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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)...

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,...

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,...

Financial and technical issues delay new SANDF equipment

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The latest Armscor annual report has revealed formidable hurdles faced by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in upgrading its equipment due to...

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...

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...

Change of plan for aspirant South African Air Force officers who...

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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...

C-47 racks up 80 years in the SAAF

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June 2023 marks what should have been a landmark event for the SA Air Force (SAAF). It was on Solstice Day (21 June) in 1943...

Hangar at AFB Durban back in use after refurbishment

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A refurbished hangar at Air Force Base (AFB) Durban indicates the lone SA Air Force (SAAF) base in KwaZulu-Natal is set to remain on...

SAAF to celebrate its anniversary with Prestige Parade

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Tomorrow (Friday, 27 January) the SA Air Force (SAAF) stages its annual Prestige Day parade in the wake of its prestige awards at Air...

SANDF sharp end maintenance done “on demand”

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise says maintenance of military equipment used by the combat services of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF)...

SAAF officer ranks boosted

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The officer ranks of the SA Air Force (SAAF) are 41 stronger following a commissioning parade at SAAF College in Thaba Tshwane. The new additions,...

PCDMV ends year with oversight visit to Bloemfontein

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A reasonable evaluation of the year fast nearing its end, from the point of view of a Parliamentary oversight committee, could be pessimistic tinged...

SAAF – air power limited, air conditioning zero

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Just over seven months after the SA Air Force (SAAF) told all and sundry air-conditioning at its headquarters was US (unserviceable), the same malaise...

Will SAAF Gripens ever fly?

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The sharp end of the SA Air Force (SAAF) – its Gripen fighters – have been grounded for over a year and, despite encouraging...

Public Works Minister on second oversight visit to AFB Durban

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The interest shown in flood repair work at Air Force Base (AFB) Durban by Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille is seen...

Flood damage fixed at AFB Durban, move on hold

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Air Force Base (AFB) Durban is not going anywhere for at least the next five years and any changes or re-alignment of its strategy...

Ex Winter Solstice preparing SAAF for out of country deployment

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SA Air Force (SAAF) personnel are currently busy with a field training exercise (FTX) in preparation for external deployments. The airborne service of the national...

SAAF officers back from Cuban training

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A batch of SA Air Force (SAAF) officers are the latest beneficiaries of Cuban military expertise and training thanks to what is known in...

USAF C-130J integral to Shared Accord tactical air landing exercise

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A highlight, at least for 28 Squadron personnel, of Exercise Shared Accord was the presence and participation of a United States Air Force (USAF)...

Six new pilot instructors for the SAAF

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) boasts six new pilot instructors in its ranks following successful completion of the theory component at Air Force Base...

Uniformed pastors a new experience for West Coast high school pupils

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“Freeing the eagle” is the motto currently providing direction for SA Air Force (SAAF) personnel with Air Force Base (AFB) Langebaanweg leading the way...

SAAF keeping its C47-TPs in service

The remaining handful of C-47TPs in service with 35 Squadron are in line for maintenance with Armscor seeking suitable suppliers of parts. The venerable C-47s...

SAAF Gripens still on the ground

The sharp end of the SA Air Force (SAAF) – Air Force Base (AFB) Makhado-based 2 Squadron and its Saab Gripen fighters – has...

AFB Waterkloof fire “an accident”

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No evidence of foul play or sabotage was discovered by SA Air Force (SAAF) investigators following a fire at the bulk fuel installation at...

CAF unveils new SAAF vision

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Instead of celebrating outstanding achievements by SA Air Force (SAAF) personnel, Thursday’s Prestige Evening was the platform for CAF Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo to...

The SAAF marks its anniversary this week

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An SA Air Force (SAAF) event on Friday (4 February) will mark what is now known as Prestige Day, celebrating its establishment. On Thursday, the...

SAAF “aircraft launching systems” need work

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The SA Air Force (SAAF) is, according to Armscor, in need of maintenance and repair work on its “aircraft launching and landing systems”. A tender...

SAAF Gripens still grounded

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Close on two months after South Africans heard fighter jets in “their” air force were grounded, the situation remains unchanged with a national defence...

60 Squadron still active as VVIP transport unit

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Fourteen years after its last sortie – delivery of a Boeing 707 to the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Air Force Base (AFB)...

Air force and Army promotions

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Senior rank numbers in the SA Army and SA Air Force (SAAF) increased by 25 this week with promotions to colonel and one brigadier...

Gripen fighters temporarily grounded | Interview with Guy Martin

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There'll be no eye in the sky after the South African Air Force’s Gripen fleet has been temporarily grounded. The SAAF says this is...

Field accommodation, water purification and a grenade launcher among completed Armscor...

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Armscor, according to its latest annual report, successfully completed six projects and sub-projects, notwithstanding “severe delays in deliveries” as well as contract execution “disruptions”...

SAAF still not meeting flying hour targets

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The number of hours SA Air Force (SAAF) platforms spent aloft during the 2020/21 financial year was just over 13 700 – 80% of...

Lockdown regulations cut SANDF museums visitor numbers

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With Heritage Month ending the three known SA National Defence Force (SANDF) museums have, in common with other repositories of history, been hamstrung by...

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...

AFB Durban going nowhere

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The lone SA Air Force (SAAF) squadron in KwaZulu-Natal will remain the only aviation occupant of what was Durban International Airport for the foreseeable...

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...

Speech: Buthelezi at the memorial of Des Barker and Rama Iyer,...

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The families of Major General Barker and Colonel Iyer, Chief of Staff South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Lieutenant General Yam, members of the...

SAAF looks back on de Bod’s Boputhatswana and SA Air Force...

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As part of remembering its heritage, the South African Air Force has shone a spotlight on the contributions of retired Brigadier General Ettienne de...

SAAF helicopters to the rescue

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Rotary-winged aircraft from SA Air Force (SAAF) squadrons in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal were major components of recent rescue operations. AFB Swartkop-based 17 Squadron dispatched one...

State of the SA Air Force address – Acting Chief of...

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Members of the Air Force Command Council, retired and serving Generals, Officers Commanding bases and units, Senior and Junior Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers,...

SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

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Recent recipients of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) highest operational honour – the Sword of Peace – are largely confined to the force’s helicopter...

SAAF in Northern Cape for Army exercise

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The airborne arm of the national defence force – the SA Air Force (SAAF) – is an active component of the Ukuthula force preparation...

AAD postponement means no SAAF centenary airshow

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South Africa will not be treated to an exhibition of SA Air Force (SAAF) capabilities and platforms this year as a highlight of its...

SAAF Mozambique rescue mission remembered

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In the year the SA Air Force (SAAF) marks its centenary, commemorative events have by and large been canned due to the impact of...

UN offers one symbolic dollar for Rooivalk expertise

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The days of the South African composite helicopter unit (CHU) as a major contributor to MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic...

Oryx proving its worth in Mozambique

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The rotary-winged workhorse of the SA Air Force (SAAF) – the Oryx medium transport - is again proving its worth in flood-ravaged Mozambique. Since the...

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