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G4S aerial services expanding

by Guy Martin, 24 Nov, 10:00 AM

G4S South Africa is expanding its aerial operations with helicopters set to join its growing fixed wing fleet.
Exercise Cutlass Express planning in Simon’s town

by defenceWeb/Africom, 24 Nov, 09:59 AM

The finalisation of plans for Exercise Cutlass Express 2015 took place at the headquarters of the SA Navy fleet, Simon’s town, last week.
Anti-piracy Operation Atalanta extended to December 2016

by defenceWeb, 24 Nov, 09:55 AM

The European Union (EU) counter-piracy Operation Atalanta off the Somali coast has been extended by two more years to December 12, 2016.
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Rheinmetall Denel Munition and North-West University establish explosives training courses

by Guy Martin, 14 Nov, 10:31 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) and the North-West University (NWU) yesterday signed a cooperation agreement for explosives training, paving the way for the launch of internationally recognised courses in Explosives Engineering.

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Search for new Armscor chief executive set to start in earnest next year

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 08:34 AM

Sipho Mkwanazi’s more than four year tenure as acting chief executive of Armscor will end next year.

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First strategy session for new Armscor board

The new Armscor board held its first strategy session earlier this month since being appointed by the Minister of Defence and will now focus on becoming effective and responsive to the needs of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

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Anti-piracy Operation Atalanta extended to December 2016

by defenceWeb, 24 Nov, 09:55 AM

The European Union (EU) counter-piracy Operation Atalanta off the Somali coast has been extended by two more years to December 12, 2016.

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Defence spend, more vessels needed if ocean economy is to be protected

A timely reminder that South Africa is going to have to invest heavily in maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities if the Presidential plan to unlock the ocean economy is to work came from the bridge, as it were, this week.

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UN urges member states to strengthen efforts against piracy; authorises use of force

by United Nations, 17 Nov, 11:56 AM

The United Nations Security Council last week reaffirmed its condemnation of all acts of piracy and robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, reiterating its calls for the international community to intensify their efforts in fighting what it said was a threat to...

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First Nigerian VIP AW101 delivered

by defenceWeb, 18 Nov, 10:13 AM

AgustaWestland has delivered the first of two AW101 VIP helicopters to the Nigerian Air Force, using a massive An-124 transport aircraft.

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Two new Rwandan Mi-17s deploying to South Sudan

by defenceWeb, 17 Nov, 10:13 AM

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) air wing has taken delivery of two new Mil Mi-17 helicopters and says they will be deployed to provide airlift and troop support services to the Rwandan contingent deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)....

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Three killed in Nigeria military helicopter crash

by Reuters, 14 Nov, 02:01 PM

A Nigerian military helicopter crashed and exploded on Thursday, killing all three crew on board in the northeast region of the country where the army is battling Boko Haram Islamist insurgents, the army and witnesses said.

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G4S aerial services expanding

by Guy Martin, 24 Nov, 10:00 AM

G4S South Africa is expanding its aerial operations with helicopters set to join its growing fixed wing fleet.

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Algeria sets up commission to probe MiG-25 crash

by Oscar Nkala, 21 Nov, 01:07 PM

The Algerian Ministry of National Defence says it has set up a commission of inquiry to probe the recent crash of an air force MiG-25 'Foxbat' fighter aircraft, which came down near a military range in the Hassi Bahbah Military Region in the central part of Algeria....

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Nigeria looking to buy Scorpion jets

by defenceWeb, 19 Nov, 10:03 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is looking to buy 12 Scorpion jets from Textron AirLand to equip a single squadron in order to fight the Boko Haram insurgency gripping the country.

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Locally developed mobile chemical and biological lab ready for SAMHS

by defenceWeb, 19 Nov, 10:18 AM

Development, testing and evaluation are complete and the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) now has a fully equipped chemical and biological analysis mobile laboratory further boosting its arsenal of life saving equipment.

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Defence Legal Services still under-achieving

by defenceWeb, 18 Nov, 10:15 AM

The Defence Legal Services Division (DLSD) of the Department of Defence (DoD) “under-achieved” in terms of litigation settled in favour of the department.

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Transformation of vitally important Reserves continues

by Guy Martin, 14 Nov, 10:15 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) continues to transform and revitalise the Reserves as they contribute significantly to the military’s landward capability – of the 12 400 who were planned to be used in the last financial year, 14 600 were actually...

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Exercise Cutlass Express planning in Simon’s town

by defenceWeb/Africom, 24 Nov, 09:59 AM

The finalisation of plans for Exercise Cutlass Express 2015 took place at the headquarters of the SA Navy fleet, Simon’s town, last week.

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New Algerian landing platform dock preparing to sail home in April 2015

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 10:12 AM

The Algerian Navy’s new landing platform dock (LPD) Kalaat Beni Abbes is undergoing training and working up of its crew with the Italian Navy ahead of its delivery voyage to Algeria in April 2015.

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Indian Navy warship visiting Mozambique

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 09:57 AM

Fresh from participating in Exercise Ibsamar in South African waters, the Indian Naval Ship Teg is currently on a goodwill visit to Mozambique.

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Transitional government appointed in Burkina Faso

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 04:25 PM

Burkina Faso authorities issued a decree on Sunday announcing a new interim government, with President Michel Kafando and prime minister Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida also taking on the key ministries of foreign affairs and defence.

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Tunisians vote for first freely elected president of post-Ben Ali era

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:29 AM

Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to pick their first directly elected president, the final step in the North African state's transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

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Jihadi wave tests Tunisia's young democracy

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:10 AM

Tunisians were used to seeing Nidhal Selmi belting around a stadium, proudly sporting his country's red and white colours as a defender on the national football squad.

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In Mali's desert French troops hunt al Qaeda well by well

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:00 AM

If the French army and its allies are to keep al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali they must stop them seizing the biggest prizes in the sea of white sand - the wells.

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Egypt closes schools in Sinai towns as area inches towards open war

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 11:37 AM

Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in northern Sinai as the army prepares to intensify a battle with Islamist militants that turned the daily trip to lessons into a "journey of death".

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Somali leader sees Islamist rebels out of towns by year-end

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:29 AM

Somalia's president said on Thursday a military campaign would push Islamist al Shabaab fighters out of all towns and major territories by the end of the year, though the militants would still be able to mount guerrilla attacks.

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Over 25 killed in attack on Nigerian fishing community

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:27 AM

More than 25 people, mostly fishermen, have been shot dead in a remote community in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, the heartland of Islamist group Boko Haram, police and witnesses said on Sunday.

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Kenyan bus attack kills 28; Islamists claim responsibility

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:25 AM

Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists said they staged an attack in Kenya on Saturday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers.

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Togo opposition marchers clash with security forces

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:03 AM

Security forces in Togo's capital Lome fired tear gas on Friday at stone-throwing opposition supporters who were among thousands of people marching against a potential reelection bid by the president.

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Suspected Islamist fighters in Mali kill two children, abduct 10

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 04:08 PM

Suspected Islamist fighters kidnapped 10 children and killed two others who tried to escape near two towns in Mali on Saturday, capping a week of violence in the West African country's desert north, a senior Malian military official said.

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Kenya pursues and kills militants after bus ambush

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 10:33 AM

Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that killed 28 people, Deputy President William Ruto said.

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Lesbians flee to Senegal as Gambia cracks down on homosexuality

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:12 AM

When 12-year-old Teresa had her first kiss at a party in London with another girl, the young Gambian had no idea how her sexual orientation would make life an everyday struggle when she returned home.

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Australian navy seizes heroin worth $158 mln near east Africa

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:26 AM

An Australian Navy warship patrolling Indian Ocean waters seized heroin worth $158 million near east Africa this week, a navy official said on Thursday, one of the region's biggest heroin hauls in recent years.

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Rhino kills at an all-time high

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 08:05 AM

The resources South Africa is putting into the front line of the war to at least cut the number of rhino being killed for their horn do not appear to be having any noticeable effect.

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Closing of Egypt's Rafah crossing leaves thousands of Gazans stranded

by Reuters, 20 Nov, 12:23 PM

Egypt's decision to shut its border with the Gaza Strip has stranded thousands of Palestinians on the Egyptian side of the border while around a thousand people in Gaza are desperate to get out for medical treatment in Egypt, officials in Gaza say.

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Sudan asks U.N. mission in Darfur to prepare to leave

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 07:52 AM

Sudan has asked the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur to prepare to leave, a senior official said amid a dispute between the United Nations and Khartoum over an alleged mass rape in the region.

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Egypt's Sisi calls on West to support Libya to avoid new Syria, Iraq

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 11:20 AM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to help the Libyan army in its fight against Islamist militants now to save the country from requiring intervention on the scale of Iraq and Syria.

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Mali, rebels start third round of peace talks

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 11:13 AM

Mali began a third round of peace negotiations with mostly Tuareg rebel groups in Algiers on Thursday aimed at ending decades of uprisings in the north, with the government calling for a swift conclusion of a deal.

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Fusion Action Cells operational at Camp Lemonnier

by defenceWeb/Africom, 18 Nov, 10:21 AM

Continuity in a command environment is vital to the success of the mission and/or the programme an individual is responsible for Staff Sergeant Carlin Leslie of US Africa Command writes on the Command website.

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Eastern Accord 15 planning sets the stage for March start

by defenceWeb/Africom, 17 Nov, 10:31 AM

US Army Africa in partnership with Uganda’s People Defence Forces (UPDF), 4th Brigade 1st Armoured Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, and African partner nations, took part in an Eastern Accord (EA) 15 main planning event recently.

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Reutech delivering Land Rogue turrets for Malaysia

by Guy Martin, 12 Nov, 10:18 AM

Reutech’s Land Rogue remote controlled weapons stations are being delivered to Malaysia after recently passing factory acceptance trials. Reutech is supplying 54 Land Rogues to Denel Land Systems (DLS), which will be used by the Malaysian Army.

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China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip - report

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 07:49 AM

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said on Friday.

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Ukraine death toll rises to more than 4,300 despite ceasefire - U.N.

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 11:19 AM

The death rate in the Ukraine conflict has increased in the past eight weeks despite the declaration of a ceasefire in September, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:53 AM

China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on...

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Trade union claims ATNS puts race ahead of safety

by denfenceWeb/Solidarity, 17 Nov, 10:23 AM

When professionalism and safety are not the primary considerations in air traffic control, the public’s safety is jeopardised, trade union Solidarity cautioned.

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Civil helicopter market recovering – report

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 11:31 AM

The civil helicopter market is slowly recovering from the economic downturn as emerging economies renew and expand their helicopter fleets, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

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Second base and new routes for FlySafair

by defenceWeb, 7 Nov, 10:13 AM

Recent weeks have seen FlySafair, the latest addition to South Africa’s low cost airlines, at full power.

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Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 04:35 PM

Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.

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Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 04:31 PM

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting.

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Militants could have drawn Lebanon into civil war - army chief

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 08:16 AM

Islamist militants who attacked parts of Lebanon this year could have drawn it into civil war, army chief General Jean Kahwaji said in an unusually direct and political speech published on Friday.

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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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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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Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 01:05 PM

Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.

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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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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 completes Ebola-response mission in Senegal

by US Africom, 20 Nov, 12:27 PM

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group transferred control of a humanitarian cargo hub to replacement forces in Germany on November 19, successfully completing their support of an Ebola-response mission that has processed...

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US navy contracts two companies to expand, renovate Camp Lemonnier

by Oscar Nkala, 21 Oct, 11:25 AM

The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command has contracted B.L. Harbert International to build 65 new housing units worth $18 million at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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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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