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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 08 Feb 2011, 03:20 
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pngwerume wrote:
From Flight global world airforces directory

I am not sure how to read that table. 6 active and 8 ordered = 14. Or is it 6 active out of a total of 8 ordered?

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I would lean towards the latter option?

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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 08 Feb 2011, 07:52 
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It is interesting that a country like Namibia, who receives about 33% of its budget from South Africa by means of the Southern African customs union, sees it fit to maintain a fighter force, while a country like New Zeeland, which I presume has a more stable, secure and larger income, does not maintain a fighter force. The allocation of monies by South Africa to its neighbors, Namibia included, is coming under review. I wonder what the effect of that will be on thoughts in the Namibian defence force and government establishment about the necessity of maintaining a fighter force.

Are the benefits of a fighter force outweighing the costs, while 33% of your national budget is dependent on foreign "aid" which is becoming uncertain?

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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 08 Feb 2011, 10:04 
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New Zealand is in the middle of no where, Namibia is in Africa with some strange neighbours, I would think they need some form of defence. As much as tin pots in Africa like arming themselves, in this case I think it can be justified to a degree.

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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 15 Feb 2011, 17:24 
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HAL delivers Namibian helicopters

Written by defenceWeb Tuesday, 15 February 2011 16:45

India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered a Chetak (Hindi: horse) – a licence-built version of the Aérospatiale (now Eurocopter) SA 316B Alouette III – to the Namibian Defence Force under a US$10 million order signed in June 2009. Two Cheetah (Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama) will be delivered in June under the same contract.

The hand-over took place Wednesday at the Aero India air show in Bangalore. “HAL is committed towards meeting the target of handing over two Cheetahs to Namibia and work in this regard is in full swing", HAL managing director P Soundara Rajan said after handing over the rotorcraft to Namibian defence minister Major General (Ret) Charles Namolah. The authoritative London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies notes the Namibian Air Force operates 2 Mil Mi-25 “Hind” attack helicopters, 2 Mil Mi-17 “Hip” medium transports and two SA 319 Alouette III.

'We will provide ground support equipment, ground handling equipment and initial set of spares for maintaining the copter, besides training to Namibian pilots and ground crew,' Rajan said at the event. Powered by a Turbomeca Artosute III B turboshaft engine, the high-performance helicopter is designed for operation over a wide range of weight, centre-of-gravity and altitude conditions. HAL's helicopter division manufactures the five-seater Cheetah and seven-seater Chetak helicopter at its Bangalore complex. The machine can be used for transporting passengers and cargo, as also for casualty evacuation, search-and-rescue, and surveillance and observation.

The Namibian delegation visiting the South Asia's biggest air show includes its High Commissioner to India Samuel K. Mbambo, and NAF Commander Air Vice Marshal M.K. Pinehas.

Chetak and Cheetah production at HAL began under a licenced agreement with Eurocopter in 1970. The helicopter division of HAL has so far produced nearly 350 Chetaks and 250 Cheetahs, mostly supplied to domestic customers, both the defence and civilian sector, and has exported a few of them. The two helicopters were extensively used by the armed forces in the icy heights of Siachen, once the world's highest battlefield, where guns fell silent in 2003 after a ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan, the Times of India reports.


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 03 Apr 2015, 09:18 
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A part of our (Namibian) Silver Jubilee Independence celebrations a military parade and flypast were conducted in Windhoek 20 March 2015 =D>
Namibian Air Force F7's and K8's
credit to Luis Maruwasa
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Namibian Harbin Z9 ,Chetak and cheetah
again credit to Luis Maruwasa
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Commodore15 wrote:
A part of our (Namibian) Silver Jubilee Independence celebrations a military parade and flypast were conducted in Windhoek 20 March 2015 ....

Well well well .... !

Thank you for showing and sharing. And welcome to the Forum!


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
PostPosted: 03 Apr 2015, 10:10 
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Welcome to the forum Commodore15 :smt023 :smt006

Good to see some Namibian AF pics :D \:D/

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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
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Can't see any of the pictures!! :evil:


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Can't see any of the pictures!! :evil:

Man you missing out. They great pics.


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
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Any reason I can't see them? I'm looking at building a couple of Namibian AF model aircraft and they would be great reference photos!


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vlamgat16 wrote:
Can't see any of the pictures!! :evil:

Me neither.
I can see all other pictures.


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I've saved & re-uploaded them for those who can't see them :smt023

Namibian Air Force F7's and K8's
credit to Luis Maruwasa
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Namibian Harbin Z9 ,Chetak and cheetah
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I've saved & re-uploaded them for those who can't see them :smt023

Thanks Kremlin. :smt023


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Thanks Kremlin - much appreciated! :smt023


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 Post subject: Re: Namibian Air Force
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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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