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Defence minister opens Rand Show with a bang

by Guy Martin, 18 Apr, 07:01 PM

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula officially opened the 2014 Rand Show on Friday morning with a number of impressive demonstrations from the various arms of service – South African National Defence Force (SANDF) participation included dogs, jets, helicopters and parade ground marching.
First SAAF URTP candidate officers A welcome boost to SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang’s stated intent of bringing the Air Force Reserve back to life has comes via the Reserve Force’s University Reserve Training Programme (URTP).
Air Force doing its bit for border protection and counter-piracy The resource-stressed SA Air Force (SAAF) is still, to paraphrase Deputy Chief Major General Jerry Malinga, undertaking and completing the tasks assigned it.
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South Africa and Malaysia collaborate on advanced defence technology centre of excellence

by Staff Writer, 17 Apr, 10:15 AM

Radar and sensor technology and electronic and network centric warfare are top of the priority list at a new Centre of Excellence for Advanced Defence Technologies.

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Military spending in Africa increased 8% in 2013

by SIPRI/defenceWeb, 16 Apr, 11:00 AM

Military spending in Africa increased by 8.3 per cent in 2013, reaching an estimated $44.9 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which noted that global military spending has decreased in the West but is rising everywhere...

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Denel at DSA

by Staff Writer, 14 Apr, 10:23 AM

Denel is using this week’s Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Malaysia to showcase its products to countries in the wider Asia-Pacific region as well as the Malaysian defence sector and that country’s armed forces.

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Ghana and U.S. maritime forces complete combined maritime law enforcement operation

by US Africom, 15 Apr, 04:34 PM

Ghanaian and U.S. maritime forces completed a three-week combined maritime law enforcement operation as part of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), on April 11.

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Navy CNS on SADC maritime security

South Africa’s maritime capability, both in terms of manpower and equipment, has shrunk dramatically since democracy but the Navy can do the job it is tasked for if properly resourced.

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Spioenkop back on station in the Mozambique Channel

“Last out, first back” is an apt way to describe the current and immediate preceding task of the Navy’s Valour Class frigate SAS Spioenkop (F147).

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First SAAF URTP candidate officers

A welcome boost to SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang’s stated intent of bringing the Air Force Reserve back to life has comes via the Reserve Force’s University Reserve Training Programme (URTP).

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UAV market to see major growth in next decade – Forecast International

by defenceWeb/Forecast International, 17 Apr, 08:17 AM

A thousand unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of all types will be manufactured this year, with output rising to 1 100 units in each of the following two years, according to Forecast International, which predicts strong growth in the UAV industry.

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No injuries in Tanzanian military AB 412 crash

by defenceWeb, 16 Apr, 08:41 AM

Tanzanian Vice President Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal was one of eleven people on board an Agusta-Bell 412 helicopter who escaped injury after it crashed on takeoff earlier this week.

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Defence minister opens Rand Show with a bang

by Guy Martin, 18 Apr, 07:01 PM

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula officially opened the 2014 Rand Show on Friday morning with a number of impressive demonstrations from the various arms of service – South African National Defence Force (SANDF) participation included dogs, jets, helicopters...

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Air Force doing its bit for border protection and counter-piracy

The resource-stressed SA Air Force (SAAF) is still, to paraphrase Deputy Chief Major General Jerry Malinga, undertaking and completing the tasks assigned it.

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Record number pay tribute as Gunners remember their fallen

by Chris Szabo, 15 Apr, 03:05 PM

A possible record number of wreaths have been laid at the Gunners’ Memorial Service in Potchefstroom on April 13 including international military attaches, local dignitaries, serving military members and veterans organisations.

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Turkish task force departs Gambia

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 14 Apr, 07:51 AM

One year ago, on March 15, we reported on the unlikely link between the tiny west African country of Gambia and Turkey which were establishing a logistical military assistance agreement. On April 3 this year, both countries decided to reinvigorate their military...

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Italy’s 30th naval group home after five months at sea

by Staff Writer, 11 Apr, 11:44 AM

A five month long voyage by an Italian Navy (Marina Militare) task group came to an end this week in the port of Civitavecchia.

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Royal Navy supports maritime security on West African coast

by Dean Wingrin, 8 Apr, 09:34 AM

The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 anti-submarine frigate HMS Portland arrived in Cape Town last Friday, having spent three months undertaking maritime security activities off the coast of West Africa.

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Burundi scoffs at UN warning on stoking of political violence

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:00 AM

Burundi accused the United Nations on Wednesday of spreading rumours about planned constitutional changes that critics say could upset the country's delicate ethnic power balance and possibly lead to civil war.

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Algeria's bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 10:54 AM

Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth.

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Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 10:43 AM

Algerians voted on Thursday in an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win after 15 years in power, despite speaking only rarely in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.

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ISS: Somalia - why orthodox aid policy must give way to battlefield reality

by ISS Africa, 17 Apr, 11:49 AM

Jens Mjaugedal, Special Envoy of Norway to Somalia, is frustrated… which is hardly surprising given his mission to try to turn Somalia, which has officially been the world’s most failed state for many years, into a success.

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Chastened by Islamists, Somalia redraws Mogadishu security plan

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:11 AM

When Islamist militants blasted their way to within 50 metres of the Somali president's residence, they forced a sharp rethink of security in the capital Mogadishu.

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ISS: Are foreign-owned private security companies a threat to South Africa's national security?

by ISS Africa, 15 Apr, 04:20 PM

The South African Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, is on record as saying that foreign ownership of private security companies is a threat to national security. However, to date there has been no substantive explanation to show how this may be the case.

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Algerian police break up anti-government protest before election

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:39 AM

Algerian police broke up a rare anti-government protest on Wednesday, a day before elections that look set to give President Abdelaziz Bouteflika a fourth term in office although he is still recovering from a stroke.

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22 reported killed in clashes over C.African Republic town

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 10:47 AM

At least 22 people, mainly civilians, were killed in clashes between mainly Muslim rebels and Christian militia in the Central African Republic earlier this week, the local Red Cross said on Wednesday.

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Gunmen kill nine in western Ethiopia bus attack

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 10:28 AM

Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying dozens of people in western Ethiopia near the Sudanese border, killing nine and wounding six others, state-run media said on Wednesday.

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Nigeria local authorities say most of abducted schoolgirls still missing

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 12:08 PM

Authorities in Nigeria's northeast Borno state denied on Thursday a statement by the armed forces which had said most of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels had been freed in a military rescue operation.

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Nigerian military says most of abducted schoolgirls freed, eight still missing

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:31 AM

Nigeria's military said on Wednesday its forces had freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants and were continuing the search for eight students still missing.

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Abductors of Nigerian schoolgirls pretended to be soldiers

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:07 AM

Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday.

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Congolese gunmen wound Belgian head of Africa's oldest park

by Reuters, 16 Apr, 08:26 AM

The director of Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga Park - Africa's oldest national park - survived an attack by unidentified gunmen while driving through the country's volatile eastern borderlands on Tuesday, a colleague said.

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Libya's coastguard detains more than 400 immigrants en route to Europe

by Reuters, 11 Apr, 10:56 AM

Libya's coastguard has detained more than 400 immigrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, in its waters in the past two days as they tried to illegally cross to Europe in small boats, Libyan officials said on Thursday.

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Mozambique/SA conservation MOU includes rhino safeguarding

The priority crime rating rhino poaching has been given is an indication of the seriousness government attaches to it. Sadly when it comes to action, both on the ground and diplomatically, the same cannot be said.

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Ramaphosa leads diplomacy effort in South Sudan

by Staff Writer, 17 Apr, 11:29 AM

The diplomatic side of South Africa’s foreign policy this saw week Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s special envoy complete his second visit to the north-eastern African country in attempts to resolve ongoing conflict there.

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First Dutch troops head for Mali

by defenceWeb, 16 Apr, 10:05 AM

More than 70 soldiers left Schipol airport for Mali on Monday where they will form part of the main body of the stabilization mission of the United Nations (UN) there.

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ISS: What does ensuring SADC's maritime security mean for South Africa?

by ISS Africa, 16 Apr, 09:47 AM

South Africans shudder when they hear about arms deals. The ill-fated Seriti commission of inquiry, instituted by President Jacob Zuma in 2011, is doing little to placate their fears. In general, there is suspicion that military acquisitions will serve to ensure...

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New products struggling in tough armoured vehicles market – OTT

by Guy Martin, 11 Apr, 09:58 AM

Eighteen months ago, local company OTT Technologies unveiled three new products at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012, including two armoured vehicles and a crowd control vehicle. However, given the tough market for armoured vehicles, selling these new models has...

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300 Libyan Army soldiers return from training in Turkey

by Oscar Nkala, 2 Apr, 08:17 AM

Nearly 300 members of the Libyan Army have returned home after successfully completing a commando training course in Turkey as part of an international military programme to train more than 15 000 Libyan troops over the next decade.

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Dyncorp rolls out first 16 armoured personnel carriers for UN mission in Mali

by Oscar Nkala/Guy Martin, 31 Mar, 10:00 AM

US defence services provider and equipment manufacturer Dyncorp International and its partner OTT Technologies Mozambique have rolled out the first 16 of 115 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) for use by African Union peacekeepers in Mali.

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Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:28 AM

Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict.

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Search for Malaysia Airlines jet refocuses on drone scans of seafloor

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 10:38 AM

A deep-sea drone completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean, the team looking for a missing Malaysian jetliner said on Thursday, as an air and surface search became less likely to yield results.

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An-70 passes Ukraine state trials

by defenceWeb, 16 Apr, 11:37 AM

Antonov has announced that its An-70 airlifter has completed its user trials, carried out jointly by the company and the Ukraine Ministry of Defence’s State Scientific and Test Centre (SSTC), and that the aircraft is ready for production.

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FlySafair gets operating license

by Guy Martin, 17 Apr, 10:12 AM

FlySafair has been granted a license for domestic scheduled passenger services, several months after it was grounded by the competition.

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The Flying Donkey Challenge

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 16 Apr, 03:04 PM

France’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Afrotech Project and the Swiss National Centre of Competence for Research in Robotics (NCCR), have sponsored a project aimed at using drones as a means of transport in Africa.

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Congolese national arrested on aviation forgery charges

by Staff Writer, 8 Apr, 11:33 AM

That the SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is making inroads into people from all walks of the aviation sector is apparent in 95 criminal cases opened between January 2013 and last month.

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Yemen's al Qaeda leader vows to attack America in new video

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:34 AM

The leader of al Qaeda's wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States, in a video apparently showing a gathering of the group celebrating a mass jailbreak of fighters.

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Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria

by Reuters, 15 Apr, 04:09 PM

Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war.

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Syria's Assad says war turning in his favour

by Reuters, 14 Apr, 01:48 PM

President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that Syria's three-year conflict was at a "turning point" due to his forces' military gains against rebels, state media said.

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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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All hail the OPV

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 25 Nov, 09:04 AM

Will Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) be the workhorse of all Navies in the future? This is the question that you could asked yourself after the latest naval conference organized by IQPC on 15 to 17 October in Saint-Cyr sur Mer, on the French Riviera.

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Australian scientists look at lasers to cull space junk

by Reuters, 11 Mar, 01:19 PM

It may sound like science fiction but an Australian team is working on a project to zap orbital debris with lasers from Earth to reduce the growing amount of space junk that threatens to knock out satellites with a "cascade of collisions".

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SA satellite encounters space debris

by ITWeb, 5 Mar, 01:26 PM

After three months in orbit, SA's first cube satellite, developed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and launched from Russia on 21 November 2013, experienced two very close encounters with defunct satellites in the last two days of its trip....

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Electronic monitoring to expand

by ITWeb, 4 Mar, 11:48 AM

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) says national rollout of electronic monitoring will begin by July, once a tender process is concluded.

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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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Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster media briefing

by defenceWeb, 13 Mar, 10:39 AM

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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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UN to auction Liberian vehicles

by defenceWeb, 26 Mar, 08:51 AM

The United Nations in Liberia will auction off 65 vehicles and other equipment belonging to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

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U.S. airlift support to bolster African hunt for violent warlord

by Reuters, 25 Mar, 05:33 PM

The U.S. military is deploying four tilt-rotor transport planes to Uganda in response to African Union requests for airlift support in the hunt for the elusive leader of the violent Lord's Resistance Army extremist group, the Pentagon said on Monday.

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Book Reviews

  • Endgame: Book Review Endgame is yet another addition to the growing number of titles exploring aspects of one of the seduction efforts that eventually led to the conception of a democratic South Africa. Written by noted...
  • Book review: From Addis to the Aosta Valley From Addis to the Aosta Valley: A South African in the North African and Italian Campaigns 1940-1945, was originally titled “One of millions,” because author Keith Ford was one of the many millions...
  • Book Review: Tumult in the clouds By his own admission Dean Wingrin is a military aviation junkie and his love of the subject has manifested itself in a 340 page book filled with personal memories and reminiscences of the SA Air Force...
  • Book Review: The Battle in Bangui: The Untold Inside Story This 40-page publication is a “must read” for everyone in uniform as well as those charged with decision-making in the South African military, particularly the SA National Defence Force’s political...
  • Book review: The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos, edited by Mark Adams and Chris Cocks, is an interesting work. Commissioned by the Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association (RLIRA), it has two...
  • Book Review: Dingo Firestorm – The Greatest Battle of the Rhodesian Bush War The fireforce concept of operations, used so successfully during the 1970s by the Rhodesian forces during the bush war, has been detailed by a number of books and articles over the years.
  • Book Review: Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts At first glance Shadows of a Forgotten Past, with its action-filled cover image, glossy paper and large collection of colour and black-and-white photographs, begs the question as to why the author didn’t...
  • Book Review: LZ Hot – Flying South Africa’s Border War The endorsements that garnish the front and rear covers of today’s books are marketing techniques designed to elicit a heightened interest in buying the book on the part of the potential buyer.
  • Mad dog killers Author Ivan Smith served with Lt Colonel “Mad Mike” Hoare’s 5th Commando, technically part of the Armee Nationale Congolaise (ANC), the military of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  
  • Striking inside Angola with 32 Battalion A dry but rich account of time spent with the famous 32 Battalion. Marius Scheepers was a national service signals officer (9C) with the unit from late 1982 to late 1983. This placed the young officer...
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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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