South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Daniel on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 7:09 pm

One month ago I had the privilege to attend the South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD) at Roodewal Weapons Range near Polokwane (northern part of South Africa).

The purpose of the demonstration is to highlight the SAAFs joint operations capability and ability to project air power. It is conducted with live weapons from both fixed and rotary winged assets.

The demonstration main theme is divided into several smaller scenarios that is performed in fron of the invited guests after a brief introduction of each phase. (the description below is how I remembered it, might not be exactly how it actually unfolded)

Background: The army is about to go on the offensive.

Scenario 1: Support is airlifted into the area by helicopter and transport aircraft.

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Aviocar dropping cargo pallets.

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Hercules dropping cargo pallets


Scenario 2: Recce run performed by Hawk with escort provided by JAS 39C Gripen.


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Escort Gripen rolling in, armed with Mk 82 bombs.

Enemy infantry squads armed with MANPADS (smokey SAMs) started to engage the two aircraft.

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Gripen releasing flares to counter SAM threat

Scenario 3: The Hawk is unfortunately shot down and a CSAR operation is initiated.

Air superioriity is gained by a two Gripens, engaging and shooting down an enemy fighter (played by a Hawk)

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Gripen turning hard into the fight. The dogfight was performed at low level and quite impressive to follow with the Gripens pulling up to 8.5G. Take note that it is som 30 dgress and low humidity so to even get some condensation is somewhat impressive

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End of a Hawk. The last moments of the ACM phase.

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Pause in scenario: flypast by the two Gripens and the "downed" Hawk

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Pause in scenario: Flypast by the two Gripens and the "downed" Hawk

The CSAR operation continues now with added support from Rooivalk attack helicopters

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Rooivalk opens up with 20mm cannon

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Pair of Rooivalks in position

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BK117 bringing in Pathfinder troops while Rooivalks provides supporting fire



To be continued!
Daniel

Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby sylvancatharsis on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 7:14 pm

What an opportunity! Thanks for sharing these great shots; especially like the last one, neat to see a BK117 in camo!
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Daniel on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 7:20 pm

Part 2

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Oryx bringing in reinforcements

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Rooivalk thundering in from behind to perform a pop up rocket attack

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70mm FFAR:s en route against the target zone

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Rooivalk disengaging after rocket attack. All helicopter movements were low and fast, bushflying.

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Oryx moving in with Special Forces, preparing to rappel from the helicopter


Part three tomorrow?
Daniel

Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Craig on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 7:27 pm

Cracking set! Fascinating, and beautifully presented! :rock:
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby IanH on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 8:29 pm

Cracking post and everything captured well. Helos are gorgeous.

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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Agg on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 8:36 pm

Fantastic set, I really hope for a part three ;)
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Logster on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:21 pm

Brilliant..please keep posting. Love those camo helicopters. :rock:
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Chris P on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:50 pm

What a great set of images well done
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Daniel on Wed 13 Jun 2012, 5:19 am

Sorry for that some of the pics are oversharpened. I have my reasons, but will reedit som of the pics tonight.
Daniel

Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Vulcan1010 on Wed 13 Jun 2012, 5:46 am

Fantatstic Pictures :clap:
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Maisie on Wed 13 Jun 2012, 11:39 am

Superb post, love them all.
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Daniel on Wed 13 Jun 2012, 5:16 pm

Part three!


Ground troops are now on the ground, supported by Rooivalks, but the need for heavier, fixed wing assets arise and Hawks and Gripens are called upon. The Gripens are carrying four Mk 82:s each and the Hawks four Mk 81:s each.



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Hawk releasing a stick of four Mk 81:s. They also performed strafing runs before this, but I was in a bad position to take photos for this.....and the Gripens were just to fast and sneaky :-)


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The target area is now starting to look rather tired and dusty after about twenty bombs, 30 rockets, some 120mm mortar rounds etc...

Victory, the enemy has been defeated and the exfiltration phase begin!

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The BK 117s run in to pick up the Pathfinders

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The Oryx helicopters fly out the main part of the ground element, troops as well as vehicles....using different techniques.


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Special forces picked up using SPIES


The demonstration ends with fly pasts performed by the particpants ....and some fireworks.

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Helicopter force overflying the spectators...but wait a minute, we´re missing two Rooivalks and an Oryx?!


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Oh, there they are! Notice the different kind of flares (Oryx vs Rooivalk).

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Two seconds later...


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The Gripen force, from 2 Sqn, in formation

And...when every thought it was over and hade removed their earplugs....a tiny gray spot appeared low on the horizon approaching rapidly. The only hint of "Tinnitus approaching from the north" was the brownish color behind the aircraft during the last seconds before i roared directly over our heads dispensing flares all over the place: afterburner.

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My camera wass set to something like 1/400 second to capture a lumbering Hercules, so given that I´m pleased with the result. Even more so given that I was rapidly transferring into Beavis and Butthead mode...going "huhuhuhuhu...coooool"


Thank you foor the kind comments, and if there´s any interest in more pictures I can look into that.
Daniel

Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Hellfire on Wed 13 Jun 2012, 5:42 pm

Excellent, interesting coverage. Looks like a fine display.
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby targeta on Fri 15 Jun 2012, 12:41 pm

Really enjoyed this report Daniel, some great images.
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby BatmanIX on Fri 15 Jun 2012, 1:19 pm

Very nice report. Helos are superb!
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Re: South African Air force Air Power Capability Demo (APCD)

Postby Red Dragon on Fri 15 Jun 2012, 11:55 pm

WOW!!! an excellent set :clap: A part 4 would be most welcome :smile:
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