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Paramount taking Parabot to the Rand Show to boost wildlife awareness

by defenceWeb, 30 Mar, 10:15 AM

Paramount Group’s Transformer-style Parabot will be at the Rand Show this week to boost awareness of the threat to Africa’s wildlife.
Recent Nigerian military acquisitions

by Guy Martin, 30 Mar, 10:09 AM

Nigeria’s military is acquiring new and second-hand hardware for all three branches of service as it battles Boko Haram insurgents on land and maritime insecurity and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
Presidency and SANDF deny Zuma helicopter taxi service reports

by defenceWeb, 30 Mar, 10:07 AM

Both the Presidency and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) have vehemently denied any wrongdoing in the use of military helicopters by members and/or friends of the Zuma family.
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Paramount taking Parabot to the Rand Show to boost wildlife awareness

by defenceWeb, 30 Mar, 10:15 AM

Paramount Group’s Transformer-style Parabot will be at the Rand Show this week to boost awareness of the threat to Africa’s wildlife.

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More details on South African arms exports for 2014

by Guy Martin, 27 Mar, 10:11 AM

More details have emerged regarding the export of South African military hardware last year, which amounted to almost R3 billion and included 326 armoured vehicles, which formed the bulk of exports by value.

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OPV/IPV bidders’ conference starts tomorrow

South Africa’s shipbuilding sector will be focused on Simon’s Town for the next three days while an Armscor arranged bidders’ conference for in- and offshore patrol vessels for the Navy is underway.

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Close call after Navy apparently fires on fishing boat during Ex Good Hope

by defenceWeb, 27 Mar, 09:58 AM

The crew of a southern Cape fishing boat had a close call when a warship taking part in Exercise Good Hope VI accidently fired on them in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Nigeria’s Joint Task Force receives 30 patrol boats

by defenceWeb, 27 Mar, 09:49 AM

Nigeria’s Joint Task Force (JTF), which is tasked with combating oil theft and other maritime crime in the Niger Delta, has taken delivery of 30 boats to bolster its forces.

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EU Naval Force has protected 300 World Food Programme vessels

by EU Navfor, 25 Mar, 11:47 AM

The EU Naval Force achieved a major milestone this week by successfully completing its 300th close protection of a World Food Programme (WFP) vessel along the Somali coastline.

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Sikorsky receives Tunisian Black Hawk contract

by defenceWeb, 19 Mar, 09:57 AM

The US Army has contracted Sikorsky to supply eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to the Tunisian government, for delivery before the end of 2016.

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“H” generation Airbus Helicopters

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:06 AM

Airbus Helicopters has changed names for its fleet of production aircraft with an “H” replacing the “EC” designation for most of its rotary-winged aircraft.

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Nigerian Air Force operating Gazelle helicopters

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:01 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is flying Gazelle helicopters as it bolsters its fleet to combat Boko Haram insurgents.

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Nigerian Air Force receiving additional Alpha Jets

by defenceWeb, 26 Mar, 09:58 AM

The Nigerian Air Force has acquired at least two second hand Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft as it continues to expand its aerial fleet.

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Two pilots dead in Libyan rebel MiG-23 shootdown

by defenceWeb, 26 Mar, 07:23 AM

Both pilots flying a Libya Dawn MiG-23UB fighter aircraft were killed when they were shot down on Monday whilst attacking an air base.

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South Africa on the podium at international UAV symposium

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 10:13 AM

South Africa is one of a number of countries currently presenting draft regulations on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) at the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Montreal headquarters.

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Presidency and SANDF deny Zuma helicopter taxi service reports

by defenceWeb, 30 Mar, 10:07 AM

Both the Presidency and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) have vehemently denied any wrongdoing in the use of military helicopters by members and/or friends of the Zuma family.

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More donations needed to make SANDF Education Trust sustainable

by defenceWeb, 27 Mar, 11:24 AM

The SANDF Education Trust has awarded 56 bursaries to the value of more than R700,000 for the current academic year – 17 more than in its first year of existence.

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New Military Discipline Bill on the way

Participation in strikes, secondary strikes and unlawful or illegal labour actions will in future be sufficient grounds for dismissal from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

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Portuguese frigate Bartolomeu Dias visiting Angola

by defenceWeb, 30 Mar, 10:51 AM

The Portuguese Navy’s frigate Bartolomeu Dias is visiting the Angolan port of Luanda until April 2, where it is carrying out training with Angola’s navy.

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RFA Argus completes Sierra Leone deployment

by UK MoD, 27 Mar, 11:46 AM

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Argus has been honoured by the United Kingdom Defence Secretary as she heads back to the UK after supporting the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

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USNS Spearhead completes Obangame Express 2015

by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, 26 Mar, 10:16 AM

Joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) and its embarked detachment of U.S. Navy Sailors, civil service mariners, Cameroonian military personnel and U.S., Spanish and British Marines wrapped up their participation in Exercise Obangame Express 2015 on 25...

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Nigerians uprooted by Boko Haram angry at losing chance to vote

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:28 AM

When Islamist Boko Haram militants beheaded Salma Buba's father in northern Nigeria last weekend, Buba was overcome by anger at what she saw as the government's failure to protect her family.

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Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:23 AM

Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.

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Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:20 AM

Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, in which an opposition candidate has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Kenya detains 52 in latest roundup over suspected Islamist attack

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 01:15 PM

Police detained 52 people on Friday in Kenya's main port city, a day after an officer was killed in a suspected Islamist revenge attack, heightening tensions in an area where the authorities say militant Islamist is spreading.

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Australia warns of possible attacks in Kenyan capital

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 11:00 AM

Militants may be planning attacks against crowded places in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Australian government said in a travel alert on Friday, without naming any group it suspected might opt for violence.

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Uganda ups security, says al Shabaab group behind U.S. warning

by Reuters, 26 Mar, 01:17 PM

Uganda has bolstered security at key locations because of fears Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab insurgents are planning an attack following warnings from the United States, officials said.

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Tunisian forces kill nine militants in south before solidarity march

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:15 AM

Tunisian forces killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists, an interior ministry official said on Sunday.

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Somalia hotel siege ends, 14 dead

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:02 AM

A hotel siege by al Shabaab militants in the Somali capital has ended and the final death toll from the attack stands at 14, a senior government official said on Saturday.

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Nigerian army says destroys Boko Haram headquarters

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 12:32 PM

The Nigerian army said it destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram after capturing the northeastern town of Gwoza from the Islamist insurgent group.

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Kenya hits out at Britain's tougher travel warning

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:49 AM

Kenya's government said on Saturday it was "shocked and concerned" over the latest travel warnings issued by Britain and others and said security conditions in the east African country were improving.

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Boko Haram militants kill 25 in northeast Nigerian village

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:17 AM

A group of Nigerian Boko Haram militants killed at least 25 people in attack on the remote northeast Nigerian village of Buratai in Borno state on Friday, the governor said on Saturday.

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In Sudan, an unlikely path to jihad for students

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 12:39 PM

Tasneem Hussein was a soft-spoken university student in Khartoum when the transformation slowly began.

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U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 12:35 PM

A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral.

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US Marines, Tanzanian Rangers train to fight trafficking

by US Africom, 27 Mar, 11:56 AM

Fifteen U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Theater Security Cooperation Team-Six, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, conducted small unit tactics training with more than 40 Tanzanian park rangers at the Selous Game Reserve in...

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Niger, Chad troops pursue Boko Haram in Nigerian border area

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 11:03 AM

Troops from Chad and Niger pursued Boko Haram fighters across a northern Nigeria border area on Thursday, driving them out of a village they held there and causing some to flee into Niger, two senior Niger military officers said.

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Secretary-General calls on defence chiefs to back UN peacekeeping

by defenceWeb/UN, 30 Mar, 12:00 PM

The first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference saw Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appeal to senior military officials for more troop contributions from states around the world and for political will and purpose.

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U.N. concerned by spread of arms in Libya, arms embargo unchanged

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:42 AM

The United Nations Security Council expressed concern on Friday at the proliferation of arms and ammunition in Libya as it left an arms embargo on the North African state unchanged and urged the recognised government to improve monitoring of its weapons.

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Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 11:12 AM

Libya told an Arab summit on Saturday that a U.N. arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State militants.

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Recent Nigerian military acquisitions

by Guy Martin, 30 Mar, 10:09 AM

Nigeria’s military is acquiring new and second-hand hardware for all three branches of service as it battles Boko Haram insurgents on land and maritime insecurity and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Algerian factory unveils new locally assembled truck for Algerian military

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:01 AM

Algeria’s National Company of Industrial Vehicles (SNVI) has unveiled the first locally assembled Zetros 6x6 truck destined for the Algerian defence ministry.

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Nigeria drafts in foreign mercenaries to take on Boko Haram

by Reuters, 12 Mar, 10:58 AM

Nigeria has brought in hundreds of mercenaries from South Africa and the former Soviet Union to give its offensive against Boko Haram a shot in the arm before a March 28 election, according to regional security, defence and diplomatic sources.

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South Korea picks KAI, with Lockheed, for $7.9 billion fighter jet development

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 12:27 PM

South Korea chose on Monday Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd, which expects to partner Lockheed Martin Corp, to develop a mid-level fighter jet that will cost around 8.7 trillion won ($7.88 billion).

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Airlines introduce two-person cockpit rule after Alps crash

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 11:30 AM

Airlines rushed on Thursday to change rules to require a second crew member in the cockpit at all times, hours after French prosecutors suggested a co-pilot who barricaded himself alone at the controls of a jetliner had crashed it on purpose.

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German pilot said to have suffered from depression, anxiety

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 11:21 AM

The German pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps killing 150 people broke off his training six years ago due to depression and spent over a year in psychiatric treatment, a German newspaper reported on Friday.

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Tunisia closes airspace to western Libya for security reasons

by Reuters, 24 Mar, 01:10 PM

Tunisia has again closed its airspace for flights from western Libya, an official said on Tuesday, just days after allowing Libyan planes from Tripoli back for the first time in around six months.

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RwandAir signs agreement for two A330 airliners

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 11:31 AM

Rwanda’s national airline RwandAir has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for two Airbus A330s. The agreement makes RwandAir a new Airbus customer and the first airline in East Africa to order the A330.

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Africair retrofitting Ethiopian Airlines Cessnas with diesel engines

by defenceWeb, 24 Mar, 11:19 AM

Aviation services company Africair has retrofitted three Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy Cessna 172 Skyhawks with diesel engines and is installing Continental Diesel engines in seven more this year, the company has announced.

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Fighting and air strikes continue across Yemen; dialogue remains distant

by Reuters, 30 Mar, 12:37 PM

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country.

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Morocco backs Saudi coalition in Yemen

by Reuters, 28 Mar, 12:31 PM

Morocco will join Saudi-led coalition action in Yemen to hold back Shi'ite Houthi militia by providing political, intelligence, logistics and military support, the country's foreign ministry said.

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Planes of Saudi-led alliance hit Yemen capital

by Reuters, 27 Mar, 11:26 AM

Warplanes hit Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital and the Shi'ite Muslim group's northern heartland on Friday, the second day of a Saudi-led campaign to stop the militia establishing its rule across the country.

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COLET Journal of Education Technology

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:02 AM

The SANDF Journal of Education Technology is the newest addition to South African military literature that hopes to set the academic ball rolling for a debate on education technology in the local military.

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Open Day at Aerospace Leadership Academy

Both guest speakers at the Aerospace Leadership Academy (AERLA) open day stressed discipline and hard work as the core ingredients of a successful school career and the foundation for a rewarding career in one of the varied facets of the aerospace industry.

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Skirl of the pipes and cannon fire at the Cape Town tattoo

by defenceWeb, 5 Nov, 09:41 AM

Starting tomorrow the Castle will again host the annual Cape Town Military Tattoo, a spectacular event showcasing military bands and intricate drill manoeuvres all culminating with a real bang.

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Ranger drone could help fight against rhino poaching

by Reuters, 25 Mar, 10:54 AM

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology designed by Spanish engineers will be used to fight rhino poachers in national parks in Africa. The ranger drone is fitted with thermal vision that can report potential irregularities in real time.

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Lockheed takes the lead in the laser weapon race

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 25 Mar, 10:20 AM

Gigantic satellites with massive destruction power provided by a huge green laser like the Death Star in Star Wars might not be so fictional. On March 3, Lockheed Martin announced it has successfully tested a 30-kilowatt fibre laser weapon system during recent...

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Major step on the SKA construction road

by defenceWeb, 12 Mar, 10:09 AM

The SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Board has agreed to move the world's largest radio telescope forward to its final pre-construction phase.

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Battle of Bangui medal recipients

by defenceWeb, 10 Mar, 09:03 AM

More than 200 medals have been awarded to soldiers and civilians who were involved in the March 2013 Battle of Bangui in the Central Africa Republic. Click here to view a list of recipients.

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Parliamentary question: lost and stolen firearms

by defenceWeb, 4 Mar, 09:39 AM

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Statement by the Minister of State Security on the alleged leakage of classified security documents by media organisations

by defenceWeb, 26 Feb, 12:02 PM

The Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo has noted with concern latest media reports alleging the release of classified intelligence reports of international intelligence organisations, including those of the State Security Agency.

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RAF delivers vital UN supplies in South Sudan

by UK MoD, 26 Mar, 11:51 AM

An RAF C-130 aircraft will today leave RAF Brize Norton, on a UN mission to deliver vital supplies to remote Malakal in South Sudan.

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UN contracts AAR to provide air charter services for peacekeeping missions in the DRC

by defenceWeb, 23 Mar, 07:53 AM

AAR Airlift has been awarded a $19 million contract by the United Nations for airlift services in Central Africa, covering passenger and cargo in support of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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US Army provides camps for UN peacekeepers in CAR

by US Army, 20 Mar, 07:54 AM

United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are living and working in Force Provider base camps provided by the United States Army, which was awarded a $19 million contract for camps last year.

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  • Fact file: SANDF regular force levels by race & gender: April 30, 2011 The uniformed services of the South African National Defence Force mustered 64 431 personnel in April this year, of whom 77.3% (49 831) were male, 72.3% (46 590) were black, 11.6% were Coloured, 744 (1.2%)...
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  • Fact file: G5 L45 towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing six (one battery) G5 L45 and having an additional...
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  • Fact file: Denel ZT3 Ingwe precision guided missile The Ingwe (Leopard) missile and associated launch systems were developed in the 1980s under Project Raleigh as a “long-range indigenous antitank guided missile.” Pre-production models were used in...
  • Fact file: MBDA Milan precision guided misile The MBDA (formerly Euromissile) Milan (Missile d´infanterie léger antichar = light infantry antitank missile) started life in 1962 and the second-generation of antitank missiles to enter South African...
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