Photographs of the Rooivalk Helicopter at the Rand Show

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SAAF Rooivalk HelicopterHere are some photographs that we have taken of the Rooivalk helicopter at the Rand Show. The South African Airforce participated at the annual Easter Rand Show in Johannesburg South Africa in April 2012. The South African Airforce Rooivalk Helicopter took part at the show.

Rooi Valk Helicopter at Rand Show

Rooivalk Helicopter

Photographs of the South African Rooivalk Helicopter

The Rooivalk project began in early 1984 under the auspices of the Atlas Aircraft Corporation, a predecessor of Denel Aviation. Faced with the increasingly conventional nature of the South African Border War, the South African Defence Force recognised the need for a dedicated attack helicopter and accordingly set along the process of developing a suitable aircraft.

The Atlas XH-1 Alpha was the first prototype to emerge from the program. It was developed from an Aérospatiale Alouette III airframe, retaining that helicopter’s engine and dynamic components, but replacing the original cockpit with a stepped tandem one, adding a 20 mm cannon on the nose and converting the undercarriage to tail-dragger configuration. The XH-1 first flew on 3 February 1985. The results were ultimately good enough to convince Atlas and the SAAF that the concept was feasible, opening the door for the development of the AH-2 Rooivalk.

During the AH-2′s development it was decided to base the aircraft on the dynamic components of the Aérospatiale Super Puma, a larger and more powerful helicopter. These components were already used on the Atlas Oryx, a local upgrade and modification of the Aérospatiale Puma. – Source Wikipedia Rooivalk Helicopter

Rooivalk Helicopter South Africa

“The Rooivalk Helicopter is a South African produced attach helicopter”

South Africa Rooivalk Helicopter

“The Rooivalk at the Johannesburg Rand Easter Show 2012″ – Photographer Gerald Ferreira

Rooivalk helicopter at the Rand Show

“Bottom view of the Rooivalk helicopter during its performance at the Johannesburg Rand Show 2012″

Rooivalk Attack Helicopter

“Photograph of the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter”

Rooivalk Attack Helicopter

“The Rooivalk Helicopter during its performance at the Rand Easter Show 2012″

SAAF Rooivalk Helicopter

“Rear view of the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter Flying”

Rooivalk Helicopter Flying

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