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SANDF takes further action against sexual abuse

by Guy Martin, 23 Apr, 10:06 AM

The South African National Defence Force has indicated it is serious about eliminating sexual exploitation and abuse by its deployed soldiers and has come up with numerous interventions after a three-day conference on the subject.

No maintenance contracts in place for 21 Squadron aircraft - so no flying

by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:05 AM

A telling question has been asked by Congress of the People (COPE) chief whip, Deidre Carter, after her party was told the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) VIP squadron – 21 – is grounded because of delays in processing and awarding maintenance contracts for aircraft.
SA Military Health Services running Mafikeng Hospital

by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:02 AM

Elements of the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) moved into the government hospital in the North West provincial capital, Mafikeng, in the early hours of Saturday to take over provision of medical and other healthcare facilities.
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Solidarity claims Denel “corrupt and captured”

by defenceWeb, 19 Apr, 11:28 AM

Centurion-headquartered trade union Solidarity claims Denel top management received a 60% salary increase last year.

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Armscor severance or special package offers taken by 29 employees

by defenceWeb, 19 Apr, 10:07 AM

The 2017/18 financial year saw 29 Armscor personnel “granted severance or special packages” compared to two in 2016/17 and zero the previous financial year.

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Bursary allegations are false – Denel

by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 11:08 AM

Denel maintains allegations around a bursary awarded to the son of North West premier Supra Mohamapelo are false.

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Ramaphosa approves Op Copper extension

by defenceWeb, 20 Apr, 09:39 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved the extension of the anti-piracy Operation Copper in the Mozambique Channel for another year.

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RMS St Helena turned into anti-piracy armoury

by Reuters, 18 Apr, 10:54 AM

RMS St. Helena Britain’s last working postal ship was for almost three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world.

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Thought leader: Integrated maritime solutions will save authorities billions

by Hein van den Ende, 17 Apr, 10:44 AM

With sea trade being one of Africa’s largest sources of income, a wave of new port infrastructure and upgrades along African coasts are set to make ports even more attractive to an influx of trade. In fact, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report on port development...

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Nigeria's Senate seeks explanation of $462 million to buy helicopters

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 18 Apr, 11:01 AM

Nigeria’s upper chamber of parliament on Tuesday said it would invite the central bank governor and the ministers of finance and defence to explain the release of $462 million to buy helicopters, a lawmaker said.

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Zimbabwe delegation visits Russia’s Ulan-Ude Aviation Factory

by defenceWeb, 29 Mar, 10:05 AM

A Zimbabwean delegation has visited the Ulan-Ude Aviation Factory, part of the Russian Helicopters group, to view the VIP modification of Mi-171E helicopters.

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Ukraine signs deal with France to buy 55 Airbus helicopters

by Reuters, 26 Mar, 11:30 AM

Ukraine signed a preliminary agreement on Friday with France to buy 55 helicopters from a division of Airbus to be used by the police, border guards and emergency services.

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No maintenance contracts in place for 21 Squadron aircraft - so no flying

by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:05 AM

A telling question has been asked by Congress of the People (COPE) chief whip, Deidre Carter, after her party was told the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) VIP squadron – 21 – is grounded because of delays in processing and awarding maintenance contracts for aircraft....

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Cube satellite will help unlock economic growth

by defenceWeb/SANews, 20 Apr, 10:58 AM

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said the latest South African cube satellite, which has been sent off to India for launch, will help gather data to unlock economic growth in the oceans economy.

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Armed Forces of Liberia gets new pilots

by defenceWeb, 18 Apr, 09:42 AM

The Nigerian Air Force has finished training two Liberian pilots, the first since the end of that country’s civil war in 2003, and who will now return to Liberia to help establish the Liberia Air Wing.

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SANDF takes further action against sexual abuse

by Guy Martin, 23 Apr, 10:06 AM

The South African National Defence Force has indicated it is serious about eliminating sexual exploitation and abuse by its deployed soldiers and has come up with numerous interventions after a three-day conference on the subject.

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SA Military Health Services running Mafikeng Hospital

by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:02 AM

Elements of the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) moved into the government hospital in the North West provincial capital, Mafikeng, in the early hours of Saturday to take over provision of medical and other healthcare facilities.

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Maritime defence in the same boat as air and land – short-funded

by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 10:03 AM

The maritime defence component of the Department of Defence’s (DoD) performance plan for the current year is – again – symptomatic of the malaise the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) finds itself it.

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Aircraft carriers still popular with navies around the world

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 23 Apr, 11:47 AM

Aircraft carriers are “100,000 tons of diplomacy”, as Henry Kissinger once said. They provide great political strength as mobile air bases since they allow for maritime supremacy and even strikes deep inside an enemy’s territory. And despite growing criticism...

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Milkor promotes new patrol boat, APC and UAV at DSA

by Guy Martin, 19 Apr, 10:04 AM

Milkor, diversifying from its history as a supplier of 40 mm grenade launchers, is promoting its MN Centurion patrol boat at DSA 2018 in Malaysia as well as its new 4x4 armoured vehicle and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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SA to take leading role in Antarctic expedition

by defenceWeb, 10 Apr, 02:42 PM

South Africa will play a leading role in a major international scientific expedition next year to survey the underside of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in the Antarctic’s Weddell Sea.

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Ramaphosa leaves CHOGM early

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 10:55 AM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cut short his visit to Britain by a day to return home to deal with protests in the country’s North West province, his office said.

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South Sudan army chief dies

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 10:53 AM

South Sudan army chief General James Ajongo died in Cairo following a short illness, government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth said.

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Nigerian parliamentary mace is safe

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 10:48 AM

Nigeria’s police recovered a ceremonial mace stolen from the country’s parliament when at least three men burst onto the Senate floor and grabbed it while lawmakers looked on, police said.

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Rockets fired at Timbuktu

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 11:20 AM

Homemade rockets shook the northern Mali city of Timbuktu near UN and French military bases where Islamist militants launched a deadly suicide raid last weekend, France’s army said.

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Libya pipeline attacked

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 11:12 AM

A Libyan crude pipeline owned by the al-Waha oil company, feeding the port of Es Sider, was attacked by a “terrorist group”, a company source said.

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South Africa must tame Zambia – Hichilema

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 10:50 AM

Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema accused President Edgar Lungu’s government of political killings, rights abuses and rampant corruption, calling on South Africa to intervene to restore calm.

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Zimbabwe nurses’ strike over

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 11:23 AM

Zimbabwean nurses called off a strike against poor working conditions and returned to work on Monday, a nurses union said.

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Madagascar protests leave one dead

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 11:15 AM

One person was killed when Madagascar police fired tear gas at opposition demonstrators protesting against new electoral laws they say are designed to lock out their candidate from a presidential election due this year.

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Protests erupt in Senegal

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 10:45 AM

Protests flared in Senegal’s capital and a parliamentary debate descended into pushing and shoving over a change to an election law critics say will make it impossible for minor candidates to run for president in 2019.

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SANDF to assist North West with medical care after strike

by defenceWeb/Reuters, 20 Apr, 03:12 PM

The South African Military Heath Service (SAMHS) will move into the North West province to reinforce medical care at its provincial hospital following a strike by health sector workers.

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Call for specialist rural security police units

by defenceWeb, 19 Apr, 11:39 AM

Six farm attacks reported in 72 hours at the start of this week have again put the spotlight on rural security, or the lack of it.

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ISS: Libya’s ‘divisive unifier’ Haftar stumbles

by ISS Africa, 19 Apr, 10:51 AM

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strongman who is widely regarded as the most important player in the overcrowded cast of characters determining Libya’s uncertain future, has aptly been called the ‘divisive unifier’.

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Migrant bodies received off Libya

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 11:18 AM

The Libyan coastguard recovered bodies of 11 migrants who died off Libya’s western shore during an attempted crossing to Italy, a spokesman said.

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SADC committed to fighting wildlife crime

by defenceWeb, 20 Apr, 09:37 AM

What started three years ago as a semi-localised anti-poaching initiative by four Southern African Development community (SADC) countries has grown to include 10 of the regional bloc’s 15 members.

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SAPS arrest vehicle and cigarette smugglers

by SAPS, 19 Apr, 10:21 AM

The South African Police Service (SAPS) have once more intercepted motor vehicles, including a luxury SUV, from being smuggled out of the country at the northern border between South Africa and Zimbabwe and in the process, confiscated packs of illegal cigarettes...

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France expels radical imam

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 11:08 AM

France expelled an imam of Islam’s strict Salafi branch for giving radical sermons seen as a threat, sending him to Algeria a day after the European Court of Human Rights gave a green light for the move, a source close to the case said.

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US Army trainers to help build jihad defence in West Africa

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 11:06 AM

Kicking up clouds of Saharan dust, US military trainers impersonated militants, waved flags saying “death to outsiders” and threw smoke grenades toward approaching Nigerien commandos, as a surveillance drone hovered overhead.

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Botswana president urges Kabila not to stand again

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 11:02 AM

Botswana’s new leader urged President Joseph Kabila not to stand for re-election in DR Congo’s long delayed presidential poll, saying he has been in power longer than expected.

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Senegal orders Ground Master radars

by defenceWeb, 20 Apr, 09:36 AM

Senegal has ordered Ground Master 400 air surveillance radars and SkyView command and control systems from Thales, which will deliver them next year.

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Exercise tests Gurkha Rifles in Kenya

by UK MoD, 19 Apr, 10:48 AM

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR) have conducted Exercise Askari Storm in Kenya. The Battlegroup consisted of 1 RGR and E Company, 15th Kenyan Rifles from the Kenya Defence Force plus attachments from across 16 Air Assault Brigade, who joined the demanding 6-week exercise....

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Exercise Flintlock 2018 begins in Niger

by Africom, 12 Apr, 11:56 AM

Exercise Flintlock 2018 officially kicked off during an opening ceremony on 11 April in Niamey, Niger.

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Arming the world - Inside Trump's 'Buy American' drive to expand weapons exports

by Reuters, 18 Apr, 10:10 AM

In a telephone call with the emir of Kuwait in January, U.S. President Donald Trump pressed the Gulf monarch to move forward on a $10 billion fighter jet deal that had been stalled for more than a year.

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U.S. senators offer legislation covering military action against militants

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 09:49 AM

U.S. senators announced long-awaited legislation on Monday to provide congressional authorization for campaigns against militant groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, as lawmakers push to take back authority over the military from the White House.

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Dassault eyes lead role in new European fighter jet project

by Reuters, 16 Apr, 10:49 AM

France’s Dassault Aviation aims to take the lead on the development of a new European fighter jet, its chief executive told a German magazine.

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Boeing forecasts continued growth for Africa

by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 10:31 AM

Boeing predicts that African carriers will need 1 220 new airliners to meet 5.9% annual commercial airline growth between 2017 and 2036. African airlines currently have a total of 74 Boeing aircraft on order at the moment and Boeing aircraft comprise nearly 70...

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Zimbabwe government buys Boeing planes, leases them to new airline

by Reuters, 12 Apr, 10:56 AM

Zimbabwe has bought two Boeing 777 aircraft and an Embraer plane from Malaysia, the finance minister said on Wednesday, adding the planes would be leased to a new local airline until national carrier Air Zimbabwe returned to profitability.

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Signs of improvement in SA aviation activity

by Guy Martin, 22 Mar, 10:17 AM

After a major decline over the last two years, the level of aviation activity in South Africa is starting to improve, according to the latest Aviation Activity Index released by the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA).

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Syria attack triggered Western action, but on the ground Assad gained

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 09:52 AM

After Syrian forces bombed the town of Douma earlier this month in an attack the United States says involved chlorine gas, Washington and its allies launched missile strikes as punishment.

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Britain joins Syria strikes to deter chemical attacks

by Reuters, 16 Apr, 10:44 AM

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Western air strikes on Syria could let terrorism expand

by Reuters, 16 Apr, 10:40 AM

Air strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain against Syrian military targets could give terrorism an opportunity to expand in the region, the Iraqi foreign ministry said on Saturday.

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The African Peace and Security Architecture – a system for the past or adapting to the future?

by Thomas Mandrup, 12 Apr, 10:22 AM

The African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared to have reached full operational capability (FOC), in four out the five African regions. Full Operational Capability was the conclusion of the so-called Gambari validation report of December 2017, that followed...

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The fog of war: How Cuito Cuanavale became a legend

by Chris Szabo, 27 Mar, 12:23 PM

One of the interesting aspects of researching the fighting in southern Angola in 1987/88 was finding how different the recorded facts were to popular narratives, of which there are many. It would be worth discovering how some brigade-sized engagements near Cuito...

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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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Space Weather Centre unveiled in Hermanus

by SANSA, 20 Apr, 02:57 PM

The Department of Science and Technology has unveiled the upgraded Space Weather Regional Warning Centre in Hermanus, Western Cape.

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US Army scientists uncover way to stop cyber intrusions

by US Army, 19 Apr, 10:33 AM

US Army-funded researchers at the University of California in Los Angles have found a proverbial smoking gun signature of the long sought-after Majorana particle, and the find, they say, could block intruders on sensitive communication networks.

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Additive manufacturing and ceramics composites

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 17 Apr, 12:53 PM

At least two technologies will prove critical in tomorrow’s aerospace industry. The first is ceramic-matrix composites technology (CMC or “ceramics”), which feature very high temperature-resistance. The second is additive manufacturing (AM or 3D printing),...

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Speech by General Hlatshwayo at Rand Show opening

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 08:09 AM

Speech by General Barney Hlatshwayo, SANDF Chief of Joint Operations, representing Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, at the opening of the Rand Show on 30 March 2018.

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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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Africa Logistics Symposium 2018 hosted in Addis Ababa

by Africom, 19 Apr, 08:52 AM

Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, kicked off on 11 April at that African Union (AU) compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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US looking to build Ugandan Huey hangar

by defenceWeb, 18 Apr, 08:34 AM

The US Army Corps of Engineers is looking to build a hangar for Uganda’s UH-1H Huey II helicopters in Soroti, Uganda.

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Armscor calls briefing sessions for development of four properties

by defenceWeb, 12 Apr, 09:52 AM

Armscor efforts to generate revenue so it is not entirely dependent on government funding should see the State’s defence and security acquisition agency add “landlord” to its list of functions in the not too distant future.

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Deployable counter-UAV system unveiled by Hensoldt

by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 11:14 AM

Sensor solutions provider Hensoldt has unveiled its new compact and deployable Xpeller Rapid counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system.

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US Navy’s combat drone becomes a flying fuel station

by Mark Thompson, 20 Apr, 03:24 PM

When it comes to technology, the Pentagon is always pushing for more—more reach, more destruction, more dollars. That’s what makes the Navy’s quest for its first-ever aircraft-carrier-based drone unusual: what started out as a push for an unmanned attack...

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Drone incidents rise less than expected in Germany in 2017

by Reuters, 19 Apr, 10:55 AM

Incidents involving drones and commercial aircraft rose last year in Germany though less than expected given the popularity of the devices, air traffic authorities said on Wednesday.

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