South African Air Force
Agusta A109Light Utility Helicopters are replacing the Alouette III. (At all helicopter squadrons except 22 and 16 Squadrons.) Airbus A400Mstrategic transports will compliment and eventually replace the ageing C130BZ Hercules. These aircraft are slated to arrive in service by 2011, to be operated by 28 and 60 Squadron (in the strategic lift and air to air refueling roles), according to the official SAAF website. [cite press release|url=http://www.af.mil.za/news/2007/170.htm|title=B707 retries at Swartkop|publisher=SAAF] There is concern over the capability gap in the air to air refueling role (2007-2011), left by the retirement of the Boeing 707in 2007.
The SAAF is looking at purchasing light, side by side seater aircraft for "ab initio" flight screening/training. This is intended to cut flying hours on the more expensive
Further down the line the SAAF is looking at acquiring
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAVs), possibly the DenelBateleur Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV.
Gallery of SAAF Aircraft
South African Air Force Memorial
The South African Air Force Memorial is located at Swartkop outside
Pretoria. It contains an honour roll of SAAF personnel who have been killed on duty.
In addition to the main memorial site, there are also a number of smaller memorials.
* A memorial to the 389
Royal Air Forcepilots who have died in South Africaduring the Joint Training Scheme between 1939 and 1945
* An olive tree planted by the South African
Korean Warveterans in memory of the comrades they lost during that conflict.
South African Air Force Museum
List of air forces
List of squadrons of the South African Air Force
Military history of South Africa
* [http://www.af.mil.za/ Official South African Air Force website]
* [http://www.saairforce.co.za/ Unofficial South African Air Force website]
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