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South African Army Artillery Formation
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Branch South African Army
Service history
Active 1999 to date
Colors Guardsmen Red and Oxford Blue[1]
Commanders
Insignia
Insignia Bursting grenade with seven flames

The South African Army Artillery Formation is the controlling entity of all South African Army artillery and air defence units.

HistoryEdit

The South African Defence Force (SADF), TBVC forces and the non-statutory forces (Umkhonto-we-Sizwe and APLA) ceased to exist on 27 April 1994 when they were integrated into the new South African National Defence Force (SANDF), although the integration process relied on the structures and practices of the former SADF. The re-organisation of the SA Army was a lengthy process. The SA Army Office was established and 43 and 46 Brigade Headquarters were retained as tactical headquarters, but without permanently assigned units. The Corps were restructured with Regular and Reserve Regiments under command. The so-called “Type Formations” were established which assumed responsibility for the provisioning of combatready forces to be employed by the Chief of Joint Operations.

The South African Artillery Corps (SAA Corps) re-organised itself into the SA Army Artillery Formation with the SA Army Artillery Formation headquarters (SA Army Arty Fmn HQ) as the command and control capability.

The SA Army Arty Fmn HQ was then established in April 1999 [2]

UnitsEdit

The Formation consists of both regular and reserve units:

Regular unitsEdit

Reserve unitsEdit

Recent deploymentsEdit

Due to a shortage of regular infantry, both 4 Artillery Regiment and 10 Air Defence Regiment have recently[when?] provided gunners deployed in their secondary role as line infantry in the central African region on peacekeeping duties.

In July 2011 a radar unit from 10 Air Defence Regiment was deployed to Juba, South Sudan to support the South African Air Force's airspace management and air traffic control mission during that country's independence celebrations.[3]

EquipmentEdit

The Formation uses the following equipment, among others:

To be acquired:

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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