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Denel gets R1.2bn to repair SA Air Force helicopters

The predicament of the SA Air Force (SAAF) of having unserviceable helicopters could be a thing of the past before the upcoming national elections.


SAAF Museum air show 2024 to be a flight through time

On Saturday 4 May the sky above the western side of Centurion will be abuzz with aircraft for the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum 2024 air show.


SAAF Unveils Revolutionary 'Flying Ostrich' Squadron for Enhanced Aerial Dominance

In a groundbreaking announcement today, the South African Air Force (SAAF) revealed its latest leap in aviation technology - the introduction of a squadron of trained flying ostriches.


SA Air Force Museum’s Korean War Hall re-opens

This week the Korean War Hall of Remembrance at Swartkop Air Force Base Museum in Pretoria was opened after a substantial upgrade. The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Dong-Han Yang and Chief of the SAAF, Lt Gen Wiseman Mbambo, jointly


SAAF shuts down HQ building due to ventilation problems

Due to unsafe and unhealthy working conditions caused by malfunctioning ventilation systems, the South African Air Force (SAAF) is temporarily closing its headquarters building in Pretoria.


Austerity impacts SANDF time in the air and at sea

Two areas where austerity measures brought on by a reduced defence budget show in the performance of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are flying and sea hours.


Delivery of first operational A-Darters scheduled for December

Slow progress is being recorded with the long-delayed A-Darter air-to-air missile being manufactured by Denel Dynamics for the SAAF, with delivery of trainer and operational missiles scheduled for later this year.


Real term decline in ‘disastrous’ SA defence budget

South Africa’s 2024 budget allocation has been revealed to Parliament this afternoon, and it does not bode well for the Department of Defence and South African National Defence Force (SANDF).


SANDF Budget 2023/24 comments

Herewith some Tweets (@deanwingrin) I sent earlier this afternoon after the release of the 2024/25 Budget by National Treasury, as it relates to the SANDF:


SA’s troops in DRC, Mozambique at risk without crucial helicopter service deal

South Africa has deployed its troops into two wars without renewing a maintenance contract needed to keep its essential attack and transport helicopters flying.


Mbambo promises action on SAAF HQ air conditioning problem

Chief of the SAAF, Lt Gen Wiseman Mbambo, has said efforts are being made to address the issue of air conditioning units at SAAF Headquarters in Pretoria being broken, resulting in inside temperatures reaching over 40 degrees on warm days.


104 Years Celebration of a Collective Heritage and History of the SA Air Force

Every birthday is a symbol of a new beginning and a new phase. The South African Air Force held a Prestige Parade at Swartkop Mobile Deployment Wing on 01 February 2024 to celebrate the 104th birthday in style.


Lack of top cover could be behind DR Congo helicopter attack

In the aftermath of Friday’s small arms attack on a SAAF Oryx helicopter attached to the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, the safety and capability of deployed South African military personnel and equipment has been questioned.


SAAF Oryx riddled by small arms fire in the DRC; two crew injured

A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter was hit dozens of times by small arms fire while carrying out a casualty evacuation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this morning, with two crew injured.


SAAF resilience needed amid global conflicts and humanitarian crises " Mbambo

Ongoing conflicts and natural disasters are increasing demand for South African Air Force (SAAF) assets, but a lack of funding is hampering operations and requires the SAAF to work more efficiently with what it has.


Modise sidesteps Lekota question on serviceable SAAF fighters

Mosiuoa Lekota, who was at the helm of South Africa’s defence and military veterans ministry at the time the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (SDPP) was finalised in the late 1990s, still shows an interest in what has happened to the sharp-end equi


Use of SAAF aircraft for party political purposes slammed

The apparent “commandeering” of SAAF platforms to transport senior government officials, seemingly including President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy Paul Mashatile, to venues for ANC political events, was grabbed with both hands by the opposition DA.


SAAF pays tribute to late Rooivalk father, Dr Paul Potgieter

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has honoured ‘the father of the Rooivalk’ attack helicopter, Dr Paul Potgieter, who tragically passed away last month.


Millions of rands for ‘best of the best’ for Inkwazi passengers

The South African Air Force " in other words, the taxpayer " had to cough up almost R139 million over the past five years for, among other things, catering on board Inkwazi, the presidential jet.


The Year 2023: Per Aspera Ad Astra?

The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) motto is "Per Aspera Ad Astra", meaning "Through Adversity to the Stars." It could just as well be “Absque argento omnia vana,” (“Without money all is in vain).


SAAF rotorcraft shortfall sees firefighting take preference over Presidential duties

That an Oryx medium transport helicopter tasked “For the President” had to be re-tasked for firefighting duty before Christmas is a further example of how thinly stretched the SA Air Force (SAAF) is.


SAAF firefighting to the fore in Simon’s Town

The potentially life and property threatening fire which raged across the mountains around SA Navy fleet headquarters at Simon’s Town this week was, in part, contained by a 22 Squadron Oryx medium transport helicopter from the SAAF.


Minister Modise reveals SAAF aircrew numbers

The SA Air Force (SAAF) musters just short of 400 aircrew, with the majority of pilots in command (PICs) flying rotorcraft according to Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise.


Symbolic milestone for AFB Langebaanweg

Air Force Base (AFB) Langebaanweg, a crucial outpost of the South African Air Force (SAAF) on the Cape West Coast, celebrated a momentous occasion on Thursday 7 December with the unveiling of its military Colour.


AFB Ysterplaat and Girls Fly Africa Inspire Young Girls to Pursue Aerospace Careers

To address this issue and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry, Air Force Base (AFB) Ysterplaat and Girls Fly Africa, a non-profit organization, have formed a partnership that aims to inspire and empower young girls from diverse backgrounds to

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