The South African Air Force (SAAF) deployed its SAAB JAS 39 Gripen (“Griffin”) as a defensive measure against possible enemy fighters,
allowing a C-130BZ Hercules transport plane carrying paratroopers (“Parabats” in local parlance) to a point on the runway.
This was followed by the South African designed and built “Rooivalk” (Red Kestrel) attack helicopter, which fired its 20mm guns, as it prepared the ground for paratroopers coming in on Oryx helicopters.
Mechanised infantry in Ratel (Honey Badger) Infantry Fighting Vehicles followed, as did an Olifant (Elephant) tank in support.
The Rooivalks then literally flew in circles protecting the troops,
who then “exfil-d” or “ex-filtrated” from the combat zone.
Despite the 120mm mortars, 20mm cannons and various bangs and flashes, fortunately for all concerned, the “Mini-War” was only for show and no-one got killed or injured.
If only all wars could end like this!