Aircraft
 

             

 
 
 
 
Aircraft types, with their roles, specifications and squadrons where stationed.

 

 Oryx

15 Squadron
17 Squadron
19 Squadron
22 Squadron
87 Helicopter Flying School

Role: Crime-fighting operations in conjunction with South African Police Service. Personnel carrier: providing fast roping function to lower police from the sky during crime-fighting operations. Control of illegal immigrants into South Africa. Deployed in peacekeeping capacity in Burundi.

Description: Medium helicopter with retractable landing gear, two Topaz turbine engines and improved navigation equipment such as Doppler, GPS and weather radar navigation unit. Sliding doors on both sides of cabin.

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 BK117

15 Squadron

Role: Humanitarian aid & rescue operations in mountainous areas as well as at sea.

Description: Twin turbine helicopter fitted with skids, 300ft cable on winch, doors on either side of the cabin as well as two clam-shell doors at the rear for cargo loading.


 

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 Rooivalk

16 Squadron

Role: Combat support helicopter.

Description: Two staggered cockpits, two turbine engines, main and rotor blades can withstand hits from small arms fire. Weapons platform can deliver variety of hard hitting weapons against targets several kilometers away. Chin-mounted 20mm cannon is slaved to the helmet of the weapons operator. Two ton weaponry carrying ability. Operating independently day and night with infra-red sensors and telescopic TV sights.

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 Citation

21 Squadron – VIP Squadron

Role: Provision of VIP flights for government and diplomatic corps in South Africa.

 

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 Falcon

21 Squadron – VIP Squadron

Role: Provision of VIP flights for government and diplomatic corps in South Africa.
 

 

 

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 B737 “Inkwazi”

21 Squadron – VIP Squadron

Role: Presidential aircraft.

Description: Boeing with global reach, all-weather day and night capability. Executive bedroom suite, VIP seating for six ministers and first class eating for ten significant others.

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 C130 Hercules

28 Squadron

Role: Heavy weight tactical and peace keeping transport, carrying troops/paratroopers and military cargo. Reconnaissance platform to drop life rafts in the ocean during search and rescue flights.

Description: Freight chutes and cargo ramp at rear of aircraft. Low flying ability, short landing and minimum run take-off.

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 Douglas C47TP Turbo Dak

35 Squadron

Role: Maritime reconnaissance, patrolling South Africa’s Economic Exclusion Zone for illegal fishing operations. Assist in search and rescue operations.

Description: Two PT6A turboprop engines, fuel tanks provide 4800km range/14 hour endurance. Low flying ability at 200m

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 Cessna 208 Caravan

41 Squadron

Role: Light freight carrier, paratroop drops, visual reconnaissance, casevac and medevac.

Description: High wing monoplane with fixed sturdy undercarriage. Single Pratt and Whitney turboprop engine. Can operate from rough runways.

 

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 Beechcraft King Air 200

41 Squadron

Role: Light carrier that seats eight. Seats can be stripped for use as casevac or freight transportation.

Description: Two 635kW (850shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A41 turboprops driving three blade constant speed propellers. Colouring predominantly white with blue stripes.

 

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 Pilatus PC12

41 Squadron

Role: Important Persons carrier. Serves as backup for VIP carrier.

Description: Single-engine aircraft with a maximum capacity of nine passengers. Pressurised aircraft can cruise to 270 knots (500 km/h) to maximum altitude of 30 000 feet and can land on gravel strips.

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 Cessna C185

44 Squadron

Role: Battlefield reconnaissance. Training aircraft preparing young pilots for other squadrons.

Description: Single piston-engine with tail wheel, using Avgas fuel

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 CASA C212 & CASA C235

44 Squadron

Role: Light and medium military transport, VIP transport, paratroop drop, freight and casevac. Logistical air support to African countries.

Description: High-wing configuration and fixed landing gear, is fitted with twin turboprop engines, and has excellent short take-off and landing capability. CASA C212 can accommodate 2 000kg diversified cargo. (Casa C235 is pressurised and can carry a maximum payload of 6 000 kg.) Rear loading ramp for different logistic transport tasks can be opened on the ground or in flight.

 

 

 

 

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 Pilatus PC-7 MkII Astra

Central Flying School

Role: Ab-initio trainer for fixed wing and helicopter pilots.

Description: Tandem ejector seats with elevated instructor’s rear cockpit. Single Pratt and Whitney PT6A-25C turboprop engine. Red and white colouring for maximum visibility.

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