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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 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...

Aviation holds huge potential for the South African defence industry

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The aviation sector is one of four potential clusters in the South African Aerospace & Defence (A&D) industry that can be used to revive...

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...

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...

Denel’s troubles delaying maintenance of SAAF aircraft

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The liquidity crisis within Denel is hampering the maintenance of South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft, including the Rooivalk and Oryx helicopters and C-130...

Rooivalk Mk II development stalled

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Discussions on development of a Rooivalk Mk II combat support helicopter remain at a technical level between Denel and Armscor with little progress since...

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...

Denel still seeing interest in Rooivalk

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Denel Aeronautics is still receiving international interest in its Rooivalk attack helicopter, with consistent enquiries for a number of years. Since around 2015, Denel has...

Rooivalk maintains its advantage in the DRC

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The UN Peacekeeping mission in the DRC (Monusco) has a Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU) based in Goma, bordering Rwanda. DefenceWeb interviewed Corne Stander, a Rooivalk...

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...

Retracting mechanism coming for Rooivalk chin gun

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Work is underway on a retracting mechanism for the Rooivalk attack helicopter’s chin mounted 20 mm cannon as part of efforts to make...

Rooivalk remaining in the DRC

The Rooivalk combat support helicopter looks set to remain in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but instead of being attached to...

If Rooivalk leaves the DRC, FIB morale and confidence will suffer...

"Should the Rooivalk be withdrawn, the Force Intervention Brigade's (FIB) morale and confidence will be negatively impacted on," is one aspect of...

SA defence committee to visit DRC

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The Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) will this month visit members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed in...

DRC Rooivalks notch up a first

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Now in its fifth year of deployment with the UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a...

Busy times for the Rooivalk

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Last year was a busy year for the Rooivalk, with the attack helicopter firing thousands of cannon rounds and rockets at rebels...

Airbus Helicopters and Denel Aviation aim to modernise Rooivalk

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Airbus Helicopters and Denel Aviation have announced their intention to cooperate on a programme to enhance and modernise the Rooivalk attack helicopter. The...

Talks about next generation Rooivalk on table at AAD

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Plans to build an upgraded Mk2 Rooivalk combat support helicopter look promising according to Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube. Speaking ahead of...

Rooivalks the ‘blue eyed boys’ of UN mission in the DRC

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South Africa's Rooivalk deployment with the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the blue eyed boy of the...

Defence, tech giant brings huge Career Expo, innovative products to rural...

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High school learners in the Eastern Cape will be inspired to follow careers in science, technology and other critical and scarce skills at a...

Defence, tech giant brings huge Career Expo, innovative products to rural...

The career exhibition will take place at the Mthatha Military Base on 22 July.High school learners in the Eastern Cape will be inspired to...

New Nigerian Army Aviation Corps seeks helicopters, UAVs

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The Nigerian Army is considering the acquisition of new South African-made Rooivalk, Russian-made Mi-17, French-made H125 and some Chinese-made helicopters to equip...

Feature: Denel pushing Rooivalk Mk 2, export orders

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Denel is in discussions with various government departments including the South African Air Force (SAAF) on upgrading the Rooivalk combat helicopter and...

Rooivalks in the DRC flying 40 hours a month

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The Rooivalk combat helicopters deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are flying more than 40 hours a month with the...

16 Squadron honoured with Sword of Peace award

16 Squadron, based at AFB Bloemspruit and the SA Air Force's (SAAF) only combat support rotary wing unit, has been awarded the...

Combat proven Rooivalk gives winning edge to forces

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The successful deployment of the Rooivalk combat helicopter during peace-keeping operations in Africa has focused international attention on the technological capabilities of the South...

Combat proven Rooivalk gives winning edge to forces

The Rooivalk provided the winning formula for UN Forces that had been locked in battle with M23 guerrilla groups in the eastern part of...

Denel Aerostructures ready to support Rooivalk II

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Denel Aerostructures is ready and willing to support manufacture of a new Rooivalk, and is currently making drop tanks and small components...

Denel expects Rooivalk production decision later this year

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Denel will in the next three to six months know whether the Department of Defence will support the restart of Rooivalk production. Denel...

Denel exploring Rooivalk programme restart

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Within the next 18 months Denel will have a clear idea of whether it will restart Rooivalk production as it talks to...

Denel out in force at LAAD in Rio

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Opportunities for South African defence and security products in South and Latin America are growing and Denel is stepping up its marketing...

There is a future for the Rooivalk – Denel

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Denel sees a future for the Rooivalk combat helicopter and is engaging with the Department of Defence and Armscor on the future...

Denel has turned the corner and the future looks good

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Denel has strengthened its reputation as a high-performing technology powerhouse in Africa, a global player in the defence and aerospace environments and...

Gallery: UN helicopters

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The United Nations operates a wide variety of small, medium and large helicopters provided by member nations for its various missions throughout...

South African expertise and equipment again adds value to UN DRC...

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The South African contingent of the MONUSCO Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) has again proven its worth in the DRC with Rooivalk combat...

Gallery: United Nations Rooivalks

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In November 2013 three Denel Rooivalks were deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the United Nations operation there....

SA attack helicopters in renewed action in the DRC

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The United Nations (UN) called in two South African Air Force (SAAF) attack helicopters to strike rebel forces in the Democratic Republic...

Rooivalk’s single sortie success

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Earlier this month South Africa's home-grown combat support helicopter - the Rooivalk - came through its baptism of fire admirably and unscathed...

First ever combat for Rooivalk

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After three decades of development and a development cost in excess of R8 billion, the South African designed and built Rooivalk attack...

Underfunding eroding SA Air Force

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Severe underfunding has led to the erosion of the South African Air Force (SAAF) and its equipment, according to the Department of...

Give them the helicopters: ISS

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Was it the result of a knee-jerk reaction after South Africa failed so dismally to protect ousted Central African Republic (CAR) strongman...

Exclusive: Rooivalk is going to DRC

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Three of the South African Air Force's Rooivalk combat support helicopters will be in the DRC before year-end to boost MONUSCO and...

Rooivalk looks set for DRC deployment

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Just on 30 years after development work started on a home-grown attack helicopter, South Africa's Rooivalk seems set for its first operational...

Rooivalk ready to deploy after upgrades completed

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) has its full complement of Rooivalk combat support helicopters back on inventory after Denel Aviation returned...

Final Rooivalk handover cements relationship between Denel, SAAF

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Mike Kgobe, CEO of Denel Aviation, says the acceptance of the locally developed combat support helicopter marks the culmination of a 26-year partnership between...

Denel Aviation ‘projecting itself into the world’

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State owned company Denel's aviation division Denel Aviation is projecting itself into the world, establishing cooperation agreements with companies in the BRICS...

Denel has secured R5 billion export order book over the last...

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State owned aerospace and defence company Denel has secured R5 billion worth of export orders during the 2011/2012 financial year and will...

Final Rooivalk to be delivered to SAAF in August

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The last of eleven upgraded Rooivalk attack helicopters will be delivered to the South African Air Force at the end of August,...

SAAF holds Air Capability Demonstration

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The South African Air Force yesterday held its live fire Air Capability Demonstration at the Roodewal bombing range outside Polokwane, successfully demonstrating...