The unit was established on 1 April 1967 and was initially based at AFB
Swartkop. The unit was originally a section of the Central Phototechnical Establishment
(CPE), but attained unit status during 1969 under the command of Cmdt N .J. Swart.
JARIC occupied a number of historical
buildings at AFB Swartkop, which included the original Air Force Headquarters building,
and a Mess built for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF's) prior to World War II.
During 1988 building operations started on the
new JARIC building at AFB Waterkloof (Project WANKIE). A new era dawned when JARIC moved
to AFB Waterkloof and into the brand new specifically built complex. The building was
officially opened by the then Chief of the South African Air Force, Lt Gen Jan van
Loggerenberg on 26 January 1990.
The big "trek" was finally completed on 2 March 1990 and AFB
Swartkop, during a parade and farewell function, said farewell to the unit and personnel
on the same day.
On the 1 January 1998 JARIC became the unit responsible for Air
Intelligence and Counter Intelligence training in the SANDF, a task previously performed
by SA Air Force College.
JARIC needed to approach the digital age and
subsequently launched Project PACT, which established the unit at the leading edge of
technology. MIICS (Military Image Interpretation Computer System) officially came into its
own during 1999/2000. The future of the unit is reliant on technology and therefore what
we do today to upgrade and update the systems will affect our output.