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Maintenance and replacement parts for SAAF C-130BZs

The major movers of men and materiel in the SA Air Force (SAAF) 28 Squadron's small and shrinking number of vintage C-130BZ Hercules will remain in service with no indication of replacements on the horizon.

 

SAAF Chief on goodwill visit to India

Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, recently completed a goodwill visit to India, meeting with the heads of the Indian defence force and its three services (Army, Navy and Air Force).

 

More money for SANDF, Denel in medium term budget

Denel will be getting an extra R2.9 billion in the 2021 Medium Term Budget, to cover debt, while the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will receive an additional R700 million, mostly to cover the response to the July unrest.

 

SA Air Force Aviators Qualify in Russia

A group of South African Air Force Candidate Officers completed their training and were officially awarded their qualifications on parade at Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation School, Krasnodar in Russia on Saturday, 30 October 2021.

 

CAF reflects on successes and challenges during long service medal parade

The Chief of the SA Air Force (SAAF), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, has lauded the SAAF for its contribution to peace and security but sounded a warning over budget cuts and the loss of the state-owned defence industrial base.

 

SAAF still not meeting flying hour targets

The number of hours SA Air Force (SAAF) platforms spent aloft during the 2020/21 financial year was just over 13 700 80% of the 17 100 set as the target.

 

Temporary home for Oryx 1234 at AFB Swartkop

The helicopter population of the oldest base in the SA Air Force (SAAF) Swartkop in Centurion has grown by one but the rotorcraft will neither be operational nor join other exhibits at the SAAF Museum.

 

Discussions with Transnet on future of AFB Durban

Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Simo Wiseman Mbambo, has met with Transnet officials at Air Force Base Durban in order to discuss refurbishing plans for the Base.

 

SAAF Museum to acquire new helicopter exhibit (Updated)

As a consequence of an underfunded budget, the SAAF is having to delay maintenance of Oryx helicopters.

 

Reduced availability of aircraft negatively affecting SAAF flying hours

Constrained funding is affecting the ability of the South African Air Force (SAAF) to provide enough serviceable aircraft, which is negatively affecting flying hours.

 

15 Sqn move to King Shaka still holding

15 Squadron of the SAAF and its Agusta A109 and Oryx medium transport helicopters will remain the sole aviation occupants of the former Durban International Airport for at least the next five years.

 

15 Squadron aids in sea rescue

An Oryx from the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) 15 Squadron was called out to the New Constant, an oil tanker 50 nautical miles off the coast of Durban on Sunday to evacuate an ill crew member.

 

Command Post status for Ex Winter Solstice 2021

When he officially accepted command of the SA Air Force (SAAF) earlier this month (June), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo identified combat readiness as a priority and this will happen without screaming jets, throbbing helicopter rotors and roaring turb

 

SA Air Force lacks capability as force multiplier for army and navy

The SAAF must be considered in three contexts - its primary role of air defence, strike and interdiction, and its roles as force multiplier for the army and navy.

 

Air Force finally breaks the silence over 'Gripen crash'

After almost six weeks of waiting, the Zoutpansberger finally managed to elicit a response from the South African Air Force (SAAF) this week regarding an accident at AFB Makhado during which a multi-million-rand Gripen fighter craft was damaged while basi

 

Combat readiness the main priority for new SAAF Chief Mbambo

Making sure the South African Air Force (SAAF) is combat ready is the main priority for new Chief, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo.

 

Denel dragging the SAAF down

The sorry state of affairs at Denel is impacting on the ability of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to meet ordered commitments resulting in, to date, a request for "guidance" as regards air force financial authority approving payments to Denel Aeronautics as "air

 

Mbambo is fifth SAAF Chief since 1994

When he takes up the post of SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief on 1 June, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo becomes the fifth commander of the airborne service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) since its establishment on 27 April 1994.

 

Port Elizabeth gate guards down

The SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum as the guardian of South Africa's military aviation history is aware of the sorry state of both gate guards at Port Elizabeth Airport, now renamed Dawid Stuurman International.

 

New SAAF Chief appointed

Maj Gen Wiseman Mbambo has been appointed as Chief of the SAAF and promoted to Lt Gen wef 1 June 2021.

 

South Africa to acquire ex-RAF Hercules transports

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is finally acquiring a fleet of new (for the SAAF) tactical transport aircraft.

 

Pilots mourn ex-SAAF colleagues killed in Swartkop air crash

The death of two highly experienced former SA Air Force fighter pilots in a light aircraft crash at Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria on Wednesday has left the country's close-knit aviation fraternity reeling.

 

SAAF Museum aircraft in fatal crash

South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum aircraft crashed near AFB Swartkop this morning.

 

SAAF Museum airshow a no-go for the second year running

Lockdown level one does not open the door for the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum to stage its major fundraiser the annual airshow and military aviation enthusiasts have to wait and see if the event takes place at all this year.

 

SAAF A109 involved in rescue of injured paraglider

A South African Air Force (SAAF) A109 Light Utility Helicopter was used to rescue an injured paraglider in the Eastern Cape last week.

 
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