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China, Tanzania carrying out month long joint naval drills

by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 10:13 AM

The Chinese People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the naval wing of the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDFA) are carrying out a month-long joint naval training exercise off the Indian Ocean coast as the two countries extend their long-standing defence and military training partnership to the naval domain.
Minister at Parliament defence committees’ strategic planning session Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, tops the list of attendees at the strategic planning session of Parliament’s defence committee currently underway in Somerset West.
Reserves are a value add for the South African and United States militaries

by defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 09:54 AM

More proof of the value reserves provide to militaries comes from US Africa Command (Africom) which sees mission accomplishment as not being possible without National Guard and Reserve Component members who serve at its Stuttgart headquarters year round.
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Peacekeeping and border security to drive SA defence procurement – report

by defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 11:13 AM

Peacekeeping commitments, border security challenges and homeland security requirements will drive South Africa’s defence procurement over the next five years, according to a new report, which says that South Africa will see the acquisition of items such as naval...

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Germany approves export of military vehicles, small arms to Algeria

by Oscar Nkala, 24 Oct, 10:34 AM

The German Security Council (GSC) has approved the sale of 88 sports utility vehicles with 'military capabilities', 1 027 machineguns and 47 machine pistols to Algeria as part of wider exports to countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Twiga promoting Nyoka APC to Africa

by Guy Martin, 23 Oct, 10:08 AM

South African defence equipment and logistics company Twiga is promoting its Mamba-based armoured personnel carrier to several interested African clients, the company has revealed.

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China, Tanzania carrying out month long joint naval drills

by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 10:13 AM

The Chinese People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the naval wing of the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDFA) are carrying out a month-long joint naval training exercise off the Indian Ocean coast as the two countries extend their long-standing defence and military...

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EUCAP Nestor trains Somaliland Coast Guard officers

by EUCAP Nestor, 23 Oct, 12:05 PM

The European Union maritime capacity building mission EUCAP Nestor has completed a two month long training course for Somaliland Coast Guard personnel.

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US seeking river boats for Chad and Niger

by defenceWeb, 23 Oct, 09:40 AM

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is seeking 20 to 23 foot river boats as well as in-country training for Niger and Chad as part of a sponsored effort to improve border patrol capabilities.

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Fama K209 debuts in South Africa

by Guy Martin, 7 Oct, 08:29 AM

Fama Helicopters Africa has debuted the Kiss 209 twin-seat turbine helicopter in South Africa, with three more examples on their way from Italy.

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Delmon Aviation receives first DA 42 MPP GeoSTAR in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 6 Oct, 09:12 AM

South African company Delmon Aviation has taken delivery of the first Diamond DA 42 MPP NG aircraft in South Africa and will use it for aerial surveying work.

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Gallery: AAD 2014

by Guy Martin, 1 Oct, 01:05 PM

300 companies and 13 national pavilions at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 drew in an estimated 45 000 trade visitors from across the world who came to see aircraft, vehicles, vessels, weapons and equipment at AFB Waterkloof between September 17 and 19. Click...

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First Nigerian AW101 flies; Mi-35Ms and Mi-171Shs on order

by Reuters, 1 Oct, 10:04 AM

The first of two AgustaWestland AW101 VIP helicopters for the Nigerian Air Force has performed its maiden flight. Once delivered, it will join Nigeria’s helicopter fleet, which is set to expand following a recent order for an estimated 40 Mi-35M and Mi-171Sh...

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More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

by defenceWeb, 26 Sep, 10:18 AM

About R38 million of the massive R225 million made available for anti- and counter-poaching operations in South African national parks has gone to acquisition of a new Airbus helicopter.

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Kenyan police to lease five helicopters

by Oscar Nkala, 1 Aug, 11:04 AM

The Kenyan government has invited bids for the provision of five helicopters for the Kenya Police on a lease basis as it battles increasing violence in the coastal areas around the city of Mombasa.

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Retired SAAF general back to add value to military heritage

Retired SA Air Force (SAAF) Major General “Lucky” Ngema is back in uniform, as a Reserve Force officer, tasked with bringing the air force museum into line regarding the pre-integration history of the non-statutory forces.

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Niger buys "spy plane" to combat Sahel militants

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 12:28 PM

The government of Niger has purchased a reconnaissance plane as part of its effort to combat Islamist fighters and criminal gangs operating on its vast territory, the West African country's interior minister said on Wednesday.

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Lockheed Martin seeing C-130J demand from Africa

by Guy Martin, 23 Oct, 10:04 AM

Lockheed Martin has demonstrated its C-130J Super Hercules to a number of African countries as it sees strong demand for the military and civil version of the multirole airlifter on the continent.

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Minister at Parliament defence committees’ strategic planning session

Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, tops the list of attendees at the strategic planning session of Parliament’s defence committee currently underway in Somerset West.

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Reserves are a value add for the South African and United States militaries

by defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 09:54 AM

More proof of the value reserves provide to militaries comes from US Africa Command (Africom) which sees mission accomplishment as not being possible without National Guard and Reserve Component members who serve at its Stuttgart headquarters year round.

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Another SANDF recruitment scam

by defenceWeb, 22 Oct, 10:39 AM

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has had another employment scam operating in Western Cape reported to it.

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Challenges aplenty for Armscor Dockyard

by defenceWeb, 23 Oct, 10:04 AM

Armscor has been managing and operating the dockyard at Simon’s town for the past seven years and the acquisition agency’s latest annual report again reflects a not too healthy state of affairs at this major facility.

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Navies arrive for international maritime exercise

by Dean Wingrin, 21 Oct, 09:57 AM

Indian and Brazilian navy ships arrived in Simon's Town on Monday morning, ready to participate in Exercise IBSAMAR IV.

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Twelve shipyards at Project Hotel bid conference

No less than 12 shipyards, half of them South African, have signalled interest in supplying the SA Navy with a new hydrographic vessel.

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Algeria's Bouteflika consolidates curbs on state intelligence agency

by Reuters, 24 Oct, 11:44 AM

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has signed a decree to curb the presence of Algeria's military intelligence service in public institutions, government sources said, to downgrade his rivals and ensure a smooth transition when he steps down.

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Tunisia election tests transition from autocracy to democracy

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 11:22 AM

Blaring music and flags fill the hall where Tunisia's Initiative Party is warming up to test its chances in the second free election since the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

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Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 11:15 AM

Libya's self-declared prime minister, who runs a rival government not recognised by the international community, met a Turkish envoy on Tuesday, in the first publicly known diplomatic meeting with a foreign representative.

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Russian Army starts training 1 200 Nigerian personnel in counter-insurgency warfare

by Oscar Nkala, 23 Oct, 09:53 AM

The Nigerian security services have sent 1 200 personnel to Russia where they are receiving advanced counter-insurgency training from Russian special forces and will return to form the nucleus of a special counter-insurgency force which will be deployed to fight...

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African rivalries weaken U.N. hand against rebels in DR Congo

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 11:29 AM

Hundreds of Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are defying a six month ultimatum to disarm, ratcheting up pressure on regional powers and U.N. peacekeepers to eliminate, once and for all, a force at the heart of two decades of conflict.

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Kenya arrests leader of separatist coastal movement

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 12:40 PM

Kenyan police on Wednesday arrested the leader of a separatist movement seeking independence for the country's Indian Ocean coast regions, accusing Omar Mwamnuadzi of holding an illegal meeting and planning a breach of the peace.

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Tunisia forces kills six after standoff with militants outside Tunis

by Reuters, 24 Oct, 11:31 AM

Tunisian security forces on Friday killed six people, including five woman, after a standoff with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis two days before a parliamentary election, authorities said.

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Blast outside Cairo University wounds 10

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 11:17 AM

An explosion outside Cairo University wounded 10 people on Wednesday, among them police and civilians, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

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Bomb blast kills five at bus station in north Nigeria

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 11:14 AM

A bomb exploded at a bus station in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state late on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding 12, police said.

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Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on

by Reuters, 24 Oct, 12:00 PM

Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap.

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Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls from northeast Nigeria

by Reuters, 24 Oct, 11:48 AM

Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April.

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WHO sending Ebola experts to Mali, 43 people monitored for virus

by Reuters, 24 Oct, 11:38 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it was sending experts to help Mali fight Ebola, a day after the first case of the disease was confirmed there.

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At least three drugs smugglers killed in attack along Egypt border

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 11:48 AM

At least three attackers in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, probably drugs smugglers, were killed after they opened fire on Israeli soldiers across the border on Wednesday and wounded two, the Israeli military said.

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SANParks rangers shoot suspected rhino poacher

by SANews, 21 Oct, 11:03 AM

SANParks rangers shot and killed a suspected rhino poacher in the Kruger National Park on Saturday morning, according to Limpopo police.

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Morocco says Algerian soldier fired on Moroccans at border, summons envoy

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:15 AM

Morocco said on Saturday that an Algerian soldier had fired on Moroccan civilians, badly wounding one of them, in the north east at the border with Algeria, and that it had summoned the Algerian ambassador for an explanation.

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ISS: Increasing the momentum for police in African-led peacekeeping operations

by ISS Africa, 24 Oct, 12:18 PM

African-led peace support operations (PSOs) are increasingly deployed to missions in high-risk environments, which often require combat activities.

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Chinese peacekeepers expected in South Sudan at start of 2015

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 11:45 AM

Some 700 Chinese peacekeepers are expected to join a United Nations mission in South Sudan at the start of next year, the head of the U.N. operation said on Wednesday, though she appealed for Beijing to deploy the battalion "sooner rather than later."

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ISS: The roots of radicalism should inform government's response to terror

by ISS Africa, 20 Oct, 12:20 PM

Until now, there has been very little research into why young Kenyan and Somali men join al-Shabaab and the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). This has led to limited understanding among government and Kenyan society of the roots of radicalisation and terrorism....

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OTT expands Puma M36 range

by Guy Martin, 22 Oct, 10:07 AM

OTT Technologies has expanded its Puma M36 armoured vehicle range, with its ambulance, munitions disposal and recovery variants being sold to United Nations peacekeeping partner countries.

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New African Military Profile: Zimbabwe

by Guy Martin, 13 Oct, 12:51 PM

Zimbabwe’s military has been badly affected by Western sanctions that have been in place for the last 13 years – the chief of the Air Force recently said his equipment had been degraded by a lack of spares as a result. Zimbabwe has consequently turned East,...

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New African Military Profile: Zambia

by Guy Martin, 9 Oct, 10:53 AM

Soldiers in the Zambia Defence Force have this year been complaining about delayed and frozen salaries and the removal of government subsidies for things like food and fuel. Although the Zambian government has said it would upgrade the military’s equipment and...

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Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlifter

by defenceWeb, 22 Oct, 12:27 PM

Embraer yesterday rolled out the first prototype of its KC-390 military transport at its Gaviao Peixoto facility in Brazil.

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Sweden hunting foreign submarine

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 10:19 AM

Sweden has released a grainy photo of a mysterious vessel in Stockholm's archipelago, as the military hunted for a foreign submarine or divers in the country's biggest such mobilisation since the Cold War.

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NATO can put troops wherever it wants, new secretary-general says

by Reuters, 6 Oct, 01:17 PM

New NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants, apparently calling into question post-Cold War agreements that have been shaken by Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine.

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Business jet sales to keep rising but some purchases delayed

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:56 AM

Business jet buyers are expected to take delivery of as many as 675 new aircraft worth about $20.5 billion this year, a slight rise over deliveries worth $20 billion 2013, according to a forecast by Honeywell International Inc.

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Air Cote d'Ivoire in talks with Airbus, Bombardier

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 12:30 PM

Ivory Coast's national carrier Air Cote d'Ivoire is in discussions with Airbus and Canada's Bombardier Inc to renew its existing fleet and provide new aircraft for a planned expansion, the company's chief executive said.

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Regional aircraft market worth 3 800 aircraft over next decade - report

by Forecast International, 8 Oct, 01:41 PM

Manufacturers are estimated to produce 3 867 regional jet and turboprop airliners worth $127.9 billion over the next ten years, according to a new report.

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Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq - US

by Reuters, 24 Oct, 12:11 PM

Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the U.S. military's Central Command said on Thursday.

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Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis

by Reuters, 24 Oct, 11:55 AM

Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north.

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U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 12:33 PM

A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.

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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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Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 01:05 PM

Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.

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Airbus supports SA research into hydrogen fuel cells

by Dean Wingrin, 3 Sep, 11:05 AM

A signing ceremony was held on Tuesday to launch a joint research project to investigate the performance properties of hydrogen fuel cells on future Airbus commercial jetliners.

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Engineers develop smart aircraft skins which can detect injury

by defenceWeb, 27 Aug, 01:02 PM

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like ‘skin’, enabling the detection of injury or damage and the ability to ‘feel’ the world around them.

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Defence minister’s 6th annual women’s parade address

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 12:59 PM

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed over a thousand female South African National Defence Force personnel during the 2014 Women’s Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop on 29 August.

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Police mysteriously go missing (on paper)

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 10:05 AM

In a bizarre reply to a DA parliamentary question the new Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, claims there are only 115 692 operational South African Police Service (SAPS) members. Yet in the current annual report the figure – which the DA has used extensively...

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Police detective numbers questioned

by defenceWeb, 1 Aug, 09:24 AM

A reply to a DA parliamentary question posed by Dianne Kohler Barnard has revealed there are 23 682 trained detectives in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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US navy contracts two companies to expand, renovate Camp Lemonnier

by Oscar Nkala, 21 Oct, 11:25 AM

The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command has contracted B.L. Harbert International to build 65 new housing units worth $18 million at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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Kentucky Air Guard unit establishes cargo hub in Senegal for Ebola Response

by US Africom, 8 Oct, 01:36 PM

More than 80 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group stood up a cargo hub that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight...

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Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:15 PM

Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defence ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.

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Fact Files

  • 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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