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SAAF jets aren't in storage, says general

The SAAF has found that it was better - and cheaper - not to put the aircraft into long-term storage.


UN has to approve deployment before Rooivalks head to DRC

It is not the SANDF but the UN that will decide whether the Rooivalk combat support helicopter will be deployed in the eastern DRC.


No buyers yet for surplus SAAF Astras

The SAAF's 18 surplus Pilatus Astras up for sale have still not found a buyer, while the 35 upgraded PC-7s that received new cockpit and navigation avionics have all re-entered service.


No progress on SAAF base security upgrade project

In progress projects on the Strategic Capital Acquisition Master Plan (SCAMP) to upgrade protection of air force facilities does not appear to hold any water when it comes to the workings of the Portfolio Committee on Defence.


Lack of Public Works maintenance costing the SANDF millions

A long history of dissatisfaction about the lack of priority given to maintenance of military bases and facilities by the Department of Public Works (DPW) has come to a head as a result of 10 months of self-supplied electricity at AFB Makhado.


Airforce aircraft may not fly again

Unless the Air Force receives at least R800 million from the government within the next eight months its fighter jets and helicopters, which are not operational because of a budget deficit, may never fly again.


Air force may clip Zuma's wings

President Jacob Zuma's international travel commitments may be affected by the air force's financial predicament, according to a report on Monday.


Flying Zuma home eats up rescue budget

The SAAF's two helicopter squadrons on the coast have received no funding this year for sea and mountain rescue operations, but have received funding for VIP flights, according to a report.


SAAF Chief optimistic on the future

The Chief of the Airforce, Lt Gen Fabian Msimang, is optimistic about the future of the SAAF, despite the serious challenges it faces.


Chief of the SAAF: The past is important

It is important that new and current members of the SAAF are reminded of the service's past whilst preparing for the future.


SAAF “crisis” caused by underfunding

With the country's military watchers united in their view the SAAF is fast approaching crisis point in terms of operational ability the finger is - again - being pointed at underfunding.


Sell Hawks, Agustas, says expert

If for the fighter aircraft there really is too little money to operate the Gripens and Hawks, it will make more sense to sell the Hawks and to fly the Gripens more.


SA Air Force’s A-109s grounded

Not one of the SAAF\'s 18 Agusta A109 helicopters is currently flying because there are no funds to use them operationally, the Afrikaans daily Beeld reports.


SA Air Force in crisis - DA

The DA will ask Parliament's defence joint standing committee to schedule a meeting to discuss the "crisis" in the SAAF, spokesperson David Maynier said on Wednesday.


SAAF has no Gripen support contract

The SAAF has no support contract with Saab to maintain its fleet of Gripen fighter jets as previous support contracts have expired.


No movement yet on new SAAF VIP aircraft

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s assertion that Treasury approval has been granted for the acquisition of new VIP aircraft appears to have become bogged down in bureaucratic inertia.


National SANDF grounds plane after 'accidental' landing at Waterkloof

The South African National Defence Force has grounded a civilian aircraft for illegally violating the airspace above Waterkloof Air Force Base.


SANDF not part of Mthatha airport management

Just over a year ago then Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the SANDF would take over the running of Mthatha Airport.


SAAF to test combat readiness

The combat readiness of the SAAF will come under the spotlight in just over a week’s time when this year’s Exercise Winter Solstice starts in Limpopo.


Bases collapse in ruins

The Air Force has just two technicians that can repair aircraft at the Central Flying School in Langebaanweg in the Western Cape. Also, one has only three months experience.


SAAF’s main airlift squadron marks two key anniversaries

The SAAF's main medium-heavy airlift squadron celebrated two major milestones at the weekend, with the unit reaching 70 years and its C-130BZ Hercules aircraft reaching 50.


No money for pilots

By Graeme hoskinBudgetary allocations for the crucial training of air force pilots and navigators have been frozen - but the government plans to splurge billions on a VVIP aircraft for President Jacob Zuma.The purchase is planned despite the Inkwaz...


Acquisition process for new VVIP aircraft will start now

With National Treasury approval in the bag, the South African National Defence Force is now ready to start the process of acquiring at least one and possibly four aircraft for the exclusive use of the President and members of his Cabinet.


SA to splash out on new jet for Zuma

The defence force is back in the market for purchasing presidential jets as well as planes that will give the military its own airlift capacity.


Funding continues for peacekeeping, anti-piracy operations, border patrol and VIP jets - minister

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, during her first defence budget debate yesterday, outlined some of the major allocations of the R40.243 billion 2013/14 defence budget.

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