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South African Army shows off urban warfare skills Special

Posted Aug 17, 2011 by Christopher Szabo
The South African Army demonstrated its urban warfare skills to lawmakers and the media with house-clearing, parachute insertion and helicopter fast-roping tactics among other things.
South African infantry during a FIBUA exercise.
South African infantry during a FIBUA exercise.
The need for more urban warfare-type training arose during peace-keeping operations in Burundi in 2003 and the necessity for it has been underlined in recent fighting in Libya and Syria. Officer Commanding 44 Parachute Regiment, the umbrella unit for the airborne forces, Colonel Andy Mhatu, said Fighting in Built Up Areas, or FIBUA, had been a Special Forces capability and then paratroopers had been introduced to it, but now all Infantry would receive the training.
Mhatu was speaking at the abandoned Deelkraal Mine west of Johannesburg which the Army was planning to buy as a training area.
Soldiers practice clearing obstacles and dealing with smoke grenades during an urban warfare exercis...
Soldiers practice clearing obstacles and dealing with smoke grenades during an urban warfare exercise.
Mhatu stressed that even in Africa, fighting was not confined to areas like “the jungle” and that soldiers had to know how to deal with situations involving hostages, snipers or explosive devices in urban areas.
The exercise revolved around a scenario in which captured UN troops and a South African Ambassador were being held hostage by rebels. Members of 21 South African Infantry Battalion and the Rand Light Infantry (a Reserve unit) cleared and held the disused mine buildings, scaling walls and climbing obstacles and providing fire-cover for their colleagues.
Infantry in tactical positions before clearing a building.
Infantry in tactical positions before clearing a building.
Members of 1 Parachute Battalion dropped in behind the buildings and a stick (a group of soldiers carried by a helicopter) fast-roped onto the roof and continued their assault from there.
Paratroopers drop behind the building to lend support to the infantry.
Paratroopers drop behind the building to lend support to the infantry.
A stick of paratroopers fast ropes onto the roof.
A stick of paratroopers fast ropes onto the roof.
The Ministry of Defence is in the process of conducting a defence policy review and members of the Review Committee, led by former
Also present to review the exercises and gather information, were members of the Defence Review Committee led by former Member of Parliament Roelf Meyer.