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Shopping for new presidential jet 'will be done responsibly'

Weekend reports revealed that plans are underway for the purchase of a new jet that could cost R4bn.

SAAF & Armscor officials at a media briefing giving details surrounding the proposed new VVIP jet for president Jacob Zuma on 10 November 2015, in Pretoria. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Armscor has assured the public that whatever decision is taken in respect of a new presidential jet, it will be rational and responsible.

A briefing was held at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Tuesday to address concerns following reports that the process to buy a new jet had been started.

Weekend reports revealed that plans are underway for the purchase of a new jet that could cost as much as R4 billion.

Armscor Chief Executive Kevin Wakeford says the request for information is part of the process to acquire information from the market to meet their demands.

"We aren't going to be irresponsible. Once we have all the information, we'll consider the facts and then we'll decide how to move forward. But it will be a clinical and rational and responsible process."

Air Force Chief Zimpande Msimang says they have struggled for the last few years to provide intercontinental aircraft to transport VIPs.

He says the Air Force needs to increase their current capacity to provide this service to government.

WATCH: The South African Air Force and Armaments Corporation of South Africa held a media briefing at Waterkloof Air Force Base to set the record straight on the potential acquisition of a new presidential jet worth R4 billion.

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