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AW support contract for SAAF AW109LUH fleet, 21-Sep-12 : AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a comprehensive service support contract for the South African Air Force’s fleet of AW109LUH helicopters.

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.

SAAF Museum acquires Puma and Rooivalk, 17-Feb-12 : By Dean Wingrin - The SAAF Museum has acquired two new exhibits that symbolise the technological prowess of the South African aeronautical industry in the late twentieth century.

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List of Units

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Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
    15 squadron1939 --
    16 squadron1968 --
    17 squadron1942 --
    19 squadron? --
    22 squadron1942 --
    30 squadron1981 --

Bases and Locations

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Base / HeliportUnits on this Location
   AFB Bloemspruit16 squadron 1972/   
   AFB Durban15 squadron 1981/   
   AFB Hoedspruit19 squadron
   AFB Swartkop17 squadron
   AFB Ysterplaat22 squadron 1964/   

Model Types

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  AW A109LUH302004
  Denel AH-2 Rooivalk 121999
  MBB bk11791994
  SNIA SA365 Dauphin 219941998
  atlas TP-1 Oryx501989
  Westland scout119781990
  SNIA SA330 Puma7119691997
  SA SA321L Super Frelon1719671990
  Westland wasp1619631990
  SNIA Alouette III11919622006
  SNIA Alouette II3019601973
  Sikorsky S-55 H-19419561968
  Sikorsky S-51 / R-5 / H-5319481968

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