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  • 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.

    AH-2 Rooivalk 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.

    List of Operators of Denel AH-2 Rooivalk

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


    Construction Numbers

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    C/NBuilt asYearHistory
    1001 ZA 670
    1002 ZA 671
    1003 ZA 673
    1004 ZA 674
    1005 ZA 675
    1006 ZA 676
    1007 ZA 677
    1008 ZA 678
    1009 ZA 679
    1010 ZA 680
    1011 ZA 681
    1012 ZA 682
    ADM-001 ZA 672,683,ZU-AHC
    EDM-001 ZA 672
    14 C/N.