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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...

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