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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...

Turkey clinches Nigerian border security contract

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In recent years, the Nigerian military has fostered relationships with Turkish defence companies, acquiring equipment ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to offshore patrol...

Loitering munitions market predicted to grow massively

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Global aerospace and defence company Paramount is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and...

SAAF Chief and Chinese counterpart meet

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Another indication of the strengthening military relationship between the People’s Republic of China and South Africa was evidenced by a high level visit to...

US donating helicopters to the Zambia Air Force

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The United States has announced an $80 million grant to Zambia for the supply of four Bell 412EP helicopters to the Zambia Air Force...

Paramount’s Mwari racking up flying hours in Mozambique while weapons integration progresses

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As the launch customer for the Mwari intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and strike aircraft, Mozambique has accumulated over 70 hours of flying on the...

Moroccan H135M deliveries begin

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The Royal Moroccan Air Force has taken delivery of the first of its two H135M helicopters ordered from Airbus Helicopters, marking the beginning of...

SAAF Oryx pilot recalls ill-fated DRC flight

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The rigours of operational deployments in hostile areas were illustrated with pathos by SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx pilot Captain Mathew Allan when recounting...

Bell 412 helicopters support Somalia’s counter-insurgency efforts

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The delivery of Bell 412 helicopters to Somalia's government has provided a critical boost to its counter-insurgency capabilities, marking a significant development in the...

Gabonese C295 arrives home

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The lone Airbus C295 transport aircraft ordered by Gabon has arrived home, months after the contract was greenlit. The aircraft (TR-KJF) was tracked leaving Spain...

SAAF to host a space symposium in 2024

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Current SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, used last week’s National Space Conference to expand on his service’s “readiness to engage...

Gallery: Rand Air Show 3 September 2023

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SAAF’s Charlie Flight to the rescue

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The lone SA Air Force (SAAF) presence in Eastern Cape – 15 Squadron’s Charlie Flight – showed its rescue capabilities when called on by...

SAAF headlines Children’s Flight 2023

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) Hawk lead-in fighter-trainer was one of the highlights of the latest edition of The Children’s Flight, which was...

Gallery: Children’s Flight 2023

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Lieutenant Nkebe's research and writing skills rewarded by CAF, Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo.

SAAF essay competition initiative welcomed

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A SA Air Force (SAAF) Book Club initiative aimed at developing writing and communication skills by way of an essay competition saw a young...

SAAF celebrates 75 years of helicopter operations

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This past Saturday, 26 August, saw the annual gathering of surviving members of the South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter squadrons and associated support...

South African Air Force, Lesotho Defence Force strengthen ties

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Members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) are in South Africa under a cooperation agreement aimed at furthering air arm training. Ad Astra intern Nondumiso...

No project name needed for SAAF C-130BZ Hercules work

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Spending a billion Rand to upgrade two ageing SA Air Force (SAAF) medium transport aircraft does not necessitate a project being registered. That’s the word...

SAAF aircraft unavailability to be questioned in Parliament

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Armscor’s seeming inability to “conclude” maintenance contracts for equipment in SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service, especially aircraft, has reached an untenable point, with...

Final Tunisian T-6C trainers delivered

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Textron Aviation Defense has delivered all eight T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft ordered by the Tunisian Air Force, which is now using the type...

Lack of maintenance contract grounds SAAF C-208 Caravans

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) has had to ground its Cessna 208 Caravan light transport aircraft with age and funding cited as guilty partners. The...

Marshall Aerospace welcomes second round of SAAF business

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ (tail number 409) currently at Marshall Aerospace in Cambridge is not the first of type from South Africa...

Nigerian Air Force Mi-171 crashes whilst on casevac mission

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An Mi-171 transport helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed after apparently coming under fire from bandits. NAF spokesperson Air Commodore Edward...

Hensoldt marks milestone as Belgian police aircraft continue to use their airborne sensors

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As the Belgian Federal Police Air Support Unit marked its 30th anniversary, Hensoldt took the opportunity to celebrate the Unit’s 20 years of using...

SAAF Hercules fleet begins UK upgrades amid funding challenges

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SAAF C-130BZ Hercules 409 left Air Force Base Waterkloof on the evening of 8 August for a lengthy flight to the United Kingdom for...

SAAF to help ATNS with air traffic control amid staff shortage

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) is to deploy Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) to civilian airports around South Africa due to a staff shortage...

Super Pumas join Benin’s Air Force

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Benin’s armed forces displayed newly acquired helicopters during the country’s Independence Day parade on 1 August. Three H215 Super Puma and two H125M helicopters were...

Attack on Kenya Defence Forces outpost confirms Al-Shabaab drone use

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Kenyan security forces have increased their operations along the country’s 680-kilometer border with Somalia in response to recent attacks by al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab, which has suffered...

Denel and Aselsan further collaborate on Rooivalk modernisation

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Denel Aeronautics and Aselsan have signed an agreement covering future avionics modernisation of the Rooivalk attack helicopter, following an earlier memorandum of understanding announced...

Aeronautical Society of SA’s annual conference opens in Pretoria

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The Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) has kicked off its annual conference in Pretoria, which is exploring unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft design and...

Nigerian airstrikes taking major toll on ISWAP

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Fourteen years into its fight against violent extremist organizations (VEOs) in the Lake Chad Basin, Nigeria is finding success from above, forcing militants to...

Change of plan for aspirant South African Air Force officers who failed fitness test

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Goalposts have been moved – temporarily it appears – for a component of the SA Air Force (SAAF) officers’ forming course (OFC). The shift is...

Recent conflicts pushing global militaries to invest in UAVs

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If global interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) started to rise after their armed deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, the massive –...

More questions on Russian “delivery” aircraft at AFB Waterkloof

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald, while noting the Lady R judicial inquiry is preparing its report, will again question the Defence and...

First T-6C trainers arrive home in Tunisia

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Tunisia’s Air Force has taken delivery of the first four of eight Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers from the United States, with the remainder...

Another Nigerian F-7Ni lost in a crash

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The Nigerian Air Force has lost another F-7Ni jet in a crash, with a two-seat trainer coming down on 14 July. Nigerian Air Force Director,...

Chad Air Force reveals Hurkus, Anka aircraft

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Chad has taken into service the three Hurkus trainer aircraft it ordered from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), along with two Anka unmanned aerial vehicles...

SAAF Chief hits out at ill-discipline, theft and corruption

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Lieutenant-General Wiseman Mbambo took part in an operations readiness session for senior SA Air Force (SAAF) officers to hammer home the importance of, among...

Mbambo window shops simulation and training solutions

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Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, acknowledges the SAAF has little funding but that doesn’t stop it from...

Gabon Air Force to acquire a C295 transport aircraft under a loan agreement

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Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba recently gave the greenlight for a CFA31 billion ($52 million) loan to purchase an Airbus C295 military transport aircraft...

DRC operating CH-4 UAVs

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the latest African nation to put the CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into service after ordering nine...

SA defence industry to showcase latest advances at Aerospace Simulation and Training Symposium

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As the Fourth Industrial Revolution transforms simulation and training technologies, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is joining forces next week with the...

Egypt to host new air show in 2024

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Supported by the Ministry of Defence, the Egyptian Air Force, and the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Egypt will host the inaugural Egypt Air Show...

Spitfire Restoration Project celebrates new hangar with roof wetting

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The Spitfire Restoration Project on Saturday officially celebrated the completion of the new roof for its restoration hangar at Air Force Mobile Deployment Wing...
Change of command at CHU in DR Congo.

New commander for Composite Helicopter Unit

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The South African military outpost in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is a two-service one headed by the SA Air Force (SAAF) with...

First public ground run in over three years for Ysterplaat Shackleton

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Not even the current bout of cold, wet, wintry weather in Western Cape could dampen the enthusiasm of military aviation enthusiasts who turned up...