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US military’s Africa Command eyes Skydweller solar-powered aircraft

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The US military’s Africa Command is supporting the development of the Skydweller solar-powered aircraft that it sees being used by the US and partners...

Djibouti operating Bayraktar UAVs

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Djibouti appears to have become the latest customer for Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Two of the UAVs, on lowbed trailers, took part...

UN encourages SA companies to bid for aviation services contracts

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One of the largest acquisitions of services by the United Nations is for air transport, and South African companies are being urged to bid...

Egypt continues with Apache sensor upgrades

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Lockheed Martin has been awarded another contract for the upgrade of Egyptian Air Force AH-64D Apache attack helicopter sensors as part of a fleet...

UAVs to help fight and prevent crime on the way

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) is turning to the sky for assistance with crime prevention in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The soon...

AFB Durban strategy to be re-aligned – CAF

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Air Force Base (AFB) Durban, along with much of KwaZulu-Natal, was on the receiving end of torrential rain and subsequent flooding which severely affected...

Six SAAF assets tasked for Op Chariot in KZN

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The airborne element of the national defence force’s “call to arms” in response to widespread flooding in KwaZulu-Natal in April saw six SA Air...

Uganda acquires Mi-28 attack helicopters

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The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) appears to be a new operator of the Mil Mi-28 attack helicopter, which has been spotted for the...

SAAF keeping its C47-TPs in service

The remaining handful of C-47TPs in service with 35 Squadron are in line for maintenance with Armscor seeking suitable suppliers of parts. The venerable C-47s...

New Il-76 for Angola

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It appears the Angolan Air Force is taking delivery of another Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft as part of a batch of several additional airlifters. The...

SAAF Gripens still on the ground

The sharp end of the SA Air Force (SAAF) – Air Force Base (AFB) Makhado-based 2 Squadron and its Saab Gripen fighters – has...

Nigerien Bayraktar TB2 deliveries begin

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Six Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were delivered to Niamey airport last month following a November 2021 order for the type from Turkey’s...

SAAF welcomes “aviation artisans”

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The injunction earlier this year by CAF Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo to “set the eagle free” as part of his vision for a rejuvenated...

Libya apparently orders Hurkus aircraft

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Libya has apparently ordered Hurkus turboprops from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), years after first expressing interest in the type. The Libya Observer on 21 May...

Second Malian C295 arrives home after long delay

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Mali’s military has finally taken delivery of its second Airbus C295 transport aircraft after a year’s delay due to US sanctions. The Malian military said...

US approves CH-47F Chinook sale to Egypt

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The United States has approved a possible sale of 23 Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters to Egypt in a deal that could be worth up...

Gallery: Parys Air Show 28 May 2022

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SAS Spioenkop responds to light aircraft ditching off Pemba

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Before the South African Navy’s frigate SAS Spioenkop departed Mozambique for South Africa, the vessel responded to the ditching of a light aircraft off...

21 new pilots at SAAF wings parade

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The South African Air Force has 21 new pilots in its ranks, after they were awarded their wings at a parade at Air Force...

Air Force Base Overberg honours fallen SAAF members

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On Friday 20 May, Air Force Base Overberg held a memorial service to honour members of the South African Air Force (SAAF) who passed...

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