Incomar, the aerospace and defense company, is gearing up to strengthen its aviation fleet, with a focus on enhancing flight testing and development capabilities. The company, renowned for its expertise in systems design, development, and integration, is set to acquire a range of new aircraft for its operations.
Incomar’s primary activities include flight testing and support, systems integration, product development, and testing across various platforms. The company operates from two hangars at the Wonderboom National Airport, with additional offices in Gauteng and a flying school in Robertson, Western Cape. Incomar boasts a fleet of dedicated aircraft for flight testing purposes, such as the Cessna 208 Caravan, which is utilized for testing electro-optical systems, camera pods, and synthetic aperture radars. They also employ a Vans RV-7A for flight test instrumentation development and flight modeling.
CEO Lance Wellington announced the acquisition of an Aermacchi AM.3C Bosbok, intended for use as a light weapons development support platform. Additionally, a Learjet 35 business jet will join the fleet by year-end to facilitate high-speed testing and missile trials. Incomar’s jet fleet will expand further with the procurement of L-39 Albatros jet trainers, according to a defenceWeb report.
Incomar’s journey began in 1999, with a primary focus on flight testing and avionics integration. The company offers a wide range of capabilities, encompassing full flight physics and aeronautical engineering services, including stores clearance and integration, ground vibration testing, aero modeling, and simulation, among others. Their mechanical, hardware, and electronic engineering services span structural design and analysis, avionics enclosures development, thermal management and analysis, printed circuit board development, and firmware development.
Incomar’s software engineering expertise is complemented by avionics capabilities that encompass mission computers, flight computers, stores management systems, and ground control systems. The company’s capabilities extend to testing and integrating benches and consoles, with a history of building mission computers, flight computers, stores management systems, and ground control systems for various international clients.
The organization is staffed with Class I and II experimental test pilots and flight test engineers, enabling them to perform both basic and full-scale experimental testing of aircraft and systems. Notably, Incomar pilots were the first to fly Paramount’s Ahrlac/Mwari, and they have conducted tests on various systems, including the Hensoldt sensor pod fitted on the company’s Caravan.
Incomar is part of the Arya Group, a privately-owned entity that has seen substantial growth and development in recent years, employing more than 240 individuals. With its commitment to flight testing, avionics, and advanced engineering, Incomar continues to play a significant role in the aerospace and defense sectors.
This expansion of Incomar’s aviation fleet is expected to bolster the company’s capabilities in critical areas such as flight testing, avionics integration, and the development of advanced systems for both domestic and international clients. The move reflects Incomar’s dedication to staying at the forefront of aerospace technology and its commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions in the field of aviation and defense. As it continues to grow and diversify its capabilities, Incomar is well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of the aerospace and defense industries.