In the course of researching the al-Shabaab attack on Puntland Security Forces at Af Urur on 8 June 2017, a couple of interesting little details emerged.
All eight of the South African Air Force 35 Squadron’s C-47TP transport and maritime surveillance aircraft were grounded for much of 2016, leaving a severe gap in the country’s coverage of its oceans. The cause was the discovery of a corrosion problem in the alloy used for the aircraft’s control cables.
Evidence from the crash of two MI-24 helicopters in the DRC in January 2017 points to Georgian pilots flying more that simply training missions in the country. ALBERTO FITTARELLI investigates.
The Gripens of the South African Air Force have a unique feature: Direct-feed gravity refuelling ports over the main fuselage fuel tanks. In this article, we examine the reason these were added, their impact on the fuel system, and the limitations of the approach.
Anti-proliferation organisations and Google team up to make the world’s small arms trade visible.
The newly-formed Force Intervention Brigade will shortly be deploying to the area around Goma to help enforce a security zone in the area. Here’s an overview of what this expanded-mandate force is all about.
DEFENCE INDUSTRY NEWS
The A400M Luftwaffe edition leaves the paintshop. This is the first A400M airlifter for the German Airforce.
JOHN STUPART reflects on a quietly optimistic expo.
So your company has booked flights and a hotel in some odd place called Gauteng, where you’re going to attend a defence exhibition you’re not all that familiar with. You’ve been to the big shows like EUROSATORY and SOFEX, but what is this Africa Aerospace and Defence thing?
Typhoon, Varan, Warrior and Shrek models, which were recently launched at Eurosatory 2014, will make their African debut, along with established best seller products such as Cougar APC
The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has performed successfully air-to-air refuelling tests with a F/A-18 Hornet fighter. The tanker test campaign was developed in five flights in which the A400M performed 33 dry contacts and dispensed 18.6 tonnes of fuel to an F/A-18 Hornet in 35 wet contacts.
Paramount Group’s AHRLAC performed its first flight in front of the media today. The light attack and reconnaissance aircraft is the first all-new fixed-wing combat aircraft to have been designed and developed in South Africa and is already attracting interest from around the world.
The now-2014 Defence Review is coming into legislation and it had better be financed. JOHN STUPART sees grounds for optimism.
480 vehicles ordered from STREIT Group for clients in North Africa, representing the single largest order for the company yet.
CONWAY WADDINGTON and RICHARD STUPART look at small arms, unmanned drones of all varieties, loitering “munitions” and much more on day 2.