Five Decades of Technological Excellence
Our corporation’s history dates back to 1964 when Atlas Aircraft Corporation was formed primarily to manufacture military aircraft and various avionic systems for the South African Air Force (SAA). Atlas was brought under the control of Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) in 1968. It was incorporated into Denel (PTY) Ltd in 1992 and became Denel Aviation.
Denel Aviation is the original equipment manufacturer for the Rooivalk Combat Support Helicopter, Design Authority for the Oryx Medium Transport Helicopter and the Cheetah Multirole Fighter aircraft. Denel Aviation delivers complete aviation solutions including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) upgrades and system integration solutions, with innovation, quality and value added services, through worldwide partnerships.
History at a Glance
|1963||Arms Embargo against South Africa.|
|1964 ||Atlas Aircraft Corporation (AAC) formed in response to embargo.|
|1968||Impala assembly line at Atlas Aircraft Corporation.|
|1972||Start of MRO support for the SAAF C-130.|
|1987 ||Manufacture and Assembly of the Oryx helicopter.|
|1988||Design and Manufacture of the Rooivalk.|
|1990||Oryx PSS Contract.|
|1992||Formation of Denel (Pty) Ltd.|
AAC becomes part of Denel (Pty) Ltd. AAC name later changed to Denel Aviation.
|1995||Completion of C-130 / L100 MRO support. Start of the Commerical (C) Division.|
Ghanian Alouette refurbishment.
|1996||Kenya Puma refurbishment.|
Boeing 727 Cargo conversions.
|2003||Boeing 737-300 cargo conversions.|
|2004||Hawk final assembly.|
|2006||Denel Aviation sub divided into Denel Aerostructures and Denel Aviation.|
|2007||Accreditation by EC as a repair and overhaul centre for Puma, Allouette Squirrel and D Level on the A5332 dynamic |
components as fitted to the Oryx.
|2008||Support Service Agreement and Hercules Service Centre Agreement signed with Lockheed Martin.|
|2012||Denel Aviation becomes tier one tenant of Centurion Aviation Village (CAV).|
To be THE Aviation MRO, upgrades and systems integration house for South Africa, Africa and selected international markets through worldwide partnerships.
Create & deliver exceptional value.
We are committed to our customers and assume accountability in our duties.
We believe that delivering value solutions is key to successful long-term relationships.
Respect people & enable knowledge
We recognise that our success as an organisation depends on the expertise, skills and knowledge of our people and our ability to function as a tightly integrated team.
We appreciate diversity and believe that respect and knowledge sharing is essential to our success.
Commit to excellence
We understand the trust our customers place in us. With this in mind, we strive to excel in every detail and approach each challenge with personal passion & enthusiasm.
We embrace operational excellence.
We are honest, truthful & ethical.
We create sustainable innovative solutions.
We care for our people, customers, communities, nations and the environment.
We take responsibility for our actions.