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Namibia receives Russian small arms

A Kord heavy machinegun.Namibia has apparently received a batch of small arms from Russia to equip its Marine Corps as part of contracts signed a couple of years ago.

Photos emerged on Twitter late last month showing a variety of small arms in Namibia. An unidentified source in the Russian defence industry told Russian news agency TASS that Namibia has ordered Kalashnikov AK-103 7.62x39 mm and AK-105 5.45x39 mm assault rifles, PP-19-01 Vityaz 9x19 mm sub-machineguns, SVD-S (based on the Dragunov) sniper rifles, PKP Pecheneg 7.62x54 mm and RPK-74M 7.62x39 mm machineguns, Kord 12.7x108 mm heavy machineguns, AGS-30 30 mm automatic grenade launchers and GP-34 40 mm under-barrel grenade launchers.

“Russia has fulfilled the Namibia’s order,” the source said, adding that the weapons would be issued to the naval infantry.

In August 2014, Director General of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Isaykin, said that Namibia had ordered small arms and Kornet-E missile systems from Russia. The 9M133 Kornet-E (AT-14 Spriggan) anti-tank missile order was confirmed by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI’s) arms transfer database, which stated that Namibia in 2014 ordered an unspecified number of 9M133 Kornet-E missiles, but as of the end of 2015, these had not yet been delivered.

The AT-14 missile was developed by Russia’s KBP Instrument Design Making Bureau, and is in service with the Russian Army. The missile has been exported to Syria, Jordan, the UAE, Kuwait, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India, Morocco, Algeria and Greece.

The system can be fired from vehicles or as a standalone system. It features a tandem high explosive anti-tank warhead designed to defeat explosive reactive armour, but can also be fitted with high explosive and thermobaric warheads for use against unarmoured targets. The anti-tank warhead can penetrate 1 200 mm of armour. Guidance is semi-automatic command-to-line-of-sight via laser beam. Range is five kilometres.


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