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 AH-2 Rooivalk

Years Model Org
1999-    south africa Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag

  Global Distribution of AH-2 Rooivalk


Construction Numbers

C/N Built as Year History
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 w/o 2005 ZA 679
1010 ZA 680
1011 ZA 681
1012 ZA 682
ADM-001 ZA 672,683,ZU-AHC
EDM-001 ZA 672

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