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National Defence Industry Council on the way The relationship between the South African defence industry, the Department of Defence (DoD) and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will be strengthened by the establishment of the National Defence Industry Council (NDIC).
Denel Aerostructures turnaround almost complete

by Guy Martin, 30 Jul, 10:02 AM

Denel Aerostructures is 95% of the way through its turnaround strategy and is on target to break even in the next three years, and is trying to attract further business and diversify its revenue streams, particularly in the commercial aviation sector.
French Army to launch trans-Sahel counter-terrorism operations in early August

by Oscar Nkala, 30 Jul, 09:58 AM

French defence minister Yves Le Drian says his country will in early August deploy more than 3 000 soldiers to start military operations under its broadened trans-Sahel counter-terrorism initiative which is set to operate from a string of bases in Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania.
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National Defence Industry Council on the way

The relationship between the South African defence industry, the Department of Defence (DoD) and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will be strengthened by the establishment of the National Defence Industry Council (NDIC).

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Denel Aerostructures turnaround almost complete

by Guy Martin, 30 Jul, 10:02 AM

Denel Aerostructures is 95% of the way through its turnaround strategy and is on target to break even in the next three years, and is trying to attract further business and diversify its revenue streams, particularly in the commercial aviation sector.

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition at 100% capacity

by Guy Martin, 29 Jul, 09:57 AM

The factories belonging to Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) are at 100% capacity, with an order book of R3 billion, and are being expanded to cater to demand.

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Worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in south-east Asian waters

by defenceWeb/IMB, 28 Jul, 10:20 AM

The Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has raised concerns over a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in its 2014 half yearly report.

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NATO warship visits Dar-es-Salaam

by defenceWeb, 24 Jul, 09:48 AM

NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield warship ITS Mimbelli has concluded a port visit to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, designed to deepen ongoing co-operation with the Tanzanian Navy in an effort to eradicate piracy off the coast of eastern Africa, protect...

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Seychelles Coast Guard Seamanship and criminal investigation training concludes

by EUCAP Nestor, 21 Jul, 12:59 PM

The EU’s maritime capacity building mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean, EUCAP Nestor, has completed the first Basic Seamanship Training course for the Seychelles Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU) and Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Training...

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AAD 2014 organisers confident of a full house

by Staff Writer, 17 Feb, 10:31 AM

With seven months to go before the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) defence and security exhibition opens its doors for business, 85% of indoor and half the outdoor exhibition space available at AFB Waterkloof has been snapped up.

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Seven national pavilions so far for AAD

by Staff Writer, 5 Feb, 10:36 AM

Switzerland is the latest addition to the list of countries that will be using national pavilions to showcase defence and security equipment at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.

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Six national pavilions confirmed for AAD 2014

The importance of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) to the international defence industry can, with just under nine months before gates open for the 2014 exhibition, be seen from the fact that six countries have already committed to national pavilions.

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Tunisia to buy UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 09:56 AM

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Tunisia, worth $700 million including equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

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Uganda orders W-3A, A109 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 15 Jul, 09:58 AM

Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has ordered one A109 GrandNew and one W-3A Sokol helicopter for the Uganda Police for law enforcement across the country.

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RPAS in, UAVs out – SACAA

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 10:24 AM

The SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided its quest to legalise unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South Africa will see them called remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).

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US bans flights into and over African war zones

by Oscar Nkala, 23 Jul, 09:54 AM

The US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has issued US airlines with new prohibition notices covering specified flights within the territories and airspace of Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egyptian Sinai, Libya, Mali, Somalia and Kenya.

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Two dead, one survivor in Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 crash

by Oscar Nkala, 22 Jul, 01:42 PM

The Nigerian government has confirmed the death of two airmen who perished when a Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter crashed yesterday in the insurgency-riddled northern state of Borno while on a routine training mission.

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Two more Seriti Commission staff  members resign

by defenceWeb, 29 Jul, 10:05 AM

Judge Willie Seriti’s Arms Procurement Commission will head into the final stages of it public hearings without two evidence leaders, leaving seven out of the original ten.

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Mapisa-Nqakula striving to retain leadership and technical skills

Changes planned for the human component of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) announced by defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in her budget vote last week will see the retention of leadership experience and technical skills.

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Minister looks to Defence Review as Defence Force saviour

by Dean Wingrin, 24 Jul, 10:03 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is so hard pressed to continue and maintain its current level of commitments that only the 2014 Defence Review will save it.

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IONS essay competition

by defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 10:03 AM

Students of military science, particularly in the maritime domain, have an opportunity to stand up and be counted in the IONS (Indian Ocean Naval Symposium) 2014 essay competition.

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RfP for new Navy hydrographic vessel issued

by defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 09:55 AM

Armscor has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) on behalf of the South African Navy for a new hydrographic survey ship and related equipment.

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DAFF vessel Ellen Khuzwayo back at sea

by defenceWeb, 11 Jul, 01:22 PM

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ research vessel Ellen Khuzwayo is back at sea after a seven-month layup.

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ISS: Think again - Eritrean authoritarianism and human trafficking in the Sinai

by ISS Africa, 29 Jul, 12:18 PM

On the world map, there is no such thing as an ‘ungoverned space,’ bar the two poles and our woefully under-regulated oceans. It is a neat, practical system, where all land is accounted for and all people know where they belong. That’s the theory, at least....

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EU pressure aids human rights in Gambia, but activists are wary

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 10:53 AM

Gambia has taken steps to improve its poor human-rights record after the European Union suspended 150 million euros in development aid this year, activists said on Tuesday, urging tougher action by the international community.

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South Sudan rebel team quits Uganda without meeting President Museveni

by Reuters, 23 Jul, 10:47 AM

South Sudanese rebels wanting to mend ties with Uganda and press for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan left Kampala without meeting the president, blaming miscommunication between the two sides, a rebel official said.

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French Army to launch trans-Sahel counter-terrorism operations in early August

by Oscar Nkala, 30 Jul, 09:58 AM

French defence minister Yves Le Drian says his country will in early August deploy more than 3 000 soldiers to start military operations under its broadened trans-Sahel counter-terrorism initiative which is set to operate from a string of bases in Burkina Faso,...

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Cameroon fires two army officers after Boko Haram raids

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 08:25 AM

President Paul Biya on Tuesday dismissed two senior army officers in Cameroon's far north following Boko Haram attacks in which at least seven people were killed and the wife of a senior official was kidnapped.

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Libya says its oilfields are safe from the fighting

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 08:09 AM

Libya is pumping crude oil at around 500,000 barrels per day and all its oilfields are secure despite continued violence, an official from the Libyan Oil Ministry said on Tuesday.

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Three killed in car bomb in Cairo

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 08:46 AM

Three people were killed in a car bomb blast on Wednesday in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt's state-run Nile Television said.

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Libyan militants overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 08:42 AM

Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people.

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At least 30 people killed in Libya's Benghazi in heavy fighting

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 08:22 AM

At least 30 people were killed overnight and Tuesday morning in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi during heavy clashes involving war planes and rockets between government special forces and Islamist fighters, medical sources said.

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U.S. says millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013

by Reuters, 29 Jul, 11:29 AM

More members of religious communities around the world were forced to flee their homes last year than at any time in recent memory, the United States said on Monday, in its annual report on religious freedom.

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Kidnapped Maltese oil worker released in Libya after 11 days

by Reuters, 29 Jul, 11:20 AM

A Maltese oil worker abducted by a Libyan militia 11 days ago was released unharmed on Monday and flown back to Malta.

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France urges nationals to leave Libya due to security situation

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:06 AM

France on Sunday called on all French nationals to leave Libya, which in the last two weeks has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

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Boko Haram clashes with Cameroon soldiers in cross-border attacks

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:17 AM

Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram has carried out two cross-border attacks into Cameroon since Friday, killing at least four soldiers and prompting the Cameroonian army to send reinforcements to the area, army sources said on Saturday.

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Rhino counter-poaching ops boosted by millions of rands

Tucked away in Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa’s budget vote address last week was a sentence that will boost the efforts of those involved in the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa.

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Mediterranean boat people numbers soar to near 100,000 this year

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 01:32 PM

Almost 100,000 boat people have made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe this year, a roughly 60 percent increase on the whole of last year, and about 800 have died in the attempt, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday.

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AU/UN co-operation must be streamlined

by defenceWeb/UN, 30 Jul, 10:24 AM

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is of the opinion the world body is “in a race against time for the re-hatting” of the AU Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR).

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U.S. diplomats' return to Libya could be more hazardous than exit

by Reuters, 29 Jul, 11:10 AM

If evacuating U.S. embassy staff from Libya was perilous - three F-16 fighters and Marines in Osprey aircraft flew overhead a road convoy from Tripoli to Tunisia - sending them back in could be politically hazardous for President Barack Obama.

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Sweden resumes aid to Uganda after suspending it over anti-gay law

by Reuters, 29 Jul, 10:42 AM

Sweden has resumed financial aid to Uganda after suspending some assistance in March over a law widely condemned by donor nations that increases punishment for homosexuals.

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Global smart weapons market was worth $3.6 billion in 2013

by defenceWeb, 29 Jul, 09:04 AM

The global smart weapons market was valued at $3.621 billion last year and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.06% to reach $5.3 billion by 2018, according to a new report.

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Denel Land Systems aims to quadruple turnover within five years

by Guy Martin, 25 Jul, 10:02 AM

After recording a turnover of R1 billion last year, Denel Land Systems (DLS) has a vision to grow this to R5 billion a year within the next five years, according to CEO Stephan Burger.

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Denel Land Systems delivers ambulances to SANDF

by Guy Martin, 24 Jul, 09:57 AM

Denel is in the process of delivering twenty truck-mounted ambulances to the South African Medical Health Service (SAMHS).

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Downing of aircraft over Ukraine could be a war crime

by defenceWeb, 30 Jul, 10:08 AM

The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine may amount to a war crime, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said releasing a new report that details a total breakdown of law and order and a reign of fear and terror inflicted by armed...

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Airlines to push for independent guidance on airspace safety after Ukraine crash

by Reuters, 29 Jul, 11:53 AM

Global airlines will push to get "neutral information" on whether to use or avoid airspace over conflict zones at Tuesday's meeting of the U.N. aviation agency and other airline bodies, a European-based airline industry source said.

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Over half of China military airfields threatened by high-rises

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 03:01 PM

More than half of China's military airfields have flight paths that are obstructed by tall buildings, causing accidents and airport closures, Chinese state media reported on Friday.

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Aviation organisations response to civil aviation and conflict zones

by defenceWeb, 30 Jul, 10:20 AM

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), jointly express strong condemnation of the use of weapons...

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Scheduled flights reduce Kruger travelling time

by Albert Pule - SANews, 29 Jul, 09:21 AM

Scheduled flights from Skukuza Airport are improving travelling time to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, one of the country’s most treasured gems in tourism.

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FlySafair is back; to fly in mid-October

by Guy Martin, 29 Jul, 08:11 AM

South Africa’s newest low cost airline, FlySafair, will take to the skies by mid-October, after having been granted its domestic scheduled passenger services license earlier this year. The airline was originally scheduled to begin flying last year but was blocked...

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Islamic State video wages psychological war on Iraqi soldiers

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 08:33 AM

Islamic State, the al Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed.

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Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border

by Reuters, 29 Jul, 11:37 AM

A grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid.

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A nation in peril - Iraq's struggle to hold together

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:47 AM

Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake.

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Freedom Park and Voortrekker Monument combine to remember soldiers

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 11:49 AM

Another step on the reconciliation road takes place on Sunday with a joint memorial service at Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

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Defence Review 2014 – The Defence Industry

by Helmoed Heitman, 2 Apr, 09:34 AM

An important element of the Defence Review is its consideration of the defence industry which is needed to define the capability actually required and how best to support that capability, to provide a policy as the basis for a defence industry strategy that can...

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Defence Review 2014 – The Focus

by Helmoed Heitman, 31 Mar, 10:02 AM

The Defence Review serves a triple purpose: it closes the gap between the 1998 Review and the strategic situation of today; it moves away from the business management inspired organisation and processes that have demonstrably failed; and it provides the basis for...

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Global military training and simulation market worth $6.8 billion

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 2 Jul, 12:54 PM

Frost & Sullivan recently published three market analyses on the Training and Simulation (T&S) market. According to the consulting firm, the overall T&S market will “offer slightly decreasing but stable revenue between 2013 and 2022,” going from $6.841 bn to...

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Combatting rhino poaching with an Activity Based Intelligence-driven approach

by defenceWeb, 2 Jun, 01:56 PM

The poaching of wildlife, and especially that of rhinos and lately elephants, has become a major concern for authorities in Southern Africa. One tool in the fight against poaching is to use patterns-of-life analysis to root out poachers who blend in to local communities....

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October date set for second SA training and simulation conference

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 10:21 AM

With no foreseeable relief in sight for an already stretched defence budget, the cost advantages of making more use of simulation tools for training are one way of making the defence Rand go further.

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Address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 98th commemoration of the Battle of Delville Wood

by defenceWeb, 7 Jul, 09:50 AM

“It is very moving to be here with you on this special occasion of the annual Memorial Service of the Battle of Delville Wood. “This ceremony is even more symbolic and significant as it marks the beginning of the Centenary of the First World War and it...

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Criminal cops to be dismissed

by Staff Writer, 11 Apr, 09:53 AM

More than a thousand police officers with criminal records are to be removed from SAPS after Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, ordered an audit of criminality in SAPS.

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South Africa affirms stance on nuclear security

by SANews, 27 Mar, 09:33 AM

South Africa reiterated its commitment to maintain the security of all nuclear and other radioactive material within the country, in keeping with its national and international obligations at this week’s Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), in The Hague.

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KBR gets $56 million contract for Camp Lemonnier support

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 12:29 PM

The Pentagon has awarded Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) a $56.56 million contract for base operation support services at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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Latest DRC troop rotation again highlights SAAF airlift problems

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 10:43 AM

The lack of airlift capacity in the SA Air Force (SAAF) is widely acknowledged. What apparently is not being as widely acknowledged is the need for proper planning on charters to ensure soldiers and the logistics needed for them to properly do their jobs is in...

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African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 concludes

by Africom, 3 Apr, 12:58 PM

African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 came to a close on March 28 after a full week of events involving airmen from the Angolan, U.S. and Zambian air forces.

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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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