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Sandu members back at work seven years after Union Buildings protest SA National Defence Union (Sandu) members who took part in the 2009 Union Buildings protest and were placed on apparent indefinite special leave are now all back in uniform and at work.
Nigerian Air Force inducts new Mi-35 attack helicopters

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:03 AM

The Nigerian Air Force has formally inducted into service the two new Mi-35M attack helicopters, out of 12 ordered from Russian Helicopters in September 2015.
World military spending: increases in the US and Europe, decreases in oil exporting countries

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:02 AM

Total world military expenditure rose to $1 686 billion in 2016, an increase of 0.4% in real terms from 2015, according to new figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) this week.

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New Milkor shareholder application pending at NCACC

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:01 AM

The answer to a parliamentary question reveals a new application was lodged by South African defence industry company Milkor to include two new shareholders.

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Defence Sector Charter awaits the attention of the Trade and Industry Minister

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 09:58 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has signed off on the Defence Sector Charter and it now awaits the attention of Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

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SA-Pakistan MoU on defence: What the two countries could offer each other

by Chris Szabo, 19 Apr, 10:16 AM

Last month’s visit by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to Pakistan to improve bilateral defence ties raised several questions as to the form this co-operation might take. Pakistan’s High Commission and SA authorities would not divulge details, so defenceWeb...

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Somali forces clash with pirates, free Indian ship crew

by Reuters, 13 Apr, 11:15 AM

Somali security forces clashed with pirates and freed nine seamen kidnapped on an Indian cargo ship earlier this month, officials said.

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Somali security forces capture 10 pirates

by Reuters, 12 Apr, 10:50 AM

Somali forces surrounded pirates holding hostages taken from an Indian ship and secured the surrender of 10 members of the gang. They then enlisted the parents of the other three to persuade them to give up, officials said.

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Somali pirates flee hijacked Indian dhow, taking crew

by Reuters, 11 Apr, 06:57 AM

Somali security forces rescued a hijacked Indian cargo dhow on Monday, but pirates took the 11-member crew with them when they fled to land, authorities said.

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Nigerian Air Force inducts new Mi-35 attack helicopters

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:03 AM

The Nigerian Air Force has formally inducted into service the two new Mi-35M attack helicopters, out of 12 ordered from Russian Helicopters in September 2015.

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Mali to soon receive Mi-35

by defenceWeb, 18 Apr, 10:00 AM

Mali will soon take delivery of an Mi-35M attack helicopter. The sale was announced last year and the aircraft was recently seen flying in Russia.

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Kenyan police take delivery of Mi-17V-5 helicopter, 43 Landcruisers

by Oscar Nkala, 31 Mar, 10:03 AM

The Kenyan Police Air Wing has taken delivery of a Mil Mi-17V-5 multi-role helicopter from Russian Helicopters as it forges ahead with a force modernisation exercise that includes the acquisition of new aircraft for the Police Air Wing.

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Uganda Wildlife Authority seeks new aircraft, drones to boost game surveillance operations

by Oscar Nkala, 24 Apr, 09:59 AM

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has unveiled a Shs11.5 billion ($3.1 million) budget for the acquisition of one helicopter, a fixed wing aircraft and up to five unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to capacitate emergency response teams and help in wildlife management...

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SAAF to have a big presence at Museum air show

by Guy Martin, 13 Apr, 10:00 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) will contribute half a dozen aircraft to the annual SAAF Museum air show at AFB Zwartkop next month and will be in action during the Rand Show this weekend.

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Silver Falcons to perform at Rand Show

by Guy Martin, 11 Apr, 10:00 AM

The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Silver Falcons aerobatic display team will be performing at the Rand Show on its opening weekend, as the team celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Sandu members back at work seven years after Union Buildings protest

SA National Defence Union (Sandu) members who took part in the 2009 Union Buildings protest and were placed on apparent indefinite special leave are now all back in uniform and at work.

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Military Ombud signs MOU with Public Service Commission

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 10:44 AM

The office of the Military Ombud has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Public Service Commission (PSC).

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Police arrest suspect in connection with 9 SAI weapons theft

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 09:43 AM

It took just short of a week for the combined skills of the SA Police Service and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), better known as the Hawks, to make a breakthrough in the theft of R5 assault rifles from a Western Cape infantry unit.

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Increase in piracy off Somali could be tied to famine – US

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 11:25 AM

The United States is watching the recent increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia, a senior US military official said as Defence Secretary Jim Mattis visited an important military base in Djibouti.

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Nigerian Ports Authority seeks nine patrol boats to enhance port and harbour security

by Oscar Nkala, 24 Apr, 09:57 AM

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has unveiled a budget of N233.8 billion ($733 million) that includes provisions for the acquisition of nine patrol boats in the course of 2017.

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Joint surveillance mission in Sierra Leone uncovers illegal fishing operations

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 10:41 AM

Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace and Sierra Leone fishery authorities.

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Zambian opposition leader denies arson

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:21 AM

Zambia's main opposition party, whose leader has been arrested and charged with treason, accused government of trying to frame it for arson as an excuse for greater political suppression.

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Zambia court to rule on opposition leader’s treason case next week

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 08:58 AM

A Zambian court will rule next week on whether to throw out a treason case against the leader of the main opposition party whose lawyers say the charges are vague and ambiguous, a magistrate said on Thursday.

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Throw out treason case Zambian opposition leader lawyers ask

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 11:33 AM

Lawyers for a Zambian opposition party leader accused of trying to overthrow the government asked court to throw out the case, saying the state’s charges were vague and ambiguous.

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Sudan accuses South Sudan president of meeting rebels

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:23 AM

Sudan has warned South Sudan to cease its support for rebel groups at war with Khartoum, accusing its president of meeting with rebels last week in a rare public statement from Khartoum's intelligence agency.

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al Shabaab fighters killed by Kenyan forces in Somalia

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 11:40 AM

Kenyan troops killed 52 al Shabaab fighters in an attack on the militants' camp in southern Somalia, a military spokesman said.

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Interim authorities return to northern Mali cities

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 10:33 AM

Mali succeeded in restoring interim authorities to its northern cities Timbuktu and Menaka ending a standoff with armed Tuareg factions preventing the transfer of power.

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Cameroon journalist jailed under anti-terrorism law

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:26 AM

A Cameroonian military tribunal sentenced a journalist to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges, including failing to report acts of terrorism to authorities, in a trial that criticised by rights groups.

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Kenya promises to curb election related violence

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:18 AM

The Kenyan government promised "decisive action" to stem a surge in violence during party primary elections in a country still haunted by ethnic bloodletting after a disputed presidential election a decade ago.

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Cameroon orders internet restored to Anglophone region

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 10:25 AM

Cameroon's government has restored the internet to its restive Anglophone region, three months after cutting it amid protests against the predominantly French-speaking government of President Paul Biya.

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Somalia executes four it says were al Shabaab fighters behind 2016 attack

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:19 AM

A military court in Somalia has executed four men it said were fighters belonging to al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people, a military officer said on Tuesday.

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Suspects arrested in connection with shooting of Kenya conservationist

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:15 AM

Kenyan authorities arrested an unspecified number of suspects and recovered a gun linked to the shooting of Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park over the weekend, the interior minister said.

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Kidnapped Turks rescued by Nigerian police

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 11:38 AM

Nigerian police rescued two Turkish men kidnapped earlier this month in the country's south-east, a police official said.

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At least 16 drown in migrant boat sinking

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:35 AM

At least 16 people, including two children, drowned when an inflatable boat carrying refugees and migrants sank off Greece's Lesbos Island, authorities said.

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Italian prosecutor maintains rescue boats in contact with people smugglers

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 11:46 AM

An Italian prosecutor has evidence of phone calls between Libyan people smugglers and aid groups operating rescue boat, he told newspaper La Stampa, amid growing criticism of non-governmental groups saving refugees off the Libyan coast.

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Fewer migrants crossing Niger for Libya: IOM

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 11:44 AM

The number of migrants crossing Niger to reach Libya has declined, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said after Europe pledged Niger funds to help it fight people smuggling.

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UN horrified by DR Congo video of killings

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:33 AM

The United Nations said it was horrified by a video screened by the government of Democratic Republic of Congo appearing to show the brutal killing of two UN investigators.

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ICC unseals Gaddafi aide arrest warrant

by Reuters, 25 Apr, 10:29 AM

The International Criminal Court unsealed an arrest warrant for the former head of Libya's Internal Security Agency, saying he was suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in repressing opposition to former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

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World military spending: increases in the US and Europe, decreases in oil exporting countries

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:02 AM

Total world military expenditure rose to $1 686 billion in 2016, an increase of 0.4% in real terms from 2015, according to new figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) this week.

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More details emerge on latest Husky order

by defenceWeb, 20 Apr, 10:11 AM

DCD Protected Mobility has revealed that it is selling over 20 Husky 2G mine detection vehicles to the United States Department of Defence under the recently announced $132 million order with Critical Solutions International (CSI). The vehicles are ultimately destined...

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SANDF seeking to upgrade recovery vehicle capability

by Guy Martin, 19 Apr, 10:09 AM

The South African Army is examining the possible enhancement of its recovery vehicle capabilities and has issued a request for information (RFI) covering light to heavy recovery vehicles.

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Senegal parades new military hardware

by defenceWeb, 11 Apr, 09:59 AM

Senegal’s armed forces last week showcased new hardware during the country’s 57th independence day celebrations in Dakar. The new hardware included Oncilla armoured vehicles and 122 mm rocket launchers.

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Allies silent, jibes in China over U.S. carrier mix-up

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 11:58 AM

America's allies in Asia were silent on Wednesday over confusion about a U.S. aircraft carrier group that was supposed to be headed towards North Korea in a show of force, but was actually completing training exercises in Australia.

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North Korea displays apparently new missiles as U.S. carrier group approaches

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 05:11 PM

North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday, as a nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region.

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U.S. sending F-35 fighters to Europe for training

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 05:09 PM

The U.S. Air Force will this weekend deploy a small number of F-35A fighter jets to Europe for several weeks of training with other U.S. and NATO military aircraft, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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Ocean drift analysis shows MH370 likely in a new search area

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 10:13 AM

A new ocean debris drift analysis shows missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is most likely in a proposed expanded search area rejected by Australia and Malaysia in January, the Australian government scientific agency said.

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Japan jet may not make money, but aims to revive dormant industry

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 12:05 PM

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has been delayed five times and faces rising costs, yet its future as the vanguard of Japanese-built passenger jets seems assured by the corporate muscle behind it and a government set on reviving an aerospace industry dismantled...

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Drone industry tipped for job creation

by ITWeb, 19 Apr, 02:24 PM

The drone industry has the potential to address South Africa's lack of skills and create around 1 000 commercial job opportunities in a variety of sectors.

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Afghan defense chief quits over attack, as Mattis flies in

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 12:24 PM

Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest ever Taliban attack on a military base, threatening to overshadow a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as Washington looks to craft a new strategy for the country....

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Resentment festers in Mosul: just ask Saddam Hussein

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 09:15 AM

If you want to hear the resentment people of Mosul feel now that Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State out of most of the city, you should talk to Saddam Hussein.

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Battle zone scenes at Paris Champs Elysees after drive-up police killing

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 09:12 AM

Paris' Champs Elysees boulevard looked more like a combat zone than the tourist and shopping mecca it is on Thursday night after a drive-up-and-shoot attack in which an assailant killed a police officer with what appeared to be an automatic rifle.

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Armour Formation back at Voortrekker Monument military fair

by defenceWeb, 12 Apr, 09:52 AM

Monday, May 1, will see the seventh staging of the annual Voortrekker Monument Military and History Fair which this year will have an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) element.

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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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Milestone for SA's satellite industry

by Admire Moyo, ITWeb, 13 Apr, 09:07 AM

The South African satellite industry is taking another step forward as a player in the international arena with the launch of two locally built nanosatellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida within the next few days.

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Connecticut may become first U.S. state to allow deadly police drones

by Reuters, 5 Apr, 12:37 PM

Connecticut would become the first U.S. state to allow law enforcement agencies to use drones equipped with deadly weapons if a bill opposed by civil libertarians becomes law.

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SpaceX successfully launches first recycled rocket booster

by Reuters, 3 Apr, 12:34 PM

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket recovered at sea from its maiden flight last year blasted off again from Florida on Thursday in the first successful launch of a recycled orbital-class booster, then capped the feat with another return landing on an ocean platform.

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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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UN plans to cut air logistics spend

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:05 AM

Moving assets by air is by far the fastest way to get them where needed but it is expensive as evidenced by UN figures which show the world body spent close on $750 million from 2015 to 2016 on flights.

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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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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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