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SAAF contributes to Cape fire battle

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has been brought in to assist with the battle against the raging fires in the Cape Winelands which has wrought havoc during the first week of the new year.


Another step taken in reactivation of SAAF Reserve squadrons

Efforts to reactivate and resuscitate the role of squadrons in the Air Force Reserve Service (AFRS) gained impetus during a special Air Force Reserve Force Squadron workshop.


Groundhog Day (End of year message and Review)

Reflecting of SAAF events past, it definitely feels like Groundhog Day. Wondering what has been achieved certainly does leave us feeling like we’re trapped in a movie, destined to relive the same year time and time again.


Wings for nine new SAAF pilots at Langebaanweg

This week the SA Air Force (SAAF) welcomed nine newly minted first lieutenants to the ranks of its aircrew.


Appointments and promotions of SAAF Generals

The Department of Defence has announced the following appointments and promotions of SAAF officers with effect from 1 January 2017 (or as indicated).


Zuma uses charter for Castro memorial service in Cuba while Inkwazi jets around South Africa

The Commander-in-Chief’s apparent aversion to using the Presidential BBJ Inkwazi continues with a Democratic Alliance (DA) MP pointing out Inkwazi was tracked flying to East London and Langebaanweg while Jacob Zuma made use of a chartered aircraft to atte


New boss for AFB Overberg

Lieutenant Colonel Musa Mbhokota, the first black Gripen pilot in the SA Air Force (SAAF) and a former 2 Squadron Officer Commanding, will next month assume his first base command when he becomes Officer Commanding AFB Overberg.


SA Air Force facing tough times

Earlier this month reports emerged that the majority of the SAAF’s C-130 Hercules transports are grounded due to maintenance problems. Maintenance is one of many issues facing the SAAF, and with the budget being tight this is not going to get better any t


Zuma VIP jet discussions still on the table

The possibility of acquiring a VVIP jet for President Jacob Zuma is still on the table, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday.


Stall warning

Test flying in South Africa at a critical crossroads.


Three airforce members survive helicopter crash

Three members of the South African Air Force miraculously survived after the helicopter in which they were flying crashed near Clocolan in the eastern Free State.


More details of helicopter crash revealed

Three members of the Air Force miraculously escaped death when their helicopter appeared to clip a rock and crashed near Clocolan.


Air force capacity plane awful

Aviation experts warn that the South African military might soon struggle to fly troops and weapons to war and disaster zones using its own aircraft, as a skills and maintenance crisis threatens to ground its entire transport fleet.


No new jet for Zuma

The plan to buy President Jacob Zuma a new presidential jet has been put on ice, but Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has made an additional R143 million available to the air force, for aircraft leases to fly the president around.


DoD gets extra R143 million to lease aircraft and guard facilities

Embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been taken to task for allocating more than R143 million to the Department of Defence (DoD) in his medium term budget policy statement delivered this week.


Plans for new presidential jet put into holding pattern after tender cancelled

The acquisition of new aircraft to transport South Africa’s VVIPs‚ including president Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa‚ will be delayed as Armscor has cancelled the tender for the lease of the intercontinental aircraft.


Mashaba takes reins as 2 squadron commander

A new era dawned at AFB Makhado on 7 October, with Lieutenant Colonel Josias Mashaba taking over the reins as new officer commanding of 2 Squadron from Lieutenant Colonel Musa “Midnite” Mbhokota.


SA Department of Defence spending 55% of its budget on personnel

The Department of Defence is spending 55% of its budget on personnel, with R24 billion out of R45 billion rand of its 2015/16 budget going to salaries for 77 000 people.


SAAF flying hours down

The SAAF flew 300 force employment hours less than it did in the previous financial year and 1 700 hours fewer than originally targeted, according to the latest Department of Defence annual report.


Atlantis demonstrates interim maritime surveillance solution to the SAAF

Further details regarding the offer to lease up to five maritime surveillance aircraft to the South African Air Force (SAAF) by a consortium led by Atlantis Aviation were revealed when the aircraft was demonstrated to members of 35 Squadron.


Questions about SAAF VVIP aircraft posed during oversight visit

SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief, Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang, is proud of the reliability of the Presidential Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) Inkwazi as well as other aircraft in the force’s VIP transport squadron.


Revamped SAA Airbus A340-600 to become new presidential aircraft?

President Jacob Zuma’s flight to New York aboard an SAA jet last Friday is proof positive South Africa does not need to buy another VVIP aircraft, opposition Freedom Front Plus party defence spokesman Pieter Groenewald maintains.


Another Oryx hit by small arms fire in the DRC

An Oryx medium transport helicopter of the SAAF was hit twice in the main rotor blades during operations against the ADF.


Oryx mid-life upgrade deemed a success

Despite hard lessons learnt, the South African Air Force has successfully completed the mid-life upgrade of all Oryx medium transport helicopters under Project Drummer


SA pilots training in Russia – Political push for greater co-operation

Five South African Air Force (SAAF) officers are undergoing pilot training in Russia and more could soon be on their way as the two countries step up defence ties.

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