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SAAF Shortlists Trainers

Four aircraft from three countries have been shortlisted to meet a South African Air Force (SAAF) requirement for a lead- in fighter-trainer. A final decision on the platform will not be made until the service has chosen its future fighter.News Brief...

 

SAAFs lack of ASW Capabilities

In what must surely be an embarresing situation, the SANDF has had to call in the help of the UK and France in order to train new SAN submarine commanders as the SAAF apparently has no effective anti-submarine capabilities. During the past week exerc...

 

Raptor 1 Unveiled

The South African Air Force has declassified its Kentron- developed Raptor 1 glide bomb. The weapon, which has a stand- off range of over 60km, is compatible with a number of airframes and is capable of engaging a range of targets.News Briefs from Ja...

 

Kentron removes wraps from Raptor 1 weapon

South African guided- weapons specialist Kentron this week unveiled its previously classified Raptor 1 stand-off glide bomb at the Aerospace Africa 98 show at Waterkloof AFB, Pretoria.

 

Gavilan 358 for the SAAF?

El Gavilan SA, of Colombia, is pushing to sell 32 Gavilan 358's to the SAAF during 1999. The aircraft is a seven seater single-engined aircraft and would proberly be used in the same role as the larger Cessna 208 Caravan.Air Forces Monthly...

 

Museum Provost Crashes

The Percival Provost, which had only recently been restored to flying condition, crashed on Wednesday 18 March 1998 at AFB Swartkop. The pilot, Rick Culpan, sustained serious burns, but sadly died on Sunday due to respiratory problems.A test pilot fo...

 

New Trainer RFI

The South African Air Force (SAAF) will shortly issue a request for information for around 24 lead-in fighter trainers to replace its Impala Mk I fleet. The new aircraft are planned to enter service from around 2005.News Briefs from Jane's...

 

12 Turbodaks up for sale

The SAAF is selling 12 C-47TP Dakotas rebuilt during an upgrading programme which began seven years ago. The sale comes after criticism of the airworthiness of the upgraded aircraft and their suitability for parachute troops because turboprops have b...

 

22 Squadron Wins Sword of Peace

For the sixth time in seven years 22 Squadron at AFB Ysterplaat has been awarded the SAAF Sword of Peace. The Sword of Peace, the Air Force's highest operational award, honours one unit or squadron each year for outstanding humanitarian service. ...

 

New Rank Structure

Resulting from confusion with regard to the rank insignia and rank nomenclature of SANDF General/Flag Officers and Brigadiers/Commodores, especially when interacting with other Defence Forces, the Military Command Council recently decided on a new ra...

 

Italian Equipment Proposals

Details of Italy's arms package offer are also now known, the package including a Super AMX to meet the light fighter requirement, this being an upgraded AMX with advanced mission avionics and radar. Two alternative jet trainers are offered, the ...

 

French Equipment Proposals

France has unveiled its $2.6 billion new arms package proposal. In addition to throwing in a free Daphne-class submarine (the SAN already has three), France has offered a 'buy now, pay later' option to defer first payments until 2001 and ther...

 

Mirage F1AZ's Retire

The Mirage F1AZ's of 1 Squadron were officially retired today. This leaves the Atlas Cheetah as the only strike fighter in the SAAF. No 1 Squadron, which has stood down, will hopefully be reactivated in 1999 with an as yet unidentified fighter. ...

 

Air Force in Crisis?

The fiscus has reduced the national defense budget for the remainder of the 1998 financial year by hundreds of millions of Rand, the second time this year that R700m ($144.3m) has been cut from the budget. All arms of the SANDF have had to curtail th...

 

German equipment proposals

A group of German manufacturers presented a R10 billion (US$2.1 billion) defense equipment proposal on 21 August 1997 involving aircraft, corvettes and submarines. Aircraft proposed for the SAAF are some 35-40 DASA AT-2000 advanced trainers...

 

Aircraft Disposals

A number of surplus SAAF aircraft have recently been put up for disposal. These include 35 Mirage III's, 11 Mirage F1CZ's, 22 Mirage F1AZ's, 37 Impala MkII's, 16 Impala MkI's, nine Transall C-160Z's, three C-47 Dakot...

 

New Situation Display System

Isis, a member of the Altech Group in South Africa, has developed an Air Picture Display System (APDS) for the South African Air Force and a digital recording and playback system for the country's Air Traffic and Navigation Service Company (ATNS)...

 

Net Loss of Pilots

A total of 101 pilots quit the air force last year, most for better job opportunities or because the pay was too low. This was disclosed by Mr. Modise in the NCOP in reply to questions by James Selfe of the Democratic Party. However, 36 qua...

 

Accusations fly over SAAF Mirage re-engineing deal

SOUTH AFRICA and Russia are involved in a bout of mutual recriminations over the abortive plan to re-engine the former's Mirages with Klimov RD-33s, part of a deal which also included the supply of the Vympel R-73 (AA-11 Archer) air-to-air missile.

 

DACM between Russia and South African

The following article appears to be a direct  translation from a Russian magazine article.Under the agreement on technical and military cooperation between the air forces of the South African Republic and Russia, Hoespruit AB hosted an exercise ...

 

Python 3 in South African service

THE FIRST FIRM evidence that the South African Air Force (SAAF) has acquired the Israeli Rafael Python 3 short-range infra-red air-to-air missile (AAM) has emerged in photographs of an air force Dassault Mirage F-1C.

 
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