SAAF could come to “a grinding stop” – Mapisa-Nqakula

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- defenceweb.co.za | 2 weeks ago

Yet another underwhelming reply to a Parliamentary question raises further doubt about the ability of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to remain a force, with concern that it may become “a dismal air wing”.

The concern comes from Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow defence and military veterans minister Kobus Marais. He wanted Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to provide at least some detail as regards problems facing the SAAF in keeping its fleet of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft airworthy.

Bearing in mind the fleet includes C-47TPs which are more than 70 years old and C-130BZs, operated by 28 Squadron for over 50 years, it would seem a valid and deserving question.

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