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If air force fails, the country fails

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Often, the air force is a vital arm of government when it comes to humanitarian support and to search and rescue.


30 Jun 2020
PREMIUM!
If air force fails, the country fails

Picture for illustration purposes only. Image: iStock.

Given the awful cash crisis facing the government – and the demands from social services on its already stretched budget – there will be many who will not shed a tear at hearing that the South African Air Force (SAAF) is forced to cut back its operations drastically through lack of money. There’s a common assumption among “peaceniks” and military critics that an air force is merely another “toy for the boys” (and politicians are still, overwhelmingly, male in most of the world) … and that possessing warplanes sends out the wrong message to neighbours. However, a modern air force...

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