South Africa’s defence acquisition, research and development and equipment disposals agency Armscor is offering a number of former South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft for sale, marketing them at the 2012 Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition now under way at Air Force Base Waterkloof, just south of Pretoria.
The aircraft involved are Pilatus PC-7 Mark II turboprop training aircraft, known to the SAAF as Astras, and Cessna 185 light observation and utility aircraft (which can also be used for training). Twelve of each aircraft are on offer.
The SAAF originally acquired just over 60 Astras during the first half of the 1990s. Some 40 of these are being put through a major modernisation programme, centred on new avionics, and developed by the South African aerospace industry.
The 12 aircraft being offered for sale are regarded as being surplus to the SAAF's requirements and are not scheduled for upgrading. Should they not be sold, they will be broken up for spares for the SAAF's remaining Astras.
The Cessna 185s have long been out of service, but problems with their documentation significantly delayed their disposal.
Armscor is cautioning potential buyers that these aircraft are not standard 185s, having been modified while in SAAF service. These modifications will have to be taken into account by any buyer seeking civil certification for these aircraft.
Armscor also has many ex-South African National Defence Force (SANDF) vehicles for sale, predominantly from the Samil range of vehicles. Around 1 000 such vehicles are on offer. However, these are categorised by the SANDF as being beyond economical repair and are not in running order.