South African Air Force (SAAF) Rooivalk attack helicopters have been credited with carrying out successful strikes against the M23 rebel group in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Three Rooivalks have been deployed to Goma to support the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). They carried out the type's first ever combat missions on 4 November when they flew five sorties in support of an offensive by the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC). The rebels surrendered the following day.
MONUSCO sources suggest the Rooivalks were extremely effective, firing 70 mm rockets with great accuracy at M23 defensive positions.