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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.
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.
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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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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Paintball at Denel Lyttelton

by defenceWeb, 18 Aug, 10:33 AM

“If nobody wants it use it as props to make a memorable paintball event” could be the thinking behind the upcoming first Denel combat tournament.

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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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Chinese warships visiting Sudan

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 10:01 AM

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) 20th escort group is on a goodwill visit to Sudan after concluding its anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, marking the first such friendly visit to the East African country.

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Malaysia, Indonesia to deploy rapid response team to fight soaring piracy

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 05:36 PM

Malaysia and Indonesia are deploying rapid reaction teams to combat a soaring number of piracy attacks on merchant vessels in one of the world's busiest shipping chokepoints, a Malaysian admiral said.

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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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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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Unmanned aviation can boost GDP and provide work

by defenceWeb, 26 Aug, 10:06 AM

South Africa’s fledgling unmanned aviation sector could find itself well and truly grounded in a morass of regulations even before it demonstrates that the industry can add close to half a billion Rand to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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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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Minister recommits SANDF to rural development

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula this week put the military’s contribution to rural development back on the map when she signed an MOU with the North West provincial government in Mafikeng.

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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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Fifty per cent of Nigerian Navy vessels broken down, says naval chief of staff

by Oscar Nkala, 28 Aug, 08:48 AM

The Nigerian Navy (NN) says it is unable to fulfil its constitutional obligation of defending and protecting the country's territorial waters because more than half its fleet is broken down.

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China welcomes Sudan's war crime-accused leader as 'old friend'

by Reuters, 1 Sep, 01:06 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, as an "old friend" on Tuesday, as China's foreign ministry defended his invite to a military parade to mark the end of World War Two.

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Central African Republic court bars transitional government members from polls

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 11:15 AM

Central African Republic's constitutional court has confirmed the exclusion of past members of a transitional government from running for office in presidential and parliamentary elections due in October.

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Sudan's Bashir to visit China despite international arrest warrant

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 11:12 AM

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is expected to travel to China on Monday for a four-day visit, the foreign ministry said, defying an international warrant for his arrest.

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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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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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Six elite soldiers killed in eastern Congo ambush

by Reuters, 1 Sep, 09:04 AM

Unidentified gunmen killed six elite presidential guard soldiers on Monday in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, military and local sources said, a region still plagued by violence more than a decade after years of civil war ended.

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Car bomb damages Italy's ENI joint venture office in Libyan capital

by Reuters, 1 Sep, 09:02 AM

A car bomb went off in Libya's capital Tripoli on Monday in front of the headquarters of Mellitah, an oil and gas joint venture between Italy's ENI and Libyan state oil firm NOC, witnesses said.

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ISS: Think again - How to train a peacebuilder

by ISS Africa, 1 Sep, 01:09 PM

In Bamako, Mali’s lush capital, it’s not hard to spot soldiers. This is a nation that has been on a war footing since 2012, and there are plenty of military men marching around the city: a large Malian army presence, of course, but also troops from France and...

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Mozambique journalist killed in drive-by shooting

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 11:47 AM

A veteran Mozambican investigative reporter, publisher of the online Diario de Noticias, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he jogged in the capital Maputo on Friday, police said.

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American arrested on Sierra Leone "blood diamond" charges

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 11:18 AM

Spanish authorities have arrested a American man on charges of enslavement and diamond pillaging during Sierra Leone's civil war, a victims' association said on Saturday.

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Greek coastguard rescues 2,500 migrants over three days

by Reuters, 1 Sep, 09:12 AM

Greece's coastguard has rescued about 2,500 migrants and refugees off the country's eastern islands over the past three days, authorities said on Monday, as the flow of people trying to cross into Europe continued unabated.

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Massive drug bust at OR Tambo airport

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 11:34 AM

South African Police are hard at work trying to establish the destination and the intended recipient of the 143kg of cocaine found at OR Tambo International Airport.

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Migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast, kills at least 37

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 10:59 AM

A boat carrying migrants sank off Libya's Mediterranean coast, killing at least 37 people, a local official said on Sunday, the second such fatal accident within days.

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Course prepares multinational partners for Somalia mission

by CJTF-HOA, 1 Sep, 01:21 PM

More than 22,000 military and law enforcement personnel from across East Africa are participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). These men and women are tasked with assisting the Somali Federal Government in their effort to stabilize the country...

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South Sudan rebels say peace deal at risk from ceasefire breaches

by Reuters, 1 Sep, 09:15 AM

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar accused government forces on Monday of repeatedly breaking a ceasefire and putting at risk a peace deal just days after it was reached.

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Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali's fragile north

by Reuters, 31 Aug, 11:51 AM

The United Nations has deployed 10,000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1 billion into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the reemergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans.

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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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China donates defence equipment to Uganda

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 09:31 AM

China has donated three 50-ton cranes, 12 troop transport vehicles, four 10 000 litre water trucks and 16 water trailers to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) for operations in Somalia.

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Boeing wins $1.49 billion order for 13 P-8A aircraft

by defenceWeb, 1 Sep, 03:00 PM

Boeing has won a contract worth $1.49 billion to build 13 more P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft, and buy titanium and other materials needed for work on 20 further planes in coming years, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

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Arms treaty conference agrees decisions by majority in Mexico

by Reuters, 27 Aug, 12:20 PM

Countries behind a treaty to regulate the international arms trade have agreed future decisions will be made by majority vote, avoiding the risk of veto, and picked Geneva as the seat of the body to police the accord, Mexico's government said on Wednesday.

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France to discuss Mistral sale to Malaysia

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 09:48 AM

France's defence minister will discuss the sale to Malaysia of one of the Mistral helicopter carriers originally destined for Russia during a visit to the country, a source familiar with the talks said, confirming a report on news website latribune.fr.

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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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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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Islamic State takes new ground near Turkish border

by Reuters, 27 Aug, 12:27 PM

Islamic State has seized new territory from Syrian rebels in northern Syria, advancing in an area where Turkey and the United States are planning to open a new front against the group.

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Kurds take ten villages from Islamic State in north Iraq

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 05:45 PM

Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes drove Islamic State militants out of 10 villages in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Wednesday in an offensive to secure their territory to the north, Kurdish military sources 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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