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Arrests in connection with rhino poaching number over 360

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 09:24 AM

The first six months of 2018 has seen more than 360 suspected rhino poachers arrested as law enforcement agencies assisted by SANParks rangers, soldiers and police continue the hunt for those illegally taking South Africa’s natural heritage.
CASA, Diamond and Gulfstream among aircraft brands coming to AAD

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 09:21 AM

With Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 literally around the corner, exhibition lead partners the Commercial Aviation Association of SA (CAASA) confirmed a pair of K8 jets and a CASA 212 from the Zimbabwe Air Force as well as a pair of trainers from Sudan will be at AB Waterkloof.
Armscor hosts “engineering in tough times” seminar

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 08:58 AM

The penny appears to have dropped at Armscor which this week will host an engineering day under the theme of “engineering in tough economic times”.
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CASA, Diamond and Gulfstream among aircraft brands coming to AAD

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 09:21 AM

With Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 literally around the corner, exhibition lead partners the Commercial Aviation Association of SA (CAASA) confirmed a pair of K8 jets and a CASA 212 from the Zimbabwe Air Force as well as a pair of trainers from Sudan...

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Armscor hosts “engineering in tough times” seminar

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 08:58 AM

The penny appears to have dropped at Armscor which this week will host an engineering day under the theme of “engineering in tough economic times”.

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Denel clean-up underway, Gordhan tells Parliamentary committee

by defenceWeb, 16 Aug, 10:04 AM

Denel is one of six government owned enterprises reporting directly to the Public Enterprises ministry where a clean-up is underway, according to Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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ISS: Africa’s chance to boost maritime security in the Indian Ocean

by ISS Africa, 17 Aug, 10:19 AM

This year the Indian Ocean has seen a drop in piracy risks and an increase in maritime development and attention to the blue economy. This is largely thanks to improving maritime security.

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Brazil becomes the 33rd nation to join Combined Maritime Forces

by defenceWeb/CMF, 16 Aug, 10:24 AM

Brazil has been welcomed to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) family to become the 33rd nation to join the team.

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SA Navy two platform deployment returns from Op Copper duty

by defenceWeb, 10 Aug, 09:30 AM

A revamped strikecraft, now doing duty as an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) with the SA Navy, will port in Durban on Friday after an Operation Copper anti-piracy tasking tour in the Mozambique Channel.

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Egypt has received at least 12 Ka-52 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 10 Aug, 09:04 AM

Egypt’s military has taken delivery of at least 12 Ka-52 attack helicopters from Russia.

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Farnborough Air Show 2018 at a glance: helicopters

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 24 Jul, 11:48 AM

Here is a roundup of rotary wing news from the Farnborough Air Show that took place between 16 and 22 July.

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Helicopter developments at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 24 Jul, 11:23 AM

Even if Farnborough International Air Show is not the place where helicopter manufacturers are expected to make major announcements, five large OEMs attended the show and displayed aircraft this year: Bell, Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, Sikorsky and Turkish Aerospace....

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Mauritania possibly getting BT-67 ISR aircraft

by defenceWeb, 17 Aug, 10:47 AM

Mauritania’s air force may be on the receiving end of a single Basler BT-67 turboprop aircraft modified for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) role.

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Five USAF aircraft coming to AAD

by defenceWeb/Dean Wingrin, 15 Aug, 10:01 AM

The US Air Force (USAF) will have a presence at this year's Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition at AFB Waterkloof in just over a month.

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France looking to circumvent US components in Scalp missile

by defenceWeb, 7 Aug, 10:04 AM

France is looking for a way around the United States’ blocking of Scalp cruise missile technology for Egypt, and is exploring the possibility of replacing American components with alternatives so it can deliver the missiles as well as additional Rafale fighters...

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Ninety SANDF Education Trust bursaries – the most yet

by defenceWeb, 17 Aug, 10:01 AM

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Education Trust has this year made bursaries available to 90 scholars and students across the education spectrum, 16 more than last year.

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Military Ombud success rate is 80% plus dealing with SANDF complaints

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 10:08 AM

The South African Military Ombud is currently taking its services to provinces where it will no doubt emphasise the success rate achieved in interventions on behalf of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members.

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More SAASIC horses taken into NSPCA care

by defenceWeb, 13 Aug, 09:57 AM

It doesn’t appear to get better at the Potchefstroom-headquartered SA Army Specialist Infantry Capability (SAASIC) unit with another seven horses removed from the unit and two of them having to be euthanased.

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SA Navy Chief attends Russian Federation Navy fleet review

by defenceWeb, 17 Aug, 09:57 AM

Vice Admiral Mosuwa Hlongwane, SA Navy Chief, was the only African naval representative at last month’s Russian Federation Navy Fleet Review in St Petersburg.

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Egypt looking at acquiring Meko frigates from Germany

by defenceWeb, 13 Aug, 10:02 AM

Egypt is considering purchasing two Meko A200 frigates from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) as discussions with France’s Naval Group on the acquisition of further Gowind corvettes grinds to a halt over cost concerns.

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Chinese survey vessel visits South Africa

by defenceWeb, 23 Jul, 12:44 PM

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) hydrographic survey vessel Qian Weichang has paid a visit to Cape Town.

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Algerian generals dismissed

by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:50 AM

Algeria President Abdelaziz Bouteflika dismissed two senior generals, the presidency said, a fresh upheaval in the OPEC producer’s power structure ahead of a presidential election next year.

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by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:34 AM

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country at the weekend after two weeks leave in Britain, according to the presidency’s official Twitter account, which on Sunday shared pictures of him disembarking from his plane.

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Zimbabwe election challenge in court on August 22

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 11:07 AM

The Zimbabwean opposition’s challenge against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election victory will be heard in the constitutional court on August 22, the opposition leader’s spokesman said on his Twitter account.

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Puntland forces recapture strategic town

by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:47 AM

Military forces of Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region retook a strategic town from Islamic militant group al Shabaab, an officer said.

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Hawks imposters arrested

by SANews, 17 Aug, 08:07 AM

Three suspects, allegedly impersonating Hawks investigators, were arrested in an undercover operation on Wednesday.

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Regional conference on nuclear disarmament gets underway

by SANews, 16 Aug, 10:11 AM

The adoption of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will be in the spotlight at the African Regional Conference on Nuclear Disarmament and Lethal Autonomous Weapons, which gets underway in Pretoria this morning.

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Marikana trials a priority for new NPA head

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 11:10 AM

Police commanders who authorised the 2012 killing of striking miners at Marikana should be a priority for prosecution by the incoming head of the National Prosecution Authority (NPA), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said.

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ISS: Marikana Scene 2 uncovered

by ISS Africa, 16 Aug, 10:07 AM

Most people in South Africa know about the fatal shootings at Marikana platinum mine on 16 August 2012 as police attempted to break up a week-old strike. But the television footage showed just one of two major fatal episodes on that day.

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Ethiopia frees on bail police suspected of negligence in PM rally blast

by Reuters, 15 Aug, 12:45 PM

An Ethiopian court has freed 11 police officers on bail after they were detained on suspicion of negligence in a grenade attack on a rally in June attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, state-affiliated media said on Tuesday.

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Militia violence hampers Ebola fight in DR Congo

by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:41 AM

Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo prevented aid workers from reaching potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 44 people, the World Health Organisation said.

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Uganda protest claims one life

by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:39 AM

One person died and five others were wounded in Uganda, police said, as security forces used teargas and live bullets to disperse a demonstration against the beating of arrested lawmakers in response to the stoning of a presidential convoy.

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Islamists kill 19 in Nigeria

by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:28 AM

At least 19 people were killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in north-east Nigeria on Sunday, a survivor said.

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Arrests in connection with rhino poaching number over 360

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 09:24 AM

The first six months of 2018 has seen more than 360 suspected rhino poachers arrested as law enforcement agencies assisted by SANParks rangers, soldiers and police continue the hunt for those illegally taking South Africa’s natural heritage.

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Stable Libya key to ending migration

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 11:01 AM

If Europe wants to halt migrant boat arrivals from Africa it must end the state of chaos in Libya, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou told Reuters, warning the stability of neighbouring countries was at stake.

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Migrant rescue ship berths in Malta

by Reuters, 16 Aug, 10:44 AM

The Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius arrived at Valletta harbour in Malta on Wednesday to allow 141 migrants off, ending a five day tug-of-war among European Union countries which saw the vessel banned from docking in several ports.

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EU deplores brutal treatment of Uganda MPs

by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:53 AM

European Union diplomats in Uganda deplored “brutal treatment” of lawmakers arrested over stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy and a rights body called for Ugandan authorities to prosecute perpetrators.

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Tributes for Annan

by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:36 AM

Leaders around the world paid tribute to former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, who died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday aged 80.

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Exercise Shared Accord 2018 commences

by Africom, 17 Aug, 08:31 AM

Participants from 15 nations and three international organizations have gathered for the U.S. Army Africa-led exercise Shared Accord 2018, which is taking place at the Rwandan Military Academy between 14 and 30 August.

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Nairobi River demolitions spark rows

by Reuters, 20 Aug, 10:44 AM

For decades the Nairobi River has been besieged by construction of buildings teetering perilously over its banks, bringing pollution, blockages and floods to the waterway that runs through the capital.

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US Department of Defence order more Husky vehicles

by Guy Martin, 17 Aug, 10:12 AM

The United States Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded Chemring Sensors and Electronic Systems a $92 million contract for the procurement of Husky mine detection vehicles, which are manufactured in South Africa by DCD Protected Mobility.

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Museveni launches Ugandan armoured vehicle factory

by Guy Martin, 16 Aug, 10:03 AM

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has officially launched an Armoured Vehicle Manufacturing and Assembly Facility in Maga Maga, near Jinja, which is currently producing the Nyoka armoured personnel carrier.

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Afghan schools under attack

by Reuters, 16 Aug, 10:53 AM

A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams shocked Afghanistan but was the latest in a series of attacks on schools which proved an easy target for militant groups.

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US Air Force releases Light Attack Aircraft draft RFP

by US Air Force, 13 Aug, 10:25 AM

The US Air Force shared a draft request for proposal for the Light Attack Aircraft with Sierra Nevada / Embraer and Textron Aviation following the conclusion of the second phase of its Light Attack Experiment.

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Going where no president has gone before, Trump wants Space Force by 2020

by Reuters, 10 Aug, 10:31 AM

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SA Express, SAA merger underway

by SANews, 16 Aug, 10:16 AM

The process to merge South African Express (SA Express) with South African Airways (SAA) is underway, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.

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SA Express' imminent take off welcomed

by SANews, 16 Aug, 10:12 AM

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s announcement that SA Express will resume flights as early as next week.

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Regular flights to Addis started by Eritrean Airlines

by Reuters, 6 Aug, 11:54 AM

Eritrean Airlines started regular flights to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the Eritrean information minister said marking another step in improving relations between the Horn of African countries after a generation of hostility.

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Afghan president congratulates armed forces for Ghazni victory

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 11:24 AM

President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Afghanistan’s armed forces in Ghazni on Friday for their victory over Taliban insurgents in the strategically important city after clashes that killed at least 150 soldiers and 95 civilians.

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Iraq bombs Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 11:21 AM

Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighbouring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.

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Egypt finalising Hamas/Israel truce – claim

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 10:59 AM

Egypt is finalising details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live.

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SA War Graves Society raising funds to maintain and restore military history

by defenceWeb, 3 Aug, 11:20 AM

The SA War Graves Society (SAWGS) exists solely to restore and maintain war graves and memorials and has an ongoing need for funding as all its work is voluntary.

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Veterans Military Fair

by defenceWeb, 6 Jul, 10:06 AM

Edenvale in Gauteng is the place to be on Saturday, July 21, if you are a collector of military memorabilia in any number of shapes and sizes when the MOTH Shellhole Dickie Fritz, in collaboration with the SA War Graves Society, hosts a Veterans Military Fair....

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Navy looks backwards for future acquisitions

by Dean Wingrin, 6 Jun, 10:33 AM

With the SA Navy facing budget and other challenges, it is looking back at past acquisition strategies to see what lessons can be learnt for the future.

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US Army technicians examine IEDs

by US Army, 17 Aug, 08:49 AM

Most soldiers do not think much about what happens to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) once they are found and disarmed by friendly forces. Some may believe that IEDs are taken somewhere in a controlled environment to be safely detonated or disposed of properly....

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Cyber security to be under the spotlight at AAD 2018

by defenceWeb, 6 Aug, 10:31 AM

One of the new features at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition to be held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in September will be seminars, and one of the topics under the microscope will be cyber intelligence and warfare.

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UK military pursuing autonomous vehicle development

by UK MoD, 31 Jul, 01:45 PM

Futuristic drones and unmanned ground robots with autonomous ‘deliver to order’ capability could provide timely answers to the vital challenges of access for humanitarian aid and disaster relief in developing countries and future front-line military logistics...

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DoD belatedly responds to defenceWeb article

by defenceWeb, 12 Jul, 10:14 AM

Department of Defence head of communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, responded to a defenceWeb piece published on Tuesday, July 10.

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Document: NCACC 2017 annual report

by defenceWeb, 2 Jul, 12:22 PM

The South African National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) has released its annual report for the 2017 calendar year. Click here to view the PDF document.

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Speech: Defence and Military Veterans Budget Vote 2018-19

by defenceWeb, 25 May, 12:07 PM

Introduction of the debate on the Defence and Military Veterans Budget Vote 2018 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister for Defence and Military Veterans, Parliament, Cape Town, 18 May 2018.

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Nigerian police receive new vehicles

by Oscar Nkala, 19 Jun, 11:06 AM

The Nigerian subsidiary of Chinese automobile manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor) has delivered 150 GA3S ‘Trump-Chi” sedans for use by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in metropolitan Abuja.

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SANDF outlines infrastructure upgrades

by defenceWeb, 15 Jun, 10:00 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is implementing a number of major infrastructure upgrades, with billions of rands allocated to these projects over the next few years.

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Project Thusano giving back the SANDF a technical edge

by defenceWeb, 7 Jun, 09:57 AM

Project Thusano has seen Cuban military mechanics provide essential maintenance to make SA Army vehicles operational since 2015 and is set to continue with new personnel.

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Venezuela says two military officials arrested over drone blasts

by Reuters, 15 Aug, 11:19 AM

Venezuela chief prosecutor, Tarek Saab, said on Tuesday two high-ranking military officers were arrested for their alleged involvement in drone explosions during a speech by President Nicolas Maduro earlier this month.

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Israel establishes counter-drone task force

by Israeli Air Force, 13 Aug, 10:23 AM

The use of drones has become widespread over the past years. Besides their advantages, there also exists the risk for malevolent use. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) recently established a national task force meant to counteract the drone threat

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Airbus Zephyr flies for longer than any other aircraft

by defenceWeb, 8 Aug, 11:00 AM

Airbus Defence and Space has just concluded the longest ever duration flight by an aircraft, with its Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) landing after 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes in the air.

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