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Exercise Good Hope starts on Monday The quiet buzz around Simon’s Town in anticipation of Exercise Good Hope goes up in the decibel level on Monday when a gun salute marks the start of the bi-national exercise between the South African and German navies.
Armscor looking to be more service driven The new chairman and board of directors are turning Armscor into an entity that appears to want to nurture and grow the local defence industry and provide the military with value for money products.
US confirms Ethiopian C-130E Hercules donation

by defenceWeb, 27 Feb, 09:35 AM

United States embassy officials in Addis Ababa have confirmed that the Ethiopian government has received a single Lockheed C-130E Hercules transport aircraft from the United States for tactical airlift of troops and equipment to support Ethiopian participation in AU and UN peacekeeping operations.
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Armscor looking to be more service driven

The new chairman and board of directors are turning Armscor into an entity that appears to want to nurture and grow the local defence industry and provide the military with value for money products.

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Growing passenger numbers, threats spur airport security market

by Frost & Sullivan/defenceWeb, 26 Feb, 01:04 PM

The global airport security market earned revenues of $8.22 billion in 2014 and is estimated to earn $12.67 billion by 2023 as the unrelenting threat of terrorism and crime plaguing the global landscape leave airport operators with no choice but to invest in robust...

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Sudan unveils 122 mm self-propelled howitzer, armoured vehicles at IDEX

by defenceWeb, 26 Feb, 10:10 AM

The Military Industry Corporation (MIC) Khalifa-1 122 mm self-propelled howitzer has made its international show debut at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi, along with several other products.

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Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons: U.N. experts

by Reuters, 27 Feb, 10:38 AM

Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report.

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Tanker crew members freed after kidnapping off Nigeria

by Reuters, 26 Feb, 11:15 AM

Three crew members of a Maltese-flagged supertanker, who were kidnapped by pirates three weeks ago off Nigeria, have been released, Greece's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

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SAS Spioenkop to head South African component of Ex Good Hope

With the start of the sixth Exercise Good Hope looming ever larger it appears the South African Navy will have two platforms participating in any number of tasks with four German Navy vessels.

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AgustaWestland receives West African AW139 orders

by defenceWeb, 19 Feb, 10:10 AM

\AgustaWestland has received four new orders for its AW139 helicopter in West Africa and plans to establish a regional service centre in the area.

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Two pilots injured in Angolan Alouette III crash

by defenceWeb, 27 Jan, 07:26 AM

Both occupants of an Angolan Air Force Alouette III survived the crash of their aircraft during a display marking the 39th anniversary of the Air Force on January 21.

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Kenyan government probes breakdown of police Air Wing helicopters

by Oscar Nkala, 23 Jan, 09:45 AM

All six helicopters belonging to the Kenyan Police Air Wing have reportedly been grounded, with three having broken down over the past few years due to lack of spare parts while the last operational helicopter was written off in a crash last year.

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US confirms Ethiopian C-130E Hercules donation

by defenceWeb, 27 Feb, 09:35 AM

United States embassy officials in Addis Ababa have confirmed that the Ethiopian government has received a single Lockheed C-130E Hercules transport aircraft from the United States for tactical airlift of troops and equipment to support Ethiopian participation...

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U.N. panel urges increased use of drones in peacekeeping missions

by Reuters, 24 Feb, 10:56 AM

A United Nations panel assessing the future technological needs of peacekeeping missions has recommended dramatically expanding the use of unmanned surveillance drones in U.N. military operations, the head of the panel said on Monday.

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Weaponised Seeker 400 debuts at IDEX

by defenceWeb, 24 Feb, 09:59 AM

Denel Dynamics showed an armed version of its Seeker 400 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for the first time at the IDEX show currently underway in Abu Dhabi.

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Defence allocation in National Budget not enough

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was all smiles and bonhomie toward Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, his Cabinet colleague tasked with the defence portfolio, during his national budget address but this did not mask the fact that the country’s military has, at best, marked...

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SA’s worst wartime naval disaster remembered from Cape Town to Europe

by Chris Szabo, 23 Feb, 11:00 AM

Veterans’ organisations and the defence department have commemorated South Africa’s biggest wartime naval disaster, the loss of the SS Mendi in 1917, in places as diverse as Atteridgeville, Pretoria and Cape Town, as well as a new venue in Europe.

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Defence Review appears to still be marking time in Parliament

The months of travelling the length and breadth of South Africa actively seeking public input on the Defence Review in 2012 was apparently not considered sufficient by Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence.

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Exercise Good Hope starts on Monday

The quiet buzz around Simon’s Town in anticipation of Exercise Good Hope goes up in the decibel level on Monday when a gun salute marks the start of the bi-national exercise between the South African and German navies.

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New Indian-made Mauritian Coast Guard OPV sails home

by Oscar Nkala, 25 Feb, 10:14 AM

The Mauritius Coast Guard Service (MCGS) will shortly take delivery of its largest multi-role Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Barracuda which began sailing home from the Indian manufacturer's dockyard in the port of Kolkata earlier this month following its formal...

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German Navy vessels make port call in Angola

by defenceWeb, 24 Feb, 10:00 AM

Three German Navy vessels, due to take part in Exercise Good Hope with the South African Navy next month, have berthed in Angola as part of their journey around Africa.

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Zambia case fails to curb mistrust in African justice

by Reuters, 27 Feb, 02:57 PM

Zambia's former mines minister, Maxwell Mwale, was jailed for corruption on Friday, in a rare case that prompted calls for a wider crackdown on graft among public officials.

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Sudan's Bashir says will quit in 2020 if re-elected president

by Reuters, 27 Feb, 11:15 AM

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said he will stand aside in 2020 if he is elected for one more term in April elections, in an interview published by France's Le Monde newspaper on Thursday.

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Lesotho prepares for early vote in bid to ease political crisis

by Reuters, 27 Feb, 09:21 AM

Feuding parties in Lesotho's ruling coalition will face off on Saturday in early national elections staged in a bid to restore stability six months after an attempted coup.

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ISS: Spy cables - supping with the devil

by ISS Africa, 26 Feb, 12:40 PM

South Africa’s secret service, the State Security Agency (SSA), has been caught with its pants down (to the great amusement of the South African public) by a flood of revelations about its clandestine activities revealed in the ‘spy cables’ – the reports...

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Did State Security spy on Defence Intelligence’s satellite programme?

Another apparent revelation by the Al Jazeera/Guardian Spy Cables has led long-time spy satellite seeker after the truth, David Maynier, to ask whether the State Security Agency (SSA) was collecting intelligence on a Defence Intelligence satellite surveillance...

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Call for “Spy Cables” Parliamentary briefing

by defenceWeb/Reuters, 25 Feb, 10:08 AM

Parliament’s Joint Standing committee on Intelligence has declared its “concern” regarding the Spy Cables, classified documents from intelligence services, including South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA).

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Bomb attacks kill at least 23 in north, central Nigeria

by Reuters, 27 Feb, 09:29 AM

Boko Haram bombers killed 23 people on Thursday, authorities said, as the Islamist insurgents fight back against a military offensive launched by Nigeria and three neighbouring countries.

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Somalia's al Shabaab say fire mortars at presidential palace

by Reuters, 26 Feb, 12:52 PM

Somalia's al Shabaab militants said they carried out a mortar attack on the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

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Dozens of suspected militants killed in Egypt’s North Sinai

by Reuters, 26 Feb, 12:08 PM

Egypt’s military killed dozens of suspected Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai, security sources said on Wednesday, while state media reported the kidnapping of a businessman in the region.

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Two Egyptian policemen held after lawyer's death in custody

by Reuters, 27 Feb, 09:24 AM

Two Egyptian policemen accused of killing a lawyer in custody were detained on Thursday on the orders of an Egyptian prosecutor, judicial sources said, a rare action against members of the security forces.

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States fail to protect civilians from militant violence

by Reuters, 26 Feb, 12:03 PM

Governments are failing to protect millions of civilians from violence by states and armed groups, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, describing the global response to widespread conflict from Nigeria to Syria as "shameful and ineffective".

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US female missionary kidnapped in central Nigeria

by Reuters, 25 Feb, 01:21 PM

A U.S. female citizen was kidnapped in central Nigeria's Kogi state overnight, a security source and the website of her church the Free Methodist Church, said on Tuesday.

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EU sea rescue mission off Italy extended until at least end-2015

by Reuters, 20 Feb, 10:39 AM

The European Commission extended its rescue mission off Italy until at least the end of the year, it said on Thursday, and gave Rome extra funding to deal with an influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East.

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African allies aim to pin down Boko Haram till March offensive: Niger

by Reuters, 19 Feb, 12:44 PM

Niger, Chad and Cameroon are seeking to pin down Boko Haram within Nigeria's borders ahead of a ground-and-air offensive by a regional taskforce due to start from the end of next month, a senior Niger military official told Reuters.

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Egypt's Sisi tours border with Libya after bombing IS targets

by Reuters, 19 Feb, 09:27 AM

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned Egypt would strike back at any militant threats to its security as he toured the border area with Libya on Wednesday, two days after Cairo bombed Islamic State targets there.

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U.S. military ends Ebola mission in Liberia

by Reuters, 27 Feb, 09:15 AM

The United States military officially ended a mission to build treatment facilities to combat an Ebola outbreak in Liberia on Thursday, months earlier than expected, in the latest indication that a year-long epidemic in West Africa is waning.

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Canada orders special forces to withdraw from Niger border town as Boko Haram advances

by Oscar Nkala, 27 Feb, 09:04 AM

The Canadian Armed Forces have ordered the withdrawal and relocation of Canadian special forces from the town of Diffa in Niger after it came under sustained mortar and ground attacks by Boko Haram militants.

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U.S. nominates first ambassador to Somalia since ill-fated intervention

by Reuters, 26 Feb, 12:55 PM

President Barack Obama has nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia since the early 1990s, when the United States pulled its diplomatic staff out of the country following an ill-fated intervention exemplified by the "Black Hawk Down" disaster.

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EUTM commander warns of possible failure in Somali army training programme

by Oscar Nkala, 26 Feb, 01:06 PM

The outgoing commander of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia, Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi, says the mission will fail to achieve its objectives of setting up, training and equiping a professional Somali National Army (SNA) unless the...

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France, US conduct close air support training in Djibouti

by CJTF-HOA, 25 Feb, 01:55 PM

French and U.S. coalition forces conducted a live and simulated close air support (CAS) exercise in Arta, Djibouti, between January 31 and February 4.

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U.S. military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign

by Reuters, 24 Feb, 02:03 PM

Under the glare of the Saharan sun, a U.S. special forces trainer corrects the aim of a Chadian soldier as he takes cover behind a Toyota pick-up and fires at a target with his AK47 -- a drill that could soon save his life.

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ISS: Nuclear weapons - reading the signs of the times

by ISS Africa, 20 Feb, 11:16 AM

Last month, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it had moved its so-called Doomsday Clock three minutes closer to midnight. The Doomsday Clock is internationally recognised as an indicator of how close we are to destroying ourselves with advanced equipment...

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China to project power from artificial islands in South China Sea

by Reuters, 19 Feb, 12:53 PM

China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.

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Australia opens tender for next-generation ground combat vehicle

by Reuters, 19 Feb, 10:38 AM

Australia will hold an open tender for a multi-billion dollar project to replace the army's current light armoured vehicles with a next-generation ground combat system, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said on Thursday.

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Rockets fired on Libya's Labraq airport

by Reuters, 23 Feb, 11:19 AM

Attackers fired rockets at eastern Libya's Labraq airport on Saturday, an airport source said, targeting one of the oil producer's few functioning air hubs in a country gripped by violence.

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Libya airport, airline says Egypt closes airspace

by Reuters, 18 Feb, 10:00 AM

A Libyan commercial plane bound for Istanbul was forced to return to Tripoli on Tuesday after Egypt banned overflying its airspace, Tripoli airport and the Libyan airline said.

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Morocco suspends Libya flights, closes airspace to Libyan planes

by Reuters, 17 Feb, 12:26 PM

Morocco has suspended all flights between Moroccan cities and Libya and closed its airspace to Libyan airplanes because of security concerns, the Moroccan government said on Monday.

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With sledgehammer, Islamic State smashes Iraqi history

by Reuters, 27 Feb, 11:07 AM

Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history.

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Islamic State seize 100 Iraqi tribesmen before battle for Tikrit

by Reuters, 26 Feb, 11:42 AM

Islamic State fighters have abducted 100 Sunni Muslim tribesmen near the city of Tikrit, local tribal leaders said on Wednesday, apparently to neutralize suspected opponents before a widely expected army offensive.

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Wave of bombings in Baghdad kills 37 people

by Reuters, 25 Feb, 01:30 PM

A wave of bomb attacks around Baghdad killed 37 people and wounded dozens more on Tuesday, as at least seven explosions struck in or near the Iraqi capital, police and medical sources said.

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Open Day at Aerospace Leadership Academy

Both guest speakers at the Aerospace Leadership Academy (AERLA) open day stressed discipline and hard work as the core ingredients of a successful school career and the foundation for a rewarding career in one of the varied facets of the aerospace industry.

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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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Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa

by Reuters, 24 Feb, 01:22 PM

In the South African bush, elephants are being trained in the art of "bio-detection" to see if they can use their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out explosives, landmines and poachers.

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Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

by Reuters, 16 Feb, 01:36 PM

The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according...

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Robots learn to perform tasks by watching YouTube videos

by DARPA, 4 Feb, 07:01 AM

Robots can learn to recognize objects and patterns fairly well, but to interpret and be able to act on visual input is much more difficult. Researchers at the University of Maryland, funded by DARPA’s Mathematics of Sensing, Exploitation and Execution (MSEE)...

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Statement by the Minister of State Security on the alleged leakage of classified security documents by media organisations

by defenceWeb, 26 Feb, 12:02 PM

The Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo has noted with concern latest media reports alleging the release of classified intelligence reports of international intelligence organisations, including those of the State Security Agency.

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Minister David Mahlobo on signal disruption in Parliament during State of the Nation Address

by defenceWeb, 20 Feb, 08:31 AM

“We wish to state that there was no executive or political decision to interfere with the free flow of information and constitutional obligations on transparency and openness during the State of the Address (SoNA). The Minister responsible for State Security...

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2015 Air Force Day speech by F Z Msimang

by defenceWeb, 11 Feb, 10:32 AM

On January 30, the Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General F.Z. Msimang, gave the following speech to those attending the Air Force Day Parade, officer's commissioning ceremony and SAAF 95 anniversary celebrations at Air Force Base Waterkloof:...

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US Army helicopters returning from Ebola mission

by defenceWeb, 20 Feb, 10:15 AM

As part of the United States withdrawal of troops from the Ebola assistance mission in West Africa, various US Army helicopters are being sent home.

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WEW offering liquid logistics solution

by defenceWeb, 19 Feb, 01:19 PM

German company WEW is promoting its modular liquid logistics solution at IDEX 2015, offering systems for the safe handling of water, fuel, lubricants, waste and other liquids.

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US studying special operations airlift needs in Africa

by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb, 12 Feb, 12:18 PM

The United States military is seeking to identify companies able to provide fixed wing air transport services on behalf of US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in countries in Africa.

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