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Rapid Response an elusive political project?

by SA Institute of International Affairs, 3 Jul, 10:20 AM

Preceding last month's 25th African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg a meeting of the AU Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security committed again to fully operationalise an African Standby Force (ASF) by December this year according to the SA Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).
DoD’s Dlamini on DRIPT

by defenceWeb, 3 Jul, 10:17 AM

The actual number of people involved in the Ministerially appointed Defence Review Implementation Project Team (DRIPT), is “not an issue” with the skills and knowledge to do the job coming first according to the Head of Communications (HOC) at the Department of Defence (DoD).
Exclusive: SANDF involvement in Operation Fiela extended The involvement of soldiers in Government’s national anti-crime effort Operation Fiela has been extended and will continue until March 31 next year.
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Denel at Land Forces Africa

by defenceWeb, 3 Jul, 09:51 AM

Denel’s ability to provide African security forces with integrated defence solutions will be highlighted at a summit of defence decision-makers to be held in Tshwane next Monday and Tuesday.

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Sea-based radar market worth $13 billion over next decade - report

by Forecast International, 1 Jul, 10:14 AM

The value of the sea-based radar market will reach $13.037 billion over the next decade with the production of 1 383 units and production making up 67.1 percent of the overall market value, according to a new report.

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Global aerospace and defence sector sees slowing growth

by Deloitte, 26 Jun, 09:09 AM

Revenue growth in the global aerospace and defence sector is declining, with growth at a pace lower than gross domestic product (GDP) growth, according to a new study by Deloitte, which analysed the top global 100 aerospace and defence companies.

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EUCAP Nestor carries out Search and Rescue exercise in Berbera, Somaliland

by EUCAP Nestor, 26 Jun, 09:26 AM

On June 25th a series of mentoring and practical exercises with particular focus on Search and Rescue (SAR), organized by EUCAP Nestor in Somaliland, were completed. The training commenced on June 8th included practical exercises at sea in the coastal town of Berbera....

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Danish ship rescues more than 200 migrants off Libyan coast

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 12:51 PM

A refined product tanker owned by Danish shipping company Torm rescued more than 200 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday and took them to Italy at the request of the Italian coastguard, the company said.

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Hijacked Orkim Harmony tanker released, pirates escape

by Reuters, 19 Jun, 08:45 AM

The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony has been released by pirates, who fled in the ship's rescue boat, Malaysian navy and maritime officials said on Friday.

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Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:00 AM

Egypt is reportedly seeking to acquire a single NH90 multimission helicopter for its new FREMM frigate, which was transferred by DCNS to the Egyptian flag on 23 June.

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Paris Air Show 2015 helicopter roundup

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 22 Jun, 11:58 AM

Here are details of helicopter orders and announcements made during the Paris Air Show last week.

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Helicopter makers upbeat on market despite oil-led slump

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 09:17 AM

Top U.S. and European helicopter executives said last week that the oil price-led commercial helicopter market slump would be temporary and that they will keep investing in new technologies given the sector's positive long-term outlook.

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King Air 652 back in SAAF service after extensive refurbishing

by defenceWeb, 2 Jul, 10:04 AM

The SA Air Force’s (SAAF) 41 Squadron has a fully refurbished King Air B200 back in service after being without the aircraft for just on three years.

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Angolan Su-30K deliveries to start in November

by defenceWeb, 30 Jun, 10:02 AM

The Angolan Air Force will receive its first two upgraded Su-30K fighter jets from Russia in November and December this year, with the remaining ten to be delivered in 2016.

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Vliegmasjien aims to fly C-Wolf amphibian before year-end

by Guy Martin, 26 Jun, 10:20 AM

Local company Vliegmasjien (Pty) Ltd is planning to fly its locally developed and built amphibious C-Wolf aircraft by 2016, with taxi tests scheduled for December.

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DoD’s Dlamini on DRIPT

by defenceWeb, 3 Jul, 10:17 AM

The actual number of people involved in the Ministerially appointed Defence Review Implementation Project Team (DRIPT), is “not an issue” with the skills and knowledge to do the job coming first according to the Head of Communications (HOC) at the Department...

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Exclusive: SANDF involvement in Operation Fiela extended

The involvement of soldiers in Government’s national anti-crime effort Operation Fiela has been extended and will continue until March 31 next year.

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SANDF salaries to increase

by defenceWeb, 2 Jul, 10:09 AM

Come the middle of next month SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members will be pleasantly surprised by salary advice notices.

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Sea trials next for refurbished “Drakies”

An extensive refit and systems upgrade over an 18 month period to the SA Navy’s fleet replenishment vessel SAS Drakensberg is complete and sea acceptance trials “later this year” are the first item on her work agenda.

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SAS Amatola almost ready for the Navy

by defenceWeb, 26 Jun, 10:00 AM

In two weeks’ time to the day, Naval Station Durban will welcome home SAS Amatola following an extensive mid-life refit at Southern African Shipyards (SAS).

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FREMM frigate transferred to Egyptian Navy

by defenceWeb, 25 Jun, 10:00 AM

French shipbuilder DCNS has handed over a FREMM frigate to the Egyptian Navy, which will commission the vessel next month.

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UN says Burundi election was not fair

by Reuters, 3 Jul, 09:58 AM

Burundi's parliamentary elections on Monday were not fair or free and human rights were violated, the United Nations said.

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Votes counted in Burundi

by Reuters, 2 Jul, 10:31 AM

Burundi's authorities were counting votes after holding a parliamentary election boycotted by the opposition and marred by sporadic gunfire and blasts.

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New shadow DA defence minister will work for a professional and properly funded force

by defenceWeb, 2 Jul, 09:23 AM

There’s a new man flying the defence flag in the opposition Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) shadow cabinet and his first position is that South Africa needs a professional, properly trained and disciplined defence force that is well enough funded to properly...

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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill many in Nigeria attack

by Reuters, 3 Jul, 10:01 AM

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents rounded up and shot dead dozens of people in a raid in a town in north-east Nigeria on Wednesday, military and local sources said, part of a resurgence of attacks in Borno state in the past month.

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Tunisia hotel gunman trained in Libya jihadist camp

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 02:46 PM

The Tunisian gunman who carried out a deadly attack on a hotel last Friday trained in a jihadist camp in Libya last year, Tunisia's government said on Tuesday.

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Chad arrests 60 suspected militants after suicide bomb attack

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 10:47 AM

Security forces in Chad have arrested 60 suspected militants and dismantled a cell responsible for two suicide bomb attacks in its capital on June 15, the chief prosecutor of the central African nation said on Sunday.

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UN peacekeepers killed in Mali convoy attack

by Reuters, 3 Jul, 10:04 AM

Six UN peacekeepers were killed and five severely wounded when their convoy was attacked in northern Mali on Thursday, the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said, a raid claimed by al Qaeda's North African arm.

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Twin blasts kill 10 in north-east Nigeria

by Reuters, 3 Jul, 09:54 AM

Two suicide bomb blasts along a highway in northeast Nigeria killed at least 10 people on Thursday afternoon, state police said, the latest in a string of almost daily attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

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Fifty killed in North Sinai attacks claimed by Islamic State

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 03:08 PM

Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province.

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Tunisia hunting Libya-trained suspects after hotel attack

by Reuters, 2 Jul, 10:34 AM

Tunisian authorities have arrested 12 people they suspect are linked to the Sousse beach hotel attack on foreign tourists and are hunting for two men who trained in a Libyan jihadist camp with the Sousse attacker, an official said.

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Bombers attack Maiduguri while vice president visits

by Reuters, 2 Jul, 10:24 AM

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria on Wednesday, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city to visit camps for people fleeing a militant Islamist insurgency.

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Amnesty slams Egypt over arrests of youths

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 11:00 AM

Amnesty International has accused the Egyptian authorities of jailing young activists to quell unrest under one of the toughest crackdowns in the country's history.

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Tunisian trafficker jailed for 18 years

by Reuters, 2 Jul, 10:44 AM

An Italian court on Wednesday found a Tunisian man guilty of trafficking migrants and sentenced him to 18 years in jail for contributing to a 2013 shipwreck that killed 366 people, a judicial source said.

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Ethiopia mulls tough trafficking law, including death penalty

by Reuters, 2 Jul, 10:28 AM

Human traffickers in Ethiopia could face life in jail or the death penalty under a bill presented to parliament on Tuesday aimed at curbing the illegal flow of people in and out of the Horn of Africa country.

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Ivory Coast border security reinforced after Mali attacks

by Reuters, 2 Jul, 10:17 AM

Ivory Coast has reinforced security along its northern frontier following recent attacks just across the border in Mali blamed on Islamist insurgents, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Rapid Response an elusive political project?

by SA Institute of International Affairs, 3 Jul, 10:20 AM

Preceding last month's 25th African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg a meeting of the AU Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security committed again to fully operationalise an African Standby Force (ASF) by December this year according to the...

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ISS: Why the AU needs to get policing right

by ISS Africa, 1 Jul, 01:17 PM

While the role of police in peace support operations used to be limited to tasks of monitoring and observing, it has changed to encompass complex and substantive roles. These include helping to rebuild the capacity of police and broader law enforcement institutions...

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Deteriorating Lesotho security situation sees Ramaphosa facilitating again

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:06 AM

One who is sure to be keeping an eagle eye on developments in Lesotho as well as the diplomatic peace brokering efforts of the South African deputy president is current SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke.

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Experts warn of animal diseases as biological weapons

by Reuters, 2 Jul, 10:12 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO), animal health and national defence officers this week called for wider international co-operation to avoid the spread of animal diseases that could be used as biological weapons.

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Parts sought for Samil trucks

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:02 AM

Vehicle maintenance of particularly the SA Army’s older Samil trucks has been in the hands of Cuban diesel mechanics for at least three months and if Armscor tenders are anything to go by they are making inroads into the backlog.

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Djibouti displays Chinese tank destroyer for the first time

by defenceWeb, 30 Jun, 10:08 AM

Djibouti’s armed forces on Saturday displayed a Norinco WMA301 tank destroyer for the first time, adding to its growing inventory of military hardware.

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Indonesia to review ageing air force fleet after deadly crash

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 03:01 PM

Indonesia's president promised a review of the country's ageing air force fleet and a defence modernisation drive on Wednesday, as the death toll from the crash of a military transport plane in the north of the country climbed to around 140.

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China says some South China Sea land reclamation projects completed

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 02:01 PM

China has completed some of its land reclamation on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, raising the stakes in Beijing's territorial dispute with its Asian neighbours.

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SpaceX rocket supplying space station explodes after Florida launch

by Reuters, 29 Jun, 12:48 PM

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Florida on Sunday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station in the latest in a string of mishaps in supplying the orbiting outpost.

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Africair orders Bell 407 GXP, signs LOI for two Bell 525s

by Bell Helicopter/defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 09:32 AM

Africair has ordered a single 407 GXP helicopter and signed a letter of intent (LOI) for two 525 rotorcraft from Bell Helicopter, the company announced, saying they will be used for purposes such as corporate VIP transport and oil and gas.

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Striking Air Madagascar workers vow to push on with action

by Reuters, 25 Jun, 08:19 AM

A strike by some workers at Air Madagascar that has grounded most of the state-owned carrier's fleet neared one week, with union officials saying it would continue until the airline addresses their demands.

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Paris Air Show 2015 civil aviation roundup

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 22 Jun, 11:53 AM

Here are details of commercial orders and announcements made during the Paris Air Show last week.

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Syria rejects UN criticism of barrel bombs

by Reuters, 3 Jul, 10:08 AM

Syria rejected a UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning its aerial bombing tactics record on Thursday, saying the use of barrel bombs was a "technical" issue that was no business of the Geneva-based body.

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Italian police arrest five suspected IS supporters

by Reuters, 2 Jul, 10:21 AM

Italian police this week arrested two people in Rome suspected of plotting attacks in Italy and North Africa and five others in Italy and Albania who were planning to join hard-line militant group Islamic State.

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Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 02:52 PM

Al Qaeda's leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which could become a bigger threat to the group than the U.S. drones that periodically kill its commanders.

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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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Solar-powered plane takes off from Japan for trans-Pacific crossing

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 11:08 AM

A solar-powered plane took off from Japan on Monday on the seventh leg of its journey round the world, a trans-Pacific crossing expected to be the toughest part of the trip.

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USAF celebrates 20 years of GPS

by US Air Force Space Command, 29 Jun, 12:55 PM

Twenty years ago, the United States Air Force announced the Global Positioning System had achieved Full Operational Capability. As of July 17, 1995, a total of 24 satellites were on orbit, providing global 24-hour coverage. In the two-decades since, GPS has been...

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Joint US, Israeli device seeks to reduce airflow drag

by US Army, 23 Jun, 11:49 AM

U.S. Army and Israeli scientists are conducting testing and research on active flow control devices as a means to reduce drag on future Army aircraft.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at Louis Trichard High School

by Reuters, 26 Jun, 12:53 PM

Address by the hon. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at the Department of Defence Vhembe district career exhibition, Louis Trichard High School, Makhado, 26 June 2015.

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Speech by Mapisa-Nqakula at passing out parade, SAAF basic military training 2015, Hoedspruit, 11 June 2015.

by defenceWeb, 12 Jun, 05:50 AM

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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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US Marines test forward-staging abilities in Gabon

by US Marine Corps, 26 Jun, 08:18 AM

Four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Hercules tankers, more than 150,000 pounds of gear and almost 200 U.S. Marines and sailors temporarily relocated half of a continent away from their base in Moron, Spain, effectively enabling the force to reach an estimated 400 additional...

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China military declines to confirm Djibouti base plan

by Reuters, 25 Jun, 02:24 PM

China's Defence Ministry on Thursday declined to confirm a report that it was in talks for a military base in Horn of Africa country Djibouti, though it said all countries had an interest in regional peace and stability.

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U.S.-Spain sign deal giving Marines permanent use of air base

by Reuters, 18 Jun, 09:23 AM

The United States and Spain signed a defence agreement on Wednesday giving U.S. Marines permanent use of Moron air base, near Seville, from which they can be quickly deployed to Africa.

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