “walls in the sky”, with many African countries shutting out carriers from other African countries. “This is a continent that is disconnected.” Also, air transport in Africa was expensive. These barriers had to be broken down.

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    Single air transport market essential for African air cargo sector

    The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, which has so far been signed by 28 countries, is of great significance for the continent’s air transport sector. So affirmed participants in a panel discussion at the Air Cargo Africa 2019 conference and exhibition. “SAATM is a very important initiative,” stated Kenyan airfreight airline Astral Aviation founder and CEO Sanjeev Gadhia. “It is the initiative that is going to save the air transport industry in Africa.” He pointed out that the continent was divided by what he called “walls in the sky”, with many African countries shutting out carriers from other African countries. “This is a continent that is disconnected.” Also, air transport in Africa was expensive. These barriers had to be broken down.

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    Air cargo sector essential for Africa but needs infrastructure and regulatory reform

    Air transport would play a crucial role in the growth of intra-African trade, because of the poor terrestrial communications across the continent and the number of landlocked countries it contains. So affirmed South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jar…

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