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Ahrlac pursuing US market as Bronco II

by Guy Martin, 22 Feb, 09:33 AM

Newly created company Bronco Combat Systems (BCS) USA has launched the Bronco II aircraft, based on the South African Ahrlac. It is aimed at the US market, with US weapons and equipment, and will be offered to meet the US Air Force’s light attack requirements.

Record number of bursaries awarded by SANDF Education Trust

by defenceWeb, 22 Feb, 07:38 AM

Now in its fourth year of existence, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Education Trust will by month-end have awarded 74 bursaries to deserving recipients to study at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Defence allocation from National Treasury for 2018/19 down on previous year The budget unveiled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday showed again that defence is one of the poor relations in the government family. In real terms the amount of money allocated to the Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) has declined by six percent.
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Solidarity wants top Denel trio suspended ahead of board meeting

by defenceWeb, 19 Feb, 09:59 AM

Ahead of Thursday’s (February 22) Denel board meeting trade union Solidarity has called for the state-owned defence and technology group’s senior management to be suspended.

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New defence training centre aims to open in Cabo Verde

by Guy Martin, 14 Feb, 10:36 AM

A new defence and security training centre will in the next couple of years be opened in Cabo Verde, focussed on training African state security forces.

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Feature: The South African naval shipbuilding industry

by Guy Martin, 9 Feb, 11:17 AM

South Africa’s shipbuilding industry produces hundreds of vessels every year, with more than 90% being exported, and this includes naval vessels, from rigid-hulled inflatables to large patrol boats.

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Somali Maritime Police honed skills during Cutlass Express

by CJTF-HOA, 22 Feb, 01:58 PM

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States as well as several international organizations, completed the seventh iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express on 7 February 2018.

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US donates patrol boats to Senegal and Cabo Verde

by defenceWeb, 12 Feb, 10:02 AM

The US military has donated two patrol boats to Senegal’s Navy and five patrol boats to Cabo Verde to enhance their maritime security, with an emphasis on combating drug trafficking.

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Pirates release ship in Gulf of Guinea

by Reuters, 7 Feb, 10:53 AM

Pirates freed a ship carrying 22 Indian crew and 13,500 tonnes of gasoline, Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern, manager of the ship, said in a statement.

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Belgian NH90s arrive in Mali

by defenceWeb, 12 Feb, 10:43 AM

The two NH90 transport helicopters Belgium is providing to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) have arrived in Africa.

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DRC Rooivalks notch up a first

by defenceWeb, 8 Feb, 10:04 AM

Now in its fifth year of deployment with the UN Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a pair of Rooivalk combat support helicopters notched up a first when manned by all-black crews on an escort mission.

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Belgian NH90s preparing for Mali deployment

by defenceWeb, 30 Jan, 09:31 AM

Belgium is getting ready to send NH90 helicopters to Mali in early March and is preparing for their deployment with Exercise Duster in Germany.

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Ahrlac pursuing US market as Bronco II

by Guy Martin, 22 Feb, 09:33 AM

Newly created company Bronco Combat Systems (BCS) USA has launched the Bronco II aircraft, based on the South African Ahrlac. It is aimed at the US market, with US weapons and equipment, and will be offered to meet the US Air Force’s light attack requirements....

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US-French impasse stalls Egyptian acquisition of Rafale fighter jets

by Oscar Nkala, 20 Feb, 09:20 AM

An Egyptian plan to acquire 12 Rafale fighter jets from French company Dassault Aviation stalled after the United States refused to sell the manufacturer key components of the Scalp cruise missile, an important weapon for the aircraft.

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Boeing CEO says 'getting closer' to a deal with Embraer

by Reuters, 16 Feb, 11:04 AM

Boeing is “getting closer” to a deal with Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer, the U.S. plane maker’s Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said in an interview with CNBC television on Thursday.

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Gallery: SANDF capability demonstration

by Guy Martin, 22 Feb, 01:24 PM

Ahead of Armed Forces Day 2018 in Kimberly, the South African National Defence Force hosted an explosive capability demonstration at the De Brug training ground outside Bloemfontein on 20 February involving live fire demonstrations by most of the military's inventory....

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Gallery: Armed Forces Day parade

by Guy Martin, 22 Feb, 11:50 AM

The South African National Defence Force held its annual Armed Forces Day parade in Kimberley on 21 February. Dozens of aircraft, hundreds of vehicles and thousands of troops took part in the event presided over by new Commander in Chief Cyril Ramaphosa. Click...

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Record number of bursaries awarded by SANDF Education Trust

by defenceWeb, 22 Feb, 07:38 AM

Now in its fourth year of existence, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Education Trust will by month-end have awarded 74 bursaries to deserving recipients to study at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

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Quick Cape Town stop for PLAN task force

by Dean Wingrin, 20 Feb, 09:22 AM

Following an escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and port visits in North Africa, the 27th Chinese naval escort task force arrived in Table Bay on Monday for a brief logistics stop.

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2018 closes

by US Navy, 8 Feb, 11:13 AM

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations, concluded the seventh iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2018 on 7 February.

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South Africa boosts naval capabilities but can it afford an expansion?

by Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 7 Feb, 10:14 AM

In February 2017, South Africa announced the preferred bidders for two of the largest naval programmes in Africa, with the South African Navy set to receive a major boost to its surface fleet and its maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities. 

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South African finance minister violated Constitution

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:11 AM

A South African court found Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba violated the Constitution in statements he made about his decision to revoke approval of a company’s bid to open a private airport immigration facility.

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Logging concessions reinstated in DR Congo forests

by Reuters, 21 Feb, 10:35 AM

Congo’s environment ministry reinstated thousands of square kilometres of logging concessions in its equatorial forests, a move environmentalists fear could cause huge volumes of greenhouse gases to be released.

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New DR Congo interior minister

by Reuters, 21 Feb, 10:32 AM

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila appointed the head of his political party as interior minister to oversee security in the face of rising militia violence and unrest over delayed elections.

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Al Shabaab militants killed in airstrike

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:13 AM

A US-led air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia killed three of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group, the US military said in a statement.

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Multi-disciplinary security simulation exercise in Gauteng and Fiela ops in two provinces

by defenceWeb, 20 Feb, 09:25 AM

Police in Gauteng this week exercised a range of capabilities in Gauteng aimed at ensuring “the security forces hone their skills in preparation for any eventuality” according to a statement issued by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure...

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Ajay Gupta left S.Africa on Dubai-bound flight on Feb. 6

by Reuters, 16 Feb, 12:08 PM

Ajay Gupta, one of the three Gupta brothers under investigation over accusations of corrupt links to ousted South African president Jacob Zuma, left the country for Dubai 10 days ago, a Johannesburg airport spokeswoman said on Friday.

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Sisi critic on Egypt terrorism list

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:03 AM

An Egyptian court put former Islamist presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh on a terrorism list on Tuesday, state news agency MENA reported, following his arrest for alleged contacts with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

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Ethiopia releases senior opposition leader

by Reuters, 14 Feb, 11:08 AM

Ethiopia released a senior opposition leader from prison and dropped all charges against him a day after demonstrators blocked roads and staged rallies in several towns to protest his incarceration.

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Mass Boko Haram trial resumes

by Reuters, 13 Feb, 11:28 AM

Hundreds of people suspected of links to Boko Haram are on trial in a detention centre in central Nigeria in a resumption of the country’s biggest legal investigation of the militant Islamist insurgency, authorities said.

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Eastern DR Congo facing humanitarian disaster

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:22 AM

An upsurge of violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is set to cause a “humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions”, UN refugee agency UNHCR said.

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Nigerian schoolgirls rescued

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:19 AM

The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others after they went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village, parents, a resident and a local government official told Reuters.

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Teachers, health workers protest in Algeria

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:17 AM

Members of five Algerian teachers’ unions went on strike this week over better pay and conditions, joining hundreds of colleagues who walked out months ago amid public spending cuts caused by falling energy prices.

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African migrant pressure to persist on EU southern borders

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:25 AM

The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex said.

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Congolese refugees claim Rwandan soldiers shot at them

by Reuters, 21 Feb, 10:26 AM

Congolese refugees in Rwanda said soldiers shot at them and wounded at least two people as refugees tried leave their camp in protest at a cut in food rations.

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Libyan coastguard intercepts migrants on rubber boats

by Reuters, 20 Feb, 10:55 AM

The Libyan coastguard picked up 324 migrants trying to leave the North African country on board two rubber boats.

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ISS: SA returns to the UN Security Council with a new leader

by ISS Africa, 22 Feb, 01:53 PM

By happy coincidence, South Africa will take a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council next year with Cyril Ramaphosa at the helm of the country. This, combined with the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, provides an opportunity for the country to...

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Chad and Qatar restore diplomatic relations

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:08 AM

Chad and Qatar restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states.

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French soldiers killed in Mali

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 11:06 AM

Two French soldiers were killed after their armoured vehicle was hit by an explosive device in Mali, the French president’s office said.

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Paramount Combat Systems in business rescue

by Guy Martin, 16 Feb, 09:38 AM

Paramount Group division Paramount Combat Systems is going into business rescue, and a business rescue practitioner has been appointed.

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Chinese-built military training centre opens in Tanzania

by defenceWeb, 13 Feb, 09:58 AM

Tanzanian President John Magafuli has opened a Chinese-built training centre for the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF).

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BattleTek4Africa

by Guy Martin, 5 Feb, 10:07 AM

Saab Grintek Defence (Saab) is offering its BattleTek command and staff training system to African countries under a more cost effective proposition, with two options: a buy-to-own and a pay-per use.

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Video of gun owner's assault on an AR-15 goes viral after Florida mass shooting

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 01:46 PM

A video of a man cutting his semi-automatic weapon in half has gone viral following last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, prompting a social media movement decrying easy access to high-powered assault rifles.

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U.S. hate groups proliferate in Trump's first year, watchdog says

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 01:40 PM

The number of U.S. hate groups expanded last year under President Donald Trump, fuelled by his immigration stance and the perception that he sympathized with those espousing white supremacy, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday

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Israeli intelligence helped Australia stop airliner attack

by Reuters, 22 Feb, 01:38 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Israeli intelligence services had prevented the downing of an “Australian airliner” as part of wide-ranging international intelligence-sharing but gave no details.

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Airlines, flight schools try to lure pilots with cheaper - or free - training

by Reuters, 9 Feb, 12:13 PM

In 2014, Danny Perna found himself caught up in the global shortage of pilots that has vexed airlines from China to the United States.

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U.S. helicopter crash survivor to receive record $100 million pretrial settlement

by Reuters, 5 Feb, 10:25 AM

A former Colorado flight nurse who survived a helicopter ambulance crash with horrific burns over 90 percent of his body will receive a record $100 million cash settlement from the maker and operator of the aircraft, his lawyer said on Thursday.

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Air Senegal orders two A330neos

by defenceWeb, 2 Feb, 12:49 PM

Air Senegal, Senegal’s national carrier, has signed a firm order for two A330neo aircraft with Airbus after signing a Memorandum of Understanding in November at the Dubai Airshow.

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More than 10,000 Afghan civilians killed or wounded last year, U.N. says

by Reuters, 15 Feb, 10:40 AM

More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in violence last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, with militant bombings the main cause while air strikes by U.S. and government forces inflicted a rising toll.

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U.N. mediator warns of 'violent, worrying, dangerous' moment in Syria

by Reuters, 15 Feb, 10:38 AM

The U.N. Syria peace mediator warned on Wednesday that a recent increase in violence has created one of the most dangerous moments in years of civil war there, as the government bombards rebel areas and foreign powers further intervene.

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Allies promise Iraq $30 billion, falling short of Baghdad's appeal

by Reuters, 15 Feb, 10:36 AM

Iraq received pledges of $30 billion, mostly in credit facilities and investment, on Wednesday from allies but this fell short of the $88 billion Baghdad says it needs to recover from three years of war.

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Feature: Was Cuito Cuanavale an SADF objective?

by Chris and Janet Szabo, 9 Feb, 10:16 AM

There has been renewed interest in the final phase of South Africa’s involvement in Angola 30 years ago, but it has been mired in controversy and confusion.

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Soldiers to the rescue

by Africa Defense Forum, 23 Nov, 12:54 PM

For years, when countries needed their armed forces’ help during natural disasters, the philosophy was “last in, first out” — don’t use them except as a last resort, and use them as little as possible. But that thinking is at odds with the need for a...

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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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Saab command and control system keeps runners safe

by defenceWeb, 15 Feb, 10:29 AM

Saab Grintek Defence will deploy its Chaka situational awareness and command and control system in the Kalahari Desert in support of the upcoming 250 kilometre long Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM).

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Pentagon reviewing security after fitness apps show locations

by Reuters, 30 Jan, 10:47 AM

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a review of security protocols, officials say, after fitness tracking devices broadcast patterns of movement at military facilities around the world, including in war zones.

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Lebanese security agency turns smartphone into selfie spycam

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:00 AM

Lebanon’s intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers, researchers say.

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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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US military assists Chadian Air Force overcome windstorm damage

by Africom, 25 Jan, 01:34 PM

Airmen from the US Air Force's 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, deployed to N'Djamena, Chad on 7 January 2018 to assist the Chadian Air Force to erect maintenance shelters and provide maintenance training for their critical aircraft....

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Project Koba-Tlala steadily ticking off objectives

by defenceWeb, 16 Jan, 10:01 AM

Ten objectives of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) ambitious contribution to government’s National Development Plan via Project Koba-Tlala have been achieved to date.

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Confusion over Turkey’s naval dock plan in Sudan

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 3 Jan, 09:54 AM

It remains unclear as to whether or not Turkey will build a naval dock at Suakin in Sudan, as Turkey has denied initial reports about naval facilities at the historic port.

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