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SAAF Heli Systems is worthy Sword of Peace recipient

This year's recipient of the Sword of Peace, the highest operational award in the SA Air Force (SAAF), is the Directorate: Helicopter Systems.

 

When the past collides with the present

The SAAF is generally accepted as having been formed on 1 February 1920. But celebrating the centenary of its founding is under intense debate. Not the actual date of formation, but whether something

 

South Africa lacking in maritime search and rescue capabilities

South Africa is one of six signatories to a multilateral agreement to improve maritime search and rescue operations in Southern African waters.

 

SAAF on show during Prestige Day 2020

The South African Air Force (SAAF) hosted its annual Prestige Day celebrations today in the form of a Ceremonial Wing Review Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop, which witnessed several dozen active and retired aircraft take part in the larger than usual fl

 

Forensic investigation into crashed C-130BZ underway

A forensics team arrived in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week to start the laborious task of investigating a damaged SA Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules for clues to the reason for its runway excursion earlier this month.

 

SAAF Oryx used to rescue man who fell off KZN cliff

A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter was used to rescue an injured man who fell down a 100 metre cliff near Pietermartizburg.

 

Update: SAAF C-130BZ Hercules crash lands in DRC

A C-130BZ Hercules transport aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF) crash landed at Goma airport in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday.

 

SAAF helps NSRI evacuate injured ship's crew

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has used two of its helicopters to assist the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) to medically evacuate five injured crewmembers from a ship sailing off the coast of Durban.

 

SAAF Hercules crashes on landing at Goma, DRC

A SAAF C-130BZ Hercules has crashed on landing at Goma International Airport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this afternoon.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

As we await 2020 and the challenges it brings, I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas (or a happy Chanukah), a great year-end break, a safe holiday and a prosperous New Year. Kind regards Dean Wingrin

 

Passing Out Parade held for Ulundi Aviation Awareness graduates

Proud learners of the South African Air Force's (SAAF) Aviation Awareness Programme Summer Camp in the Ulundi area held a Passing Out Parade on Friday 13 December 2019.

 

Newly minted SAAF pilots get their wings

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.

 
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