Airbus is to co-operate with South African industry and research bodies in an initiative aimed at developing advanced aerospace technologies.

The partnership is a direct result of the country’s decision to participate in the Airbus Military A400M airlifter programme. Projects already identified include research into the development and application of synthetic fuels and light-alloy component technologies.

South African Department of Science & Technology director-general Phil Mjwara says the agreement will safeguard and develop South Africa’s competence in aerospace and aeronautics. Airbus head of co-operation and partnerships Remy Moreau describes the agreement as part of its strategy to establish a research network with key technology communities.

Boeing has meanwhile extended its contract with South Africa’s Aerosud for the supply of more than 600 interior parts and components used on Boeing aircraft models.

Source: Flight International