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Feature: Denel Overberg Test Range targeting growth

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.
SA Radar Interest Group to host radar conference

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:24 AM

The South African Radar Interest Group (SARIG) will hold their first radar conference in Johannesburg in October.
Denel ISM upgrading Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre in conjunction with Airbus

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.
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Feature: Denel Overberg Test Range targeting growth

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.

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SA Radar Interest Group to host radar conference

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:24 AM

The South African Radar Interest Group (SARIG) will hold their first radar conference in Johannesburg in October.

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Denel showing a pleasing improvement in financial performance - Brown

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.

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Italy says over 900 migrants rescued at sea, one dead

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.

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Iran navy fires shots at tanker as tensions rise in Gulf

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.

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NATO marine forces work with West African partners

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.

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Ivory Coast receiving AW139 VIP helicopter

by defenceWeb, 18 May, 08:53 AM

The Ivory Coast government will receive a single AW139 helicopter from AgustaWestland, which will be used for VIP transport duties.

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Ugandan police to receive two helicopters this month

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.

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Nigerian Air Force Super Puma damaged

by defenceWeb, 13 Apr, 09:14 AM

One of the Nigerian Air Force’s Super Puma helicopters was badly damaged in a crash on Friday and four occupants slightly injured after the aircraft experienced hydraulic failure.

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Spanish aircraft accumulate 7 000 flight hours with Operation Atalanta

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.

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Airbus talking to SAAF on A400M, A330MRTT and C295

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.

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South African remotely piloted aircraft regulations become operational on July 1

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.

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Denel ISM upgrading Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre in conjunction with Airbus

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.

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DA calls for Defence Review to be revised

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.

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MP asks what happened to South Africa’s professional and disciplined military

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.

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Change in BEE regulations on Project Hotel tender

Shipyards keen on being chosen to build the SA Navy’s new hydrographic vessel were this week informed a mandatory black economic empowerment (BEE) regulation has been removed from the tender documents.

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Uncertainty over Angolan Macae vessel purchase

by defenceWeb, 8 May, 09:58 AM

The Angolan Navy will apparently not receive Macae class vessels from Brazil as had originally been agreed in September last year, due to a shortage of funds.

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French OPV to make port call in Cape Town

by defenceWeb, 6 May, 09:57 AM

Come Monday South Africa’s naval fraternity will see a current, state-of-the-art offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in local waters when the French Navy’s L’Adroit steams into Cape Town for a port visit.

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Libyan Islamist leader proposes elections to end conflict

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.

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Burundi president appeals for ethnic harmony, soldier killed

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.

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Chadian lawmakers extend mandate of troops fighting Boko Haram

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.

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Tunisia official says Moroccan held in Italy got weapons for museum attackers

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.

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Gaddafi's home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya

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.

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Italy arrests Moroccan over Tunisian museum killings

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.

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Al Shabaab attacks village in Kenya's Garissa

by Reuters, 22 May, 07:29 AM

Al Shabaab militants attacked a village in the northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa, the ministry of interior said on Friday.

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Street clashes, gunfire erupt again in Burundi capital

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.

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Suicide car bomber kills two near Libya's Misrata

by Reuters, 21 May, 12:54 PM

A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a checkpoint near Libya's Misrata city on Thursday, killing two guards, state news agency LANA quoted a military source as saying.

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At least six civilians killed in northern Mali fighting

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.

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Top German court wants higher sentence in Rwanda genocide case

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.

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ICRC steps up aid in Lake Chad area as Boko Haram conflict goes on

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.

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French patrol boat rescues 297 migrants off Italian coast

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.

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Out of Africa? Texans offer sanctuary to endangered rhinos

by Reuters, 20 May, 10:30 AM

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EU agrees Mediterranean naval mission to tackle people smugglers

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.

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Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia

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.

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China calls for immediate end to conflict in South Sudan

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.

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Uganda rules out sending troops to Burundi

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.

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Interest levels high for third simulation and training conference

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....

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Denel Mechem producing Casspir cargo truck

by Guy Martin, 19 May, 10:12 AM

A new addition to Denel Land Systems division Mechem’s vehicle lineup is the ‘Blesbok’ cargo truck version of the Casspir mine-resistant vehicle, which is in production for Angola.

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U.S. delivers Humvees, patrol boat to Tunisia to boost security

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.

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Airbus orders checks on A400M engine system after crash

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.

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Italy, France, Germany sign European drone project

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.

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Insight - Germany turns on its top gunmaker

by Reuters, 13 May, 02:04 PM

In the lush forests of southern Germany sits a fenced-in compound of drab white buildings that house a company under siege.

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Corporate jet makers eye revival led by North America

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.

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Key role for South Africa on ICAO security panel

by defenceWeb, 30 Apr, 09:32 AM

South Africa has been appointed chair of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Aviation Security Panel.

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Union says restructuring coming at SAA

by defenceWeb, 20 Apr, 10:11 AM

While no mention was made changes in personnel numbers when SAA earlier this month said it had successfully finished a 90 day action plan, trade union Solidarity thinks otherwise.

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Saudi citizen killed in rocket attack launched from Yemen

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.

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Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition

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.

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Islamic State captures one-third of ancient Syrian city

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.

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Friday is military fair day at the Voortrekker Monument

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.

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US Deputy Defence Secretary details the future of war

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...

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COLET Journal of Education Technology

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:02 AM

The SANDF Journal of Education Technology is the newest addition to South African military literature that hopes to set the academic ball rolling for a debate on education technology in the local military.

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Picatinny Arsenal puts M249 machinegun on diet; details other projects

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.

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Guided bullet hits moving targets

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.

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X-47B demonstrates first autonomous aerial refuelling

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...

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DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS, HON KEBBY MAPHATSOE  BUDGET VOTE 19 DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS 2015

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...

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula's defence budget debate

by defenceWeb, 20 May, 10:59 AM

Debate on the budget of defence and military veterans by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence And Military Veterans, Parliament, Cape Town, 19 May 2015

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at 4th international security confernce in Moscow

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 2015

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Dangerous conditions at Djibouti base threatens US military pilots

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...

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RAF delivers vital UN supplies in South Sudan

by UK MoD, 26 Mar, 11:51 AM

An RAF C-130 aircraft will today leave RAF Brize Norton, on a UN mission to deliver vital supplies to remote Malakal in South Sudan.

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UN contracts AAR to provide air charter services for peacekeeping missions in the DRC

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).

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