SAAF AIR POWER CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATION 28 MAY 2014
By Willie Bodenstein
Twice a year, usually in May and September the South African Air Force hosts an Air Power Capability Demonstration at the Roodewal Bombing Range between Polokwane and Makhado.
Brigadier General Vellem opened the proceedings welcoming dignitaries, guests and members of the media before introducing Lieutenant General Msimang, Chief of the SAAF. General Msimang stated that the South African National Defence Force will continue to play a role in the SADEC as well as in the establishment of the African Reaction Force.
Brig. Gen Vellem…………….Lt.Gen Msimang
Rooivalk firing its 20mm cannon.
A Oryx in its all white UN colour scheme
The demonstration sketched a scenario where a force infiltrated our borders. A Path Finder Platoon of Parachutist was inserted to establish the strength of the force.
Fast roping from a Oryx
Support troops exiting a Agusta A109
A BK 117 airlifting the downed pilot…..Rooivalk offering covering fire
Troops passing a supply chute
A Gripen flying top cover
Gripen fighters and an 'enemy' Hawk
Fast roping extraction
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