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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.


Milestones for the C-130 – locally and internationally

Come month-end, the SAAF’s 28 Squadron will mark two major milestones – its 70th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the venerable C-130BZ in service.


Ex Young Eagle will be part of Ex Shared Accord this year

In what can only be seen as another challenge brought about by a tight budget, this year will see the SA Army’s major airborne assault exercise form part of a joint United States humanitarian exercise in the Eastern Cape.


Crash pilot almost failed

The airforce pilot that crashed an Agusta helicopter in the Kruger National Park in March had a volatile history as a pilot.


Air force wings clipped

The SA Air Force is in crisis. Its pilot and navigator recruitment programmes have been shut down and there are plans to shelve other projects.


Slick SAAF air capability demo in spite of austerity

By Kim HelfrichAusterity does not mean inefficiency. This was ably proven by the SA Air Force (SAAF) during its air capability demonstration at the Roodewal bombing range in Limpopo yesterday. In common with the three other arms of service, the...


SAAF Museum airshow going to be a goodie

Forty years of preserving South Africa’s military aviation history will be marked with a massive 40 helicopter formation flypast at the SAAF Museum airshow on Saturday.


Industry targeting careers at SAAF Museum air show

The fear that South Africa’s pipeline of young engineers for the aerospace and aviation sectors is “drying up” is one of the reasons why major local defence industry company, Paramount Group, is supporting the SAAF Museum and its annual airshow.


Airforce cancels new pilot courses

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has cancelled all new recruitment initiatives for the year, including that for pilots and navigators.


Five senior government officials suspended in first “Guptagate” fall-out

Government’s bureaucratic machine has moved into top gear for both damage limitation and the hunt for culprits after the unauthorised arrival of a chartered jetliner at AFB Waterkloof earlier this week.


Investigation underway into civilian use of AFB Waterkloof

Forty-eight hours after a breach of security, in terms of the apartheid-era National Key Points Act, a top government official apparently implicated in facilitating the arrival of a privately chartered airliner at AFB Waterkloof has been suspended.

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