Denel AH-2 Rooivalk in
south africa Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag

South African Air Force

Del'd: 12 - 1999 to present


Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag AH-2 Rooivalk

Twelve aircraft started to been delivered from 1999. One lost by hard landing in 2005

Eleven aircraft were upgraded to the Block 1F upgraded Rooivalk standard from 2011.

In 2013, three of them have been deployed with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) where they saw their first combat actions.

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Two more upgraded Rooivalk delivered to SAAF, 14-Jun-12 : Two more Rooivalk helicopters have recently been handed over to the South African Air Force (SAAF). This brings the total of upgraded combat support helicopters that can be operationally deployed to eight – with the final three to be ready in the coming months.

Upgraded Rooivalk Handed over to SAAF, 01-Apr-11 : Upgraded Rooivalk combat support helicopter has been handed over to the South African Air Force for operational duties.


YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1999/now16 squadron AFB Bloemspruit

Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    1001     670: SAAF 16 sqd d/d jan99
    1002     671: SAAF
    EDM-001     672: SAAF 1999
    ADM-001     672: SAAF Experimental Development Model (EDM)
    1003     673: SAAF
    1004     674: SAAF
    1005     675: SAAF; 10nov07 pictured at Overberg airbase, South Africa
    1006     676: SAAF
    1007     677: SAAF
    1008     678: SAAF 16Sqn 2001
    1009     679: SAAF 16Sqn; w/o 03aug05
    1010     680: SAAF 16Sqn 2003; 2014 white UN livery
    1011     681: SAAF 16Sqn 2003
    1012     682: SAAF
    ADM-001     683: 2012 preserved at SAAF museum
    ZU-AHC: Atlas CSH-2 ADM-001; 13may94 pictured at Middle Wallop Inter+

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