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SAAF confirms reactivation of 10 Squadron

The SAAF has confirmed that it is reactivating 10 Squadron, which used to operate Scout and Seeker unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), indicating it could ultimately operate the Seeker 400 UAVs that Denel Dynamics is delivering to a “local customer”.

 

Yet another SAAF helicopter shot at in the DRC

A SAAF transport helicopter has once again been damaged by rebel fire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), exactly two month after another helicopter was also lightly damaged.

 

Substantial drop in the SAAF budget

The SA Air Force’s budget for the 2016/17 financial year is R284 million less than it was granted by National Treasury for the previous financial cycle.

 

Inkwazi jet panic costs R300K ‘for no reason’

There was very little wrong with presidential jet Inkwazi when it was announced that President Jacob Zuma was “stranded” in Burundi.

 

New boss for SAAF Museum

The new man in charge of the SAAF\'s military aviation history via its three museums is Lieutenant Colonel Thor Fredericks.

 

Two injured in Airforce Cessna crash

The SAAF has confirmed that the two crew of a Cessna 208 Caravan that crashed on a private farm in the Cape have been hospitalised.

 

SAAF plane crashes near AFB Langebaanweg

Two people have been criically injured when a SAAF aircraft crashed this morning near AFB Langebaanweg.

 

More questions around Inkwazi grounding

With President Jacob Zuma back from his latest foreign policy endeavour in strife-torn Burundi, questions are again being asked about the Presidential BBJ, Inkwazi.

 

Another 'technical problem' for Inkwazi

The issue of acquiring another VIP aircraft has again come to the fore following a technical problem that kept the Presidential BBJ Inkwazi grounded in Burundi last week.

 

Exiting pilots 'stole' Air Force planes – minister

Some of the SAAF\'s planes were stolen and put in museums, which is why there were not enough planes for pilots to get their wings, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

 

SANDF pulls out all the stops for Armed Forces Day

By Guy MartinCommander-in Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), President Jacob Zuma, emphasised the importance of the military in peacekeeping operations and keeping South Africa safe during a spectacular Armed Forces Day in ...

 

Denel pushing Rooivalk Mk 2, export orders

Denel is in discussions with various government departments including the SAAF on upgrading the Rooivalk combat helicopter.

 

Rooivalks in the DRC flying 40 hours a month

The Rooivalk combat helicopters deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are flying more than 40 hours a month with the United Nations (UN) mission there, and have fired 200 rockets and more than 600 rounds of cannon ammunition during a num...

 

16 Squadron honoured with Sword of Peace award

16 Squadron, based at AFB Bloemspruit and the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) only combat support rotary wing unit, has been awarded the Sword of Peace.

 

Despite underfunding, SAAF is coping, Msimang says at Prestige Day Parade

Lieutenant General Fabian Msimang, chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), has warned of the dire consequences of underfunding, but maintains that the Air Force is able to fulfil its mandate in spite of considerable challenges.

 

General Barends take reigns at AFB Makhado

AFB Makhado came under new leadership on Friday, 22 January, with Brigadier General André Barends taking over the reins as new officer commanding of the base.

 

Developing the Rooivalk Mk2 would tick many vital boxes

THE Department of Defence is considering whether to restart the Rooivalk project, to develop an upgraded version of the strike helicopter for the South African Air Force and perhaps for export.

 

January 29 is Air Force Day

Air Force Day will, as usual, be marked by the SA Air Force on the closest Friday to February 1, widely accepted as the founding date of one of the world’s oldest independent air forces.

 

SAAF helicopter fired at in the DRC

A SAAF helicopter deployed under the UN flag was fired upon in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last week.

 

Final four Oryx being upgraded as part of Project Drummer

Denel Aviation is busy upgrading the final four of 39 Oryx helicopters for the SAAF as part of Project Drummer II.

 

No VIP aircraft Request for Offer issued yet by Armscor

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula might be “tired of waiting” for the acquisition of another VIP aircraft, according to Armscor chief executive Kevin Wakeford, but she will have to exercise more patience.

 

SA Navy taking a Super Lynx to India

When SAS Spioenkop (F147) steams out of Simon’s Town later this month en route to India she will have a Super Lynx maritime helicopter along with the necessary flight and support crew aboard.

 

Ramaphosa's plane problems stopped him from attending ANC gala dinner

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was unable to attend the ANC’s gala dinner on Friday because of plane problems.

 

End of year message and Review

As 2015 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. Perhaps the quote above best describes the past year for the South African Air Force (SAAF).

 

New Bosses for Langebaanweg and Makhado, plus other promotions

The South African Department of Defence (DoD) has released details of appointments and promotions for the 2015/2016 financial year.

 
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