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OC 21 Sqn quits after Zuma travel chaos

Chaos caused by the scheduling of President Jacob Zuma’s international flights has apparently resulted in the commanding officer of the SA Air Force’s VIP squadron resigning this week.


Air crash: Parents believe explanation doesn’t make sense

The Air Force told them only God has the answers why their son died in an airforce aircraft accident and that they should accept that.


Pilot chopper had been weak in flight school

The pilot of an Agusta 109 Air Force helicopter that crashed two years ago in the Kruger National Park with four soldiers on board, had already struggled during his basic flying training to get understanding of certain aspects of flight.


SAAF 95 must be properly commemorated

This year the SAAF marks its 95th anniversary and indications are the event will pass with an absolute minimum of the pomp and pageantry associated with major military milestones.


SAAF’s ageing C-47TPs keep soldiering on

The South African Air Force’s 35 Squadron, based at Ysterplaat in Cape Town, flies some of the oldest Douglas C-47 Dakotas in the world.


35 Squadron details Operation Copper deployments

35 Squadron has spoken to defenceWeb about its activities in the Mozambique Channel as part of the anti-piracy Operation Copper.


Silver Falcons flying high in 2015

The Silver Falcons certainly have been flying the flag for the SAAF this year with no less than five public appearances in the first five months and more to come.


Denel ISM upgrading Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre

Denel ISM, supported by Airbus Defence and Space, is equipping the SAAF’s Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) with image analysis tools.


Airbus talking to SAAF on A400M, A330MRTT and C295

Airbus is briefing the SAAF on several of its aircraft, namely the A330MRTT, A400M and C295, to meet various potential requirements for surveillance, cargo and tanking/VIP transport.


SA Air Force honours the fallen

May is traditionally the month during which the SAAF recalls the memory of thousands of its members who gave their lives in service of their country in times of war and in times of peace.


Oryx hit by small arms fire in DRC

A SA Air Force Oryx was hit by small arms fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday.


SAAF Museum air show promises to be a goodie

This Saturday is air show day at AFB Zwartkop when the SAAF Museum’s annual fundraiser takes to the skies.


Stretched SAAF maritime capability faces increased workload

The SAAF has only one squadron dedicated to maritime patrol and reconnaissance and it currently has seven aircraft on strength.


South Africa and the US talking about replacement C-130s

Acquisition of transport aircraft to replace the SAAF\'s ageing C-130BZs has, by at least one account, been underway for close on a year.


A-Darter contract moves missile programme forward

Denel Dynamics has received a production contract for the A-Darter fifth-generation air-to-air missile from Armscor, which covers the production of missiles for the South African Air Force over the next five years. The missile will arm the Sou...


Storm brewing over Zuma's new VIP jets

A storm is brewing over the acquisition of new VIP jets for President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet at a cost of R2 billion.


Airforce to lose VIP transport squadron

The SAAF is set to lose its preeminent VIP transport squadron to a new State entity.


Entebbe runway chaos for Cyril Ramaphosa’s jet

A VIP flight crew had a near miss when they landed on the wrong runway at Entebbe airport.


SAAF no longer part of Op Copper in Mozambique

The decrease in pirate activity off Africa’s east coast has probably contributed to an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations decision to withdraw air operations from Pemba in support of the anti-piracy Operation Copper. The ...


SAAF probably looking at C-130 or KC-390 for medium airlift

While not cast in stone it appears the airborne arm of the SANDF has its eyes on two possible types to replace its ageing C-130BZ fleet.


SAAF helps fight major Cape Town blaze

The appearance of a 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter slinging a Bambi bucket this week signalled the re-entry of the SAAF to the firefighting effort in the Western Cape.


Defence allocation in National Budget not enough

By Kim HelfrichFinance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was all smiles and bonhomie toward Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, his Cabinet colleague tasked with the defence portfolio, during his national budget address but this did not mask the fact that the country&r...


A-Darter programme nears completion

Denel Dynamics is close to completing the development of its A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile.


Airforce naval helicopter lands after indications of fire

A SAAF helicopter performed a precautionary landing on a golf course this afternoon when indications of a fire were detected.


AFB Durban to stay put for the foreseeable future

The SAAFhas “several options” as regards a new site for Air Force Base Durban but there is no real pressure on the Command Council to make a decision.

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