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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)...

Mbambo promises action on SAAF HQ air conditioning problem

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Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, has said efforts are being made to address the issue of air...

SAAF Gripen fighters soar over Cape Town ahead of 2024 SONA

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With the impending 2024 State of the Nation Address (SONA) slated for this Thursday in Cape Town, the South African Air Force (SAAF) is...

MONUSCO supremo condemns Oryx attack

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Last Friday’s attack on “an aircraft bearing the United Nations (UN) emblem” – to whit, a SA Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter...

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 resilience needed amid global conflicts and humanitarian crises – Mbambo

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Ongoing conflicts and natural disasters are increasing demand for South African Air Force (SAAF) assets, but a lack of funding is hampering operations and...

Police officer arrested after fatally shooting SAAF member in Hoedspruit

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A South African Police Service (SAPS) sergeant has been arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in connection with killing a South African...

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...

AFB Ysterplaat and Girls Fly Africa inspire young girls to pursue...

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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 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...

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...

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...

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...

South African Air Force Chief highlights challenges of underfunding

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Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), recently spoke to defenceWeb about the challenges faced by the Air Force...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

SA’s VIP protection spending ‘a questionable allocation of resources’ in light...

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South Africa, a nation grappling with pressing economic challenges and social disparities, finds itself at a crossroads. As the government grapples with fiscal constraints...

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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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...

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...

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...

SA defence industry to showcase latest advances at Aerospace Simulation and...

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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...

SA Air Force progresses with establishment of Space Command Section

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The establishment of a dedicated Space Command Section within the South African Air Force (SAAF) is gaining momentum. During the Air and Space Power Symposium...

SAAF awards wings to new pilots and navigators

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Thirteen young men and women of the South African Air Force (SAAF) were awarded their coveted Wings at a Commission and Wings Insignia Parade...

SAAF explains disappearance of AFB Swartkop name

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Air Force Base Swartkop, the oldest base in South Africa, has ceased to exist, the SA Air Force (SAAF) has said. The facility, which also...

SAAF hosts memorial service for fallen heroes

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) in partnership with the South African Air Force Association (SAAFA) hosted a memorial service on 20 May at...

SAAF hosting Saudi delegation

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A Saudi Arabian military delegation has arrived in South Africa to strengthen bilateral relations and examine possible collaboration. Boitumelo Bapela, reporting for Ad Astra Magazine,...

Gripen and Hawk to headline SAAF Museum air show

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The sharp end of the South African Air Force (SAAF) in the form of its Gripen and Hawk jet combat aircraft will take part...

Chief of the SANDF expresses support for Denel

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) relies heavily on Denel and Armscor for its defence equipment needs. This was emphasized by General Rudzani...

SAAF Boeing 707 spares up for sale

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Armscor’s Defence Disposal Solutions (DDS) is inviting offers for “spares” for decommissioned Boeing 707s once used as electronic warfare and aerial refuelling platforms by...

Joint change of command parade for two SAAF squadrons

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Air Force Base (AFB) Durban, the lone SA Air Force (SAAF) operational facility in KwaZulu-Natal, staged a double change of command event in line...

Extra R1 billion for SAAF to get C-130 Hercules airworthy

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National Treasury has granted the South African Air Force (SAAF) an extra R1 billion to get its six C-130BZ Hercules transports airworthy, but a...

Lancelot Mathebula is new SAAF Chief Director Force Preparation

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Former Air Force Base Makhado commander Major General Lancelot Mathebula has started his new role as Chief Director Force Preparation of the South African...

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...

SAAF hosting Zimbabwean students

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) Command and Control School at Air Force Base Hoedspruit is currently hosting four Zimbabwean Air Force members, who...

Armscor making little headway on Hoefyster and A-Darter projects

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There has been little forward movement on the Badger and A-Darter projects for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), which is still in the...

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...

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