SOUTH AFRICA'S MILITARY ON THE MOVE

J.P. McWilliams

Abstract


If one looks at the South African Defence Force (SADF), it becomes apparent that it is the strongest defence force in Africa based on trained manpower, organisation, weapons systems, mobilisation capacity and defence budget. The Republic of South Africa has the capability to procure and manufacture the overwhelming majority of its weapons and armaments through its existing parastatal, Armaments Corporation of South Africa Ltd. (Armcscor). According to The Military Balance, 1986-87, published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, (IISS), South Africa has 250 Centurian/Olifant tanks, 1 600 Eland armoured cars, 1 500 Ratel Infantry combat vehicles, 372 combat aircraft, 16 armed helicopters and 144 other helicopters. The SADF can mobilize over 400 000 personnel. Defence expenditures for 1985/6 were 2,27 billion dollars. The defence budget for 1986/7 indicates allocations of 2,012 billion dollars.


Keywords


Armaments Corporation of South Africa Ltd. (Armcscor); South African Defence Force (SADF), strongest defence force in Africa

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5787/18-1-415

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