SA sold R1.7 billion of arms in second quarter of 2013

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The South African defence industry sold R1.7 billion worth or armaments in the second quarter of this year, down from R2.8 billion for the same period last year.

The figures were released by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) in its second quarterly report to Parliament on Thursday, the New Age reports. The R1.7 billion worth of military equipment was sold between April and June this year, mostly to the United States and Sweden.

This is down from the R2.8 billion worth of military hardware sold between April 1 and June 30, 2012. Between January and March 2012, the NCACC approved 16 contracts worth R521 million and approved 437 export permits to 42 countries worth R1.56 billion.

The NCACC’s second quarterly report for this year revealed that the biggest sale was worth R555 million and went to Sweden. Thailand bought R505 million worth of equipment and the United States R375 million.

The New Age reported that Azerbaijan spent R131 million on South African military hardware, Finland R129 million, Egypt R17.9 million, the United Arab Emirates R113 million and the United Kingdom R46 million. The equipment the countries bought was not stated, however, the NCACC did say that mine clearance equipment was sold for use in Syria, with hardware worth R26 million sold to the United Nations for demining in that country.

Meanwhile, Germany bought R56 million worth of South African military equipment; Saudi Arabia R61 million and Pakistan R45 million.

The trade in conventional arms and the rendering of foreign military assistance is regulated by the NCACC, which reports to Parliament, as well as the Directorate Conventional Arms Control (DCAC). South African arms traders are required to be registered with the DCAC. Permits are required for weapons development and manufacturing, marketing, contracting, exporting, importing or transferring of conventional arms. This includes; weapons, munitions, vessels designed for war, articles of war, and related systems, components, technologies, dual-use goods or services.

The NCACC said that in 2011 it issued 3 672 export permits to 82 countries and these were worth R9.18 billion. Figures released to Parliament show that South Africa exported R8.329 billion worth of arms to 89 countries in 2010 versus R7.812 billion to 96 nations in 2009 and R5.898 billion to 88 states in 2008.

Below follows transfers by South Africa of major conventional weapons in the last year, as recorded by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Arms Transfers Database:

Recipient

No ordered

Designation

Type

Year or order

Year of delivery/license

No delivered/produced

Comment

Azerbaijan

30

Marauder

APC

2011

2012

30

Assembled in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

30

Matador

APC

2011

2012

30

Assembled in Azerbaijan

Benin

10

Casspir

APC

2012

 

 

Casspir 2000 version

Congo

4

Mirage F1

Fighter jet

2008

2010-2012

4

Ex-SAAF

Ecuador

12

Cheetah C

Fighter jet

2010

2011-2012

12

Ex-SAAF

Finland

25

RG-32 Scout

APV

2012

 

 

RG-32M version

Iraq

300

Ingwe

Anti-tank missile

2010

2010-2012

300

For EC 635 helicopters

Ireland

27

RG-32 Scout

APV

2009

2010-2012

27

 

Kenya

67

Puma M-26

APC

2010

2011-2012

67

 

Malaysia

216

Ingwe

Anti-tank missile

2012

 

 

 

Malaysia

123

LCT-30

IFV turret

 

 

 

 

Malaysia

54

MCT

AV turret

 

 

 

 

Malaysia

54

Rogue

AV turret

 

 

 

 

Rwanda

5

RG-31 Nyala

APC

2012

 

 

 

Sweden

60

RG-32 Scout

APV

2009

2012

60

RG-32M for use in Afghanistan

Sweden

110

RG-32 Scout

APV

2012

2012

55 (deliveries ongoing)

 

UAE

48

RG-31 Nyala

APC

2007

2009-2012

48

Designated Agrab

UAE

73

RG-31 Nyala

APC

2011

 

 

Designated Agrab-2

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