The Atlas Aircraft Corporation of "South Africa (also known as Atlas Aviation) was established in 1965 to manufacture a number of sophisticated military aircraft and "avionics equipment for the "South African Air Force, as well as for export. It was established primarily to circumvent the international arms embargo ("United Nations Security Council Resolution 418) commenced in 1963 against the South African government because of its "Apartheid policies.
With the establishment in 1968 of the South African government-owned "conglomerate named "Armscor (Armaments Corporation of South Africa), the Atlas Aircraft Corporation was also brought under Armscor's control.
Atlas built and maintained a variety of aircraft:
Atlas also assisted the "South African Air Force to maintain its fleet of planes that had been purchased (mostly) prior to the onset of sanctions in the 1970s.
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