50 YEARS AND BEYOND
Our corporation’s history dates back almost 50 years to when the Atlas Aircraft Corporation (Atlas) was formed in 1965. Atlas was established primarily to manufacture military aircraft and various avionic systems for the South African Air Force (SAAF). In 1968, Atlas was brought under the control of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor). Denel (Pty) Ltd was established in 1992 to absorb all previous Armscor manufacturing entities, leaving the remainder of Armscor as the sole procurement agent for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). In the same year, the Denel Group absorbed Atlas and formed Denel Aviation, a division of Denel (SOC) Ltd.
In the years that followed, Denel Aviation continued to serve the SAAF by manufacturing components and providing subsystems, and today, Denel Aviation is primarily a military and civilian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organisation that delivers complete aviation solutions. Our solutions include upgrades and systems integration, working innovatively, rendering quality services and adding value to worldwide partnerships. The organisation is a strategic partner to the SAAF and leverages off this capability base to support South African, African and selected international markets of rotary and fixed wing aircraft components, upgrades, systems integration, flight tests and related engineering services.