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South Africa Facing Transition Problems in Air Transport Budget

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Airbus A400M concept(click to view full) South Africa’s purchase of Airbus A400M aircraft is becoming a source of political controversy – and so are its recent expenditures to keep its existing C-130B Hercules transports flying until A400M deliveries begin in 2010-2014. The controversy is a good illustration of some of the issues future systems and platform transitions are presenting to many militaries around the world. Rafeek Shah, Democratic Alliance spokesperson on Defence, issued this statement recently: “In response to my parliamentary question, Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota has revealed that the Air Force has spent close to R1 billion [DID: approx. USD $150 million at today’s Rand-US Dollar conversion] upgrading its current fleet of 9 Hercules C-130s. This is despite the fact that it has committed up to R10 billion to purchase top of the line A400M military transport aircraft to replace this fleet. While there may be justifiable operational reasons for this expenditure, the reality is that this expenditure is further straining an already over stretched defence budget. Just last week the Department of Defence (DoD) informed parliament that it faces a R300 million budget shortfall, largely because it has to pay for the first R215 million instalment of the […]

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