AFB Makhado
 

             

 
 

 AFB Makhado: Fighter Centre of Excellence

2004 was a significant year in the relatively short history of AFB Louis Trichardt as it marked the 10th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy, which was observed by the renaming of the Base from AFB Louis Trichardt to AFB Makhado. Makhado is the name of the Venda King that ruled in this region of the Limpopo Province in the mid-1800s.

Originally established as a forward air base in 1987, AFB Louis Trichardt was equipped with Cheetah E aircraft from 5 Squadron which were phased out by the introduction of the Cheetah C in 1992. The arrival of the Cheetah D training flight in 1992 following the closing down of AFB Pietersburg, resulted in the centralisation of all Cheetah assets at AFB Louis Trichardt.

In addition to the fighter force, 19 Squadron, equipped with Orxy medium-lift helicopters, was also stationed at AFB Louis Trichardt. In 2003, the Air Force Board assigned AFB Louis Trichardt the status of a fighter base and the decision was made to co-locate the Hawk and Gripen fleet at AFB Louis Trichardt and establish a “Fighter Centre of Excellence”. In January 2004, the Oryx fleet of 19 Squadron was moved to AFB Hoedspruit to make way for 85 Combat Flying School.

The Hawk fleet will be assigned to 85 Combat FS as from August 2005 and the SAAB Gripen will begin to replace the Cheetah fleet at 2 Squadron as from March 2008.

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 KEY SUCCESS FACTORS

  • Safe Air And Ground Operations
  • Effective Financial Control
  • Effective Personnel Administration
  • Effective Logistics Supply
  • Effective Resource Management
  • Top Class Protection & Security
  • High Morale
  • Positive Image

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 Role and Functions

The justification of the existence of AFB Makhado has two primary drivers:

1. The provision of an airport to support combat operations.

2. To prepare combat ready fighter systems.

This is achieved through

Driving a consolidated Force Preparation Programme for all FSEs at AFB MKD.

Driving the User System Business Plan.

The provision of sustained supply & support for fighter systems.

The provision of dedicated staff/-administration services.

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 Vision

 TO BE RECOGNISED FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMBAT OPERATIONS SUPPORT
 

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 Mission

TO PROVIDE COMBAT OPERATIONS SUPPORT THROUGH A PROCESS OF TOTAL SYSTEM’S INTEGRATION

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 Value System

Quite appropriately stems from the basic attributes of a fighter pilot:

  • The desire to engage in combat operations support
  • Knowledge
  • Mutual support
  • Individual performance
  • Discipline

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