During apartheid, South Africa's aerospace and defence industry provided the equipment the regime needed to defend its borders. The result was a highly developed sector with a range of competencies. Democracy led to painful restructuring, but two decades on, the industry is looking to opportunities in a burgeoning wider African marketplace. Ahead of Africa Aerospace & Defence - held near Pretoria on 19-23 September - we look at the state of South African industry, with features on state-owned Denel and private contractor Paramount. We examine the ANC government's procurement priorities and pressures, and profile flag carrier South African Airways, striving to find a niche in the African market in the face of competition from Gulf rivals.
Financial constraints have left the SAAF unable to fully utilise its Saab Gripens