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Concern over cuts in Reserve Force man days South Africa’s top Reserve Force soldier has warned “significant cuts” in man days for the country’s part-time soldiers could impact negatively on the national border protection tasking Operation Corona.

Defence budget up by three percent to R48.6 billion

by defenceWeb, 23 Feb, 09:56 AM

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s national budget for the 2017/18 financial year sees defence and public safety getting R198.7 billion to ensure South Africa’s territorial sovereignty is maintained as well as keeping South Africans safe – a Constitutionally set imperative for both the national defence force and the police service.
Southern African Shipyards using Vard design to meet SA Navy hydrographic requirement

by defenceWeb, 23 Feb, 09:56 AM

Southern African Shipyards has been selected as the preferred bidder to supply a new hydrographic survey vessel to the South African Navy, and is offering the Vard Marine 9 105 design.
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Choppy waters ahead for Defence Sector Charter

While those backing the formation of a BBBEE charter for the South Africa defence industry maintain its smooth sailing ahead, the oldest military veterans’ organisation in the country is adamant it cannot go ahead as it currently stands.

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Growth in international arms trade driven by Middle East and Asia

by SIPRI, 20 Feb, 01:58 PM

The volume of major international arms transfers has grown continuously since 2004 and increased by 8.4 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16, according to new data on arms transfers published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)....

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Public Enterprises Minister to attend IDEX defence show

by Reuters/SANews, 20 Feb, 10:44 AM

South Africa’s Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, together with a South African delegation, will on Monday attend the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.

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Indian Ocean piracy under control but Yemeni conflict a danger to shipping

by defenceWeb, 14 Feb, 10:00 AM

There were no instances of piracy in the Indian Ocean in 2016, but the civil war in Yemen poses a danger to shipping in the area, with several attacks against ships last year.

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Belgian Alsation dog is essential crew member of French warship

by defenceWeb, 13 Feb, 10:57 AM

A highly trained four-year-old Malinois dog is a specialist crew member of the French light frigate FS Commandant Ducuing currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of EUNavFor Sophia.

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Eight sailors kidnapped by Nigerian pirates

by defenceWeb, 13 Feb, 10:51 AM

Eight sailors, seven from Russia and one from Ukraine, have been kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria.

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Tunisia receives first Kiowa Warriors

by defenceWeb, 6 Feb, 10:06 AM

The Tunisian government has taken delivery of the first six of 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters from the United States in a ceremony at a military base in Gabes, Tunisia.

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Russia ready to deliver first Egyptian Ka-52s

by defenceWeb, 2 Feb, 10:02 AM

Russian Helicopters will soon deliver the first Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters to Egypt.

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Further Algerian Mi-26 deliveries underway

by defenceWeb, 2 Feb, 09:56 AM

Deliveries of a second batch of Mi-26T2 heavy lift helicopters to the Algerian Air Force is underway, with the aircraft seen transiting Italy.

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Stemme and S-Plane partner to develop optionally piloted aircraft

by defenceWeb, 20 Feb, 10:14 AM

Germany’s Stemme AG and South Africa’s S-Plane Automation have agreed to integrate S-Plane subsystems into the Ecarys ES15 aircraft to create an Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV).

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Paramount putting Mwari into production

by defenceWeb, 20 Feb, 10:04 AM

Paramount Group has announced that its Mwari reconnaissance and strike aircraft will enter production in the first quarter of this year.

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Namibian anti-poaching unit receives Super Cub

by Oscar Nkala, 17 Feb, 10:10 AM

The Namibian Intelligence Support Against Poaching (ISAP) anti-poaching group has taken delivery of a Piper P-18 Super Cub light utility aircraft that will be used to enhance aerial surveillance operations against rhino poaching in the country’s game reserves....

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Concern over cuts in Reserve Force man days

South Africa’s top Reserve Force soldier has warned “significant cuts” in man days for the country’s part-time soldiers could impact negatively on the national border protection tasking Operation Corona.

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Defence budget up by three percent to R48.6 billion

by defenceWeb, 23 Feb, 09:56 AM

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s national budget for the 2017/18 financial year sees defence and public safety getting R198.7 billion to ensure South Africa’s territorial sovereignty is maintained as well as keeping South Africans safe – a Constitutionally...

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Gallery: Armed Forces Day 2017

by Guy Martin, 22 Feb, 01:14 PM

The fifth iteration of Armed Forces Day was held on 21 February in Durban and saw a parade of 300 military vehicles as well as a capability demonstration as part of the commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi a century ago. Click here to view the gallery....

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Southern African Shipyards using Vard design to meet SA Navy hydrographic requirement

by defenceWeb, 23 Feb, 09:56 AM

Southern African Shipyards has been selected as the preferred bidder to supply a new hydrographic survey vessel to the South African Navy, and is offering the Vard Marine 9 105 design.

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Nigerian patrol boats under construction in France

by defenceWeb, 15 Feb, 09:59 AM

French shipbuilder Ocea is busy with the construction of four patrol vessels for the Nigerian Navy, which will receive them in 2018.

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Fifth tug launched for Transnet

by defenceWeb, 15 Feb, 09:31 AM

Southern African Shipyards (SAS) has launched a fifth tug for the Transnet National Ports Authority, the Ukhozi, in Durban on 13 February.

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New Somali president calls on al Shabaab to surrender

by Reuters, 23 Feb, 11:16 AM

Somalia's new president was inaugurated on Wednesday, promising his people the era of al Shabaab and other Islamist militant groups was over.

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Mapisa-Nqakula lists “a big scarf” and a miniature building among gifts she received

by defenceWeb, 23 Feb, 10:17 AM

Included among the 14 items listed by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in the latest register of MPs interests are “a big purple scarf” along with a “wrist watch and defence headquarters miniature”.

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ISS: Military policing of Parliament: what does SA law say?

by ISS Africa, 22 Feb, 11:55 AM

Shortly before his annual State of the Nation address earlier this month, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced that he had authorised the ‘employment’ of 441 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) ‘for service in cooperation...

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Germany wants aerostats for Mali surveillance

by Reuters, 23 Feb, 11:18 AM

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Convoy carrying head of UN-backed Libya government shot at

by Reuters, 21 Feb, 10:30 AM

A convoy carrying the prime minister of Libya's UN-backed government and two leaders of an allied parliament and presidential guard came under fire in Tripoli on Monday, but none of the three were harmed, officials said.

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Bomb kills at least five soldiers in northern Sinai

by Reuters, 20 Feb, 11:06 AM

At least five soldiers were killed and two injured by a roadside bomb in Egypt's restive Northern Sinai where government faces an Islamic State-led insurgency, medics and security sources said.

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Zimbabwe doctors’ strike sees army deployed at hospitals

by Reuters, 23 Feb, 11:28 AM

Zimbabwe has deployed army medics to work at major public hospitals following a week-long strike by junior doctors demanding an increase in call allowances and a duty free car facility, a senior government official said.

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ISS: There’s more to Cameroon’s protest than meets the eye

by ISS Africa, 23 Feb, 10:51 AM

For three activists from western Cameroon who joined a call for the recognition of their linguistic preferences, last week didn’t bring any good news. The lawyer, teacher and journalist have been locked up since mid-January, and their case before a military tribunal...

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Shops looted in Pretoria unrest

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:06 AM

At least 20 shops possibly belonging to immigrants were looted in South Africa's capital overnight, police said, but could not confirm if the attacks deliberately targeted foreigners.

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German archaeologists kidnapped in Nigeria

by Reuters, 23 Feb, 11:22 AM

Two German archaeologists were kidnapped in central Nigeria on Wednesday, a police official said, near the road between Abuja and its temporary airport.

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Kidnap fears after South Sudan activists disappear in Kenya

by Reuters, 23 Feb, 11:12 AM

A Kenyan court said the state did not have custody of two South Sudanese activists missing from Nairobi, stoking suspicions among opposition supporters they may be detained by Juba's security agents.

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Curfew in central Nigeria after 14 killed in ethnic fighting

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:00 AM

The Nigerian government imposed a 24-hour curfew on parts of central Nigeria, a spokesman said, after clashes killed at least 14 in the region.

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Cops pounce on suspected poachers in Mpumalanga

by defenceWeb, 23 Feb, 10:15 AM

The SA Police Service continues to close the net on suspected rhino poachers in ongoing efforts to prevent and combat wildlife-related crime in South Africa.

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Dead migrants wash up on Libyan beach

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:13 AM

The bodies of at least 74 migrants washed up on the shore in western Libya after the engine of their inflatable boat was stolen, coastguard and aid officials said.

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Contraband, dagga and illegals all grabbed in Op Corona net

by defenceWeb, 22 Feb, 10:03 AM

It’s been business as usual in the first seven weeks of the year for soldiers deployed on border protection, with contraband valued at over R2 million confiscated and more than 2 500 undocumented persons apprehended.

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South Africa still intends to quit the ICC – Justice Minister

by Reuters, 23 Feb, 11:26 AM

South Africa's government still plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Justice Minister Michael Masutha said, after a court ruled it was unconstitutional to do so.

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Egypt building closer ties with Hamas

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:08 AM

After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border against Islamic State fighters who have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in northern Sinai....

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Gaddafi son’s trial unfair, should go to ICC: UN

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:03 AM

The trial of a son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fell short of international standards and the appeals court should review the death sentence passed in absentia or order a re-trial, the United Nations said.

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New military vehicles displayed during Angolan military exercise

by defenceWeb, 17 Feb, 11:07 AM

The Angolan military has acquired new armoured vehicles from China, which were displayed during a recent exercise.

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PMP exporting non-military ammunition to Russia

by Guy Martin, 15 Feb, 10:02 AM

Denel Group division Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) has partnered with the Ohotnik group in Russia to deliver commercial ammunition to the Russian market.

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Algeria has cleared its landmines

by ReliefWeb, 13 Feb, 10:29 AM

Algeria, one of the most mine-affected countries in the world, has announced it has cleared all its landmines.

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SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad in Florida

by Reuters, 20 Feb, 12:56 PM

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Anger at Sufi shrine in Pakistan after bomber kills 77

by Reuters, 17 Feb, 10:53 AM

Wailing Sufi devotees thronged a blood-stained shrine in southern Pakistan on Friday, shouting at police after a suicide bomber killed at least 77 people in an attack claimed by a regional branch of Islamic State.

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Indian defence minister unveils new multi-role helicopter

by defenceWeb, 16 Feb, 11:40 AM

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 15 February unveiled a full-scale mock-up of the new Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) during the 11th edition of Aero India.

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 SAA to study Comair judgement

by SAnews, 16 Feb, 09:46 AM

South African Airways (SAA) says they will study the judgement made by the South Gauteng High Court with regards to Comair.

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Global aerospace boom is over, but likely no bust ahead

by Reuters, 16 Feb, 08:07 AM

Demand for jetliners made by Boeing and Airbus is in decline but no big bust for the industry lies ahead, a leading analyst said on Wednesday, noting that military aircraft sales should rise.

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Nigerian airport workers threaten walkout while capital's runway repaired

by Reuters, 13 Feb, 11:01 AM

Nigerian airport employees may walk out over pay issues at the capital's temporary airport while the main airport's runway is being repaired, their trade union said on Saturday.

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Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 12:11 PM

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western part of the city of Mosul, and put an end to their ambitions for territorial rule in Iraq.

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Islamic State readies for close combat in alleyways of west Mosul

by Reuters, 20 Feb, 01:04 PM

Islamic State militants are developing a network of passageways and tunnels in the narrow alleys of west Mosul that will enable them to hide and fight among the civilian population when Iraqi forces launch an attack that is expected any day now.

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New Syrian jihadist alliance vows to step up attacks against army

by Reuters, 10 Feb, 11:35 AM

The head of a new alliance of Syrian Islamist factions, including a former affiliate of al Qaeda, has promised to escalate attacks against the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed allies with the goal of toppling President Bashar al-Assad.

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Castle of Good Hope will be home to military veterans’ skills transfer and training site

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:01 AM

2016 marks the 350th anniversary of what is widely accepted as the oldest building in South Africa – the Castle of Good Hope – and a year of commemorative events ends on December 9 when a centre for memory and learning is opened.

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Better soldier selection thanks to behavioural science

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 09:58 AM

People are at the centre of military efforts says Adelai van Heerden, head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) behavioural sciences research, pointing out they are the ones operating weaponry and technology and making the life or...

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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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Airbus and Namibia to set up virtual space data centre

by defenceWeb, 23 Feb, 11:20 AM

Airbus and the Namibia University of Science & Technology (NUST) have agreed to collaborate in establishing a Virtual Space Data Centre in Windhoek to assist the country in monitoring and growing key elements of its economy.

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India launches record 104 satellites at one go

by Reuters, 16 Feb, 11:44 AM

India successfully launched 104 satellites in a single mission on Wednesday, setting what its space agency says is a world record of launching the most satellites at one go.

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BAE Systems pursuing advanced laser technology

by BAE Systems, 20 Jan, 09:01 AM

In the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens, which is capable of enhancing commanders’ ability to observe adversaries’...

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Castle commemorative programme

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 12:17 PM

Speech by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, presented on behalf of President JG Zuma, on the occasion of the conclusion of the year-long commemorative programme of the 350 years of the existence of the Castle of Good Hope, 09 December 2016, Castle of Good...

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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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UAE to establish military base in Somalia

by defenceWeb, 14 Feb, 01:51 PM

Somaliland’s parliament has approved the establishment of a naval base by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the port town of Berbera.

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RAF airlift assistance for French counter-insurgency ops in Africa

by RAF, 14 Feb, 09:17 AM

A crew from the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Number 99 Squadron have been assisting French troops in sub-Saharan Africa by delivering supplies to the Operation Barkhane counter-insurgency efforts in Niger by C-17 Globemaster III.

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Three new air transport services providers for US Africa Command

by Oscar Nkala, 9 Feb, 10:30 AM

The US Army Transportation Command has contracted three military aviation companies to provide helicopter transportation services in support of US Africa Command (Africom) operations in all the 55 countries in its Area of Responsibility (AOR).

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Is Armed Forces Day a spectacular waste of resources?

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Book Reviews

  • “Composite Warfare” - a composite insight into conflict and war in Africa Eeben Barlow is a name well-known to those who are practitioners of military arts and skills, especially in Africa. He has now taken all his considerable experience and distilled it into a 500 plus...
  • 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...
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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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