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Embraer brings KC-390 to Nigeria for demo flights

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Nigeria is the latest African country Embraer is courting with its KC-390 multi-role tanker/transport, demonstrating the aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force ahead of...

SAAF Gripen fighters soar over Cape Town ahead of 2024 SONA

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With the impending 2024 State of the Nation Address (SONA) slated for this Thursday in Cape Town, the South African Air Force (SAAF) is...

Nigerian Air Force inducts T-129 attack helicopters into service

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken its first T-129 ATAK helicopters into service in what it says is a major boost to the...

Lack of top cover could be behind DR Congo helicopter attack

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In the aftermath of Friday’s small arms attack on a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter attached to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission...

SAAF Oryx riddled by small arms fire in the DRC; two crew injured

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter was hit dozens of times by small arms fire while carrying out a casualty...

South Korea donates MD500 helicopters to Kenya

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South Korea is giving Kenya 16 retired MD500 helicopters to be used on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions, with the first six being refurbished...

SAAF resilience needed amid global conflicts and humanitarian crises – Mbambo

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Ongoing conflicts and natural disasters are increasing demand for South African Air Force (SAAF) assets, but a lack of funding is hampering operations and...

Modise sidesteps Lekota question on serviceable SAAF fighters

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Mosiuoa Lekota, who was at the helm of South Africa’s defence and military veterans ministry at the time the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (SDPP)...

A growing list of cutting edge assets from electric aircraft to 60-tonne tanks on...

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Riyadh, KSA, 29 January 2024: Excitement is mounting as World Defense Show 2024, under the esteemed patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy...

Nigerian AH-1Z Viper production moving ahead

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Nigeria’s acquisition of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters from the United States is going ahead, with first payment made last year and sourcing of...

Use of SAAF aircraft for party political purposes slammed

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The apparent “commandeering” of SA Air Force (SAAF) platforms to transport senior government officials, seemingly including President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy Paul Mashatile,...

Mali receives more Bayraktar TB2 UAVs

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The Armed Forces of Mali have received another consignment of Baykar Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey. The Malian Presidency said the aircraft...

SAAF pays tribute to late Rooivalk father, Dr Paul Potgieter

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) has honoured ‘the father of the Rooivalk’ attack helicopter, Dr Paul Potgieter, who tragically passed away last month. A...

Ethiopia acquires Akinci UAVs, Su-30 fighters

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The Ethiopian Air Force (EAF) has acquired Akinci unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey and Russian Sukhoi Su-30K combat aircraft as it continues with...

Tanzania orders C-27J Spartans

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Tanzania has ordered two C-27J Spartan transport aircraft from Italy’s Leonardo, becoming the fifth African customer for the aircraft after Chad, Kenya, Morocco and...

UN helicopter and personnel in al Shabaab hands

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The United Nations (UN), via spokesman Stephane Dujarric, is “concerned” about personnel aboard a helicopter flying under the world body’s flag after it was...

African air forces grappling with aircraft maintenance

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The South African Air Force is one of the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its fighter jet fleet is among the most advanced overall on...

Insurgents scatter as Nigeria rules the air

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Northeast Nigeria’s famed Sambisa Forest is known for its low-profile trees and dense thickets, punishing anyone foolish enough to traverse it without a machete....

AFB Ysterplaat and Girls Fly Africa inspire young girls to pursue aerospace careers

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The aerospace industry is a fascinating and challenging field that offers many opportunities for growth and innovation. However, it is also a field that...

SAAF rotorcraft shortfall sees firefighting take preference over Presidential duties

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That an Oryx medium transport helicopter tasked “For the President” had to be re-tasked for firefighting duty before Christmas is a further example of...

SAAF Chief visits China

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Following the September visit to South Africa by General Chang Dingqiu, Commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLA Air Force), December...

SAAF firefighting to the fore in Simon’s Town

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The potentially life and property threatening fire which raged across the mountains around SA Navy (SAN) fleet headquarters at Simon’s Town this week was,...

Minister Modise reveals SAAF aircrew numbers

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) musters just short of 400 aircrew, with the majority of pilots in command (PICs) flying rotorcraft according to Defence...

SAAF supports International Civil Aviation Day in Bisho

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) was out in force at Bisho Airport earlier this month for the 2023 International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD). An...

Symbolic milestone for AFB Langebaanweg

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Air Force Base (AFB) Langebaanweg, a crucial outpost of the South African Air Force (SAAF) on the Cape West Coast, celebrated a momentous occasion...

Nigerian Air Force Falcon 900 up for sale

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The Nigerian government has put up for sale a VIP Dassault Falcon 900B jet, owned by the Nigerian Air Force, in order to save...

SAAF Command Council hears funding abuse will ground it

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Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo’s SA Air Force (SAAF) Command Council strategic work session – the second of the year – acknowledges problem areas and...

AISI provides opportunities for young engineers

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Potchefstroom-based research and development company OnTrack Technologies is one of the recipients of Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) funding, and has used this to...

New South African UAV unveiled for security and other missions

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South African company Aquila Viour has designed and manufactured a rugged new unmanned helicopter for security and other missions. The Alto unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)...

Embraer is confident the C-390 Millenium is Africa’s best military airlift solution

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African countries, like many other countries in the world, constantly deal with unforeseen issues, such as natural disasters, conflicts, and humanitarian emergencies, which require...

KC-390 at Waterkloof for SAAF demonstration

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A Brazilian Air Force Embraer KC-390 Millenium tanker/transport aircraft landed at Air Force Base Waterkloof on Friday morning for demonstrations to the South African...

SAAF C212 damaged in crash-landing at Lohatlha

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) C212 light transport aircraft has been damaged in a landing accident while taking part in Exercise Vuk’uhlome 2023...

Drones as weapons: Africa needs better data to anticipate risk

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In October this year, Africa’s air force chiefs of staff and air force industry representatives gathered in Senegal. They agreed the continent urgently needed...

Joint Standing Committee on Defence gets up close and personal with Milkor 380 UAV

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Since its maiden flight in September, the Milkor 380 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been attracting significant amounts of interest from all quarters, and...

NASA’s BioSCape campaign successfully maps biodiversity in Western Cape

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NASA's ambitious biodiversity field campaign, BioSCape, conducted over four intensive weeks using modified Gulfstream III and Gulfstream V business jets from Cape Town, has...

Embraer to demonstrate C-390 to the SAAF

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Brazilian aerospace company Embraer will later this month demonstrate its C-390 Millenium transport aircraft to the South African Air Force (SAAF). The aircraft will be...

SAAF Chief heads SADC Aviation Committee

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SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo now chairs the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Standing Aviation Committee (SAC). His chairmanship of the...

Paramount and AAL moving forward with composite rotor blade production

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Paramount and its United Arab Emirates-based partner AAL Group have successfully completed initial testing of their composite helicopter blades for Mi-type helicopters. AAL’s team, in...

Boeing begins Moroccan Apache production ahead of 2024 deliveries

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Boeing has started manufacturing the first of 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters for Morocco at its Mesa, Arizona, facility, ahead of deliveries to the North...

Enstrom Helicopter hosts training for Zambian mechanics

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Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has hosted mechanics from Zambia for a week of training on how to maintain the Enstrom 480B helicopters they will soon...

Asymmetric warfare in Africa’s hot spots favours smaller COIN aircraft over fighter jets

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Modern fighter jets are marvels of power and complexity. They are also stunningly expensive. The current generation of fighter jets start at about $100...

Cabinet nod of approval for Milkor 380 UAV

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Acknowledgement of achievements in the South African defence industry (SADI) are few and far between so the pat on the back from the latest...

First Nigerian T-129 helicopters delivered

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of the first two of six T-129 ATAK helicopters from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with the...

Most SAAF aircraft maintenance contracts only partially funded

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State defence materiel agency Armscor has maintenance contracts in place for most South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft, but most of these are only...

Armscor details SAAF C-130BZ Hercules upgrade progress

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Marshall Aerospace in the United Kingdom will complete upgrade work on the first South African Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules transport at the end...

African countries are investing in air power, embracing cooperation

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For most of post-independence history, air forces in Africa were not a priority. Expensive and difficult to maintain, air power was seen as a...

SAAF Museum OC inspects facilities

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Recently appointed SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Colonel Aobakwe Gaelejwe, has ventured across South Africa to inspect the state of Museum...

Second Africa Air Force Forum kicks off in Senegal

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The second Africa Air Force Forum, hosted by the Senegalese Air Force, kicked off on Wednesday 25 October in Dakar, Senegal, bringing together Air...

African countries examine ways to meet the continent’s strategic airlift needs

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As South Sudanese peacekeepers walked off a Kenya Air Force C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), they...

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