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C-130BZ still the SAAF transport workhorse

by defenceWeb, 20 Oct, 10:09 AM

The backbone of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) airlift fleet – 28 Squadron and its ageing C-130BZs – have again been on the receiving end of government approval and thanks.
South Africa has military representatives in 43 countries While South Africa does, according to President Jacob Zuma, attach the greatest importance to the African Union, the Southern African Regional Development community and other key regional organisations, this does not always include representation at defence attaché level.
ThoroughTec supplying Badger simulators to SA Army

by defenceWeb, 20 Oct, 10:00 AM

Specialist simulator company ThoroughTec will be supplying simulators for four versions of the South African Army’s new Badger infantry fighting vehicles.
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U.S. Ebola fears fuel new demand for protective gear

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 12:38 PM

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European countries were major arms suppliers to Africa in 2013

by Guy Martin, 15 Oct, 10:02 AM

European countries, especially those in the East, supplied a significant amount of military hardware to Africa last year, such as T-72 tanks, Su-25 combat jets and assault rifles, according to United Nations data.

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Saab Grintek Defence moves into mining sector with launch order for mobile medical system

by defenceWeb, 10 Oct, 10:16 AM

Saab’s South African division, Saab Grintek Defence, is diversifying its portfolio through a launch order for a mobile medical system for Anglo American’s Kumbra Iron Ore business unit in the Northern Cape.

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EUCAP Nestor launches second Seychelles Coast Guard training course

by EUCAP Nestor, 17 Oct, 12:57 PM

The capacity building mission EUCAP Nestor has started training 21 new Seychelles Coast Guard personnel.

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EUCAP Nestor finishes training Somali personnel

by EUCAP Nestor, 16 Oct, 02:10 PM

On 16 September, the European Union’s Maritime Capacity Building Mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean, EUCAP Nestor, celebrated the successful completion of two training courses for participants from different Somali regions, together with Somali,...

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Somali Coast Guard personnel trained by NATO ship off the coast of Somalia

by NATO Marcom, 15 Oct, 10:45 AM

On October 12 and 13, Task Force 508 of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield conducted training with Somali Coast Guard personnel. The training took place off the coast of the town of Hobyo, and marks the first time Somali maritime forces have been trained...

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Fama K209 debuts in South Africa

by Guy Martin, 7 Oct, 08:29 AM

Fama Helicopters Africa has debuted the Kiss 209 twin-seat turbine helicopter in South Africa, with three more examples on their way from Italy.

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Delmon Aviation receives first DA 42 MPP GeoSTAR in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 6 Oct, 09:12 AM

South African company Delmon Aviation has taken delivery of the first Diamond DA 42 MPP NG aircraft in South Africa and will use it for aerial surveying work.

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Gallery: AAD 2014

by Guy Martin, 1 Oct, 01:05 PM

300 companies and 13 national pavilions at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 drew in an estimated 45 000 trade visitors from across the world who came to see aircraft, vehicles, vessels, weapons and equipment at AFB Waterkloof between September 17 and 19. Click...

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First Nigerian AW101 flies; Mi-35Ms and Mi-171Shs on order

by Reuters, 1 Oct, 10:04 AM

The first of two AgustaWestland AW101 VIP helicopters for the Nigerian Air Force has performed its maiden flight. Once delivered, it will join Nigeria’s helicopter fleet, which is set to expand following a recent order for an estimated 40 Mi-35M and Mi-171Sh...

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More eyes in the sky for Kruger anti-poaching operations

by defenceWeb, 26 Sep, 10:18 AM

About R38 million of the massive R225 million made available for anti- and counter-poaching operations in South African national parks has gone to acquisition of a new Airbus helicopter.

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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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C-130BZ still the SAAF transport workhorse

by defenceWeb, 20 Oct, 10:09 AM

The backbone of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) airlift fleet – 28 Squadron and its ageing C-130BZs – have again been on the receiving end of government approval and thanks.

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S-Plane launches new UAV control system

by Guy Martin, 17 Oct, 10:01 AM

Local UAV company S-Plane has unveiled its new Paragon command and control system, able to control multiple UAVs simultaneously.

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Italian Air Force Predators supporting Somali anti-piracy ops

by defenceWeb, 10 Oct, 10:35 AM

Italian Air Force Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been flying anti-piracy patrols from Djibouti for the last two weeks after a successful evaluation period last month.

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South Africa has military representatives in 43 countries

While South Africa does, according to President Jacob Zuma, attach the greatest importance to the African Union, the Southern African Regional Development community and other key regional organisations, this does not always include representation at defence attaché...

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ThoroughTec supplying Badger simulators to SA Army

by defenceWeb, 20 Oct, 10:00 AM

Specialist simulator company ThoroughTec will be supplying simulators for four versions of the South African Army’s new Badger infantry fighting vehicles.

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New VIP jet and SAAF airlift not on our agenda - Armscor

by defenceWeb, 17 Oct, 10:06 AM

Acting Armscor chief executive Sipho Mkwanazi has told MPs that plans to acquire a VIP jet have not been handed to the State’s defence and security acquisition agency.

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Twelve shipyards at Project Hotel bid conference

No less than 12 shipyards, half of them South African, have signalled interest in supplying the SA Navy with a new hydrographic vessel.

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STX launches new Senegalese offshore patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 14 Oct, 09:55 AM

French shipyard STX Lorient has launched the Senegalese Navy’s new 45 metre offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Kedougou, which will be delivered at the end of this year to the West African country.

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Nautic Africa to deliver first 35 m Multi-Purpose Vessel

by Dean Wingrin, 13 Oct, 09:57 AM

Cape Town-based shipbuilder Nautic Africa is about to deliver the first of its new 35 m crew and patrol vessels to a West African customer.

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Somalia leader says his advisers not helping Islamist militants

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 12:13 PM

Somalia's president said on Friday that nobody close to him had been involved in the unauthorised diversion of government weapons to Islamist militants and denied that a man U.N investigators linked to the arms trade had advised him.

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Two rival Libyan governments claim to control oil policy

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:41 AM

A self-styled rival government controlling Libya's capital announced its own oil policies this week, drawing a rebuttal from Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni who said oil revenues continued to go to the elected government.

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Dhlakama calls Mozambique vote 'charade', but offers dialogue

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:24 AM

Mozambique's Renamo opposition leader said on Saturday he would opt for dialogue with the ruling Frelimo party and not resort to violence after early results showed him losing an election he dubbed a charade.

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Kenya arrests leader of separatist coastal movement

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 12:40 PM

Kenyan police on Wednesday arrested the leader of a separatist movement seeking independence for the country's Indian Ocean coast regions, accusing Omar Mwamnuadzi of holding an illegal meeting and planning a breach of the peace.

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U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia warns of attacks by Somali militants

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 12:34 PM

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has warned of a possible attack by Somali militant group al Shabaab and urged its nationals to avoid large crowds and hotels and restaurants in an upscale district of the capital Addis Ababa.

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Tunisia says it thwarted jihadist attack before elections

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 12:26 PM

Tunisian security forces have arrested a group of Islamist militants, including two women, that planned to carry out attacks in the capital, Tunis, less than two weeks before parliamentary elections, authorities said on Tuesday.

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Roadside bomb kills six soldiers in Egypt's Sinai

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 12:06 PM

Six Egyptian soldiers were killed by a remotely-detonated roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, the army said in a statement.

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Rebels kill 23 people in east DR Congo village

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:35 AM

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 23 people overnight in their second attack near the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo town of Beni in 48 hours, the local governor said on Saturday, prompting the U.N. peacekeeping mission to call for renewed military...

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Suspected Boko Haram fighters mount deadly attacks after Nigeria 'ceasefire'

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:28 AM

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in five attacks on Nigerian villages that occurred after the government announced a ceasefire to enable 200 abducted girls to be freed, security sources and witnesses said on Saturday.

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Gunmen free hundreds of prisoners in east DR Congo

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:19 AM

Heavily armed gunmen freed some 300 inmates from a prison in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, the provincial minister of justice said, amid fears over deteriorating security in the mineral-rich region.

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Nigeria aims to have abducted girls freed by Tuesday

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:07 AM

Nigeria aims to have secured the release of 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram militants by Tuesday, a senior source at the presidency told Reuters on Saturday, although he declined to comment on where the transfer would take place.

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Aid worker abducted at gunpoint in South Sudan

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 10:47 AM

Eight armed men abducted an aid worker in South Sudan as he tried to board a plane to leave the conflict-hit Upper Nile region after receiving threats, a UN agency said on Friday.

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Morocco says Algerian soldier fired on Moroccans at border, summons envoy

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:15 AM

Morocco said on Saturday that an Algerian soldier had fired on Moroccan civilians, badly wounding one of them, in the north east at the border with Algeria, and that it had summoned the Algerian ambassador for an explanation.

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Interpol joins hunt for Kenyan poaching suspect

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:30 AM

Kenya's police have asked Interpol to issue a wanted persons alert for a businessman accused of illegal trafficking in ivory and other game trophies in east Africa.

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Transnational crime syndicates use brutal methods says environment minister

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 09:46 AM

Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa believes the increase in rhino poaching in particularly the Kruger National Park shows the “sinister and brutal methods” of transnational crime syndicates.

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ISS: The roots of radicalism should inform government's response to terror

by ISS Africa, 20 Oct, 12:20 PM

Until now, there has been very little research into why young Kenyan and Somali men join al-Shabaab and the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). This has led to limited understanding among government and Kenyan society of the roots of radicalisation and terrorism....

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U.S., four European countries call for end to violence in Libya

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 12:08 PM

The United States and four European countries jointly called on Saturday for an end to violence in Libya.

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U.N. rights official to return to Congo despite expulsion

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 12:02 PM

The top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of Congo has left the country after the government ordered his expulsion for publishing a report accusing the police of abuses, but a U.N. spokesman said on Sunday he would return.

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New African Military Profile: Zimbabwe

by Guy Martin, 13 Oct, 12:51 PM

Zimbabwe’s military has been badly affected by Western sanctions that have been in place for the last 13 years – the chief of the Air Force recently said his equipment had been degraded by a lack of spares as a result. Zimbabwe has consequently turned East,...

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New African Military Profile: Zambia

by Guy Martin, 9 Oct, 10:53 AM

Soldiers in the Zambia Defence Force have this year been complaining about delayed and frozen salaries and the removal of government subsidies for things like food and fuel. Although the Zambian government has said it would upgrade the military’s equipment and...

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Chinese company to build 12 000 houses for Tanzanian People's Defence Force

by Oscar Nkala, 8 Oct, 10:48 AM

The Tanzanian Ministry of Defence and National Service has contracted the Shanghai Construction Group of China to construct 12 000 housing units for the Tanzanian People's Defence Force (TPDF) in a two-phase project financed by a $550 million loan from the Exim...

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NATO can put troops wherever it wants, new secretary-general says

by Reuters, 6 Oct, 01:17 PM

New NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants, apparently calling into question post-Cold War agreements that have been shaken by Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine.

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Can space junk be touched?

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 3 Oct, 12:41 PM

It is a well-known fact that manmade debris still in orbit is becoming a growing threat for human beings and equipment in space, and scientists around the world are looking for a way to deal with the problem.

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ISS: Nuclear doomsday clock keeps ticking down

by ISS Africa, 1 Oct, 12:34 PM

Although nuclear weapons were last used almost 70 years ago, the sound of the nuclear doomsday clock can still be heard.

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Business jet sales to keep rising but some purchases delayed

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:56 AM

Business jet buyers are expected to take delivery of as many as 675 new aircraft worth about $20.5 billion this year, a slight rise over deliveries worth $20 billion 2013, according to a forecast by Honeywell International Inc.

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Air Cote d'Ivoire in talks with Airbus, Bombardier

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 12:30 PM

Ivory Coast's national carrier Air Cote d'Ivoire is in discussions with Airbus and Canada's Bombardier Inc to renew its existing fleet and provide new aircraft for a planned expansion, the company's chief executive said.

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Regional aircraft market worth 3 800 aircraft over next decade - report

by Forecast International, 8 Oct, 01:41 PM

Manufacturers are estimated to produce 3 867 regional jet and turboprop airliners worth $127.9 billion over the next ten years, according to a new report.

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Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

by Reuters, 20 Oct, 11:44 AM

The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday.

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Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 01:44 PM

The advance of Islamic State fighters on Kobani stalled on Thursday according to a monitoring group, after U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their heaviest bombardment yet on the militants, who have been assaulting the Syrian border town for nearly a month....

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Britain sends drones to Iraq to join fight against Islamic State

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 01:42 PM

Britain said on Thursday it was sending armed drones to Iraq to help it fight Islamic State militants and support British Tornado aircraft already conducting air strikes.

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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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Kentucky Air Guard unit establishes cargo hub in Senegal for Ebola Response

by US Africom, 8 Oct, 01:36 PM

More than 80 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group stood up a cargo hub that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight...

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Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:15 PM

Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defence ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.

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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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