The Rooivalk is a latest-generation attack helicopter from Denel Aviation of South Africa. The name Rooivalk is derived from the African word 'Red Falcon'. The South African Air Force (SAAF) ordered 12 Rooivalk AH-2As at a cost of $61.7 million, the first of which entered into service in July 1999. The helicopters form part of No. 16 Squadron at Bloemspruit Air Force Base (near Bloemfontein).