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SANDF budget cuts send Air Force into tailspin

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Budget cuts across the SANDF mean the Air Force is unable to fly, placing pilots at risk of losing specific qualifications, while money is being taken from training budgets elsewhere, to pay for operations and deployments.


30 Jun 2020
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SANDF budget cuts send Air Force into tailspin

The SAAF's Silver Falcons have been grounded due to budget cuts. Picture: Neil McCartney

The SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) budget cuts have sent the SA Air Force (SAAF) into a tailspin, with experts warning of its imminent crash as its ageing aircraft gather dust and crew lose qualifications due to lack of flying time. “SAAF faces serious risk of losing combat abilities. At the current rate, SAAF will not be able to afford to renew its maintenance contract for the Gripen and Hawk,” according to Darren Olivier, defence expert and director at African Defence Review. “It is a bad situation, unless something is done, they are going to lose their capabilities for good.”...

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