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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...

Ramaphosa’s VIP jet grounded following Cape Town mishap

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) will be out of action for some time following a hangar incident in Cape Town that damaged...

After SAAF firefighting deliveries, Marce continues apace with sales

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Firefighting and emergency response vehicle manufacturer Marce has delivered dozens of its Rhino firefighting vehicles to the South African Air Force (SAAF) and continues...

SAAF crew member killed after Oryx hit by gunfire in DRC

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One South African Air Force (SAAF) crew member has been killed and another wounded after their Oryx transport helicopter was hit by gunfire in...

Additional transport aircraft high on SAAF’s priority list

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Medium and strategic airlift are at the centre of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) attention due to its commitments on the African continent,...

AFB Overberg holds first SAAF medal parade

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All three SA Air Force (SAAF) bases in the Western Cape were represented at Air Force Base (AFB) Overberg in the first ever medal...

Armscor having difficulty lining up SAAF maintenance contracts

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As the Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) defence material acquisition agency, Armscor is trying to make sure that maintenance contracts are in place to keep...

SAAF evaluating offer of acquiring ex-US C-130H Hercules

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The United States has offered South Africa retired C-130H Hercules transport aircraft to replace its ageing C-130BZ fleet, with the South African Air Force...

Gripen back in the air as Saab awarded maintenance contract

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The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Gripen combat jets are taking to the skies once again after original equipment manufacturer Saab was awarded a...

Lest we forget

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In a poignant ceremony on Sunday this week, the South African Air Force (SAAF) and the SAAF Association paid tribute to all South African...

22 Squadron celebrates 80th anniversary

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The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) premier maritime helicopter squadron turned 80 in July and to celebrate the occasion, a formal cocktail function was...

Air Force Base Swartkop hosts Mach Plus function

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New members have been inaugurated into the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Mach Plus club, which comprises an elite band of aviators who have...

SAAF A109 deployed to Richards Bay for Ex Shared Accord

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The South African Air Force has deployed an Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopter to Richards Bay for Exercise Shared Accord currently underway between the...

Chief of the SAAF hosts Zimbabwean military students

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The Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, has hosted military students from the Zimbabwe National Defence Force (ZNDF)...

21 new pilots at SAAF wings parade

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The South African Air Force has 21 new pilots in its ranks, after they were awarded their wings at a parade at Air Force...

Air Force Base Overberg honours fallen SAAF members

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On Friday 20 May, Air Force Base Overberg held a memorial service to honour members of the South African Air Force (SAAF) who passed...

SA Air Force holds Memorial after two-year break

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) has held its first memorial service in three years as a result of the relaxed Covid-19 regulations, remembering...

Upgrading the SAAF’s ageing C-130BZ Hercules fleet would cost R1.6 billion

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The Department of Defence (DoD) is exploring upgrading the SA Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ Hercules fleet at a cost of R1.6 billion. According to a...

Armscor trying to circumvent challenges at Denel

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Armscor is getting creative in dealing with the crisis at Denel by paying Denel’s suppliers directly, amongst other measures, as Denel battles to deliver...

Still no A-Darter missiles for the SAAF

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Denel Dynamics has been unable to deliver any production A-Darter air-to-air missiles to the South African Air Force (SAAF), forcing Armscor to contemplate contracting...

Armscor evaluating bids for most SAAF aircraft maintenance contracts

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Many of the maintenance contracts for South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft have either expired or are about to, and Armscor is currently evaluating...

Gripen support contract unaffordable

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The latest support contract for the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Gripen fighters that was offered by Saab is beyond the budget of the...

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...

Less than a quarter of SAAF aircraft serviceable

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Less than a quarter of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) fleet of aircraft is serviceable as budget cuts, COVID-19 disruptions and problems at...

Hawks over Cape Town City Hall for SONA

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Not two but three South African Air Force (SAAF) Hawks took part in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the National Address (SONA) in Cape...

Insourcing and revenue generation part of SAAF’s new vision

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Being less dependent on National Treasury for funding and becoming more independent and innovative are key elements of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s)...

SANDF investigating cause of fire at Air Force Base Waterkloof

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has launched an investigation into the cause of a fire at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof on...

SAAF Gripens grounded

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The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Gripen fleet is temporarily grounded, with no aircraft serviceable, due to a lack of funding and maintenance and...

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...

SAAF Chief on goodwill visit to India

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Chief of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, recently completed a goodwill visit to India, meeting with the heads of...