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SAAF sending members to military academy in the United States

Date: 7 February 2017

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The South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 of its members to the United States every year to train at the military academy there.

According to Chief of the Air Force, Lieutenant General Zimpande Msimang, “The South African Air Force…will, from next year, send 60 cadets to the Military Academy each year to pursue their first degree. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support musterings. The Air Force will in the very near future have 180 cadets at the Military Academy in a three year cycle.”

Msimang was speaking at the Air Force Prestige Day parade held at Air Force Base Waterkloof on 3 February.

Major General Gerald Malinga, Deputy Chief of the Air Force, said the US Air Force has accorded the South African Air Force space for its personnel in the United States.

Regarding other training outside South Africa, Msimang said “I wish to express my gratitude to my counterparts in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Russia, Cuba, the United States, Brazil, Pakistan and Germany for having offered opportunities to our Air Force members who are currently undergoing training in their institutions.”

SAAF members have also been sent to the United Kingdom and Bangladesh for training.

In October 2015 it was reported that ten pilots from 2 Squadron had been selected for further training in Russia, mainly to build experience and, as of September 2016 there were five SAAF officers undergoing pilot training there.

Another four pilots have been in Cuba since September 2015 on a four year training course. Five SAAF members are receiving air traffic control training for two years; eight are receiving aviation engineering training over six years and seven are doing aviation technical course training in Cuba for three years.

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