Aerospace and Defence Technologies
Tshwane is the key node in aerospace and defence-related technology development in South Africa. The foundation of the aerospace cluster is the Department of Defence and Air Force headquarters yet the cluster itself comprises of numerous small and large companies both public and privately owned. This represents the largest concentration of knowledge, expertise and manufacturing capacity in this field in the country. Industry giants such as ARMSCOR, Denel Dynamics and Aerosud are key role players in the cluster, which are supported by privately-owned engineering and specialist engineering and manufacturing services to these.
Tshwane is the key node in aerospace and defence-related technology development in South Africa. The foundation of the aerospace cluster is the Department of Defence and Air Force headquarters. The City's aerospace and defence cluster comprises of numerous public and private companies representing over 70% of the country's expertise and manufacturing capacity.
Some key features of the aerospace industry in South Africa and Tshwane include
• 90% of activity is located between Gauteng and Western Cape
• Directly employs over 15000 people and indirectly another 60 000 skilled personal
• Industry exports are estimated at over R3 bn annually
• 40% added value (local content).
Some of key industry leaders located in Tshwane include Denel, Aerosud,
Saab-Grintek, Electrothread amongst others.
The Industry in Tshwane has the following Investment opportunities:
• Components manufacturing for Tier1 suppliers
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
• Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facilities
• Tracking Systems
• Weapons Systems
• Research and Development