South Africa exported R5 billion of arms in 2011

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South Africa exported R5.2 billion worth of military equipment during the last three quarters of 2011, according to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), representing an apparent drop in exports.

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.

The NCACC today in Parliament revealed that R5.2 billion worth of arms were exported between April and December last year, while R1.75 billion worth of arms import permits were approved. In addition, R27 billion worth of contracting permits were issued during the same period.

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Export permits

Year

Number of countries

Number of export permits

Value

Remarks

2011 (Apr-Dec)

 

3038

R5 200 000 000

 

2010

89

3536

R8 329 433 683

 

2009

89

3883

R7 812 176 882

 

2008

88

2895

R5.898 billion

 

2007

Figures not publicly available

2006

Figures not publicly available

2005

Figures not publicly available

2004

2237

Full figures not publicly available

2003

1988

Full figures not publicly available

 

Contracting permits

Year

Number of countries

Number of contracting permits

Value

Remarks

2011 (Apr-Dec)

 

286

R27 000 000 000

 

2010

83

345

R27 719 382 572

 

2009

83

371

R82 501 892 182

 

2008

90

370

 

2007

Figures not publicly available

2006

Figures not publicly available

2005

Figures not publicly available

2004

388

Full figures not publicly available

2003

326

Full figures not publicly available

 

Import permits

Year

Number of countries

Number of import permits

Value

Remarks

2011 (Apr-Dec)

 

2137

R1 749 300 000

 

2010

69

2592

R3 959 894 292

 

2009

72

2003

R3 636 416 687

 

2008

61

1635

R6.361 billion

 

2007

Figures not publicly available

2006

Figures not publicly available

2005

Figures not publicly available

2004

1466

Full figures not publicly available

2003

972

Full figures not publicly available

 

In addition to import, export and contracting permits, the NCACC approved 88 registration permits, 18 marketing permits and 16 conveyance permits during the period April to December 2011.

A number of military exercises, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid and military training operations took place between April and December last year, including Operation Copper with Mozambique, Exercise Stalwart with Botswana, the capacity building Operation Vimbezela with the Central African Republic, Exercise Good Tidings with Malawi, Exercise Stalwart with Namibia, Exercise Shared Accord with the United States and the peacekeeping Operation Mistral in the Democratic Republic of Congo.



The NCACC gave the cost of these exercises and operations as R0.