Denel AH-2 Rooivalk

Development began in 1984 for a light attack, anti-armour helicopter to meet a South African Air Force requirement. The Rooivalk has twin tandem seats, 4 bladed main rotor with twin Topaz turboshaft engines mounted high on the rotor pylon, 5 bladed tail rotor, stub wings for weapons fit, nose-aimed chin gun and a fixed tricycle undercarriage. A low risk approach was adopted by basing the dynamics on the Alouette III and proving various home grown assemblies on modified Pumas before integration into the programme. It is designed for ease of maintenance while operating away from base. First flight 11 Feb 1990.
From the Alpha XH-1 technology demonstrator, the lessons were learned and incorporated into 3 CSH-2 prototypes. The XDM test programme focussed on dynamics, infra-red signature reduction and performance. The second (ADM) concentrated on the avionics, weapons and cockpit layout and interface while the EDM was an engineering test bed, principally for engine development working towards a derivative of the Makila IK-2. A static rig was also built. First production came off the line toward the end of 1998.

Model News

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.

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Construction Numbers on database of AH-2 Rooivalk or its versions


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C/NBuilt asYearHistory
1001 ZA 670 : SAAF 16 sqd d/d jan99
22sep12 pictured at AAD Expo South Africa
1002 ZA 671 : SAAF
1003 ZA 673 : SAAF
1004 ZA 674 : SAAF
1005 ZA 675 : SAAF; 10nov07 pictured at Overberg airbase, South Afric+
1006 ZA 676 : SAAF
1007 ZA 677 : SAAF
1008 ZA 678 : SAAF 16Sqn 2001
22sep12 pictured at AAD Expo South Africa
1009 ZA 679 : SAAF 16Sqn; w/o 03aug05
1010 ZA 680 : SAAF 16Sqn 2003; 2014 white UN livery
1011 ZA 681 : SAAF 16Sqn 2003
1012 ZA 682 : SAAF
ADM-001 ZA ZU-AHC : Atlas CSH-2 ADM-001; 13may94 pictured at Middle Wallop +
ZA 672 : SAAF Experimental Development Model (EDM)
ZA 683 : 2012 preserved at SAAF museum
EDM-001 ZA 672 : SAAF 1999
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