Forces: May 20, 2000


: The South African Army has announced a 15-year plan for modernization. This includes:

@ 95 main battle tanks to be ordered about 2008.

@ 240-300 wheeled 8x8 infantry combat vehicles to outfit three of the four mechanized battalions. The fourth battalion, and the reserve battalions, will retain the current Ratel vehicles. Original plans for 700 vehicles were scrapped as too costly. A group of 72 tank destroyers on the same chassis will be ordered in 2015 to replace the current systems. 

@ "more than 1,000" wheeled mine-protected armored personnel carriers for infantry units and various support units, a considerable reduction from original plans for 3,000 such vehicles.

@ 12 (and later 48) shoulder-fired or pedestal-mounted anti-aircraft missiles.

@ 32 short-range air defense systems mounted on armored vehicles.

@ "several hundred" new tactical logistics vehicles (i.e., trucks).--Stephen V Cole


Article Archive

Forces: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close