The Past Week in Defence #42 (22 February – 28 February 2021)

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In this week’s edition, in SANDF news, Commander-in-Chief Ramaphosa lauds soldiers for COVID-19 “confrontation”, the lion’s share of the defence budget goes to salaries, budget cuts have been called a recipe for SANDF disaster, the Surgeon General admits “wrongs were committed” with the Cuban COVID-19 drug import, Kamffer looks set to depart Army Reserves director post and soldiers on border duty confiscate drugs worth millions and recover vehicles.



In industry news, Milkor unveils an armed UAV and automatic grenade launcher at IDEX 2021, and a Paramount and Bharat Forge agreement secures an Indian Army vehicle order as Paramount partners with Sarcos Robotics to offer exoskeletons and military robots. Denel chair Monhla Hlahla resigns and changes are coming for Denel and other SOEs says Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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00:00:56 – Commander-in-Chief lauds soldiers for COVID-19 “confrontation”
00:01:31 – Lion’s share of defence budget goes to salaries
00:03:45 – Budget cuts a recipe for SANDF disaster
00:04:39 – SG admits “wrongs committed” with Cuban COVID-19 drug import
00:05:15 – Kamffer looks set to depart Army Reserves director post
00:06:11 – Soldiers on border duty confiscate drugs worth millions, recover vehicles
00:07:53 – Milkor unveils armed UAV at IDEX 2021
00:09:06 – Milkor UAE unveils automatic grenade launcher at IDEX 2021
00:09:57 – Paramount and Bharat Forge agreement secures Indian Army vehicle order
00:11:01 – Paramount partners with Sarcos Robotics to offer exoskeletons and military robots
00:12:22 – Denel chair Hlahla resigns
00:13:03 – Changes coming for Denel and other SOEs