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Defence allocation from National Treasury for 2018/19 down on previous year

The budget unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday showed again that defence is one of the poor relations in the government family. In real terms the amount of money allocated to the Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) has

 

DRC Rooivalks notch up a first

Now in its fifth year of deployment with the UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a pair of Rooivalk combat support helicopters notched up a first when manned by all-black crews on an escort mission.

 

No maintenance contracts for several SAAF aircraft types

Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow defence and military veterans minister, Kobus Marais, received unexpected extra insight into the number of serviceable aircraft types in the SA Air Force (SAAF) when he posed a Parliamentary question on air

 

SAAF honoured during annual Prestige Day

The SAAF honoured its serving and fallen members and highlighted challenges and achievements during its annual Air Force Prestige Day parade and flypast at Air Force Base Zwartkop this morning.

 

New leadership at Cape airbases and squadrons (Updated)

Two of the three South African Air Force bases located in the Western Cape province have received new commanding officers: AFB Overberg and AFB Ysterplaat.

 

Armscor maintains SAAF cockpit upgrades are on track

What top South African military analyst Helmoed Heitman has called “political correctness gone insane” is proceeding according to plan.

 

Holding Pattern (End of year message and Review)

The past year has generally seen the South African Air Force (SAAF) survive more or less intact. With no increase in budget likely anytime soon, the SAAF is in a perpetual state of waiting with suspended progress for the foreseeable future … just like las

 

Update: Eight injured after Cape Oryx flies through wires

The South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter that crashed on the N1 highway just outside Cape Town on Sunday morning was transporting a helicopter engine when if flew through newly erected wires.

 

Eight injured in airforce helicopter crash near Worcester

Eight people were injured after a military helicopter crashed near the N1 at the Huguenot tunnel outside Cape Town on Sunday.

 

Final countdown for large Cape airshow

With a bye-line of "See It, Hear It, Feel It," aviation enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the opening of the gates for the AFB Langebaanweg and Silver Falcon 50th Anniversary Airshow this Saturday, December 9.

 

SA needs more radars for border safeguarding

The South African Air Force (SAAF) needs at least 50 radars to adequately protect its borders, according to a SAAF general. Brigadier General Jacobus E Crous, speaking at the recent South African Radar Interest Group (SARIG) conference, said tha...

 

21 Squadron VVIP transport budget “blown” by millions

Another Parliamentary question put to Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has shown the SA Air Force (SAAF) “blew its budget” for VVIP and VIP transport by no less than R35 million in the 2016/17 financial year. This is not all opposit...

 

Silver Falcons 50th anniversary getting ever closer

Silver Falcon number one, Commandant (Colonel) Chris Prins, is no longer alive and sadly, cannot be part of the SA Air Force (SAAF) aerobatic team’s 50th anniversary at AFB Langebaanweg on November 24.

 

SAAF needs to stay abreast of growing EW threats in spite of limited budget

The electronic warfare (EW) threat is real and growing and the South African Air Force (SAAF) needs to develop and grow local capabilities in response, despite budget constraints, according to a SAAF official.

 

Angola asked for return of MiG-21

After almost 30 years of a MiG-21 fighter jet being in South African hands, Angolan officials have stated that the aircraft remained the property of their country.

 

SAAF improving its maintenance capability

SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief, Lieutenant General “Zakes” Msimang is confident the VVIP transport squadron will have a better aircraft availability rate six months from now.

 

Ejection seat mods coming for three SAAF aircraft types

Modifications, some of them large scale, to cockpits of three aircraft types in the SAAF fleet are under investigation by the Armscor acquisition department.

 

AFB Langebaanweg to host first Western Cape airshow since 2015

When the gates at AFB Langebaanweg open to the public on Saturday, December 9, it will be the first time in more than two years that an airshow takes place in Western Cape.

 

2012 C-47TP Drakensberg crash was avoidable - Inquiry

The Board of Inquiry (BOI) report into the crash on 5 December 2012 of a South African Air Force (SAAF) C-47TP Dakota near Giant’s Castle in the Drakensberg finds that the accident was mainly caused by human error and was avoidable.

 

DoD outlines equipment acquisition plans

The South African Department of Defence aims to acquire medium and light transport aircraft, infantry combat vehicles, mobile water provisioning systems, logistics vehicles, air-to-air missiles and inshore and offshore patrol vessels over the coming years

 

Final Western Cape medal parade of 2017 held

The third and final Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) medal parade held in the Western Cape during 2017 took place at the Naval Base Simon’s Town Martello Sports Grounds on Friday September 29, 2017.

 

SA returns MiG fighter to Angola

Under a cloak of secrecy, the South African government has returned a MiG-21 fighter jet that it acquired during the Border War conflict in 1988.

 

SAAF flying hours unveiled in Parliament

The Presidential Boeing BBJ Inkwazi logged just under 200 flying hours in the 2016/17 financial year, a reply to a Parliamentary question has revealed.

 

NSRI and 22 Squadron airlift fisherman off trawler

An SAAF 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter was tasked by MRCC to assist NSRI ASR with the emergency patient evacuation.

 

SAAF hosts aviation awareness demonstration

The South African Air Force (SAAF) on Friday hosted a major aviation awareness and youth career exposition event at Eldorado Park south of Johannesburg, which featured displays by Gripen and Hawk jets, current and past helicopters and the SAAF’s cockpit a

 
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