Aerosud is an established leader in the aviation industry supplying integrated manufacturing solutions, in a very competitive international market place. The company was formed in 1990 with it’s main focus on high engineering, low production volume programs.They are a smart supplier, capable of adding value to partnerships involving programme management, design, development and production processes. Moreover, they consider that its business, management and technical skills has the potential for long-term sustainability as a credible, commercially successful private business enterprise. They specialize in the chosen aviation-specific niches including aircraft structural fabrications, composites, thermoplastics and airline interiors systems. Aerosud focuses on production efficiency using the latest technologies and techniques, in the quest for ever-improving standards of quality, cost efficiency and timely delivery to its local and international client.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people. The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy. Science and technology services and solutions are provided in support of various stakeholders, and opportunities are identified where new technologies can be further developed and exploited in the private and public sectors for commercial and social benefit.






Denel Aerospace Systems

Denel SOC Ltd is a state-owned commercially-driven company and strategic partner for innovative defence, security and related technology solutions. It groups together several defence and aerospace divisions and associated companies. Denel provides turn-key solutions of defence equipment to its clients by designing, developing, integrating and supporting artillery, munitions, missiles, aerostructures, aircraft maintenance, unmanned aerial vehicle systems and optical payloads based on high-end technology. Denel provides full service through the equity partnerships, joint ventures and cooperation agreements it has with renowned international players in the defence industry. Some of its companies (that Hiconnex supplies to) are:
Denel Aerostructures, Denel Aerospace, Denel Aviation, Denel Dynamics, and Denel Land Systems.


Paramount was formed in South Africa in 1994 with the bold goal of helping African governments better protect their countries. Today, they are a global corporation, leading in global defence and aerospace innovation. They have more than 3000 employees, working with sovereign governments across across five continents and manufacturing in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Their revolutionary portable manufacturing model allows for in-country manufacturing, which facilitates the transfer of technology and skills, and the creation of local employment. Paramount embraces state-of-the-art technology and clean-sheet design. Through continuous innovation, they are able to develop tailor-made solutions to even the most challenging requirements.


Reutech Radar Systems

Reutech Radar Systems, along with sister division Reutech Solutions, offers the complete spectrum of capabilities applicable over a typical radar system’s life cycle. These capabilities encompass requirements definition in collaboration with the client, the drawing up of specifications in accordance with recognised military and industrial equipment norms, followed by the development, qualification, manufacture, installation and commissioning as well as post-delivery support and end of life disposal. They provide products to meet the specifications of the defence, commercial and mining industries.


SAAB Avitronics

Saab Avitronics specializes in the design and production of electronic warfare (EW) systems and products for the military and air force. It provides self protection systems and countermeasures dispensing systems, missile approach, laser and radar warning systems, jammers and systems for electronic intelligence. They develop products for fighters, helicopters, transport and commercial aircraft. Its products range from safety-critical utility and control systems to systems reconnaissance systems, display systems and modular avionics. Saab’s market offering is broad and consists of complex systems involving a great deal of research and development as well as services with a high degree of repetition.They create technology that anticipates and responds and innovative products and solutions, which help to safeguard people and society. The products and services that Saab provide cater for include the air force, land, naval, civil security, and commercial aeronautics industries.



SKA South Africa, a Business Unit of the National Research Foundation, is leading South Africa’s involvement in the SKA on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometer (one million square meters) of collecting area. Since 2005, the African SKA Human Capital Development Programme has awarded close to 600 grants (2014) for studies in astronomy and engineering from undergraduate to post-doctoral level, while also investing in training program for technicians. Astronomy courses are being taught as a result of the SKA Africa project in Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius (which has had a radio telescope for many years) and are soon to start in other countries.

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Thales Group

From Aerospace, Space and Defence to Security and Transportation, Thales helps its customers to create a safer world by giving them the tools they need to perform critical tasks. Thales provides solutions for a variety of specialized markets and applications including radiology, radiofrequency, microwave sources, training and simulation solutions, microelectronics and lasers for science, industry, space and defence. Their expertise allows their customers to find the right solutions for difficult problems in challenging environments. Thales plays a fundamental role securing safety through innovative solutions in a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected, interdependent and dangerous.