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Mapisa-Nqakula doesn’t pass muster in DA Cabinet report card

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 10:08 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, was rated an “E” by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party in its annual Cabinet Report card, only marginally above her boss, President Jacob Zuma who is also Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces.
Wings for nine new SAAF pilots at Langebaanweg

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 10:04 AM

This week the SA Air Force (SAAF) welcomed nine newly minted first lieutenants to the ranks of its aircrew.
Cameroon to soon receive second hand patrol boat

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 09:59 AM

Cameroon’s navy will soon take delivery of the ex-French patrol vessel Dipikar, which has just finished its sea trials.
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Saab Grintek Defence wins 2016 South African Exporter Award

by defenceWeb, 8 Dec, 10:10 AM

Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has been given the Exporter Award at the fourth annual South Africa Premier Business Awards. This is the third time the company has been given the award.

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Former SADF veterans look to be left out of defence industry charter

While it has “no problem with black owners of businesses” trade union Solidarity stands ready to go to court on the exclusion of former SA Defence Force (SADF) veterans and pensioners from the Defence Sector charter.

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Global aerospace and defence outlook shifts to positive

by Fitch Ratings, 7 Dec, 07:16 AM

The global aerospace and defence sector outlook has moved from stable to positive in 2017, according to Fitch Ratings, which said the change reflects a projected 8% increase in large commercial aircraft (LCA) deliveries and 3% forecast growth in relevant defence...

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Attack on east Libya oil ports averted

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 11:29 AM

Eastern Libyan forces averted an attempted attack on some of Libya's major oil ports on Wednesday and rival fighters withdrew from a nearby town, security officials said.

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EUCAP Nestor holds Puntland Police-Judiciary workshop held in Garowe, Somalia

by defenceWeb, 8 Dec, 10:51 AM

From 4-6 December, the European Union’s capacity building entity EUCAP Nestor organized a workshop attended by thirty-three police officers (crime investigators), prosecutors and judges, including four females, from different areas of the Puntland State of Somalia....

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EU and UN carry out maritime training with Somaliland Coastguard

by EU Navfor, 6 Dec, 12:20 PM

On Saturday 3 December European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) sailors, supported by staff from EUCAP Nestor, carried out radar training on board the Spanish offshore patrol vessel, ESPS Relampago, in Berbera Bay, as a precursor to an engagement the following day...

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US hands over six Hueys to Kenya – two more on the way

by defenceWeb, 5 Dec, 10:03 AM

The United States has formally handed over the first six of an eventual eight Bell Huey II helicopters to Kenya.

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Nigerian Air Force AW101 damaged in accident

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 09:38 AM

One of the Nigerian Air Force’s two recently acquired AW101 helicopters has been damaged in an incident that saw the aircraft roll over on the ground.

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Global military rotorcraft market to be worth $28 billion by 2026

by defenceWeb, 23 Nov, 02:32 PM

The global military rotorcraft market, valued at $21.7 billion in 2016, is projected to grow to reach $28.1 billion by 2026, according to a new study.

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Wings for nine new SAAF pilots at Langebaanweg

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 10:04 AM

This week the SA Air Force (SAAF) welcomed nine newly minted first lieutenants to the ranks of its aircrew.

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Kenya seeking Skytruck aircraft from US

by Guy Martin, 7 Dec, 09:48 AM

Kenya has requested C-145A Skytruck transport aircraft from the United States under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme, with the US allocating three to the East African country.

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Nigerian Air Force introduces first Super Mushshaks into service

by defenceWeb, 6 Dec, 10:07 AM

The Nigerian Air Force received its first four Super Mushshak trainer aircraft from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) on 5 December during a ceremony at Kaduna air base north of Lagos, Nigeria.

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DoD takes Sandu to task for grandstanding on wet rations issue

by defenceWeb, 5 Dec, 09:19 AM

The ever-simmering war of words between the Department of Defence (DoD) and the country’s largest military trade union, Sandu (SA National Defence Union), has again shown signs of boiling over.

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Soldiers involved in Port Elizabeth eviction showed “contempt” for the rule of law

by defenceWeb, 2 Dec, 10:03 AM

A Port Elizabeth High Court judge has ruled conduct of soldiers who apparently illegally evicted people from houses on Port Elizabeth’s Forest Hill military base amounted to “brazen contempt of the rule of law”.

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New JOps deputy chief named, but no word on a new Chief

It appears no decision has yet been taken on who will become the next commander of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Joint Operations Division.

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Cameroon to soon receive second hand patrol boat

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 09:59 AM

Cameroon’s navy will soon take delivery of the ex-French patrol vessel Dipikar, which has just finished its sea trials.

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Naval warfare market worth $50 billion by 2026

by defenceWeb, 1 Dec, 11:41 AM

The global naval vessels, surface combatants, and related maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market will grow from $36.3 billion in 2016 to $50.3 billion by 2026, according to a new study.

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Algerian Umkhonto production almost complete

by defenceWeb, 30 Nov, 10:16 AM

Denel Dynamics will complete production of Umkhonto surface-to-air missiles for the Algerian Navy in January 2017.

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Ghana opposition leader wins presidential election, radio stations report

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:41 AM

Ghana's main opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won the country's presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, the private radio stations Joy FM and Citi FM said on Friday.

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How Gambia’s top brass turned on long-ruling Jammeh

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:15 AM

Seconds after the chairman of Gambia's electoral commission read out the poll results ending President Yahya Jammeh's 22-year rule to reporters, a policeman left the building, cheering and clapping his hands in the air.

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Mapisa-Nqakula doesn’t pass muster in DA Cabinet report card

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 10:08 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, was rated an “E” by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party in its annual Cabinet Report card, only marginally above her boss, President Jacob Zuma who is also Commander-in-Chief of the...

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No respite for Libya after IS driven from Sirte

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:23 AM

As Islamic State's last defences crumbled this week in their Libyan bastion Sirte, dozens of women and children used as human shields stumbled dazed and dust-caked from the rubble.

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Somali forces retake port town

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 11:32 AM

Soldiers loyal to Somalia's government retook control of a port town on Wednesday from insurgents who declared allegiance to Islamic State, officials said.

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Libyan forces clear last IS holdout in Sirte

by Reuters, 7 Dec, 10:36 AM

Libyan forces backed by US air strikes finished clearing the last Islamic State holdout in Sirte on Tuesday after a near seven-month battle for the militant group's former North African stronghold.

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Six police officers killed by Cairo bomb blast

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:46 AM

Six policemen were killed and three injured on Friday when a bomb exploded at a security checkpoint in Cairo, security sources said.

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Protestors shot and killed in Cameroon

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:13 AM

Police in Cameroon shot dead four anti-government demonstrators in one of the Central African nation's minority anglophone regions on Thursday, police sources said, after a month of sometimes violent protests in the area.

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South Sudan deports journalist

by Reuters, 7 Dec, 10:29 AM

South Sudan has deported a journalist working for the international Associated Press news agency and the reporter said on Wednesday it was because his reporting was critical of government.

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UN seeks $2,7 billion aid for Boko Haram-hit Sahel

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 11:21 AM

Poverty, conflict and climate change will leave 15 million people across Africa's Sahel belt in need of life-saving aid next year, the United Nations said as it launched a record $2.7 billion humanitarian appeal for the region in 2017.

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More Gambian political prisoners released

by Reuters, 7 Dec, 10:39 AM

Gambia's high court released a further 12 political prisoners on Tuesday, their lawyer said, adding to hopes of an end to years of repression after long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh lost elections last week.

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Prisoners freed in Mali

by Reuters, 7 Dec, 10:25 AM

Suspected Islamist militants freed 93 prisoners during an attack on a jail in the central Mali town of Niono early on Tuesday, officials said.

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African migrants cross border fence into Spanish enclave Ceuta

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:45 AM

Dozens of sub-Saharan African migrants forced their way on Friday morning over a barbed-wire fence into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, which borders Morocco.

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ISS: Here’s how Donald Trump can deal with migrants and extremists

by ISS Africa, 9 Dec, 11:36 AM

Before 8 November, the international security community was naively preparing for a Hillary Clinton presidency in the United States. Despite the hawkish public rhetoric, we knew her relatively progressive team recognised the value of a development approach to security...

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Four migrants drown, 34 rescued – Moroccan authorities

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 11:34 AM

Four African migrants drowned and 34 were rescued after their boat sank in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, Moroccan authorities said.

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US estimates 50,000 IS fighters killed

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:20 AM

The US military believes about 50,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since the United States started battling the group more than two years ago, a senior US military official said on Thursday, calling it a "conservative estimate."

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ICC to discuss South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudan’s Bashir

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:11 AM

International Criminal Court judges on Thursday asked South Africa to send representatives to a hearing next year to determine whether it had breached its obligation to arrest Sudan President Omar Al Bashir in June.

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Arms embargoes are vital to Africa’s peace and security

by defenceWeb/ISS, 9 Dec, 11:08 AM

In 2013, African Union (AU) leaders committed to a future where the continent is free from the scourge of conflict; pledging to “end all wars in Africa by 2020”.

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UAE unveils N35 vehicles

by defenceWeb, 8 Dec, 12:46 PM

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has publically displayed its new N35 armoured vehicles, based on the Denel Vehicle Systems RG35 but manufactured by NIMR Automotive.

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Denel improving Inkunzi

by defenceWeb, 8 Dec, 10:06 AM

Denel PMP has made several changes to the Inkunzi personal area weapon (PAW), announcing the improved Inkunzi PAW A2.

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BMP Poland loses €520 000 in fake Ugandan military procurement deal

by Oscar Nkala, 7 Dec, 09:43 AM

Polish defence company BMP Poland was swindled out of €520 000 after paying 'consultancy fees' to a Ugandan conman who approached the company and offered to buy a wide range of military equipment on behalf of the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF).

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U.S. Congress passes $618.7 billion annual defense bill

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 10:29 AM

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise version of an annual defense policy bill on Thursday without controversial provisions such as requiring women to register for the draft or allowing contractors to make religion-based hiring decisions.

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Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 10:18 AM

Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

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John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 10:10 AM

John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95.

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Tanzania orders two CS300, one Q400 aircraft from Bombardier

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 11:25 AM

The Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA) has signed firm purchase agreements for two CS300 jetliners and one Q400 turboprop aircraft with Bombardier. The aircraft will be leased to and operated by Air Tanzania.

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World airlines expected to be profitable in 2017, except for Africa

by IATA/defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 11:07 AM

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects the global airline industry to make a net profit in 2017 of $29.8 billion while Africa is forecast to make a combined $800 million net loss next year.

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MH370 families urge residents of African coast to join debris search

by Reuters, 6 Dec, 10:47 AM

People whose loved ones disappeared on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have appealed to residents on the east African coast to search for plane debris and hand in anything they find to the authorities.

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Syrian army’s Aleppo advance slows, but victory is in sight

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 11:18 AM

The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo has slowed but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war.

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Iraqi troops pull out from Mosul hospital after fierce battle

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 10:21 AM

Iraqi troops who briefly seized a Mosul hospital believed to be used as an Islamic State base were forced to withdraw from the site, but managed to establish a base for army tanks nearby after days of fierce back-and-forth fighting, residents said.

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Islamic State makes advances towards Palmyra

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 09:50 AM

The Islamic State group in Syria attacked the Syrian army near the city of Palmyra on Thursday, killing dozens of soldiers and advancing to within four kilometres (2.5 miles) of the city, a war monitor said.

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Castle of Good Hope will be home to military veterans’ skills transfer and training site

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:01 AM

2016 marks the 350th anniversary of what is widely accepted as the oldest building in South Africa – the Castle of Good Hope – and a year of commemorative events ends on December 9 when a centre for memory and learning is opened.

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Better soldier selection thanks to behavioural science

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 09:58 AM

People are at the centre of military efforts says Adelai van Heerden, head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) behavioural sciences research, pointing out they are the ones operating weaponry and technology and making the life or...

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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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CSIR partnering with US-based company to produce long endurance UAV

by Guy Martin, 7 Dec, 09:52 AM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is currently in discussions with US company ArgenTech Solutions over the certification and production of its LEMU (Long Endurance Modular Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).

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Armscor’s Ergotech - ensuring soldiers are properly kitted out

by defenceWeb, 10 Nov, 10:05 AM

The science concerned with the fit between people and their work, specifically soldiers in the case of Armscor’s Ergotech, means seeking solutions to optimise human performance and at the same time reduce risks and improve productivity.

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CSIR unveils demonstrator vehicle

by Guy Martin, 5 Oct, 10:07 AM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a light tactical vehicle demonstrator to test weapons and equipment.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Castle commemorative programme

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 12:17 PM

Speech by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, presented on behalf of President JG Zuma, on the occasion of the conclusion of the year-long commemorative programme of the 350 years of the existence of the Castle of Good Hope, 09 December 2016, Castle of Good...

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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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China military says "not heard" of other base plans after Djibouti

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 11:08 AM

China's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that it had "not heard" of any plans for other bases around the world after Djibouti, where China is building its first overseas naval base.

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Joint Operations water purification units in action in the DRC

by Guy Martin, 21 Nov, 10:07 AM

The South African National Defence Force’s Joint Operations (JOps) division has taken delivery of several water purification systems manufactured by ELW Global and is using them in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of South Africa’s contribution...

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Production of Armscor developed water purification system to start next year

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 10:06 AM

By the end of next year SA Army Sappers should be able to provide potable water infield thanks to Armscor’s water provisioning system (WPS).

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Book Reviews

  • “Composite Warfare” - a composite insight into conflict and war in Africa Eeben Barlow is a name well-known to those who are practitioners of military arts and skills, especially in Africa. He has now taken all his considerable experience and distilled it into a 500 plus...
  • 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...
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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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