South Africa re-affirmed its commitment to the country's arms procurement programme to go ahead. More detail on when contracts will be signed should be available shortly. Cabinet announced that South Africa would buy the following equipment: Four MEKO A200 patrol corvettes for R6.917 billion from the German Frigate Consortium. They will replace eight antique Israeli Reshef/Saar Class V FAC(M). These ships have become increasingly unseaworthy. The ninth in the class, SAS Jan Smuts has been retired. Its nickname, "Old Patches" speaks volumes about the fragility of those vessels in the rough Southern waters of the Cape of Storms. Three Type 209 submarines for R5.354 billion from the German Submarine Consortium. The South African Navy now owns three geriatric Daphne submarines. Navy chief, Vice Admiral Robert Simpson-Anderson recently said the country was searching the scrap heaps of the world for parts to keep the 30-year old boats in service.
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