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Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

By Guy Martin he South African Air Force saw a significant increase in operational demands and external commitments in the last financial year, including its first fighter and helicopter operational deployments since democracy, but flew 5 000...

 

Air Force chief apologises for Museum closure

SAAF Chief Lt Gen Zakes Msimang and the Air Force Command Council have apologised for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the SAAF Museum headquarters and one of its satellites.

 

Attempted theft behind SAAF Museum closure

Two factors are behind the current temporary closure of the SAAF Museum at AFB Zwartkop as well as its satellites at Air Force Bases Port Elizabeth and Ysterplaat.

 

Air Force on thin ice, experts say

According to pilots and technicians in the Air Force, these accidents should be a wake-up call to those making decisions for the military\'s budget.

 

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.

 

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.

 

New funds to give SAAF wings

The defence department will be shifting much-needed funds to the cash-strapped SAAF, National Treasury said on Wednesday.

 

SAAF jets aren't in storage, says general

The SAAF has found that it was better - and cheaper - not to put the aircraft into long-term storage.

 

Lack of Public Works maintenance costing the SANDF millions

A long history of dissatisfaction about the lack of priority given to maintenance of military bases and facilities by the Department of Public Works (DPW) has come to a head as a result of 10 months of self-supplied electricity at AFB Makhado.

 

Airforce aircraft may not fly again

Unless the Air Force receives at least R800 million from the government within the next eight months its fighter jets and helicopters, which are not operational because of a budget deficit, may never fly again.

 

Air force may clip Zuma's wings

President Jacob Zuma's international travel commitments may be affected by the air force's financial predicament, according to a report on Monday.

 

Flying Zuma home eats up rescue budget

The SAAF's two helicopter squadrons on the coast have received no funding this year for sea and mountain rescue operations, but have received funding for VIP flights, according to a report.

 

SAAF Chief optimistic on the future

The Chief of the Airforce, Lt Gen Fabian Msimang, is optimistic about the future of the SAAF, despite the serious challenges it faces.

 

SAAF “crisis” caused by underfunding

With the country's military watchers united in their view the SAAF is fast approaching crisis point in terms of operational ability the finger is - again - being pointed at underfunding.

 

SA Air Force in crisis - DA

The DA will ask Parliament's defence joint standing committee to schedule a meeting to discuss the "crisis" in the SAAF, spokesperson David Maynier said on Wednesday.

 

Sell Hawks, Agustas, says expert

If for the fighter aircraft there really is too little money to operate the Gripens and Hawks, it will make more sense to sell the Hawks and to fly the Gripens more.

 

SA Air Force’s A-109s grounded

Not one of the SAAF\'s 18 Agusta A109 helicopters is currently flying because there are no funds to use them operationally, the Afrikaans daily Beeld reports.

 

Bases collapse in ruins

The Air Force has just two technicians that can repair aircraft at the Central Flying School in Langebaanweg in the Western Cape. Also, one has only three months experience.

 

No money for pilots

By Graeme hoskinBudgetary allocations for the crucial training of air force pilots and navigators have been frozen - but the government plans to splurge billions on a VVIP aircraft for President Jacob Zuma.The purchase is planned despite the Inkwaz...

 

Funding continues for peacekeeping, anti-piracy operations, border patrol and VIP jets - minister

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, during her first defence budget debate yesterday, outlined some of the major allocations of the R40.243 billion 2013/14 defence budget.

 

US military aid supports SAAF C-130s

By Guy MartinThe military aid that South Africa receives from the United States every year largely goes towards supporting the Air Force’s fleet of nine C-130 Hercules aircraft. According to an official from the US military’s Africa...

 

Defence budget up, but not by much

Its track record of getting the job done in spite of the shortage of resources does not appear to have overtly influenced Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in allocating funds to the South African National Defence Force.

 

SA armed forces in dire straits

The South African armed forces are so financially cash strapped that the combat readiness of the SANDF is currently under serious threat.

 

SAAF’s shortcomings not insurmountable – Gagiano

The SAAF has shortcomings, but they are not insurmountable and the service is still very healthy, according to former SAAF chief Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano.

 

Zuma spent R140 million on VIP flights since 2009

President Jacob Zuma has spent R140.5 million on VIP flights since 2009, flying 286 times aboard SAAF VIP aircraft and chartered jets.

 
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