South African military under-achieves on helicopter flight hours

South African military under-achieves on helicopter flight hours

2-Nov-2012 Source:

The South African Air Force has released its Annual Report for the year to 31 March 2012 as a 398 page PDF file.  Under the analysis of helicopter capability, it notes that the target of 12,500 flying hours in the year was under-achieved, and only 10,333.26 hours were flown.  The excuse given was “The low availability of the A109 due to a lack of funding had an impact on the underachievement. The low availability of the Oryx and Rooivalk fleet and aircrew contributed to the deviation.”

Other aspects included a note on the development of the Rooivalk Combat Support Helicopter. “After some significant challenges during the preceding year, a ceremonial handover of the Rooivalk Mk I was held at Denel Aviation on 01 April 2011. Six of the 11 aircraft were handed over to the SA Air Force and the remainder will follow suit. Operational Test and Evaluation has been completed and the float of spare parts for the Squadron is being augmented to improve availability of aircraft.”


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