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Low-tech proves effective for KZN/Mozambique border protection Old-fashioned South African inventiveness has seen implementation of a decidedly low-tech but surprisingly effective border protection tool on the KwaZulu-Natal/Mozambique border.
Soldiers involved in Port Elizabeth eviction showed “contempt” for the rule of law

by defenceWeb, 2 Dec, 10:03 AM

A Port Elizabeth High Court judge has ruled conduct of soldiers who apparently illegally evicted people from houses on Port Elizabeth’s Forest Hill military base amounted to “brazen contempt of the rule of law”.

New JOps deputy chief named, but no word on a new Chief It appears no decision has yet been taken on who will become the next commander of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Joint Operations Division.

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Global defence spending to rise in 2017 - Fitch

by Fitch Ratings, 2 Dec, 09:19 AM

Global defence spending has stabilized, and should rise in 2017, with the global threat environment serving as a tailwind, according to analysis from Fitch Ratings.

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Shrinking defence budget has affected Armscor and forced change – retirees

by defenceWeb, 1 Dec, 10:12 AM

A group of Armscor pensioners, some of them previously in senior management positions, are of the opinion the organisation is “more than somewhat changed” from what it was 25 and 30 years ago, with its turnaround strategy forced onto the defence and security...

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New clients, new products tested at the Denel Overberg Test Range

by Guy Martin, 25 Nov, 10:06 AM

The Denel Overberg Test Range (OTR) witnessed new clients and new products, such as the SCRAB II target drone, being tested at the facility in the last year.

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Arabian Sea raids on arms smugglers show Iran-Yemen link

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 11:31 AM

When Western navies raided three dhows in the Arabian Sea this year, some of the weapons they found matched arms taken from Houthi rebels in Yemen, a report said, suggesting links between Iranian suppliers and the Yemeni war.

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EU will patrol for Somali pirates until end of 2018

by Reuters, 29 Nov, 10:25 AM

The European Union's naval mission will keep patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia for another two years, to guard against any resurgence of attacks, the bloc said.

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Final Ocean Shield flight undertaken by Royal Danish Air Force

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 10:01 AM

Last week saw a detachment of 20 Royal Danish Air Force officers and enlisted service members fly their Challenger CL-604 from the Seychelles for the final time on an Operation Ocean Shield sortie.

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Nigerian Air Force AW101 damaged in accident

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 09:38 AM

One of the Nigerian Air Force’s two recently acquired AW101 helicopters has been damaged in an incident that saw the aircraft roll over on the ground.

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Global military rotorcraft market to be worth $28 billion by 2026

by defenceWeb, 23 Nov, 02:32 PM

The global military rotorcraft market, valued at $21.7 billion in 2016, is projected to grow to reach $28.1 billion by 2026, according to a new study.

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Kenyan Huey IIs delivered

by defenceWeb, 22 Nov, 09:57 AM

Kenya has received its first Huey II helicopters from the United States, with six aircraft being delivered.

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Nigerian Air Force adding aircraft to its fleet

by Oscar Nkala, 29 Nov, 10:05 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has successfully refurbished 13 aircraft, some of which have been successfully re-deployed to perform combat support roles for the army's war against Boko Haram in the north-east of the country.

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Egypt getting more LANTIRN targeting pods

by defenceWeb, 29 Nov, 10:01 AM

Egypt is due to receive 65 LANTIRN targeting pods from the United States under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme.

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Tunisia confirms U.S. drones over Libyan border, monitor Islamic State

by Reuters, 23 Nov, 02:42 PM

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has said U.S. surveillance drones are flying over the Tunisian-Libyan border to ward of attacks by Islamic State, after lawmakers called on his government to clarify U.S. reports on such a mission.

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Soldiers involved in Port Elizabeth eviction showed “contempt” for the rule of law

by defenceWeb, 2 Dec, 10:03 AM

A Port Elizabeth High Court judge has ruled conduct of soldiers who apparently illegally evicted people from houses on Port Elizabeth’s Forest Hill military base amounted to “brazen contempt of the rule of law”.

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New JOps deputy chief named, but no word on a new Chief

It appears no decision has yet been taken on who will become the next commander of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Joint Operations Division.

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Zuma uses charter for Castro memorial service in Cuba while Inkwazi jets around South Africa

The Commander-in-Chief’s apparent aversion to using the Presidential BBJ Inkwazi continues with a Democratic Alliance (DA) MP pointing out Inkwazi was tracked flying to East London and Langebaanweg while Jacob Zuma made use of a chartered aircraft to attend a...

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Naval warfare market worth $50 billion by 2026

by defenceWeb, 1 Dec, 11:41 AM

The global naval vessels, surface combatants, and related maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market will grow from $36.3 billion in 2016 to $50.3 billion by 2026, according to a new study.

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Algerian Umkhonto production almost complete

by defenceWeb, 30 Nov, 10:16 AM

Denel Dynamics will complete production of Umkhonto surface-to-air missiles for the Algerian Navy in January 2017.

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Undersea warfare market worth $11.9 billion by 2026

by defenceWeb, 24 Nov, 01:05 PM

The global undersea warfare systems market, valued at $7.1 billion in 2016, is projected to be worth $11.9 billion by 2026, according to a new report.

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Gambia's Jammeh faces rare challenge in Dec. 1 poll after 22-years rule

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 10:34 AM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh will face a rare challenge from a revitalised and united opposition in an election on Thursday as he seeks to extend his 22-year grip on power in the tiny West African nation.

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Popular Sudanese television channel ordered to close

by Reuters, 29 Nov, 10:19 AM

Sudan has ordered the closure of Omdurman, a popular private television channel, its owner said, amid a government crackdown on dissent against new austerity measures.

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Gambian president vows zero tolerance of election violence

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 11:22 AM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh warned on Sunday anyone involved violence or unrest during the country's presidential election in four days time would be dealt with harshly.

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Armed groups mobilise and exchange fire in a tense Tripoli

by Reuters, 2 Dec, 10:50 AM

Gunfire could be heard over Tripoli on Thursday as armed groups mobilised heavy weapons and took up positions in parts of the Libyan capital.

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Militants strike airports in northern Mali

by Reuters, 1 Dec, 10:15 AM

Militants struck at two airports in northern Mali with an explosives-laden truck and rockets, residents and a security source said, in attacks that caused no injuries but pointed to desert jihadists intensifying their insurgency.

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Spanish police arrest two Moroccans suspected of Islamist State links

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 11:04 AM

Two Moroccan men suspected of having links to Islamic State have been arrested in Spain and police say one of them played an important role in spreading propaganda for the militant group, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

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Water cannons used against Zimbabweans protesting “fake money”

by Reuters, 1 Dec, 11:14 AM

Zimbabwean riot police used water cannons to scatter 20 activists protesting the introduction of "bond notes", a new domestic currency they say could touch off uncontrolled money printing and a return to hyper-inflation.

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Insurgents behead Somali village elders over Islamic tax

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 12:04 PM

Islamist militants have beheaded eight Somali village elders and killed at least seven other people during fighting spurred by a dispute over payment of an Islamic tax, a villager and a local official said on Wednesday.

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Bomb kills four Somali soldiers as forces mull attack on Islamic State

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 11:49 AM

Islamist insurgents killed four pro-government Somali soldiers and injured 11 others when a roadside bomb destroyed a military pickup in the north of the country on Tuesday, the military said.

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Sex crimes in focus at Hague trial of Ugandan rebel commander

by Reuters, 2 Dec, 01:11 PM

A top lieutenant of Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony goes on trial in The Hague on Tuesday accused of war crimes ranging from child kidnapping and forced marriage to rape and murder during the rebel group's long rampage in northern Uganda.

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Lured by power, female extremists prove hardest to help

by Reuters, 2 Dec, 11:24 AM

Women who join violent extremists such as Nigeria's Boko Haram are lured by the promise of power and influence they otherwise would not get in their everyday lives, a top expert said on Thursday.

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Helicopter-borne aid reaches north-eastern Nigeria

by Reuters, 2 Dec, 11:03 AM

Flying in aid workers by helicopter to remote, hard-to-reach areas previously cut off from help by Boko Haram violence across north-east Nigeria has provided more than 45,000 people with aid over the past week, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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Low-tech proves effective for KZN/Mozambique border protection

Old-fashioned South African inventiveness has seen implementation of a decidedly low-tech but surprisingly effective border protection tool on the KwaZulu-Natal/Mozambique border.

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CSIR maintains better border protection is achievable

by defenceWeb, 30 Nov, 10:07 AM

That South Africa has a particularly porous land border is well-known and almost as well-known are the efforts of mainly SA Army regulars and reserves to ensure some integrity with the oft repeated “shortage of funds” pointed out as the biggest contributor...

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Record number of boat migrants reach Italy

by Reuters, 29 Nov, 10:22 AM

The number of migrants who reached Italy by boat from North Africa this year has already topped a previous record set two years ago, official data show, as pressure on Italy's shelter and asylum systems grows.

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Rwandan tribunal charges ex-officer over genocide

by Reuters, 2 Dec, 11:06 AM

A Rwandan military tribunal began hearings on Thursday against a former army officer deported from Canada last month to face charges in connection with Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

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Namibia will stay in ICC – if US joins president says

by Reuters, 2 Dec, 11:00 AM

Namibia would remain a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the United States joined, Namibia's president Hage Geingob said in London on Thursday.

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Ethnic cleansing underway in South Sudan: UN Commission

by Reuters, 2 Dec, 10:53 AM

Ethnic cleansing is taking place in some areas of South Sudan and the stage is set for a repeat of the Rwandan genocide, the head of the UN commission on human rights in the country said on Thursday at the end of a 10-day visit.

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Burundi getting more Cougars

by defenceWeb, 30 Nov, 10:09 AM

It appears Burundi is receiving another batch of Cougar mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the United States under the Excess Defense Articles programme.

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Singapore commissions Marauder-based PCSV

by defenceWeb, 29 Nov, 09:57 AM

Singapore’s military has commissioned into service its new Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV), based on Paramount’s Marauder armoured vehicle.

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Body armour market worth $2.9 billion by 2026

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 11:36 AM

The global body armour and personal protection market, valued at $1.9 billion in 2016, is projected to reach a value of $2.9 billion by 2026, according to a new report.

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Giant arch slides over Chernobyl site to block radiation for a century

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 10:50 AM

In the middle of a vast exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, the world's largest land-based moving structure has been slid over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to prevent deadly radiation spewing from the stricken reactor for the next 100 years.

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Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 10:47 AM

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90.

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Thwarted French attack was slated for Dec 1 at key Paris sites

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 08:40 AM

Suspects arrested last weekend in France under anti-terrorism measures had been planning to launch attacks on Dec. 1 at important and landmark sites in and around Paris, according to a source close to the inquiry.

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South African Airways’ first A330-300 arrives

by defenceWeb, 2 Dec, 10:16 AM

South African Airways (SAA) received its first new Airbus A330-300 on Friday, with the remaining four aircraft on order due to arrive later this month and early next year.

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Enthusiasts lose one vintage plane but press on south through Africa

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 10:22 AM

Aviators flying vintage planes the length of Africa were showing them off in the skies over a Kenyan game park on Sunday, a day after one of the aircraft was wrecked in a forced landing.

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Airbus's largest A350 jet stages maiden flight

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 08:58 AM

Europe's largest twin-engined passenger jet, the Airbus A350-1000, took to the skies for the first time on Thursday, seeking to grab the spotlight from Boeing's popular 777.

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Sunni tribesmen demand federalism in Iraq

by Reuters, 1 Dec, 11:19 AM

As mortar bombs land ever closer, Sunni tribal fighters preparing to attack Islamic State seemed more preoccupied by the failures of Iraq's political class than the militants trying to kill them.

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Jailed Islamic State suspects recall path to jihad in Iraq

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 11:42 AM

When Kurdish forces began firing rockets at a suspected Islamic State hideout in northern Iraq, one of those inside, former bakery worker Walid Ismail, said he tried to persuade the others to surrender.

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Iraqi forces say 1,000 Islamic State fighters killed in Mosul

by Reuters, 29 Nov, 11:53 AM

Iraqi special forces battling to clear Islamic State from eastern Mosul have killed nearly 1,000 militants but fighting has slowed as troops face a mobile enemy hidden among thousands of civilians in the city, a top commander said.

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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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Armscor’s Ergotech - ensuring soldiers are properly kitted out

by defenceWeb, 10 Nov, 10:05 AM

The science concerned with the fit between people and their work, specifically soldiers in the case of Armscor’s Ergotech, means seeking solutions to optimise human performance and at the same time reduce risks and improve productivity.

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CSIR unveils demonstrator vehicle

by Guy Martin, 5 Oct, 10:07 AM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a light tactical vehicle demonstrator to test weapons and equipment.

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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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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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China military says "not heard" of other base plans after Djibouti

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 11:08 AM

China's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that it had "not heard" of any plans for other bases around the world after Djibouti, where China is building its first overseas naval base.

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Joint Operations water purification units in action in the DRC

by Guy Martin, 21 Nov, 10:07 AM

The South African National Defence Force’s Joint Operations (JOps) division has taken delivery of several water purification systems manufactured by ELW Global and is using them in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of South Africa’s contribution...

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Production of Armscor developed water purification system to start next year

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 10:06 AM

By the end of next year SA Army Sappers should be able to provide potable water infield thanks to Armscor’s water provisioning system (WPS).

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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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