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New flagship for Libyan military

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 09:54 AM

The Libyan National Army (LNA) has taken delivery of the flagship Al-Karama (Dignity) offshore patrol vessel, the former Irish vessel Aisling.
Paramount amoured vehicles on show at KADEX 2018

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 09:51 AM

Paramount Group and its Kazakhstan joint venture, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), are exhibiting their latest range of armoured vehicles at the international Kazakhstan Defence Expo (KADEX-2018) in Astana.
Military Health Service not financially well

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 09:46 AM

The SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) will have to put up with deterioration in facilities, obsolete equipment and a shortage of suitably qualified personnel this year.
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Paramount amoured vehicles on show at KADEX 2018

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 09:51 AM

Paramount Group and its Kazakhstan joint venture, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), are exhibiting their latest range of armoured vehicles at the international Kazakhstan Defence Expo (KADEX-2018) in Astana.

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Armscor retains management and operation of Simon’s Town dockyard

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 09:37 AM

Armscor takes note of the decision by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula not to allow a proposed take-over of the Simon’s Town naval dockyard by Denel but to leave it under control and management of the defence and security acquisition...

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Gordhan will recapture and restore SOCs, including Denel

by defenceWeb, 16 May, 09:58 AM

Delivering his budget vote address in Parliament, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan set out an agenda for the “recapture and restoration” of state-owned companies (SOCs) under his authority, including defence and technology conglomerate, Denel.

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German equipment for West African maritime surveillance hub

by Oscar Nkala, 16 May, 02:10 PM

The German government has donated maritime surveillance and communications equipment to help operationalise a segment of the West African regional Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC).

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Exercise Phoenix Express 2018 concludes

by US Navy, 14 May, 11:12 AM

Exercise Phoenix Express 2018, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA/C6F), concluded on 11 May with a closing ceremony at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC) in...

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Somalia defaults on coast guard vessels

by defenceWeb, 11 May, 10:04 AM

The delivery of six offshore patrol vessels to Somalia has been thrown into doubt as Somalia has defaulted on its payments and the supplier has begun arbitration.

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First operational mission for Belgian NH90 in Mali

by defenceWeb, 8 May, 12:04 PM

One of Belgium’s NH90 transport helicopters has carried out its first operational mission with the United Nations mission in Mali.

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SAAF helicopter group in DRC logging less hours

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Nigerian Air Force receives additional Mi-35Ms

by defenceWeb, 3 May, 10:04 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of another two Mi-35M attack helicopters from Russia, bringing the total delivered to four, out of twelve on order.

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Sudan receives FTC-2000s

by defenceWeb, 17 May, 10:06 AM

Sudan’s air force has taken delivery of its six FTC-2000 fighter/trainer aircraft from China’s Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC).

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Profitable outlook for global aerospace and defence industry

by defenceWeb, 16 May, 09:53 AM

The global aerospace and defence industry will experience a significant increase in revenues in 2018 after a year of subdued growth, according to Deloitte.

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Cameroon officially receives Cessna 208s

by defenceWeb, 14 May, 10:17 AM

The United States has officially handed over two Cessna 208 Caravan intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Cameroon’s Air Force to help it combat Boko Haram militants in the region.

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Military Health Service not financially well

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 09:46 AM

The SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) will have to put up with deterioration in facilities, obsolete equipment and a shortage of suitably qualified personnel this year.

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DoD benefits delivery to veterans better in some areas than others

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 09:44 AM

Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Kebby Maphatsoe, told Parliament the military veterans part of the portfolio had not performed well in the area of providing housing for veterans, but there were some highlights in his budget address.

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Force Intervention Brigade gets its second South African commander

The new man at the helm of the UN Force intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Brigadier General Patrick Dube.

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New flagship for Libyan military

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 09:54 AM

The Libyan National Army (LNA) has taken delivery of the flagship Al-Karama (Dignity) offshore patrol vessel, the former Irish vessel Aisling.

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Angola confirmed as Super Dvora Mk 3 patrol boat customer

by defenceWeb, 10 May, 09:34 AM

Angola is the customer for four Super Dvora Mk 3 patrol boats ordered from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in 2015.

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First and only female chemical engineer in the SA Navy

by Lt Cdr Glenn von Zeil, 7 May, 10:09 AM

Sub Lieutenant Masego Mosupye is a 27 year-old from Mafikeng in the North West who joined the SA Navy in December 2012 as a Reserve Force student, while studying at the University of Cape Town.

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Land reform in South Africa unlikely to see constitutional change

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:07 AM

South Africa looks likely to implement land redistribution under existing laws rather than changing the constitution following a ruling party summit, in an approach more palatable to investors, analysts said.

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Ghana soccer probe demanded

by Reuters, 23 May, 10:56 AM

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo called for a criminal investigation into the head of the country’s football association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, for fraudulently using the President’s name.

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New date set for Mugabe diamond hearing

by Reuters, 22 May, 11:22 AM

Former President Robert Mugabe was scheduled to answer questions this week related to diamond mining operations during his tenure in the Zimbabwe parliament, but an official said senior ruling party politicians opposed this.

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Clashes in eastern Libya intensify

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:04 AM

Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar engaged in fierce clashes around Derna, as two soldiers were killed in a car bomb and another was abducted from a checkpoint.

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Unemployed youth threaten Libya oilfields

by Reuters, 21 May, 10:35 AM

A group of unemployed Libyan youths will shut down oilfields in Marada unless demands for better state services are met, they said.

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ISS: What is behind Mozambique’s growing number of assassinations?

by ISS Africa, 21 May, 10:29 AM

On 27 March, Mozambican journalist and activist Ericino de Salema was leaving the National Union of Journalists in Maputo when two men threw him into an unregistered Toyota. They drove out along the Maputo Ring Road to a spot in Muntanhane and assaulted him. A...

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Shell Nigeria oil dispute back in court

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:01 AM

Lawyers for the Bodo community in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta, devastated by two major oil spills a decade ago, went to court in London this week to fend off what they said was an attempt by Shell to kill off litigation.

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DR Congo food initiative failing

by Reuters, 22 May, 11:19 AM

In 2014, Democratic Republic of Congo officials trumpeted a sweeping initiative they said would solve food shortages in one of the world’s poorest countries.

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Dramatic cash van heist caught on camera

by Reuters/SANews, 18 May, 01:34 PM

Robbers armed with assault rifles and explosives blew up two armoured cash-carrying vans in Johannesburg this week in a brazen broad-daylight incident that underscored South Africa’s reputation for violent crime.

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Kidnappers demand bitcoin ransom

by Reuters, 23 May, 10:58 AM

A criminal gang in South Africa who kidnapped a teenage boy are demanding a ransom in bitcoin cryptocurrency of nearly $120,000, police said. Katlego Marite (13) was dragged into a car while playing with two friends near his home in Witbank, in Mpumalanga, on...

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Cholera breaks out in Nigeria

by Reuters, 23 May, 10:54 AM

A cholera outbreak killed 12 people and may have infected at least 134 others in the Nigerian state Adamawa, a medical official said.

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British pensioner guilty of raping Kenyan girls

by Reuters, 23 May, 10:51 AM

A 72-year-old pensioner was found guilty in a British court of raping two Kenyan girls while on holiday in the East African nation, the latest example of cross-border collaboration to stamp out child sex offences by Western tourists.

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Saudi Arabia releases 1,000 Ethiopian prisoners

by Reuters, 21 May, 02:34 PM

Saudi Arabia has agreed to release 1,000 Ethiopian nationals who have been in prison in the Gulf state for a variety of offences, Ethiopian state affiliated media said on Saturday.

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African migrants rescued off Brazil coast

by Reuters, 21 May, 10:42 AM

A boat carrying two dozen migrants from West Africa was rescued off the coast of northern Brazil, officials from the state of Maranhão said.

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Molewa “cautiously optimistic” rhino poaching will decrease further

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 09:46 AM

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told Parliament this week she was “cautiously optimistic the tide is being turned on the scourge of rhino poaching”.

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Russia delays UN sanctions on Libyan human traffickers

by Reuters, 22 May, 11:27 AM

Russia delayed a western proposal for a UN Security Council committee to blacklist six accused leaders of human trafficking and migrant smuggling networks in Libya, asking for more information on the value and efficiency of the move.

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Zimbabwe applies to re-join the Commonwealth

by Reuters, 22 May, 11:25 AM

President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially applied for Zimbabwe to re-join the Commonwealth it left in 2003 and invited the grouping of former British colonies to send observers to its July general elections.

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Moroccans protest US Jerusalem embassy move

by Reuters, 21 May, 10:39 AM

More than 10,000 Moroccans chanting “Death to Israel” took to the streets of Casablanca to protest the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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Members of Djibouti's first Rapid Intervention Battalion graduate

by Africom, 11 May, 11:03 AM

Members of the Djiboutian Army’s first ever Rapid Intervention Battalion (RIB), graduated from training following a culminating exercise at a site outside Djibouti City on 3 May.

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Algerian military receives 400 vehicles

by defenceWeb, 9 May, 09:59 AM

The Algerian military has taken delivery of more than 400 utility vehicles that were manufactured locally.

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New mortars for Algeria

by defenceWeb, 4 May, 10:04 AM

The Algerian military has taken into service W86 120 mm mortar systems. This was revealed during an inspection by the Army’s Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaid Saleh, who also viewed various other weapons in service with the Algerian military.

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Turkey's Erdogan says nuclear-armed states 'threatening the world'

by Reuters, 22 May, 09:59 AM

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused countries with nuclear weapons of “threatening the world”, and criticised the United States’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

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U.S. gunmaker Remington exits bankruptcy in tough gun climate

by Reuters, 21 May, 10:26 AM

U.S. weapons manufacturer Remington Outdoor Co Inc said on Thursday it had emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy with less debt and more stable financing that may help it ride out a slowing market for firearms.

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Could Libya's nuclear pledge be a template for North Korea?

by Reuters, 17 May, 11:13 AM

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has called for North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal in a deal that mirrors Libya’s abandonment of its weapons of mass destruction in 2003.

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U.S. threatens sanctions as WTO raps Airbus subsidies

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:31 PM

The World Trade Organization ruled on Tuesday the European Union had maintained illegal support to Airbus, prompting the United States to threaten sanctions against European products in the first of two key aircraft subsidy decisions due this year.

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Gallery: Nelspruit air show

by Guy Martin, 14 May, 01:53 PM

Nelspruit played host to the successful 2018 Lowveld air show on 12 May 2018, which saw the debut of the UH-60 Black Hawk on the SA air show circuit and other highlights, from mass formations to aircraft versus car racing. Click here to view the gallery.

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US revoking Boeing, Airbus licenses to sell jets to Iran

by Reuters, 9 May, 10:23 AM

Licenses for Boeing Co and Airbus to sell passenger jets to Iran will be revoked, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

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Syria's army captures last insurgent area near Damascus

by Reuters, 22 May, 10:03 AM

The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus for the first time since early in the seven-year-old war, after pushing Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket, the military said.

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2018 worst year in Syria's humanitarian crisis

by Reuters, 21 May, 09:51 AM

The humanitarian crisis in Syria is worse this year than ever before in the country’s seven-year-old civil war, a United Nations official said on Friday.

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Gazans bury dead after bloodiest day of Israel border protests

by Reuters, 15 May, 10:04 AM

Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of people killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, while on the Gaza-Israel border, Israeli forces took up positions to deal with the expected final day of a Palestinian protest campaign.

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Helicopter displays, military re-enactments at Voortrekker Monument military fair

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 09:19 AM

The May public holiday has become synonymous with what is Gauteng’s biggest military and history fair and this year is no different.

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The African Peace and Security Architecture – a system for the past or adapting to the future?

by Thomas Mandrup, 12 Apr, 10:22 AM

The African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared to have reached full operational capability (FOC), in four out the five African regions. Full Operational Capability was the conclusion of the so-called Gambari validation report of December 2017, that followed...

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The fog of war: How Cuito Cuanavale became a legend

by Chris Szabo, 27 Mar, 12:23 PM

One of the interesting aspects of researching the fighting in southern Angola in 1987/88 was finding how different the recorded facts were to popular narratives, of which there are many. It would be worth discovering how some brigade-sized engagements near Cuito...

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Information and communications under the spotlight at MICSSA

by Guy Martin, 15 May, 01:51 PM

Information and communication technology and its military applications and capabilities came under the spotlight at the eighth Military Information and Communications Symposium of South Africa (MICSSA) on Tuesday.

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Controlling additive manufacturing and intangible transfers of technology

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 8 May, 10:17 AM

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) researchers Kolja Brockmann and Robert Kelley published a research paper last month, about the challenges brought by the rise of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies to exports-control regulations. ...

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Growing counter-space capabilities

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 30 Apr, 11:37 AM

The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS’s) “Space Threat Assessment 2018” argues that the US Military’s extensive reliance on space systems is a potential weakness its adversaries will surely try to exploit one day or another. “Space...

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Speech by General Hlatshwayo at Rand Show opening

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 08:09 AM

Speech by General Barney Hlatshwayo, SANDF Chief of Joint Operations, representing Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, at the opening of the Rand Show on 30 March 2018.

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FF+ leader on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 08:56 AM

FF Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said in a private member’s statement in parliament the wave of farm murders and attacks sweeping the country and particularly the cruelty of these attacks, makes it increasingly urgent for government and specifically the...

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Mapisa-Nqakula on defence budget vote

by defenceWeb, 25 Jun, 12:33 PM

Introduction of the debate on the defence and military veterans budget vote 2017 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister For Defence And Military Veterans, 25 May 2017, Parliament, Cape Town.

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New vehicles for Kruger park

by defenceWeb, 14 May, 11:07 AM

The Kruger National Park has taken delivery of 250 vehicles from Toyota which will be used for conservation and tourism-related duties in the park, from game viewing to medical evacuation.

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Africa Logistics Symposium 2018 focusses on strategic lift

by Africom, 11 May, 10:51 AM

The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, between 11 and 13 April at the AU compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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US Army looking to build command and control centre in Chad

by defenceWeb, 9 May, 09:29 AM

The United States Army is looking to build a command and control centre in Chad’s capital N’djamena.

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Top certifications for Rocketmine

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 11:09 AM

Rocketmine, a South African subsidiary of the Delta Drone Group, is the first drone operator in Africa to obtain both Basic Compliance Verification (BCV) and Basic Aviation Risk Standards (BARS) certifications, after almost a year of auditing through independent...

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Limitless applications for drones and conservation

by defenceWeb, 21 May, 02:28 PM

The limits to applying drone technology to nature conservation are literally defined by your imagination, says Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife ecologist Dr Debbie Jewitt.

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Crop-spraying drones promise to change agriculture

by defenceWeb, 21 May, 02:18 PM

Drones are being touted as a real game changer in one of agriculture’s most hazardous environments – crop spraying.

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Company News


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    The BRONCO II's internal Interchangeable Multi-Mission System Bay allows a single airframe to be rapidly reconfigured to perform multiple roles.

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    by Paramount Group, 8 May 2018

    The Ahrlac and its armed variant, the Mwari, are being developed and produced at Wonderboom Airport by Ahrlac Holdings, co-owned by Paramount Group.

  • defenceWeb launches new drone portal
    by defenceWeb, 7 May 2018

    The unmanned aerial vehicle portal will focus exclusively on military and commercial unmanned aviation, regulations and technology.

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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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