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Proud History

Denel Overberg Test Range was established in the mid-eighties as an integrated test facility with the flexibility to allow multipurpose applications. Since final qualification in 1991, the Test Range has proved its ability to manage and execute any combination of air, ground and sea flight tests, rendering invaluable performance evaluation services to international defence forces and the armaments industry. 



Historic Timeline

1981   Requirement for new test range and satellite launch facility announced.
1983 Nature conservation controversy over establishing of test range.
Settled with acceptance of Hey Commission Report by the South African Parliament.
1984    Construction started.
1985 First buildings completed, first equipment arrived.
1987 First tests conducted.
1991 Formal qualification for flight tests and satellite launches.
1992 Test Range became a division of Denel (Pty) Ltd.
1993 Redesign to focus on flight test business after cancellation of RSA space programme.
1995 First international test campaign conducted.
1998 ISO 9001 certification.
2000 ISO 14001 certification.
2003 Telemetry launch support services introduced.
2014        Established organisation with 170 personnel executing on average 50 test series per annum.
 
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Private Bag X12, Bredasdorp, 7280, RSA

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