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Turkey to open military base in Mogadishu

by Oscar Nkala, 24 Mar, 10:13 AM

The Turkish Army will open its largest foreign military base in the Somali capital Mogadishu next month during a ceremony expected to be attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Army General Staff Chief General Hulusi Akar as well as top Somali government officials.
Denel going back to court for legal ruling on Denel Asia joint venture

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 10:10 AM

State-owned defence industry conglomerate Denel has applied to the North Gauteng High Court for an order declaring it obtained approval to form a joint venture with VR Laser Asia which resulted in the establishment of Denel Asia.
Armed Forces Day events in Durban and Port Elizabeth cost R50 million plus

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 10:08 AM

Showcasing South Africa’s military to the public is a major part of the annual Armed Forces Day celebration which has seen close to R50 million spent on the event this year in Durban and last year in Port Elizabeth.

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Denel going back to court for legal ruling on Denel Asia joint venture

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 10:10 AM

State-owned defence industry conglomerate Denel has applied to the North Gauteng High Court for an order declaring it obtained approval to form a joint venture with VR Laser Asia which resulted in the establishment of Denel Asia.

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SA hoping to sell weapons to Iran

by defenceWeb, 22 Mar, 10:14 AM

South Africa is hoping to sell some R1.5 billion worth of weapons to Iran, including Umkhonto surface-to-air missiles.

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Denel facing liquidity challenges

by defenceWeb, 10 Mar, 09:54 AM

Denel is facing liquidity challenges and is over-reliant on exports, according to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.

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Somali security forces that freed pirated ship say NATO must do more

by Reuters, 20 Mar, 12:15 PM

Somali officials whose forces freed a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew said on Sunday that NATO ships must do more to prevent the illegal fishing that locals say sparked the latest attack.

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EU Navfor urges vigilance after Somali hijacking

by defenceWeb, 20 Mar, 11:15 AM

The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Major General Rob Magowan CBE, has called for vigilance in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean after the Comoros-flagged fuel tanker, Aris 13, was pirated and its crew held hostage for four days off the north coast of...

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Somali pirates release hijacked ship and crew without ransom

by Reuters, 17 Mar, 11:22 AM

Somali pirates released a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew on Thursday, a Somali security official and the pirates said, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to a swift conclusion without payment of a ransom.

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Russia confirms Egyptian Ka-52 deliveries this year

by defenceWeb, 15 Mar, 09:16 AM

Russian Helicopters is on track to delivery Egypt’s Ka-52 helicopters later this year, according to state holding company Rostec.

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Higher defence budgets to boost military rotorcraft market

by Forecast International, 14 Mar, 01:54 PM

Increased defence spending is set to boost the global medium and heavy military helicopter market, according to a new report, which estimates 6 175 such rotorcraft will be built over the next 15 years.

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Heli-Expo 2017 roundup

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 13 Mar, 11:59 AM

Heli-Expo is the world’s biggest helicopter exhibition, attracting some 20 000 people This year’s edition took place between 7 and 9 March in Dallas, Texas. Here is a roundup of some of the big news from the show.

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Is funding for a new VIP aircraft coming from the SDA, DA asks

by defenceWeb, 14 Mar, 10:03 AM

Dr Sam Gulube, Secretary for Defence, more than three years ago confirmed acquisition of VVIP aircraft was considered a SCAMP (Strategic Capital Acquisition Master Plan) item and it could well be acquiring a mid-sized business jet to replace one of the two Falcons...

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Luftwaffe doing extensive testing of its Taurus missiles at Denel OTR

by defenceWeb, 14 Mar, 10:01 AM

Denel’s Overberg Test Range (OTR) has been “invaded” by the Luftwaffe with six Tornados and over 200 people doing extensive testing on one of the air-to-ground missiles in its inventory.

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Nigerian Air Force graduates Super Mushshak instructors

by defenceWeb, 10 Mar, 08:16 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated its first Super Mushshak instructors, allowing Nigerian pilots to now fly and train ab initio students. Nigeria has received four of ten Super Mushshaks from Pakistan.

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Armed Forces Day events in Durban and Port Elizabeth cost R50 million plus

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 10:08 AM

Showcasing South Africa’s military to the public is a major part of the annual Armed Forces Day celebration which has seen close to R50 million spent on the event this year in Durban and last year in Port Elizabeth.

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Navy heroes who died attempting to save lives in Durban to be recognised

by Dean Wingrin/Kim Helfrich, 23 Mar, 10:06 AM

The three SA Navy members who died attempting to rescue workers from a gas-filled pit at Naval Base Durban last month will be recognised and honoured posthumously SA Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Mosuwa Hlongwane, said.

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Minister confirms 35 Squadron grounded

The SA Air Force (SAAF) is currently not able to perform any maritime patrol taskings because none of its C-47TP aircraft are operational.

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Russian Naval Task Force surprises Cape Town

by Dean Wingrin, 23 Mar, 10:19 AM

The Russian Federation Navy’s Northern Fleet detachment, including the Severomorsk large anti-submarine destroyer, paid a surprise visit to the Port of Cape Town.

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Nigeria’s Homeland orders additional patrol vessels from Damen

by defenceWeb, 20 Mar, 10:13 AM

Nigerian company Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited has ordered two additional FCS 3307 patrol vessel from Damen, a year after taking delivery of a second FCS 3307.

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First Egyptian Gowind corvette begins sea trials

by defenceWeb, 20 Mar, 10:02 AM

The first Egyptian Gowind 2500 corvette, El Fateh, has begun sea trials ahead of delivery.

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Tanzanian information minister sacked

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 10:56 AM

Tanzania President John Magufuli sacked the country's information minister on Thursday, the first cabinet change since taking office in late 2015.

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Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 10:43 AM

Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, accused of torture and killing of perceived opponents.

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Call for land in Namibia to be expropriated

by Reuters, 22 Mar, 10:49 AM

Namibia's president said government is considering radical land expropriation to spur the transfer of property to the country's black majority.

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Rwanda changes dual British national with treason

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 10:59 AM

Rwandan prosecutors charged a dual Rwandan-British citizen with treason, accusing her of forming an armed group and conspiring to unseat the president.

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Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 10:51 AM

Ten members of Egypt's security forces were killed by bombs which struck their vehicles in central Sinai, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

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Somaliland drought “nightmare” and a security threat

by Reuters, 23 Mar, 10:38 AM

Prolonged drought in Somaliland has killed between 65 and 80% of the semi-autonomous region's livestock, creating conditions that are "the worst time in our lives" and could threaten regional security, the region's environment minister said.

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Blasts kill four, injure 18 in north-eastern Nigeria

by Reuters, 23 Mar, 10:33 AM

Multiple blasts killed four people and injured eight others in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the state police commissioner said.

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Zimbabwe police out in force ahead of opposition protest

by Reuters, 22 Mar, 10:25 AM

Zimbabwean police deployed water cannon and anti-riot officers on the streets of the capital on Wednesday ahead of a planned demonstration by opposition parties against changes to the voter registration process.

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Libya's NOC says expects to regain Es Sider, Ras Lanuf oil ports

by Reuters, 20 Mar, 12:21 PM

Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) has been coordinating with military forces from eastern Libya and has "no reason to believe" it will not regain control of the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports, NOC's chairman said.

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French citizen kidnapped in Chad

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 11:06 AM

A Frenchman was kidnapped in Chad in a remote region near the border with Sudan's Darfur region early on Thursday, France's foreign ministry said.

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Rural women lead DR Congo fight against infant mortality

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 11:02 AM

As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths.

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Farm attacks and murders debated in Free State legislature

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 10:31 AM

Last week’s first ever parliamentary debate on farm murders has been followed by another call for action, this time in the Free State provincial legislature.

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Italy seeks to bolster Libya migrant deal as arrivals surge

by Reuters, 20 Mar, 11:59 AM

Italy will host a meeting between European and North African countries next week in a bid to strengthen support for an agreement it struck with Libya to fight people smuggling as migrant arrivals surge.

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Somali refugees killed in raid off Yemen coast

by Reuters, 17 Mar, 11:16 AM

Thirty-one Somali refugees were killed off the coast of Yemen on Thursday when a helicopter attacked the boat they were in, a coast guard in the Houthi-controlled Hodeidah area said.

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Feature - Darkness is no longer the poacher’s friend in Kruger

by Peace Parks Foundation, 17 Mar, 10:15 AM

A group of three poachers move silently through the bush, hidden from the naked eye by the night. Armed with a rifle and carrying a collection of hacking and cutting tools, they have but one goal – to kill yet another of Africa’s iconic rhinos for its horn....

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Mubarak free after six years

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 11:04 AM

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, walked free on Friday for the first time in six years, his lawyer said.

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How to fix war-torn societies? Help women to work

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 10:53 AM

When Islamic State militants brutally invaded her hometown of Kobani in Syria, Shorash didn't initially see it as a career opportunity.

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US warns South Sudan against “starvation tactics”

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 10:48 AM

The United States warned South Sudan's government on Thursday that preventing humanitarian aid workers from reaching parts of the war-torn state suffering famine could "amount to deliberate starvation tactics."

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Truvelo delivers single largest rifle order

by defenceWeb, 15 Mar, 10:03 AM

Truvelo Manufacturers recently completed a record order for 300 counter measures sniper (CMS) rifles, which was the single largest in the company’s history.

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RDM qualifies extended range ammunition

by defenceWeb, 10 Mar, 10:20 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has successfully qualified its range extending M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (VLAP) for an international client.

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Sudan puts its metal on display at IDEX

by defenceWeb, 8 Mar, 10:48 AM

Sudan’s defence industry had a prominent display at the recent IDEX defence show in Abu Dhabi and displayed a wide range of military equipment, from upgraded scout cars and artillery to new armoured personnel carrier variants.

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Trump eyes 'flexible' Islamic State war fund, Guantanamo upgrade

by Reuters, 17 Mar, 10:58 AM

President Donald Trump is asking Congress to give the Pentagon about $2 billion for a "flexible" fund to use against Islamic State over the next six months, as his administration weighs changes to the U.S.-led campaign against the militant group.

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SpaceX defeats Boeing-Lockheed partnership for GPS launch contract

by Reuters, 15 Mar, 12:27 PM

Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies has won a GPS satellite launch contract over rival United Launch Alliance, a partnership of the top two U.S. aerospace companies Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., the U.S. Air Force said on Tuesday.

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China stealth jet enters service, navy building 'first class' fleet

by Reuters, 10 Mar, 11:31 AM

China has put into service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, as senior naval officers said the country was building a "first class" navy and developing a marine corps.

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Fatal aviation accidents rise in 2016 according to IATA report

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 13 Mar, 11:20 AM

The number of air accidents declined further in 2016, but more of them resulted in fatalities than in the previous year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Friday. Africa was amongst the safest region in terms of jet hull losses.

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Airbus, Italdesign propose modular flying car

by Airbus/defenceWeb, 9 Mar, 12:18 PM

Italdesign and Airbus have unveiled their Pop.Up concept for a modular, fully electric, zero emission concept vehicle system that incorporates a passenger vehicle capsule coupled to ground or air transport modules.

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Last minute scramble at Kaduna before Abuja airport closes

by Reuters, 9 Mar, 11:29 AM

Workmen were attempting to finish electrical fittings and lay tiles at a new terminal in northern Nigeria's Kaduna airport just hours before it takes over responsibility for handling passengers bound for the capital Abuja.

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Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Palmyra in Syria

by Reuters, 22 Mar, 10:54 AM

Russia's force in Syria suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally showing the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed.

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Air strike kills more than 30 near Raqqa

by Reuters, 22 Mar, 10:51 AM

At least 33 people were killed in an air strike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near Islamic State-held Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said and the US-led coalition is believed to have carried out the attack.

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Dozens killed in double suicide attack in Syrian capital

by Reuters, 17 Mar, 10:44 AM

Two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens more in Damascus on Wednesday, state media reported, in the second such spate of bombings in the Syrian capital in five days.

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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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US Army test fires 3D printed grenade, grenade launcher

by US Army, 17 Mar, 12:13 PM

Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Centre (ARDEC) have successfully fired the first grenade created with a 3D printer from a grenade launcher that was produced the same way.

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US Air Force uses drone for C-17 post flight inspection

by Kenji Thuloweit/USAF, 13 Mar, 01:10 PM

The US Air Force 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force (CTF) used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III on 6 March.

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NRL Develops Lighter, Field-Repairable Transparent Armor

by NRL, 10 Mar, 11:45 AM

Research chemists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed and patented a transparent thermoplastic elastomer armor to reduce weight, inherent in most bullet-resistant glass, while maintaining superior ballistic properties.

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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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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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