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Denel gets approval to buy Turbomeca Africa

by defenceWeb, 26 May, 10:01 AM

The Competition Commission South Africa has recommended the approval of the acquisition of Turbomeca Africa (TMA) by state-owned defence conglomerate Denel.

Parliament hears contrasting views on Department of Military Veterans’ performance The picture of a better functioning Department of Military Veterans (DMV) presented to Parliament by the Defence and Military Veterans Minister was shot down by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow minister.
Mapisa-Nqakula acknowledges SANDF under-funded; looks to other revenue sources Just how far behind the financial curve the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has fallen was aptly illustrated this week when the Defence and Military Veterans Minister told the National Assembly over R55 billion was needed to focus on the “serious mismatch” between current funding and expectations placed on the Department of Defence (DoD).
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Denel gets approval to buy Turbomeca Africa

by defenceWeb, 26 May, 10:01 AM

The Competition Commission South Africa has recommended the approval of the acquisition of Turbomeca Africa (TMA) by state-owned defence conglomerate Denel.

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Parliamentary committee wants ministers to answer Denel Asia questions

by defenceWeb, 25 May, 10:04 AM

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has entered the fray around the legality or not of Denel’s joint venture with VR Laser in Hong Kong.

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Electronic Warfare and the maritime domain

by Dean Wingrin, 25 May, 10:02 AM

South African Electronic Warfare (EW) researchers and local technology industry participants have been requested to develop “the right toolsets” to allow the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to be in the best possible position when called upon....

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Danish Challenger maritime surveillance aircraft begins Horn of Africa deployment

by Oscar Nkala, 17 May, 02:47 PM

The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has deployed a Challenger 604 maritime surveillance aircraft to support the French-led Combined Maritime Force (CMF), which was set up to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean waters off the coast of Somalia and the broader Horn of...

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Libya receives refurbished patrol boats from Italy

by defenceWeb, 16 May, 09:58 AM

The Libyan Coast Guard has taken delivery of four refurbished patrol boats from Italy to beef up its efforts to stop people smuggling, with another six boats due in the coming weeks.

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EU hosts Somali Prime Minister to discuss piracy off Somalia

by EUCAP Somalia, 11 May, 11:57 AM

On 8 May 2017 the European Union’s Ambassador to Somalia, Veronique Lorenzo, hosted the Somali Prime Minister, HE Hasan Ali Khaire and State Minister, Abdullahi Hamud, on board EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, off the coast of Mogadishu, to discuss...

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China deploying first helicopter peacekeeping unit

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 10:30 AM

China is for the first time deploying a helicopter unit to take part in overseas peacekeeping operations.

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Belgium to deploy NH90s to Mali next year

by defenceWeb, 5 May, 09:40 AM

The Belgian military is planning to deploy two NH90 transport helicopters to Mali next year in support of the United Nations mission there.

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Kenya seeking sale of 12 armed MD 530F helicopters

by defenceWeb, 4 May, 10:04 AM

Kenya has requested the purchase of 12 MD 530F helicopters from the United States, at a proposed cost of $253 million including weapons, ammunition and support.

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Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:41 PM

A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents.

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Wonderboom gearing up for Adrenaline show in June

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 12:16 PM

Wonderboom Airport north of Pretoria is getting ready to host the second annual Airlink Adrenaline Wonderboom Airport Show between 9 and 11 June.

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SAAF bringing C212 back into service?

by Guy Martin, 15 May, 10:06 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) may be bringing an accident-damaged CASA 212 light transport aircraft back into service. It currently has two airworthy examples.

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Parliament hears contrasting views on Department of Military Veterans’ performance

The picture of a better functioning Department of Military Veterans (DMV) presented to Parliament by the Defence and Military Veterans Minister was shot down by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow minister.

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Mapisa-Nqakula acknowledges SANDF under-funded; looks to other revenue sources

Just how far behind the financial curve the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has fallen was aptly illustrated this week when the Defence and Military Veterans Minister told the National Assembly over R55 billion was needed to focus on the “serious mismatch”...

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SANDF to mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers

South Africa and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in particular will on Monday - along with the rest of the world – mark International Peacekeepers Day.

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Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel

by Reuters, 24 May, 11:22 AM

Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel for use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, the mayor of a Somali town said, part of an upsurge in attacks following years of relative calm.

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Veecraft launches two workboats for SA Special Forces

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 10:12 AM

Cape Town-based Veecraft Marine, part of the Paramount Group, has launched two workboats for the South African Special Forces to support their activities on the Langebaan Lagoon.

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Second Algerian Meko frigate arrives home

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:00 AM

The Algerian Navy’s newest frigate, the Meko 200AN class vessel El Moudamir, has arrived in Algeria after leaving Germany on 15 May.

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South African opposition leader says barred from entering Zambia

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:05 PM

South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane said Zambian immigration officials barred him from entering their country late on Thursday, stopping his visit to a detained opposition leader there.

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Egyptian opposition leader detained

by Reuters, 24 May, 11:18 AM

A prominent Egyptian opposition leader was detained for "offending public decency" amid what rights lawyers say is a wave of arrests of potential presidential candidates a year before the election.

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Investigation into ex-minister over Kasai violence

by Reuters, 24 May, 11:05 AM

Congo's attorney general has opened an investigation into a former minister over allegations he played a role in militia violence in central Congo a UN employee was investigating shortly before she was killed.

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East Libyan forces claim control of disputed air base

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:26 PM

A brigade loyal to east Libyan forces said they had taken full control of an air base in southern Libya on Thursday following a long-standing dispute with a rival faction from the western city of Misrata.

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Militia violence explodes in Central African Republic

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:19 PM

Militia violence in Central African Republic killed around 300 people and displaced 100,000 in the last two weeks, the United Nations and the government said on Thursday, in the worst displacement since a 2013 civil war.

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More Kenyan police killed by roadside bombs

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:16 PM

A roadside bomb planted by Somali Islamists killed two Kenyan police near the Somali border on Thursday, police said, bringing to 11 the number of Kenyan security officials that have been killed by roadside bombs over the past two days.

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Gunmen kill 23 Christians on road to monastery in Egypt

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:39 PM

Gunmen killed 23 Coptic Christians and wounded 25 others on Friday as they were driving to a monastery in Minya province, south of Cairo, the provincial governor, Essam al-Bedaiwy, said.

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Ethiopian politician jailed for Facebook post

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:22 PM

An Ethiopian court sentenced an opposition politician to six and a half years in prison on Thursday over a series of anti-government comments on Facebook that it said encouraged terrorist acts, his lawyer said.

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Kenya roadside bombings claim eight lives

by Reuters, 25 May, 11:33 AM

Eight Kenyan security officers were killed in two separate roadside bombings in eastern Kenya, senior officials said, underscoring the threat of Somali Islamist militants.

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Violence in central DR Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to malnutrition

by Reuters, 25 May, 11:38 AM

Spiralling violence in central Democratic Republic of Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening malnutrition, UNICEF said.

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Ethiopian journalist convicted

by Reuters, 25 May, 11:35 AM

An Ethiopian court convicted a journalist of inciting violence against the state with a dissident group, activists said, a judgement an international rights group called a bid to silence critics.

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Five dead in Mogadishu blast

by Reuters, 25 May, 11:30 AM

A blast in the Somali capital killed five civilians and injured six more, a city spokesman said, underscoring the ability of Islamist insurgents to carry out bombings despite territorial losses.

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More than two thousand Mediterranean migrants saved

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:14 PM

Rescuers saved around 2,300 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in the central Mediterranean on Thursday, but also recovered two dead bodies, the Italian coastguard said.

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Dozens drown as aid groups denounce Tripoli coastguard

by Reuters, 25 May, 11:21 AM

More than 30 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned when about 200 people without life jackets fell off a boat off the Libyan coast before they could be hauled into waiting rescue boats.

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More than two thousand migrants rescued

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:16 PM

Rescuers pulled 2,121 migrants to safety from boats in the Mediterranean late at the weekend and recovered a dead body, the Italian coastguard said.

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Last Japanese troops leave UN mission in South Sudan

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:24 PM

The last Japanese troops withdrew from a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan on Thursday, marking the end of a controversial push by the Japanese prime minister to expand his military's overseas role.

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DR Congo opposes international probe of UN investigators’ deaths

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:12 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo opposes an international investigation into the deaths of two U.N. investigators, the foreign minister said on Thursday, amid mounting criticism of the Congolese authorities' own probe.

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ISS: Could Emirati activism in the Horn make the situation worse?

by ISS Africa, 26 May, 11:56 AM

The Arab Spring, the perceived threat from Iran and the alarming rise of the Islamic State in recent years have all forced the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to rethink its foreign policy.

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US Army talks up role of Husky mine detection system

by defenceWeb/US Army, 23 May, 10:12 AM

The United States Army has described the Husky route clearance vehicle as an effective and reliable system that has located thousands of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) since being deployed, and will undergo upgrades to make it even more effective.

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Successful African Land Forces Summit in Malawi

by defenceWeb/Africom, 22 May, 10:10 AM

Flags of 44 nations flew above “The Warm Heart of Africa” earlier this month, signalling the presence of senior military leaders united in the name of partnership.

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SA Army holds massive capability demonstration

by Guy Martin, 19 May, 10:42 AM

The South African Army, supported by other branches of service and the defence industry, held a spectacular capability demonstration at the De Brug training area outside Bloemfontein this week, involving dozens of armoured vehicles, jets and helicopters, which...

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In blow to Trump, U.S. appeals court refuses to reinstate travel ban

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:25 PM

In a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump, a U.S. appeals court refused on Thursday to reinstate his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations, calling it discriminatory and setting the stage for a showdown in the Supreme Court.

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Trump directly scolds NATO allies, says they owe 'massive' sums

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:22 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday intensified his accusations that NATO allies were not spending enough on defence and warned of more attacks like this week's Manchester bombing unless the alliance did more to stop militants.

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Boeing, DARPA to build prototype spaceplane

by Reuters, 25 May, 10:35 AM

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Wednesday said it will invest up to $146 million in an alliance with Boeing to build an experimental spaceplane that can deliver small satellites into orbit on a daily basis.

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Loss-making Air Namibia wins permit to fly into U.S

by Reuters, 23 May, 10:47 AM

State-owned Air Namibia has won approval to fly into the United States and hopes to generate revenues through its codesharing agreements, the government-run daily New Era reported on Monday,

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CAASA launches SA aviation activity index

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 11:54 AM

The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) has launched its aviation activity index covering the sale of aircraft and air traffic movements in South Africa to provide a gauge of economic activity in the commercial aviation industry.

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Review to merge SAA, SA Express at an advanced stage

by SANews, 11 May, 11:40 AM

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says the work of assessing the viability of a merger between South African Airways and SA Express is done, pending a government review.

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U.S. official says nearly $110 billion worth of military deals inked with Saudi Arabia

by Reuters, 22 May, 02:15 PM

The United States on Saturday announced military deals worth nearly $110 billion (84.3 billion pounds), during a visit by President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia.

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Last 1,000 rebels leave Damascus district under evacuation deal

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:58 PM

More than 1,000 insurgents and their families left an opposition-held district of Damascus on Monday, completing an agreement between the Syrian government and rebels, Syrian state media outlets and a war monitoring group said.

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Iraq says battle for Mosul nearly won as forces close in on Old City

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:57 PM

Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but 12 square km of Mosul, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, after planes dropped leaflets into the city telling civilians the battle was nearly won.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission preparing for centenary events

by Chris Szabo, 23 May, 10:32 AM

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is holding its main centenary commemoration at a service in London on Tuesday 23 May.

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A centenary of caring for Commonwealth war graves

by Charles Ross, 19 May, 10:26 AM

The Imperial War Graves was established by the signing of the Royal Charter on May 21, 1917 establishing the Imperial War Graves Commission with the name changed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by way of a supplementary Royal Charter dated June 8, 1964....

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Armour Formation back at Voortrekker Monument military fair

by defenceWeb, 12 Apr, 09:52 AM

Monday, May 1, will see the seventh staging of the annual Voortrekker Monument Military and History Fair which this year will have an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) element.

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US Army's heads-up display improves soldiers' situational awareness

by US Army, 25 May, 10:56 AM

A novel technology called "Tactical Augmented Reality," or TAR, is now helping US soldiers precisely locate their positions, as well as the locations of friends and foes.

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South Africa’s first privately owned nanosatellite ready for release

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 10:46 AM

The nSight1 nanosatellite designed and built in South Africa is due to be released from the International Space Station (ISS) into low-Earth orbit on 25 May.

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Flying cars back in the race

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 23 May, 02:21 PM

A flying car race has been launched but it is unsure which contestant will win this fight, or if there will be a winner at all.

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Mapisa-Nqakula on NDIC work session

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 11:13 AM

Keynote address by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, on the occasion of the first annual work session of the National Defence Industry Council, Denel Land Systems, Pretoria, 19 May 2017.

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CArmy on Army Capability Demonstration

by defenceWeb, 20 May, 11:17 AM

Address by Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, ahead of the Army Capability Demonstration outside Bloemfontein on 18 May 2017.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Castle commemorative programme

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 12:17 PM

Speech by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, presented on behalf of President JG Zuma, on the occasion of the conclusion of the year-long commemorative programme of the 350 years of the existence of the Castle of Good Hope, 09 December 2016, Castle of Good...

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SANDF seeking water purification equipment

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 10:00 AM

Armscor is looking to acquire water purification equipment for the South African Army to replenish depleted stock.

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R27 million contract awarded to fix flood damage at AFB Hoedspruit

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 10:10 AM

Belta Services CC has been awarded a R27 299 215 contract for repairs to damaged facilities caused by floods at Air Force Base Hoedspruit.

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African Logistics Forum 2017

by Africom, 10 May, 11:31 AM

Being prepared to respond to natural disasters, crises, and contingency operations require extensive logistical planning and support, which is why the African Union hosted the African Logistics Forum - 2017, in conjunction with U.S Africa Command, at Plenary Hall,...

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