MILITARY EXPORTS TO SOUTH AFRICA -- A RESEARCH REPORT ON THE ARMS EMBARGO

by American Friends Service Committee
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
January 1984
26 pages
Report by NARMIC (National Action/Research on the Military-Industrial Complex), a program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) examining the UnitedNations arms embargo against South Africa. The report says that, shortly after taking office, the Reagan Administration relaxed a ban on sales to security forces and authorized shipment of 2,500 electric shock batons, advanced computers, and nuclear technology to Pretoria. The Administration also facilitated police and military contacts with South Africa. The report notes that South African security forces have been able to continue relationships with their counterparts in other nations, including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as repressive countries like Chile, Paraguay and Argentina. The report says the SAFD's new nuclear-capable 155mm G5 howitzer (modeled after a similar U.S.-made system) is based on the power-pack from the West German company Magirus-Deutz. The report discusses the South African Defence Force (SADF), South African Police, Freedom of Information Act, Digital Equipment Corporation, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, the Soviet Union, the Reagan Administration, computers, the Commerce Department, the State Department Munitions List, the United Nations Security Council, the Carter Administration, the Office of Munitions Control (OMC), William Robinson, ARMSCOR, Secretary of State Vance, Bophuthatswana, Ciskei, Skyvan STOL, Garrett AiResearch, Mooney light aircraft, Helio Courier planes, General Aircraft Company, Hycor, Ford, Chrysler, Technipol International, Racon, Raytek, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Coast Guard, William Hart, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), NAACP, Willie Bell, Fraunhofer Institute for Propellants and Explosives, Gerelikon-Bührle, Messerschmitt, Kentron, Naschem, Somchem, Chartered Industries, Hispano-Suiza, Creusit-Loire, Operation Exodus, the Pentagon's Military Assistance Program (MAP), and the Foreign Military Sales program (FMS). Contents: INTRODUCTION • EVOLUTION OF THE EMBARGO • PRETORIA’S MILITARY POTENTIAL • LOOPHOLES • POLICE AND MILITARY EXCHANGES • OTHER CONTACTS • PROSPECTS FOR THE EMBARGO • APPENDIX I COMMERCIAL MILITARY EXPORTS TO SOUTH AFRICA LICENSED UNDER THE ARMS EXPORT CONTROL ACT • APPENDIX II U.S. EXPORTS OF "NON-MILITARY" ARMS AND AMMUNITION TO SOUTH AFRICA • APPENDIX III U.S. EXPORTS OF AIRCRAFT AND RELATED EQUIPMENT TO SOUTH AFRICA • APPENDIX IV U.S. - SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE AND MILITARY CONTRACTS • APPENDIX V SELECTED PATENTS AWARDED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN PATENT OFFICE • SELECTED EXCERPTS FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN PATENT JOURNAL 1980-1983 • ENDNOTES • ALSO AVAILABLE FROM NARMIC
Used by permission of American Friends Service Committee.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root