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

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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...

SAAF Composite Helicopter Unit in DRC pays tribute to fallen colleague

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SA Air Force (SAAF) and other former colleagues in uniform came together in a sombre gathering at the South African Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU)...

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...

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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...

SAAF Oryx performs difficult flood rescue in Mozambique

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After a Mozambican military helicopter failed to rescue a stranded Mozambican from a flooded river, a South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx crew managed...

Lack of maintenance funds hits Rooivalk and Oryx serviceability

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Major underfunding means that two of the most important helicopter types in the South African Air Force – the Oryx transport and Rooivalk attack...

Body of SA airman killed in DR Congo arrives home

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The mortal remains of South African Air Force (SAAF) Sergeant Vusimusi Mabena, killed by a sniper in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were...

SAAF DR Congo death mourned by UN Secretary General

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United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres added his condolences to those of senior South African defence ministry and national defence force personnel on...

SAAF assist in recovery of solo yachtsman

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter was used to help find a missing solo sailor, who was found deceased in his yacht...

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...

SAAF assists in rescue of ill patient at sea

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An Oryx from the South African Air Force (SAAF) assisted the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Netcare 911 to airlift a critically ill...

Temporary home for Oryx 1234 at AFB Swartkop

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The helicopter population of the oldest base in the SA Air Force (SAAF) – Swartkop in Centurion – has grown by one but the...

SAAF helicopters help fight Simons Town fire

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South African Air Force Oryx helicopters helped extinguish a fire that broke out in the Simons Town area on Monday. Provincial Disaster Management (PDM) requested...

SAAF helps fight Table Mountain fire

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) provided Oryx helicopters to help fight the Table Mountain fire that began on Sunday 18 April. The fire...

South African Air Force Capability Demonstration

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This video showcases the capabilities of the SA Air Force (SAAF) in the early '10s. Courtesy of the SAAF, this video features the Oryx medium...

15 Squadron in Drakensberg rescue

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A 60-year-old hiker with head injuries was rescued from a precarious site in the Drakensberg thanks to the efforts of the provincial nature conservation...

SAAF assists in rescue of six flood victims

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) used an Oryx helicopter to assist in the rescue of six people who had been trapped due to...

Oryx evacuates sick crewmember off West Coast fishing vessel

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) has once again assisted the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in evacuating injured or sick crew off vessels...

SAAF helps recover bodies at Hammarsdale Falls

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) was instrumental in the recovery of two bodies at the bottom of the Hammarsdale Falls in KwaZulu-Natal. On Tuesday...

SAAF Oryx to the rescue again

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An Oryx helicopter from the South African Air Force’s 15 Squadron based at Air Force Base Durban has again come to the rescue of...

SAAF Oryx rescues another seafarer off KZN coast

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter from Durban’s 15 Squadron has medically evacuated a sick passenger off a ship along the Durban...

SAAF assists in rescuing patient off the Queen Mary 2

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An Oryx medium transport helicopter from the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) 15 Squadron was instrumental in medically evacuating a patient from the passenger...

Oryx remains Monusco’s top transport helicopter in the DRC

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The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (Monusco) has a Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU) based in the eastern DRC city, Goma. The CHU includes three...

SA pilots and aircraft continue to dominate DRC airspace

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The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco) is currently the biggest UN peacekeeping mission with approximately 18...

Oryx rescues two from sea in Western Cape

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An Oryx helicopter from AFB Ysterplaat-based 22 Squadron was part of a multi-agency search and rescue operation in Western Cape. The medium transport helicopter crewed...

SAAF Oryx used to rescue man who fell off KZN cliff

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter was used to rescue an injured man who fell down a 100 metre cliff...

SAAF helps NSRI evacuate injured ship’s crew

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) has used two of its helicopters to assist the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) to medically evacuate five...

SANDF assists SAPS with Operation Lockdown successes

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), by providing an Oryx helicopter, has assisted the South African Police Service (SAPS) in its Operation Lockdown...

SAAF on firefighting duty in Southern Cape

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A SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter again showed its worth this week in a single day of firefighting operations...

Update: Eight injured after Oryx flies through wires

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter that crashed on the N1 highway just outside Cape Town on Sunday morning was...

SAAF assists in sea rescue off Durban

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter was used to evacuate two injured sailors off Durban this week, after their vessel...

Defence Force assisting with firefighting and evacuation in weather-ravaged Western Cape

The South African military has made three helicopters available with immediate effect to assist in firefighting, evacuation and general disaster management on...

Cape helicopter squadron rises to the fire challenge

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January has been a challenging month for the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) Cape-based 22 Squadron as they have been called in...

SAAF Oryxes log just on 94 firefighting hours in 11 days

The SA Air Force, in the form of AFB Ysterplaat-based 22 Squadron, was a latecomer to the fires which ravaged parts of...

Navy battles Cape mountain fires

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Sailors from the maritime branch of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have been doing battle against raging mountain fires threating...

Oryx mid-life upgrade deemed a success

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Despite hard lessons learnt, the South African Air Force (SAAF) has successfully completed the mid-life upgrade of all Oryx medium transport helicopters...

Celebration turns to tragedy for 87 Helicopter Flying School

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What should have been an occasion to remember with AFB Bloemspruit-based 87 Helicopter Flying School (HFS) turned into tragedy when a guest...

Oryx hit by small arms fire in DRC – no injuries

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A third South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter deployed under the UN flag has come under fire in the Democratic Republic...

SAAF helicopter fired at in the DRC

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A South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter deployed under the United Nations (UN) flag was fired upon in the Democratic Republic of...

Final four Oryx being upgraded as part of Project Drummer

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Denel Aviation is busy upgrading the final four of 39 Oryx helicopters for the South African Air Force (SAAF) as part of...

SAAF helicopter to the rescue – this time on the Cape...

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A 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter was used as a platform to launch divers who successfully rescued three fishermen off Velddrif earlier this...

26 of 39 Oryx upgraded by Denel Aviation

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Denel Aviation will conclude the avionics upgrade of 39 of the South African Air Force's Oryx transport helicopters in January 2016 after...

Further details of Oryx taxi incident in the DRC revealed

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Further details have been revealed about the incident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month when an Oryx helicopter...

SAAF Oryx damaged in DRC taxiing incident

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No-one was injured when a South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter suffered damaged to its' nose on Saturday July 18 while...

Oryx hit by small arms fire in DRC

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A SA Air Force Oryx was hit by small arms fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday. No-one was injured...

Presidency and SANDF deny Zuma helicopter taxi service reports

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Both the Presidency and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) have vehemently denied any wrongdoing in the use of military helicopters by...

SAAF helps fight major Cape Town blaze

The appearance of a 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter slinging a Bambi bucket this week signalled the re-entry of the SA Air Force...

Oryx upgrade to be completed in 2016

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The long-delayed upgrade of the Denel Aviation Oryx avionics and navigation system will only be completed in early 2016, four years later...

Air Force doing its bit for border protection and counter-piracy

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The resource-stressed SA Air Force (SAAF) is still, to paraphrase Deputy Chief Major General Jerry Malinga, undertaking and completing the tasks assigned...

SANDF on flood relief standby

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been placed on standby to assist with flood relief as heavy rains continue across...