The Military Balance 2018: Ground Forces.

South African National Defence Force.

Active Duty : 85,000

Reserve Personnel : 15,000

South Africa is superior in military training and technology visavis Nigeria on the ground. The SANDF benefits immensely from a highly developed domestic military industrial complex. It’s Artillery guns for instance some of the most advanced in the world.

South Africa once boasted the most powerful military in all of Africa, and was for a brief period of time Africa’s only nuclear power. It’s  conventional forces dwarfed those of the rest of the continent combined.

However, the South African military has suffered from over two decades of neglect and no longer cast the shadow of Africa’s military superpower. South Africa is intent on military reforms and capacity building, but rearmament has been slow, and the once formidable SANDF can barely carry out military operations outside its border. It’s attempt to project power by deploying forces to the Central African Republic ended in a disaster.

RIFLE

Vektor SS-77 and Mini-SS

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FN MAG

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Browning MG4 MMG

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Milkor Y2 MK-1 MGL (Grenade launcher)

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Denel Y3 AGL Automatic Grenade Launcher.

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AMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES

Ratel Infantry Vehicles

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Rookiate Wheeled Amoured Fighting Vehicle.

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Dennel Amoured (Badger) Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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Hornet Rapid Deployment Recce Vehicle

ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER

Mamba MK3

Casspir Mk II

MAIN BATTLE TANK

Olifant Mk1B

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Number in service : 72

Olifant Mk2

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Number in service : 38

ARTILLERY

GV6 Renoster Self Propelled Howitzer.

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Number in service : 43

Denel Land Systems T’52 Long Range Artillery Gun.

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G5 155 mm Howitzer

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Number in service : 72

GV1 25 Towed Howitzer

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Number in service : N/A

ROCKET ARTILLERY

Bateleur Mk 2 127mm/ Valkiri MK1 MRL

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MEDION DIGITAL CAMERA

Number in service : 46

ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY

Oerlikon 35 mm radar guided anti-aircraft cannon.

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Number in service : 152

ZU-23-2 Zumlac ( captured from the Russians

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Number in service : 36

Husky VMDD Mine Clearing Vehicle

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Number in service : N/A

ANTI-TANK WEAPONS

MILAN ER

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Number in service : 30 (300 missiles)

Denel Dynamics ZT3 Ingwe

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M40 Recoiless Rifle

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MAN-PORTABLE SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES

Starstreak MANPAD

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MOBILE EARLY WARNING

ESR220 Thutlwa

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Number in service : 4

UNMANNED/AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

Vulture UAV

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Number in service : 4

NIGERIAN ARMY

Active Duty Personnel : 200,000

Reserve Personnel : 52,000

Nigeria is in a decade’s long confusing development pattern of isolation between external indycedvshick therapy and inward turning, leaving a legacy of ambivalence towards modernization. The reason for this ” drunk-like” pattern of uneven development are personalized with Nigeria’s rulers.

The Ya’ardua/Goodluck Jonathan era nurtured the technological development of Nigeria. The late Ya’Argus ( a former lecturer) reached a deal with Israel for drone technology, as well as a $270 million deal for 12 Aerostar drones.  Goodluck Jonathan  (also a former lecturer) precided over the expansion of Nigeria’s Space program, putting into orbit more satellites than the rest of Africa combined. These achievements however was undercut by corruption on a scale almost beyond comprehension with billions of dollars meant for arms procurement missing.This greatly degraded Nigeria’s military capability.

The Buhari administration started a turning point. His first executive action as President was to fire the Service Chiefs, appointed new competent Service deadline give them a 12 months dead line to defeat Boko Haram, relocate the operational headquarters of the war on Boko Haram from Abuja to the frontlines in Maiduguri and called for the revamping of Nigeria’s domestic arms industry . The effect of these reforms were evident, in less than a year Boko Haram insurgents were on the run.

Then he made himself Petroleum Minister and removed his focus on rebuilding Nigeria’s military capability, focusing instead on Cattle headers and other domestic etc. Lacking in strategic depth, he fails to see the arms race in West Africa and efforts to undermine Nigeria’s influence in the region. He cut defense spending by %30 despite objections by his Service Chiefs. So once again Nigeria’s military modernization is hamstrung, not by corruption this time, but by intellectual deficiencies at the helm of Nigeria’s decision makers.

RIFLES

Beryl M762

UKM-200 GPM (General Purpose Machine Gun)

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IWI Tavor

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The Tavor assault rifle.

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DShK 12.7mm “DUSHKA”

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Alex-338 Sniper rifle

FN FAL Automatic Grenade Launcher

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AMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES

BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

BTR-4 Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Number in service :

ERC-90 Amoured Fighting Vehicle.

Number in service : 80

Panhard VBL

Number in service : 72

Saurer 4K 4FA

Number in service : 250

FV101 Scorpion Reece Vehicle

 

Number in service : 157

BTR-3-70-60

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Number in service : 74

REVA MRAP

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Number in Service : 40 (five lost to attrition)

Bigfoot MRAP

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MAIN BATTLE TANKS

VICKERS MK III Eagle Tank

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Number in Service : 108

T-72 M MBT

 

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A T-72 M Tank during combat operations in the northeast.

Nigeria T72

Number in service : 77

Number in service : 24

ARTILLERY

FH77 Bofors Self Propelled Howitzer

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Number in service : 24

D-30 Howitzer

 

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Number in service : 126

Palmaria 155 Self Propelled Howitzer

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155mm self propelled howitzer at the Eagle Square parade ground, Abuja
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Number in service : 24

RM-70 MLRS

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Number in service : 9

BM-21 Grad

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Number in Service : 30

ANTI-TANK WEAPONS

Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle

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Number in service : 30

Anti-Tank Bazooka

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Swingfire Anti-tank Missile

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Number in service : 100

ANTI-AIRCRAFT

Strela-2 MANPAD

Number in service : 100

ZSU-23-4 Shilka

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Number in service : 30

 MOBILE EARLY WARNING

Tin Sheild Mobile Early Warning Radar System.

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UNMANNED/AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS 

Tactical Bomb Disposal Robot.

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GULMA Tactical UAV

 

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An Element of the UAE Command and Control Centre for mission commanders.

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