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Denel promotes new Regional Aircraft

by Dean Wingrin, 19 Sep, 07:48 AM

Denel is looking to retain South African aerospace design capability by promoting a locally-designed and manufactured passenger aircraft to serve regional destinations.
Denel and CAE to set up up aviation training centre in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 08:40 PM

Denel, simulation provider CAE and South African services company Elisa have plans to set up a simulation-based training facility in South Africa.
DCD unveils Oribi high mobility truck at AAD

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 04:31 PM

DCD Protected Mobility has unveiled its new Oribi medium sized utility truck (MUT) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in Pretoria today. The vehicle is designed for both the civil and military markets and has already attracted interested customers.
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DCD launches Testudo unmanned ground vehicle

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 08:12 PM

DCD Protected Mobility is displaying its new Testudo unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 exhibition. It has been designed for civil and military mission, such as explosives disposal, reconnaissance, mine surveying and search...

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Paramount to collaborate with Turkish defence company

by Dean Wingrin, 18 Sep, 05:16 AM

South African defence and security company Paramount Group has signed a collaboration agreement with Aselsan, a Turkish company that produces tactical military radios and defence electronic systems for the Turkish Armed Forces.

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Airbus, Denel Aerostructures, Aerosud agreement strengthens local industry

by Guy Martin, 17 Sep, 06:55 AM

Denel Aerostructures and Aerosud on Tuesday signed a landmark collaborative agreement with Airbus that aims to strengthen the competitiveness of South Africa’s aerospace industry and allow it to bid for more work packages from global manufacturers.

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UAVs now part of EUNavFor anti-piracy ops

by defenceWeb, 11 Sep, 10:28 AM

The latest addition to the arsenal keeping pirates at bay off the Horn of Africa is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Pirates attack products tanker off Ivory Coast

by Reuters, 4 Sep, 01:27 PM

Armed pirates robbed an petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security advisor said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs.

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European training of Seychelles Coast Guard, Police and Air Force concludes

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 10:58 AM

The training missions carried out by EUCAP Nestor in the Seychelles have come to a close. On Friday Head of Mission Etienne de Poncins attended the closing ceremonies of training programmes for the Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU), the Seychelles Air Force (SAF)...

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UK companies looking for South African partnerships at AAD

by Guy Martin, 18 Sep, 03:59 PM

United Kingdom defence and security companies at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition currently underway in Pretoria are looking for South African partners as well as companies who can meet the UK military’s procurement needs.

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Denel using AAD to show high tech manufacturing ability

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 09:42 AM

State-owned defence industry group is using this week’s Aerospace Africa and Defence (AAD) exhibition to reconfirm its continental leadership in the high-tech aerospace and defence markets.

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Russia looks to Africa to grow exports

by Dean Wingrin, 18 Sep, 07:15 AM

With over 600 Russian-built helicopters operating in Africa, Russia is keen to expand its repair and maintenance facilities on the continent.

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Kenyan police to lease five helicopters

by Oscar Nkala, 1 Aug, 11:04 AM

The Kenyan government has invited bids for the provision of five helicopters for the Kenya Police on a lease basis as it battles increasing violence in the coastal areas around the city of Mombasa.

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Tunisia to buy UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 09:56 AM

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Tunisia, worth $700 million including equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

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Uganda orders W-3A, A109 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 15 Jul, 09:58 AM

Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has ordered one A109 GrandNew and one W-3A Sokol helicopter for the Uganda Police for law enforcement across the country.

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Denel promotes new Regional Aircraft

by Dean Wingrin, 19 Sep, 07:48 AM

Denel is looking to retain South African aerospace design capability by promoting a locally-designed and manufactured passenger aircraft to serve regional destinations.

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Denel and CAE to set up up aviation training centre in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 08:40 PM

Denel, simulation provider CAE and South African services company Elisa have plans to set up a simulation-based training facility in South Africa.

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Boeing forges ahead with MSA project

by Dean Wingrin, 17 Sep, 09:17 PM

Boeing is forging ahead with its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), with ground and flight testing underway.

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Paramount invests in military veterans

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 09:38 PM

Paramount Group has announced a multi-million rand high technology skills development programme with the Department of Military Veterans, aimed at advancing the South African defence industry.

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Defence minister can’t wait for Defence Review

by Guy Martin, 17 Sep, 03:56 PM

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she cannot wait for the implementation of the 2014 Defence Review as she is desperate to acquire the capabilities it calls for.

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An effective defence industry is needed to support a changing SANDF

by Guy Martin, 17 Sep, 07:55 AM

For the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to be an effective and relevant force, as outlined in the 2014 Defence Review, it needs to be supported by an effective defence industry. This emerged as one of the main themes at Monday’s inaugural aerospace,...

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Another boat carrying emigrants sinks off Libya

by Reuters, 15 Sep, 10:26 AM

A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said.

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First Mozambican patrol boat hull delivered

by defenceWeb, 11 Sep, 09:54 AM

The first of three hulls for Mozambique’s new Ocean Eagle 43 patrol boats is on its way to the CMN shipyard in France, where it will be motorised and equipped. Mozambique has three patrol boats, three interceptors and 24 fishing trawlers on order from the French...

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Angolan Navy acquiring seven patrol vessels from Brazil

by defenceWeb, 9 Sep, 10:03 AM

The Angolan Navy will receive seven Macae-class patrol boats from Brazil, with four to be built in Brazil and three in Angola.

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Guinea-Bissau president dismisses head of armed forces: state radio

by Reuters, 16 Sep, 06:12 PM

Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz has dismissed the head of the country's armed forces, according to a decree read on state radio on Monday.

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Lesotho brings forward vote to ease political crisis

by Reuters, 16 Sep, 05:59 PM

Lesotho will hold elections earlier than scheduled in 2017, in an effort to ease a political crisis that resulted in an apparent coup last month, southern African regional leaders said on Tuesday.

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ISS: Cutting corners in the South Sudan peace process

by ISS Africa, 15 Sep, 08:08 PM

On 26 August 2014, the two parties to the South Sudan conflict – the government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM in Opposition) – reached their fourth agreement aimed at ending the violence that broke out in mid-December...

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Egypt's military focus is at home, not on Islamic State - minister

by Reuters, 17 Sep, 09:40 PM

Egypt's foreign minister has suggested his country might not provide military assistance to the United States for its battle against the Islamic State militant group, saying the army was focused on the home front.

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Somalia's al Shabaab says Uganda did not prevent attack by the group

by Reuters, 16 Sep, 06:09 PM

Somalia's al Shabaab militants denied on Monday that Ugandan authorities had foiled an attack by the group, after police in Uganda's capital seized explosives and suicide vests and arrested 19 people.

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Splinter group breaks from al Qaeda in North Africa

by Reuters, 15 Sep, 06:14 PM

A new armed group calling itself the Caliphate Soldiers in Algeria has split from al Qaeda's North African branch and sworn loyalty to the radical breakaway group Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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Nine killed, 30 wounded in new clashes in Libya's Benghazi - medic

by Reuters, 17 Sep, 09:46 PM

Heavy clashes broke out on Tuesday between a former Libyan general's forces and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people, medics said.

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Tunisian forces and militants clash near border, one killed

by Reuters, 17 Sep, 09:33 PM

Tunisian police killed an Islamist militant during clashes near the Algerian border, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, after the government raised the security alert level before elections next month.

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Gunmen fire bullets, set off bomb at college in north Nigeria's Kano

by Reuters, 17 Sep, 09:30 PM

Gunmen stormed a government college in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano on Wednesday, firing repeatedly on fleeing students and setting off an explosion, the military said.

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UN to deploy Ebola mission in worst affected African states

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 07:46 AM

The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the UN Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security."

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Nigeria police have special 'torture officers' - Amnesty

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 08:55 PM

Torture is so common in Nigeria's police force that many police stations have a designated officer to carry out atrocities such as pulling teeth, choking, raping and delivering electric shocks to detainees, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

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France to set up military hospital to fight Ebola in West Africa

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 08:44 PM

France will set up a military hospital in West Africa in the coming days as part of France's contribution to the fight against the Ebola outbreak there, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

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Rhino poaching to get boost with delivery of military grade radios

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 08:26 PM

The CSIR, StopRhinoPoaching.com and Seecrypt have announced a partnership to deliver military-grade secure communications to the teams of dedicated individuals fighting the war against Rhino poaching.

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Home Affairs postpones stricter child travel rules

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 16 Sep, 06:42 PM

The Department of Home Affairs has postponed the implementation of two tighter regulations on travel for children after the tourism industry raised concerns, the department said on Tuesday.

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As many as 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

by Reuters, 16 Sep, 06:24 PM

More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday.

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U.N. says five peacekeepers killed, three wounded in Mali blast

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 08:52 PM

The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday.

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Seamless move from AU to UN force in CAR

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 09:30 AM

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the efforts of MINUSCA’s predecessor, MISCA and that of the French Sangaris forces and EU Force in the Central African Republic (CAR), “saved and protected many lines”.

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UN takes charge of Central African Republic peacekeeping force

by Reuters, 16 Sep, 06:28 PM

The United Nations on Monday took over a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic previously run by the African Union, a move that rights groups said must lead to more action to protect civilians from attack.

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DCD unveils Oribi high mobility truck at AAD

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 04:31 PM

DCD Protected Mobility has unveiled its new Oribi medium sized utility truck (MUT) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in Pretoria today. The vehicle is designed for both the civil and military markets and has already attracted interested customers....

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Mechem’s ambulances in UN service in Somalia

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 10:00 AM

Three mine-protected ambulances manufactured by Denel Mechem are already in successful service with the UN in Somalia.

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Rippel Effect to launch new less lethal grenade launcher at AAD 2014

by Guy Martin, 16 Sep, 10:00 AM

Rippel Effect will unveil a new six shot less lethal grenade launcher at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition this week.

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Armed patriots': the private citizens out to secure the U.S. border

by Reuters, 12 Sep, 01:06 PM

With binoculars in hand, an assault rifle slung over his chest and a Glock pistol on his hip, a man named Will scans the banks of the Rio Grande looking for anyone trying to cross from Mexico into Texas.

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Bloc led by Russia and China criticises U.S. over missile defence

by Reuters, 12 Sep, 12:26 PM

A security bloc led by China and Russia took a swipe at the United States on Friday, saying the development of unilateral missile defence systems would undermine global security.

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Dutch hope metal shards will lead them to missile that hit MH17

by Reuters, 12 Sep, 12:21 PM

Investigators trying to find out who shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine have recovered 25 pieces of metal from baggage and bodies, which could lead them to the missile believed to have torn apart the airliner.

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CAA on track to introduce UAV regulations by March 2015

by Guy Martin, 9 Sep, 09:56 AM

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Airbus hits 1,001 orders this year, net sales lag Boeing

by Reuters, 4 Sep, 02:01 PM

Europe's Airbus said on Thursday that new orders topped 1,000 aircraft in the first eight months of the year as airlines order fuel-saving models, but cancellations continued to weigh on net orders, which remain behind those of rival Boeing.

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Boss lady at OR Tambo

by defenceWeb, 2 Sep, 09:30 AM

There’s a new hand on the controls at OR Tambo International the busiest airport on the African continent and it is a woman’s.

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France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 08:57 PM

France will not carry out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

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Several Arab countries offer to join air campaign on Islamic State, say U.S. officials

by Reuters, 15 Sep, 06:28 PM

Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. officials said on Sunday, indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.

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Saudi Arabia agrees to host training of moderate Syria rebels

by Reuters, 12 Sep, 12:40 PM

Saudi Arabia has agreed to host training camps for moderate Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama's broad strategy to combat Islamic State militants who have taken over parts of Syria and Iraq, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

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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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Defence Review 2014 – The Focus

by Helmoed Heitman, 31 Mar, 10:02 AM

The Defence Review serves a triple purpose: it closes the gap between the 1998 Review and the strategic situation of today; it moves away from the business management inspired organisation and processes that have demonstrably failed; and it provides the basis for...

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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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4D printing a disruptive technology - report

by defenceWeb, 27 Aug, 12:54 PM

The aerospace, defence, automotive and healthcare industries will lead the adoption of four dimensional printing technology, which is poised to have a disruptive effect in multiple industries by printing objects ranging from human organs to parts used in aircraft...

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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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KBR gets $56 million contract for Camp Lemonnier support

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 12:29 PM

The Pentagon has awarded Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) a $56.56 million contract for base operation support services at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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Latest DRC troop rotation again highlights SAAF airlift problems

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 10:43 AM

The lack of airlift capacity in the SA Air Force (SAAF) is widely acknowledged. What apparently is not being as widely acknowledged is the need for proper planning on charters to ensure soldiers and the logistics needed for them to properly do their jobs is in...

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African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 concludes

by Africom, 3 Apr, 12:58 PM

African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 came to a close on March 28 after a full week of events involving airmen from the Angolan, U.S. and Zambian air forces.

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