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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.


A-Darter undergoes further testing

The A-Darter fifth generation air-to-air missile has undergone further testing, with a successful launch on Monday.


28 Squadron again called on for humanitarian duty

One of the SAAFs long-serving C-130BZs is currently in Lagos, Nigeria, preparing to bring home the remains of the last 11 South Africans who died when a building collapsed in September.


SAAF at 95 falls short of 1998 Defence Review’s equipment recommendations

By Kim HelfrichLast Friday the SA Air Force (SAAF) officially marked its 95th anniversary as part of the annual Air Force Day parade with a flypast of mostly Air Force Museum aircraft taking centre stage due to limited funding and aircraft availab...


SAAF commissions officers and celebrates Air Force Day

The SAAF this morning held a joint Air Force Day and candidate officers commission parade at AFB Waterkloof as the SAAF celebrates 95 years of existence.


SANDF tasks a third helicopter for Mozambique flood aid

The South African military deployment to the flood-ravaged areas of Mozambique has been boosted by another helicopter.


Air Force Day parade

Friday, January 30, is Air Force Day and the South African Air Force (SAAF) will use AFB Waterkloof in Centurion to mark the start of its 95 years of existence, making it one of the world’s oldest independent air forces.


End of year message

As 2014 draws to a close, it is that customary time to reflect on events past and wonder just where the time went and what has been achieved.


SAAF wins bid to train Omani pilots

The SAAF has won a bid to train pilots for the Royal Airforce of Oman at its\' Central Flying School in the Western Cape.


SAAF gains nine new pilots

The SAAF is nine pilots better off, as well as having an additional five navigators, six flight engineers and a loadmaster.


Airforce’s Agusta LUH grounded, again?

It is rumoured that all flying activities of the SAAF\'s fleet of Agusta A109 helicopters have ceased and, in effect, the fleet is subject to yet another grounding.

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