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Botswana Defence Force to arm its Bat Hawk aircraft

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 30 Sep, 10:06 AM

South African based Micro Aviation is to arm six Bat Hawk light aircraft sold to the Botswana Defence Force earlier this year.
Cubans helping SANDF to reach milestone one of the Defence Review

by defenceWeb, 30 Sep, 10:06 AM

Technical staff from the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces have given impetus to the maintenance and repair of South African military equipment, in particular operational vehicles, according to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke.
Nigerian Army orders nine Ara MRAPs from Proforce

by Guy Martin, 30 Sep, 09:56 AM

Proforce is ready to start production of its new Ara (Thunder) mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle for the Nigerian Army.
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 Morocco signs deal with Boeing to attract suppliers

by Reuters, 28 Sep, 10:44 AM

Morocco has signed an agreement that Boeing Co will seek to attract its suppliers to boost the kingdom's aeronautics industry.

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Denel teams up to supply Saudi Arabia with Ingwe missile

by Dean Wingrin, 26 Sep, 10:05 AM

Missile manufacturer Denel Dynamics has taken a step closer to selling the Ingwe missile to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by teaming up with the ITEAC Group.

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Libya exports first oil from Ras Lanuf since 2014

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 10:52 AM

An oil tanker left the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf for Italy early on Wednesday with the first crude export cargo from the terminal since at least late 2014, the port manager said.

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Atlantis demonstrates interim maritime surveillance solution to the SAAF

by Dean Wingrin, 29 Sep, 10:00 AM

Further details regarding the offer to lease up to five maritime surveillance aircraft to the South African Air Force (SAAF) by a consortium led by Atlantis Aviation were revealed when the aircraft was demonstrated to members of 35 Squadron.

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Pirates attack and loot container ship off Guinea coast

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 01:41 PM

Pirates stormed a container ship off the coast of Guinea on Wednesday, making off with money and some of its cargo but leaving the crew unharmed, the government said.

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Mozambique Navy to use seized fishing vessel for patrols

by defenceWeb, 21 Sep, 11:22 AM

The Mozambican Defence Ministry has accepted the seized fishing vessel Antillas Reefer into service and will use it as a fishing monitoring and inspection vessel.

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Angola, Egypt receiving refurbished Russian helicopters

by defenceWeb, 28 Sep, 10:04 AM

Angola is set to this month receive a number of overhauled Mi-24P attack helicopters from Russian Helicopters, which has also repaired the first three Mi-8s for Egypt.

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Bell to supply Huey II helicopters to Uganda, Kenya and unidentified African customer

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 09:55 AM

Bell Helicopter has been awarded $86 million in contracts to supply ten Huey II helicopters to Kenya and Uganda, and will deliver another five rotorcraft to an unnamed African military this year.

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Angola, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan receiving Russian attack, transport helicopters

by defenceWeb, 26 Sep, 10:03 AM

Over the next year, Russian Helicopters will deliver Mi-8/17 transport and Mi-24/35 attack helicopters to Nigeria, Mali, Angola and Sudan.

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Botswana Defence Force to arm its Bat Hawk aircraft

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 30 Sep, 10:06 AM

South African based Micro Aviation is to arm six Bat Hawk light aircraft sold to the Botswana Defence Force earlier this year.

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Tunisian receiving 12 Maule MX-7 aircraft for surveillance

by defenceWeb, 28 Sep, 10:08 AM

The United States has given Tunisia 12 Maule MX-7 light aircraft for border surveillance as part of its efforts to enhance the North African country’s military.

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Progress on Caravan order for Cameroon and Chad

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 10:08 AM

The United States Department of Defence has awarded Cessna a $24 million contract to supply six Caravan aircraft for Cameroon, Chad and the Philippines. They will be configured for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

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Cubans helping SANDF to reach milestone one of the Defence Review

by defenceWeb, 30 Sep, 10:06 AM

Technical staff from the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces have given impetus to the maintenance and repair of South African military equipment, in particular operational vehicles, according to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke.

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SANDF Women’s Day parade in Bloemfontein

by defenceWeb, 29 Sep, 09:20 AM

The bus crash that claimed the lives of 11 SA National Defence Force (SANDF) female personnel on August 19 will be commemorated tomorrow as part of a belated annual defence force Women’s Day parade.

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Questions about SAAF VVIP aircraft posed during oversight visit

SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief, Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang, is proud of the reliability of the Presidential Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) Inkwazi as well as other aircraft in the force’s VIP transport squadron.

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Southern African Shipyards launches fourth new tug for Transnet

by defenceWeb, 26 Sep, 09:41 AM

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has received a fourth tug, from Southern African Shipyards (SAS), as it moves ahead with its R1.4 billion tug contract.

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New Nigerian offshore patrol vessel on its way from China

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 10:01 AM

NNS Unity, the Nigerian Navy’s second and final P18N offshore patrol vessel (OPV), has departed China and is scheduled to arrive in Nigeria at the beginning of November.

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Egypt receives second Mistral class vessel; first Gowind floated

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:41 AM

The Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of its second and final Mistral class landing helicopter dock, Anwar el-Sadat, while DCNS has floated the first of four Gowind corvettes for Egypt.

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Gabon opposition leader rejects Bongo’s legitimacy

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 10:21 AM

Gabon's opposition leader Jean Ping on Thursday called for national talks to form a "new republic" and urged foreign powers to impose sanctions on allies of President Ali Bongo, sworn in this week after a disputed election in the oil-producing nation.

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New prime minister named in Gabon

by Reuters, 29 Sep, 10:39 AM

Gabon President Ali Bongo promoted foreign minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet to the post of Prime Minister on Wednesday, a day after Bongo was sworn in following a razor-thin election victory whose integrity was questioned by international observers.

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Gabon president Bongo sworn in after disputed poll

by Reuters, 28 Sep, 10:57 AM

Gabon President Ali Bongo was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday and called for unity at a low-key ceremony following a razor-thin election victory whose integrity was questioned by international observers.

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US calls on Mali government to sever ties with northern militia

by Reuters, 29 Sep, 10:51 AM

The US ambassador to Mali has accused the government of maintaining relations with a militia widely blamed for rising tensions that risk undermining a fragile peace process in the country's desert north.

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Nigerian militant group claims attack on Delta oil pipeline

by Reuters, 29 Sep, 10:44 AM

A Nigerian militant group on Thursday claimed an attack on a crude pipeline operated by state oil firm NNPC in the restive Niger Delta, a statement said.

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South Sudan rebels say government troops attacked their base

by Reuters, 28 Sep, 11:05 AM

Rebel forces in South Sudan said government troops attacked their garrison in a town in the north on Tuesday and they threatened swift retaliation, stoking fears of another full-blown military confrontation in the young nation.

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Burundi arrests senior opposition politician over 'armed gangs' link

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 12:17 PM

The head of one of Burundi's opposition parties has been arrested for collaborating with "armed gangs", police said on Thursday, joining a list of activists and political figures detained since the start of a political crisis.

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Algeria army kills five Islamist fighters - defence ministry

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 12:14 PM

Algerian troops killed five armed Islamist militants and seized weapons, munitions and food supplies on Thursday in an ongoing operation east of Algiers, the defence ministry said.

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Senior Egyptian prosecutor survives car bomb assassination attempt

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 11:23 AM

A senior assistant to Egypt's top prosecutor survived an assassination attempt when a car bomb exploded in an eastern suburb of Cairo as his motorcade was passing by on Thursday evening, an interior ministry statement said.

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Hunger “deadlier than violence” in Boko Haram-hit north-east Nigeria

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 11:20 AM

Living conditions for people uprooted by Boko Haram violence and seeking refuge in camps and towns across northeast Nigeria are more deadly than the conflict between the Islamist militants and the army, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said.

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UNICEF says 75,000 children could die in Nigeria hunger crisis

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 11:03 AM

Famine-like conditions in the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria could kill 75,000 children over the next year if they do not receive aid, the United Nations children's agency said on Thursday.

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Cairo car bomb wounds two

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 10:49 AM

A car bomb exploded in an eastern suburb of Cairo on Thursday evening, wounding two people, security sources said. It was not clear who the bomb was targeting, but the sources said it was planted in a private car parked near the home of a senior interior...

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Rangers try gaming technology to protect African wildlife

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 11:06 AM

The campaign to track down poachers and protect endangered species in Africa's embattled reserves is tapping into the technology used in the virtual world of online poker and other computer games.

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SA Home Affairs officials, Basotho nationals nabbed for fraud, corruption

by SAnews, 30 Sep, 10:30 AM

The Hawks have arrested 20 Home Affairs officials and six Basotho nationals at the Maseru port of entry.

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Paramount hands over Gazelle helicopter, dogs to Gabon

by Guy Martin, 29 Sep, 12:12 PM

Paramount Group, via the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, today handed over a donated Gazelle helicopter and specialised anti-poaching dogs to the Gabon National Parks Agency as it sets up an Anti-Poaching Rapid Response Task Force.

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Professor arrives in Rwanda to face genocide trial

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 11:26 AM

A professor arrived back in Rwanda on Wednesday after being extradited from the United States to stand trial for his part in the country's 1994 genocide, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said.

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Somalia seeks explanation for US “friendly fire” strike

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 10:56 AM

Somalia's government on Thursday requested an explanation from the United States after Somali officials said a US "friendly fire" air strike killed at least 22 soldiers and civilians in the Horn of Africa nation.

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War crimes prosecutor to examine situation in Gabon

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 10:51 AM

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday she has begun a preliminary examination into the situation in Gabon at the request of the country's government.

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Nigerian Army orders nine Ara MRAPs from Proforce

by Guy Martin, 30 Sep, 09:56 AM

Proforce is ready to start production of its new Ara (Thunder) mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle for the Nigerian Army.

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Cameroon and Somalia getting Oshkosh vehicles

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 09:52 AM

Cameroon, Iraq and Somalia will be the recipients of 1 543 vehicles supplied by Oshkosh Defence under a $378 million contract.

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Less Lethal Africa 40 mm grenade launcher rounds to enter production

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 26 Sep, 09:59 AM

Less Lethal Africa, the SA based riot control ammunition company has plans for its 40 mm rubber tipped round to enter production. The company is currently talking to Denel about production and marketing of the round.

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India signs deal for 36 French fighter jets to counter China, Pakistan squadrons

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 09:40 AM

India signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France on Friday for around $8.7 billion, the country's first major acquisition of combat planes in two decades and a boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to rebuild an ageing fleet.

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WTO says EU failed to comply with Airbus subsidy ruling

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 09:36 AM

The World Trade Organization said on Thursday the European Union had failed to rein in billions of dollars in subsidies to planemaker Airbus, ratcheting up tensions in the battle for airliner orders worth trillions of dollars a decade.

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Indian cabinet approves purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 01:32 PM

India's cabinet cleared the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation on Wednesday, paving the way for signing a deal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is betting on to modernise the air force, a government source told Reuters.

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Cyprus court orders extradition of Egyptian hijacker

by Reuters, 30 Sep, 10:54 AM

A court in Cyprus on Friday ordered the extradition of an Egyptian who hijacked an aircraft with a fake explosive belt, diverting it to the island in March.

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TAAG Angola Airlines receives another Boeing 777-300ER

by defenceWeb, 30 Sep, 10:45 AM

TAAG Angola Airlines has received another 777-300ER (Extended Range) airliner from Boeing, marking the second delivery this year to the national airline of Angola.

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RwandAir takes delivery of first A330

by defenceWeb, 28 Sep, 12:00 PM

RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has taken delivery of its first of two A330 aircraft from Airbus, becoming the East African launch operator of the aircraft and Airbus’s newest customer.

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Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies

by Reuters, 29 Sep, 11:02 AM

Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had made the city worse than a slaughterhouse.

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U.N. resumes Syria aid delivery after attack

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 11:04 AM

The United Nations appealed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups on Thursday to allow aid convoys to enter eastern Aleppo as U.N. relief operations in Syria resumed after a 48-hour suspension due to a deadly attack.

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Iraqi army says it recaptured key town south of Mosul

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 10:50 AM

Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the U.S.-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat on Thursday, bringing the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year.

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Military outsourcing offers savings, expertise

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 15 Aug, 10:42 AM

The core responsibilities of militaries all over the world include protecting civilians, rescue work during natural disasters and securing borders. But these same militaries must expend time and energy on the mundane tasks any large organization must deal with,...

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Simulations enhance military training

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 12 Aug, 09:46 AM

Consider the typical tank used in combat. Tanks are a key component of modern ground warfare, but their use comes at a price. They are expensive to buy and expensive to operate. They guzzle fuel. Their tracks wear out. Tanks can be unreliable and difficult to repair....

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May 2 is Voortrekker Monument military fair day

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:09 AM

Already “a must” on the diaries of many military history enthusiasts, this year’s Voortrekker Monument military and history fair on May 2 will have an added – aerial – attraction.

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Denel and Thales reveal new armoured vehicle sight

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:15 AM

Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) has joined forces with Thales Optronique France to produce the Above Armour Panoramic Gunnery Sight (AAGPS), which has been designed for use on infantry fighting vehicles, combat reconnaissance vehicles and armoured personnel carriers....

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CSIR introduces new-generation fingerprint sensing technology

by CSIR, 21 Sep, 11:43 AM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) today launched a new-generation fingerprinting sensing technology.

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Denel Dynamics unveils Cheetah C-RAM system

by Chris Szabo, 21 Sep, 10:00 AM

Denel Dynamics has unveiled a system it is developing to protect deployed forces against rocket, artillery and mortar attacks.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula ahead of AAD

by defenceWeb, 14 Sep, 08:02 PM

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of breakfast media briefing on the eve of the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition (AAD), Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, 13 September 2016.

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Speech: Zuma on Delville Wood centenary

by defenceWeb, 13 Jul, 08:29 AM

Address by President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of the Centenary of the Battle of Delville Wood, France, 12 July 2016.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Arque la Battaille centenary

by defenceWeb, 8 Jul, 02:46 PM

Speech delivered by the honourable minister of defence and military veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on the occasion of the commemoration of the centenary of Arque La Battaille, Dieppe, France, 8 July 2016.

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Russia to open aviation service centre in Africa

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 10:03 AM

Russian aviation holding company Technodinamika plans to open an aviation service centre in Africa in 2018.

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Saab continues with peacekeeping maintenance in Somalia

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:10 AM

Saab Kenya Limited has extended a contract to provide Third Party Maintenance (TPM) services to peacekeeping initiatives in Somalia over the next two years.

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Logistics: anticipate and respond

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 25 Aug, 11:50 AM

The life of the logistician is not a glamorous one. Sometimes called “sustainers” or “loggies” or simply “the guys in the rear with the gear,” their job is to keep operations running smoothly. In fact, logistics officers say that if they’re doing...

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Book Reviews

  • Book Review: China’s Cyber Power The cyber domain has become central to the struggle for strategic advantage between the US and the West on the one hand, and China and other authoritarian states on the other. If there is any outsider,...
  • Book review: Recce: Small Team Missions Behind Enemy Lines Professional soldier Koos Stadler has written a remarkable book chronicling his experiences as a special forces small reconnaissance team member operating behind enemy lines during the Border War period...
  • Book Review: Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency Much about the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram is shrouded in mystery. Last week the President of Chad, Idriss Deby, claimed Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, was no longer the group’s leader...
  • Book Review: Raising The Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa Raising the Bar is Songezo Zibi’s first book and seeks to provide a thorough, accurate analysis on the different issues preventing South Africa from moving forward. Zibi’s writing explores aspects...
  • Sporting Soldiers: South African troops at play during World War I For soldiers in the First World War, sport was a way for them to escape the horrors of the battlefield or the monotony and dreadful conditions of prison camps. Sport was a part of soldiers’ lives, yet...
  • 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...
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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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African Militaries

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