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Fact file: G6 L45 self-propelled towed gun-howitzer

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The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing two...

Fact file: Denel FV2 Bateleur Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)

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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...

Fact file: G5 L45 towed gun-howitzer

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The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing six...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fact file: Bazalt RPG-7 rocket propelled grenade and launcher

The Rocket Propelled Grenade (model) 7 (RPG-7) is a widely-produced, portable, shoulder-launched, anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade weapon first deployed from June 1961, when...

Fact file: Denel Z88 pistol

The Z88 is a copy of the Italian Beretta 92F and is the standard service pistol of the South African military. It...

Fact file: FN MAG GPMG

The FN MAG is a 7.62x51mm calibre general purpose machine gun designed by Ernest Vervier at Fabrique Nationale (FN) at Herstal in...

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Check before you speak, Minister!

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needs to verify her facts before she speaks, or risk further embarrassment to the South...