Denel Aerospace Systems

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<th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Type</th> <td>division of proprietary limited company</td> </tr> <tr class="note"> <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Founded</th> <td>1991</td> </tr> <tr> <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Headquarters</th> <td class="adr">Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa</td> </tr> <tr class="note">

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 <td>world wide</td>
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 <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Industry</th>
 <td>weapons development and manufacturing</td>
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 <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Products</th>
 <td>guided missiles,glide bombs</td>
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 <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Parent</th>
 <td>Denel (Pty) Ltd (100% state-owned)</td>
 <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Website</th>
 <td class="url">Official site</td>
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 <td colspan="2" class="note">previously Kentron a division of Denel (Pty) Ltd</td>
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Denel Aerospace Systems, formerly Kentron, is a division of Denel (Pty) Ltd, a South African armaments development and manufacturing company wholly owned by the South African Government. It underwent the name change from Kentron during the early part of 2004. Denel Aerospace Systems is located in Centurion, South Africa.

Key productsEdit

Category Type Name
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
Target drones
Guided missiles
A-Darter – short-range Infrared homing
R-Darter – radar guided Beyond Visual Range missile (BVR)
surface-to-air Umkhonto
Guided bombs
Raptor TV-guided bomb
Umbani GPS/INS guidance kit for Mk.82, Mk.83 and Mk.84 bombs
Seekers used in Brazilian MAA-1 Piranha
Weapons Management Systems
Arachnida weapons management system
AH-2 Rooivalk attack helicopter

Denel AviationEdit

File:Denel missiles.jpg

Denel Aviation is a sub-division of Denel Aerospace Systems. Denel absorbed the previous Atlas Aircraft Corporation of South Africa (Atlas Aviation) that had been established in 1965.

Denel Aviation lists its three main functions [1] as:

Airframe manufacturingEdit

General manufacturing processes for component manufacture for Denel and third parties, aerostructure subassemblies, as well as assembly and integration of airframes.[1]

Aerospace engineeringEdit

Structural and system design, testing, subsystems, aerodynamic design and analysis, weapons and stores integration, avionics system engineering and software development, electrical system design, mission planning, test and integration (ground testing and full flight testing).[1]

Aircraft logisticsEdit

Integrated system support and product support for fixed and rotary wing transport and tactical aircraft; maintenance, conversions and assembly, component repair, laboratory/calibration services, aircraft painting and aircraft refurbishment/modernization.[1]

UN arms embargo violationEdit

Main article: Coventry Four

Four South Africans working for Kentron were arrested in March 1984 in Coventry and charged with violation of the UN arms embargo – which outlawed the export of arms and military equipment to apartheid South Africa.

The Coventry Four were granted bail against a deposit of £200,000 and a guarantee by a diplomat from the South African embassy who waived his diplomatic immunity. They were allowed to return to South Africa on condition that they appeared at their trial in England in August 1984. In the event, South African foreign minister, Pik Botha, refused to allow them to return for their trial. Thus, the charges that Kentron personnel were involved in circumventing the UN arms embargo remain unproven.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Denel: Group structure. (November 26, 2006).

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Divisions Edit

The following divisions form part of Denel (Pty) Ltd


External linksEdit

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