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Denel ISM helping upgrade SA Army’s air defences

by Guy Martin, 28 Jul, 09:55 AM

Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (Denel ISM) is working on various contracts to upgrade and improve its Ground-Based Air Defence System (GBADS).
Arms theft apparently only the tip of the iceberg at Naval Base Simon’s Town

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 09:19 AM

The situation at Naval Base Simon’s Town is critical and an investigation, in the interests of every dedicated sailor – and South Africa – is overdue, according to the Chief Whip of the Western Cape provincial parliament, who was reacting to the theft of arms and ammunition from the base.
Denel “vindicated” by High Court dismissal of business rescue application

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 07:41 AM

An application for business rescue brought before the North Gauteng High Court this week by some LMT Holdings shareholders was dismissed with costs “due to the applicants’ failure to make out a case supporting the application,” according to a Denel statement.
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Denel ISM helping upgrade SA Army’s air defences

by Guy Martin, 28 Jul, 09:55 AM

Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime (Denel ISM) is working on various contracts to upgrade and improve its Ground-Based Air Defence System (GBADS).

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Denel “vindicated” by High Court dismissal of business rescue application

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 07:41 AM

An application for business rescue brought before the North Gauteng High Court this week by some LMT Holdings shareholders was dismissed with costs “due to the applicants’ failure to make out a case supporting the application,” according to a Denel statement....

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Denel says it is on track to pay employee bonuses

by defenceWeb, 27 Jul, 10:12 AM

Denel will still pay performance bonuses to its employees this year after meeting targets for the 2015-16 financial year, the company announced after some employees engaged in protest action due to the late payment of bonuses.

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CSIR looks to unlock SA's maritime potential

by Admire Moyo/ITWeb, 27 Jul, 11:15 AM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has commenced the implementation of the Oceans and Coasts Information System (OCIMS).

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ISS: Safeguarding Africa's seaports to safeguard its economies

by ISS Africa, 26 Jul, 09:45 AM

Seaports play a crucial role in all economies reliant on export and import, especially in African states where maritime transport is the primary form of access to the international market.

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Third successful conviction in 2016 of Somali pirates

by EU Navfor, 21 Jul, 10:35 AM

On 14 July twelve men were found guilty by a court in Mauritius of attempting to carry out an act of piracy against a merchant ship, MSC Jasmine, on 5 January 2013.

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Kaman awarded depot level maintenance contract for Egyptian SH-2s

by defenceWeb, 19 Jul, 11:27 AM

Kaman Aerosystems has been awarded a three year contract for the establishment of depot level maintenance capabilities for the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) SH-2G(E) helicopter program.

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Airbus sees Super Puma future but no quick helicopter market rebound

by Reuters, 14 Jul, 11:20 AM

Airbus has no plans to scrap its Super Puma helicopter in the wake of a crash that killed 13 people in Norway, the head of its helicopter division said on Wednesday, but he warned the market would remain weak at least until the end of 2017.

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AVIC’s helicopter offerings cover civil and military spectrums

by Forecast International, 12 Jul, 11:24 AM

The recent agreement signed by Russian Helicopters and China’s Avicopter to develop a heavy-lift rotorcraft bolsters the already long-standing ties between the two countries. Avicopter and its predecessors have produced rotorcraft since the late 1950s, and this...

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New VVIP aircraft acquisition still shrouded in silence

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 10:03 AM

Efforts by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to obtain detailed information on the maintenance and servicing costs of the Presidential BBJ have been put on hold due to the upcoming local government elections but the issue will again be taken up when Parliament reconvenes...

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Senegal buys KT-1 trainers from South Korea

by defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 09:56 AM

Senegal has ordered four KT-1 Woong-Bee turboprop trainer aircraft from Korea Aerospace Industries, becoming the fifth customer for the type.

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Airbus to operate Heron I drones for Germany in Mali

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 10:11 AM

The German Defence Procurement Agency (BAAInBw) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a contract to provide Heron I surveillance drones to support the Bundeswehr mission in Mali.

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Arms theft apparently only the tip of the iceberg at Naval Base Simon’s Town

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 09:19 AM

The situation at Naval Base Simon’s Town is critical and an investigation, in the interests of every dedicated sailor – and South Africa – is overdue, according to the Chief Whip of the Western Cape provincial parliament, who was reacting to the theft of...

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Burglary at Navy armament depot in Simon’s Town

by defenceWeb, 27 Jul, 10:03 AM

The SA Navy’s armament depot at fleet headquarters in Simon’s Town has been robbed of what the national defence force’s corporate communications director said is “various types of military equipment”.

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Army Chief wants an “Africanised” system for the Reserve Force

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 10:06 AM

The man at the head of the SA Army, the largest component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and also the largest Reserve Force component, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, wants to see a new Africanised Reserve Service System in place.

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Moroccan Navy receives tank landing craft from France

by defenceWeb, 27 Jul, 10:07 AM

The Royal Moroccan Navy has received a 50 metre long Landing Craft Tank (LCT) from French shipyard Piriou after ordering it last year.

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Ocea launches new OPV for Senegal

by defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 10:03 AM

French shipbuilder Ocea has launched the OPV 190 Mk II offshore patrol vessel Fouladou for the Senegalese Navy, which ordered the vessel in 2014.

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RFA Gold Rover arrives in Simon’s Town

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 10:42 AM

The Royal Navy’s Fleet Auxiliary Vessel RFA Gold Rover has arrived in Simon’s Town for a month long visit.

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Mugabe says will not quit after war veterans' rebuke

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:39 AM

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Wednesday dismissed demands by once stalwart war veteran supporters to quit, saying he was in power by popular vote and accusing critics of plotting his ouster with longtime Western opponents.

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DR Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi returns to rapturous welcome

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:33 AM

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Wednesday to welcome home opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi after a nearly two-year stay overseas for medical treatment.

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ISS: Mozambique - devolution or revolution?

by ISS Africa, 28 Jul, 11:00 AM

The internationally mediated new peace talks between the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) – its official parliamentary opposition as well as its enemy on the battlefield – began with great fanfare...

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Spanish police arrest two Moroccans accused of funding Islamic State

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:41 AM

Spanish police have arrested two Moroccan brothers in the northern city of Girona and charged them with helping to fund Islamic State's operations in Syria and Iraq, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

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Morocco arrests 52 suspected militants, foils several attacks

by Reuters, 27 Jul, 12:58 PM

Morocco said on Wednesday that it had arrested 52 suspected militants inspired by Islamic State and that it had foiled several attacks in the North African kingdom by seizing weapons and bomb-making materials.

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Former lawmaker was one of Somali AU base suicide bombers

by Reuters, 27 Jul, 11:08 AM

A former Islamist lawmaker turned al Shabaab militant was one of the drivers in Tuesday's double car bomb attack on the African Union's main peacekeeping base in Somalia, al Shabaab said.

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Mali arrests leader of Islamic group linked to troop attack

by Reuters, 27 Jul, 11:16 AM

Malian forces arrested a regional leader of Islamist group Ansar Dine in central Mali on Tuesday, after it claimed an attack in the region that killed 17 soldiers, the army spokesman said.

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New civil alliance to prevent violent protest and promote peaceful elections

by defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 10:07 AM

As South Africa prepares for local government elections on August 3, the just formed Coalition Against Violence (CAV) urges government to take decisive action to prevent violent protests.

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Kenyan police kill two suspected al Shabaab members

by Reuters, 22 Jul, 10:29 AM

Police in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on Thursday shot and killed two men they said were wanted fighters belonging to the Somali al Shabaab group, a senior officer said.

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At least 120 cases of sexual violence in South Sudan capital

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:44 AM

The United Nations said on Wednesday there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan's capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country's rival leaders.

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Morocco to retry 24 jailed over Western Sahara clashes in 2010

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:17 AM

The cassation court on Wednesday ordered a retrial in a civilian court for the defendants who were jailed for between 20 years and life by a military court in 2013, Mohamed Sebbar, head of the National Human Rights Council, said. Morocco outlawed military trials...

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Italy jails three Nigerian mafia 'subjects' of Cosa Nostra clan

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 10:55 AM

An Italian court has jailed three members of a Nigerian crime gang in Palermo, Sicily, sentencing them to at least a decade in prison each for crimes including attempted murder.

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Kruger National Park ranger arrested for poaching

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 08:44 AM

One of the Kruger National Park’s regional rangers, together with a veterinarian technician in the Government’s Department of Agricultural and Forestry, Animal Health Directorate in Skukuza were arrested yesterday in the Kruger National Park for rhino poaching...

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Kenyan court jails ivory smuggler for 20 years

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 11:20 AM

A Kenyan court on Friday sentenced a man to 20 years in jail and fined him 20 million shillings ($200,000) for ivory smuggling.

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New single day record set by South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda

by defenceWeb/UN, 25 Jul, 10:05 AM

Just how bad the situation has become in South Sudan is illustrated by UN statistics of people leaving to get away from renewed fighting in the world’s newest state.

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 U.S., Burundi share communications hardware best practices

by Africom, 27 Jul, 11:40 AM

Members of the US militalry's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa communications team recently worked with Burundian National Defense Force’s communications unit to share best practices for installing, operating, and maintaining their newly refurbished African...

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Libyan government summon ambassador over French presence

by Reuters, 27 Jul, 11:04 AM

Libya's UN-backed government said on Tuesday it had summoned France's ambassador to protest the presence of French Special Forces in eastern Libya.

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Terrorism remains a global threat – UN official

by defenceWeb/UN, 27 Jul, 10:06 AM

An estimated more than thirty thousand terrorist fighters from about 100 countries around the world make terrorism a global threat requiring a comprehensive and unified response, a top United Nations counter-terrorism official said.

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SA Army to get T5s?

by defenceWeb, 27 Jul, 10:02 AM

The South African Army may receive six T5-52 wheeled self-propelled howitzers from Denel Land Systems (DLS).

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Singapore to commission Paramount Marauders in 2017

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 09:57 AM

Singapore’s military will next year commission the Paramount Marauder armoured vehicles into service.

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Denel Vehicle Systems ships first RG-31s to UAE

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 10:08 AM

Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) has shipped the first batch of RG-31 mine-resistant vehicles to the UAE Armed Forces. The UAE ordered 24 of these vehicles in June last year.

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Airbus Group takes $1.5 billion hit for A400M, A350 problems

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:04 AM

Airbus Group took a 1.4 billion euro ($1.5 billion) hit for problems with Europe's troubled A400M transport aircraft and its A350 jetliner on Wednesday, clouding better than expected quarterly profits.

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Islamists attack French church, slit priest's throat

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 10:49 AM

Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a French church service, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat on Tuesday, a murder made even more shocking as one of the assailants was a known would-be jihadist under supposedly tight surveillance.

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Spy agencies struggle to spot threats from lone, mentally ill attackers

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 10:09 AM

Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community’s efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters.

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Embraer signs agreement to train Moroccan aeronautical engineers

by defenceWeb, 27 Jul, 11:55 AM

Embraer and the Mohammed VI International Aviation Academy (AIAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the training of Moroccan aeronautical engineers.

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Tanzania orders two Q400 turboprops from Bombardier

by defenceWeb, 27 Jul, 11:33 AM

The Government of Tanzania has signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners from Canada’s Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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Solar plane circles globe in first for clean energy

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 10:13 AM

A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage that demonstrated the potential of renewable energy.

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Anger, mourning in Afghanistan after Kabul suicide attack

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 10:14 AM

Members of Afghanistan's Hazara minority began the task of burying more than 80 people killed in Saturday's suicide attack in Kabul with many blaming political leaders for security failures that led to the massacre.

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Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover

by Reuters, 21 Jul, 11:06 AM

When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government.

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Waste fears as Afghan soldiers cash in on spent ammo

by Reuters, 21 Jul, 11:01 AM

Zahir Jan, a scrap metal dealer in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, pays about 175 Afghani ($2.55) per kilo of spent cartridge casings and has no trouble finding supplies from poorly paid soldiers and policemen looking for extra cash.

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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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The Class of 2016 starts work at the SA Military Academy

by defenceWeb, 25 Feb, 09:47 AM

The class of 2016 at the SA Military Academy, officially designated MA18, were told as part of their welcoming at the Saldanha Bay institute they were there to build comprehensive human security and peace in South Africa.

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Professionalism in peacekeeping

by Col Emmanuel Kotia/ADF , 16 Feb, 12:54 PM

Military professionalism has three main characteristics: responsibility, corporate unity and expertise, according to Samuel Huntington in his book, The Soldier and the State. These should be at the core of all military functions. Their importance in peacekeeping...

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Tech for jihad on the rise

by Admire Moyo/ITWeb, 27 Jul, 11:20 AM

Jihadist groups like ISIS have stepped up their use of more secure technologies to accomplish their goals – ranging from propaganda dissemination and recruitment to launching attacks.

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Solar plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 10:29 AM

An aircraft powered by solar energy left Egypt on Sunday on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the globe.

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Facebook's solar-powered internet drone takes flight

by Reuters, 22 Jul, 12:16 PM

Facebook said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet.

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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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US special operations command looking for African helicopter services

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 10:10 AM

The United States Special Operations Command Africa is looking for rotary wing air support for North and West Africa.

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United States contracts Djiboutian company for Camp Lemonnier expansion

by defenceWeb, 12 Jul, 09:34 AM

The United States military has for the first time awarded a contract to a Djiboutian company to expand its facilities at Camp Lemonnier.

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Berry Aviation awarded another US military airlift contract for Africa

by defenceWeb, 30 Jun, 10:32 AM

Berry Aviation, based in San Marcos, Texas, has been awarded another contract, worth $13 million, to supply air transport services to the US military in Africa.

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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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