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Farm murders to have Parliamentary airing

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 11:40 AM

Farm attacks and murders will be debated in Parliament. This assurance was given to Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald by Police Minister Bheki Cele.

Defence budget must be mandate driven – Mapisa-Nqakula

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 11:32 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula today told Parliament defence should be a mandate driven department and not one that is budget driven.
Molewa “cautiously optimistic” rhino poaching will decrease further

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 09:46 AM

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told Parliament this week she was “cautiously optimistic the tide is being turned on the scourge of rhino poaching”.
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Gordhan will recapture and restore SOCs, including Denel

by defenceWeb, 16 May, 09:58 AM

Delivering his budget vote address in Parliament, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan set out an agenda for the “recapture and restoration” of state-owned companies (SOCs) under his authority, including defence and technology conglomerate, Denel.

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Boutique financial services firm named to run Defence Industry Fund

by defenceWeb, 15 May, 10:03 AM

A Johannesburg-based boutique financial services firm will manage and operate a Defence Industry Fund (DIF) to, among others, ensure easier access to defence markets for SMMEs (Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises).

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Denel CEO resigns – with immediate effect

by defenceWeb, 15 May, 09:57 AM

Denel Group chief executive Zwelakhe Ntshepe has resigned with immediate effect and his replacement - in an acting position – is Denel Aeronautics chief executive Michael Kgobe.

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German equipment for West African maritime surveillance hub

by Oscar Nkala, 16 May, 02:10 PM

The German government has donated maritime surveillance and communications equipment to help operationalise a segment of the West African regional Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC).

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Exercise Phoenix Express 2018 concludes

by US Navy, 14 May, 11:12 AM

Exercise Phoenix Express 2018, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA/C6F), concluded on 11 May with a closing ceremony at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC) in...

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Somalia defaults on coast guard vessels

by defenceWeb, 11 May, 10:04 AM

The delivery of six offshore patrol vessels to Somalia has been thrown into doubt as Somalia has defaulted on its payments and the supplier has begun arbitration.

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First operational mission for Belgian NH90 in Mali

by defenceWeb, 8 May, 12:04 PM

One of Belgium’s NH90 transport helicopters has carried out its first operational mission with the United Nations mission in Mali.

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SAAF helicopter group in DRC logging less hours

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Nigerian Air Force receives additional Mi-35Ms

by defenceWeb, 3 May, 10:04 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of another two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, bringing the total delivered to four, out of twelve on order.

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Sudan receives FTC-2000s

by defenceWeb, 17 May, 10:06 AM

Sudan’s air force has taken delivery of its six FTC-2000 fighter/trainer aircraft from China’s Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC).

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Profitable outlook for global aerospace and defence industry

by defenceWeb, 16 May, 09:53 AM

The global aerospace and defence industry will experience a significant increase in revenues in 2018 after a year of subdued growth, according to Deloitte.

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Cameroon officially receives Cessna 208s

by defenceWeb, 14 May, 10:17 AM

The United States has officially handed over two Cessna 208 Caravan intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Cameroon’s Air Force to help it combat Boko Haram militants in the region.

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SA a peaceful country, but must be vigilant - Mapisa-Nqakula

by SANews, 18 May, 02:04 PM

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says while South Africa a peaceful country that lives in harmony with its neighbours, it must remain vigilant.

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Former enemies visit key sites of the “Border War”

by Chris Szabo, 18 May, 12:30 PM

Veterans from both sides of the Border War have remembered their former comrades who died or were wounded in that conflict and are bringing reconciliation to former enemies.

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Defence budget must be mandate driven – Mapisa-Nqakula

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 11:32 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula today told Parliament defence should be a mandate driven department and not one that is budget driven.

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Angola confirmed as Super Dvora Mk 3 patrol boat customer

by defenceWeb, 10 May, 09:34 AM

Angola is the customer for four Super Dvora Mk 3 patrol boats ordered from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in 2015.

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First and only female chemical engineer in the SA Navy

by Lt Cdr Glenn von Zeil, 7 May, 10:09 AM

Sub Lieutenant Masego Mosupye is a 27 year-old from Mafikeng in the North West who joined the SA Navy in December 2012 as a Reserve Force student, while studying at the University of Cape Town.

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US, Morocco team up for Ex Lightning Handshake 2018

by Africom, 30 Apr, 09:54 AM

Ships and aircraft of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and the Royal Moroccan navy and air force commenced exercise Lightning Handshake 2018on 23 April.

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State Security to establish Review Panel

by SANews, 18 May, 02:06 PM

The Department of State Security is hard at work to establish a Review Panel into the State Security Agency, Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba said on Friday.

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Burundi presidential referendum

by Reuters, 17 May, 11:20 AM

Burundians vote in a referendum to let President Pierre Nkurunziza stay in power until 2034, raising fears of deeper political repression and ethnic conflict in the Great Lakes nation a generation after the Rwandan genocide.

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Law against cybercrime on Kenya statute book

by Reuters, 17 May, 11:17 AM

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new law outlawing abuse of people on social media but which critics say could be exploited to repress civil liberties.

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Casualties, arrests in Egyptian Sinai operation

by Reuters, 18 May, 11:12 AM

Egypt’s military and police forces killed 19 militants in an exchange of gunfire and arrested 20 suspects in a continuing crackdown in Sinai, the military said.

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Haftar forces push on Derna

by Reuters, 16 May, 11:33 AM

Forces of Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar attacked opposition targets in Derna using aircraft and artillery, taking a wheat silo and villages on the outskirts, military officials said.

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Belarus to train Zimbabwean counter-terrorism police unit

by Oscar Nkala, 16 May, 09:50 AM

The governments of Zimbabwe and Belarus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Belarussian police force for training and equipping counter-terror and specialised anti-crime units of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).

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Dramatic cash van heist caught on camera

by Reuters/SANews, 18 May, 01:34 PM

Robbers armed with assault rifles and explosives blew up two armoured cash-carrying vans in Johannesburg this week in a brazen broad-daylight incident that underscored South Africa’s reputation for violent crime.

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Killings, rape mar Burundi referendum

by Reuters, 18 May, 11:04 AM

At least 15 people were killed and six raped during a referendum campaign in Burundi that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza hold power until 2034, Human Rights Watch said.

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Ivory Coast telecoms possibly a criminal act

by Reuters, 16 May, 11:36 AM

A fire last month that gutted a French telecoms group Orange facility in Ivory Coast, disrupting service for weeks, appears to have been the result of a criminal act, the communications minister said.

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Egyptian authorities arrest socialist activist

by Reuters, 18 May, 01:32 PM

Egyptian authorities arrested a prominent rights activist on Friday on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organisation, security sources said.

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Farm murders to have Parliamentary airing

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 11:40 AM

Farm attacks and murders will be debated in Parliament. This assurance was given to Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald by Police Minister Bheki Cele.

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University lecturers strike in Kenya over

by Reuters, 18 May, 11:09 AM

Kenya public university lecturers ended a strike over low pay after reaching an agreement with authorities, a union official said, allowing classes to resume after being suspended since March.

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Molewa “cautiously optimistic” rhino poaching will decrease further

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 09:46 AM

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told Parliament this week she was “cautiously optimistic the tide is being turned on the scourge of rhino poaching”.

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ISS: Mali’s drug problems are its silent enemy

by ISS Africa, 15 May, 10:13 AM

While repeated attacks by extremist groups and inter-communal violence continue to fuel insecurity in Mali, the country is confronting another enemy – drugs. Earlier this year, the Mali anti-drug body – Office central des stupéfiants, or OCS – seized nearly...

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Almost R2m seized at Cape Town Airport

by SANews, 14 May, 11:18 AM

Currency worth close to R2 million was seized at the Cape Town International Airport at the weekend.

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Extra peacekeepers deployed to Unity State

by Reuters, 18 May, 11:14 AM

The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is sending 150 peacekeepers to Unity State to protect civilians targeted in clashes between government and rebel troops, the mission said.

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South Africa strives for continental peace – Sisulu

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 09:53 AM

An integral part of South Africa’s foreign policy sees it “striving” for continental peace as an integral component of the renewal and development of Africa International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said this week.

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UN extends support for African Union force in Somalia

by United Nations, 17 May, 11:24 AM

The UN Security Council on Tuesday gave its backing to the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, extending its deployment until at least the end of July.

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Members of Djibouti's first Rapid Intervention Battalion graduate

by Africom, 11 May, 11:03 AM

Members of the Djiboutian Army’s first ever Rapid Intervention Battalion (RIB), graduated from training following a culminating exercise at a site outside Djibouti City on 3 May.

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Algerian military receives 400 vehicles

by defenceWeb, 9 May, 09:59 AM

The Algerian military has taken delivery of more than 400 utility vehicles that were manufactured locally.

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New mortars for Algeria

by defenceWeb, 4 May, 10:04 AM

The Algerian military has taken into service W86 120 mm mortar systems. This was revealed during an inspection by the Army’s Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaid Saleh, who also viewed various other weapons in service with the Algerian military.

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Could Libya's nuclear pledge be a template for North Korea?

by Reuters, 17 May, 11:13 AM

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has called for North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal in a deal that mirrors Libya’s abandonment of its weapons of mass destruction in 2003.

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China launches first rocket designed by a private company

by Reuters, 17 May, 10:44 AM

China launched its first privately developed rocket from a launchpad in northwestern China on Thursday, state media said, the latest milestone in the country’s ambitious space exploration program.

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Bulgaria government approves plan to buy fighter jets, armored vehicles

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:29 PM

The Bulgarian government on Wednesday approved the purchase of up to 10 new or used fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s as well as the purchase of 150 combat vehicles, the defense minister said.

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U.S. threatens sanctions as WTO raps Airbus subsidies

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:31 PM

The World Trade Organization ruled on Tuesday the European Union had maintained illegal support to Airbus, prompting the United States to threaten sanctions against European products in the first of two key aircraft subsidy decisions due this year.

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Gallery: Nelspruit air show

by Guy Martin, 14 May, 01:53 PM

Nelspruit played host to the successful 2018 Lowveld air show on 12 May 2018, which saw the debut of the UH-60 Black Hawk on the SA air show circuit and other highlights, from mass formations to aircraft versus car racing. Click here to view the gallery.

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US revoking Boeing, Airbus licenses to sell jets to Iran

by Reuters, 9 May, 10:23 AM

Licenses for Boeing Co and Airbus to sell passenger jets to Iran will be revoked, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

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Gazans bury dead after bloodiest day of Israel border protests

by Reuters, 15 May, 10:04 AM

Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of people killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, while on the Gaza-Israel border, Israeli forces took up positions to deal with the expected final day of a Palestinian protest campaign.

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Iraq's Kurdistan region to hold elections on 30 September

by Reuters, 9 May, 09:57 AM

The semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence last year in a referendum rejected by Baghdad, will hold an election on Sept. 30.

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Arab troops to Syria possible

by Reuters, 7 May, 10:59 AM

Sending Arab troops to Syria is a possibility being discussed by officials from various countries, Egypt’s foreign minister was quoted as saying.

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Helicopter displays, military re-enactments at Voortrekker Monument military fair

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 09:19 AM

The May public holiday has become synonymous with what is Gauteng’s biggest military and history fair and this year is no different.

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The African Peace and Security Architecture – a system for the past or adapting to the future?

by Thomas Mandrup, 12 Apr, 10:22 AM

The African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared to have reached full operational capability (FOC), in four out the five African regions. Full Operational Capability was the conclusion of the so-called Gambari validation report of December 2017, that followed...

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The fog of war: How Cuito Cuanavale became a legend

by Chris Szabo, 27 Mar, 12:23 PM

One of the interesting aspects of researching the fighting in southern Angola in 1987/88 was finding how different the recorded facts were to popular narratives, of which there are many. It would be worth discovering how some brigade-sized engagements near Cuito...

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Information and communications under the spotlight at MICSSA

by Guy Martin, 15 May, 01:51 PM

Information and communication technology and its military applications and capabilities came under the spotlight at the eighth Military Information and Communications Symposium of South Africa (MICSSA) on Tuesday.

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Controlling additive manufacturing and intangible transfers of technology

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 8 May, 10:17 AM

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) researchers Kolja Brockmann and Robert Kelley published a research paper last month, about the challenges brought by the rise of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies to exports-control regulations. ...

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Growing counter-space capabilities

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 30 Apr, 11:37 AM

The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS’s) “Space Threat Assessment 2018” argues that the US Military’s extensive reliance on space systems is a potential weakness its adversaries will surely try to exploit one day or another. “Space...

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Speech by General Hlatshwayo at Rand Show opening

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 08:09 AM

Speech by General Barney Hlatshwayo, SANDF Chief of Joint Operations, representing Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, at the opening of the Rand Show on 30 March 2018.

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FF+ leader on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 08:56 AM

FF Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said in a private member’s statement in parliament the wave of farm murders and attacks sweeping the country and particularly the cruelty of these attacks, makes it increasingly urgent for government and specifically the...

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Mapisa-Nqakula on defence budget vote

by defenceWeb, 25 Jun, 12:33 PM

Introduction of the debate on the defence and military veterans budget vote 2017 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister For Defence And Military Veterans, 25 May 2017, Parliament, Cape Town.

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New vehicles for Kruger park

by defenceWeb, 14 May, 11:07 AM

The Kruger National Park has taken delivery of 250 vehicles from Toyota which will be used for conservation and tourism-related duties in the park, from game viewing to medical evacuation.

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Africa Logistics Symposium 2018 focusses on strategic lift

by Africom, 11 May, 10:51 AM

The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, between 11 and 13 April at the AU compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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US Army looking to build command and control centre in Chad

by defenceWeb, 9 May, 09:29 AM

The United States Army is looking to build a command and control centre in Chad’s capital N’djamena.

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Elios – a unique collision-tolerant drone

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 01:18 PM

It looks like a soccer ball and bounces about like one - but it’s actually a drone inside a tubular cage.

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Aviation insurance for drones

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 12:56 PM

“Is there anyone here without a licence? Anyone here without an ID card or book?” Pieter Niemand asks the serried ranks of attendees at DroneCon 2018 in Vodaworld, Midrand.

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South Africa pushing for flying cars

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 12:48 PM

One day Heidi Patmore hopes to visit her clients out in the east of Johannesburg from her office in the north west of the city in under six minutes – rather than the 90 minutes or even more it might take her in rush hour.

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Company News


  • BRONCO II launched for USA
    by Paramount Group, 10 May 2018

    The BRONCO II's internal Interchangeable Multi-Mission System Bay allows a single airframe to be rapidly reconfigured to perform multiple roles.

  • AHRLAC/Mwari enters production and preparing first deliveries
    by Paramount Group, 8 May 2018

    The Ahrlac and its armed variant, the Mwari, are being developed and produced at Wonderboom Airport by Ahrlac Holdings, co-owned by Paramount Group.

  • defenceWeb launches new drone portal
    by defenceWeb, 7 May 2018

    The unmanned aerial vehicle portal will focus exclusively on military and commercial unmanned aviation, regulations and technology.

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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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