The South African Air Force (SAAF) received the final four of 26 Gripen fighters this month, as well as its ninth and tenth upgraded Rooivalk attack helicopters.
South African Air Force
In November, Saab received the expected follow-on order for six more Gripen fighters for Thailand. Under a government-to-government deal finalized in 2008, Thailand already ordered two Gripen Cs and four Gripen D two-seaters as part of an air defense package that includes a Saab 340 Erieye radar platform. At the time, Thailand signaled its intentions to double its Gripen order with funding outlined in the subsequent five-year cycle.
Last week Denel Aviation delivered the first fully upgraded Rooivalk back to the South African Air Force (SAAF). After testing, the indigenous attack helicopter will finally get its type certificate and be inducted into the SAAF as the Rooivalk Mk 1. The SAAF’s No. 16 Squadron has been semi-operational on the type for a number of years, but the fleet has suffered problems.
Airlift manufacturers were prominent at last month’s African Aerospace and Defence show in Cape Town, highlighting the need of the South African Air Force (SAAF) to renew its air transport fleet.
Reports from Ecuador state that the nation is close to acquiring nine Atlas Cheetah C fighters from South Africa. The South African Air Force retired nearly 30 of the much-modified Mirage IIIs in 2008 to free up funds for the introduction of the Gripen, and the aircraft were made available for export through Denel and Armscor.
The first football World Cup tournament to be hosted on the African continent is expected to draw a large influx of business and private jets to South Africa for the month-long event from June 11 to July 11. Flight-planning specialists are urging operators to start making plans immediately to avoid potentially serious constraints on landing and takeoff slots, as well as aircraft parking.
The first World Cup soccer tournament to be hosted on the African continent
is expected to draw a big influx of business and private jets to South Africa
for the month-long event from June 11 to July 11. Flight-planning specialists are urging operators to start making plans immediately to avoid potentially serious constraints on landing and takeoff slots, as well as aircraft parking.
Business aircraft operators flying to South Africa for this year’s World Cup soccer tournament, to be held from June 11 to July 11, need to start planning now to avoid problems with slots, parking, hotel reservations and overflight permits.
Denel Aviation of South Africa has been certified by Lockheed Martin as a service center for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of C-130s. Although there are already eight of these facilities around the world, this is the first one in Africa. Denel says that there are 140 C-130s or L-100s (the commercial version) flying in Africa with 14 operators. Denel has been maintaining C-130s for the South African Air Force (SAAF) for many years.
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