With a recognised aeronautical engineering base as key to Aerosud recognition as a “smart” supplier, capable of adding value to partnerships involving aviation-related programme management, design, development and production processes. In the articulation of key initiatives including job creation, education, training and skills transfer, and Black Economic Empowerment in general. Strong emphasis is placed on supplier development initiatives. Aerosud was formed in 1990 by the then key designers of the South African Rooivalk Combat Support Helicopter, together with similar leaders from the Cheetah fighter program (Mirage III upgrade) and the Product Support Environment. The first major contract involved the re-engining of the Mirage F1 Fighter with the Klimov RD33 engine used in the Mig 29 fighter. Towards 1995 Aerosud embarked on diversification into the commercial aviation market with the design of galleys and other interior systems. Aerosud is today an internationally recognised supplier for interior systems. Around 2000 Aerosud embarked upon major expansion of its production capacity. From its new premises near Pretoria it now manufactures around 2000 parts and assemblies a day and supplies these to the assembly lines of Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, Agusta Westland Helicopters and Spirit AeroSystems.