by Guy Martin, 22 May, 10:27 AM
by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:24 AM
by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:12 AM
by Guy Martin, 22 May, 10:27 AM
The Denel Overberg Test Range (OTR), which conducts on average 40 test campaigns annually, is looking to expand its turnover by up to a third over the coming years and is eyeing new customers and projects both domestically and abroad.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 21 May, 10:00 AM
Public Enterprises minister Lynne Brown says Denel’s financial situation is pleasing, with an estimated R200 million in net profit after tax for the last financial year and more than R5.5 billion in revenue.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 01:00 PM
More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered.Read More...
by Reuters, 15 May, 08:43 AM
Iranian naval vessels fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker in the Gulf on Thursday, in what appeared to be Iran's latest attempt to settle a legal dispute by force with passing commercial vessels, U.S. officials said.Read More...
by Africom/Marine Forces Europe and Africa, 14 May, 02:15 PM
A team of approximately 21 Marines, 10 representing the United States, six from Great Britain, and five from Spain, conducted training in countries along the West African coast February through April 2015.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 6 May, 08:09 AM
Uganda’s police will later this month take delivery of an A109 GrandNew and W-3A Sokol helicopter from the Polish subsidiary of AgustaWestland. The police service will also receive a fixed wing aircraft.Read More...
by Guy Martin, 20 May, 08:15 AM
The Spanish air force’s anti-piracy detachment deployed in Djibouti as part of Operation Atalanta has accumulated 7 000 flight hours.Read More...
by Guy Martin, 18 May, 10:03 AM
Airbus is briefing the South African Air Force (SAAF) on several of its aircraft, namely the A330MRTT, A400M and C295, to meet various potential requirements for surveillance, cargo and tanking/VIP transport.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 18 May, 10:02 AM
Come July South African operators of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAs) have to be licenced or face fines of up to R50 000 or even jail time.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:12 AM
In its first new project, Denel Integrated Systems & Maritime (Denel ISM), supported by Airbus Defence and Space, is equipping the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) with image analysis tools.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 21 May, 10:00 AM
Outspoken opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) MP David Maynier wants to see the Defence Review withdrawn from Parliament and revised to the point it is “affordable and implementable” before being re-submitted to the National Assembly.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 20 May, 10:14 AM
“What happened to the professional and disciplined defence force the ANC inherited when it came to power in 1994?” was the question posed by FF+ MP Pieter Groenewald during this week’s defence budget vote in the National Assembly.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 12:51 PM
Fresh elections are the only way to end conflict in Libya where two governments and parliaments are competing for power and the country's oil wealth, an influential Islamist supporter of a self-declared government in Tripoli said.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 12:46 PM
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appealed for ethnic harmony on Wednesday, addressing fears that weeks of political unrest could trigger another bout of bloodletting between Hutus and Tutsis in the heart of Africa's Great Lakes.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 10:52 AM
Chadian lawmakers voted on Wednesday to indefinitely extend the mandate of troops participating in a regional effort to combat Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants until the joint mission was completed.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 01:12 PM
The 22-year-old Moroccan man arrested in Italy on suspicion of involvement in the March 18 Islamist militant attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum provided the weapons, a Tunisian official told Reuters on Thursday.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 01:03 PM
Standing guard at his frontline post, Libyan soldier Mohammed Abu Shager can see where Islamic State militants are holed up with their heavy weaponry less than a kilometre away.Read More...
by Reuters, 20 May, 01:34 PM
Italian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a 22-year-old Moroccan man suspected of involvement in the March 18 attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis which killed 20 tourists.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 01:25 PM
Street battles and gunfire erupted again in the Burundi capital on Thursday as protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected his calls for calm in the east African nation.Read More...
by Reuters, 22 May, 07:16 AM
At least six civilians, including one aid worker, were killed in northern Mali on Thursday amid clashes between separatist rebels and pro-government militia, rebels and a local source said.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 03:09 PM
A Rwandan already behind bars for assisting a massacre in Rwanda could face life in prison after Germany's top court said he was also guilty of the graver crime of actively participating in genocide.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 01:21 PM
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it was stepping up its work in the Lake Chad region, where more than a million people have been forced from their homes by the Boko Haram insurgency.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 12:44 PM
A French Navy patrol ship rescued 297 migrants from a fishing boat in the southern Mediterranean on Wednesday, French police said, the latest in a stream of more than 50,000 migrants to have entered Europe by sea this year.Read More...
by Reuters, 20 May, 10:30 AM
by Reuters, 19 May, 12:03 PM
The European Union agreed a naval mission on Monday to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya but parts of a broader plan to deal with the influx began to unravel in a row over national quotas for housing asylum seekers.Read More...
by Reuters, 22 May, 10:48 AM
President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged to elevate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a gesture that recognizes the country's democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.Read More...
by Reuters, 22 May, 10:35 AM
China called on Friday for an end to conflict in South Sudan where fighting has caused thousands of people to flee from their homes and prompted warnings to oil companies to shut down operations.Read More...
by Reuters, 22 May, 07:20 AM
Uganda, which has sent its troops to address regional instability in South Sudan and Somalia, is not considering putting any of its soldiers on the ground in Burundi where political unrest spurred an attempted coup on May 13.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 21 May, 09:47 AM
There is already a high level of interest in the third International Training and Simulation Conference to be held in Thaba Tshwane in October and the organisers have put out a call for papers to make it an even more “must attend” event for military trainers....Read More...
by defenceWeb, 15 May, 10:00 AM
The United States delivered 52 Humvee military vehicles and a 65 foot Safe Boats patrol boat to Tunisia to help it fight jihadists and tighten control over its coast, the U.S. embassy said on Thursday.Read More...
by Reuters, 19 May, 01:07 PM
Airbus Defense & Space on Tuesday ordered engine software checks on the A400M aircraft following a recent crash of Europe's new military transporter.Read More...
by Reuters, 19 May, 11:41 AM
Italy, France and Germany agreed on Monday to develop a European drone programme for reconnaissance and surveillance, seeking to inject momentum into a proposal first considered in 2013 to reduce reliance on U.S. and Israeli technology.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 May, 01:16 PM
Business jet makers, hit badly by the financial crisis, expect an upturn in mature economies such as the United States will encourage companies to once again buy new corporate planes or replace aging jets, executives said this week.Read More...
by Reuters, 22 May, 10:42 AM
A cross border rocket attack launched from inside Yemen killed one Saudi citizen and wounded two others on Thursday in the southern province of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia's state news agency (SPA) reported.Read More...
by Reuters, 22 May, 07:22 AM
Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies.Read More...
by Reuters, 20 May, 01:49 PM
Islamic State fighters seized around a third of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday after fierce clashes with the military and allied combatants, a group monitoring the war said.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 28 Apr, 10:05 AM
That there are a growing number of South Africans with more than a passing interest in matters military comes with the announcement that this year’s Voortrekker Monument Military Fair will have more exhibitors than any of its predecessors.Read More...
by US DoD, 14 Apr, 01:58 PM
On stage last week at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work summoned up scenes from a future war where soldiers and machines join forces in a multidimensional “informationalized” zone, using advanced tools to fight adversaries...Read More...
by US Army, 15 May, 09:23 AM
When engineers at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey looked at the heavy, 17.5-pound M249 carried by Soldiers, they decided to put it on a diet and rearrange some of the components.Read More...
by DARPA, 29 Apr, 08:55 AM
DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, which developed a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots, completed in February its most successful round of live-fire tests to date.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 11:27 AM
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refuelling (AAR) with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft on April 22, marking the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refuelled...Read More...
19 MAY 2015 Honourable Chairperson Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Co-Chairpersons and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence Members of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans Honourable members Secretary for...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 10:05 AM
SPEECH NOTES FOR MS NOSIVIWE MAPISA-NQAKULA, MP, SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS DURING THE 4TH CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY IN MOSCOW (MCIS): 16 17 APRIL 2015Read More...
by Reuters, 3 May, 07:28 PM
Conditions at an African base used by U.S. military pilots flying missions over Yemen and Somalia have become chronically dangerous, with fliers relying on local air-traffic controllers who sleep on the job and commit frequent errors, the Washington Post reported...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 23 Mar, 07:53 AM
AAR Airlift has been awarded a $19 million contract by the United Nations for airlift services in Central Africa, covering passenger and cargo in support of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Read More...
Top stories this week
- Airbus talking to SAAF on A400M, A330MRTT and C295
- South African remotely piloted aircraft regulations become operational on July 1
- All is not well in the Department of Military Veterans - DA
- Mapisa-Nqakula wishes for a defence budget that is two percent of GDP
- Problem areas for Seriti Commission named by retired police general
Paramount's Anti-Poaching and K9 Academy scoops top global, South African awards for best PR campaign
by Paramount Group, 22 May 2015
The company was awarded a Gold Sabre in the Geographic Category for Africa for Paramount's K9 Anti-Poaching Awareness Campaign.
Saab receives order for artillery ammunition
by Saab, 20 May 2015
Work on the SEK 114 million order will be performed by Saab's subsidiary, Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland.
Airbus Defence and Space launches satellite data management solution for machine-to-machine networks
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 5 May 2015
The satellite data management solution for machine-to-machine networks provides visibility and control of satellite data in a single multi-device solution.
Upgraded PS-05/A radar gives Gripen C/D extended performance, operating range
by Saab, 29 April 2015
The PS-05/A Mk4's hardware configuration with a new radar back-end gives improved radar performance and operational range, says Saab.
Saab signs contract with Brazil on weapon acquisition for Gripen NG
by Saab, 28 April 2015
The total order value for the Gripen NG weapon acquisition by the Brazilian Ministry of Defence is approximately $245 million.
Nautic Africa acquires Anchor Boat Shop
by Nautic Africa, 24 April 2015
Established nearly 80 years ago, the boat producer holds the exclusive rights for Yamaha engine sales in Africa.
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When Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula stands up in the National Assembly on May 19 to speak in support of the defence budget vote she has the opportunity to make a real d [ ... ]
Book Review: Raising The Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa Raising the Bar is Songezo Zibi’s first book and seeks to provide a thorough, accurate analysis on the different issues preventing South Africa from moving forward. Zibi’s writing explores aspects...
Sporting Soldiers: South African troops at play during World War I For soldiers in the First World War, sport was a way for them to escape the horrors of the battlefield or the monotony and dreadful conditions of prison camps. Sport was a part of soldiers’ lives, yet...
Endgame: Book Review Endgame is yet another addition to the growing number of titles exploring aspects of one of the seduction efforts that eventually led to the conception of a democratic South Africa. Written by noted...
Book review: From Addis to the Aosta Valley From Addis to the Aosta Valley: A South African in the North African and Italian Campaigns 1940-1945, was originally titled “One of millions,” because author Keith Ford was one of the many millions...
Book Review: Tumult in the clouds By his own admission Dean Wingrin is a military aviation junkie and his love of the subject has manifested itself in a 340 page book filled with personal memories and reminiscences of the SA Air Force...
Book Review: The Battle in Bangui: The Untold Inside Story This 40-page publication is a “must read” for everyone in uniform as well as those charged with decision-making in the South African military, particularly the SA National Defence Force’s political...
Book review: The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos, edited by Mark Adams and Chris Cocks, is an interesting work. Commissioned by the Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association (RLIRA), it has two...
Book Review: Dingo Firestorm – The Greatest Battle of the Rhodesian Bush War The fireforce concept of operations, used so successfully during the 1970s by the Rhodesian forces during the bush war, has been detailed by a number of books and articles over the years.
Book Review: Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts At first glance Shadows of a Forgotten Past, with its action-filled cover image, glossy paper and large collection of colour and black-and-white photographs, begs the question as to why the author didn’t...
Book Review: LZ Hot – Flying South Africa’s Border War The endorsements that garnish the front and rear covers of today’s books are marketing techniques designed to elicit a heightened interest in buying the book on the part of the potential buyer.
SANDF Medals and Decorations The medals and decorations list of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) currently numbers 66, of which 52 are for acts of bravery, valour and other meritorious deeds performed before April 2003. The remaining...
Fact file: SANDF regular force levels by race & gender: April 30, 2011 The uniformed services of the South African National Defence Force mustered 64 431 personnel in April this year, of whom 77.3% (49 831) were male, 72.3% (46 590) were black, 11.6% were Coloured, 744 (1.2%)...
Fact file: SA defence exports, 2010 The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) in 2010 approved the following export permits:
Fact file: G6 L45 self-propelled towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing two G6 L45 and having an additional 41 in store....
Fact file: Denel FV2 Bateleur Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) The FV2 Bateleur is the standard multiple launch rocket system (MLRS)of the South African Artillery. Development and production started after the end of the 1966-1989 Namibian “Border War” and the...
Fact file: G5 L45 towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing six (one battery) G5 L45 and having an additional...
Fact file: Military rank The origin of military rank makes for interesting reading, both in terms of the hierarchy (if a major is senior to a lieutenant, why is a major general junior to a lieutenant general?) and in terms of...
Fact file: Denel ZT3 Ingwe precision guided missile The Ingwe (Leopard) missile and associated launch systems were developed in the 1980s under Project Raleigh as a “long-range indigenous antitank guided missile.” Pre-production models were used in...
Fact file: MBDA Milan precision guided misile The MBDA (formerly Euromissile) Milan (Missile d´infanterie léger antichar = light infantry antitank missile) started life in 1962 and the second-generation of antitank missiles to enter South African...
Fact file: M40A1 recoilless rifle The M40 was developed in the 1950s as a lightweight, portable, crew-served 105mm antitank weapon. It has served the South African infantry for many years as a direct-fire weapon and is issued in units...
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