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Seriti Commission costs could rise to over R100 million According to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services the Seriti Commission has cost the taxpayer over R83 million to the end of September.
2014 Wings Parade will see public debut of Silver Falcons team 77

by defenceWeb, 26 Nov, 10:10 AM

When SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang affixes brevets to the chests of 20 young airmen at AFB Langebaanweg next Thursday he will also usher in the force’s next aerobatic display team.
Armscor tenders – from battleships to buttons

by defenceWeb, 26 Nov, 10:05 AM

The high tech that many see the defence and security sector as being would not be possible without the support of basics as evidenced from the Armscor tender list.
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Reutech launches book on radar in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 09:03 AM

Reutech Radar Systems yesterday launched a new book detailing the history of radar in South Africa and 25 years of Reutech Radar Systems.

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition and North-West University establish explosives training courses

by Guy Martin, 14 Nov, 10:31 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) and the North-West University (NWU) yesterday signed a cooperation agreement for explosives training, paving the way for the launch of internationally recognised courses in Explosives Engineering.

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Search for new Armscor chief executive set to start in earnest next year

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 08:34 AM

Sipho Mkwanazi’s more than four year tenure as acting chief executive of Armscor will end next year.

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Anti-piracy Operation Atalanta extended to December 2016

by defenceWeb, 24 Nov, 09:55 AM

The European Union (EU) counter-piracy Operation Atalanta off the Somali coast has been extended by two more years to December 12, 2016.

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Defence spend, more vessels needed if ocean economy is to be protected

A timely reminder that South Africa is going to have to invest heavily in maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities if the Presidential plan to unlock the ocean economy is to work came from the bridge, as it were, this week.

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UN urges member states to strengthen efforts against piracy; authorises use of force

by United Nations, 17 Nov, 11:56 AM

The United Nations Security Council last week reaffirmed its condemnation of all acts of piracy and robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, reiterating its calls for the international community to intensify their efforts in fighting what it said was a threat to...

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First Nigerian VIP AW101 delivered

by defenceWeb, 18 Nov, 10:13 AM

AgustaWestland has delivered the first of two AW101 VIP helicopters to the Nigerian Air Force, using a massive An-124 transport aircraft.

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Two new Rwandan Mi-17s deploying to South Sudan

by defenceWeb, 17 Nov, 10:13 AM

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) air wing has taken delivery of two new Mil Mi-17 helicopters and says they will be deployed to provide airlift and troop support services to the Rwandan contingent deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)....

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Three killed in Nigeria military helicopter crash

by Reuters, 14 Nov, 02:01 PM

A Nigerian military helicopter crashed and exploded on Thursday, killing all three crew on board in the northeast region of the country where the army is battling Boko Haram Islamist insurgents, the army and witnesses said.

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2014 Wings Parade will see public debut of Silver Falcons team 77

by defenceWeb, 26 Nov, 10:10 AM

When SA Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang affixes brevets to the chests of 20 young airmen at AFB Langebaanweg next Thursday he will also usher in the force’s next aerobatic display team.

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Ghana to acquire Super Tucanos, Z-9s, Mi-17s and C-295s

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 10:00 AM

The Ghana Air Force will acquire Super Tucano trainer/light attack aircraft, Z-9 helicopters and additional Mi-17 helicopters and C-295 transport aircraft, according to President John Dramani Mahama.

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G4S aerial services expanding

by Guy Martin, 24 Nov, 10:00 AM

G4S South Africa is expanding its aerial operations with helicopters set to join its growing fixed wing fleet.

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Seriti Commission costs could rise to over R100 million

According to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services the Seriti Commission has cost the taxpayer over R83 million to the end of September.

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Armscor tenders – from battleships to buttons

by defenceWeb, 26 Nov, 10:05 AM

The high tech that many see the defence and security sector as being would not be possible without the support of basics as evidenced from the Armscor tender list.

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Simulation boosts SA Army training capacity

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 10:11 AM

The use of simulation as a cost-effective training aid in the landward arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is moving forward with the acquisition of a GAMER Manpack live simulation system with support from Armscor.

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SAS RAND foundation stone to be unveiled this week

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 10:18 AM

This Thursday will see a low key, but important, ceremony at the Ditsong Museum of Military History in Johannesburg to commemorate a new permanent home for a foundation stone steeped in South African naval history.

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Exercise Cutlass Express planning in Simon’s town

by defenceWeb/Africom, 24 Nov, 09:59 AM

The finalisation of plans for Exercise Cutlass Express 2015 took place at the headquarters of the SA Navy fleet, Simon’s town, last week.

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New Algerian landing platform dock preparing to sail home in April 2015

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 10:12 AM

The Algerian Navy’s new landing platform dock (LPD) Kalaat Beni Abbes is undergoing training and working up of its crew with the Italian Navy ahead of its delivery voyage to Algeria in April 2015.

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Rival Libyan ruler could ban UN envoy

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 11:13 AM

Libya's rival government may forbid a UN official from entering the territory it controls, a move that could make it harder to negotiate an end to a violent struggle for power that threatens to tear the country apart.

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Transitional government appointed in Burkina Faso

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 04:25 PM

Burkina Faso authorities issued a decree on Sunday announcing a new interim government, with President Michel Kafando and prime minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida also taking on the key ministries of foreign affairs and defence.

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Tunisians vote for first freely elected president of post-Ben Ali era

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:29 AM

Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to pick their first directly elected president, the final step in the North African state's transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

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UN South Sudan mission to stay on until May next year

by defenceWeb/UN, 26 Nov, 10:23 AM

Yet another indicator of Africa’s instability comes with the UN announcement that it will extend its mission in South Sudan for a further six months to May next year.

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Second airstrike hits Tripoli airport

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 10:58 AM

An air strike hit the last functioning commercial airport in Libya's capital Tripoli for a second day running on Tuesday, residents said, as a power struggle in the oil-rich nation intensified.

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In Mali's desert French troops hunt al Qaeda well by well

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:00 AM

If the French army and its allies are to keep al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali they must stop them seizing the biggest prizes in the sea of white sand - the wells.

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Two Malian soldiers killed in landmine explosion

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 04:22 PM

A mine explosion hit a government minister's convoy in northern Mali on Tuesday, killing two soldiers and injuring nine others, a colonel in the Malian army said.

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Suspected Boko Haram militants attack Nigerian border town

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 09:31 AM

Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a Nigerian border town in the restive northeast on Monday, setting fire to houses and killing an unknown number of people, witnesses and government sources said.

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Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:27 AM

More than 25 people, mostly fishermen, have been shot dead in a remote community in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, the heartland of Islamist group Boko Haram, police and witnesses said on Sunday.

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Forty-four killed in two suicide bombings

by Reuters, 26 Nov, 10:34 AM

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 44 people on Tuesday in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri at the heart of a militant Islamist insurgency, medical officials said.

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'Handful' of Libyan troops claim asylum in UK after training - minister

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 04:18 PM

A group of Libyan army cadets whose training programme in Britain was halted early after a series of sex attacks on local residents have claimed asylum, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Monday.

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Suspected Islamist fighters in Mali kill two children, abduct 10

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 04:08 PM

Suspected Islamist fighters kidnapped 10 children and killed two others who tried to escape near two towns in Mali on Saturday, capping a week of violence in the West African country's desert north, a senior Malian military official said.

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Over 800 seaborne migrants saved in Italy and northern Cyprus

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 10:35 AM

Italy's coastguard has rescued more than 600 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and North Africa over the past weekend and is still searching for one man feared drowned during the passage.

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Australian navy seizes heroin worth $158 mln near east Africa

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:26 AM

An Australian Navy warship patrolling Indian Ocean waters seized heroin worth $158 million near east Africa this week, a navy official said on Thursday, one of the region's biggest heroin hauls in recent years.

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Rhino kills at an all-time high

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 08:05 AM

The resources South Africa is putting into the front line of the war to at least cut the number of rhino being killed for their horn do not appear to be having any noticeable effect.

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War-weary Darfuris see grim future with or without UN peacekeepers

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 09:29 AM

Caught in a forgotten war between rebels and government forces and beset by bandits who roam the lawless roads, villagers in Darfur say their lives can scarcely get any worse if Sudan insists on international peacekeepers leaving their region.

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EUCAP Nestor deploys in Mogadishu

by EUCAP Nestor, 25 Nov, 09:19 AM

From November 24, capacity building mission EUCAP Nestor maritime, legal and police experts are permanently deployed in Mogadishu, Somalia, in the second mission field office in the country.

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Sudan asks U.N. mission in Darfur to prepare to leave

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 07:52 AM

Sudan has asked the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur to prepare to leave, a senior official said amid a dispute between the United Nations and Khartoum over an alleged mass rape in the region.

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Fusion Action Cells operational at Camp Lemonnier

by defenceWeb/Africom, 18 Nov, 10:21 AM

Continuity in a command environment is vital to the success of the mission and/or the programme an individual is responsible for Staff Sergeant Carlin Leslie of US Africa Command writes on the Command website.

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Eastern Accord 15 planning sets the stage for March start

by defenceWeb/Africom, 17 Nov, 10:31 AM

US Army Africa in partnership with Uganda’s People Defence Forces (UPDF), 4th Brigade 1st Armoured Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, and African partner nations, took part in an Eastern Accord (EA) 15 main planning event recently.

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Reutech delivering Land Rogue turrets for Malaysia

by Guy Martin, 12 Nov, 10:18 AM

Reutech’s Land Rogue remote controlled weapons stations are being delivered to Malaysia after recently passing factory acceptance trials. Reutech is supplying 54 Land Rogues to Denel Land Systems (DLS), which will be used by the Malaysian Army.

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China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip - report

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 07:49 AM

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said on Friday.

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Ukraine death toll rises to more than 4,300 despite ceasefire - U.N.

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 11:19 AM

The death rate in the Ukraine conflict has increased in the past eight weeks despite the declaration of a ceasefire in September, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:53 AM

China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on...

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Trade union claims ATNS puts race ahead of safety

by denfenceWeb/Solidarity, 17 Nov, 10:23 AM

When professionalism and safety are not the primary considerations in air traffic control, the public’s safety is jeopardised, trade union Solidarity cautioned.

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Civil helicopter market recovering – report

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 11:31 AM

The civil helicopter market is slowly recovering from the economic downturn as emerging economies renew and expand their helicopter fleets, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

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Second base and new routes for FlySafair

by defenceWeb, 7 Nov, 10:13 AM

Recent weeks have seen FlySafair, the latest addition to South Africa’s low cost airlines, at full power.

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Yemeni forces free eight al Qaeda hostages

by Reuters, 26 Nov, 10:41 AM

Yemeni security forces freed eight hostages including six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian, in a raid in which seven al Qaeda kidnappers were also killed, the country's supreme security committee said.

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Turkey to host training for 2,000 Syrian rebels - official

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 04:15 PM

Turkish and U.S. forces will train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebel fighters at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of the campaign against Islamic State insurgents, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Monday.

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Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 04:35 PM

Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.

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Skirl of the pipes and cannon fire at the Cape Town tattoo

by defenceWeb, 5 Nov, 09:41 AM

Starting tomorrow the Castle will again host the annual Cape Town Military Tattoo, a spectacular event showcasing military bands and intricate drill manoeuvres all culminating with a real bang.

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Freedom Park and Voortrekker Monument combine to remember soldiers

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 11:49 AM

Another step on the reconciliation road takes place on Sunday with a joint memorial service at Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

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Defence Review 2014 – The Defence Industry

by Helmoed Heitman, 2 Apr, 09:34 AM

An important element of the Defence Review is its consideration of the defence industry which is needed to define the capability actually required and how best to support that capability, to provide a policy as the basis for a defence industry strategy that can...

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Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 01:05 PM

Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.

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Airbus supports SA research into hydrogen fuel cells

by Dean Wingrin, 3 Sep, 11:05 AM

A signing ceremony was held on Tuesday to launch a joint research project to investigate the performance properties of hydrogen fuel cells on future Airbus commercial jetliners.

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Engineers develop smart aircraft skins which can detect injury

by defenceWeb, 27 Aug, 01:02 PM

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like ‘skin’, enabling the detection of injury or damage and the ability to ‘feel’ the world around them.

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Defence minister’s 6th annual women’s parade address

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 12:59 PM

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed over a thousand female South African National Defence Force personnel during the 2014 Women’s Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop on 29 August.

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Police mysteriously go missing (on paper)

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 10:05 AM

In a bizarre reply to a DA parliamentary question the new Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, claims there are only 115 692 operational South African Police Service (SAPS) members. Yet in the current annual report the figure – which the DA has used extensively...

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Police detective numbers questioned

by defenceWeb, 1 Aug, 09:24 AM

A reply to a DA parliamentary question posed by Dianne Kohler Barnard has revealed there are 23 682 trained detectives in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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Kentucky Air Guard completes Ebola-response mission in Senegal

by US Africom, 20 Nov, 12:27 PM

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group transferred control of a humanitarian cargo hub to replacement forces in Germany on November 19, successfully completing their support of an Ebola-response mission that has processed...

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US navy contracts two companies to expand, renovate Camp Lemonnier

by Oscar Nkala, 21 Oct, 11:25 AM

The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command has contracted B.L. Harbert International to build 65 new housing units worth $18 million at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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Kentucky Air Guard unit establishes cargo hub in Senegal for Ebola Response

by US Africom, 8 Oct, 01:36 PM

More than 80 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group stood up a cargo hub that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight...

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