The South African defence industry exported R220 million worth of weapons and ammunition to a dozen countries last year, from missiles to small arms ammunition, according to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).
In its detailed annual report, the NCACC revealed that total sales of heavy and light weapons in 2013 amounted to R26.8 million. Some of these sales included nine ‘surface target’ missiles to Algeria, for R8.4 million in 2013, ten 7.62 mm machineguns to Malaysia and four 20 mm cannons to Thailand. In addition, 40 mm multiple grenade launchers were sold to Malaysia (10), Korea (130) and the United Arab Emirates (250).
R193 million worth of ammunition was exported last year. The biggest order came from Pakistan, which bought 125 000 rounds of 40 mm ammunition for R45 million. Medium and small calibre ammunition was exported to half a dozen countries, including Botswana (1 000 40 mm rounds for R410 000), Chad (7 100 90 mm rounds for R25.9 million) and Malaysia (15 200 40 mm rounds for R8.4 million). Turkey, Peru and the United Kingdom also each bought several thousand rounds of 40 mm ammunition.
On the small calibre side, Lesotho bought 200 000 rounds of 7.62 x 51 mm ammunition for R990 000 and the same number of 5.56 x 45 mm rounds for R736 000. Oman purchased 250 000 rounds of 9 x 19 mm ammunition (R1.09 million).
A number of bombs were sold to Denmark, which bought 654 250 kg bombs for R8.2 million while the Philippines bought 90 250 kg bombs for R6.4 million
120 mm mortar rounds were sold to the United Arab Emirates, which bought 3 166 rounds at a cost of R38.4 million, as well as 4 000 155 mm shells for R35.5 million and Turkey purchased 1000 hand grenades for R4.1 million, according to the NCACC report.