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Emergency landing for military helicopter in Margate, KZN

A military helicopter made an emergency landing near the Margate whale deck earlier today.


SAAF adds new maintenance technicians

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has added new aircraft maintenance technicians to its ranks, with 65 artisans being reclassified during a passing out parade this morning.


Shortfall of more than R7 billion for SAAF air defence programme

The SA Air Force (SAAF) has a shortfall in excess of R7 billion to provide "prepared and supported air defence capabilities for the defence and protection of South Africa," according to the Department of Defence (DoD) 2018 Annual Performance Plan.


Silver Falcons gearing up for 2018 season

Team 82 of the Silver Falcons is busy getting ready for the 2018 air show season and will perform its first display at Zwartkop next month.


South African Air Force announces major basing change

In an effort to save costs and create better security, the South African Air Force (SAAF) has announced that as part of a radical change in its basing strategy all of its operational air bases will be closed and aircraft will be dispersed around the count


No damage in Airforce cargo plane taxiway excursion

It would appear that the incident involving a South African Air Force (SAAF) cargo plane which ran off a taxiway in Bloemfontein this past Monday resulted in no damage to the aircraft.


Mystery surrounds airforce cargo plane off taxiway

The circumstances surrounding the taxiing incident where a South African Air Force (SAAF) cargo plane ran off a taxiway this past week is still a mystery.


SAA Technical to maintain presidential VVIP jet

Armscor is about to place an order with SAA Technical for the maintenance of the Presidential VVIP Boeing Business Jet, according to defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. This comes as President Cyril Ramaphosa has criticised the minister for having t


SANDF revises presidential flight procedures after Ramaphosa's Moti flight

nternal processes around the procurement of private aircraft for presidential flights have been revised following news reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa flew on an aircraft owned by the Moti company.


Defence budget makes no provision for Defence Review funding – DA

The allocation of R47.9 billion for the 2018/18 financial year to defence by former finance minister Malusi Gigaba during his sole national budget presentation before being moved back to the home affairs portfolio is 7.24% lower than the previous year acc


Rooivalks may return from the DRC

According to highly-placed sources in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Rooivalk attack helicopters deployed to the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) may end this year, following a request received fr


Defence allocation from National Treasury for 2018/19 down on previous year

The budget unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday showed again that defence is one of the poor relations in the government family. In real terms the amount of money allocated to the Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) has


DRC Rooivalks notch up a first

Now in its fifth year of deployment with the UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a pair of Rooivalk combat support helicopters notched up a first when manned by all-black crews on an escort mission.


No maintenance contracts for several SAAF aircraft types

Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow defence and military veterans minister, Kobus Marais, received unexpected extra insight into the number of serviceable aircraft types in the SA Air Force (SAAF) when he posed a Parliamentary question on air


SAAF honoured during annual Prestige Day

The SAAF honoured its serving and fallen members and highlighted challenges and achievements during its annual Air Force Prestige Day parade and flypast at Air Force Base Zwartkop this morning.


New leadership at Cape airbases and squadrons (Updated)

Two of the three South African Air Force bases located in the Western Cape province have received new commanding officers: AFB Overberg and AFB Ysterplaat.


Armscor maintains SAAF cockpit upgrades are on track

What top South African military analyst Helmoed Heitman has called "political correctness gone insane" is proceeding according to plan.


Holding Pattern (End of year message and Review)

The past year has generally seen the South African Air Force (SAAF) survive more or less intact. With no increase in budget likely anytime soon, the SAAF is in a perpetual state of waiting with suspended progress for the foreseeable future … just like las


Update: Eight injured after Cape Oryx flies through wires

The South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter that crashed on the N1 highway just outside Cape Town on Sunday morning was transporting a helicopter engine when if flew through newly erected wires.


Eight injured in airforce helicopter crash near Worcester

Eight people were injured after a military helicopter crashed near the N1 at the Huguenot tunnel outside Cape Town on Sunday.


Final countdown for large Cape airshow

With a bye-line of "See It, Hear It, Feel It," aviation enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the opening of the gates for the AFB Langebaanweg and Silver Falcon 50th Anniversary Airshow this Saturday, December 9.


SA needs more radars for border safeguarding

The South African Air Force (SAAF) needs at least 50 radars to adequately protect its borders, according to a SAAF general. Brigadier General Jacobus E Crous, speaking at the recent South African Radar Interest Group (SARIG) conference, said tha...


21 Squadron VVIP transport budget "blown" by millions

Another Parliamentary question put to Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has shown the SA Air Force (SAAF) “blew its budget” for VVIP and VIP transport by no less than R35 million in the 2016/17 financial year. This is not all opposit...


Silver Falcons 50th anniversary getting ever closer

Silver Falcon number one, Commandant (Colonel) Chris Prins, is no longer alive and sadly, cannot be part of the SA Air Force (SAAF) aerobatic team's 50th anniversary at AFB Langebaanweg on November 24.


SAAF needs to stay abreast of growing EW threats in spite of limited budget

The electronic warfare (EW) threat is real and growing and the South African Air Force (SAAF) needs to develop and grow local capabilities in response, despite budget constraints, according to a SAAF official.

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