The legendary Rooivalk (Afrikaans for Red Kestrel) was finally deployed in a combat mission yesterday after 28 years of lead up. The helicopter fired on an M23 bunker in eastern DRC. The helicopter has its origins in the South African Border War (aka the Angolan Bush War) in the 80s, and is now finally being deployed by the ANC government. Apart from general interests in bringing peace to the region, South Africa has ambitions of creating a massive hydro-electric damn, which would send most of the electricity it generates south. Khulubuse Zuma has oil exploration rights in the region.
Defenceweb article on the deployment.
“Apparently UN management is impressed with the performance of the South African rotorcraft.”