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  • IN FOCUS: South African Air Force enjoys fruits of modernisation but challenges remain


    South Africa's air force wants to better utilise its new Swedish fighters, but a fresh A400M order remains a distant...


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  • IN FOCUS: South African Air Force enjoys fruits of modernisation but challenges remain

    News | 10 Sep 2012 10:30 | Dave Majumdar

    South Africa's air force wants to better utilise its new Swedish fighters, but a fresh A400M order remains a distant prospecthttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/IN-FOCUS-South-African-Air-Force-enjoys-fruits-of-modernisation-but-challenges-remain-376145/
  • Nation building

    News | 14 Sep 2004 00:00

    <p>Ahead of next week's Africa Aerospace and Defence show, we assess how a $5 billion acquisition spree will change South Africa's air capability </p> <p>The sweeping transformation of South Africa's armed forces that began in the early post-apartheid days of the mid-1990s is at last about to impact on its military aviation capability, with the country awaiting delivery of the first of 86 new aircraft under contract.</p> <p>Four aircraft types - the Saab/BAE Systems' Gripen C/D multirole fighter, BAE Hawk 120 lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) and AgustaWestland A109 light utility and Super Lynx 300 maritime helicopters - will be introduced over the coming years under procurements worth totalling $5 billion.</p> <p>The South African Air Force (SAAF) signed a combined $2.2 billion contract in 1999 to acquire 28 Gripens and 24 Hawks to replace its ageing inventory, including the Atlas Cheetah C/D (Dassault Mirage III) fighter and 9 attack/trainer Impala I/II (Aermacchi MB326). Althoughhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Nation-building-187399/
  • South Africans put older aircraft on the block

    News | 19 Jun 2003 00:00

    <p>South Africa has put up for sale a significant number of older aircraft to make way for the BAE Systems Hawks, Saab JAS39 Gripens and AgustaWestland A109s the country's armed forces are procuring. </p> <p>The aircraft up for disposal include 18 Dassault Mirage F1 and 12 Atlas Cheetah fighters, nine Impala trainers, three single-seat Impala light ground attack aircraft, two Boeing 707s and 10 Atlas Oryx helicopters, together with large quantities of associated ordnance. </p> <p>The receipts from this sale may help pay for 15 million litres (3.3 million gallons) of jet fuel lost from Louis Trichardt air force base. South African news reports yesterday said the fuel has been leaking into the water table from a cracked pipe for as long as 15 years. </p> <p>The loss was first admitted last week, though rectification work has been under way for two years. </p>http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/South-Africans-put-older-aircraft-on-the-block-167600/
  • Upgrade for South African fighters

    News | 18 Jun 2001 00:00

    <p>A joint Russo-South African upgrade for the SAAF's Mirage-based Atlas Cheetah fighters is to be undertaken. Russian sources reveal that a formal announcement will be made at the MAKS-2001 Air Salon at Moscow's Zhukhovskii aerodrome in August. According to ITAR-TASS, the upgrade is to be undertaken jointly by South Africa's Armscor, the Russian MiG aircraft building corporation, the V. Ya. Klimov engine plant and the Vympel State Machine Building Design Bureau. The exact content of the upgrade has not been revealed, although it is thought to include the Advanced Combat Wing (ACW) developed in South Africa, re-engining with the MiG-29's RD-33 turbofan (already flight tested by a South African Mirage F1 and a Cheetah D), and the integration of new weapons and avionics systems, probably including the Vympel RVV-AE (AA-12 ‘Adder'). </p> <p>Modernisation</p> <p>The upgrade will also provide a significant life extension, allowing the modernised Cheetahs to fly for a further 15 years. Newhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Upgrade-for-South-African-fighters-131711/
  • A matter of priorities

    News | 10 Jun 1998 00:00

    <p>Douglas Barrie/JOHANNESBURG </p> <p>Last month marked the deadline for contenders bidding for South Africa's R10 billion ($2.15 billion) defence procurement package, which includes combat aircraft and naval and support helicopters. </p> <p>Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK were shortlisted to respond to the May requirement for best and final offers. The winner will pick up the prize of revamping the inventory of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) - or will it? </p> <p>Joe Modise, South Africa's defence minister, has so far adhered publicly to the concept of a winner-take-all approach to the SANDF's procurement needs. </p> <p>Many of those involved in the bidding, however, believe the outcome will see South Africa "cherry pick" its preferred elements from the packages on offer, with "purchases" staggered to spread the funding burden. </p> <p>The key to the procurement, meanwhile, is not just the capabilities of the systems on offer, but the supportinhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/A-matter-of-priorities-38048/
  • Python 3 in South African service

    News | 29 Nov 1995 00:00

    <p>THE FIRST FIRM evidence that the South African Air Force (SAAF) has acquired the Israeli Rafael Python 3 short-range infra-red air-to-air missile (AAM) has emerged in photographs of an air force Dassault Mirage F-1C. </p> <p>The Python missile chassis may also form the basis of an active-radar-guided beyond-visual-range missile programme, the R-Darter, which is now being pursued by the SAAF. </p> <p>The SAAF is thought to field the Python 3 on its Mirage F-1Cs and the Atlas Cheetah. Two Python 3s are clearly visible on wing stations of a SAAF F-1, with the Kentron Darter infra-red (IR)- guided AAM mounted on each wingtip station. </p> <p>The SAAF's Darter active-radar-guided AAM, is being developed by Kentron, probably in collaboration with the Israeli company, in the initial stages. </p> <p>Israeli sources have previously confirmed that an active-radar programme was being pursued in collaboration with South Africa, although they say that this project has now ended. </p> <p>Lihttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Python-3-in-South-African-service-23148/