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Feature: South Africa’s defence priorities

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 28 Jun, 10:20 AM

Another year, another defence budget, and once again the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is left short-changed and under-funded, as it has been for almost a quarter of a century, despite periods of high operational commitments and tempo.

Public/private partnership reduces rhino poaching

by defenceWeb, 28 Jun, 10:09 AM

On the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, private and community-owned game reserves under the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF) banner have joined forces with conservation agencies, NGOs and security service providers to increase environmental asset protection by integrating anti-poaching and security strategies.
Military recruitment scam surfaces in Pretoria

by defenceWeb, 28 Jun, 10:01 AM

Military recruitment scams have become part and parcel of the wider – and dodgier - South African employment landscape with this year’s edition the first to take place in Pretoria, the country’s military capital.
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Saab Grintek Defence receives another IDAS order

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 10:02 AM

Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) will produce the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters under a new contract from Airbus Helicopters.

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Good results for Ansys’ defence business

by defenceWeb, 22 Jun, 12:17 PM

South African company Ansys has posted positive financial results for its defence division, which experienced revenue growth of 108% in the last financial year.

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition hosts military attache corps; to hold capability demo

by defenceWeb, 22 Jun, 11:53 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) recently hosted members of the Military Attaché Advisory Corps (MAAC) at their facilities outside Potchefstroom, and plans to follow the visit up with a capability demonstration in the future.

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Gulf of Guinea working together to fight maritime crime

by defenceWeb, 13 Jun, 11:39 AM

Nineteen coastal countries stretching from Senegal to Angola have started working together in a joint effort at fighting crime at sea.

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South Korea's anti-piracy unit searches for Mongolian ship off Somalia

by Reuters, 29 May, 07:59 PM

South Korea has dispatched its anti-piracy naval unit to waters off Somalia after communication with a Mongolian fishing vessel was cut when it requested help, fearing it was being followed by a suspected pirate vessel.

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Danish Challenger maritime surveillance aircraft begins Horn of Africa deployment

by Oscar Nkala, 17 May, 02:47 PM

The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has deployed a Challenger 604 maritime surveillance aircraft to support the French-led Combined Maritime Force (CMF), which was set up to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean waters off the coast of Somalia and the broader Horn of...

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Paris Air Show rotary wing roundup

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 26 Jun, 02:27 PM

Here are details of rotary wing orders and announcements made during the 2017 Paris Air Show last week.

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The mysterious ban on Ian Khama’s helicopter

by Geoff Hill, 23 Jun, 03:29 PM

As they do not need a runway, politicians love helicopters but in Britain and Norway, a ban on a model used by the president of Botswana, General Ian Khama, has aviation experts shaking their heads.

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Chinese peacekeeping helicopters arrive in Sudan

by defenceWeb, 13 Jun, 11:15 AM

China’s first peacekeeping helicopter unit has arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to join the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

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Nigeria possibly acquiring Su-30 fighters

by defenceWeb, 27 Jun, 10:45 AM

Nigeria has apparently ordered Su-30 fighter jets from Russia and has already received two examples.

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Paris Air Show military aviation roundup

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 26 Jun, 02:11 PM

Here are details of military orders and announcements made during the 2017 Paris Air Show last week.

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L-3 defends Kenyan Air Tractor deal

by defenceWeb, 22 Jun, 11:21 AM

Kenya specifically asked for the L-3 Technologies-configured Air Tractor AT-802 aircraft and not L-3’s rival IOMAX, according to L-3 officials, but IOMAX nevertheless continues to contest the sale of 12 armed AT-802Ls to Kenya.

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Military recruitment scam surfaces in Pretoria

by defenceWeb, 28 Jun, 10:01 AM

Military recruitment scams have become part and parcel of the wider – and dodgier - South African employment landscape with this year’s edition the first to take place in Pretoria, the country’s military capital.

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Defence Force Service Commission against delinking SANDF salaries from rank

by Guy Martin, 27 Jun, 10:47 AM

The Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC) has recommended against delinking salary from rank in the entire South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in order to prevent salary stagnation, but has suggested other methods to combat the problem, which affects...

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Defence budget cut impacting on Reserve Force wages and salaries

by defenceWeb, 27 Jun, 10:04 AM

A just over 30% cut in the salaries and wages allocation of the national defence budget is impacting negatively on the utilisation of a major part of the South African military machine – it’s part-time component.

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Protector helps Ghanaian authorities hone skills to safeguard shipping in Africa

by Royal Navy, 28 Jun, 11:43 AM

Normally found off the Antarctic peninsula, surveying un- or poorly-charted waters and carrying out experiments with polar scientists, once autumn descends on the Southern Hemisphere, the Royal Navy vessel HMS Protector retreats to African waters to promote the...

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Explosion on ship off Somali coast

by Reuters, 27 Jun, 11:30 AM

A huge explosion was heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia's Puntland region on Monday and flames were seen rising from what was possibly a foreign naval vessel, an official told Reuters.

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Indian warship visits the Cape

by Dean Wingrin, 22 Jun, 09:51 AM

In the final stages of a three-and-a-half month, two ocean goodwill and naval exercise mission, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tarkash arrived in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town, on Wednesday morning.

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First message from Nigerian President since May 7

by Reuters, 27 Jun, 11:35 AM

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari delivered an audio message to mark the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday, senior presidency sources said, his first public statement since he left for Britain on medical leave on May 7.

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Ahead of Kenya election, ruling party promises to expand free education, healthcare

by Reuters, 27 Jun, 11:28 AM

Kenya's ruling party promised to expand free education and healthcare in a manifesto published this week, but did not acknowledge problems in existing social services that have triggered strikes as elections approach.

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Egypt's Sisi ratifies deal ceding Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

by Reuters, 26 Jun, 12:26 PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday ratified an agreement that cedes sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, brushing off widespread public criticism of the deal.

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Cyber attack sweeps globe

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:56 AM

A major global cyber attack disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month.

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Egyptian air strikes hit 12 Libyan vehicles

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:53 AM

Egyptian air strikes destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with arms, ammunition and explosive material trying to cross the border from Libya, the army spokesman said.

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Nigeria foiled attacks planned for Eid holiday

by Reuters, 26 Jun, 12:46 PM

Nigeria's state security agency said on Friday it had foiled plans by militants to detonate explosives in four cities in the north of the country during celebrations to mark the Islamic Eid al-Fitre holiday.

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SA, France partner to fight cybercrime

by SANews, 28 Jun, 12:23 PM

With South Africa’s cybercrime attacks on the rise, government is set to collaborate with France in order to boost the cyber and digital skills capacities which are key in investigating such crimes.

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Moroccan police arrest protesters

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:46 AM

Around 50 protesters were arrested following violent clashes with Moroccan police in Al-Hoceima on Monday during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a local rights activist said.

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Tanzania threatens crackdown on LGBT advocates

by Reuters, 27 Jun, 11:33 AM

Tanzania has threatened to arrest and expel activists, as well as deregister all non-governmental organisations campaigning for gay rights.

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Zimbabwean protest pastor to be charged

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:50 AM

A Zimbabwean pastor at the heart of a protest movement against President Robert Mugabe last year is set to appear in court after he was arrested addressing students demonstrating over fees, his lawyer said.

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Landmine kills eight in Kenya

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:48 AM

Four police officers and four civilians were killed when their truck hit a landmine on a road near Kenya's border with Somalia, police officials said, in the second such attack this month.

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Al Qaeda releases Swedish hostage after almost six years

by Reuters, 27 Jun, 12:39 PM

A Swedish citizen held hostage by al Qaeda militants for nearly six years has been released, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

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More migrants rescued off Libya

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:38 AM

Red Crescent volunteers recovered the bodies of 24 migrants washed up in an eastern suburb of Tripoli as large-scale rescues were made in the Mediterranean.

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UN agency saves migrants stranded in Sahara Desert

by defenceWeb/UN, 28 Jun, 10:13 AM

The United Nations migration agency in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April with a new search and rescue operation targeting migrants stranded in Sahara Desert, but there are 52 who are known not to have survived.

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Public/private partnership reduces rhino poaching

by defenceWeb, 28 Jun, 10:09 AM

On the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, private and community-owned game reserves under the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF) banner have joined forces with conservation agencies, NGOs and security service providers to increase...

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Fighters from Chad and Darfur feeding off Libyan turmoil

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:41 AM

Hundreds of fighters from Chad and Sudan's Darfur region are feeding off instability in Libya, battling for rival factions, seeking to build rebel movements and engaging in banditry and arms trafficking, Geneva-based researchers said.

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ISS: AU summit 29 - Securing funds for peace operations

by ISS Africa, 28 Jun, 11:16 AM

Africa’s crises are not abating – and at a time when it’s needed the most, major funders such as the United States are expected to reduce their support of peace operations on the continent. For this reason, predictable funding, and more specifically the Peace...

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Nigeria suicide bombers must be held accountable – Guterres

by defenceWeb/UN, 28 Jun, 10:04 AM

Condemning violent attacks in Maiduguri, in Nigeria's restive Borno state, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the world body's resolve to support the country in its fight against terrorism.

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Moroccan defence spending to hit $3.9 billion by 2022

by Oscar Nkala, 26 Jun, 10:00 AM

Moroccan defence spending will increase from a $3.5 billion budget in 2018 to a peak of $3.9 billion by 2022, reflecting a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2.8% as the country doubles up the importation of arms and ammunition, including fighter and trainer...

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Truvelo redesigns 20x110 mm Hispano rifle

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 10:19 AM

Specialist rifle manufacturer Truvelo has redesigned its 20x110mm Hispano anti-materiel rifle, which now features Truvelo’s signature four locking lug system found on the entire range of CMS (Counter Measures Sniper) rifles.

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Denel Land Systems upgrading SA Army G6s

by Guy Martin, 20 Jun, 11:39 AM

Denel Land Systems is in the process of executing an Armscor contract that will lead to an upgrade of the South African Army’s G6s to address obsolescence.

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New UK aircraft carrier takes to the water

by UK MoD, 28 Jun, 12:25 PM

HMS Queen Elisabeth, the biggest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, has finally sailed on her initial sea trials. Until her F-35B fighters become available, sometime in the early 2020s, she will hold the title of the world’s largest helicopter carrier. ...

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China launches new class of naval destroyer

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:47 AM

China's military on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically-built destroyer, state media said, the latest addition to the country's rapidly expanding navy.

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Europe faces Herculean challenge to develop new fighter jet

by Reuters, 26 Jun, 01:10 PM

Europe is embarking on an expensive and politically charged effort to develop a new combat jet that will shape the future of the European fighter industry and its three existing programs: Eurofighter, France's Rafale and Sweden's Gripen.

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Paris Air Show commercial aerospace roundup

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 26 Jun, 02:43 PM

Here are details of civil aviation and space orders and announcements made during the 2017 Paris Air Show last week.

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Worldwide civil UAV production to soar $73.5 billion over the next decade

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 26 Jun, 01:32 PM

Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) promise to be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade, report Teal analysts in their latest market analysis.

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Drone support boosts firefighting efforts

by Admire Moyo, ITWeb, 26 Jun, 11:39 AM

With fires recently causing a spate of disasters both in SA and globally, modern drones stand to offer multi-faceted support in combating fires and disaster relief operations.

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Syria's Assad visits Russian air base

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 12:10 PM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a Russian air base at Hmeymim in western Syria on Tuesday, his first visit to the base from which Russian jets have played a crucial role in support of his war effort.

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Iraqi forces pushing hard toward Old City in Mosul

by Reuters, 28 Jun, 11:43 AM

Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto capital and Iraq's prime minister predicted victory soon.

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Mosul battle to end in days as troops advance in Old City

by Reuters, 26 Jun, 12:56 PM

The battle to take full control of Mosul from Islamic State will be over in a few days and an attempted fight-back by the militants failed, an Iraqi general told Reuters on Monday.

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Feature: South Africa’s defence priorities

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 28 Jun, 10:20 AM

Another year, another defence budget, and once again the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is left short-changed and under-funded, as it has been for almost a quarter of a century, despite periods of high operational commitments and tempo.

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SS Mendi bell recovered after 100 years

by Chris Szabo, 19 Jun, 08:45 AM

The ship’s bell of the ill-fated SS Mendi has been recovered after decades of uncertainty about its whereabouts.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission preparing for centenary events

by Chris Szabo, 23 May, 10:32 AM

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is holding its main centenary commemoration at a service in London on Tuesday 23 May.

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Airbus to fit ejectable black boxes to A350 from 2019

by Reuters, 21 Jun, 03:51 PM

European planemaker Airbus will fit ejectable flight recorders to its long-range A350 jets from 2019, meaning they could float in the event of a crash at sea, the company said on Wednesday.

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SA scientists develop next-gen digital ID tech

by Admire Moyo, ITWeb, 2 Jun, 01:04 PM

South African scientists at the University of Johannesburg's aiThenticate Computervision Labs have developed what they call a world-first next-generation digital identification technology to fight identity theft.

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Robocop joins Dubai police to fight real life crime

by Reuters, 2 Jun, 10:43 AM

A robotic policeman which can help identify wanted criminals and collect evidence has joined Dubai's police force and will patrol busy areas in the city, as part of a government programme aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines.

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Mapisa-Nqakula on International Peacekeeper's Day

by defenceWeb, 31 May, 10:30 AM

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula speaking notes on the occasion of International Peacekeepers' Day, 29 May 2017, De Brug Military Base, Bloemfontein.

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Mapisa-Nqakula on NDIC work session

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 11:13 AM

Keynote address by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, on the occasion of the first annual work session of the National Defence Industry Council, Denel Land Systems, Pretoria, 19 May 2017.

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CArmy on Army Capability Demonstration

by defenceWeb, 20 May, 11:17 AM

Address by Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, ahead of the Army Capability Demonstration outside Bloemfontein on 18 May 2017.

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Armscor seeking maintenance of SAAF fire trucks in the DRC

by defenceWeb, 26 Jun, 10:00 AM

Armscor has issued a tender for the maintenance and repair of South African Air Force (SAAF) fire fighting vehicles in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Blackwater founder's FSG signs security deal with Somali region

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 01:18 PM

Frontier Services Group (FSG), co-founded by Erik Prince who created the U.S. security firm Blackwater, said on Thursday it would provide logistics, aviation and security services for a regional development project in Somalia.

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SANDF seeking water purification equipment

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 10:00 AM

Armscor is looking to acquire water purification equipment for the South African Army to replenish depleted stock.

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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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