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Paramount moving ahead with construction of AHRLAC factory at Wonderboom

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 10:00 AM

Paramount has broken ground on the factory for its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) at Wonderboom airport outside Pretoria and is moving ahead with the construction of the factory.
Nigerian Air Force arms third Alpha Jet; acquiring Yabhon Flash-20 UAVs

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 10:00 AM

The Nigerian Air Force has armed a third Alpha Jet acquired second hand from the United States, and is apparently getting ready to take delivery of Yabhon Flash-20 unmanned aerial vehicles and Mi-35 attack helicopters.
Badger to strut its stuff on the AAD mobility track

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 09:35 AM

An exhibit expected to attract much attention at next month’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show is the new infantry fighting vehicle destined for service with the SA Army.
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Badger to strut its stuff on the AAD mobility track

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 09:35 AM

An exhibit expected to attract much attention at next month’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show is the new infantry fighting vehicle destined for service with the SA Army.

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Even models destined for AAD must have official stamps of approval

by defenceWeb, 18 Aug, 10:00 AM

Imported models being exhibited at the upcoming Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show at AFBe Waterkloof need to go through official channels with Customs, with even a model of the A400M airlifter having to go through paper formalities before it was given the...

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AAD access and parking to be painless – Wakeford

The access and parking problems experienced by trade day visitors to Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) two years ago will not happen when this year’s exhibition opens for business on September 14.

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SAS Spioenkop taking up Op Copper duty this weekend

The absence of pirates and associated activity in the Mozambique Channel has seen a downscaling of Operation Copper, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) counter-piracy tasking to where either an airborne or maritime asset is deployed at any one time.

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Armscor still “going through internal processes” for new naval platform tender adjudication

by defenceWeb, 10 Aug, 09:51 AM

It’s been more than a year since tender submissions for projects Hotel and Biro closed and Armscor is still “going through internal processes for selection and consideration of affordability” for these vital additions to South Africa’s maritime development...

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China to assist Gulf of Guinea fight piracy

by defenceWeb, 5 Aug, 11:03 AM

China’s military will assist countries in West Africa combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and other maritime security threats.

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Algerian helicopter plant moving forward

by defenceWeb, 16 Aug, 09:55 AM

The establishment of an Algerian factory to produce Leonardo-Finmeccanica helicopters has moved a step forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the new joint venture.

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World medium and heavy military helicopter market declining

by Forecast International, 10 Aug, 10:55 AM

An estimated 4,791 medium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced from 2016 through 2025, with this production valued at $115.7 billion, with yearly production predicted to decline, according to a new report.

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Uganda to get five refurbished Hueys

by defenceWeb, 10 Aug, 10:01 AM

Uganda will receive five refurbished UH-1H Huey II helicopters and related equipment from the United States under a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) arrangement.

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Paramount moving ahead with construction of AHRLAC factory at Wonderboom

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 10:00 AM

Paramount has broken ground on the factory for its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) at Wonderboom airport outside Pretoria and is moving ahead with the construction of the factory.

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Nigerian Air Force arms third Alpha Jet; acquiring Yabhon Flash-20 UAVs

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 10:00 AM

The Nigerian Air Force has armed a third Alpha Jet acquired second hand from the United States, and is apparently getting ready to take delivery of Yabhon Flash-20 unmanned aerial vehicles and Mi-35 attack helicopters.

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SAAF to have a large presence at AAD

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:13 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) will have at least 10 different aircraft types, complemented by SAAF Museum aircraft, on display – and in the air – for next month’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition at AFB Waterkloof in Centurion.

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SANDF Women’s Month celebrations marred by fatal bus crash

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:16 AM

What was to have been a celebration of women in Free State province turned to tragedy for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) when a bus crash claimed the lives of 11 serving women.

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Parliament defence committee meeting canned at the last moment

A meeting of Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) set for today (Friday) where important reports were due to be tabled and discussed has been cancelled, raising questions about the exercise of Parliamentary oversight.

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SANDF rooting out fraud and corruption offenders

by defenceWeb, 19 Aug, 10:01 AM

Fraud and corruption in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) appears to be widespread with the SA Army Support Base (ASB) in Limpopo the latest to be uncovered.

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Fisheries officials training will benefit Operation Phakisa

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 10:08 AM

Law enforcement and peace officer (LEPO) training for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) fisheries management branch is underway thanks to a R50 million injection from Norway.

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Nigerian Navy commissions 39 gunboats, local patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:34 AM

The Nigerian Navy has commissioned 30 locally made and nine Sri Lankan gunboats into service, and unveiled an indigenous 38 metre long patrol vessel.

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Morocco interested in Su-34 jets, Amur-1650 submarines

by defenceWeb, 15 Aug, 10:03 AM

Morocco is in talks with Russia on the acquisition of Amur-1650 submarines and Su-34 strike aircraft, according to Russian sources.

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DR Congo opposition strikes to call for Kabila to step down

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 01:56 PM

Opponents of Congolese President Joseph Kabila began a general strike on Tuesday to demand he steps down when his mandate expires in December.

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ISS: Think again - Zimbabwe's war veterans flee Mugabe's sinking ship

by ISS Africa, 23 Aug, 01:44 PM

8 August is Heroes’ Day in Zimbabwe. The annual holiday celebrates the men and women who fought on the winning side in Zimbabwe’s brutal war of independence, and is synonymous with parades, pageantry and pro-government propaganda.

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Tunisia’s rainbow government faces cloudy future

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 10:31 AM

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's new government promises to be the most inclusive since Tunisia's 2011 revolution, encompassing all six major parties, independents and allies of often hostile trade unions.

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Jailed Gambia opposition official dies in hospital – party

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 10:25 AM

A detained official from Gambia's main opposition movement died in hospital over the weekend, his United Democratic Party said its second member to die in custody since the start of a crackdown on protests.

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Top Boko Haram militants killed, leader wounded - Nigerian Air Force

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 10:14 AM

Nigeria’s air force said it had killed some senior Boko Haram militants and possibly fatally wounded their overall leader in a raid on the Islamists' north-east heartland.

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Rwandan police say kill three suspected Islamist militants in raid

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:52 AM

Rwandan national police said they killed three suspected Islamist militants and arrested three others in the western district of Rusizi on Friday.

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Islamist rebel apologises for wrecking Timbuktu shrines

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 10:28 AM

A former Islamist rebel admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict and apologised at the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court on Monday - its first case to focus on cultural destruction as a war crime.

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Libya's jihadist challenge to last beyond Sirte defeat

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 11:07 AM

The grand ambitions scrawled on a wall near the Libyan city of Sirte's Mediterranean sea front look fanciful now: "Islamic State's naval port, the departure point for Rome, with God's permission."

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Three killed in Cameroon market by suicide bomber

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 09:57 AM

A suicide bomber on a motorbike killed three people and wounded 24 on Sunday at a market in north Cameroon, where Islamist Boko Haram is waging an insurgency for a breakaway Islamic state across four countries, authorities said.

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Mauritania jails anti-slavery activists for up to 15 years

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:58 AM

A tribunal in Mauritania has sentenced 13 anti-slavery activists to up to 15 years in prison for their role in a riot in June in a decision condemned on Friday by international campaigners as a "devastating blow".

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Justice elusive for slain aid workers on front lines of crises

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:44 AM

It was a massacre that shocked the world's humanitarian community.

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Mali authorities release radio host after protests

by Reuters, 19 Aug, 11:27 AM

Mali authorities on Thursday released a prominent talk show radio host from prison after his arrest sparked protests in the capital Bamako in which one person was shot dead and others wounded.

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Three Syrian children drown when boat sinks off Libyan coast

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:56 AM

Three Syrian children drowned along with three adults when a wooden boat trying to carry war refugees to Europe capsized off the coast of Libya, a humanitarian rescue group said on Friday.

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Informer, soldier killed at checkpoint north of Cairo

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:02 AM

Gunmen killed an informer and a soldier and injured five other people, including two civilians, in an attack at a police checkpoint in the province of Menoufia north of Cairo, the director of the ambulance services said on Sunday.

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Five migrant bodies recovered, 534 rescued in Mediterranean

by Reuters, 19 Aug, 10:34 AM

The bodies of five migrants were recovered and 534 others were saved on Thursday following an array of rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea Italy's coastguard said.

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U.S. seeks progress in deploying new U.N. troops to South Sudan

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 02:09 PM

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he and regional states were committed to giving momentum to the planned deployment of extra U.N. troops to South Sudan and said the country's leaders needed to recommit to a peace deal.

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Kerry tells South Sudan leaders stick to peace deal or face sanctions

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 10:16 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged South Sudan's leaders to "get the job done" by fully implementing a peace deal or face a UN arms embargo and sanctions.

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ISS: Can the AU help South Sudan where the UN is failing?

by ISS Africa, 22 Aug, 11:02 AM

The world’s youngest country is anything but peaceful.

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Morocco getting more TOW missiles

by defenceWeb, 18 Aug, 11:42 AM

Morocco is one of the beneficiaries of a $129 million contract for TOW anti-tank missiles for various foreign countries.

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Angolan border police units get Russian Kamaz troop carriers

by Oscar Nkala, 18 Aug, 09:59 AM

Russia’s Kamaz Trucks has delivered seven new Kamaz troop carriers of undefined configuration to Angola where they will be used by border security police units to prevent smuggling and illegal immigration along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo....

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Barrett Communications wins East African radio order

by defenceWeb, 17 Aug, 10:01 AM

Barrett Communications has been awarded a contract to supply radios to an East African military, starting with its PRC-2090 Tactical HF manpack radios.

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In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 02:11 PM

The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk. Pulling off his shirt, they found a two-kilogram bomb strapped to his skinny frame.

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Japan eyes fighter drone, seeks record defence budget amid China assertiveness

by Reuters, 19 Aug, 11:10 AM

Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses on weapons communications and lasers, according to a document seen by Reuters.

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German police find IS items at home of man arrested for explosives

by Reuters, 18 Aug, 10:25 AM

A man arrested in Germany on Wednesday on suspicion of storing materials that could be used as explosives had items in his apartment glorifying Islamic State, the regional police chief told broadcaster rbb.

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Boeing internal forecast sees 535 jetliner sales in 2016, below target

by Reuters, 23 Aug, 02:24 PM

Boeing aims to sell 535 jetliners this year, Aviation Week reported on Monday, citing an internal company forecast, well below the plane maker's official forecast of 740 to 745 aircraft.

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Gallery: Rand Air Show 2016

by Guy Martin, 22 Aug, 12:31 PM

Rand Airport hosted its annual air show on Sunday 21 August, which saw a varied lineup of aircraft types, from glider to business jet. Click here to view the gallery.

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Spanish police try out drones to patrol beaches

by Reuters, 19 Aug, 11:22 AM

Spanish police have started using drones to help patrol some of the country's most popular beaches at a time when tourist arrivals are reaching record highs.

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Germany resumes weapons deliveries to Kurds in north Iraq

by Reuters, 18 Aug, 10:19 AM

The German military on Wednesday said it had resumed deliveries of weapons to Kurdistan after the government of the northern Iraqi region vowed to ensure the arms did not end up on the black market.

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Civil war costs Yemen $14 billion in damage and economic losses

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 10:34 AM

The cost from damage to infrastructure and economic losses in Yemen's civil war is more than $14 billion (10.73 billion pounds) so far, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters that highlights the effort needed to rebuild the country, where more than...

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Afghan air force needs more pilots, as well as more planes

by Reuters, 16 Aug, 11:38 AM

The Afghan air force is limited not only by its size. Despite numbering only 130 aircraft, there are not enough pilots and crews to fly them all.

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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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Simulations enhance military training

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 12 Aug, 09:46 AM

Consider the typical tank used in combat. Tanks are a key component of modern ground warfare, but their use comes at a price. They are expensive to buy and expensive to operate. They guzzle fuel. Their tracks wear out. Tanks can be unreliable and difficult to repair....

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May 2 is Voortrekker Monument military fair day

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:09 AM

Already “a must” on the diaries of many military history enthusiasts, this year’s Voortrekker Monument military and history fair on May 2 will have an added – aerial – attraction.

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Unmanned ground vehicles protecting US UAV base in Djibouti

by CJTF-HOA/defenceWeb, 18 Aug, 12:10 PM

The United States military is using Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) unmanned ground vehicles to protect Chabelley airfield in Djibouti, which is home to unmanned aerial vehicles.

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China launches 'hack-proof' communications satellite

by Reuters, 16 Aug, 11:45 AM

China on Tuesday launched the world's first quantum satellite, which will help it establish "hack-proof" communications between space and the ground, state media said, the latest advance in an ambitious space programme.

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Private company wins U.S. clearance to fly to the moon

by Reuters, 4 Aug, 09:35 AM

A Florida-based company won U.S. government permission on Wednesday to send a robotic lander to the moon next year, the firm's founder said, marking the first time the United States has cleared a private space mission to fly beyond Earth’s orbit.

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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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Statement by SA National Defence Force Chief General Solly Shoke – The matter concerning SANDF members who marched to the Union Buildings in August 2009

by defenceWeb, 25 May, 08:35 AM

“As Chief of the SANDF I have a constitutional obligation to the people of South Africa to ensure that the SANDF is structured and managed as a disciplined force.

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Getting there is half the battle

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 17 Aug, 11:49 AM

The African Union was created in 2001 with great hope, but also a heavy burden of responsibility. Member states were still reeling from the failure to rapidly intervene in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and they hoped that an African Standby Force (ASF) could offer...

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ELW Global commission Cameroonian mobile water purification plants; receives Senegalese order

by defenceWeb, 16 Aug, 10:14 AM

ELW Global has signed a three year firm fixed price agreement for the supply of water purification trailers to the Senegalese Army.

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The tyranny of distance

by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 10 Aug, 10:16 AM

Any international peacekeeping mission will present a long list of logistical challenges. Mission settings are inevitably established in areas reeling from recent conflict, often rooted in age-old ethnic or political struggles.

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Book Reviews

  • 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...
  • Book review: The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos, edited by Mark Adams and Chris Cocks, is an interesting work. Commissioned by the Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association (RLIRA), it has two...
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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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