Aeronautics systems

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

Research efforts draw on 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.

Core activities and competences at this hub of world-class aeronautical expertise 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 acts as a strategic defence capability of the South African National Defence Force, and also provides research in support of the Department of Science and Technology’s national aeronautics research strategy.

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