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Ramaphosa highlights the importance of the SANDF at Armed Forces Day

President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised the importance of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and its roles in disaster relief, peacekeeping and border safeguarding at the 2019 Armed Forces Day commemorations in Cape Town.


Fifty-nine percent of defence budget is salaries

The need to reduce the number of people working in government service, including the national defence force, was forcibly brought home by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni during his budget address to the House of Assembly.


No rush to move AFB Durban as dig-out port delayed

Portnet delaying plans for a dig-out port on what was previously a major international airport and currently still home to a single SA Air Force (SAAF) flying squadron has eased pressure on air force management to relocate the helicopter unit.


ThoroughTec delivering more simulators to the SANDF

South African simulation house ThoroughTec Simulation is delivering simulators to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as part of several broader equipment acquisition programmes. These include Tactical Crew Training Simulators forthe Army's B


SAAF celebrates Prestige Day

he South African Air Force (SAAF) today celebrated Air Force Prestige Day, marking the 99th year of the establishment of the Air Force and a quarter century of a democratic air force.


Defence Force reaps benefits of Armed Forces Day activities

The South African Navy, hosts of the 2019 iteration of Armed Forces Day, is planning a huge spectacle in and around Cape Town.


Cambridge Pixel supporting SAAF radar upgrade

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is upgrading its secondary surveillance radars (SSRs) at six airfield across the country, with help from Tellumat and Cambridge Pixel.


SAAF seeking support services for its Falcons

Nothing having been made public to the contrary, the SA Air Force (SAAF) is still operating in austerity mode with acquisition replaced by maintenance and product support for the existing fleet.


SAAF pilot numbers boosted by 17

The SA Air Force (SAAF) has 17 newly minted pilots in its ranks, along with 10 new navigators and flight engineers.


Inkwazi flying again

President Cyril Ramaphosa had to wait 10 months before he could make use of the South African Air Force's presidential aircraft for the first time.


21 Squadron apparently didn't transport VVIPs in 2017/18

The latest Department of Defence (DoD) annual report has it the SA Air Force (SAAF) logged 496.3 hours flying government VVIPs and VIPs.


15 Squadron integral part of rescue technician training

The only SA Air Force (SAAF) helicopter squadron on the east coast – 15 in Durban – recently provided airborne platforms for professional rescue technicians to fine-tune their skills.


"Critical maintenance events" impact on SAAF maritime patrol capabilities

Aircraft used by the SA Air Force (SAAF) for the maritime patrol tasking are not only in short supply - they are also more than 80 years old.


SAAF can only put two C-130s into the air at any one time

Ever-increasing demands coupled to diminishing resources are putting what was once called "The Pride of the Nation" into an unenviable situation.


Reserves to be "classified" for better utilisation

The revamp of the Reserve Force service system will see changes for South Africa's part-time soldiers with among others, a classification system creating different levels of soldier.


SAAF on firefighting duty in Southern Cape

A SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter again showed its worth this week in a single day of firefighting operations in the southern Cape.


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.

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