media statement 2009

STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

STATEMENT BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE (SANDF): SA AIR FORCE ROODEWAL AIR CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATION 02 APRIL 2009

Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Aerial Combat and Air Defence Capabilities of the various SA Air Force (SAAF) attack, rotary and fixed wing aircraft will be put to the test at the Roodewal Bomb Range in Limpopo on Thursday, 02 April 2009. The aim of the exercise is to simultaneously deploy various SAAF aircraft in a real time simulation that will determine the operational readiness of both the aircraft and crews in light of the upcoming events in the country where the SANDF is expected to safeguard the Republic of South Africa, its citizens and the visiting foreign nationals.

Various types of SAAF aircraft, including the SAAF Gripen, Rooivalk attack helicopter, Agusta A109 LUH, Oryx helicopter, BK 117 helicopter and the Cessna Caravan fixed wing aircraft will display their capabilities. The demonstration will see these aircraft participate in a simulated helicopter attack, downed helicopter crew search and retrieval, aerial escort, hostile ground neutralisation and live firing by the Rooivalk and the Gripen, assisted by ground extraction teams.

You are cordially invited to send a journalist and a photographer to attend and cover the demonstration. The travel arrangements are as follows:

  • Departure Venue: Swartkop Airfield (previously AFB Swartkop), Valhalla, Pretoria
  • (R101 Old Johannesburg Road opposite SAAF Gymnasium)
  • Departure Date: 02 April 2009
  • Departure Time: 06:45am

Estimated Return Flight Time: 15:00pm (same day)

Due to limited seating available on the aircraft, RSVP to this invite will be processed on a first respondent, first seat allocation basis. Attendance confirmation must reach Major Ronald Maseko at (012) 355 6388/5631 or 082 09 5702 before or on Monday, 30 March 2009 by no later than 14:00pm.

Ends.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
Defence Headquarters
Pretoria

Enquiries: Major Ronald Maseko
(012) 355 6388/5631
082 809 5702