The CSIR is acknowledged as the home of aeronautical research 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.

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 (GVT); flutter analysis and prediction; store carriage and release predictions; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); flutter flight test software and hardware systems; simulation-based acquisition and operational support; aero-mechanical store integration and aircraft structures technology.

Aeroelasticity (flutter)
Aircraft design and evaluation
Non-Destructive Testing
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Wind tunnels
Computational fluid dynamics
Propulsion systems
Air scenario simulation
Weapons integration