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Abeking & Rasmussen signs agreements with Cape companies for Project Biro

by Dean Wingrin, 4 Aug, 10:04 AM

German ship builder Abeking & Rasmussen has partnered with a number of Cape-based companies, including DCD Marine, to bid for the supply of vessels to the SA Navy under Project Biro.
Department of Defence keeping quiet on Nkandla sickbay Its own enquiry into military aspects of the Presidential homestead in KwaZulu-Natal was completed a year ago but the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Defence (DoD) maintain any comment at present would be premature.
Iraqi EC635 Stand Alone Weapon System, Ingwe contract concluded

by Guy Martin, 4 Aug, 09:59 AM

The Iraqi Army Air Corps’ EC635 light helicopters are now armed with machineguns, cannons, rockets and Ingwe missiles provided by South Africa and Airbus Helicopters.
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Denel Technical Academy training Cameroonian students

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:03 AM

Brigadier General Jean-Calvin Momha, Cameroon Chief of Air Force Staff, was present at a Denel Technical Academy (DTA) presentation to see 58 of his countrymen awarded for the successful completion of theoretical training in the aerospace sector.

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Denel still pursuing national simulation training centre

by Guy Martin, 30 Jul, 10:02 AM

Denel, through its Denel Technical Academy (DTA), is still pursuing the establishment of a national simulation training centre and has invested money in the DTA to further increase training services.

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New Denel chairman was struck from the attorneys’ roll

by defenceWeb, 29 Jul, 09:58 AM

The man appointed last week by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown as chairman of Denel was struck off the attorneys’ roll in 2007 before being readmitted in 2011.

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ISS: In the game of maritime power politicking, is Africa the biggest loser?

by ISS Africa, 4 Aug, 02:25 PM

Diminutive Djibouti seems set to become dangerously overcrowded: not with immigrants, or a harmful animal species, but rather with foreign military bases.

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Egypt extends for six months military mandate in Gulf, Red Sea

by Reuters, 3 Aug, 10:58 AM

The Egyptian government extended by six months the deployment of "some elements of the armed forces" outside Egypt's borders to defend national and Arab security in the Gulf, Red Sea and the Strait of Mandeb, state news agency MENA said on Saturday.

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Zambia launches special forces marine unit

by defenceWeb, 29 Jul, 12:47 PM

Zambian president Edgar Lungu on 26 July launched a new marine special forces unit to improve maritime security particularly regarding border control and illegal fishing.

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Iraqi EC635 Stand Alone Weapon System, Ingwe contract concluded

by Guy Martin, 4 Aug, 09:59 AM

The Iraqi Army Air Corps’ EC635 light helicopters are now armed with machineguns, cannons, rockets and Ingwe missiles provided by South Africa and Airbus Helicopters.

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Further details of Oryx taxi incident in the DRC revealed

by Dean Wingrin, 3 Aug, 09:55 AM

Further details have been revealed about the incident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month when an Oryx helicopter suffered damage whilst preparing for take-off.

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Morocco to receive three Chinook helicopters next month

by Oscar Nkala, 28 Jul, 10:11 AM

The United States Security Assistance Command (USASAC) says it has dispatched three refurbished ex-US Army CH-47D Chinook transport helicopters to the Moroccan military, which will arrive in Morocco next month.

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Braddick continues to support SAAF’s turbine C-47TPs

by Guy Martin, 3 Aug, 09:57 AM

Braddick Specialised Air Services (BSAS), whose precursor Wonder Air converted the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) C-47s to turbine power in the 1980/90s, is still supporting these venerable aircraft with airframe and aircraft support systems.

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US delivering eight F-16s to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:00 AM

The United States will have delivered eight F-16 Block 52 fighter jets to Egypt by Saturday, the first such deliveries since military aid was halted in 2013.

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Denel expects Rooivalk production decision later this year

by Guy Martin, 24 Jul, 07:35 AM

Denel will in the next three to six months know whether the Department of Defence will support the restart of Rooivalk production.

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Department of Defence keeping quiet on Nkandla sickbay

Its own enquiry into military aspects of the Presidential homestead in KwaZulu-Natal was completed a year ago but the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Defence (DoD) maintain any comment at present would be premature.

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No soldiers in latest Operation Fiela actions

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:00 AM

Operation Fiela, launched in May initially as an anti-xenophobic initiative but later expanded into an overall anti-crime drive, is still running but now apparently only using police for enforcement.

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Conscription not part of new youth service programme

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been an active participant in the national youth leadership development programme in conjunction with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

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Abeking & Rasmussen signs agreements with Cape companies for Project Biro

by Dean Wingrin, 4 Aug, 10:04 AM

German ship builder Abeking & Rasmussen has partnered with a number of Cape-based companies, including DCD Marine, to bid for the supply of vessels to the SA Navy under Project Biro.

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Progress on Algerian corvettes, frigates

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 10:09 AM

The first of the Algerian Navy’s new Meko frigates is ready for sea trials while its C28A corvettes are being fitted with weapons and sensors prior to delivery from China.

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Egypt interested in more corvettes

by defenceWeb, 27 Jul, 10:03 AM

Egypt is considering purchasing two corvettes from France, after taking delivery of a FREMM frigate earlier this month and expecting four Gowind corvettes in the coming years.

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UN General Assembly adopts wide-ranging resolution on wildlife trafficking

by defenceWeb/UN, 4 Aug, 10:06 AM

The UN General Assembly has adopted a wide-ranging resolution on illicit wildlife trafficking urging states to end the “abhorrent” multi-billion dollar trade often associated with organised crime networks, armed groups and terrorist organisations.

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Gunmen in uniforms kill ally of Burundi's President Nkurunziza

by Reuters, 3 Aug, 11:33 AM

Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot dead a former Burundian security chief who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday, the presidency and witnesses said, heightening tensions after a disputed presidential poll.

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Somalia's planned 2016 elections will not be a popular vote

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 11:04 AM

Somalia has abandoned the idea of holding a popular vote for its planned 2016 elections, the presidency said on Wednesday.

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Tunisia extends state of emergency for two more months

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:43 PM

Tunisia has extended its state of emergency for two more months, the presidency said in a statement carried on the state news agency on Friday.

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Officers from 9 African nations attend cyber security event in Washington

by Africom, 30 Jul, 11:26 AM

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) hosted 10 military officers from nine African nations during a senior leader familiarization event July 19-24, 2015.

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Feature: ISIS moves into Africa

by ADF, 29 Jul, 11:48 AM

At the beginning of 2015, an estimated 31,000 fighters in the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had tightened their grip over a vast swath of land. Thousands of those fighters were African. And as ISIS tries to expand into new territory,...

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Burundian activist shot amid violence tied to contested presidential vote

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 11:30 AM

A prominent Burundi human rights activist who openly opposed President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid for a third term in office was shot and seriously injured on Monday, a family member and witnesses said.

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Ambush in north Mali kills 11 Malian soldiers

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 10:38 AM

Suspected Islamist militants killed 11 soldiers in an attack on a Malian army base near the desert city of Timbuktu on Monday, the government said.

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Five killed in clashes near oil port in eastern Libya

by Reuters, 3 Aug, 11:40 AM

Five people were killed and 12 wounded during clashes in eastern Libya between forces loyal to its internationally recognised government and Islamist groups, medics said on Sunday.

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Libya investigates video of guards beating jailed Gaddafi son

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 11:21 AM

Libya's state prosecutor is seeking to identify guards shown in a video apparently beating a son of Muammar Gaddafi held in a Tripoli prison, his office said on Monday.

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Ethiopia hands lengthy prison terms to Muslim activists

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 10:33 AM

An Ethiopian court sentenced 17 Muslim activists on Monday to prison sentences ranging from seven to 22 years on charges they plotted to create an Islamic state in the majority Christian country.

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Nigeria's army says rescued 178 captives of Boko Haram

by Reuters, 3 Aug, 11:03 AM

Nigeria's army said late on Sunday that it rescued 178 people held by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria's Borno state, the heartland of the insurgency.

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Moroccan dies trying to reach Spain in suitcase

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 11:06 AM

A Moroccan man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase stowed in the boot of a car, the Spanish government said on Monday.

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Italy coast guard rescues 1,800 sea migrants, five found dead

by Reuters, 3 Aug, 11:08 AM

Italy's coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels on Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others.

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Environmental monitors are another addition to the rhino anti-poaching arsenal

by defenceWeb, 3 Aug, 09:57 AM

Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa used the commemoration of World Rangers Day to update South Africans on another rhino protection initiative – environmental monitors.

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Ex Western Accord 2015 closes on a note of cooperation

by US Army Africa, 4 Aug, 11:44 AM

More than 180 military personnel from 16 different countries stood in a final formation to mark the end of Exercise Western Accord 2015 at Winkelman Kazerne in the Netherlands on July 31.

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Sudan says willing to suspend verdicts against rebels who join talks

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 10:54 AM

Sudan said on Monday it could freeze court verdicts against armed rebels if they agree to join national reconciliation talks, a renewed attempt by the government to end fighting that has long mired the country.

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U.N. peacekeeper killed in clashes in Central African Republic

by Reuters, 3 Aug, 11:20 AM

At least one soldier with the U.N. peackeeping mission in Central African Republic was killed on Sunday during clashes with armed assailants in a northern neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, a spokesman for the mission said.

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Feature: Armed and dangerous - Nigeria looks to stem the flow of weapons to Boko Haram

by ADF, 30 Jul, 11:38 AM

In a blurry, 36-minute video shot somewhere in northeastern Nigeria, a man wearing a black cap and reading from a stack of papers stands beside a weapons cache.

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US to seek up to 400 MRAPs for Africa Command

by defenceWeb, 30 Jul, 10:08 AM

The United States Army will in the next few days issue a solicitation for between 19 and 400 new armoured personnel carriers for the US military’s Africa Command.

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Greek customs seizes 16 Libya-bound armoured vehicles

by Oscar Nkala, 28 Jul, 10:23 AM

Customs service officials in the Greek port of Piraeus have sixteen armoured vehicles to Libya in violation of the United Nations arms embargo.

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U.S. Marines declare initial F-35 squadron ready for combat

by Reuters, 3 Aug, 11:28 AM

U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, marking a key milestone for the Pentagon's biggest weapons program, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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Brazil's Embraer delays cargo jet, loses revenue on defense cuts

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:37 PM

Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA said on Thursday it will delay development of a military cargo jet and forgo $300 million of revenue this year due to Brazil's weaker currency and defense spending cuts, triggering the biggest drop in its shares in nearly four years....

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Airbus H1 profit rises, takes new A400M charge

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:34 PM

Airbus Group surprised investors with a strong second-quarter rise in earnings, pushing its shares up as much as five percent as lucrative jetliner deliveries outshone more bad news for the A400M military transporter.

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Malaysia says almost certain debris found off Madagascar is from a Boeing 777

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 08:44 AM

Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.

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Boeing forecasts rising demand for commercial airline pilots, technicians

by Boeing, 23 Jul, 01:29 PM

Boeing has released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world's airlines add 38,000 airliners to the global fleet over the next 20 years.

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Drones will take over manned aviation jobs, says SA's first licence holder

by Lauren Kate Rawlins, ITWeb, 23 Jul, 01:15 PM

Drones could soon take over numerous traditionally manned aviation jobs - but the consequences could be hazardous if regulations are not followed.

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U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 11:10 AM

The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

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Pro-Hadi fighters, Houthis recapture Yemen's largest military base

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 11:04 AM

Fighters loyal to Yemen's exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, bolstered by Gulf Arab support, seized the country's largest military base from Houthi forces on Monday after heavy combat in which dozens were killed or captured, a pro-Hadi commander said.

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Syrian jet crashes into market in rebel-held area, 27 killed

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 11:01 AM

At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, residents and witnesses said.

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Feature: IEDS - An indiscriminate killer

by ADF, 28 Jul, 12:40 PM

On Sunday, December 28, 2014, a sugar cane seller in Potiskum, Nigeria, died when she stepped on a bomb in a school football field. She was 12 years old.

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Friday is military fair day at the Voortrekker Monument

by defenceWeb, 28 Apr, 10:05 AM

That there are a growing number of South Africans with more than a passing interest in matters military comes with the announcement that this year’s Voortrekker Monument Military Fair will have more exhibitors than any of its predecessors.

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US Deputy Defence Secretary details the future of war

by US DoD, 14 Apr, 01:58 PM

On stage last week at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work summoned up scenes from a future war where soldiers and machines join forces in a multidimensional “informationalized” zone, using advanced tools to fight adversaries...

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U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:40 PM

Lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons could soon be used more widely by the U.S. military, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday.

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US Navy develops new transparent, moldable, bulletproof material

by US Naval Research Laboratory, 29 Jul, 11:38 AM

The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” The U.S. Naval Research...

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Rail guns and lasers to revolutionise naval surface warfare

by Forecast International, 16 Jul, 09:07 AM

Two radical weapons will revolutionize naval warfare in the second decade of the 21st century, with lasers tasked with anti-aircraft, anti-missile, and anti-small-craft roles, while rail guns will give surface ships an entirely new dimension of ship-killing firepower....

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Speech: Nkoana-Mashabane on SADC politics, defence and security

by defenceWeb, 22 Jul, 08:39 AM

Closing Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Honourable Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at...

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NCACC first quarterly report for 2015

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 07:09 AM

The first quarterly report by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) for South African defence exports and imports for 2015 can be found here.

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Declaration of the minister’s indaba on military veterans

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 01:56 PM

Declaration of the defence and military veterans minister’s indaba on military veterans, Birchwood Hotel & O.R. Tambo Conference Centre, 15th and 16th Of July, 2015.

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US troops support DR Congo’s Logistics School

by Africom, 23 Jul, 01:09 PM

Recently, the Democratic Republic of Congo National Logistics School graduated its fourth class since 1983. U.S. Army Africa and several international organizations were involved in the curriculum and instruction at the school in Kinshasa, DRC.

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U.S. considering drones in North Africa to monitor Islamic State

by Reuters, 14 Jul, 01:52 PM

The United States is holding discussions with countries in North Africa about locating drones at a base there to heighten monitoring of Islamic State in Libya, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a senior administration official.

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US Marines test forward-staging abilities in Gabon

by US Marine Corps, 26 Jun, 08:18 AM

Four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Hercules tankers, more than 150,000 pounds of gear and almost 200 U.S. Marines and sailors temporarily relocated half of a continent away from their base in Moron, Spain, effectively enabling the force to reach an estimated 400 additional...

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  • 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%)...
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  • 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...
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  • 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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