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Aerospace

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...

IP for SAAF C-130BZ avionics held by UK company

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With work – including addressing “immediate and urgent obsolescence issues” underway on SA Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules (409) in England – the reply...

Incomar grows its fleet as its business expands

Aerospace and defence company Incomar is adding new aircraft to its fleet to further assist flight testing and development work, with business and trainer...

The dizzying possibilities of drones in Africa

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Nigeria deploys drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at border crossings to increase security along its porous frontier and to identify potential threats while...

SAAF in crisis as aircraft serviceability drops to less than 20%

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The continued emasculation of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was vividly brought to the fore by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise...

SAAF Gripen engine support contract finally awarded

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Armscor has placed a support contract with GKN Aerospace for the maintenance of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Gripen engines, meaning both engines...

NASA is coming to the Western Cape

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The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing to conduct a first-of-its-kind biodiversity field campaign in the Western Cape by sending two...

No maintenance contracts in place for multiple SAAF aircraft types

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Armscor does not have maintenance contracts in place for three of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) aircraft types, with challenges finding a C-47TP...

Senegal gearing up for second Africa Air Force Forum

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The Senegalese Air Force is getting ready to host the second Africa Air Force Forum later this month, gathering Air Force Chiefs of Staff,...

SAAF assists Overberg communities following Cape floods

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) BK 117 helicopter from 15 Squadron last month assisted flood-stricken communities in the Overberg region of the Western...

Nigerian Air Force takes delivery of final DA 62 special mission aircraft

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of all four DA 62 MPP special mission aircraft from Austria’s Diamond Aircraft. The first aircraft was...

Two new helicopters for SAPS Air Wing

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) Air Wing has taken delivery of another two H125 light utility helicopters from Airbus as it recapitalises its...

Milkor’s flagship UAV takes flight

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Milkor has flown its Milkor 380 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time, marking a giant milestone in the development of its flagship...

SAAF just beats austerity adjusted flying hour target

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Implementation of austerity measures at the SA Air Force (SAAF) saw it pass – even if only slightly – a reduced flying hour target...

SAAF pilots training at the International Test Pilots School in Canada

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The International Test Pilots School (ITPS) in Canada is training three South African Air Force (SAAF) pilots and an engineer, who joined the first...

Nigeria moves ahead with Cayuse Warrior acquisition

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MD Helicopters is moving ahead with the production of 12 MD 530F Cayuse Warriors for the Nigerian Army, with deliveries from the end of...

Lesotho military aviators call on the SAAF

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The SA Air Force College (SAAFCOL) in Thaba Tshwane this week hosted a Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Air Wing delegation. As with other foreign air...

Top level Chinese air force delegation at AFB Overberg

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A call on Air Force Base (AFB) Overberg, home to the SA Air Force (SAAF) Test Flight and Development Centre (TFDC), was on the...