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Egypt getting Sentinel radars

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 09:58 AM

Egypt will be receiving eight Sentinel radar systems from the United States worth nearly $45 million after Raytheon Integrated Defence Systems was awarded a contract.
DoD attempts to clarify Brian Molefe’s honorary colonel appointment

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 09:51 AM

Department of Defence Head of Communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, has responded – in more than 700 words – to “clarify” the call-up of honorary colonel Brian Molefe.
Amatola steaming to La Reunion for Ex Oxide

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 09:48 AM

Exercise Oxide, the ongoing naval exercise which sees French and South African elements co-operate in the interests of both human and maritime security, can be said to be partially underway as the Valour Class frigate SAS Amatola (F145) steams toward La Reunion.
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South Africa imported conventional arms worth over R670 million in 2016

by defenceWeb, 16 Nov, 10:28 AM

In the 2016 calendar year South Africa imported arms, armaments and associated equipment valued at R673 million according to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) annual report.

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TUB a shining example of black female industrialism

by Guy Martin, 13 Nov, 10:26 AM

Thata uBeke Manufacturing (TUB) has dispelled the myth that black, female industrialists do not exist, says its CEO Nana Sabelo.

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South Africa’s defence exports in 2016 were worth R4 billion

by defenceWeb, 13 Nov, 10:22 AM

The 2016 calendar year saw the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) authorise export permits with a total value of R4 170 291 132.

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Amatola steaming to La Reunion for Ex Oxide

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 09:48 AM

Exercise Oxide, the ongoing naval exercise which sees French and South African elements co-operate in the interests of both human and maritime security, can be said to be partially underway as the Valour Class frigate SAS Amatola (F145) steams toward La Reunion....

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Six suspected pirates nabbed off east African coast

by defenceWeb, 20 Nov, 10:04 AM

The European Union Naval Force Somalia’s current flagship, the Italian vessel ITS Virginia Fasan, has apprehended six suspected pirates and seized their vessels.

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UN Security Council on Somali piracy

by defenceWeb/UN, 8 Nov, 06:38 AM

While acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia have subsided substantially, the United Nations Security Council still wants to see a comprehensive response to prevent and suppress such acts and tackle the underlying causes.

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Lesotho Defence Force has received a new helicopter

by defenceWeb, 20 Nov, 11:14 AM

The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) has taken delivery of an H125 light helicopter, and inaugurated an upgraded runway at Mejametalana Airbase.

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Nigerian Air Force inducts Bell 412 into service

by defenceWeb, 6 Nov, 10:03 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially inducted into service the first of two Bell 412 helicopters that had earlier been impounded by customs.

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Togo to receive ex-French Gazelles?

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 01:15 PM

Togo may receive five ex-French Army Gazelle helicopters as the procurement process is being reviewed by the French government.

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Global military UAV market worth $80 billion over next decade

by Teal Group, 16 Nov, 08:34 AM

The global military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market will be worth an estimated $80 billion over the next decade, according to new research.

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Silver Falcons 50th anniversary getting ever closer

by defenceWeb, 15 Nov, 09:35 AM

Silver Falcon number one, Commandant (Colonel) Chris Prins, is no longer alive and sadly, cannot be part of the SA Air Force (SAAF) aerobatic team’s 50th anniversary at AFB Langebaanweg on November 24.

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International Forum for Aviation Research summit in South Africa “memorable"

by defenceWeb, 15 Nov, 09:31 AM

Aviation and aeronautics research is one area where happily, South Africa has not reached junk status level as evidenced by the hosting of the eighth summit of the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) in Pretoria.

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DoD attempts to clarify Brian Molefe’s honorary colonel appointment

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 09:51 AM

Department of Defence Head of Communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, has responded – in more than 700 words – to “clarify” the call-up of honorary colonel Brian Molefe.

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Honorary colonel Brian Molefe “assists” with Dept of Defence auditing queries

by defenceWeb, 20 Nov, 09:53 AM

The rank of honorary colonel is a ceremonial one and apparent revelations that one honorary colonel is being paid for work done assisting with “auditing queries” has raised the ire of the SA Security Forces Union (SASFU).

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First 2017 SANDF goodwill parcels handed out at De Brug mobilisation centre

by defenceWeb, 17 Nov, 09:44 AM

The annual thank you for services rendered by soldiers deployed in and outside South Africa every year started this week at the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) mobilisation centre.

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Damen launches Angolan fisheries research vessel

by defenceWeb, 20 Nov, 11:21 AM

Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania has launched a fisheries research vessel, Baia Farta, for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries.

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China begins construction of Mauritanian landing ship

by defenceWeb, 17 Nov, 10:04 AM

China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has begun construction of a 1 750 tonne landing ship for Mauritania after the vessel was ordered in March last year.

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Piriou establishes naval shipyard in Senegal

by defenceWeb, 17 Nov, 09:57 AM

French company Piriou has set up a naval shipbuilding and repair facility in Senegal, in partnership with Senegalese company Ngom & Freres.

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Mugabe told to resign ahead of impeachment

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:58 AM

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe faced the start of an impeachment process on Tuesday and should heed his people’s call to resign, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ruling party’s candidate to replace him, said.

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New police, intelligence chiefs for Angola

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:52 AM

Angola President João Lourenço replaced the chief of police and the head of the intelligence service, state news agency Angop said, as the country’s new leader continues to cement his authority after the 38-year rule of his predecessor.

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Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF sets Mugabe impeachment ball rolling

by Reuters, 20 Nov, 02:20 PM

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power.

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Egyptian activists detained for protesting Red Sea islands transfer

by Reuters, 20 Nov, 11:02 AM

A court in Alexandria ordered the detention of leading rights activist Mahienour el-Massry over charges of illegally protesting in June against the Egyptian government’s decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

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Air strikes on Sirte

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 10:53 AM

East Libyan forces launched air strikes against suspected Islamic State militants on Wednesday south of the jihadist group’s former stronghold of Sirte.

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Air strike mounted against al Shabaab militants in Somalia

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 10:43 AM

The United States military carried out an air strike in Somalia against al Shabaab the US Africa Command said.

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Two killed as Kenyan police disperse supporters cheering opposition leader

by Reuters, 17 Nov, 01:50 PM

Two people were killed on Friday as Kenyan police tried to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi, a Reuters photographer said.

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Sinai raids leave three dead

by Reuters, 16 Nov, 10:46 AM

Egyptian security forces killed three suspected militants and arrested 74 others in raids targeting militant groups in North Sinai , the military said in a statement.

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South African Public Protector must meet court deadline

by Reuters, 14 Nov, 11:19 AM

South Africa’s anti-graft watchdog must meet a high court deadline in a case about the central bank’s mandate to avoid creating market instability, the bank said.

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Suicide bomb kills 15 in Nigeria

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:55 AM

A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people at a mosque in the Nigerian town Mubi, a local government official said.

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ISS: Nine years in an al-Shabaab camp - one woman’s story

by ISS Africa, 21 Nov, 10:36 AM

In this article on women and violent extremism, Amina’s story shows how al-Shabaab preys on the poor.

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Teargas used against Kenyans protesting slum murder

by Reuters, 20 Nov, 10:44 AM

Kenyan police fired teargas to disperse a crowd protesting against the overnight murder of four people in a slum in Nairobi.

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Algeria picks up almost 300 boat migrants

by Reuters, 20 Nov, 11:00 AM

Algeria’s coastguard picked up 286 illegal migrants heading across the Mediterranean to Europe by boat, the Defence Ministry said.

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Interpol west Africa border operations snares child traffickers

by defenceWeb, 17 Nov, 10:42 AM

Nearly 40 people either being smuggled or trafficked for illicit labour were this week identified and rescued during an Interpol co-ordinated operation to strengthen border controls in west Africa.

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EU support for Libya coastguard is “inhuman” – UN human rights chief

by Reuters, 17 Nov, 10:36 AM

The European Union’s support for the Libyan coastguard is leading to arbitrary and indefinite imprisonment of migrants in “inhuman” conditions, the UN human rights chief said.

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Burkina Faso recalls ambassador to Libya

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 11:01 AM

Burkina Faso’s foreign minister said the country had recalled its ambassador to Libya over a report that black African migrants were being auctioned as slaves there.

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ISS: Will other African countries follow Burundi out of the ICC?

by ISS Africa, 17 Nov, 10:10 AM

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been authorised to begin investigations into alleged crimes against humanity in Burundi between 26 April 2015 and 26 October 2017.

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ISS: China tests its military muscle in Africa

by ISS Africa, 16 Nov, 12:15 PM

Is the hugely successful film Wolf Warrior 2 a metaphor for China’s growing presence in Africa – and perhaps beyond? It’s an action thriller featuring a Rambo-like Chinese hero called Leng Feng. He takes on the bad guys, first at home and then in Africa,...

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MENA country has acquired Iskander-E ballistic missiles

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 01:51 PM

A country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, believed to be Algeria, has acquired Iskander-E ballistic missiles from Russia.

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Egypt getting Sentinel radars

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 09:58 AM

Egypt will be receiving eight Sentinel radar systems from the United States worth nearly $45 million after Raytheon Integrated Defence Systems was awarded a contract.

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Chinese armoured vehicles a notable feature of Zim coup

by defenceWeb, 20 Nov, 02:13 PM

Zimbabwe’s Chinese armoured vehicles have come under the spotlight after the political upheaval in the country over the last week, with multiple Type 89 armoured personnel carriers playing a prominent role in the military’s attempts to take over the government...

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Gunman kills 26 in rural Texas church during Sunday service

by Reuters, 6 Nov, 10:38 AM

A man with an assault rifle killed at least 26 people and wounded 20 in a rural Texas church during Sunday services, adding the name of Sutherland Springs to the litany of American communities shattered by mass shootings.

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Libya armed group will not grant Manchester extradition request

by Reuters, 3 Nov, 10:30 AM

A Libyan armed group holding the brother of a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester will not grant a British extradition request, its spokesman said.

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Drone hits commercial airliner in Canada, no injuries

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:09 AM

A drone hit an airplane landing at a Quebec City airport this week, the first time an unmanned flying object has collided with commercial aircraft in Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Sunday.

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Morocco continues to expand its aviation industry

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 20 Nov, 12:02 PM

At the start of the century, Morocco launched an ambitious programme to become a major aerospace industry manufacturing hub.

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Jetmakers end Dubai rollercoaster with big orders pending

by Reuters, 20 Nov, 11:09 AM

It started with a deal that never was and ended with the mother of all air show announcements - this week’s Dubai Airshow saw little in the way of firm new business, but reminded observers the rivalry between two global giants is as fierce as ever.

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Air Senegal signs MoU for two Airbus A330neo jets

by defenceWeb, 16 Nov, 11:45 AM

Airbus secured a memorandum of understanding on Thursday from Air Senegal to buy two A330neo jets.

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Iranian president declares end of Islamic State

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:26 AM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of Islamic State on Tuesday in an address broadcast live on state TV.

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Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

by Reuters, 17 Nov, 01:41 PM

Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signalling the collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

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Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture last town in Islamic State control

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:12 AM

Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic-State control, leaving the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate on the verge of complete defeat.

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Feature: Cyber and electronic warfare an increasing global challenge

by Guy Martin, 9 Nov, 10:11 AM

Cyber and electronic attacks are increasingly factors in warfare, such as the sabotaging of Iran’s nuclear facilities and the attack on the Ukraine’s electricity grid. This, according to defence analyst Helmoed Romer Heitman, begs the question of when is an...

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Feature: Botswana’s Gripen plan highlights need for a defence white paper

by William M Wyatt, 5 Oct, 02:12 PM

Gaborone’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Swedish-built Gripen multi-role jet fighters has drawn sharp criticisms from security analysts, foreign press and domestic political opposition within Botswana.

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Armscor centre offers unique insights into defective munitions

Sited in Pretoria’s secluded Salvokop and close to the headquarters of the SA Army, is a collection of ammunition and associated equipment with a difference – it’s all defective to a greater or lesser extent.

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CSIR looking to expand passive radar testing

by Guy Martin, 10 Nov, 09:57 AM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to expand its pioneering passive radar research over the next few years and add more receivers to its network.

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Hypersonic missile nonpropliferation

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 10 Oct, 12:05 PM

Late last month, Richard H. Speier, George Nacouzi, Carrie A. Lee, Richard M. Moore – researchers from the prestigious RAND Corporation International Security and Defense Policy Centre - published a new report urging the United States to cooperate with China...

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South Africa pushing cyber defence

by defenceWeb, 6 Oct, 10:02 AM

The CSIR and Denel have – and are – progressing on various aspects of South Africa’s ability to defend itself from cyberattacks, an area the Department of Defence (DoD) has allocated R72 million to over the medium term.

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FF+ leader on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 08:56 AM

FF Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said in a private member’s statement in parliament the wave of farm murders and attacks sweeping the country and particularly the cruelty of these attacks, makes it increasingly urgent for government and specifically the...

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Mapisa-Nqakula on defence budget vote

by defenceWeb, 25 Jun, 12:33 PM

Introduction of the debate on the defence and military veterans budget vote 2017 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister For Defence And Military Veterans, 25 May 2017, Parliament, Cape Town.

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Mapisa-Nqakula on International Peacekeeper's Day

by defenceWeb, 31 May, 10:30 AM

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula speaking notes on the occasion of International Peacekeepers' Day, 29 May 2017, De Brug Military Base, Bloemfontein.

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Saab awarded Teamster mass feeding contract for the SANDF

by defenceWeb, 20 Nov, 10:12 AM

Saab has been awarded a contract to deliver a Mass Field Feeding Capability over a two year period to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) under the next phase of Project Teamster.

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Project Koba-Tlala – the SANDF’s commitment to rural development

The SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) contribution to government’s nine-point development plan is currently restricted to the SA Army with other services set to come in as the country’s uniformed civil servants do their instructed bit to aid growth and...

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South African field kitchens and water purification units in Zambian military

by defenceWeb, 25 Oct, 09:15 AM

Johannesburg-headquartered ELW Global have completed manufacture, supply and pre-deployment training on Diesel Field Kitchens (DFKs) and Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units (ROWPUs) for the Zambian National Army.

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  • SANDF Medals and Decorations The medals and decorations list of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) currently numbers 66, of which 52 are for acts of bravery, valour and other meritorious deeds performed before April 2003. The remaining...
  • Fact file: SANDF regular force levels by race & gender: April 30, 2011 The uniformed services of the South African National Defence Force mustered 64 431 personnel in April this year, of whom 77.3% (49 831) were male, 72.3% (46 590) were black, 11.6% were Coloured, 744 (1.2%)...
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  • Fact file: Denel FV2 Bateleur Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) The FV2 Bateleur is the standard multiple launch rocket system (MLRS)of the South African Artillery. Development and production started after the end of the 1966-1989 Namibian “Border War” and the...
  • Fact file: G5 L45 towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing six (one battery) G5 L45 and having an additional...
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  • Fact file: Denel ZT3 Ingwe precision guided missile The Ingwe (Leopard) missile and associated launch systems were developed in the 1980s under Project Raleigh as a “long-range indigenous antitank guided missile.” Pre-production models were used in...
  • Fact file: MBDA Milan precision guided misile The MBDA (formerly Euromissile) Milan (Missile d´infanterie léger antichar = light infantry antitank missile) started life in 1962 and the second-generation of antitank missiles to enter South African...
  • Fact file: M40A1 recoilless rifle The M40 was developed in the 1950s as a lightweight, portable, crew-served 105mm antitank weapon. It has served the South African infantry for many years as a direct-fire weapon and is issued in units...
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