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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.


Gripen scrambled in attempted air rescue

A SAAF Gripen fighter jet was scrambled in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent a small business jet from crashing in the Swellendam area yesterday.


SAAF helicopter to the rescue – this time on the Cape west coast

A 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter was used as a platform to launch divers who successfully rescued three fishermen off Velddrif earlier this week.


SAAF trainee passes with flying colours

Corporal Magriet Muller has a passion for helicopters and that passion paid off on Thursday, when she graduated as a flight engineer.


15 Squadron’s Charlie flight plays big part in sea rescue off Port Elizabeth

A pair of 15 Squadron Charlie flight BK-117 helicopters formed a large part of the successful rescue of 25 crewmen south-east of Cape Recife on Thursday.


Central Flying School to host wings parade on Thursday

This Thursday marks the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears for 24 SA Air Force (SAAF) members who will receive brevets and half brevets to mark their entrance into the ranks of pilots, flight engineers, loadmasters and aerial photographers.


SAAF to celebrate 80 years of Dakota excellence

The South African Air Force’s 35 Squadron is to celebrate 80 years of Dakota Excellence by hosting a formal banquet inside their hangar at AFB Ysterplaat on 5 December.


Change to air support for Operation Copper

As of this week the aerial support component of Operation Copper will no longer see any SA Air Force elements deployed on a temporary basis to Pemba in Mozambique.


Zuma to get new jet by April

At least one presidential jet must be on the tarmac of Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria by April 1 because Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is “fed up” about VIP jets being unavailable.


Air force not coping with govt's travel demands - SAAF chief

The South African Air Force is not coping with the demand for intercontinental travel by government officials - and that is why it needed to buy a new jet.


Armscor looking for quick turnaround on new SAAF VIP jet acquisition

The issuing of a Request for Information (RFI) for an inter-continental VIP aircraft for the SA Air Force (SAAF) last week is another step in the defence acquisition process, in this particular instance going back to 2012.


“Deeply stupid” for South Africa to acquire a dedicated long range VIP aircraft

While the issuing of a Request for Information (RFI) by Armscor is the start of a long and often convoluted process toward eventual acquisition someone who is not happy about the information request for a new inter-continental VIP aircraft for the South A


South Africa’s R4bn VIP jet tender

Last Thursday, an innocuous-looking entry appeared at the top of Armscor’s tender announcements list. In it, Armscor announced a Request for Information for an ‘Inter-Contintental VIP aircraft’, without providing any further information other than contact


Engine upgrade for SAAF King Air

New engines and propellers are being sought for one of the three King Air 200Cs operated by the South African Air Force\'s 41 Squadron.


First A-Darter missiles to be delivered in February

The development of the A-Darter fifth generation short range air-to-air missile has reached the stage of industrialisation and subsequent production with first deliveries expected by February next year. The 2014/15 Armscor annual report notes th...


SAAF force employment flying hours slightly up in 2014/15

By Kim Helfrich The Department of Defence annual report for 2014/14 indicates the SA Air Force flew just over five thousand hours in the year under review. The figure of force employment 5,026.49 hours is 555 more than was reported in the p...

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