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Air Force doing its bit for border protection and counter-piracy

The resource-stressed SAAF is still, to paraphrase Deputy Chief Major General Jerry Malinga, undertaking and completing the tasks assigned it.

 

First SAAF URTP candidate officers

A welcome boost to SAAF Chief Lt Gen Zakes Msimang’s stated intent of bringing the Air Force Reserve back to life has comes via the Reserve Force’s University Reserve Training Programme (URTP).

 

Unique Bosbok flying at SAAF Museum

Warbird enthusiasts were treated to the maiden flight of a restored Bosbok battlefield reconnaissance aircraft at the SAAF Museum\'s April flying day this weekend.

 

Hawks "subjected to a precautionary stop-fly"

By Kim HelfrichA landing incident involving a Hawk jet trainer at AFB Makhado late last month did not lead to the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) entire Hawk fleet being grounded. “The fleet was subjected to a precautionary stop-fly in accord...

 

Airforce to acquire Russian seaplanes

The SAAF is putting the finishing touches to an urgent operational acquisition plan that will see Russian-built amphibious seaplanes used for maritime patrol.

 

Hawk fleet grounded after accident

The SAAF has ground their Hawk trainer fleet following the crash of a jet whilst landing last Thursday.

 

Hawk training jet damaged in landing accident

A SAAF Hawk training jet was badly damaged in a landing incident on Thursday.

 

Black Widow will join other warbirds at SAAF Museum

Arguably South Africa’s best known warbird – the distinctive black and gold Mirage IIICZ – is no longer airworthy.

 

Silver Falcons’ new spinner unveiled at Navy Festival

The Silver Falcons really turned it on for the thousands of people who attended the Navy Festival in Simon’s Town this past weekend.

 

SA expertise and equipment again adds value to UN DRC operations

The SA contingent of the MONUSCO FIB has again proven its worth in the DRC with Rooivalk helicopters and infantry soldiers pivotal in an encounter with rebels.

 

Options for new SAAF maritime surveillance platforms

With approval, in principle at present from the National Treasury, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Mapisa-Nqakula’s unhappiness about “her people” flying in aircraft more than 60 years old seems set to end, if only in a few years.

 

SA attack helicopters in renewed action in the DRC

The UN called in two SAAF attack helicopters to strike rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Saturday March 1.

 

Funding for air force soars

THE SA Air Force has been given a R342 million boost over three years towards strengthening its helicopter, transport and maritime capability.

 

Silver Falcons to make nine appearances this year

The SAAF\'s Silver Falcons aerobatic team will take to the skies for nine displays this year.

 

Defence budget “increase” just under producer price inflation rate

The amount of money made available to the DoD has been increased by a just under the official producer price inflation rate.

 

Exciting year ahead for SAAF Museum

Signalling the start of an exciting new year for military aviation enthusiasts, the SAAF Museum’s first flying training day of 2014 showcased several unusual aircraft.

 

Agusta A109 in landing incident

A SAAF Agusta A109 helicopter has suffered minor damage in a landing incident at AFS PE on 5 February.

 

New boss for AFB Waterkloof

AFB Waterkloof, the SA Air Force’s Centre of Transport Excellence, has a new commander.

 

SAAF to focus on capacity building, peace support and reserves in 2014

The SAAF will focus on building capacity, transformation, youth development and reserve force capacity in 2014.

 

The Eagle is soaring

Lt.Genl. Zakes Msimang, Chief of the SAAF, says he thinks he has made it through the worst beginning anyone newly appointed in this position could have imagined possible.

 

Acquisition of additional VIP aircraft now a SCAMP project

The acquisition of additional VIP aircraft by the SAAF has gone from a review of requirements and available budget to being put on the SCAMP project list.

 

AFB Waterkloof to host Air Force Day parade

For the first time in the last 10 years, the SAAF will this year mark its establishment on the day it became an operational part of the then Union Defence Force.

 

The race is on to find new transporters

News about the SAAF’s possible plans to buy new transport aircraft have caused a race with contenders scrambling to South Africa from all directions.

 

50 years of SAAF Reserves

The Reserve component of the SAAF last year marked its 50th anniversary.

 

End of year message

For the South African Air Force, 2013 has been, in the words of Queen Elizabeth II, an annus horribilis. It has certainly been a busy, challenging year, a year of frustrations spiked with proud achievements.

 
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