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New VVIP aircraft acquisition still shrouded in silence

Efforts by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to obtain detailed information on the maintenance and servicing costs of the Presidential BBJ have been put on hold due to the upcoming local government elections but the issue will again be taken up when Parliament

 

SAAF jets fly almost 140 hours during air-to-air camp at AFB Overberg

The jets making up the sharp point of the SAAF recently stretched their wings, as it were, and at least 11 of them logged over 138 hours during an air-to-air training camp at AFB Overberg.

 

Armscor leaks reveal VIP jet windfall

Mystery surrounds the payment of R230m in just two years for the maintenance of the state’s VIP jets to private aviation firm Execujet.

 

Project Achilles to be complete in 2019

Project Achilles, the SANDF’s project to equip the SA Air Force’s Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) with image and video interpretation and exploitation tools, is due to be completed in January 2019.

 

Zuma to fly to France in another bizjet shadowed by Inkwazi

When President Jacob Zuma and his entourage take off for France next month it will be aboard the latest 21 Squadron acquisition – a “damp lease” Boeing 737 business jet in VVIP configuration due to arrive at AFB Waterkloof within days.

 

Kruger helicopter crash investigation reveals training and skills shortfalls

The official accident report into the March 2013 SA Air Force (SAAF) A109 helicopter crash in the Kruger National Park points to training and skills shortfalls as being contributing factors to the death of five people, including the flight crew.

 

July is Ex Ndlovu month for the SANDF

Next month will see all three fighting arms of service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) involved in exercises designed to test doctrine and readiness as well as overall command and control (C2).

 

Defence Minister’s clarification on “stolen” SAAF aircraft

An attempt by a Freedom Front Plus MP to shed further light on aircraft apparently “stolen” from the SA Air Force (SAAF) has resulted in further confusion thanks to the response by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

 

SAAF mission and training flying hours cut in favour of VVIP flights – DA

Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow defence and military veterans minister Kobus Marais says the increase in VIP flying hours allocated to the SAAF means there is just four thousand hours to cover all other missions and training.

 

13 of 26 SAAF Gripens are active; the rest are in rotational storage

Exactly half the South African Air Force’s fleet of26 Gripen fighter jets is actively flying while the other half is in rotational storage due to a lack of funding.

 

SA Air Force maintenance suffering from loss of skilled technicians

The aircraft maintenance capabilities of the SAAF, including that of the presidential Boeing Business Jet, have decreased dramatically since the last of the AMG/Denel support personnel were laid off, resulting in serious implications for aircraft servicea

 

Zuma abandons old jet over fear of sabotage: report

President Jacob Zuma has reportedly outright refused to use his current jet, Inkwaze, over fears of sabotage, the City Press reported.

 

Super Lynx notches up first local sea rescue

The versatility of rotary-winged aircraft added to the capabilities of SAAF aircrew saw a 22 Squadron Super Lynx maritime helicopter successfully carry out the first sea rescue done by the type in South African service

 

New VVIP aircraft still on government shopping list

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is insistent a new VVIP aircraft will be acquired for the SA Air Force (SAAF) but the silence is golden rule appears to apply when it comes to the actual acquisition.

 

VVIP jet will be bought - but not just for Zuma

Government will buy a new VVIP jet for the presidency, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday.

 

SAAF to receive Gripen support trailers, vehicles

The South African Air Force will receive two Gripen support vehicles with trailers under a contract being executed by Denel and Desert Wolf.

 

SAAF now looking to lease a VIP aircraft

Outright purchase of a VIP configured inter-continental aircraft for the SAAF appears to have been shelved – at least temporarily – in favour of a leased aircraft.

 

SAAF will not close any units at AFB Makhado

The South African Air Force this week dismissed media reports that it will be forced to close some of its units.

 

Ramaphosa drives back to Joburg after plane experiences faults

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had to be driven back to Johannesburg on Sunday after the plane he was travelling in experienced technical faults shortly after taking off from White River, Mpumalanga, causing him to return to the airport.

 

Airforce seeks innovative funding model, sells advertising space

Faced with a continuing budgetary crisis, the SAAF has been forced to look for innovative ways to obtain funds so that it can keep flying.

 

Air Force must close a squadron

The Air Force will soon be forced to either close their Hawk or Gripen fighter squadron due to a curtailment of the air force budget and the weakening rand.

 

Ramaphosa cancels Eastern Cape visit due to plane problems

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has cancelled his trip to Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, due to technical problems experienced by his plane, his office said on Monday.

 

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.

 
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