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About Aeronautic Systems 

The CSIR is home to leading aeronautical research and development in South Africa on the basis of a track record of technological advances and achievements in support of force development and air power leadership built over many decades.

Research efforts draw from the skills of talented engineers, scientists and technicians, and modern facilities. Test and evaluation infrastructure includes a suite of wind tunnels, structural test facilities and computer clusters – which has resulted in the existence of a hub of world-class aeronautical expertise.

Core activities and competencies include wind-tunnel testing; material specification and testing; helicopter structural and aerodynamic technology; gas turbine engine technology; air vehicle structural characterisation; ground vibration testing; flutter analysis and prediction; store carriage and release predictions; computational fluid interactions; flutter flight test software and hardware systems; simulation-based acquisition and operational support; aero-mechanical store integration and aircraft structures technology.

The group is a strategic defence capability, operating as an extension of the South African National Defence Force, and also providing research in support of the Department of Science and Technology’s national aeronautics research strategy.

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