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by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 12:35 PM

2014 has come to a close for defenceWeb as we shut down for the festive season after a long and productive year. Thank you to all our readers and sponsors for your support during 2014. defenceWeb wishes you a joyous festive season and will be up and running again on January 5.
SAAF wins bid to train Omani pilots

by Dean Wingrin, 15 Dec, 10:26 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has won a bid to train pilots for the Royal Airforce of Oman (RAFO) at its Central Flying School in the Western Cape.
True rhino poaching death statistics are 30 per cent higher

by Guy Martin, 12 Dec, 10:00 AM

The number of rhinos that die because of poaching could be 25-30 per cent higher than the official figures indicate, which would bring this year’s rhino kill tally to over 1 400.
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defenceWeb closed for Christmas

by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 12:35 PM

2014 has come to a close for defenceWeb as we shut down for the festive season after a long and productive year. Thank you to all our readers and sponsors for your support during 2014. defenceWeb wishes you a joyous festive season and will be up and running again...

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Rippel Effect producing more IGS-4S sights for Colombia

by defenceWeb, 10 Dec, 09:29 AM

South African company Rippel Effect Systems has landed another contract for IGS-4S day/night sights for the Colombian Army which has now standardised on this item of equipment from Rippel for all its cavalry requirements.

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A good 2014 for Denel

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 10:06 AM

With the end of another year fast approaching State-owned defence industry conglomerate Denel can look back on a successful year in financial and human resource terms.

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Operation Atalanta Commander designate visits NATO Allied Maritime Command

by defenceWeb/MARCOM, 12 Dec, 09:46 AM

The future Task Force Commander for the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Jonas Haggren (Swedish Navy), visited the NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) this week to meet with MARCOM Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio for discussions...

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Maritime guns for hire adapt to changes in sea piracy

by Reuters, 4 Dec, 12:12 PM

Cash-strapped maritime security firms are being forced to use fewer costly elite guards and to diversify into other businesses such as cyber security, as a steep decline in Somali pirate attacks and hotter competition erode fast-thinning margins.

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Chinese warships on their way to patrol for Somali pirates

by defenceWeb, 3 Dec, 08:41 AM

The nineteenth Chinese naval anti-piracy task group has departed China for the Gulf of Aden as China continues with maritime patrols in the region.

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Global military helicopters market growing in spite of challenges – report

by Frost & Sullivan, 4 Dec, 10:08 AM

The global military helicopters market will grow from $25.43 billion in 2013 to $33.37 billion in 2023 in spite of reduced budgets and the adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a new report.

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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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SAAF wins bid to train Omani pilots

by Dean Wingrin, 15 Dec, 10:26 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has won a bid to train pilots for the Royal Airforce of Oman (RAFO) at its Central Flying School in the Western Cape.

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Second Tunisian C-130J delivered

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 10:00 AM

The Tunisian Air Force has received its second and final C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft from Lockheed Martin, more than a year after the first was delivered in April 2013.

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First Solaris aviation biofuel crop ready for harvest

by defenceWeb, 10 Dec, 10:07 AM

South African farmers in Marble Hall in Limpopo province will soon harvest a first crop of energy-rich Solaris plants to be used as sustainable aviation fuel.

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R145 million for military veterans’ education support

by SANews, 12 Dec, 10:03 AM

The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) has set aside R145 million to assist military veterans and dependents in their studies.

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No Seriti cross-examination for Hlongwane

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 09:51 AM

Fana Hlongwane, the man said to be at the centre of the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal, escaped cross-examination when he appeared at the Seriti Commission on Thursday.

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Air Defence Artillery history publication in the pipeline

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 10:09 AM

The SA Army Reserve along with the Air Defence Artillery Formation has acknowledged and is marking 75 years of air by putting together a publication chronicling the history of air defence in the South African military.

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First Algerian Meko frigate floated

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 10:14 AM

The first of two Algerian Navy Meko A200 frigates has been undocked and floated at a dockyard in Kiel, Germany.

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Nigerian Navy introduces compulsory swimming lessons for navy officers

by Oscar Nkala, 4 Dec, 11:38 AM

The Nigerian Navy has introduced compulsory swimming lessons for all officers following a realisation that most of its junior and senior officers are incapable of conducting waterborne operations because they cannot swim.

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SAS RAND foundation stone to be unveiled this week

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 10:18 AM

This Thursday will see a low key, but important, ceremony at the Ditsong Museum of Military History in Johannesburg to commemorate a new permanent home for a foundation stone steeped in South African naval history.

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Kenya defends international court cooperation on president's case

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 01:09 PM

Kenya defended its involvement with the International Criminal Court on Thursday as prosecutors seek to have the country held accountable by the court's member states for failing to cooperate on an investigation of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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EU resumes aid to Mali, halted over suspected irregularities

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 01:07 PM

The European Union has resumed aid to Mali which it suspended in June due to suspected irregularities in government spending, including the purchase of a $40 million (25 million pounds) presidential jet, the Malian government announced on Friday.

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ISS: West Africa after Compaore

by ISS Africa, 12 Dec, 12:20 PM

Burkina Faso’s political transition is now underway. Michel Kafando, retired diplomat and former foreign minister, has been appointed interim President and Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida, who assumed power after former president Blaise Compaoré’s departure,...

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Four killed in Nigerian suicide bomb attack

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 10:24 AM

Four people were killed by two female suicide bombers In Kano, Nigeria.

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UN sanctions push for South Sudan could stall on arms embargo

by Reuters, 10 Dec, 10:26 AM

A push at the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties has reached an impasse due to a dispute over whether to include an arms embargo, diplomats said.

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Peace talks in Libya could be doomed

by Reuters, 9 Dec, 10:58 AM

The United States has little faith in UN-backed peace talks in Libya because Middle Eastern countries are defying requests to end their war by proxy in the oil-rich North African nation, senior US officials said.

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One policeman killed, two wounded in attack on Kenya coast camp

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 09:12 AM

Suspected separatists killed a Kenyan policeman and critically wounded two more when they attacked their camp in the coastal county of Kilifi, a senior regional official said on Friday.

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Blasts kill at least 40 in Nigerian city of Jos

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 09:03 AM

Two bombs exploded near a bus station in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Thursday evening, witnesses said, the second one killing at least 40 people.

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Somali al Shabaab militants behead two policewomen

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 12:36 PM

Al Shabaab militants have beheaded two Somali policewomen, prompting a policeman to kill five women linked to the group who were being held for a possible swap of captives, an official said on Wednesday.

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The Sahel faces growing threats

by defenceWeb/UN, 12 Dec, 09:57 AM

Amid a proliferation of militant groups and “disquieting” levels of food insecurity the situation in the Sahel has become increasingly fragile a United Nations special envoy has told the Security Council.

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Red Cross says prolonged Libya fighting displaces tens of thousands

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 12:54 PM

Fighting in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi and in the west of the country has displaced tens of thousands since the summer and disrupted medical and health services, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday.

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Fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 50 in past 10 days: medics

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 12:41 PM

Almost 50 people have been killed in the past 10 days in fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in the second-largest city, Benghazi, medical personnel said on Wednesday.

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True rhino poaching death statistics are 30 per cent higher

by Guy Martin, 12 Dec, 10:00 AM

The number of rhinos that die because of poaching could be 25-30 per cent higher than the official figures indicate, which would bring this year’s rhino kill tally to over 1 400.

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Repatriation of illegal migrants underway in Algeria

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 10:55 AM

Algeria and Niger have started to repatriate 3,000 citizens of Niger who crossed into Algeria illegally as part of a bid to stop people smuggling to North Africa and Europe.

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Boat people numbers near the 350, 000 mark for 2014

by defenceWeb/UNHCR, 11 Dec, 09:58 AM

The UN refugee agency has warned the international community is losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs on how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration....

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Warring faction chiefs in Central African Republic must be arrested - rights group

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 08:59 AM

Suspected war criminals in Central African Republic are carrying out atrocities and terrorising people, and the United Nations and CAR government must try harder to bring them to justice, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday.

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U.N. peacekeepers arrest Chadian warlord in Central African Republic

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 08:35 AM

U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic have arrested a Chadian warlord wanted by authorities for abuses against the population in the north of country, the U.N. mission and the government said.

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Rebel leader arrested by UN forces in CAR

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 10:04 AM

The Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) yesterday arrested Chadian rebel leader and former CAR (Central African Republic) official, Mahamat Abdul Kadre.

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Namibia Defence Force orders Marrua vehicles

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 10:01 AM

The Namibia Defence Force (NDF) has ordered 141 Marrua utility vehicles from Brazil’s Agrale, with deliveries already underway.

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African military profile: Egypt

by Guy Martin, 11 Dec, 10:00 AM

Egypt has the strongest military in Africa and is in the midst of strengthening it further with the acquisition of frigates, armoured vehicles, missiles, combat and transport aircraft and other hardware. Although the United States has been a major equipment supplier,...

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EU seeks to train 1 200 Somali National Army officers in 2015

by Oscar Nkala, 4 Dec, 11:51 AM

The European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) says it aims to train 1 200 Somali National Army (SNA) non-commissioned Officers (NCOs), junior Officers, specialists and military instructors in 2015 as part of internationally-backed capacity building...

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CIA chief admits agency used 'abhorrent' methods on detainees

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 01:05 PM

CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used "abhorrent" methods on detainees captured following the Sept. 11 attacks and said it was "unknowable" whether harsh interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence.

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U.S. under fire over Senate's report on CIA torture

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 01:04 PM

The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Airlines body calls for U.N. to regulate anti-aircraft weaponry

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 01:01 PM

Global airlines body IATA has called on the U.N. to regulate anti-aircraft weaponry in a similar way to chemical weapons following the shooting down of a commercial airliner over Ukraine earlier this year.

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Treasury takes over SAA reins

by SANews, 12 Dec, 11:09 AM

South African Airways (SAA) will be transferred from the Department of Public Enterprises to the National Treasury.

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Chicago Convention’s 70th anniversary

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 11:04 AM

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) helps the United Nations address some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday during a ceremony in Chicago celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chicago...

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Beyina-Moussa is new AFRAA president

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 09:38 AM

At the close of the 46th general meeting of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), organised by Air Algérie earlier this month November Fatima Beyina-Moussa, managing director of ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines) was named President of AFRAA.

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Syrian rebel 'hell cannons' kill 300 civilians - monitoring group

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 01:01 PM

Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the wildly inaccurate weapons.

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Al Qaeda in Yemen blames US for hostage deaths

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 10:19 AM

Al Qaeda in Yemen blames the United States for the death of a US and South African hostage killed in a failed rescue attempt by US forces, an official of the militant group said, arguing Washington had "foolishly" chosen armed force over negotiation.

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Kerry calls for flexibility in US war powers against Islamic State

by Reuters, 10 Dec, 10:30 AM

Any congressional authorisation of US military force against Islamic State should be flexible and not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

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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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Dozens of Chinese held in Kenyan cyber crime investigation

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 10:13 AM

More than 70 Chinese nationals have been detained by Kenyan police investigating allegations of cyber crime, operating private radio services and being in the country illegally, their lawyers said on Friday.

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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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NCACC 2014 third quarter report

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 09:37 AM

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), in its third quarter report for 2014, has released details of South African arms imports and exports. Click here to read the report.

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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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From Expeditionary To Enduring - US Forces in Djibouti

by Second Line of Defence, 11 Dec, 12:12 PM

Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is being transformed into an expeditionary base for American forces to something more permanent, reports Murielle Delaporte for Second Line of Defence.

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UK Merlin helicopters deliver Ebola aid

by UK MoD, 28 Nov, 06:33 AM

Three Merlin helicopters belonging to the Royal Navy have assisted Ebola victims in Sierra Leone through the delivery of supplies to medical teams and aid experts in the country.

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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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