In November 2013 three South African Denel Rooivalks attack helicopters were deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the United Nations operation there. Shortly after arrival they fired their weapons in anger for the first time, attacking M23 rebel positions. Since then, these white Rooivalks have successfully engaged other rebel targets in the DRC.
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 R876m, 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).