Airbus partners South Africa on R&D

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South Africa and Airbus will cooperate in a new aerospace research and technology initiative which aims to identify and develop new advanced applications for the global aerospace industry.

The partnership, signed yesterday between South Africa's Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Airbus, is a direct outcome of the country’s decision last year to join the Airbus A400M airlifter programme as a partner.

Pilot projects already identified in the global Airbus co-operation strategy with South Africa include research into the development and application of synthetic fuels, natural fibres and light alloys component technologies.

Implementation of the multi-year co-operative agreement is expected to commence within the next quarter.

In addition, Airbus will contribute to the skills development in South Africa by forging closer links between industry and research institutions with the aim of fostering exchange programmes for students and young graduates in industry and academia.