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Op Corona soldiers on border protection seize R2.2 million worth of illicit cigarettes in 10 days

by defenceWeb, 3 Sep, 10:10 AM

Hours of footslogging in difficult terrain for soldiers deployed on border protection in Limpopo last month was rewarded with a haul of illicit cigarettes worth R2.2 million in a 10-day period.
Rising profits for Denel ammunition companies

by Guy Martin, 3 Sep, 10:06 AM

The Denel Group’s ammunition manufacturing divisions Pretoria Metal Pressings and Rheinmetall Denel Munition both saw big increases in profitability in the last financial year, with 443% and 62% increases respectively.
SAAF 95 not exactly top of mind With just five months left to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the SA Air Force there is not much visible evidence of celebration apart from what appears to be a partially finished history wall display at AFB Ysterplaat.
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Rising profits for Denel ammunition companies

by Guy Martin, 3 Sep, 10:06 AM

The Denel Group’s ammunition manufacturing divisions Pretoria Metal Pressings and Rheinmetall Denel Munition both saw big increases in profitability in the last financial year, with 443% and 62% increases respectively.

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Air traffic management solutions

by defenceWeb, 21 Aug, 09:06 AM

Tellumat Air Traffic Management (ATM), a seasoned technology and service provider in southern Africa, is extending its military success into the civil aviation space.

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Frost & Sullivan outlines more rapidly evolving defence markets

by defenceWeb, 19 Aug, 09:43 AM

Even though Angola, Azerbaijan, Peru, Qatar and South Korea have very different perspectives and agendas, they are all expected to sharply increase their defence spending over the next 10 years, according to Frost & Sullivan.

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SAAF not in a good place to help with maritime evacuation and rescue

Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee has been told South Africa is lacking when it comes to rescue at sea with apparently only one SA Air Force (SAAF) pilot qualified to land on a vessel at sea.

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Greek coast guard seizes ship with weapons bound for Libya

by Reuters, 2 Sep, 09:19 AM

Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said on Wednesday.

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Iranian ship and crew escape after 5 months in captivity off Somali coast

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 01:24 PM

An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped.

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Russia denies selling Ka-52s to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 1 Sep, 02:44 PM

Russian state arms export agency Rosoboronexport has denied that Egypt has ordered Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters, days after the sale was first mentioned.

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Ka-52 attack helicopters for Egypt

by defenceWeb, 31 Aug, 10:04 AM

Egypt will in the coming years take delivery of approximately 50 Ka-52 attack helicopters from Kamov.

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Algerian Air Force orders more Mi-26T2s

by defenceWeb, 21 Aug, 10:06 AM

The Algerian Air Force has ordered another eight Mi-26T2 heavy lift helicopters from Russia, following an earlier order for six. Deliveries are underway.

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Silver Falcons and supersonic car mockup for next Ysterplaat Aviators Evening

by Dean Wingrin, 3 Sep, 10:20 AM

The next Aviators Evening to be hosted by Force Base Ysterplaat onThursday 8 October 2015 is sure to set the pulse racing for both aviation and motor car enthusiasts alike with cars and aircraft putting on displays.

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Nigerian Air Force Do 228 crash kills seven

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 10:27 AM

A Nigerian Air Force Dornier Do 228 aircraft crashed into a house in the northern city of Kaduna on Saturday, killing all seven people on board, a military spokesman said.

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Indian to donate Dornier aircraft, interceptor boat to Seychelles

by Oscar Nkala, 28 Aug, 12:28 PM

The Indian government says it will donate one more Dornier Do-228 maritime surveillance aircraft and an interceptor boat to the Seychelles Coast Guard as the two countries move to strengthen maritime security co-operation.

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SAAF 95 not exactly top of mind

With just five months left to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the SA Air Force there is not much visible evidence of celebration apart from what appears to be a partially finished history wall display at AFB Ysterplaat.

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100 years of air defence in South Africa

Kimberley will tomorrow see a march past of four batteries of air defence artillery accompanied by a 70 vehicle mechanised column to mark the centenary of air defence in South Africa.

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Cape Corps Veterans Associations to be launched

by SAnews/defenceWeb, 28 Aug, 10:09 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Deputy Minister Kebby Maphatsoe says after a six year journey, the department will formally launch the South African Cape Corps Military Veterans Association (SACCMVA) during a three-day conference.

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South African delegation attends first ever IORA blue economy conference

by defenceWeb, 2 Sep, 10:08 AM

A South African delegation is currently in Mauritius attending a blue economy conference organised by the Indian Ocean Rima Association (IORA).\

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Naval capabilities honed during Ex Red Lion

by defenceWeb, 1 Sep, 10:08 AM

Last month saw the SA Navy undertake its biannual readiness exercise – Red Lion – in preparation for missions as and when tasked by SANDF Joint Operations.

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CSTC will help SAS rejuvenate South African maritime industry

by Guy Martin, 31 Aug, 09:53 AM

The China Shipbuilding and Trading Company (CSTC) will use its expertise to assist Southern African Shipyards (SAS) in the rebuilding of South Africa’s maritime industry, with an emphasis on Operation Phakisa to develop the ocean economy.

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Central African Republic unlikely to hold vote on time

by Reuters, 2 Sep, 11:23 AM

Central African Republic is falling behind with preparations for Oct. 18 elections and will probably have to delay them, the head of the transitional government said on Tuesday.

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Nigeria's ex-security adviser pleads not guilty on weapons charge

by Reuters, 2 Sep, 11:04 AM

Nigeria's former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday to a charge of illegally possessing weapons including assault rifles and bulletproof vehicles.

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South Africa lawmakers reject bid to impeach Zuma over Bashir saga

by Reuters, 2 Sep, 11:01 AM

South Africa's parliament on Tuesday rejected investigating President Jacob Zuma for possible impeachment for allowing Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to evade an arrest warrant and leave the country in June.

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Nigeria says uncovers Boko Haram spy ring at Abuja airport

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 11:09 AM

Nigeria has uncovered a spy cell run by militant Islamist group Boko Haram at the international airport in the capital Abuja apparently aimed at selecting targets for attack, the country's national security agency said.

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Nigeria's security agency says arrested 20 suspected Boko Haram chiefs

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 11:06 AM

Nigeria's security agency said on Sunday it had made significant breakthroughs in the fight against Boko Haram and arrested 20 prominent members of the militant Islamist group accused of orchestrating deadly attacks.

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Chad sentences 10 Boko Haram members to death

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 08:50 AM

Chad has sentenced 10 members of Nigeria-based Islamist militant group Boko Haram to death on terrorism charges, judicial sources said on Friday.

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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback kill at least 24 in northern Nigeria

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:28 AM

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed at least 24 people in two separate attacks on villages in northeast Nigeria, military and vigilante sources said on Wednesday.

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Two Malian soldiers killed at checkpoint in Timbuktu

by Reuters, 2 Sep, 11:07 AM

Two Malian soldiers were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint on the outskirts of Timbuktu, military sources said, fuelling concern at simmering violence following a breakdown in a peace accord.

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Islamist militants attack African Union base in south Somalia

by Reuters, 1 Sep, 09:09 AM

Al Shabaab militants attacked an African Union (AU) base in southern Somalia early on Tuesday, the Islamist group and residents said, with unconfirmed reports that dozens of AU soldiers were killed.

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War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North Africa - U.N.

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 11:05 AM

Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children's Fund said in a report issued on Thursday.

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Special Report - In Egypt, jailed Islamists 'dying of neglect'

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:55 AM

Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Mohammad al-Falahgi was arrested on terror charges in 2013 and held in prison, but never convicted. Earlier this year, after pleading for medical help, he died "handcuffed to the hospital bed," according to his son Osama.

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Somali Islamists warn against "immoral culture" at hotels, beaches

by Reuters, 2 Sep, 12:54 PM

Islamist militants al Shabaab issued a warning against Somalis who frequent hotels, beaches and nightclubs in the capital Mogadishu, saying it will target men and women who engage in "immoral culture."

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Sudanese poachers kill elephants amid Central Africa chaos: UN experts

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 11:08 AM

Sudanese poachers have been taking advantage of the chaos in conflict-torn Central African Republic and are killing elephants for their ivory and other wild animals, an expert panel that monitors U.N. sanctions said in a confidential report seen by Reuters.

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Crackdown fuels migration crisis within Africa

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:44 AM

Papa Demba Sow left Senegal two years ago hoping to make a better life in the oil-rich central African country of Gabon but in July he was arrested by police, thrown in jail for a month and deported along with hundreds of other Africans.

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Boat with 40 African migrants arrives on Spanish island

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:26 AM

A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday.

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French soldier in Central African Republic accused of sexual abuse - U.N.

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:57 AM

A French soldier deployed to Central African Republic has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl in the latest in a series of misconduct allegations against peacekeeping forces there, the United Nations' top human rights official said.

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War crimes court hears of rape, slavery at trial of DR Congo's Ntaganda

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:53 AM

Accounts of rape and sexual slavery during the war in Congo in the early 2000s dominated the second day of militia leader Bosco Ntaganda's trial at The Hague war crimes court on Thursday.

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Uganda says 12 of its soldiers killed in Islamist attack in Somalia

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:49 AM

Twelve Ugandan soldiers who served as African Union peacekeepers were killed when militants attacked their base in Somalia this week, a Ugandan military spokesman said on Thursday.

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Algeria military receives 110 more Mercedes vehicles

by Oscar Nkala, 2 Sep, 09:55 AM

The National People's Army of Algeria has taken delivery of 110 more Mercedes Benz BA6 Class G 4x4 vehicles built locally by a company set up last year under a partnership between Algeria, the United Arab Emirates and Germany.

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Night shoot to start Armour weekend

Bloemfontein is the place to be this weekend for those with an affinity for armour with 1 SA Tank Regiment’s annual night shoot on Friday starting proceedings.

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Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik developing 6x6 and 8x8 armoured vehicles

by Guy Martin, 14 Aug, 10:07 AM

Namibian company Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik (WMF) is busy developing a 6x6 armoured recovery vehicle and an 8x8 armoured vehicle and has put its new Mk III armoured personnel carrier into production.

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Taiwan to launch homegrown submarine plan with initial 60.5 million pound budget

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 11:04 AM

Taiwan has allocated T$3 billion (60.51 million pounds) over four years, beginning next year, to launch a long-awaited programme for the island to build its own diesel-electric submarines.

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China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 11:01 AM

President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders.

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U.S. Army to open elite Ranger School to all genders

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:41 AM

The U.S. Army said on Wednesday it would open its elite Ranger School to all soldiers regardless of gender, after two women made history last month by becoming the first to pass the grueling leadership course.

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Project Solaris gets Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certification

by defenceWeb, 1 Sep, 02:12 PM

Project Solaris has earned Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of the energy rich Solaris tobacco crop in the Limpopo region of South Africa. Solaris is a nicotine-free and GMO-free crop variety that yields significant...

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Europe faces up to flight safety threat posed by drones

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 05:38 PM

No-drone zones, software to block flights into sensitive areas and registration rules are among proposals from European regulators and aviation experts to ensure growing numbers of drones don't case dangerous run-ins with passenger aircraft.

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Airports Company performs well but profit is down

by defenceWeb, 19 Aug, 10:15 AM

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), owner of South Africa’s nine principal airports with additional operations in Brazil and India, has reported an 8.9% increase in revenue in the year ended March 31, 2015.

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Dutch sergeant joins Islamic State in first such desertion

by Reuters, 3 Sep, 10:47 AM

A 26-year-old Dutch air force sergeant is believed to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State insurgents, the Netherlands' defence ministry said on Thursday.

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Western-backed Syrian rebels say kill foreign Islamic State fighters in undercover strike

by Reuters, 2 Sep, 10:52 AM

A group of Western-backed Syrian insurgents said on Tuesday they had killed three foreign fighters -- two Saudis and a Tunisian -- with the Islamic State group in an undercover raid into an area under the control of the ultra-radical militants.

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Turkish jets join U.S.-led coalition strikes on Islamic State

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 09:22 AM

Turkish jets took part in U.S.-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

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Feature: Lockheed Martin’s latest SAAF C-130J offer tied to Defence Review

by Guy Martin, 27 Aug, 10:44 AM

Lockheed Martin continues to offer its C-130J Super Hercules to meet the South African Air Force’s tanker, transport and maritime patrol requirements, this time in line with 2014 Defence Review recommendations.

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Feature: IEDS - An indiscriminate killer

by ADF, 28 Jul, 12:40 PM

On Sunday, December 28, 2014, a sugar cane seller in Potiskum, Nigeria, died when she stepped on a bomb in a school football field. She was 12 years old.

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Friday is military fair day at the Voortrekker Monument

by defenceWeb, 28 Apr, 10:05 AM

That there are a growing number of South Africans with more than a passing interest in matters military comes with the announcement that this year’s Voortrekker Monument Military Fair will have more exhibitors than any of its predecessors.

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Cape Town extends TETRA radio network

by defenceWeb, 28 Aug, 10:35 AM

Motorola Solutions and radio distributor Altech Alcom Matomo have completed an extension of the digital Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) communications network in the city of Cape Town, which is being used by public safety agencies and utilities to help protect...

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SPOT 6 and 7 satellite imagery now available at SANSA

by defenceWeb, 21 Aug, 03:34 PM

Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) has installed a SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite Direct Receiving Station (DRS) at the South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) premises, allowing it to download and access imagery from these two satellites.

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U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:40 PM

Lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons could soon be used more widely by the U.S. military, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Deputy President's VIP jet charter

by defenceWeb, 28 Aug, 11:00 AM

Statement addressing public concerns raised regarding the process and circumstances in acquiring of the chartered aircraft for the deputy president’s travel to an official visit in japan by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Rsa Minister Of Defence And Military Veterans...

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Speech: Nkoana-Mashabane on SADC politics, defence and security

by defenceWeb, 22 Jul, 08:39 AM

Closing Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Honourable Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at...

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NCACC first quarterly report for 2015

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 07:09 AM

The first quarterly report by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) for South African defence exports and imports for 2015 can be found here.

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US Embassy hosts logistics workshop for SANDF

by US Embassy SA, 14 Aug, 09:52 AM

The US Embassy in Pretoria began hosting a week-long workshop on Life Cycle Management as part of a larger programme on Logistics Development on August 3, 2015. The workshop was set to conclude with the participants receiving certificates in Life Cycle Management....

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US troops support DR Congo’s Logistics School

by Africom, 23 Jul, 01:09 PM

Recently, the Democratic Republic of Congo National Logistics School graduated its fourth class since 1983. U.S. Army Africa and several international organizations were involved in the curriculum and instruction at the school in Kinshasa, DRC.

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U.S. considering drones in North Africa to monitor Islamic State

by Reuters, 14 Jul, 01:52 PM

The United States is holding discussions with countries in North Africa about locating drones at a base there to heighten monitoring of Islamic State in Libya, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a senior administration official.

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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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