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SAAF Memorial service held despite vandalism

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The annual South African Air Force Memorial service has been held at the Bays Hill memorial, north of the Air Force Mobile Deployment Wing,...

SAPS rotorcraft and UAV acquisitions in Armscor supply chain queue

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When it comes to feet on the ground, Minister Bheki Cele’s SA Police Service (SAPS) can successfully point to recruiting thousands, while he and...

End of an era as SAAF Dakota retirement looms

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After 81 years of military service in South Africa, the C-47 Dakota is finally being withdrawn from the South African Air Force (SAAF). Air Force...

SAAF bringing out the big guns for Museum Air Show

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) is pulling out all the stops for the SAAF Museum Air Show on Saturday, with Gripens and Hawks...

Chad operating Aksungur UAVs

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It has emerged that Chad’s military is now operating Aksungur unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), adding to the growing list of Turkish-supplied military equipment. Video released...

CAA hosts Wonderboom air show to celebrate 25 year anniversary

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The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) on Saturday held an air show at Wonderboom National Airport to celebrate its silver anniversary, and encourage...

First Nigerian M-346s to be delivered by year-end

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will take delivery of its first M-346 combat aircraft by the end of this year from Italy’s Leonardo. This is...

Equatorial Guinea acquires Z-9WE helicopters from China

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Equatorial Guinea’s military has acquired two Harbin Z-9WE armed helicopters from China and is exploring the possibility of acquiring additional rotary wing aircraft. This is...

SAAF memorial off-limits

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“Acts of vandalism and desecration” mean the SA Air Force (SAAF) memorial on Bays Hill immediately north of what is now the Air Force...

SAAF Museum air show 2024 to be a flight through time

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On Saturday 4 May the sky above the western side of Centurion will be abuzz with aircraft for the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum...

Moi Forces Academy gifted a Bulldog trainer

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Pupils at Kenya’s Moi Forces Academy have a new source of inspiration in the form of a side-by-side Bulldog trainer now resident at the...

SAAF personnel complete rigorous mobile air operations training at Lohatlha

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Twenty-one SA Air Force (SAAF) personnel spent five weeks in the inhospitable terrain that is the SA Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) at Lohatlha...

Eishkom will dust off mothballed Gripen fighters and use them to generate electricity

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With loadshedding an ever-present threat to South Africa, Eishkom has revealed daring new plans to generate extra electricity by making use of the powerful...

Mwari displays its ‘warrior spirit’ during flight test

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Although the turboprop light tactical aircraft space is well stocked with established and new offerings, Paramount’s Mwari is a welcome addition, with its internal...

Zambia Air Force introduces Enstrom 480B, Bell 412 helicopters into service

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The Zambia Air Force (ZAF) has taken into service a new rotary wing type – the Enstrom 480B – and expanded its fleet of...

Armscor seeking troop carrying helicopter for the SAPS

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Armscor has issued a tender for a ‘troop carrying helicopter’ for the South African Police Service (SAPS) as the police bolster their aerial resources. The...

Djibouti getting special mission Caravan aircraft

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The Djiboutian Air Force will be receiving two Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprop aircraft for special mission use, including border patrols, after a contract...

Bell awarded Nigerian AH-1Z Viper contract

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Nearly two years after the sale was approved, Bell Textron has been awarded a $455 million contract for the production and delivery of 12...

Zambia Air Force to host first ever Aviation Week Africa event

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Come April, dozens of local and international exhibitors are expected to take part in Zambia’s first Aviation Week Africa event. This was launched on 15...

Safomar showcases innovative Narma UAV for civil and military applications

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Safomar Technologies has demonstrated the Narma AF200 vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential civil and military users...

Capacity-building, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance under the spotlight at SADC Standing Aviation Committee meeting

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The Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, recently hosted the 21st Southern African Development Community (SADC) Standing Aviation Committee...

Tunisia modernising C-130 Hercules transports

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Honeywell and ST Engineering are upgrading two of the Tunisian Air Force’s Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. On 19 February, the second Tunisian Air...

Indonesia looking to sell CN235 transports to Nigeria

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State-owned aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is finalising the sale of four CN235-220 transport aircraft to the Nigerian military. The company made the revelation...

Embraer and SNC demonstrate Super Tucano to Ghana Air Force

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Embraer and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have demonstrated their A-29 Super Tucano close air support, reconnaissance and trainer aircraft to the Ghana Air...

South African troops in the DRC, Mozambique at risk without helicopter maintenance contract

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South Africa has deployed its troops into Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) without renewing a maintenance contract needed to keep its...

Sudanese Armed Forces using Irianian UAVs

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The Sudanese Armed Forces has begun using Iranian-made Mohajer-6 unmanned aerial vehicles in its ongoing fight against the Rapid Support Forces, raising the prospect...

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...