SAAF WEAPONS CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATION SEPTEMBER 2013
By Willie Bodenstein
On 24 September the SAAF held the second of its yearly Weapons Capability Demonstration at Roodewal bombing range in Limpopo. Prior to departure a media briefing was held at AFB Waterkloof when Lt. Gen. Masimang and others in the top structures of the SAAF outlined the current state of the SAAF and answered questions posed by the media.
Lt. Gen Masimang, Chief of the Air Force.
The vision of the Air Force, Gen. Masimang stated, is to inspire confidence and is based on five strategic goals; readiness, sustainability, safety, compliance and image. The SAAF, he stated, has embarked on an extensive capability plan which includes measures to recruit, develop and retain certain scare skilled human resources.
After breakfast the guests and media departed for Polokwane Airport and the short bus drive to Roodewal. The weather unfortunately did not play along with low clouds filling the skies above the range. In the interest of safety it was decided to only present the low level component of the demonstration, high level work to commence after lunch when it was anticipated that the clouds would have dissipated. Gen Malinga stated that in a real threat situation the weather would not have been a factor.
Roodewal is not only a bombing range but also the habitat for a large number of game and ensure their safety from fires resulting from the firing of live ammunition two Oryx Helicopters with Bambi Buckets as well as fully equipped fire tenders are on standby.
A low level supply drop from the C130 that this year celebrates its 50th anniversary of service in the SAAF followed. The accuracy of the drop was amazing.
Five Gripens and five Hawks demonstrated their fighting skills and firepower and the sound of canon and bombs filled the air in the normally peaceful bushveld. The rounds from the canons and all bombs were on target.
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