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Equipment

The most primary asset in the SAP STF is the Operator, with his specialised skill sets, working within an integrated team and support structure. Such an individual team member’s core skill set is his ability to lead and function in high threat and stress environments, be adaptable with swift decisive action, in order to defend, serve and protect or change over to offensive roles.

The nature of the threat and response arena within a civilian context is a differentiating factor between the SAP STF and most other Special Forces in the world. The perseverance of life is pivotal, thus an analogy may be drawn between the application of a broad sword and a scalpel. The scalpel present more restrictive operational parameters require more delicate precision decision making and adaptive execution. The equipment used by the SAP STF reflects these parameters. We endeavour to publish more equipment in future on this site and welcome engagement and interest in our discussion forums.


Small Arms


H&K USP

Calibre
Overall length
Overall height
Overall width
Barrel length
Sight radius
Weight
Without magazine
With empty magazine
Magazine capacity

9 mm x 19
194 mm
136 mm
38 mm
108 mm
158 mm

715 g

770 g
15 Cartridges

H&K USP Compact

Calibre
Overall length
Overall height
Overall width
Barrel length
Sight radius
Weight
Without magazine
With empty magazine
Magazine capacity

9 mm x 19
173 mm
127 mm
34 mm
91 mm
135 mm

645 g

727 g
13 Cartridges

H&K MP5N

Calibre
Overall length
Overall height
Overall width
Barrel length
Sight radius
Weight
With empty magazine
Magazine capacity
Cycle Rate of Fire
Stock

9 mm x 19
325 mm
260 mm
50 mm
225 mm
340 mm


3250g
30 Cartridges
800rpm
Telescopic


Assault Rifles

R5 Assault Rifle

The R5 is a 5.56 mm assault rifle that was introduced into service with the South African Police in the late 1980's, replacing the earlier 7.62 mm R1 / FN FAL rifle, that was manufactured in South Africa under a license agreement from Fabrique Nationale. The R5 is produced by Vektor (a small arms division of Denel corporation, currently Denel Land Systems). The weapon is a licensed variant of the Israeli Galil assault rifle with several modifications; notably, both the stock and magazine are now made of a high-strength polymer and the stock's arms were lengthened, adapting the weapon for the average South African soldier. The R5 is a selective fire, gas-operated weapon that fires from a closed bolt.

Calibre
System Operation
Locking System
Muzzle Velocity
Rate of Fire
Mass (empty)
Length (folded)
Barrel Length
Height (bipod)
Effective Range
Sight Radius
Feed Device

5.56 mm x 45
Gas
Rotating block
980 m/s
600 - 750 rpm
4,3 kg
740 mm
460 mm
360 mm
500 m
475 mm
35 round magazine
(standard)

FN FAL Para / R3 Assault Rifle

The South African R1 series of rifles are based on the Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN) Fusil Automatique Léger (FAL) (light automatic rifle) or FAL. Formally introduced by its designer Dieudonne Saive in 1951, and produced two years later, it has been described as the "right arm of the free world."

After a competition between the German G3 rifle, the Armalite AR-10, and the FN FAL, the South African military adopted three variants of the FAL:
  • a rifle under the Commonwealth pattern with the designation R1
  • a variant of the FN FAL folding-stock rifle fabricated locally under the designation R2
  • a model designed for police use capable of automatic fire under the designation R3
The license-built R1/R2/R3 was built by Lyttelton Engineering Works (LEW) and the Armaments Development and Production Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR).

Caliber
Cartridge
Action
Muzzle velocity
Effective range
Rate of fire
Mass (empty)
Length
Barrel length
Feed device

7.62 mm (.308 in)
7.62 × 51 mm NATO
gas-operated, tilting block
823 m/s (2 700 ft/s)
600 m (656 yd)
650 rounds/min (cyclic)
4.31 kg
110 cm
53 cm
20 round detachable box
magazine

Sniper Rifles

McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle

TAC-50 sniper rifle is produced in USA by McMillan Bros. Rifles Co. This long range anti-materiel / anti-personnel weapon is based on previous designs from the same company, which first appeared during late 1980s. McMillan Co makes several versions of .50 caliber rifles, based on same proprietary action, for military, law enforcement and civilian use. TAC-50 is a military / LE weapon, which is standard Long Range Sniper rifle of Canadian Armed Forces since 2000. Rifles of TAC-50 family is capable of outstanding accuracy and guaranteed to provide 0.5 MOA groups with match grade ammunition. TAC-50 rifle is also credited with longest range documented kill on enemy soldier: in 2003, a Canadian sniper shot and killed an Afghani taliban insurgent from the range of 2430 meters (nearly one and a half mile).

McMillan TAC-50 is manually operated, rotary bolt rifle. Huge, full-size bolt has dual front locking lugs, and its body has spiral flutes to reduce weight. Heavy match-grade barrel is also fluted, and fitted with effective muzzle brake. Rifle is fed from detachable box magazines, holding 5 rounds each. Stock is made from fiberglass by McMillan Stocks, and is designed to be used from bipod only. Buttstock is adjustable for length of pull with rubber spacers, and can be folded to the side or removed for compact storage. Rifle has no open sights and can be used with a variety of telescopic or night sights; in Canadian service, standard sight is 16X telescope.

Caliber
Operation

Barrel
Weight
Length
Feed Mechanism:

50BMG (12.7x99mm)
manually operated rotary
bolt action
736 mm
11.8 kg
1448 mm
5-round detachable box
magazine

Accuracy International AICS 308 & .338

The .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6x70mm or 8.58x70mm) is a specialized rimless bottlenecked centerfire cartridge developed for military long-range sniper rifles.

The .338 Lapua is a dual-purpose anti-personnel and anti-materiel round; however, its anti-materiel potential is limited, due to the bullet's lower kinetic energy compared with that of the .50 BMG's 35.64-to-55.08-gram (550.0 to 850.0 gr) projectiles. The loaded cartridge is 14.93 mm in diameter (rim) and 93.5 mm long. It can penetrate better-than-standard military body armour at ranges up to 1,000 metres and has a maximum effective range of about 1,750 metres

Weight
Length
Barrel length
Cartridge
Action
Muzzle velocity
Effective range
Feed system

Sights

6.5 kg
1,180 mm
660 mm
7.62×51 mm NATO .338
Lapua Magnum Bolt-action
850 m/s
800 m
10-round detachable box
magazine
detachable aperture type
iron sights day or night
optics

Steyr Mannlicher 7.62

Weight
Length
Barrel length
Cartridge
Action
Muzzle velocity
Effective range
Feed system
Sights

x.xx kg
x,xx mm
xx mm
7.62×51 mm NATO
Bolt-action
xx m/s
xx m
xx-round detachable box
magazine
detachable aperture type
iron sights day or night
optics


Shotguns

RS202M1 Shotgun

Gauge
Cartridge Chamber
Barrel Length and Chokes
Barrel
Front sight
Operation
Locking system
Safety Manual

Magazine
Stock
Forend

Weight
Overal length
Lenght (stock folded)
Finish

12
70 mm  2 3/4"
cylindrical 52 cm
hard-chromed bore
fixed
manual pump action
falling block
Manual, push buttom,
locking the trigger
Tubular 6 rounds
metal folding stock
made of special
strengthened technopolymer
3,200 Kg
102 cm
79 cm
Light alloy components:
anodized mat blackSteel
components: bruniton
coated mat black

RS200 Custom Shotgun (Stompie)

Gauge
Cartridge Chamber
Barrel Length
Barrel
Front sight
Operation
Locking system
Safety Manual

Magazine
Stock
Forend

Weight
Overal length
Finish

12
70 mm  2 3/4"
cylindrical 25 cm
hard-chromed bore
fixed
manual pump action
falling block
Manual, push buttom,
locking the trigger
Tubular 3 rounds
none
made of special
strengthened technopolymer
2,700 Kg
43 cm
Light alloy components:
anodized mat blackSteel
components: bruniton
coated mat black


Machine Guns

7,62mm FN MAG Light Machine Gun (LMG)

The FN MAG is a Belgian 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun, designed in the early 1950s at Fabrique Nationale (FN) by Ernest Vervier. It has been used by more than 80 countries, and it has been made under licence in countries such as Argentina, Egypt, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.[1] The weapon's name is an abbreviation for Mitrailleuse d'Appui Général,[2] meaning general purpose machine gun (GPMG).

Weight
Length
Barrel length
Width
Height
Cartridge
Action
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Effective range
Maximum range
Feed system

11.79 kg (25.99 lb)
1,263 mm (49.7 in)
630 mm (24.8 in)
118.7 mm (4.7 in)
263 mm (10.4 in)
7.62×51mm NATO
Gas-operated, open bolt
650–1,000 rounds/min
840 m/s (2,756 ft/s)
800 metres
1,500 m from tripod
Non-disintegrating DM1 or
disintegrating M13 linked
belt Sights Folding leaf sight
with aperture and notch,
front blade

The FN MAG is a Belgian 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun, designed in the early 1950s at Fabrique Nationale (FN) by Ernest Vervier. It has been used by more than 80 countries, and it has been made under licence in countries such as Argentina, Egypt, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.[1] The weapon's name is an abbreviation for Mitrailleuse d'Appui Général,[2] meaning general purpose machine gun (GPMG).


7,62mm Browning Machine Gun (BMG)

The 7,62mm MG is a support weapon. The 7,62mm MG, as part of a motorised and mechanised force, is normally fired from a platform (Casspir, Kwêvoël, Withings, etc), or it can be operated from the ground on a tripod.

The Browning machine gun is available in two types, Flexible and Fixed.

The machine gun has been designed to fire at personnel and soft-skinned vehicles. It can be adapted to fire from a mounted tripod or from various vehicle mountings.

The principles of operation of both weapons are identical. The weapon is fully automatic, belt-fed, recoil-operated aided by gas and air-cooled.

The flexible Browning machine gun is used mainly for general purposes and is employed from a tripod mount or from external vehicle mountings. It is fitted with a pistol grip and sights.

Calibre
Mass Flexible
Mass Fixed
Length Flexible
Length Fixed
Barrel
Rate of fire
Muzzle Velocities
Ball
Tracer
Rifling

Maximum Effective Ranges
Direct
Semi-direct
Maximum range

7,62mm x 51mm
13,62kg
12,93kg
1 015mm
940mm
594,36mm
500 to 650 rounds/min
840 m/sec
820 m/sec
4 Right-hand grooves with
one turn in 305mm


1 600m
2 000m
4 200m

12,7mm Browning Machine Gun (BMG)

The 12,7mm Browning Machine Gun is recognised as one of the finest heavy machine guns ever developed. It resent conflict especially in an urban environment, the 12,7mm Heavy Machine Gun forms part of the machine gun platoon in the support company on battalion level and is employed by the battalion commander to which it offer a close, direct fire-support capability.

Calibre
Weight
Barrel Length
Length
Cartridge
Muzzle Velocity
Action
Rate of Fire
Effective Range
Feed System

12,7mm
38kg (58kg w/tripod)
1 140mm
1 650mm
.50BMG
3 050 Ft/s
Recoil-operated, short
550 round/min
2 000m
Belted


Grenade Launcher

40mm Y2 MK1 Multi Grenade Launcher

The 40mm, Y2 MK-1 Six Shot Grenade Launcher is a lightweight, semi-automatic, shoulder fired grenade launcher for infantry use. It fires the widely used 40mm, low velocity family of grenades. The weapon is based on the revolver principle with a cylinder holding six rounds. A gas piston activates the cylinder, which is spring driven. The 40mm, Y2 MK-1 Grenade Launcher is fitted with an Occluded Eye Gun-sight (OEG), which means that the weapon is fired with both eyes open. The sight is operational in poor light conditions as long as the target can be seen.

Calibre
Mass
Weight Empty
Weight loaded with 6 HE Rounds
Dimensions
Gun Stock folded
Gun Stock extended (Pos 1)
Gun Stock extended (Pos 2)
Height
Width
Muzzle Velocity
Ranges
Minimum Safe Distance
Training
Operational
Maximum Effective - Area Target
Distance - Point Target
Maximum Range
Arming Distance of Grenade
Rate of Fire
Cylinder Capacity
Grooves

40mm

5,3kg
6,5kg

566mm
778mm
788mm
300mm
170mm
76 m/sec


100m
30m
375m
150m
400m
8 to 28m
18 rounds per minute
6 x 40mm Rounds
Progress right hand twist
with final value of one turn
in 1,2m


Ammunition and Grenades




M26 Hand Grenade

Stun Grenade

Smoke Grenade


Nightsight and Infrared Devices


Sniper Nightsight Scope

Wearable Nightsight Goggles

S8 Infrared Aiming Device


Communication and Surveillance Devices

We omitted the listing of certain surveillance devices, not to compromise future operations and not to disclose specific eavesdropping audio visual capabilities as used in high risk and HRT operations.


Tetra System and Satellite Phone

Motorola Tetra System, MTH 800.


Irridium Satphone 9555.


ISS TiV Thermal Binocular


Prism 200 Wall Radar


EMT Drone


Body Armour and Battle Jackets

Rural Battle Jacket and Chest Webbing

Jacket Rural Skeleton Front Jacket Rural Skeleton Back Jacket Rural Chest Webbing

Urban Battle Jacket

Body Armour


Leg Holsters


Breeching Equipment and EOD

We omitted all bespoke explosives charges for breeching, not to compromise future operations as used in high risk and HRT operations.


Fast Rope, Climbing and Rope Access


Fast Rope


Full Body Harness


Harness


Tactical Rope Bag

Armoured Vehicles

CASSPIR

The Casspir Armoured Personnel Carrier is a landmine-protected personnel carrier (APC). It can hold a crew of two, plus 12 additional soldiers and associated gear. The cross-section of the Casspir hull is elevated from the ground and V-shaped, directing the force of the explosion outwards, further protecting the occupants. This personnel vehicle is also armoured for added mine safety, as well as protection from small arms fire. The Casspir Armoured Personnel Carrier can be equipped with armoured-steel wheels, instead of tyres, to enable the vehicle to continue its journey even after a mine blast.

Weight
Length
Width
Height
Crew
Primary armament

Secondary armament
Engine

Suspension
Operational Range

10.88 t
6.9 m
2.45 m
2.85 m
2+12
Various: 3 x 7.62 mm MG
or 20 mm cannon
12 firing ports
OM352A turbo-charged
diesel 124 kW
4×4 wheeled
800 km


RG-12 Nyala

The RG12 is a 4x4 armoured vehicle with a gross vehicle mass between 10 300 to 12 500 kg depending on the role.

The all-steel, welded armour, monocoque hull protects the crew against small arms fire, firebombs and hand grenades. Designed initially as an anti-riot vehicle, the RG12 is readily adaptable to a variety of roles. In public order policing configuration, up to 12 fully equipped police officers can operate in the fully air-conditioned vehicle for extended periods. A variety of grenades, rifles and other weapons can be employed from inside the vehicle. There is also ample space for the accommodation of additional police equipment.

Designer
Weight
Length
Width
Height
Crew
Engine
Suspension

Operational range
Speed

BAE Systems Land Systems
9.2 t
5.2 m
2.45 m
2.64 m
8 to 12
Iveco diesel engine
4x2 and 4×4 wheeled

1000 km
104 km/h


RG31

The all-steel, welded armour, monocoque hull protects the crew against AP rifle fire and anti-tank mine detonations.

A large rear door and two front doors ensure speedy and easy exit and entrance. With an automatic transmission, permanent 4x4 drive and a two speed (high and low) transfer case the RG31 is easy to drive, both on and off road.

Designer
Weight
Length
Width
Height
Crew
Engine

Suspension

Operational range
Speed

BAE Systems Land Systems
7.28 t
6.40 m
2.47 m
2.63 m
2 + 2
Daimler-Benz OM 352A,
6 cylinder diesel, 123 HP
4×4 wheeled

1000 km
144 km/h