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A-Darter ready for launch

Denel Dynamics recently completed its V3E Agile Darter (A-Darter) air-to-air missile qualification tests, making deliveries to the South African Air Force (SAAF) a step closer.

 

SAAF uses majority of allocated flying hours

In the 2017/18 financial year the SA Air Force (SAAF) achieved 81% of its targeted five thousand flying hours.

 

Saab puts senior executive in SA to push for Gripen MS20 upgrade

Saab has placed a senior executive in South Africa to try and persuade the South African Air Force (SAAF) to buy into the Gripen’s latest upgrade progamme.

 

SANDF officer falls to his death during training demonstration

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances leading up to the death of a Sergeant who fell out of a helicopter during a roping demonstration at the weekend.

 

SAAF CHU medal parade in DR Congo

The cloud hanging over the future of the SAAF composite helicopter unit (CHU) deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was nowhere to be seen during a medal parade this month addressed by the MONUSCO Force Commander.

 

SAAF helicopter damaged during capability demonstration

A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium-transport helicopter was damaged when it landed hard during an Air Capability Demonstration yesterday.

 

Air power capability display marred by Oryx “hard landing”

Tuesday’s SA Air Force (SAAF) air power capability display in Limpopo was marred by an Oryx emergency landing, fortunately with no injuries.

 

SAAF Museum Spitfire fighter project at ‘critical point’

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum project to rebuild, into flying condition, one of only two Supermarine Spitfires in South Africa has reached a critical point, requiring significant investment to be able to effectively proceed.

 

SAAF helicopter damaged in DRC evading ground fire

A SAAF helicopter was slightly damaged whilst evading ground fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday.

 

Falcon 50 flying again as SAAF improves aircraft maintenance

Efforts to get the SAAF’s VIP jet fleet flying again appear to be bearing fruit, with one of the Falcon 50s taking to the skies after some 18 months on the ground.

 

SANDF denies suspension of SAAF Chief - Media Statement

The Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Zimpande Msimang is not on suspension.

 

SAAF Chief apparently suspended – no comment from SANDF

SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang is apparently on special leave after being suspended from duty.

 

It cost R1.5 million to fly Ramaphosa from Johannesburg to Cape Town

The promise from SAA to provide flights for President Cyril Ramaphosa is costing the government millions, according to a report by the City Press.

 

Rooivalk remaining in the DRC

The Rooivalk combat support helicopter looks set to remain in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but instead of being attached to the United Nations’ MONUSCO mission, it will apparently be operated only in support of South African troops.

 

New SAAF transport aircraft apparently still on the cards

The South African Air Force will be getting new medium and light transport aircraft in the next decade, according to the Department of Defence.

 

Armscor selling undocumented SAAF Cessna 185s

Six years after they were first offered for sale a tranche of unused – and undocumented – SA Air Force (SAAF) Cessna 185s are again up for sale, this time by Armscor via a tender.

 

New boss for AFS Port Elizabeth

Phetogo Molawa has officially become the ultimate “boss lady” of the air force in PE.

 

SAAF moving to make 21 Squadron airworthy

Steps are being taken to make the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) VIP transport squadron airworthy again with the latest development being a series of engineering support and procurement tenders issued by Armscor for the squadron’s three Falcon bizjets.

 

Rooivalk DRC deployment costs revealed

The South African Ministry of Defence has for the first time revealed the operating and deployment costs of the three Denel Rooivalk combat support helicopters deployed to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).

 

Taxpayers face R200m bill for Zuma aircraft bungle

A bungle by Department of Defence head honchos in leasing planes for the president and his deputy is set to cost taxpayers more than R200-million.

 

SAAF shopping for spares and maintenance

It appears better use is being made of the minimal funding allocated to the SA Air Force (SAAF) which now wants parts for its Cessna Caravans and “ad-hoc maintenance” for its King Airs.

 

SAAF helicopter group in DRC logging less hours

The home-grown South African Rooialk combat support helicopter has gained more than its fair share of admirers during its first continental deployment but the number of hours logged on missions continues to decrease and its return home appears to be immin

 

Mapisa-Nqakula says SANDF VVIP fleet grounded

Six aircraft make up 21 Squadron - that’s the name for the fleet of aircraft that’s meant to fly the country’s top dignitaries. None of them can take off because no maintenance contracts are in place.

 

Emergency landing for military helicopter in Margate, KZN

A military helicopter made an emergency landing near the Margate whale deck earlier today.

 

SAAF adds new maintenance technicians

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has added new aircraft maintenance technicians to its ranks, with 65 artisans being reclassified during a passing out parade this morning.

 
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