The Development of South Africa’s Arms Industry

Publication Type: Working paper
Year: 2019
Author: Dunne, J. Paul, Lamb, Guy and Nikolaidou, Eftychia


South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa (after Nigeria) and one of the most industrialised countries in the African continent, ranked as an upper middle income economy by the World Bank. It is also the second largest military spender in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has the most developed arms industry on the subcontinent, with a range of capabilities and has seen considerable change since the end of the ‘apartheid’ regime that was in place over the period 1948-1994. This paper provides an overview of the evolution of the industry and an analysis of the present nature of the industry and its performance and behaviour.

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