Rooivalks in the DRC flying 40 hours a month


The Rooivalk combat helicopters deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are flying more than 40 hours a month with the United Nations (UN) mission there, and have fired 200 rockets and more than 600 rounds of cannon ammunition during a number of live engagements. The South African Air Force (SAAF) told defenceWeb that the Rooivalk has done a sterling job and has conducted mostly reconnaissance missions (day and night) in the DRC, but also a number of actual combat missions in support of own and other UN troops. “In fact, the UN is so pleased with the operations conducted by the Rooivalk that it is the helicopter of choice for reconnaissance and combat missions (particularly at night). They are currently still involved in actual combat missions,” the SAAF told defenceWeb. From 2013 to 2015, the Rooivalk flew 1 163.3 hours in the DRC. Three Rooivalks were painted white and were deployed to the DRC at the end of October 2013 in support of the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) comprising South African, Tanzanian and Malawian forces. Two are used for combat missions while the third is kept in reserve.

The Rooivalk combat helicopters deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are flying more than 40 hours a month with the United Nations (UN) mission there, and have fired 200 rockets and more than 600 rounds of cannon ammunition during a number of live engagements. The South African Air Force (SAAF) told defenceWeb that the Rooivalk has done a sterling job and has conducted mostly reconnaissance missions (day and night) in the DRC, but also a number of actual combat missions in support of own and other UN troops. “In fact, the UN is so pleased with the operations conducted by the Rooivalk that it is the helicopter of choice for reconnaissance and combat missions (particularly at night). They are currently still involved in actual combat missions,” the SAAF told defenceWeb. From 2013 to 2015, the Rooivalk flew 1 163.3 hours in the DRC. Three Rooivalks were painted white and were deployed to the DRC at the end of October 2013 in support of the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) comprising South African, Tanzanian and Malawian forces. Two are used for combat missions while the third is kept in reserve.


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