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Streit opens Egypt office

by defenceWeb, 5 Feb, 09:08 AM

Armoured vehicle specialist Streit Group has inaugurated its new office in Egypt, which will support the Egyptian security forces’ Streit fleet through the provision of technical and administrative support.
Seychelles receives patrol vessel donated from India

by defenceWeb, 5 Feb, 09:06 AM

The Seychelles Coast Guard has taken delivery of a 27.5 metre patrol boat from India, which will be used for coastal surveillance, anti-poaching, anti-smuggling and search and rescue activities.
SANDF rural development pilot project kicks off on April 1 April 1 has been set down as the starting date for the SA Army’s official commitment to rural development in North West.
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Streit opens Egypt office

by defenceWeb, 5 Feb, 09:08 AM

Armoured vehicle specialist Streit Group has inaugurated its new office in Egypt, which will support the Egyptian security forces’ Streit fleet through the provision of technical and administrative support.

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Denel partners with VR Laser to form Denel Asia

by defenceWeb, 29 Jan, 09:42 AM

State-owned defence industry conglomerate Denel is extending its footprint in the Asia/Pacific region with the establishment of a joint venture company in Hong Kong.

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Major 155 mm artillery round contract for Rheinmetall Denel Munition

by defenceWeb, 26 Jan, 10:01 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition will produce and supply around €130 million worth of 155 mm artillery rounds for an international customer, with deliveries taking place up to the end of 2019.

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No ship currently on station for Operation Copper

Operation Copper, the South African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking led by South Africa, has been on hold maritime-wise since mid-December.

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2016 commences

by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, 1 Feb, 11:55 AM

Maritime forces from eastern Africa, western Indian Ocean island nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the fifth iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express on January 30.

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More than 1,200 boat migrants rescued off Libya on Tuesday: Italian coast guard

by Reuters, 27 Jan, 08:36 AM

Italy's coast guard said on Tuesday it had coordinated the rescue of 1,271 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in several operations off the coast of Libya.

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Airbus Helicopters CEO sees flat business in 2016

by Reuters, 26 Jan, 01:25 PM

Airbus Helicopters expects business to remain flat this year after falling orders in 2015 as problems in the oil and gas sector continue to weigh on demand, the head of the unit of Airbus Group, Guillaume Faury, said on Monday.

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SAAF helicopter fired at in the DRC

by Dean Wingrin/defenceWeb, 21 Jan, 09:56 AM

A South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter deployed under the United Nations (UN) flag was fired upon in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last week.

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Final four Oryx being upgraded as part of Project Drummer

by defenceWeb, 15 Jan, 10:05 AM

Denel Aviation is busy upgrading the final four of 39 Oryx helicopters for the South African Air Force (SAAF) as part of Project Drummer II.

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Man killed by blast that forced Somali emergency landing

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:25 AM

A man was killed in an explosion on an Airbus A321 that made a hole in the fuselage and forced the plane to return to the Somali capital of Mogadishu to make an emergency landing, officials said.

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Man killed by blast that forced Somali emergency landing

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:17 AM

A man was killed in an explosion on an Airbus A321 that made a hole in the fuselage and forced the plane to return to the Somali capital of Mogadishu to make an emergency landing, officials said.

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Should African leaders reconsider drone strikes?

by Institute for Security Studies, 4 Feb, 09:57 AM

Drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) strikes have attracted significant attention for their roles in the American-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in Pakistan but what has received less attention is the increasing frequency with which drone strikes...

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SANDF rural development pilot project kicks off on April 1

April 1 has been set down as the starting date for the SA Army’s official commitment to rural development in North West.

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Mapisa-Nqakula – “SANDF Reserves the force to be reckoned with”

by defenceWeb, 4 Feb, 09:54 AM

Yet another affirmation of the importance of the Reserve Force to the overall South African military machine has come from Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

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Analysis: Sliding rand has serious implications for SANDF

by Helmoed Heitman, 3 Feb, 10:06 AM

The steady slide in the value of the Rand since 2011 holds serious implications for the Defence Force, with the dramatic slide in December serving to underscore that. That recent slide may yet be reversed in the near term, but the longer-term trend will be more...

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Seychelles receives patrol vessel donated from India

by defenceWeb, 5 Feb, 09:06 AM

The Seychelles Coast Guard has taken delivery of a 27.5 metre patrol boat from India, which will be used for coastal surveillance, anti-poaching, anti-smuggling and search and rescue activities.

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SAS Spioenkop steaming to Sri Lanka after porting in Mauritius

by defenceWeb, 1 Feb, 09:59 AM

The first part of SAS Spioenkop’s passage to India has been successfully completed and the Valour Class frigate is now headed to India for an International Fleet Review and the fifth iteration of Exercise Ibsamar.

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USNS Spearhead arrives in Ghana for port visit

by US military, 1 Feb, 07:41 AM

The US Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) arrived in Sekondi, Ghana, for a routine port visit on January 30.

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Somali central bank boss seeks new currency to rebuild nation

by Reuters, 5 Feb, 09:18 AM

Few central bank chiefs have been jailed by a dictator or hide a loaded pistol in their desk drawer, should Islamist militants decide to call. Bashir Issa Ali has done all that and now he wants to recreate Somalia's currency from scratch.

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Zuma proposes to partly pay for Nkandla improvements

by Reuters, 3 Feb, 10:26 AM

South African President Jacob Zuma has proposed that the auditor-general and finance minister determine how much money he is liable to pay for controversial state-funded improvements to his rural home, Zuma's office said.

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Russia opposes South Sudan arms embargo, sanctions on leaders

by Reuters, 1 Feb, 01:43 PM

Russia said on Friday it was opposed to placing a United Nations arms embargo on South Sudan or blacklisting President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar as such moves were not helpful to the implementation of a peace deal agreed by the pair in August.

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Egyptian forces kill two militants in Cairo area

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:28 AM

Egyptian security forces killed two suspected Islamist militants during clashes in the upmarket Cairo district of Maadi on Wednesday, security sources said.

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US will act against Islamic State in Libya if needed: White House

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:00 AM

US President Barack Obama will continue to be updated on risks of the spread of Islamic State to Libya, and the United States will take action in the North African country to counter that threat if necessary, the White House said on Wednesday.

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Africans to press Burundi to accept peacekeepers: diplomats

by Reuters, 3 Feb, 10:20 AM

The African Union will send a mission to troubled Burundi to press the government to accept a peacekeeping force after the president rejected such a move, a senior AU official said after the weekend summit.

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Congolese army apparently attacked UN troops meeting rebels

by Reuters, 5 Feb, 09:12 AM

Congolese troops killed two United Nations peacekeepers after civilians accused the Tanzanian UN troops of providing supplies to Islamist Ugandan rebels in east Congo, according to a confidential UN Security Council report.

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Zanzibar women brush up on law to keep control of land

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:14 AM

Zuhura Salim was not entirely sure her family would ever recover a piece of land her father-in-law seized when her husband died in a fishing accident some 11 years ago.

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One killed in grenade attack as Burundi violence continues

by Reuters, 3 Feb, 10:18 AM

At least one person was killed in a grenade attack on a bar in Burundi on Monday night, witnesses said, in more violence since the African Union backed away from sending in peacekeepers without the government's consent.

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Congo and UN troops fire in air to stop machete-armed villagers

by Reuters, 5 Feb, 09:15 AM

Villagers from two major ethnic groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) clashed with machetes and batons before dispersing when army troops and UN peacekeepers intervened and fired into the air, a UN spokesman said.

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Two Zambian universities closed after student protests

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:32 AM

Zambia closed two government universities on Wednesday following violent student protests over unpaid meal allowances, its higher education minister said.

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Egyptian officials to investigate torture of dead Italian student

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:10 AM

An Italian student who went missing in Cairo has died and an investigation has been launched into signs of torture on his body, found dumped next to a road, security officials said on Thursday.

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Tanzania launches manhunt after poachers kill British helicopter pilot

by Reuters, 1 Feb, 01:26 PM

Tanzanian authorities have launched a manhunt after poachers shot down a helicopter and its British pilot during an operation to track down elephant killers, officials said on Sunday.

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Communities supporting poachers must be targeted - Hawks boss

by defenceWeb, 1 Feb, 08:48 AM

Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza, head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (better known as the Hawks), wants community involvement with poachers stopped.

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Italy navy recovers six bodies, rescues 290 from migrant boats

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 10:35 AM

Italy's navy rescued 290 migrants and recovered six bodies from the water near a half-sunken rubber boat on Thursday, the first sea deaths recorded on the North Africa to Italy route this year, a spokesman said.

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Burundi rebels trained by Rwandan military: UN experts

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:06 AM

A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council accuses Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Ivory Coast ex-president presented as peace-loving victim

by Reuters, 2 Feb, 10:25 AM

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, charged with fomenting a 2010 crisis that led to 3,000 deaths, actually tried to resolve the deadlock that plunged the country into civil war, his lawyers said on Monday.

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Burundi keeps seat on security body, complicating peacekeeper plan

by Reuters, 1 Feb, 01:41 PM

Burundi was re-elected to the African Union's peace and security council, diplomats said, a move that could complicate plans to send peacekeepers to the troubled country against its will.

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Navy will practise tactical and seamanship exercises en route to Armed Forces Day

The fleet replenishment vessel SAS Drakensberg (A301) is one of six SA Navy platforms tasked with showcasing the maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) at next month’s Armed Forces Day in Port Elizabeth.

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Denel Mechem unveils Casspir Eland recovery vehicle

by defenceWeb, 28 Jan, 09:10 AM

Denel Mechem has added a new vehicle to its lineup, the Casspir Eland heavy duty recovery vehicle.

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900 vehicles in preservation storage at Wallmansthal

by defenceWeb, 27 Jan, 09:59 AM

The South African National Defence Force has 900 vehicles in storage at its facility at Wallmansthal, with the vast majority serviceable and ready to go within 24 hours notice. Thousands of other unserviceable vehicles are in open storage.

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Zika virus tied to birth defects is international emergency – WHO

by Reuters, 2 Feb, 10:15 AM

The World Health Organisation has declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of birth defects in Brazil, as the UN agency sought to build a global response to the threat.

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Iran’s aerospace market restarts

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 1 Feb, 11:37 AM

With the lifting of international sanctions against Iran being lifted two weeks ago, Hassan Rouhani is touring Western capitals to revive trade and try to modernize his country, including the aerospace sector, as the desperate state of Iran’s commercial airline...

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Chinese military force to take lead on cyber, space defence

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 11:15 AM

A new Chinese military outfit will lead the country's push to enhance its cyber warfare, space security and online espionage capabilities, Chinese military observers and analysts said.

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Egypt says made no arrests in connection to Russian plane crash

by Reuters, 1 Feb, 01:24 PM

Egypt's interior ministry denied on Saturday making any arrests in connection with the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai last October that killed all 224 people on board.

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No bomb found on plane at Cairo airport after threat - sources

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 10:39 AM

Egyptian security has found nothing suspicious on board a passenger plane that was held up for searches at Cairo airport on Thursday afternoon following a bomb threat, security sources said.

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Algeria suspends flights to Libya: aviation authority

by Reuters, 27 Jan, 01:52 PM

Algeria has suspended flights to Tripoli, a few days after it detained hundreds of Moroccans trying to travel to Libya having arrived at the international airport in the capital Algiers.

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US defence chief welcomes Saudi offer of troops in Syria

by Reuters, 5 Feb, 09:21 AM

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has welcomed a Saudi offer to participate in any ground operations in Syria launched by the US-led coalition.

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Drones kill 12 Yemen militants including leader – claim

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:03 AM

Two suspected US drone strikes killed 12 Islamist militants overnight in southern Yemen, residents said on Thursday, including a top al Qaeda commander who may have been the new leader of Islamic State in Yemen.

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Britain says Russia trying to carve out mini-state for Assad in Syria

by Reuters, 3 Feb, 10:23 AM

Britain said on Tuesday Russia could be trying to carve out an Alawite mini-state in Syria for its ally President Bashar al-Assad by bombing his opponents instead of fighting Islamic State militants.

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Feature: Maritime defence an essential part of Operation Phakisa

by defenceWeb, 28 Jan, 10:23 AM

Economic growth through development of the ocean economy as part of Operation Phakisa requires effective maritime surveillance and defence, with nearly 4 000 kilometres of South Africa’s coastline that needs to be secured.

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Electronic warfare offers advantages over irregular opponents

by Chris Szabo, 23 Nov, 09:56 AM

South Africa has promising electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, but must improve in the lower end of the scale, according to EW practitioners, and focus on irregular forces such as rebels, pirates and poachers.

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Lack of funding forces Cape Town Military Tattoo organisers to seek partnerships

Management of what has become a Cape Town highlight – the city’s annual military tattoo – has to rethink the future in the light of an ever-shrinking defence budget.

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New technology to help SAPS tackle crime

by SAnews, 29 Jan, 11:19 AM

The launch of the TETRA Digital Radio Communication System and the state-of-the-art 10111 Command Centre will assist the South African Police Service to respond swiftly to the needs of community members in distress.

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CSIR hosts successful EW deployment and demonstrations at Paardefontein

by defenceWeb/CSIR, 12 Jan, 09:55 AM

The CSIR hosted an integrated radar and electronic warfare (EW) deployment at its Paardefontein research facility north of Pretoria with the goal of showcasing the integration of radar, EW, optronic and aeronautic capabilities.

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Defence Trends of 2015

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 15 Dec, 02:41 PM

War is not what it used to be. Rapidly advancing technologies are transforming its tools, and the world is facing a set of crises - rising terrorism, the battle against Islamic State, civil wars in Syria and Ukraine and several ominous conflicts in Africa -- that...

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India hosts Africa summit

by Reuters, 26 Oct, 09:43 AM

India hosts its biggest-ever Africa summit this week as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to challenge China's dominance on a continent that is blessed with vast natural resources and has the world's fastest-growing population.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Deputy President's VIP jet charter

by defenceWeb, 28 Aug, 11:00 AM

Statement addressing public concerns raised regarding the process and circumstances in acquiring of the chartered aircraft for the deputy president’s travel to an official visit in japan by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Rsa Minister Of Defence And Military Veterans...

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Speech: Nkoana-Mashabane on SADC politics, defence and security

by defenceWeb, 22 Jul, 08:39 AM

Closing Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Honourable Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at...

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Gabonese interoperability with U.S, France key to MINUSCA in Central Africa

by US Africom, 6 Jan, 12:52 PM

Military personnel from U.S. Army Africa recently visited Gabon in preparation of a major strategic lift operation to deliver essential equipment to one of America's key partners in the region.

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Djibouti confirms Chinese naval base plans

by defenceWeb, 7 Dec, 10:04 AM

Djibouti’s foreign minister has confirmed that China will build a naval base in Djibouti, after years of talk surrounding such a proposal.

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China military in talks for logistics 'facilities' in Djibouti

by Reuters, 26 Nov, 10:38 AM

China's military is in talks with the Horn of Africa country Djibouti to build logistics "facilities" to support Chinese peacekeeping and anti-piracy missions, the foreign and defense ministries said on Thursday.

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