Denel Aviation is the design authority and the original equipment manufacturer(OEM) of the Rooivalk Combat helicopter. It designed, developed, qualified, produced and assembled the helicopter that is now in service with the South African Air Force (SAAF). Denel Aviation is responsible for all the functions on the programme, including:
- Programme and contract management
- System engineering
The fully certified Rooivalk MK1 was handed over to the SAAF in 2012, putting South Africa into the elite group of only nine countries in the world to have built their own combat support helicopters.
Its successful deployment in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the United Nations brought the Rooivalk to the cutting edge of peacekeeping on the African continent leading to greater exposure of its capability.