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CSIR converts 4X4 trailer into a ranger tactical trailer

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 10:07 AM

The CSIR has converted a standard 4x4 trailer into a tactical unit to be used by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency in clandestine counter-poaching operations.
South African continental peacekeeping deployments extended for another year President Jacob Zuma wearing his SA National Defence Force (SANDF) commander-in-chief hat has committed South Africa to more than R1,4 billion in expenditure over the next 12 months on three separate out-of-country military deployments.
Denel signs MoU with Strand Aerospace Malaysia

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 10:00 AM

In line with ongoing defence collaboration between South Africa and Malaysia, Denel Aerostructures has signed a memorandum of understanding with Strand Aerospace Malaysia covering knowledge transfer and possible subcontracting work.
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Denel signs MoU with Strand Aerospace Malaysia

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 10:00 AM

In line with ongoing defence collaboration between South Africa and Malaysia, Denel Aerostructures has signed a memorandum of understanding with Strand Aerospace Malaysia covering knowledge transfer and possible subcontracting work.

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Saab Grintek Defence receives R940 million orders for Indian self-protection systems

by Guy Martin, 31 Mar, 10:08 AM

Saab has received large follow-on orders for integrated self-protection systems for installation on the Indian Army and Air Force’s Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters in deals worth approximately $78 million.

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Paramount taking Parabot to the Rand Show to boost wildlife awareness

by defenceWeb, 30 Mar, 10:15 AM

Paramount Group’s Transformer-style Parabot will be at the Rand Show this week to boost awareness of the threat to Africa’s wildlife.

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Rise in illegal fishing threatens to revive Somali piracy

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:03 PM

A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned, nearly three years after the pirates' last successful hijacking in the Indian Ocean.

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Chile to contribute ship to anti-piracy Operation Atalanta

by Reuters, 31 Mar, 09:33 AM

The Chilean Navy will contribute a ship to the European Union’s Operation Atalanta anti-piracy task force in the Gulf of Aden region.

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Close call after Navy apparently fires on fishing boat during Ex Good Hope

by defenceWeb, 27 Mar, 09:58 AM

The crew of a southern Cape fishing boat had a close call when a warship taking part in Exercise Good Hope VI accidently fired on them in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Sikorsky receives Tunisian Black Hawk contract

by defenceWeb, 19 Mar, 09:57 AM

The US Army has contracted Sikorsky to supply eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to the Tunisian government, for delivery before the end of 2016.

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“H” generation Airbus Helicopters

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:06 AM

Airbus Helicopters has changed names for its fleet of production aircraft with an “H” replacing the “EC” designation for most of its rotary-winged aircraft.

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Nigerian Air Force operating Gazelle helicopters

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:01 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is flying Gazelle helicopters as it bolsters its fleet to combat Boko Haram insurgents.

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Nigerian Air Force receiving additional Alpha Jets

by defenceWeb, 26 Mar, 09:58 AM

The Nigerian Air Force has acquired at least two second hand Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft as it continues to expand its aerial fleet.

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Two pilots dead in Libyan rebel MiG-23 shootdown

by defenceWeb, 26 Mar, 07:23 AM

Both pilots flying a Libya Dawn MiG-23UB fighter aircraft were killed when they were shot down on Monday whilst attacking an air base.

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South Africa on the podium at international UAV symposium

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 10:13 AM

South Africa is one of a number of countries currently presenting draft regulations on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) at the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Montreal headquarters.

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South African continental peacekeeping deployments extended for another year

President Jacob Zuma wearing his SA National Defence Force (SANDF) commander-in-chief hat has committed South Africa to more than R1,4 billion in expenditure over the next 12 months on three separate out-of-country military deployments.

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Presidency and SANDF deny Zuma helicopter taxi service reports

by defenceWeb, 30 Mar, 10:07 AM

Both the Presidency and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) have vehemently denied any wrongdoing in the use of military helicopters by members and/or friends of the Zuma family.

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More donations needed to make SANDF Education Trust sustainable

by defenceWeb, 27 Mar, 11:24 AM

The SANDF Education Trust has awarded 56 bursaries to the value of more than R700,000 for the current academic year – 17 more than in its first year of existence.

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Obangame Express 2015 is over

by defenceWeb/Africom, 1 Apr, 10:20 AM

Maritime forces from Gulf of Guinea nations, Europe, South America, the United States and several regional and international organisations concluded the multi-national maritime exercise, Obangame Express 2015late last month.

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Portuguese frigate Bartolomeu Dias visiting Angola

by defenceWeb, 30 Mar, 10:51 AM

The Portuguese Navy’s frigate Bartolomeu Dias is visiting the Angolan port of Luanda until April 2, where it is carrying out training with Angola’s navy.

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RFA Argus completes Sierra Leone deployment

by UK MoD, 27 Mar, 11:46 AM

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Argus has been honoured by the United Kingdom Defence Secretary as she heads back to the UK after supporting the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

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Nigeria's Buhari praises Jonathan for peaceful handover

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:49 PM

Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day after becoming the first politician in Nigeria's history to unseat a sitting leader at the ballot box.

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How Nigerians forgave Buhari's high-handed military manner

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:40 PM

Nigerians had to forgive former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari many sins for him to win this weekend's election.

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Nigeria's Buhari wins historic election landslide

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:31 PM

Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies.

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Kenya detains 52 in latest roundup over suspected Islamist attack

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 01:15 PM

Police detained 52 people on Friday in Kenya's main port city, a day after an officer was killed in a suspected Islamist revenge attack, heightening tensions in an area where the authorities say militant Islamist is spreading.

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Australia warns of possible attacks in Kenyan capital

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 11:00 AM

Militants may be planning attacks against crowded places in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Australian government said in a travel alert on Friday, without naming any group it suspected might opt for violence.

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Uganda ups security, says al Shabaab group behind U.S. warning

by Reuters, 26 Mar, 01:17 PM

Uganda has bolstered security at key locations because of fears Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab insurgents are planning an attack following warnings from the United States, officials said.

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Air strikes hit west Libyan town's airport, no casualties

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:47 PM

An unidentified warplane carried out air strikes on an airport in a town in western Libya allied with the internationally recognised government, causing minor damage to a passenger terminal but no casualties, an official said on Wednesday.

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Chad, Niger troops retake Nigeria border town from Boko Haram

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:10 PM

Soldiers from Chad and Niger on Tuesday drove Boko Haram Islamist militants from a northern Nigeria border town they have occupied since late last year, Chad's government spokesman said.

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Western Libya rocket strike kills Filipino, wounds eight people

by Reuters, 31 Mar, 11:45 AM

A Filipino was killed and eight people were wounded when a rocket hit the western Libyan town of Zawiya, a Libyan official said on Monday.

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Kenya announces plans to reopen Nairobi mall after attack

by Reuters, 31 Mar, 11:52 AM

Kenya's Westgate mall, the scene of a four-day siege in late 2013 that left dozens dead, will reopen to the public in July for the first time since the attack, officials said on Monday.

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Red Cross driver killed in north Mali attack

by Reuters, 31 Mar, 11:41 AM

Gunmen killed a driver with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday in an attack on his aid truck as it headed across northern Mali towards Niger, the ICRC and Red Cross officials said.

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Senior Ugandan public prosecutor shot and killed in Kampala suburb

by Reuters, 31 Mar, 11:11 AM

A senior Ugandan prosecutor was shot dead late on Tuesday evening, in what police said could be a targeted assassination connected to her prosecution of suspects in twin bombings in the capital Kampala claimed by the Somali Islamist rebel group al Shabaab.

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CSIR converts 4X4 trailer into a ranger tactical trailer

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 10:07 AM

The CSIR has converted a standard 4x4 trailer into a tactical unit to be used by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency in clandestine counter-poaching operations.

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U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 12:35 PM

A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral.

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US Marines, Tanzanian Rangers train to fight trafficking

by US Africom, 27 Mar, 11:56 AM

Fifteen U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Theater Security Cooperation Team-Six, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, conducted small unit tactics training with more than 40 Tanzanian park rangers at the Selous Game Reserve in...

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Chinese defence minister in Namibia

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 11:12 AM

China’s defence minister Chang Wanquan has visited Namibia, where he announced the donation of N$58 million worth of military equipment to the Namibian government.

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UN stats show Africans are working for peace on their continent

Proof Africans are active contributors to peacekeeping operations on their continent comes in the latest UN statistics, which show that no less than 10 African countries make the top 15 list of contributors to UN operations with by far the majority of them serving...

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Secretary-General calls on defence chiefs to back UN peacekeeping

by defenceWeb/UN, 30 Mar, 12:00 PM

The first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference saw Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appeal to senior military officials for more troop contributions from states around the world and for political will and purpose.

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Obama ends freeze on U.S. military aid to Egypt

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:37 PM

The United States announced on Tuesday it was lifting its hold on the supply of military equipment to Egypt, which was frozen when the military took power in Cairo nearly two years ago.

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Badger development on track after delays – DLS

by Guy Martin, 31 Mar, 09:58 AM

Patria is manufacturing the first 16 Badger platforms for the South African Army in Finland before production is handed over to South Africa, with the first complete Badger systems set to be delivered to the Army in late 2016, according to Denel Land Systems (DLS)....

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Recent Nigerian military acquisitions

by Guy Martin, 30 Mar, 10:09 AM

Nigeria’s military is acquiring new and second-hand hardware for all three branches of service as it battles Boko Haram insurgents on land and maritime insecurity and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Crash pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

by Reuters, 31 Mar, 12:45 PM

The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's licence, German prosecutors said on Monday.

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South Korea picks KAI, with Lockheed, for $7.9 billion fighter jet development

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 12:27 PM

South Korea chose on Monday Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd, which expects to partner Lockheed Martin Corp, to develop a mid-level fighter jet that will cost around 8.7 trillion won ($7.88 billion).

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Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 11:30 AM

Airlines rushed on Thursday to change rules to require a second crew member in the cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested a co-pilot who barricaded himself alone at the controls of a jetliner had crashed it on purpose.

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SACAA looking at local flight deck crew issues

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 10:15 AM

The SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has come out strongly against newspaper reports casting doubt on the mental health of South African pilots.

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Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Morocco after bomb scare

by Reuters, 31 Mar, 01:08 PM

A Turkish Airlines flight heading for Brazil was forced by a bomb threat to land in Morocco for more than three hours on Monday, but was cleared to fly on after no explosives were found.

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SAA finishes 90 Day Action Plan on time

by defenceWeb, 31 Mar, 10:14 AM

SAA (South African Airways) has completed its 90 Day Action Plan, a roadmap designed to return the carrier to relative stability.

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Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:55 PM

Iraqi troops aided by Shi'ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein's hometown continued.

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Syria, Iraq a 'finishing school' for foreign fighters: U.N. report

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:29 PM

More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a "veritable international finishing school for extremists," United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council.

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Saudi-led strikes again hit Yemen overnight

by Reuters, 31 Mar, 01:05 PM

Air raids by a Saudi-led coalition again hit Houthi militia targets across Yemen on Monday night, striking the group's northern stronghold of Saadeh, the capital, Sanaa, and the central town of Yarim, residents and media said.

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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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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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Ranger drone could help fight against rhino poaching

by Reuters, 25 Mar, 10:54 AM

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology designed by Spanish engineers will be used to fight rhino poachers in national parks in Africa. The ranger drone is fitted with thermal vision that can report potential irregularities in real time.

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Lockheed takes the lead in the laser weapon race

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 25 Mar, 10:20 AM

Gigantic satellites with massive destruction power provided by a huge green laser like the Death Star in Star Wars might not be so fictional. On March 3, Lockheed Martin announced it has successfully tested a 30-kilowatt fibre laser weapon system during recent...

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Major step on the SKA construction road

by defenceWeb, 12 Mar, 10:09 AM

The SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Board has agreed to move the world's largest radio telescope forward to its final pre-construction phase.

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Battle of Bangui medal recipients

by defenceWeb, 10 Mar, 09:03 AM

More than 200 medals have been awarded to soldiers and civilians who were involved in the March 2013 Battle of Bangui in the Central Africa Republic. Click here to view a list of recipients.

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Parliamentary question: lost and stolen firearms

by defenceWeb, 4 Mar, 09:39 AM

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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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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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US Army provides camps for UN peacekeepers in CAR

by US Army, 20 Mar, 07:54 AM

United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are living and working in Force Provider base camps provided by the United States Army, which was awarded a $19 million contract for camps last year.

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