Military Capabilities

No new funding for air force, South African minister admits

30 October 2019

A government minister has acknowledged that South Africa lacks the necessary funding in its defence budget to fund procurement of new aircraft.

Asked on 29 October whether the government is acquiring replacements for Douglas Dakota C-47TP Skytrain maritime surveillance aircraft, Lockheed Martin C-130BZ Hercules cargo aircraft, and Atlas Oryx and Denel Rooivalk helicopters, Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said there is "no funding on the SCAMP [Strategic Capital Acquisition Master Plan] to initiate the process for the acquisition process or to procure the replacement of the ageing fleet."

Procurement spending across the South African armed forces has been constrained since 2013 and short-term official projections are increasingly negative.

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