South African Air Force

SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

SAAF helicopter squadrons top the Sword of Peace recipient list

20-Nov-2020Source: defenceWeb

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

Upgrade for South African AF Oryx Helicopters

Upgrade for South African AF Oryx Helicopters

21-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The South African air force is giving their 39 Oryx helicopters a full upgrade. The upgrade, which will be a multi-million Rand project, includes avionic and engine upgrades with a general renovation of all systems. The Oryx helicopters have been in use for the past 15 years. These helicopters are much needed as they are... Read more

18-Jul-15 1209 TP-1 Oryx Goma, DRCongo

18-Jul-15 1209 TP-1 Oryx Goma, DRCongo

18-Jul-2015Source: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40001:saaf-oryx-damaged-in-drc-taxiing-incident&catid=111:sa-defence&Itemid=242

Nosewheel collapsed during ground taxi after hitting 5cm edge of newly laid tarmac.  operating for UN... Read more

23-Feb-15 Westland Lynx Cape Town, South Africa

23-Feb-15 Westland Lynx Cape Town, South Africa

23-Feb-2015

Emergency landing on golf course... Read more

South African A109 LUHs grounded again?

South African A109 LUHs grounded again?

4-Dec-2014Source: Defence Web

It is rumoured that all flying activities of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) fleet of Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) have ceased and, in effect, the fleet is subject to yet another grounding. See Full Story... Read more

Feature: Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

Feature: Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

6-Nov-2014Source: Defenceweb

The South African Air Force saw a significant increase in operational demands and external commitments in the last financial year, including its first fighter and helicopter operational deployments since democracy, but flew 5 000 fewer hours than the previous year, according to the Department of Defence. See Full Story... Read more

South Africa resumes A109LUH conversion course

South Africa resumes A109LUH conversion course

6-Nov-2013Source: DefenceWeb

After five months of not flying, the South African Air Force’s (SAAF) fleet of Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) are back in the air again and converting new pilots.   See full story... Read more

First ever combat for Rooivalk

First ever combat for Rooivalk

6-Nov-2013Source: DefenceWeb

After three decades of development and a development cost in excess of R8 billion, the South African designed and built Rooivalk attack helicopter has finally deployed operationally, and also fired its weapons in anger.  See full story... Read more

Budget cuts ground most of South African A109LUH fleet

Budget cuts ground most of South African A109LUH fleet

1-Aug-2013Source: DefenceWeb

With the country’s military watchers united in their view the SA Air Force (SAAF) is fast approaching crisis point in terms of operational ability, the finger is – again – being pointed at underfunding. see full story... Read more

29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

29-Mar-2013

Helicopter crashed during rhino poaching patrols.  Al five POB killed – later named as  Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele... Read more

Rooivalk ready to deploy after upgrades completed

Rooivalk ready to deploy after upgrades completed

15-Mar-2013Source: Defence Web

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has its full complement of Rooivalk combat support helicopters back on inventory after Denel Aviation returned the final aircraft following more than two years of work on Block 1F upgrades.(see full story)... Read more

Helicopter pilot appointed chief of South African Air Force

Helicopter pilot appointed chief of South African Air Force

26-Jun-2012Source: South African Air Force

C SANDF has pleasure in announcing the appointment of Major General Fabian Zimpande (ZAKES) Msimang as the new Chief of the South Africa Air Force with effect from 01 October 2012. Maj Gen Msimang intergrated into the South African National Defence Force in 1994 after the first democratic Elections as a qualified pilot on the... Read more

Final Rooivalk to be delivered to SAAF in August

Final Rooivalk to be delivered to SAAF in August

15-Jun-2012

The last of eleven upgraded Rooivalk attack helicopters will be delivered to the South African Air Force at the end of August (see full story)... Read more

South African military reveals cause of A109LUH crashes

South African military reveals cause of A109LUH crashes

30-Jan-2012Source: defenceWeb

The three A109 Light Utility Helicopter crashes were caused by mechanical failure and pilot error, but all technical problems have been resolved, the chief of the South African Air Force has said. (see full story)... Read more

20-Jul-11 Denel Rooivalk Dimbaza, South Africa

20-Jul-11 Denel Rooivalk Dimbaza, South Africa

20-Jul-2011

Wire strike during low level flying... Read more

Support costs for South African A109LUH climb

Support costs for South African A109LUH climb

21-Apr-2011Source: DefenceWeb

Concerns locally in South Africa as support costs rise and rise.... Read more

South African Air Force ceremonially receives Rooivalk

South African Air Force ceremonially receives Rooivalk

5-Apr-2011Source: Denel

The upgraded Rooivalk combat support helicopter has been handed over to the South African Air Force for operational duties. The helicopter, designed and manufactured in South Africa, was received by the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano. The Chief Executive Officer of Denel, Talib Sadik, says the handover is the culmination... Read more

15-Dec-10 AgustaWestland AW109LUH Ballito, South Africa

15-Dec-10 AgustaWestland AW109LUH Ballito, South Africa

15-Dec-2010

Suggested tail rotor problem after helicopter observed to be “spinning wildly”... Read more

AgustaWestland wins contract to supply two Arrius 2K2 engines to SAAF

AgustaWestland wins contract to supply two Arrius 2K2 engines to SAAF

26-Nov-2010Source: Armscor

CONTRACT DETAIL FOR ACQUISITION/LOGISTICS (LGS) – ELGS/2010/336 Reference No: ELGS/2010/336 Requirements: Procurement of two Arrius 2K2 engines for the SAAF A109 light utility helicopter, inclusive of electronic engine control unit subsystem and long term storage container Awarded Date: 25 Nov 2010 Contract Value: R8 206 191,68 Classification: Restricted Contracts Awarded To: Agusta Westland Via del... Read more

24-Nov-10 AgustaWestland AW109LUH Potchefstroom, South Africa

24-Nov-10 AgustaWestland AW109LUH Potchefstroom, South Africa

24-Nov-2010

Hard landing incident during a scheduled military exercise involving the SA Army and the SA Air Force... Read more

Chief of the South African Air Force calls for budget increase

Chief of the South African Air Force calls for budget increase

17-Oct-2010Source: Engineering News

I’m not happy with the likely budgeting for flying hours for the next financial year,” affirms Lt-Gen Carlo Gagiano. “To operate all the systems in the SAAF optimally, I need a bigger budget. But we must never stop exploring ways of doing things better and cheaper.”... Read more

South African Air Force commences offshore oil platform supply flights

South African Air Force commences offshore oil platform supply flights

20-Jul-2010Source: DefenceWeb

SAAF is flying the shuttle service for Government-owned PetroSA with effect from July 1.  A spokesman added “We complied because part of our mandate is to assist other government departments” , also confirming the flights were infrequent.... Read more

12-May-09 4022 AgustaWestland A109LUH Upper Tugela, South Africa (3F)

12-May-09 4022 AgustaWestland A109LUH Upper Tugela, South Africa (3F)

12-May-2009

12-May-09 4022 AgustaWestland A109LUH Upper Tugela, South Africa... Read more

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