Junior pilot designated to get new aircraft for Zuma

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Junior pilot designated to get new aircraft for Zuma
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A young pilot at the Waterkloof Air Force Base who is qualified only as a co-pilot and never flew jets was appointed a project officer to buy a new jet for the head of state.

Great controversy has prevailed for some time now about the fact that Zuma wanted a new aircraft, while there is nothing wrong with the current aircraft Inkwazi.

In addition, it would appear that it has already been decided in principle to purchase the Russian Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ).

The SSJ can fly a maximum of 4,500 km and is seen as a “regional jet” that will be used internally. The Inkwazi can fly over 10,000 km on a tank of fuel and the Falcon 900, which the army have several of, can fly over 7000 km.

In 2009, it was decided not to buy the Sukhoi Superjet, as it was too expensive and did not meet the Air Force’s requirements.

The Sukhoi Superjet’s safety is also under suspicion after the Russians themselves banned their entire fleet of more than 50 Sukhoi Superjet’s last year after concerns about metal erosion.

There is also no pilot and other staff who can fly the jet, but the government wants the jet before the end of the year.

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