ATLAS

Atlas Aircraft Corp. of South Africa (Pty) Ltd formed 1963. Main facilities at Kempton Park manage aircraft, missile and engine programmes, major work being licensed-production of Impala (based on Aermacchi 326), manufacture of major parts for Mirage III and Mirage F1, and development and production of air-to-air missiles and Smart bombs. Original aircraft projects include: C4M Kudu STOL utility transport; XH-1 Alpha gunship helicopter based on Alouette III; CSH-2 Rooivalk combat-support helicopter derived from Puma, and Oryx and Gunship Puma conversions; family of Cheetah aircraft derived from Mirage III; and (with Aerotek) NGT turboprop trainer. See also Simera.

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