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defenceWeb closed for the festive season

by defenceWeb, 17 Dec, 06:15 PM

The year has come to a close for defenceWeb as we shut down for the festive season. Thank you to all our readers and sponsors for your support during 2018. We will be back up and running at full steam on 2 January 2019. In the meantime, we wish you all a joyous festive season.


Denel's accounts littered with flaws - Auditor General

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 04:53 PM

Shoddy and incomplete accounting at Denel left the country’s Auditor General unable to make a judgement on the soundness of its most recent financial statements, according to the firm’s annual report.
Minor damage in SA Navy vessel collision

by defenceWeb, 17 Dec, 04:47 PM

Two South African Navy (SAN) vessels sustained minor damage when they were involved in a minor collision last week.
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defenceWeb closed for the festive season

by defenceWeb, 17 Dec, 06:15 PM

The year has come to a close for defenceWeb as we shut down for the festive season. Thank you to all our readers and sponsors for your support during 2018. We will be back up and running at full steam on 2 January 2019. In the meantime, we wish you all a joyous...

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Denel's accounts littered with flaws - Auditor General

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 04:53 PM

Shoddy and incomplete accounting at Denel left the country’s Auditor General unable to make a judgement on the soundness of its most recent financial statements, according to the firm’s annual report.

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Armscor places nearly R2 billion in contracts in 2018

by defenceWeb, 13 Dec, 09:40 AM

The 2018 calendar year saw Armscor place new contracts for defence and defence-related equipment to the value of R1.8 billion.

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HMS Dragon seizes huge narcotics haul in Gulf

by Royal Navy, 13 Dec, 10:49 AM

The Royal Navy vessel HMS Dragon has recorded a second major drugs bust in under a fortnight – this time seizing 1.6 million Pounds worth of narcotics on the infamous ‘smack track’.

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Weapons seized from fishing vessel off Somalia

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 11:03 AM

The Indian Navy’s patrol vessel INS Sunayna has seized arms and ammunition from an illegal fishing vessel off the Coast of Somalia.

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EU Navfor marks ten years off Horn of Africa

by EU Navfor, 6 Dec, 08:59 AM

On Tuesday 4th December in Djibouti, EU NAVFOR’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Alfonso Pérez de Nanclares handed back command of Operation Atalanta Forces to the Operational Headquarters. The Change of Command Ceremony took place during a reception held on board...

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Additional AW109s destined for Nigeria

by defenceWeb, 13 Dec, 10:02 AM

In addition to twelve new Super Tucanos from the United States, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will be taking delivery of six AW109 helicopters from Italy's Leonardo.

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Mechanical failure caused fatal Mali helicopter crash

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 11:17 AM

The fatal crash of a German armed forces helicopter in Mali last year was caused by the failure of mechanics from manufacturer Airbus to correctly set rotor controls after repairs, a defence official told Reuters.

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At least 7 officials killed in Sudan helicopter crash

by Reuters, 10 Dec, 10:40 AM

At least seven local government officials were killed in a helicopter crash in Sudan’s eastern al-Qadarif state on Sunday, state news agency SUNA reported.

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Paramotors entering SA security market

by Guy Martin, 13 Dec, 10:24 AM

Monitornet looks set to be the first security company in South Africa to use powered paragliders (or paramotors) for surveillance and security.

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Boeing selects two SA students for internship programme

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 04:42 PM

Boeing has announced the selection of two South African students for its International Business Intern Programme (IBIP) at the company’s head office in Seattle.

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Royal Air Maroc receives first 787-9 Dreamliner

by defenceWeb , 12 Dec, 02:28 PM

Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Royal Air Maroc – Morocco’s national carrier and the country's largest airline. It will help expand services to Europe, United States and Latin America.

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Use military veterans for security suggests top analyst

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 10:14 AM

The security of defence and defence related facilities seems “an outstanding opportunity” for the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) top military analyst Helmoed Heitman believes.

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Project Koba-Tlala delivering skills training

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 09:41 AM

In its original guise the intent of Project Koba-Tlala was to provide fresh produce to military messes and work for Reserves not on active duty.

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Regiment De La Rey conducts SA Army Young Lion programme in Potchefstroom

by Kabelo Tsogang, 10 Dec, 02:12 PM

The SA Army Young Lions Skills Development Programme is an annual project initiated in 2009 by the Chief of the SA Army with the intention to promote amongst selected youth from various schools discipline, adventure, skills development and training, which will...

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Minor damage in SA Navy vessel collision

by defenceWeb, 17 Dec, 04:47 PM

Two South African Navy (SAN) vessels sustained minor damage when they were involved in a minor collision last week.

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Damen’s first Fishing Seminar deemed a success

by defenceWeb, 10 Dec, 02:26 PM

Damen has said its first Fishing Seminar, held in Cape Town, was a great success, with more than 60 participants attending from a broad cross-section of the industry, including the five major South African fishing companies.

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De Mist recovered

by defenceWeb, 7 Dec, 08:32 AM

Ingenuity, tenacity and the sweat equity in the form of hard work were major contributing factors in bringing the Tug de Mist to the surface this week just on four weeks after she sank in the Still Water Basin of Simon’s town harbour.

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U.S. orders non-emergency staff out of Congo before election

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:09 PM

The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had ordered non-emergency government staff and family members of government employees to leave Democratic Republic of Congo a week before a presidential election that it fears could turn violent.

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Nigeria lifts UNICEF suspension hours after accusing staff of spying for Islamists

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:07 PM

The Nigerian military on Friday lifted a suspension of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund activities in the northeast of the country, hours after it was imposed amid accusations that UNICEF staff spied for Islamist militants in the restive...

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UN alarmed by electoral violence and inflammatory speech in Congo

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 11:35 AM

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government must halt electoral violence and inflammatory speech ahead of the country’s long-delayed Dec. 23 presidential election, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement on Friday.

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Unidentified attackers torch three vehicles, kill two in Rwanda's south

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:19 PM

Unidentified attackers torched three passenger vehicles in southern Rwanda on Saturday, killing two and injuring eight, the Ministry of Defence said, adding the military was pursuing the attackers who had fled into a forest.

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Tigrayans defiant as Ethiopian leader cracks down

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:17 PM

In the birthplace of the armed struggle that propelled Ethiopia’s ruling coalition to power 27 years ago, there is growing anger as the country’s new prime minister stages a crackdown on the region’s once-powerful leaders.

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Ongoing violence in Mali

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 09:27 AM

Gunmen on motorbikes killed more than 40 Tuareg civilians this week in north Mali, where clashes over land and scarce water are common, an official said.

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At least 12 Nigerian soldiers killed in fighting with Islamists

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:15 PM

At least 12 Nigerian soldiers were killed and dozens of others are missing after fighting with Islamists in the northeastern state of Borno, three military sources said on Sunday, one of the largest known losses of life by the army in the last month.

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Ethnic violence in southern Ethiopia kills 21, wounds 61

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:03 PM

Heavy fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia has killed at least 21 people and wounded 61, its state news agency said on Saturday, amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighbouring Kenya.

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Supporters of ex-al Shabaab leader clash with police in Somalia's Baidoa city, 11 dead

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 11:32 AM

At least 11 people were killed in Somalia’s city of Baidoa in clashes between security forces and supporters of a former al Shabaab leader who is seeking election as a regional president, a military officer and an elder said on Friday.

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U.S. says air strikes killed 62 militants in Somalia

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:16 PM

The U.S. military said on Monday it had killed 62 militants in six air strikes on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir province.

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Robow arrested and beaten – claim

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 09:32 AM

A former Islamist militant in Somalia running for a regional presidency, putting him at odds with the central government, was arrested and beaten, precipitating street clashes, his spokesman said.

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Increasing number of journalists jailed for doing their jobs

by Reuters, 13 Dec, 11:29 AM

A near-record number of journalists around the world are behind bars for their work, including two Reuters reporters whose imprisonment in Myanmar has drawn international criticism, according to a report.

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Op Corona soldiers confiscate new “product”

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 09:16 AM

Soldiers on border protection this year came across a new “product” being smuggled into South Africa – dagga seed.

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Global Compact for Migration adopted

by defenceWeb/UN, 11 Dec, 11:08 AM

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Aquarius, the last Mediterranean refugee rescue ship, ends operations

by Reuters, 10 Dec, 10:55 AM

The last refugee rescue ship working in the Mediterranean Sea, Aquarius, has ended her operations, French NGO Medecins sans Frontieres said late on Thursday, blaming harassment from Italy and other countries.

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Israel ex-general under US sanctions denies arming S. Sudan war

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:21 PM

A retired Israeli army general hit by U.S. sanctions for alleged involvement in the South Sudan conflict denied the charges on Sunday, saying they were based on false information and that he was available for investigation by the Trump administration.

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Ethiopia to move troops from Eritrean border as relations thaw

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:14 PM

Ethiopia will begin moving its troops away from the border with Eritrea, senior military officials said on Friday, months after the erstwhile enemies reopened it for the first time in 20 years.

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Ethiopia jails soldiers who marched on PM palace to up to 14 years

by Reuters, 17 Dec, 05:12 PM

A military court in Ethiopia on Saturday jailed 66 soldiers for between five and 14 years for marching on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s palace in October, ruling they had broken military ethics, officials said.

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Ara 2 MRAP in production as Proforce expands business

by Guy Martin, 14 Dec, 09:31 AM

Nigeria’s Proforce Limited is preparing to launch the 2019 version of its PF Ara 2 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle as it expands into the naval and unmanned aerial vehicle markets while increasing local content in its vehicles.

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Rwanda unveils new Chinese weaponry

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 09:29 AM

Rwanda’s military is now operating Chinese PCL-09 self-propelled howitzers and Red Arrow 9A anti-tank missiles.

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France donates weapons, vehicles to Central African Republic

by defenceWeb, 13 Dec, 11:47 AM

France has donated three amphibious vehicles and 1 400 AK-47 assault rifles to the Central African Republic (CAR) in an effort to strengthen the country’s military.

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Brazil court overturns injunction blocking Boeing-Embraer deal

by Reuters, 13 Dec, 11:33 AM

A Brazilian federal court has overturned a provisional injunction that blocked a proposed tie-up between planemakers Embraer and Boeing (BA.N), Embraer said on Monday in a securities filing.

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US dominates the Top 100 global arms companies list

by SIPRI, 11 Dec, 10:28 AM

Sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companie totalled $398.2 billion in 2017, according to new international arms industry data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)....

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U.N. members adopt global migration pact

by Reuters, 10 Dec, 11:01 AM

A majority of U.N. states adopted on Monday a non-binding global pact to better handle migrant flows, Morocco’s foreign minister said, though fewer governments joined than had previously worked on the proposal.

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Ethiopia top air traffic feeder to Africa

by Reuters, 29 Nov, 11:01 AM

Ethiopia has overtaken Dubai as a conduit for long-haul passengers to Africa, highlighting the success of the state airline’s expansion drive and the reforms of its new prime minister.

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SAA incurs losses

by SANews, 29 Nov, 10:07 AM

The South African Airways (SAA) has in the 2017/18 financial year incurred more losses than budgeted due to its inability to execute its strategy, says Chief Executive Vuyani Jarana.

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Royal Air Maroc orders additional ATR 72-600

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:28 AM

Moroccan national flag-carrier, Royal Air Maroc, is adding an additional ATR 72-600 to its fleet. This will bring its total ATR 72-600 fleet to six aircraft.

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Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. role

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 09:19 AM

Yemen’s warring parties agreed on Thursday to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops, the first significant breakthrough for U.N.-led peace efforts in five years of conflict.

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Sanaa airport to reopen, oil and gas exports to resume

by Reuters, 13 Dec, 11:35 AM

Yemen’s warring parties agreed to reopen Sanaa airport in the Houthi-held capital and resume oil and gas exports, sources said, as Western nations pressed them to accept confidence-building steps before the end of UN-led peace talks in Sweden.

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Unilateral military action into northeast Syria 'unacceptable', US says

by Reuters, 13 Dec, 10:43 AM

The Pentagon said on Wednesday that any unilateral action into northeast Syria was of grave concern and “unacceptable,” after Turkey announced that it would launch a new military operation in the region within days to target Kurdish militia fighters.

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South Africa at WW1 centenary commemoration

by SAnews, 9 Nov, 11:27 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is attending the centenary commemoration of Armistice Day in Paris, France.

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War Graves Society fundraiser at Edenvale MOTH Shellhole

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 09:59 AM

The SA War Graves Society (SAWG) on Saturday hosts another of its regular fundraising efforts with Edenvale’s Dickie Fritz MOTH Shellhole the venue.

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Feature: A pathway to professionalism

by Africa Defense Forum, 11 Oct, 10:26 AM

For African countries, improving the security outlook does not require better weapons or larger defense budgets. Instead, the precarious balance of national stability rests largely on the professionalism of security forces.

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The inevitable convergence of physical and cybersecurity

by Sven Smit, 4 Dec, 09:55 AM

It may not be immediately clear as to how, but physical and cybersecurity are converging and the need for a combination of cyber and physical defences will soon, if they aren’t already, become a non-negotiable addition to enterprise security systems.

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Impacting Airbus aircraft design

by UCT, 3 Dec, 10:58 AM

University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers from the Industrial Computational Fluid Dynamics (InCFD) Research Group have made their mark in the field of international aircraft design, specifically on the Airbus A320.

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Pentagon looks to exoskeletons to build 'super-soldiers'

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 10:19 AM

The U.S. Army is investing millions of dollars in experimental exoskeleton technology to make soldiers stronger and more resilient, in what experts say is part of a broader push into advanced gear to equip a new generation of “super-soldiers.”

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Read the DoD annual report

by defenceWeb, 5 Nov, 07:43 AM

With currently no indication when the Department of Defence (DoD) website (www.dod.mil.za) will be up and running again, defenceWeb has decided to publish the latest annual report as a service to readers.

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Speech: Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of AAD 2018

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 05:52 PM

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, 19 September 2018.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

by defenceWeb, 17 Sep, 09:18 AM

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) 2018, Waterkloof Air Force Base Hangar 7, Pretoria, 17 September 2018.

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US looking for Bell 212 parts to support DRC deployment

by defenceWeb, 13 Dec, 12:50 PM

The United States Army has issued a request for helicopter parts for a Bell 212 in support of Uruguay's mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco).

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Armscor disposing of retired aircraft spares

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 10:41 AM

Armscor has issued a tender calling for the destruction and disposal of spares for retired aircraft, including Cheetahs, Boeing 707s and Impalas.

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Sigma providing logistic support for SA Army’s Y4 grenade launchers

by defenceWeb, 19 Nov, 02:54 PM

South African developer and supplier of defence and security products, Milkor, was recently awarded a contract to supply 40mm, handheld grenade launchers to the South African Army.

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Tunisia trains UAV pilots for agricultural productivity

by defenceWeb, 17 Dec, 06:33 PM

Eight pilots have successfully passed their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, flight training in Tunisia following a two-week training period organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia, the African Development Bank and Busan Techno Park.

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Germany extends Heron contracts for Afghanistan and Mali

by defenceWeb , 12 Dec, 02:34 PM

After flying more than 46 000 operational hours over Afghanistan and Mali, the German Air Force has extended operations by Airbus DS Airborne Solutions for more than a year, until mid-2020.

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Leonardo deploys Falco UAV for Frontex trial

by Leonardo, 10 Dec, 10:12 AM

Leonardo’s Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), in a maritime patrol configuration, has been deployed from Lampedusa airport (Lampedusa Island) as part of the Frontex surveillance research programme to test its ability...

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