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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...

Fact file: Browning M4 MMG

The M4 is Browning M1919A4 0.30 inch calibre medium machine gun modified by Lyttleton Engineering Works, now Denel Land Systems, to fire...

Fact file: Denel SS-77 general purpose machine gun

Development of this domestic design began in 1977 and deliveries commenced a decade later, production having started in 1986. The weapon was...

Fact file: Denel Mini-SS light machine gun

The Mini-SS is a 5.56mm conversion of the SS-77 developed in 1994.   ...

Fact file: Law making

It is commonly assumed laws are made by Parliament, hence that organ's alternative names of "legislature" or "lawmaker". However, in South Africa,...

Fact file: Regiment Mooirivier

Regiment Mooirivier is the successor to 2 Anti-Tank Regiment, captured at Matruh in June 1942, shortly after 2 SA Division, its parent, surrendered at...

Fact file: Transvaal Scottish

Formed in Johannesburg in 1902, the Transvaal Scottish (TS) is affiliated to the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) and wears Murray of Atholl tartan. In 1906...

Fact file: SA Irish Regiment

The first South African unit with a truly Irish background was the Cape Town Irish Rifles, raised by Maj O'Reilly in 18851....

Fact file: Regiment Paul Kruger

A West Rand infantry unit named for former ZAR President Paul Kruger, for whom nearby Krugersdorp is also named. Current role: Motorised...

Fact file: Natal Carbineers

The Natal Carbineers said to be the oldest volunteer regiment in the former British Empire and the senior regiment of the SA Army1. The...

Fact file: Light Horse Regiment

Formerly the Imperial Light Horse1, the regiment was raised on the authority of the War Office (London) on September 21, 1899 from Uitlander refugees...

Fact file: Regiment Northern Transvaal

RNT is one of the more recent reserve units, being formed in 1963 and coming into service in January 1964. By May...

Fact file: Prince Alfred’s Guard

Established as the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Rifle Corps on September 19, 1856, the title Prince Alfred's Guard (PAG) was unofficially assumed in...

Fact file: Regiment President Steyn

Established on April 1, 1934, named for Marthinus Theunis Steyn, the last President of the Orange Free State Republic and raised in...

Fact file: Regiment Oos Rand

An East Rand based infantry unit. Current role: Motorised infantry/Internal Stability. Current base: Germiston Battle honours: Motto:

FAct file: Pretoria Regiment

Established in 1913 and known as the 12th Infantry, Active Citizen Force, until 1928, when its full title became the Princess Alice's...

Fact file: Regiment Oranjerivier

"The Regiment was founded as an Afrikaans language unit on September 12, 1952 as Regiment Noordwes-Kaap ("Regiment North-West Cape"), but this name...

Fact file: Natal Mounted Rifles

The NMR was founded in 1888 with the merger of the Victoria, Alexandra, Durban and Umzimkulu Mounted Rifles. The new regiment at...

Fact file: Kimberley Regiment

The regiment was formed in 1899 from the Diamond Fields Horse and the Kimberley Rifles. In 1907 it absorbed the Diamond Fields...

Fact file: Witwatersrand Rifles

Wits Rifles is South Africa's only Lowland regiment (it carries on the traditions of the Cameronians and wears Douglas tartan)....

Fact file: Johannesburg Regiment

The Johannesburg Regiment was founded on July 1 1951 as the 8th Field Regiment, South African Artillery. The regiment was disbanded and...

Fact file: South African arms exports

Below follows South Africa's major arms exports 1994-2009 as declared to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms. 2009 (submitted December 16,...

Fact file: SANDF payscales wef July 2010

Payscales in the South African National Defence Force: July 1, 2010     ...

Fact file: Infantry School

The Infantry School, now at Oudtshoorn, was established in November 1953, after a chequered career dating back to the South African Military...

Fact file: Regiment De la Rey

Named after the "Lion of the West", as General Koos de la Rey was known during – and after – the South...

Fact file: Cape Town Rifles (Dukes)

Recognised by Major Tylden1 as the oldest Cape infantry unit, the Dukes were raised as the Cape Rifle Corps on November 28,...

Durban Regiment

Established in 1923 as the Durban Volunteer Guides, the unit was disbanded after World War Two but reformed on paper in 1959...

Fact file: Durban Light Infantry

Formed on May 24, 1854 and gazetted on January 27, 1855 as the Durban Volunteer Guard. In 1859 the title became the...

Fact file: Buffalo Volunteer Rifles

An East London corps raised on December 20, 1883 as the Kaffrarian Rifles, a reference to the colonial name for the Border...

Fact file: Cape Town Highlanders

The unit is often teased for being the world's only coastal Highland regiment – something of a contradiction in terms. The regiment...

Fact file: Regiment Botha

Named or the Prime Minister and Boer general, Regiment Botha was formed on April 1 1934 at Ermelo and recruited in the...

Fact file: Regiment Christiaan Beyers

This unit was formed in 1951 by renaming the second battalion of Regiment Botha. Beyers had been a Boer general and later...

Fact file: 2 and 3 Parachute Battalions

By 1971 the number of parachute-trained white conscripts with further national service obligations as reservists had grown to the point where 1...

Fact file: Regiment Bloemspruit

Regiment Bloemspruit was established on January 1 1964 as the first Citizen Force infantry regiment in the then Orange Free State with...

Johannesburg Regiment

The Johannesburg Regiment was founded on July 1 1951 as the 8th Field Regiment, South African Artillery. The regiment was disbanded and...

Fact file: Police basic salaries

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According to the Ministry of Police the following are the current police basic salaries: Constable R 74,452.00 Sergeant R119,514.00 Warrant Officer R149,874.00 Captain R189,636.00 Lieutenant Colonel ...

Fact file: Denel disposals and strategic partnerships: 2006-2009

The following from the written answer by the Department of Public Enterprises to a a question by Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter...

Fact file: SA defence exports: 2009

The United States has for the last two years been South Africa's largest defence exports client, chalking up purchases of R2.9 billion...

Fact file: DoD strategic planning process

The Department of Defence's 2010-2013 Strategic Plan notes that the DOD's medium-term strategic focus is shaped "by the National Strategic Direction, which...

Fact file: Classifying armed forces

Classifying armed forces is inherently dangerous and controversial. Retired Rear Admiral (and now consultant) Rolf Hauter says he is "rather sceptical of...

Fact file: The Minister of Defence’s priorities with FY 2010/11

The Department of Defence's Strategic Plan for 2010-2013 notes that the Minister of Defence has determined that execution of the defence mandate...