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Questions still being asked around SAAF 2012 Drakensberg crash It’s more than four years since a South African Air Force (SAAF) C-47TP crashed in the Drakensberg, killing all 11 aboard. The families of some of the dead have approached a parliamentarian because they feel let down by the air force.
New Joint Ops Chief brings 40 plus years of military experience to the post

by defenceWeb, 20 Jan, 10:03 AM

The new man heading up the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), Lieutenant General Barney Hlatshwayo, has more than 40 years military experience.
Kenya police service takes delivery of 500 vehicles

by Oscar Nkala, 20 Jan, 09:54 AM

The Kenyan National Police Service (KNPS) has taken delivery of 500 vehicles, including 35 Chinese-made CS/VP3 Mine-Resistant Ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs) and 25 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) ordered from Poly Technologies.
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Aerospace and defence revenue expected to pick up in 2017

by defenceWeb, 13 Jan, 11:21 AM

Higher defence spending is one of the factors that is expected to return growth to the global aerospace and defence sectors this year, with the industry expected to grow at 2%.

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Skydiving anti-poaching dog gets Guinness world record

by defenceWeb, 13 Dec, 10:20 AM

Guinness World Records has recognised a German Shepherd called Arrow as the world’s first skydiving anti-poaching dog.

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Saab Grintek Defence wins 2016 South African Exporter Award

by defenceWeb, 8 Dec, 10:10 AM

Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has been given the Exporter Award at the fourth annual South Africa Premier Business Awards. This is the third time the company has been given the award.

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Op Atalanta has ensured safe passage for WFP vessels for eight years

by defenceWeb, 9 Jan, 10:10 AM

December marked the end of the eighth year of EU naval operations off the coast of Somalia with the primary task of protecting World Food Programme (WFP) vessels from pirate attacks successful with not a single attack recorded.

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Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) programme rolling out across Africa

by Guy Martin, 15 Dec, 09:48 AM

Nearly a dozen African countries are installing maritime domain awareness systems as part of the continent-wide Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) programme.

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EU marks eight years of counter-piracy patrols off Somalia but warns of complacency

by EU Navfor, 14 Dec, 09:43 AM

This week the European Union is marking eight years since it launched its first ever maritime military operation, EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta, in response to a surge in armed pirate attacks on merchant ships and other vessels in the Gulf of Aden and...

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Polish company overhauling Senegalese Mi-24s

by defenceWeb, 19 Jan, 10:05 AM

Polish company Military Aviation Plant No 1 has completed the overhaul of the first Mi-24 attack helicopter for the Senegalese Air Force.

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Nigerian Air Force takes delivery of two Mi-35M attack helicopters

by Oscar Nkala, 12 Jan, 10:03 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of the first two of 12 Mi-35M attack helicopters ordered from Russian Helicopters in September 2015 as part of a continuing armed forces modernisation programme.

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US hands over six Hueys to Kenya – two more on the way

by defenceWeb, 5 Dec, 10:03 AM

The United States has formally handed over the first six of an eventual eight Bell Huey II helicopters to Kenya.

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Egypt getting C-130 ELINT capability

by defenceWeb, 18 Jan, 09:54 AM

The US Department of Defence has contracted Sierra Nevada Corporation to supply an electronic intelligence (ELINT) capability to Egypt for the C-130 Hercules aircraft.

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Libyan Air Force MiG-23 crashes in Benghazi

by Oscar Nkala, 17 Jan, 08:40 AM

A Libyan Air Force MiG-23 fighter jet on Sunday crashed into the Ganfouda neighbourhood of the eastern city of Benghazi after allegedly being hit by a surface to air missile while attacking positions of fighters from the Benghazi Shura Council (BSC).

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Nigeria to produce light utility aircraft with Comp Air Aviation

by defenceWeb, 16 Jan, 10:04 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the production of multirole light utility aircraft with US manufacturer Comp Air Aviation.

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Questions still being asked around SAAF 2012 Drakensberg crash

It’s more than four years since a South African Air Force (SAAF) C-47TP crashed in the Drakensberg, killing all 11 aboard. The families of some of the dead have approached a parliamentarian because they feel let down by the air force.

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New Joint Ops Chief brings 40 plus years of military experience to the post

by defenceWeb, 20 Jan, 10:03 AM

The new man heading up the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), Lieutenant General Barney Hlatshwayo, has more than 40 years military experience.

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Amatola departs on epic European adventure

by Dean Wingrin, 18 Jan, 10:08 AM

The South African Navy frigate SAS Amatola departed Naval Base Simon’s Town on 16 January on a 96 day operational, commemoration and diplomatic visit to various European and African countries, known as Operation Ketane.

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Tunisia receives more patrol boats from the United States

by defenceWeb, 18 Jan, 10:04 AM

The Tunisian Navy has taken delivery of another two SAFE Boats International patrol boats from the United States, which will also erect 13 radar stations along the Tunisian coast to protect the country’s territorial waters.

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Mauritius commissions patrol vessel, receives two helicopters

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 09:59 AM

Mauritius has commissioned into service its new patrol vessel CGS Victory for the National Coast Guard as well as two Chetak helicopters for its Police Helicopter Squadron.

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Iranian Navy logistics vessel undergoing repairs in Durban

by defenceWeb, 16 Jan, 10:03 AM

The Iranian naval logistics vessel Bushehr is currently undergoing unspecified repairs at a shipyard in Durban.

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Gambia's parliament extends defeated president's office by 3 months

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:33 AM

Gambia's National Assembly has passed a resolution to allow President Yahya Jammeh, who lost an election in December, to stay in office for three months from Wednesday when he was due to leave power.

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Still no word from North Gauteng High Court on Seriti Commission dismissal application

by defenceWeb, 19 Jan, 10:05 AM

Non-government organisations Right2Know (R2K) and Corruption Watch have not yet heard from the North Gauteng High Court whether a joint application to have the findings of the Arms Procurement Commission set aside has been successful.

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State of emergency declared in The Gambia

by Reuters, 18 Jan, 11:12 AM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election last month.

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US strikes in Libya kill more than 80 Islamic State fighters

by Reuters, 20 Jan, 10:58 AM

More than 80 Islamic State militants, some believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in US air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday.

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Army mutiny exposes cracks in Ivory Coast success

by Reuters, 20 Jan, 10:41 AM

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara seduced foreign investors with his single-minded focus on economic reform and growth but entrenched problems within the security forces threaten to undermine a much-lauded recovery.

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Ugandan soldier executed by Somalia al Shabaab militants

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:26 AM

Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab militia executed a Ugandan soldier captured more than a year ago, according to a video released online by the militants and confirmed by their spokesman.

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by Reuters, 20 Jan, 10:37 AM

Anti-corruption investigators searched the home of South Africa's acting police commissioner on Thursday after allegations of bribes to fund an eight million rand mansion in an upmarket suburb of Pretoria.

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At least 76 killed in air strike on Nigerian refugee camp

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:24 AM

At least 76 people were killed in Tuesday's accidental Nigerian Air Force strike on a refugee camp and more than 100 were wounded, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRC) said.

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Gunfire erupts in Ivory Coast port city

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:12 AM

Heavy gunfire erupted after dark on Wednesday in Ivory Coast's second port city, San Pedro, residents said, as two weeks of military uprising showed no sign of letting up.

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Mali attack death toll rises to 77

by Reuters, 20 Jan, 10:44 AM

The latest death toll from this week's bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali stands at 77, a French army spokesman said, up from an earlier toll of more than 60 deaths.

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Deadly air strike on Nigerian refugee camp sparks U.N. call for investigation

by Reuters, 20 Jan, 09:24 AM

A botched military air strike on a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria which is estimated to have killed at least 76 people and injured many more must be fully investigated, a United Nations expert said on Thursday.

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Zimbabwe pastor in court over Mugabe death threat

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:21 AM

A Zimbabwean activist pastor appeared in court on Wednesday after police arrested him for predicting President Robert Mugabe would die in October this year.

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Rhino horn sensor implants prevent poaching

by Lauren Kate Rawlins/ITWeb, 19 Jan, 10:07 AM

Endangered black rhinos in the Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania will be fitted with Internet of things (IOT) sensors to monitor their activity and hopefully prevent poaching.

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Two weeks into 2017, Med migrants deaths rise on last year

by Reuters, 18 Jan, 11:17 AM

At least 219 migrants and refugees are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double than during the same period a year ago, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

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Eleven suspected poachers arrested in Kruger

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 08:33 AM

A total of eleven suspected poachers were arrested by police and rangers on 13 January in and outside the Kruger National Park, SANParks has announced.

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Deadline issued for Jammeh after West African military halt Gambia operation

by Reuters, 20 Jan, 10:55 AM

West African armies halted an operation in Gambia aimed at installing the country's new president, Adama Barrow, on Thursday so regional leaders could make a last attempt to convince longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh to step aside.

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Uganda detain M23 rebels travelling to DR Congo

by Reuters, 20 Jan, 10:53 AM

Ugandan security forces detained more than 100 former M23 rebels trying to reach neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, the government said on Thursday.

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Darfur peace pact in the offing

by Reuters, 20 Jan, 10:50 AM

Sudan is ready to sign a peace agreement with a major rebel group in the longstanding Darfur conflict, a government official said on Thursday, days after President Omar Hassan al-Bashir extended a unilateral ceasefire.

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Kenya police service takes delivery of 500 vehicles

by Oscar Nkala, 20 Jan, 09:54 AM

The Kenyan National Police Service (KNPS) has taken delivery of 500 vehicles, including 35 Chinese-made CS/VP3 Mine-Resistant Ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs) and 25 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) ordered from Poly Technologies.

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Denel vehicles and weapons going to Namibia

by defenceWeb, 19 Jan, 10:00 AM

Denel is on track to deliver RG32M armoured patrol vehicles and SDROW lightweight remote weapon systems to Namibia in the next four months.

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Nigerian Army operating locally-made IVM-G-12 special purpose vehicles

by Oscar Nkala, 15 Dec, 09:42 AM

The Nigerian Army is now operating an unspecified number of locally-built Innoson IVM G-12 Series Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) that were handed over to Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai last month.

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Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:37 AM

Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"- like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.

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Suspended MH370 search could resume in future

by Reuters, 18 Jan, 09:42 AM

The Australian government said on Wednesday it was not ruling out a future underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, but added there was currently no credible new evidence to warrant it.

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Underwater search for missing Malaysian flight ends without a trace

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 10:19 AM

The deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended on Tuesday without any trace being found of the plane that vanished in 2014 with 239 people on board, the three countries involved in the search said.

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Airlink acquiring additional Embraer jets

by defenceWeb, 19 Jan, 12:06 PM

SA Airlink is acquiring three Embraer E170s and two E190s from ECC Leasing, a wholly-owned Embraer subsidiary. These will start arriving in the first half of 2017.

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Morocco an example of aerospace manufacturing innovation

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 18 Jan, 10:22 AM

In just 15 years, Morocco has become a major aerospace industry manufacturing hub: the country hosts over 110 companies, comprising over 11,500 employees and generating $1 billion in exports.

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IranAir takes delivery of first Airbus jet post-sanctions

by Reuters, 12 Jan, 11:16 AM

The head of IranAir took delivery in France on Wednesday of the first Western airliner under an international sanctions deal, calling it a "sunny day" for relations between Iran and Europe and a memorable one for aviation in the nation of 80 million people.

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As caliphate crumbles, Islamic State lashes out in Iraq

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:44 AM

Two days after Iraqi forces launched a new push against Islamic State in Mosul, bomb blasts ripped through a marketplace in central Baghdad - the start of a spate of attacks that appear to signal a shift in tactics by the Islamist group.

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Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State

by Reuters, 18 Jan, 11:45 AM

Turkish authorities have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, an Uzbek national they said was trained in Afghanistan and had clearly acted on behalf of Islamic State.

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Iraqi forces push Islamic State further back in Mosul

by Reuters, 18 Jan, 09:47 AM

Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Islamic State-held districts in eastern Mosul and army units fought the insurgents inside a military base in the city's north, officials said during the day on Tuesday.

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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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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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US Army flies 'Hoverbike' prototype

by US Army, 20 Jan, 08:19 AM

The US Army Research Laboratory and industry partners have demonstrated the flying capabilities of a unique rectangular-shaped quadcopter also called the hoverbike.

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Cyber Security Bill heads to Parliament

by ITWeb, 19 Jan, 08:43 AM

The Cyber Crimes and Cyber Security Bill will soon be tabled in Parliament. This is according to a media advisory on the SA government Web site, which says the deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery, will brief the media on the...

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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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Saab Grintek Defence wins Project Teamster cold chain contract

by Guy Martin, 15 Dec, 09:58 AM

Saab Grintek Defence has been awarded a contract for deployable cold chain equipment for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as part of Project Teamster.

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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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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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