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Newly minted SAAF pilots get their wings Written by defenceWeb - 11th Dec 2019 79 SAAF Wings Parade at Langebaanweb. The South African Air Force (SAAF) has 12 new pilots in its ranks, after a Wings Parade at Air Force Base Langebaanweg in the Western Cap

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has 12 new pilots in its ranks, after a Wings Parade at Air Force Base Langebaanweg in the Western Cape last week.


17 Squadron to the rescue

AFB Zwartkop-based 17 Squadron took to the air on Monday for a pair of rescue missions on opposite sides of the Tshwane Metro.


SAAF could come to "a grinding stop" – Mapisa-Nqakula

Yet another underwhelming reply to a Parliamentary question raises further doubt about the ability of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to remain a force, with concern that it may become "a dismal air wing".


SAAF Hostile Fire Indicator successfully demonstrated

A successful demonstration of the Armscor-sourced hostile fire indicator (HOSFIN) capability is rated as one of the 2018/19 financial year's highlights by the State-owned defence and security acquisition agency.


Retracting mechanism coming for Rooivalk chin gun

Work is underway on a retracting mechanism for the Rooivalk attack helicopter's chin mounted 20 mm cannon as part of efforts to make the weapon more reliable.


No new SAAF aircraft acquisition until budget changes

New aircraft will only be acquired for the South African Air Force (SAAF) when budget allocations from National Treasury change.


No SAAF air capability demo this year

Officers on this year's Security and Defence Studies Programme (SDSP) will not see the SA Air Force (SAAF) in action at what has been an annual showcase of its abilities.


Parliament hears of parlous state of the Air Force

The South African Air Force is in dire straits and operating in survival mode. With less than 49% of the required budget funded, it is in a state of perpetual decline due to chronic underfunding and industry performance.


Could the SAAF become an air wing?

Parliamentarians were given six reasons for the decline in the airborne arm of service of the SANDF which could eventually see the "air force" becoming an "air wing".


2020: Airforce looks to celebrate centenary through 25 years of Democracy

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is planning on hosting a number of activities during 2020 to celebrate the official founding of what is commonly referred to as the second oldest Commonwealth air force.


Regular SAN exercises postponed by mutual consent

Two of the regular international exercises the SA Navy (SAN) is part of have been postponed by mutual agreement.


SAAF graduates 44 new maintenance technicians

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has graduated 44 new artisans, who will help address the skills shortage facing the airborne arm of service.


Historical hangar damaged in AFB Swartkop fire

A hangar fire at AFB Swartkop, home to the SAAF Museum, was contained on the morning of Saturday 10 August.


Another new date for SAAF Museum air show

The SAAF Museum air show at Swartkop will now be held on 7 September, and not 31 August as previously reported.


19 Squadron Oryx pilot nominated for top UN peacekeeping medal

The phrases "remarkable courage" and "extraordinary threat" written by no less a person than the UN Secretary-General do not affect the man they were written for. Just the opposite, he was doing his job and that it meant coming under enemy fire was part o


Former SAAF Chief Denis Earp dies

A former chief of the SA Air Force (SAAF), retired Lieutenant General Denis Earp, died in 1 Military Hospital on Sunday night hours after attending two memorial services.


Helicopter crash near Centurion

A SAAF light helicopter has crashed near the R101 between Ruimte and Wierda Ave in the Centurion area.


2 SANDF members seriously injured in helicopter crash

Two members of the South African National Defence Force have been airlifted to a military hospital in Pretoria following a helicopter crash in Zwartkop.


Election puts SAAF Museum airshow on hold

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Air Force Base Zwartkop will not hold its annual air show on May 4 with national and provincial elections four days later cited as the reason for postponement.


SAAF aircraft to generate cryptocurrency to save flying costs

The South African Air Force (SAAF), today announced an airborne cryptocurrency mining initiative, called 'SAAFCoin'. The initiative will make use of the excess electrical power on board its aircraft to generate cryptocurrency and save flying costs.


Oryx proving its worth in Mozambique

The rotary-winged workhorse of the SA Air Force (SAAF) – the Oryx medium transport – is again proving its worth in flood-ravaged Mozambique.


South African military assets evaluating post-Idai damage in Malawi and Mozambique

Tropical cyclone Idai was downgraded after making landfall on the African east coast last week but the destruction it wrought was significant and South Africa has dispatched military assets to assess and evaluate the situation in Malawi and Mozambique.


Nanosatellites to the rescue for maritime patrol operations?

The SA Air Force's (SAAF's) 35 Squadron has the motto "Shaya Amanzi" (Strike the Water) in tribute to its major role – maritime patrol and surveillance.


David Mabuza's hair-raising jet landing

Deputy President David Mabuza endured a hair-raising landing this week at the hands of the SA Air Force, when both tyres on the left side of the VIP jet he was travelling in burst during a landing at Cape Town International Airport.


Flying hours down for SAAF in latest budget

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has had its flying hours cut from 25 000 in the 2018/19 financial year to 17 200 the following year, the latest budget vote has revealed.

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