About us

Powering growth of the South African aerospace, defence and marine manufacturing sectors by providing aid and support to make the industry competitive in global technology markets.

The AISI is a South African government initiative with a specific aim of improving the competitiveness of the local aeronautics-, space-, defence and marine advanced manufacturing sectors.

The AISI takes its strategic direction from government’s objectives with a specific emphasis on industrialisation of technology and technology-based supplier development. The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) utilises the CSIR and its position in the National System of Innovation (NSI) as an independent, strategic directed R&D entity to give industry access to national expertise and infrastructure in order to improve its capabilities and offerings.

To position South African aerospace and defence related industry as a global leader, in niche areas, whilst ensuring effective interdepartmental participation and collaboration.


To enhance the global competitiveness of the South African aerospace and defence industry by:

  • Developing relevant industry focused capabilities and facilitate associated transfer of technology to industry
  • Providing a platform for facilitating partnerships and collaboration amongst government, industry and academia, locally and internationally
  • Identifying, developing, supporting and promoting the interests and capabilities of the South African aerospace and defence industry
  • Accelerating the achievement of government strategic objectives including growth, employment and equity.

Reporting by the contracted service providers should reflect the KPIs of the AISI and the achievement of government objectives. Service providers will be contracted to report on specific performance indicators with specific emphasis on achieving the AISI’s strategic objectives of:

  • Industry Transformation
  • Job Creation
  • Industrialisation of technologies


The AISI is guided by an Executive Committee (Exco) and an Operations Committee (Opco). Projects are managed by the CSIR and strictly adhere to all Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) principles within the CSIR’s policy and procedural framework.