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Denel still pursuing LEO artillery project

by Guy Martin, 26 Aug, 10:12 AM

Denel has not abandoned its 105 mm LEO artillery project and is looking for partners to conclude development of the weapon. This comes as Armscor has issued a request for information for light artillery for the South African Army.
UN flying Hermes 900 UAVs in Mali

by defenceWeb, 26 Aug, 10:04 AM

The United Nations is flying Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Mali in support of its Minusma mission.
Top State Security Agency post vacant and still no Intelligence Inspector General The departure of State Security director general “by mutual agreement” has been questioned by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with the official Parliamentary opposition claiming she was forced out.

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15-year world aviation gas turbine market worth $1.2 trillion

by Forecast International, 25 Aug, 11:23 AM

Aviation gas turbine engine production data reveals that over the next 15 years, manufacturers are expected to produce more than 589,000 aviation gas turbine engines, including turbofan, turboshaft, turboprop and turbojet types worth $1.232 trillion.

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Denel “still on a growth trajectory”

by defenceWeb, 24 Aug, 09:10 AM

Government owned defence industry conglomerate Denel posted a R395 million profit for the last financial year and maintains it is on a sustainable growth trajectory thanks, in part, to gains coming from “strategic decisions” to move the company up another level....

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Badger to strut its stuff on the AAD mobility track

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 09:35 AM

An exhibit expected to attract much attention at next month’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show is the new infantry fighting vehicle destined for service with the SA Army.

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EU Naval Force signs agreement to train Libyan Coast Guard, Navy

by defenceWeb, 26 Aug, 11:17 AM

The European Union Naval Force Mediterranean Operation Sophia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy covering training.

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SAS Spioenkop taking up Op Copper duty this weekend

The absence of pirates and associated activity in the Mozambique Channel has seen a downscaling of Operation Copper, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) counter-piracy tasking to where either an airborne or maritime asset is deployed at any one time.

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Armscor still “going through internal processes” for new naval platform tender adjudication

by defenceWeb, 10 Aug, 09:51 AM

It’s been more than a year since tender submissions for projects Hotel and Biro closed and Armscor is still “going through internal processes for selection and consideration of affordability” for these vital additions to South Africa’s maritime development...

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Tunisia receiving first Kiowa Warriors and Black Hawks?

by defenceWeb, 25 Aug, 10:04 AM

Tunisia may have received its first Kiowa Warrior and Black Hawk helicopters from the United States.

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Algerian helicopter plant moving forward

by defenceWeb, 16 Aug, 09:55 AM

The establishment of an Algerian factory to produce Leonardo-Finmeccanica helicopters has moved a step forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the new joint venture.

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World medium and heavy military helicopter market declining

by Forecast International, 10 Aug, 10:55 AM

An estimated 4,791 medium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced from 2016 through 2025, with this production valued at $115.7 billion, with yearly production predicted to decline, according to a new report.

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UN flying Hermes 900 UAVs in Mali

by defenceWeb, 26 Aug, 10:04 AM

The United Nations is flying Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Mali in support of its Minusma mission.

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Denel completes mockup, seeking development partners for SARA

by Guy Martin, 25 Aug, 10:10 AM

Denel has completed a full scale mockup of its Small African Regional Aircraft (SARA) concept and hopes to have a real aircraft in the next two to three years.

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Paramount moving ahead with construction of AHRLAC factory at Wonderboom

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 10:00 AM

Paramount has broken ground on the factory for its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) at Wonderboom airport outside Pretoria and is moving ahead with the construction of the factory.

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New parachute system for SANDF airborne forces

Final training and acceptance of a new high altitude parachute system (HAPS) for the airborne elements of the SA Army and SA Special Forces is currently underway at the De Brug training area outside Bloemfontein.

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SANDF Women’s Month celebrations marred by fatal bus crash

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:16 AM

What was to have been a celebration of women in Free State province turned to tragedy for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) when a bus crash claimed the lives of 11 serving women.

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Parliament defence committee meeting canned at the last moment

A meeting of Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) set for today (Friday) where important reports were due to be tabled and discussed has been cancelled, raising questions about the exercise of Parliamentary oversight.

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Fisheries officials training will benefit Operation Phakisa

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 10:08 AM

Law enforcement and peace officer (LEPO) training for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) fisheries management branch is underway thanks to a R50 million injection from Norway.

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Nigerian Navy commissions 39 gunboats, local patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:34 AM

The Nigerian Navy has commissioned 30 locally made and nine Sri Lankan gunboats into service, and unveiled an indigenous 38 metre long patrol vessel.

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Morocco interested in Su-34 jets, Amur-1650 submarines

by defenceWeb, 15 Aug, 10:03 AM

Morocco is in talks with Russia on the acquisition of Amur-1650 submarines and Su-34 strike aircraft, according to Russian sources.

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Burundi people want presidential term limits removed

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 10:37 AM

Burundi could scrap presidential term limits from its constitution after a commission set up to hear public views on governance said most citizens wanted no curbs on the number of times the head of state may seek re-election.

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DR Congo opposition strikes to call for Kabila to step down

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 01:56 PM

Opponents of Congolese President Joseph Kabila began a general strike on Tuesday to demand he steps down when his mandate expires in December.

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ISS: Think again - Zimbabwe's war veterans flee Mugabe's sinking ship

by ISS Africa, 23 Aug, 01:44 PM

8 August is Heroes’ Day in Zimbabwe. The annual holiday celebrates the men and women who fought on the winning side in Zimbabwe’s brutal war of independence, and is synonymous with parades, pageantry and pro-government propaganda.

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Top State Security Agency post vacant and still no Intelligence Inspector General

The departure of State Security director general “by mutual agreement” has been questioned by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with the official Parliamentary opposition claiming she was forced out.

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Algerian forces clear out IS affiliated militants

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 11:13 AM

Algerian forces have cleared out Islamic State-affiliated militants from the mountains east of Algiers, two years after they kidnapped and beheaded a French tourist in the former al Qaeda stronghold, senior security sources said.

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Three militants arrested by Nigerian Army

by Reuters, 24 Aug, 10:04 AM

The Nigerian army has arrested three militants suspected of having been involved in the killing of four soldiers and seized a large weapons cache, it said on Tuesday.

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Nigerian traditional rulers want prisoners freed before Delta talks

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 11:28 AM

Traditional leaders in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta have demanded that authorities release youths arrested by the army before they will mediate in talks with militants who have been blowing up pipelines, a government official said.

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MPs told of 18 politically-related murders

by SAnews, 26 Aug, 11:11 AM

The South African Police Service Major General Leon Rabie says 18 cases of politically-related murders were reported between 1 February and 5 August 2016.

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Teargas used to disperse Zimbabwean protestors

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 10:08 AM

Zimbabwean police on Friday fired teargas to disperse anti-government supporters gathering in a square in the capital Harare ahead of a planned protest calling for electoral reform, a Reuters witness said.

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Displaced in north-east Nigeria demand more food

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 10:18 AM

Hundreds of people displaced by a Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria's north-east staged a protest in the region's main city on Thursday to demand more aid, accusing officials of stealing food rations, witnesses said.

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Death toll in Somali beach restaurant attack rises to 10

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 10:12 AM

The death toll from an attack late on Thursday by Islamic militants on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 10, police said.

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U.N. chief wants review of any new details on crash that killed Hammarskjold

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 02:18 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended on Wednesday that the world body appoint an eminent person to review any new information uncovered about a 1961 plane crash that killed then U.N. chief Dag Hammarskjold.

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Three Syrian children drown when boat sinks off Libyan coast

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:56 AM

Three Syrian children drowned along with three adults when a wooden boat trying to carry war refugees to Europe capsized off the coast of Libya, a humanitarian rescue group said on Friday.

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Informer, soldier killed at checkpoint north of Cairo

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:02 AM

Gunmen killed an informer and a soldier and injured five other people, including two civilians, in an attack at a police checkpoint in the province of Menoufia north of Cairo, the director of the ambulance services said on Sunday.

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Five migrant bodies recovered, 534 rescued in Mediterranean

by Reuters, 19 Aug, 10:34 AM

The bodies of five migrants were recovered and 534 others were saved on Thursday following an array of rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea Italy's coastguard said.

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China growing its peacekeeping presence

by defenceWeb, 26 Aug, 12:17 PM

China is playing an ever larger role in peacekeeping around the world, with a strong focus on Africa.

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Olympics marathon medallist puts spotlight on Ethiopian unrest

by Reuters, 26 Aug, 10:14 AM

When marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finish line at the Rio Olympics, he crossed his arms above his head in an "X", a sign of protest against the Ethiopian government's treatment of his people, the ethnic Oromo.

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 US Africa Command kicks off 10th Africa Endeavor in Madagascar

by Africom, 25 Aug, 11:41 AM

U.S. Africa Command, in partnership with the Armed Forces of Madagascar, kicked off Africa Endeavor 2016 on 22 August in Antananarivo.

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Denel still pursuing LEO artillery project

by Guy Martin, 26 Aug, 10:12 AM

Denel has not abandoned its 105 mm LEO artillery project and is looking for partners to conclude development of the weapon. This comes as Armscor has issued a request for information for light artillery for the South African Army.

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LMT develops Meerkat retractable weapon station

by defenceWeb, 24 Aug, 10:36 AM

Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) has developed a retractable weapon station called the Meerkat, which will be unveiled at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition at AFB Waterkloof next month.

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Truvelo launching new company, new sniper rifle

by defenceWeb, 24 Aug, 10:11 AM

Truvelo Manufacturers will launch a new company, Truvelo Africa Mechanical Division, and a new CMS 20x42 mm sniper rifle at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition outside Pretoria next month.

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Antonov is the cornerstone of the new Ukrainian Aircraft Corp

by Forecast International, 26 Aug, 11:06 AM

Under the aegis of Ukraine’s state-owned defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom, Antonov is rapidly becoming the focal point of the country’s aviation industry.

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World's longest airship crash-lands in England on test flight

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 02:23 PM

The world's longest aircraft, the Airlander 10 airship, has crash-landed after a test flight in Bedfordshire, central England, its British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Wednesday.

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Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century of bloodshed

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 02:20 PM

Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels reached a final peace deal on Wednesday to end a five-decade war which once took the resource-rich country to the brink of collapse.

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Boeing internal forecast sees 535 jetliner sales in 2016, below target

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 02:24 PM

Boeing aims to sell 535 jetliners this year, Aviation Week reported on Monday, citing an internal company forecast, well below the plane maker's official forecast of 740 to 745 aircraft.

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Gallery: Rand Air Show 2016

by Guy Martin, 22 Aug, 12:31 PM

Rand Airport hosted its annual air show on Sunday 21 August, which saw a varied lineup of aircraft types, from glider to business jet. Click here to view the gallery.

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Spanish police try out drones to patrol beaches

by Reuters, 19 Aug, 11:22 AM

Spanish police have started using drones to help patrol some of the country's most popular beaches at a time when tourist arrivals are reaching record highs.

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China military says it is providing medical training for Syria

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 02:22 PM

China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday it has been providing medical training for Syria, following a visit to the war-ravaged country last week by a senior Chinese officer.

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Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 02:15 PM

Shi’ite militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Falluja in June than U.S. officials have publicly acknowledged, Reuters has found.

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Turkish tanks, special forces launch first major push into Syria to battle IS

by Reuters, 24 Aug, 01:36 PM

Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by planes from the U.S.-led coalition launched their first co-ordinated offensive into Syria on Wednesday to try to drive Islamic State from the border and prevent further gains by Kurdish militia fighters.

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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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Simulations enhance military training

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 12 Aug, 09:46 AM

Consider the typical tank used in combat. Tanks are a key component of modern ground warfare, but their use comes at a price. They are expensive to buy and expensive to operate. They guzzle fuel. Their tracks wear out. Tanks can be unreliable and difficult to repair....

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May 2 is Voortrekker Monument military fair day

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:09 AM

Already “a must” on the diaries of many military history enthusiasts, this year’s Voortrekker Monument military and history fair on May 2 will have an added – aerial – attraction.

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SA satellite heads to International Space Station

by Admire Moyo/ITWeb, 26 Aug, 08:48 AM

A nanosatellite developed by Stellenbosch University (SU) and CubeSpace, an Innovus incubation company in the Nedbank SU LaunchLab business incubator, is to be launched with 49 other nanosatellites from the International Space Station (ISS) in January.

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Unmanned ground vehicles protecting US UAV base in Djibouti

by CJTF-HOA/defenceWeb, 18 Aug, 12:10 PM

The United States military is using Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) unmanned ground vehicles to protect Chabelley airfield in Djibouti, which is home to unmanned aerial vehicles.

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China launches 'hack-proof' communications satellite

by Reuters, 16 Aug, 11:45 AM

China on Tuesday launched the world's first quantum satellite, which will help it establish "hack-proof" communications between space and the ground, state media said, the latest advance in an ambitious space programme.

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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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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Arque la Battaille centenary

by defenceWeb, 8 Jul, 02:46 PM

Speech delivered by the honourable minister of defence and military veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on the occasion of the commemoration of the centenary of Arque La Battaille, Dieppe, France, 8 July 2016.

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Statement by SA National Defence Force Chief General Solly Shoke – The matter concerning SANDF members who marched to the Union Buildings in August 2009

by defenceWeb, 25 May, 08:35 AM

“As Chief of the SANDF I have a constitutional obligation to the people of South Africa to ensure that the SANDF is structured and managed as a disciplined force.

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Logistics: anticipate and respond

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 25 Aug, 11:50 AM

The life of the logistician is not a glamorous one. Sometimes called “sustainers” or “loggies” or simply “the guys in the rear with the gear,” their job is to keep operations running smoothly. In fact, logistics officers say that if they’re doing...

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Getting there is half the battle

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 17 Aug, 11:49 AM

The African Union was created in 2001 with great hope, but also a heavy burden of responsibility. Member states were still reeling from the failure to rapidly intervene in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and they hoped that an African Standby Force (ASF) could offer...

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ELW Global commission Cameroonian mobile water purification plants; receives Senegalese order

by defenceWeb, 16 Aug, 10:14 AM

ELW Global has signed a three year firm fixed price agreement for the supply of water purification trailers to the Senegalese Army.

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Book Reviews

  • 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...
  • Book review: The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos, edited by Mark Adams and Chris Cocks, is an interesting work. Commissioned by the Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association (RLIRA), it has two...
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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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