Hey, guys. With the South African Gripen being added, and all indications pointing toward any future SAAF additions ending up in the British tech tree, I thought it would be fun to see what we might expect in the coming months for South African air power, if anything. What do you think is the most likely to be added? What do you want to see? And where do you think it will end up?
I’ll start: at this point, I imagine SAAF aircraft will mostly be backfill. The Cheetah is a pretty popular pick, and I think it would go nicely between the Hunter and Phantom FGR.2, especially considering we now have an SAAF aircraft capping off that tech line. However, my guilty pleasures are the Mirage III and F1 families that South Africa operated. I’ll admit, sticking a Mirage in an existing tech line would be rather garish, but the Mirage IIIR2Z (which I suggested
shameless plug) would fit pretty nicely in the “interceptor” line in the gap between the Lightning and Tornado. I don’t really know what to expect in terms of future additions, so I’m going to play it safe and say it’s not impossible that we get the Buccaneer S.50 at some point, since it’s not all that different from the S.2 but is still pretty unique.