S.Africa and Airbus Military Bury the Hatchet

RSS

You may remember that South Africa had signed a final contract in December 2006 to buy eight A400Ms before pulling out of the project three years later on grounds that the aircraft would not be delivered in time and that the cost had escalated beyond what the South African taxpayer could be expected to pay.

The problem was that a number of South African companies had won important work share because of the contract. Denel Saab Aerostructures is the design authority for two of the A400M’s top shells, which sit in front of and behind the center wing box fuselage section, and for the aluminum/composites wing-fuselage fairings. They also contribute the ribs and spars for the tail fin, and center wing box structural components. The firm expected revenue of €1.2 billion from its A400M activities.

Aerosud is mainly responsible for secondary structures: linings for the nose fuselage, cargo hold, and cockpit; the cockpit rigid bulkhead, nose fuselage galleys, and the wing tips which contain some defensive systems. That workshare has been estimated at about €143 million.

Discussions between Airbus Military and South Africa concerning the cancellation are now over, Domingo Ureña, CEO of Airbus Military, told a media dinner last week in Toulouse. “I still believe they need the A400M,” he said but for the moment talks are concentrating on medium and light aircraft, such as the C212, CN235 and CN295, the latter two particularly for maritime patrol missions.

A maritime patrol C295 of the Chilean Navy. photo credit: Airbus Military

Please or Register to post comments.

What's Ares?

Aviation Week's defense blog

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.

 

Aug 27, 2015
blog

Aviation Week Lifts Veil On Boeing B-52 Bomber (1952) 14

In 1952, Aviation Week provided the first details on the new Boeing B-52 bomber....More
Aug 14, 2015
blog

Bonanza Travel Pays 3

The legendary Beechcraft Bonanza has an impressive production record, so perhaps the marketers back in 1949 were onto something when they coined the phrase "Bonanza travel pays."...More
Aug 14, 2015
blog

Venerable Boeing 727 Prototype To Fly Again 28

The most famous 727, the prototype aircraft which would join United as N7001U, was delivered to the airline in October 1964 having served its time as a Boeing test aircraft....More
Aug 13, 2015
blog

Aviation Week And The Bomb

Aviation News did not predict how nuclear weapons would change the world. But neither did anyone else....More
Aug 13, 2015
blog

Collins Radar Takes The Ups And Downs Out Of Flying

Turbulence? Rockwell Collins had a solution for those bumpy rides in the early 80s with its WXR-700 Doppler Weather Radar....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×