photo SA Air Force
18:04 GMT, January 31, 2011 DEFPRO.COM
Denel Personnel Solutions of Atlasville has been awarded a R3 million contract to provide manpower to assist the South African Air Force (SAAF) with the phasing out of the Cheetah system under Project Belgrado. The work was awarded January 20. The SAAF started withdrawing the Cheetah aircraft from service in the late 1990’s, with the retired aircraft utilised to support the remaining aircraft. The final aircraft were only to be retired once all the Swedish SAAB Gripen purchased under the Strategic Defence Package acquisition programme had been delivered in 2012. However, the remaining 11 Cheetah C single-seat and five Cheetah D dual-seat aircraft were phased out in April 2008 to save costs. The Gripen are still in the process of being delivered, with the final delivery expected next year.