Coolest tanks, armoured vehicles, and aircraft used by the SANDF

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Best tanks and aircraft used by South Africa's military

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has a range of powerful armoured vehicles and aircraft at its disposal.

Following the force's deployment to parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal last week, several videos surfaced on social media in which some of these could be seen transporting soldiers and patrolling roads in looting hotspots.
 

Herr der Verboten

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Until the taxi2000 models replaced both tanks and aircraft. These days they shuttle civilians...

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Rooivalk
First year of service in South Africa: 2011

This correct?
 

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The Minister of Defence, highest qualification, primary school teacher diploma, with all the firepower at her disposal, we can be invaded by Mozambique tomorrow and she will take 2 days to react, the recent response time to the latest unrest is testament to that and the whole world was witness to it.
 

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Right, an upgraded version? Because from what I read the Rooivalk entered service in 1999.

Operational, but not deployable, hence it was not deemed combat ready. Yes, the old blocks was operational.

In 2013, the Rooivalk was deployed to the DRC where it is still active to this day in NATO service with an apparent sublime track record.
 

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Nonetheless, the eight-wheeled armoured reconnaissance vehicle can handle engagements with tanks on the battlefield.

Very old tanks, like T-55s yes. Not so much Botswanas Leopard 1s.
 

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Jeez, some of that stuff is old. Has nothing new been manufactured in the past 10 years.
 

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Operational, but not deployable, hence it was not deemed combat ready. Yes, the old blocks was operational.

In 2013, the Rooivalk was deployed to the DRC where it is still active to this day in NATO service with an apparent sublime track record.

Very much so..

The Rooivalk is a sublime piece of engineering and bloody effective at its job.
 

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And how much of this so called (arse)nal has been properly maintained and is combat ready at the drop of a pin?

In particular how many of the Gripens or Frigates!!??
We won't even start on the capabilities and training of the SANDF personnel.
Best not to even attempt an answer.
 

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Sadly, our Grippen Fighters, which is really awesome aircraft, probably has an effective combat radius currently of 0nm due to budget constraints and lack of spares.

In fact, we probably now have one less if one reads between the lines:


It would have been better for the Airforce to have modernised the Martime Patrol fleet to protect our EEZ and the Transport fleet - which is really really old, but hey, the figter jocks got new toys for whatever reason back in the day.

I can speculate that they probably thought it would be a no-brainer to get new Transport and Maritime Patrol aircraft later and that it would be more difficult for the Lead-in Fighter Trainer and pure Fighter roles. If that was the case, then that turned out to be misguided with hindsight.
 

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And how much of this so called (arse)nal has been properly maintained and is combat ready at the drop of a pin?
Been watching a few of these YT videos on old trucks/cars people find lying around and then its will it start after 15 years

But in this case for the SANDF stuff it will be will it start after 30 years.
 

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Why does it sound like they got rid of all the tank engineers and now no one can fix it.

Maybe I should teach them about tanks and how to succesfully use one.
 

Corelli

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Well if you considers the Russians brought out 20 tanks for each 1 tank the germans built and yes effectively it was 2 chunks of iron slapped together with a turret to shoot. Thus they defeated the Germans with well sheer numbers. Imagine Angry mob style in Command and Conquer.

But for strategy in WW2 the only decent ones were Patton (USA) and Langermann (Germany). Langermann was the one that decided to push his tanks thru the forests in France and came up behind the French. In matter of fact the rest of the German army was so far away behind him.
 

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The Minister of Defence, highest qualification, primary school teacher diploma, with all the firepower at her disposal, we can be invaded by Mozambique tomorrow and she will take 2 days to react, the recent response time to the latest unrest is testament to that and the whole world was witness to it.
Whilst the ANC has a commission of inquiry to determine why Mozambique invaded us and is struggling to subpoena witnesses the citizens will be slaughtered.
 

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Oh well, I guess that being 3rd in Africa isn't too bad after all. It's nowhere near where we used to be 35 years ago though, and number one (Egypt) is waaaay ahead of us.

 
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