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Parliamentary Defence Committee fact-finding visit to SANDF facilities and bases

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 10:05 AM

A senior SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Special Forces officer told members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans that cutting the defence budget was akin to taking the country’s security for granted.
Bell to supply Huey II helicopters to Uganda, Kenya and unidentified African customer

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 09:55 AM

Bell Helicopter has been awarded $86 million in contracts to supply ten Huey II helicopters to Kenya and Uganda, and will deliver another five rotorcraft to an unnamed African military this year.
Cameroon and Somalia getting Oshkosh vehicles

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 09:52 AM

Cameroon, Iraq and Somalia will be the recipients of 1 543 vehicles supplied by Oshkosh Defence under a $378 million contract.
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Denel teams up to supply Saudi Arabia with Ingwe missile

by Dean Wingrin, 26 Sep, 10:05 AM

Missile manufacturer Denel Dynamics has taken a step closer to selling the Ingwe missile to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by teaming up with the ITEAC Group.

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Libya exports first oil from Ras Lanuf since 2014

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 10:52 AM

An oil tanker left the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf for Italy early on Wednesday with the first crude export cargo from the terminal since at least late 2014, the port manager said.

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Honeywell Aerospace appoints executive to head up African growth drive

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 01:27 PM

Honeywell has appointed Rudolph Louw as its first Aerospace business group leader in Africa as it addresses growth in the African market.

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Pirates attack and loot container ship off Guinea coast

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 01:41 PM

Pirates stormed a container ship off the coast of Guinea on Wednesday, making off with money and some of its cargo but leaving the crew unharmed, the government said.

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Mozambique Navy to use seized fishing vessel for patrols

by defenceWeb, 21 Sep, 11:22 AM

The Mozambican Defence Ministry has accepted the seized fishing vessel Antillas Reefer into service and will use it as a fishing monitoring and inspection vessel.

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CSIR aims to expand its SeaFar Maritime Domain Awareness system

by Chris Szabo/defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 10:12 AM

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Bell to supply Huey II helicopters to Uganda, Kenya and unidentified African customer

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 09:55 AM

Bell Helicopter has been awarded $86 million in contracts to supply ten Huey II helicopters to Kenya and Uganda, and will deliver another five rotorcraft to an unnamed African military this year.

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Angola, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan receiving Russian attack, transport helicopters

by defenceWeb, 26 Sep, 10:03 AM

Over the next year, Russian Helicopters will deliver Mi-8/17 transport and Mi-24/35 attack helicopters to Nigeria, Mali, Angola and Sudan.

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Six killed in east Libya military helicopter crash

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 11:17 AM

Six people were killed when a military helicopter operated by armed forces loyal to Libya's eastern government crashed late on Monday, a military source said.

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Progress on Caravan order for Cameroon and Chad

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 10:08 AM

The United States Department of Defence has awarded Cessna a $24 million contract to supply six Caravan aircraft for Cameroon, Chad and the Philippines. They will be configured for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

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Task Force Hurricane teaches Kenyan Defense Forces how to fly

by CJTF-HOA, 22 Sep, 10:00 AM

Members of US military Task Force Hurricane, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, are conducting unmanned aerial vehicle training with members of the Kenyan Defense Force between 8 and 24 September at a training centre in Kenya.

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New US Air Force B-21 bomber named “Raider”

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:04 AM

Northrop Grumman Corp's B-21 long-range bomber will be called "Raider," US Air Force Secretary Deborah James said.

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Parliamentary Defence Committee fact-finding visit to SANDF facilities and bases

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 10:05 AM

A senior SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Special Forces officer told members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans that cutting the defence budget was akin to taking the country’s security for granted.

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Revamped SAA Airbus A340-600 to become new presidential aircraft?

by defenceWeb, 20 Sep, 09:43 AM

President Jacob Zuma’s flight to New York aboard an SAA jet last Friday is proof positive South Africa does not need to buy another VVIP aircraft, opposition Freedom Front Plus party defence spokesman Pieter Groenewald maintains.

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Second SANDF vehicle crash in Free State within a month

by defenceWeb, 15 Sep, 07:12 AM

A crash near Bethlehem in Free State - the second in the province in less than a month involving military vehicles - earlier this week left 46 soldiers with injuries ranging from minor to critical.

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Southern African Shipyards launches fourth new tug for Transnet

by defenceWeb, 26 Sep, 09:41 AM

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has received a fourth tug, from Southern African Shipyards (SAS), as it moves ahead with its R1.4 billion tug contract.

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New Nigerian offshore patrol vessel on its way from China

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 10:01 AM

NNS Unity, the Nigerian Navy’s second and final P18N offshore patrol vessel (OPV), has departed China and is scheduled to arrive in Nigeria at the beginning of November.

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Egypt receives second Mistral class vessel; first Gowind floated

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:41 AM

The Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of its second and final Mistral class landing helicopter dock, Anwar el-Sadat, while DCNS has floated the first of four Gowind corvettes for Egypt.

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ISS Africa: Political interference weakening the rule of law in SA

by ISS Africa, 27 Sep, 10:34 AM

One of the founding values of democratic South Africa is ‘the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law’. The World Justice Project defines ‘rule of law’ as ‘the process by which the laws [in a democracy] are enacted, administered, and enforced...

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South Sudan's opposition figure 'not dead politically' - U.N.

by Reuters, 26 Sep, 10:47 AM

South Sudan's exiled opposition figure Riek Machar "is not dead politically," United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Friday as the country's vice president accused Machar of attempting to overthrow President Salva Kiir in July.

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Zimbabwe says shocked by Botswana leader's criticism of Mugabe

by Reuters, 26 Sep, 10:41 AM

Zimbabwe's government hit back at the leader of its neighbour Botswana on Friday, accusing him of breaking a taboo by calling for the departure of its 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

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New State Security director general named

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 10:17 AM

Exactly a month after the former director general of the State Security Agency (SSA) left “by mutual agreement”, Arthur Fraser has been named as successor to Sonto Kudjoe.

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Kenya charges radical Muslim cleric's widow over police attack

by Reuters, 26 Sep, 10:42 AM

The widow of a radical Muslim preacher was charged on Friday of helping three other women attack a Kenyan police station.

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Mali leader warns UN: Qaeda, Islamic State gaining ground in country

by Reuters, 26 Sep, 10:38 AM

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita warned the United Nations on Friday that the failure to fully implement a nationwide peace accord was helping al-Qaeda and Islamic State-affiliated groups spread their influence in the country.

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Forty-nine dead in continued militia violence in DR Congo

by Reuters, 27 Sep, 10:22 AM

The death toll from militia clashes with security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week was at least 49, more than three times the number earlier reported, the governor of the province hit by the violence was quoted on Monday as saying.

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Clashes in central DR Congo kill at least 13

by Reuters, 26 Sep, 10:49 AM

At least 13 people have died in two days of clashes in a city in central Democratic Republic of Congo that pitted security forces against militia fighters seeking to avenge the death of their leader, witnesses and local media said on Friday.

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Gabon braces for violence on eve of election ruling

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 10:42 AM

The scars from earlier violence in Gabon's palm-lined capital warn of what may lie ahead: the parliament building gutted by fire; the opposition headquarters riddled with bullet holes; shops looted and their windows smashed.

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Islamist rebel gets 9 years imprisonment for Timbuktu destruction

by Reuters, 27 Sep, 11:55 AM

War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a former Islamist rebel who admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict to nine years in prison, in the first such case to focus on destruction of cultural heritage.

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Aid workers pulled out of volatile South Sudan region

by Reuters, 27 Sep, 10:26 AM

Nearly 40 aid workers have been evacuated from a northern area of South Sudan due to deteriorating security, the UN food agency said.

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Boko Haram violence leaves families 'teetering on edge of famine' - aid groups

by Reuters, 26 Sep, 10:46 AM

More than 6 million people in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon face severe hunger, including 1 million on the edge of famine, as a result of Boko Haram violence, aid agencies said on Friday as they appealed for more money to tackle the regional crisis.

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 Rhino horn smuggler arrested

by SAnews, 27 Sep, 11:20 AM

A 48-year-old Chinese national was arrested at the O.R Tambo International Airport for allegedly smuggling rhino horns which are estimated to value R12.2 million.

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ISS: Ivory poaching - not just a conservation issue

by ISS Africa, 26 Sep, 10:32 AM

On Saturday, 24 September, Johannesburg welcomed delegates from around the world to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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African elephant population tumbles due to poaching

by Reuters, 26 Sep, 10:07 AM

Africa's elephant population fell around 20% between 2006 and 2015 because of a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a report on Sunday.

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South Sudan urges Sudan, neighbours not to let opponent launch rebellion

by Reuters, 27 Sep, 11:57 AM

South Sudan's government urged Sudan and regional states on Tuesday not to let opposition leader Riek Machar launch a new rebellion, after he threatened a return to the battlefield unless demands needed to revive a peace deal were met.

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ICC to rule on Timbuktu shrine damage by Islamist rebel

by Reuters, 27 Sep, 10:20 AM

International war crimes judges are to rule on Tuesday in the case of a former Islamist rebel who pleaded guilty to wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict and apologised for the damage he caused in Timbuktu.

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U.N., AU, EU press DR Congo leaders to stop political violence

by Reuters, 26 Sep, 10:44 AM

The United Nations, the African Union and the European Union pressed Democratic Republic of Congo leaders on Saturday to urge their supporters to refrain from violence as the International Criminal Court prosecutor warned she was watching the situation.

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Cameroon and Somalia getting Oshkosh vehicles

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 09:52 AM

Cameroon, Iraq and Somalia will be the recipients of 1 543 vehicles supplied by Oshkosh Defence under a $378 million contract.

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Less Lethal Africa 40 mm grenade launcher rounds to enter production

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 26 Sep, 09:59 AM

Less Lethal Africa, the SA based riot control ammunition company has plans for its 40 mm rubber tipped round to enter production. The company is currently talking to Denel about production and marketing of the round.

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Sudan to receive T-72 tanks from Russia

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 01:51 PM

Russia will deliver 170 T-72 main battle tanks to Sudan, including 20 for spare parts.

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India signs deal for 36 French fighter jets to counter China, Pakistan squadrons

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 09:40 AM

India signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France on Friday for around $8.7 billion, the country's first major acquisition of combat planes in two decades and a boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to rebuild an ageing fleet.

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WTO says EU failed to comply with Airbus subsidy ruling

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 09:36 AM

The World Trade Organization said on Thursday the European Union had failed to rein in billions of dollars in subsidies to planemaker Airbus, ratcheting up tensions in the battle for airliner orders worth trillions of dollars a decade.

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Indian cabinet approves purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 01:32 PM

India's cabinet cleared the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation on Wednesday, paving the way for signing a deal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is betting on to modernise the air force, a government source told Reuters.

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Regional aircraft market stabilizing

by Forecast International, 27 Sep, 11:17 AM

The regional aircraft market is stabilizing following a period of several years of erratic swings in yearly production, according to a new study, which projects that 3 817 regional aircraft valued at $135.2 billion will be produced from 2016 through 2025.

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TNT traces on EgyptAir plane debris – Le Figaro

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:19 AM

Investigators from France's institute for criminal research found traces of the explosive material TNT last week in Cairo on debris from an EgyptAir plane that crashed in May, triggering a dispute between French and Egyptian authorities, French newspaper Le Figaro...

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CAASA launches aviation activity index

by defenceWeb, 16 Sep, 09:20 PM

The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) today launched its Aviation Activity Index (CAAI), a composite index of aviation activity in South Africa

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U.N. resumes Syria aid delivery after attack

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 11:04 AM

The United Nations appealed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups on Thursday to allow aid convoys to enter eastern Aleppo as U.N. relief operations in Syria resumed after a 48-hour suspension due to a deadly attack.

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Iraqi army says it recaptured key town south of Mosul

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 10:50 AM

Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the U.S.-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat on Thursday, bringing the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year.

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Iran parades new weapons at time of Gulf tension with U.S.

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 12:35 PM

Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by showing off its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf.

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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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Denel and Thales reveal new armoured vehicle sight

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:15 AM

Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) has joined forces with Thales Optronique France to produce the Above Armour Panoramic Gunnery Sight (AAGPS), which has been designed for use on infantry fighting vehicles, combat reconnaissance vehicles and armoured personnel carriers....

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CSIR introduces new-generation fingerprint sensing technology

by CSIR, 21 Sep, 11:43 AM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) today launched a new-generation fingerprinting sensing technology.

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Denel Dynamics unveils Cheetah C-RAM system

by Chris Szabo, 21 Sep, 10:00 AM

Denel Dynamics has unveiled a system it is developing to protect deployed forces against rocket, artillery and mortar attacks.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula ahead of AAD

by defenceWeb, 14 Sep, 08:02 PM

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of breakfast media briefing on the eve of the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition (AAD), Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, 13 September 2016.

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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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Russia to open aviation service centre in Africa

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 10:03 AM

Russian aviation holding company Technodinamika plans to open an aviation service centre in Africa in 2018.

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Saab continues with peacekeeping maintenance in Somalia

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:10 AM

Saab Kenya Limited has extended a contract to provide Third Party Maintenance (TPM) services to peacekeeping initiatives in Somalia over the next two years.

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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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  • 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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