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PostPosted: 21 Oct 2019, 12:49 
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SUBJECT: THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE HOSTS THE VISITING AEROSPACE FORCES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

The South African Air Force (SAAF) will be hosting the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation (AFRF) during their visit in the Republic of South Africa (RSA).

The RSA and Russian Federation have strong historical links with diplomatic relations established between both countries on February 28, 1992.

The "Military to Military' relations between the two countries is not solely built on struggle politics but rather on fostering mutually beneficial partnerships based on common interests. It is within this context and within the framework of the agreement between the Ministries of
Defence of both countries dated June 14, 1995, that the joint unit of the AFRF is visiting the RSA.

The air arsenal of the AFRF such as the Antonov-AN124, the "Black Jack", TU-160, IL 62 lllussion amongst others will land at Air Force Base Waterkloof, on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October 2019 respectively. Members of the media are invited to cover this event.

You are also invited to specifically view the 2xTU-160 bombers touching down at the base on 22 October 2019 at approximately 06h30. They will be escorted on arrival by the SAAF's own Gripen and Hawk aircraft. A media briefing, which seeks to unpack the purpose of this visit,
will commence at 07h45 on 22 October 2019.

A seminar between the two entities will be conducted at St George Hotel conference facility wherein combat, search and rescue matters will be deliberated on 23 October 2019 at 09h00.

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Super exciting!

This visit was originally scheduled to happen in September 2016, to coincide with AAD that year. It was postponed at the last minute as the RuAF needed Tu-160s for the Syrian campaign and so the aircraft for the SA trip were reassigned.


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Will be at Klapperkop tomorrow morning!


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Photos please [-o<


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Hope they can do it again for AAD 2020!!


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Very last minute notice by the SAAF :evil:

Poor show, unlike the SAN which advises well in advance.


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PostPosted: 21 Oct 2019, 21:16 
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Very last minute notice by the SAAF :evil:

Poor show, unlike the SAN which advises well in advance.

If I were to guess, this was probably a security requirement imposed by Defence Intelligence.

The SAAF did post a notice about a visit a short while ago, but did not specify any aircraft.


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Wonder if any references will be made to the SAAF’s first visit to the USSR back in August 1944 by 31 Sqd SAAF

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Delayed by 24 hours.


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Scheduled for early afternoon tomorrow.

Won't be able to make it :-? :-?


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Thanks for the update.

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Pics please, whoever is near, do your best to snap that TU-160 for us.


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Arrival time now scheduled for 4PM.

Possible routing is down the east coast of Africa out over the Indian Ocean, then enter SA via KZN where the Hawks will escort them to Waterkloof.

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Greetings

Bucket list stuff this

Impeccable source confirms 16:00 ETA as things are now

Any suggestions re viewing points? Metro Police will take a dim view if parked on the N1

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