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SA Air Force grounded by financing crisis

A funding crisis and financial collapse at state arms manufacturer Denel have left the SA Air Force (SAAF) unable to function — crippling key capabilities including air defense, air police, air support, airlift, maritime patrol and air reconnaissance. Not only is the SAAF unable to provide naval support from the air, the situation is so dire that the air force has not been rendered combat-ready and vulnerable to attack, which experts describe as catastrophic. Of the SAAF’s 24 Hawk Lead-In Fighter Trainer jets, only three are serviceable, while three are beyond economical repair and 12 in…

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