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Industry Aerospace and Defense contractor
Founded Pretoria, South Africa (1990-09-27)
Headquarters Pretoria, South Africa
Key people
Paul Potgieter,[1] Managing Director
Revenue Increase
Number of employees
Mirage F1 in Aerosud colours

Aerosud is an aeronautical engineering and manufacturing company, formed in 1990 by the then key designers of the South African Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter, together with similar leaders from the Atlas Cheetah fighter program (Mirage III upgrade) and the Product Support Environment.


The first major contract involved the re-engining of the Dassault Mirage F1 with the Klimov RD-33 engine used in the Mig-29 fighter.[2] Although overtaken by the decision of the South African Air Force to buy the SAAB JAS 39 Gripen, the super fighter was technically very successful and still flies as an Aerosud company demonstrator.

Towards 1995 Aerosud embarked on diversification into the commercial aviation market with the design of galleys and other interior systems. Aerosud since became an internationally recognised supplier for interior systems.

Around 2000 Aerosud embarked upon major expansion of its production capacity. From its premises near Pretoria, South Africa it manufactures around 2,000 parts and assemblies a day and supplies these to the assembly lines of Airbus, Boeing,[3] BAE Systems,[4] and Agusta Westland Helicopters.

In 2006, deeply involved in both civil and military aviation engineering projects, the company's activities cover design, development, prototyping, manufacture and in service support. Aerosud is the designer and manufacturer of the interiors for the Airbus A400M.[5]

The company's latest design is the AHRLAC light attack and reconnaissance aircraft, which as of December 2012, is being developed in a joint venture with the Paramount Group.[6]


  1. ^ "Government support required to grow aerospace industry". Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Keith (2007-06-22). "New laboratory a public–private initiative". Creamer Media's Engineering News. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Boeing And Aerosud Sign Firm Contract To Build Airplane Parts". Boeing. 2001-11-28. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  4. ^ "SA firm wins Eurofighter contract". 2006-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Airbus partners South Africa on research & technology programmes". Airbus. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2008-08-17. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Paramount Group to spread AHRLAC’s wings across Africa and beyond". DefenceWeb. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 

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