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Rhino counter-poaching ops boosted by millions of rands Tucked away in Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa’s budget vote address last week was a sentence that will boost the efforts of those involved in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa.
Mapisa-Nqakula striving to retain leadership and technical skills Changes planned for the human component of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) announced by defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in her budget vote last week will see the retention of leadership experience and technical skills.
Tunisia to buy UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 09:56 AM

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Tunisia, worth $700 million including equipment, parts, training and logistical support.
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Global military support market worth $50 billion in 2013

by defenceWeb, 22 Jul, 01:04 PM

The global military support in service/maintenance market earned revenues of $50.73 billion in 2013 and this will reach $63.58 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 2.5 percent, according to a new report.

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Mechem support integral to UN work in Somalia

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 10:02 AM

An indication of the commitment Denel Group company Mechem has to bringing peace to war-torn Somalia is in the number of people it has on the ground.

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Armscor actively marketing itself in Africa

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 10:45 AM

Armscor’s recent marketing foray outside South Africa saw its acting general manager for acquisition give Land Forces East Africa conference attendees an insight into how “smart acquisition” can benefit stability in the eastern and southern African regions....

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Worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in south-east Asian waters

by defenceWeb/IMB, 28 Jul, 10:20 AM

The Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has raised concerns over a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in its 2014 half yearly report.

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NATO warship visits Dar-es-Salaam

by defenceWeb, 24 Jul, 09:48 AM

NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield warship ITS Mimbelli has concluded a port visit to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, designed to deepen ongoing co-operation with the Tanzanian Navy in an effort to eradicate piracy off the coast of eastern Africa, protect...

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Seychelles Coast Guard Seamanship and criminal investigation training concludes

by EUCAP Nestor, 21 Jul, 12:59 PM

The EU’s maritime capacity building mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean, EUCAP Nestor, has completed the first Basic Seamanship Training course for the Seychelles Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU) and Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Training...

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AAD 2014 organisers confident of a full house

by Staff Writer, 17 Feb, 10:31 AM

With seven months to go before the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) defence and security exhibition opens its doors for business, 85% of indoor and half the outdoor exhibition space available at AFB Waterkloof has been snapped up.

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Seven national pavilions so far for AAD

by Staff Writer, 5 Feb, 10:36 AM

Switzerland is the latest addition to the list of countries that will be using national pavilions to showcase defence and security equipment at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.

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Six national pavilions confirmed for AAD 2014

The importance of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) to the international defence industry can, with just under nine months before gates open for the 2014 exhibition, be seen from the fact that six countries have already committed to national pavilions.

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Tunisia to buy UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 09:56 AM

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Tunisia, worth $700 million including equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

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Uganda orders W-3A, A109 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 15 Jul, 09:58 AM

Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has ordered one A109 GrandNew and one W-3A Sokol helicopter for the Uganda Police for law enforcement across the country.

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RPAS in, UAVs out – SACAA

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 10:24 AM

The SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided its quest to legalise unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South Africa will see them called remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).

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US bans flights into and over African war zones

by Oscar Nkala, 23 Jul, 09:54 AM

The US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has issued US airlines with new prohibition notices covering specified flights within the territories and airspace of Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egyptian Sinai, Libya, Mali, Somalia and Kenya.

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Two dead, one survivor in Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 crash

by Oscar Nkala, 22 Jul, 01:42 PM

The Nigerian government has confirmed the death of two airmen who perished when a Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter crashed yesterday in the insurgency-riddled northern state of Borno while on a routine training mission.

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Mapisa-Nqakula striving to retain leadership and technical skills

Changes planned for the human component of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) announced by defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in her budget vote last week will see the retention of leadership experience and technical skills.

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Minister looks to Defence Review as Defence Force saviour

by Dean Wingrin, 24 Jul, 10:03 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is so hard pressed to continue and maintain its current level of commitments that only the 2014 Defence Review will save it.

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SANDF becoming an “armed welfare service”

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which should be saving lives, is becoming an “armed welfare service which is saving jobs,” according to the Democratic Alliance, which was reacting to defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s budget speech...

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IONS essay competition

by defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 10:03 AM

Students of military science, particularly in the maritime domain, have an opportunity to stand up and be counted in the IONS (Indian Ocean Naval Symposium) 2014 essay competition.

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RfP for new Navy hydrographic vessel issued

by defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 09:55 AM

Armscor has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) on behalf of the South African Navy for a new hydrographic survey ship and related equipment.

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DAFF vessel Ellen Khuzwayo back at sea

by defenceWeb, 11 Jul, 01:22 PM

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ research vessel Ellen Khuzwayo is back at sea after a seven-month layup.

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EU pressure aids human rights in Gambia, but activists are wary

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 10:53 AM

Gambia has taken steps to improve its poor human-rights record after the European Union suspended 150 million euros in development aid this year, activists said on Tuesday, urging tougher action by the international community.

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South Sudan rebel team quits Uganda without meeting President Museveni

by Reuters, 23 Jul, 10:47 AM

South Sudanese rebels wanting to mend ties with Uganda and press for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan left Kampala without meeting the president, blaming miscommunication between the two sides, a rebel official said.

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BRICS set up bank to counter Western hold on global finances

by Reuters, 16 Jul, 12:19 PM

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion (£58.36 billion) development bank and a currency reserve pool on Tuesday in their first concrete step towards reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

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Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia 'war zone'

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:43 AM

Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around Tripoli's largest airport, now at the heart of a standoff between the country's powerful militias.

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More than 50 killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:26 AM

At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said.

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Sudanese Salafi group endorses Islamic State's new caliphate

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 01:41 PM

A Sudanese Salafi group in a statement on Thursday endorsed the Islamic State militant group that declared a caliphate after it swept through northern Iraq last month.

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Bomb attack on church in Nigeria's Kano kills five

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:38 AM

A bomb attack on a Catholic church in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano killed five people and wounded eight on Sunday, a senior police officer said.

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Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon's vice PM, kills at least three

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:24 AM

Nigerian Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least three people on Sunday in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials said.

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Nigeria Shi'ite leader says military kills 3 sons, 30 supporters

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:15 AM

The leader of Nigeria's minority Shi'ite Muslims accused the military on Saturday of killing three of his sons and 30 of his supporters when they opened fire on a protest the previous day.

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France urges nationals to leave Libya due to security situation

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:06 AM

France on Sunday called on all French nationals to leave Libya, which in the last two weeks has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

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Tourist killed in Mombasa, second in July

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 03:04 PM

A German female tourist was killed in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on Thursday in the same area where a Russian visitor was murdered earlier in July by a criminal gang, police sources said.

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Islamists gun down Somali protest singer-turned-lawmaker

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 11:17 AM

A veteran Somali protest singer who had become a member of parliament was shot dead in central Mogadishu on Wednesday by Islamist gunmen who blocked her car and sprayed it with bullets.

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Boko Haram clashes with Cameroon soldiers in cross-border attacks

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:17 AM

Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram has carried out two cross-border attacks into Cameroon since Friday, killing at least four soldiers and prompting the Cameroonian army to send reinforcements to the area, army sources said on Saturday.

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Rhino counter-poaching ops boosted by millions of rands

Tucked away in Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa’s budget vote address last week was a sentence that will boost the efforts of those involved in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa.

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Mediterranean boat people numbers soar to near 100,000 this year

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 01:32 PM

Almost 100,000 boat people have made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe this year, a roughly 60 percent increase on the whole of last year, and about 800 have died in the attempt, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday.

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ISS: South Sudan crisis - is there hope for a durable solution?

by ISS Africa, 28 Jul, 11:51 AM

South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation, having come into existence on 9 July 2011. The state emerged from decades of civil war with Khartoum, which ended in 2005 when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed. The people’s hope in the new nation...

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U.S. evacuates Libya embassy after 'free-wheeling militia violence'

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:12 AM

The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli.

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Turkey says suspends operations in Libya embassy due to security woes

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 10:52 AM

Operations at Turkey's Tripoli embassy will be suspended due to worsening security situation in Libya, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Friday, a day after Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the embassy in the capital could be evacuated.

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Denel Land Systems aims to quadruple turnover within five years

by Guy Martin, 25 Jul, 10:02 AM

After recording a turnover of R1 billion last year, Denel Land Systems (DLS) has a vision to grow this to R5 billion a year within the next five years, according to CEO Stephan Burger.

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Denel Land Systems delivers ambulances to SANDF

by Guy Martin, 24 Jul, 09:57 AM

Denel is in the process of delivering twenty truck-mounted ambulances to the South African Medical Health Service (SAMHS).

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Namibian Defence Force to build new military hospital

by Oscar Nkala, 18 Jul, 12:50 PM

Namibian defence minister Nahas Angula says his government has allocated N$450 million for the construction of a state-of-the-art military hospital which will serve the army, air force, navy and local and foreign VIPs.

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Over half of China military airfields threatened by high-rises

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 03:01 PM

More than half of China's military airfields have flight paths that are obstructed by tall buildings, causing accidents and airport closures, Chinese state media reported on Friday.

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Rebels likely downed Malaysian jet 'by mistake' - U.S. officials

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 11:20 AM

The U.S. government believes that pro-Russian separatists most likely shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet "by mistake," not realising it was a civilian passenger flight, U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday.

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Global UAV market worth $77 billion over next decade - report

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 01:01 PM

Global spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will almost double over the next decade from $5.7 billion annually at present to $9.9 billion, totalling just over $77 billion in the next ten years, according to a new report.

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Bad weather likely cause of fatal Air Algerie crash - French officials

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 02:45 PM

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

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Wreckage of Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people found in Mali

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 01:22 PM

Authorities said on Thursday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria.

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Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 10:38 AM

Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday.

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A nation in peril - Iraq's struggle to hold together

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:47 AM

Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake.

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At least six dead in attacks on southern Yemen army posts

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:35 AM

Militant attacks on two army outposts in southern Yemen killed at least eight people early on Sunday, local officials said, two months after the government said it had cleared that area of al Qaeda fighters in an offensive.

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Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow - Pentagon intel chief

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:31 AM

A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

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Freedom Park and Voortrekker Monument combine to remember soldiers

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 11:49 AM

Another step on the reconciliation road takes place on Sunday with a joint memorial service at Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

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Defence Review 2014 – The Defence Industry

by Helmoed Heitman, 2 Apr, 09:34 AM

An important element of the Defence Review is its consideration of the defence industry which is needed to define the capability actually required and how best to support that capability, to provide a policy as the basis for a defence industry strategy that can...

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Defence Review 2014 – The Focus

by Helmoed Heitman, 31 Mar, 10:02 AM

The Defence Review serves a triple purpose: it closes the gap between the 1998 Review and the strategic situation of today; it moves away from the business management inspired organisation and processes that have demonstrably failed; and it provides the basis for...

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Global military training and simulation market worth $6.8 billion

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 2 Jul, 12:54 PM

Frost & Sullivan recently published three market analyses on the Training and Simulation (T&S) market. According to the consulting firm, the overall T&S market will “offer slightly decreasing but stable revenue between 2013 and 2022,” going from $6.841 bn to...

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Combatting rhino poaching with an Activity Based Intelligence-driven approach

by defenceWeb, 2 Jun, 01:56 PM

The poaching of wildlife, and especially that of rhinos and lately elephants, has become a major concern for authorities in Southern Africa. One tool in the fight against poaching is to use patterns-of-life analysis to root out poachers who blend in to local communities....

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October date set for second SA training and simulation conference

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 10:21 AM

With no foreseeable relief in sight for an already stretched defence budget, the cost advantages of making more use of simulation tools for training are one way of making the defence Rand go further.

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Address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 98th commemoration of the Battle of Delville Wood

by defenceWeb, 7 Jul, 09:50 AM

“It is very moving to be here with you on this special occasion of the annual Memorial Service of the Battle of Delville Wood. “This ceremony is even more symbolic and significant as it marks the beginning of the Centenary of the First World War and it...

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Criminal cops to be dismissed

by Staff Writer, 11 Apr, 09:53 AM

More than a thousand police officers with criminal records are to be removed from SAPS after Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, ordered an audit of criminality in SAPS.

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South Africa affirms stance on nuclear security

by SANews, 27 Mar, 09:33 AM

South Africa reiterated its commitment to maintain the security of all nuclear and other radioactive material within the country, in keeping with its national and international obligations at this week’s Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), in The Hague.

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KBR gets $56 million contract for Camp Lemonnier support

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 12:29 PM

The Pentagon has awarded Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) a $56.56 million contract for base operation support services at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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Latest DRC troop rotation again highlights SAAF airlift problems

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 10:43 AM

The lack of airlift capacity in the SA Air Force (SAAF) is widely acknowledged. What apparently is not being as widely acknowledged is the need for proper planning on charters to ensure soldiers and the logistics needed for them to properly do their jobs is in...

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African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 concludes

by Africom, 3 Apr, 12:58 PM

African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 came to a close on March 28 after a full week of events involving airmen from the Angolan, U.S. and Zambian air forces.

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  • SANDF Medals and Decorations The medals and decorations list of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) currently numbers 66, of which 52 are for acts of bravery, valour and other meritorious deeds performed before April 2003. The remaining...
  • Fact file: SANDF regular force levels by race & gender: April 30, 2011 The uniformed services of the South African National Defence Force mustered 64 431 personnel in April this year, of whom 77.3% (49 831) were male, 72.3% (46 590) were black, 11.6% were Coloured, 744 (1.2%)...
  • Fact file: SA defence exports, 2010 The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) in 2010 approved the following export permits:  
  • Fact file: G6 L45 self-propelled towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing two G6 L45 and having an additional 41 in store....
  • Fact file: Denel FV2 Bateleur Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) The FV2 Bateleur is the standard multiple launch rocket system (MLRS)of the South African Artillery. Development and production started after the end of the 1966-1989 Namibian “Border War” and the...
  • Fact file: G5 L45 towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing six (one battery) G5 L45 and having an additional...
  • Fact file: Military rank The origin of military rank makes for interesting reading, both in terms of the hierarchy (if a major is senior to a lieutenant, why is a major general junior to a lieutenant general?) and in terms of...
  • Fact file: Denel ZT3 Ingwe precision guided missile The Ingwe (Leopard) missile and associated launch systems were developed in the 1980s under Project Raleigh as a “long-range indigenous antitank guided missile.” Pre-production models were used in...
  • Fact file: MBDA Milan precision guided misile The MBDA (formerly Euromissile) Milan (Missile d´infanterie léger antichar = light infantry antitank missile) started life in 1962 and the second-generation of antitank missiles to enter South African...
  • Fact file: M40A1 recoilless rifle The M40 was developed in the 1950s as a lightweight, portable, crew-served 105mm antitank weapon. It has served the South African infantry for many years as a direct-fire weapon and is issued in units...
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