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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 04 May 2015, 18:36 
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Credit to the Namibian ministry of defence
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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 11 Aug 2015, 21:29 
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Mistral wrote:
Magic pics :smt023 .

Notice the two different wing planforms of the Chengdu F-7s. I thought they only had the cranked delta config. Maybe the straight delta is a two seater ? Lekker colour schemes as well :D


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 19 Aug 2015, 07:14 
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Mistral wrote:
Magic pics :smt023 .

Notice the two different wing planforms of the Chengdu F-7s. I thought they only had the cranked delta config. Maybe the straight delta is a two seater ? Lekker colour schemes as well :D


Hi Mistral,

You are correct, the Mig-21 style wing is on the two seater and the "cranked" wing is on the single seaters


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 15 Sep 2015, 23:33 
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I need some background info on the Airport at Karibib here in Namibia. I recall reading somewhere that it was build by the SAAF. Could someone perhaps provide me with some info on when and why it was built in the first place and why not much else in terms of supporting buildings weren't built...Anyway I'm asking that because over the last 10 years or so the Namibian Air Force has pumped a lot of money into it(As seen in the google earth imagery Below)...Word is they are moving from Grootfontein to there..

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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 09 Mar 2016, 18:40 
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The President in his capacity as the CiC of the armed forces has been touring the HQ's of the Arms Services.He visited the Air Force HQ at Karibib Air Force Base. The Air Force command has been moved from Grootfontein Military Base

Presidential jet from underneath
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Touch Down and Disembarking

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The CiC with the Air Force Chief
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The color party(I guess the Air Force doesn't have its own band)
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Honor Guard
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Meeting senior Staff Officers
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Pilots
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Chopper boys with the Special Force's
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Flypast by Chetak's
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K-8 trainers
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Demo by the AF and SF
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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 09 Mar 2016, 19:39 
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Cool :D Thanks for posting. Nice to see an Alo III still going. Are these ex-SAAF or from India? Also, are the F-7s based there ?

Please ask them to send some goodies to AAD [-o<


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 09 Mar 2016, 20:17 
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Mistral wrote:
Cool :D Thanks for posting. Nice to see an Alo III still going. Are these ex-SAAF or from India? Also, are the F-7s based there ?

Please ask them to send some goodies to AAD [-o<


These are from India i believe...I don't know what happened to the 12 Allo's that were once destined to Zim then there was talk of them coming to Namibia after.


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The ministry's spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Monica Sheya on Friday confirmed that the headquarters are now located at the Karibib Air Force Base, but would not say when this became effective.

Sheya was speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of President Hage Geingob's first visit to the Karibib Air Force Base as the new Commander-in-Chief of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).

She however explained that the Grootfontein Air Force Base is still operational, and that just a component of the operations made up of Air Force Commander Martin Pinehas and other force members who make up that specific component were relocated.

“It was moved because Karibib is more centrally positioned compared to Grootfontein. If you are for example to defend the capital city Windhoek, it would be easier to do from Karibib. The same goes for the Port of Walvis Bay.”

http://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?page=read&id=37941

That's the comment from the MoD's spokesperson..Seems like only the command component has moved[the defending the capital city part doesnt make sense though if the planes remained in Grootfontein :wink: ]....doubt any planes will fly down there for the AAD


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
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Nice pics! Thank for posting. :smt023


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 19 Mar 2016, 11:54 
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The Air Force deployed a couple of Choppers to Zimbabwe a couple of years back to help with flood evacuations
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Namibian Airmen with the Zimbabweans
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Some of the airlifted locals
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Returning crew at welcoming back parade
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Deployed assets
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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 28 Jan 2019, 15:10 
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Grootfontein airbase staff face inadequate accommodation


WINDHOEK - Grootfontein air force base, which is mandated to monitor the Namibian airspace among other national duties, is faced with a shortage of accommodation for its members.

It has been reported that the four barracks at the airbase are fully occupied above carrying capacity.
This was revealed by a parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs, defence and security that undertook a visit to inquire into the security situation at the port of Walvis Bay, and airports and aerodromes in Erongo, Khomas, Zambezi, Kunene and Otjozondjupa regions last year.

The 17-member committee chaired by Swapo member of parliament Leevi Katoma was informed that the Grootfontein airbase has a staff complement of 606 males and 154 females, which is not enough according to top management.
The committee learned that the airbase is overstretched on accommodation and kitchen facilities due to the increasing number of members.

The committee found that two electric cooking pots are dysfunctional and need to be repaired or replaced.
The committee therefore recommended that there is a need to renovate accommodation facilities as well as the kitchen facility.

Equally, the committee was informed that aircraft at the base is not enough, considering the national duty entrusted upon the Namibian Air Force such as surveillance of the Namibian airspace and other important duties, including training and transport of personnel, supplies and equipment, support to civil authorities or civil community and training.

“Aircraft capacity is below average compared to the international requirement which is 75 percent. There is need to have more helicopters to increase Namibian Air Force operational capacity. Most aircraft standing at the workshops were grounded because of unavailability of spare parts,” the committee said in a report tabled in the National Assembly late last year. In addition, the committee established that vehicle capacity, both operational and administrative, is not adequate. They say the fleet is non-roadworthy because of wear and tear making it difficult to provide general mechanical service.
Many of the vehicles were found to be unreliable and need to be auctioned.

Air force management informed the parliamentary committee that budget challenges hamper the airbase to do very minor repairs.

The committee however found that the airport runway and apron are safe to use but there were other shortcomings and challenges.

These include the runway lights that were found unserviceable as the software needs to be serviced by the supplier that is based in South Africa.

Lights were also found to have to be switched on manually which is not a convenient practice in aviation.
Tall grass of approximately one metre in height on the runway was found to pose a security and safety risk, while tractors are also insufficient to mow the grass.

The committee recorded some achievements which include general security at the airbase being satisfactory and that morale of men and women in uniform was high.

Furthermore, the base, control room and workshops were also found neat at the time of inspection.
With limited resources, the committee reported, members receive regular meals, while training of personnel as pilots, technicians and support service staff is ongoing.

The parliamentarians were also informed that the air force carried out missions in collaboration with their SADC counterparts.

The air wing of the Namibian Defence Force was established in 1994 and the Namibian Air Force was officially commissioned on May 13, 2005.

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