Denel Group has merged its Aerostructures and Aviation divisions into a single entity known as Denel Aeronautics.
News of the merger first emerged around October last year, when Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Acting Chief Executive of Denel Group, said the process would be completed in several months’ time.
Ntshepe said no jobs would be lost in the process.
There are obvious synergies between merging Aviation and Aerostructures – for instance Aerostructures makes the drop tanks for the Rooivalk attack helicopter, which Aviation supports, and the two have worked together on the Small African Regional Aircraft (SARA). Both companies are situated at Denel’s Kempton Park campus next to OR Tambo International Airport.
Denel Aviation built and supports the Rooivalk helicopter, assembled most of the Air Force’s Hawk jet trainers and A109 helicopters, and currently provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services to military and civilian customers. It is an accredited maintenance facility for Russian Helicopters (the only one in Africa) and accredited service facility for numerous Airbus Helicopters models and Lockheed Martin’s C-130/L-100 transports.
The aerostructures business makes components for the Airbus Military A400M Atlas transport aircraft, as well as business jets such as the HondaJet. The company has manufacturing experience with the Rooivalk, Cheetah, All Composites Evaluator (ACE) and Gripen. Aerostructures both designs and manufactures various aerostructures out of metallic and composite parts, and also tests and certifies these parts.
Mike Kgobe, previously CEO of Denel Aviation, is heading up Denel Aeronautics.