Fell off the wagon - Did not make the grade
Yes, they were volunteers, but they had a contract and most of the time they took their whole kit (incl. rifle) with them once they deserted.
I guess it was a way of getting something you needed
Yep, getting what you needed
while we are here chatting about the efficiency of the current crop of troops...what is the average age of the troopie in the SANDF at the moment anyone have any ideas?
Also those who served in the mid 1980s will agree that the level of discipline enjoyed during those times even though we were national servicemen far exceeds that of the current army, the CIT references serves to re-enforce this.
There was a general attempt to "de-Anglicize" the SADF. Defence spending was cut, ranks were changed (most reverted to the old ones within a few years, except for Commandant- today Lt.Col. again), and attempts were made to marginalise some of the traditional "English" regiments (nevermind that a large percentage of their men were Afrikaans-speaking). Erasmus had a particular problem with the Imperial Light Horse who he wanted to disband totally. Eventually they were kept on as the Light Horse Regiment. Thankfully by the early 1960s common sense had returned to a large degree.
..............Hoefyster team awaits go-ahead
South African acquisition officials are hoping that they will "soon" receive authorisation to go ahead with the much-delayed new-generation Project Hoefyster infantry combat vehicle (ICV).The joint Armscor/South African National Defence Force project team has negotiated a best price offer from a Denel-led consortium of ZAR8.4 billion (USD1.15 billion) for 264 vehicles in five different configurations.
[*******black][FONT=Verdana]Back to gross personal conjecture not backed by any personal knowledge: the initial Mk1B’s that I saw (1990) had upgraded hull (armour and all automotive gear) and uparmoured turret. The “inside workings” (FCS etc) were still basically the same as that of the Mk1A that I served on at the time. During that timeframe I got to play with some of the stuff then in development and testing (and thus not in the then Mk1B), which were mostly gunnery and turret inside related. On the “Mk2” being first shown, it seemed that the idea was for a totally new turret (TTD type/spin-off) on an upgraded Mk1B hull. On the “Mk2” shown at AAD’06, this was not the case. Only an extensively upgraded Centurion turret. But with lots of new toys inside (which were not on the 1B when I saw it many, many moons ago). Starting with commander’s sight system (hunter/killer ability)(easiest ID of what seem to be dif between Mk1B and Mk2 on photos) and ending with different stab motors on the floor. The turret add-ons also for some reason looked different from what I remembered from the Mk1B, but can’t specify why (17years ago), just a feeling. Would also hazard a guess the composites used in the “boxes” would be different.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******black][FONT=Verdana]Saw you got a Rooikat 105 pic up on Tanknet.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******black][FONT=Verdana]Unfortunate did not get a good pic (1 only) of the Rooikat from the outside (sun from behind veh, taking pic into sun, so did not try too hard), but took quite a couple inside etc. Had very limited time during AAD06. Will remedy that this year. Despite what the info board says, I seriously doubt that the veh at AAD06 was the 105 version. Barrel does not look like the 105 one. I have pics of the breech etc as well, and it looks like the plain 76breech. But then again, the GT7 105 might look like the GT4 76. I don’t know.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******black][FONT=Verdana]And combine this with a period of relative peace and the currrent low threat environment…[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******black][FONT=Verdana]And wha-lah, you have the SANDF of today [/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******black][FONT=Verdana](which is a very unfair statement in part, things have been improving in some ways over the last couple of years, there are lots of people working towards fixing things, in a very difficult, complex and taxing environment)[/FONT][/COLOR]
It looks like a G-7. Not 100% sure if it is.
Can any of the South African Friends post some photos of the following:
[SIZE=4]b. Kentron ZA-HVM(SPAAM)[/SIZE]
[SIZE=4]c. Kentron SAHV-IR(TAAM)[/SIZE]
[SIZE=4]d. G-6 52cal( [/SIZE][SIZE=2]new photos please)[/SIZE]