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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.
Milkor delivering grenade launchers to the SANDF

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 10:05 AM

Milkor has won an Armscor contract to supply grenade launchers to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and is busy delivering six-shot weapons to the Army.

SADC/Russia MOU on military technical co-operation

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 10:05 AM

Expect to see more Russian military uniforms across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in years to come.
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Gordhan intervenes to stop Johannesburg mayor seeking Denel liquidation

by defenceWeb, 13 Aug, 10:03 AM

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reportedly requested the indulgence of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba not to liquidate Denel after it failed to repay a large loan.

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Sigma Logistic Solutions the largest technical documentation and support services supplier in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 13 Aug, 08:30 AM

Sigma Logistic Solutions (Pty) Ltd has been providing solutions to the commercial and defence industries for more than 30 years. Throughout this time the company has built solid relationships with local and international clients to supply quality products and services....

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Saab receives another self-protection system order for Dhruv helicopters

by defenceWeb, 8 Aug, 10:02 AM

Saab has been awarded a follow-on contract from India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for IDAS-2 self-protection systems for the Dhruv advanced light helicopters it is building for the Indian Army.

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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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Piracy on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea

by defenceWeb, 3 Aug, 10:01 AM

Pirates have kidnapped 35 seafarers off Nigeria in the first half of 2018 as piracy continues to be problematic in the Gulf of Guinea, with Nigeria the focus of attacks.

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EU Navfor’s Operation Atalanta mission extended

by defenceWeb, 2 Aug, 10:01 AM

The European Union has extended the mandate of the maritime security Operation Atalanta off the Horn of Africa until 31 December 2020.

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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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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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Ivory Coast operating An-26Bs

by defenceWeb, 2 Aug, 10:12 AM

The Ivory Coast Air Force is now operating Antonov An-26Bs, with two recently delivered to the West African nation.

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Paramount and Argentina sign aviation collaboration agreement

by defenceWeb, 1 Aug, 10:01 AM

Argentinian state-owned company FAdeA and the Paramount Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence industrial collaboration, marking the first commercial project to be signed under the auspices of the 2010 MoU between the two respective governments...

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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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Housing provision for military veterans still lacking

by defenceWeb, 8 Aug, 09:55 AM

Yet another example of the glacial speed at which provision of housing for military veterans is proceeding comes from an oversight visit to Free State this week by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

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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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Naval Group delivering Gowind sensor mast to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 10:04 AM

France’s Naval Group (DCNS) is delivering sensor masts to Egypt for installation on the Gowind corvettes being locally built by Alexandria Shipyard, with the first locally built vessel almost ready for launch.

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Move on after post-election unrest, Zimbabweans told

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:40 AM

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Zimbabweans should now unite to rebuild the economy and put behind them the election period that saw six people being killed after the army stepped in to quell post-election protests.

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Low turnout for Mali election

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:32 AM

Voters stayed away in droves from Mali’s run-off presidential election due to fears over security and simple apathy, but the voting process was generally fair despite some incidents, election monitors said.

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Ruling party in Sudan backs Bashir

by Reuters, 13 Aug, 11:55 AM

Sudan’s ruling party backs its leader President Omar al-Bashir as a candidate in the 2020 election, state news agency SUNA reported, a move that would require a constitutional amendment.

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Egypt concerned about Red Sea security following Houthi attack

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:44 AM

Egypt’s president said Cairo was concerned about security in the Red Sea following an attack by Yemen’s Houthis on two oil tankers that forced Saudi Arabia to temporarily suspend crude shipments through the strait of Bab al-Mandab.

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Mozambique names ringleaders of Islamist threat

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:36 AM

Mozambique security forces identified six men regarded as ringleaders of a nascent Islamist insurgency that killed over 100 people in the north and called on local people to help capture them, news agency Lusa reported.

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Suspected militants killed in Sinai

by Reuters, 13 Aug, 12:02 PM

Egyptian security forces killed 12 suspected militants in raids on hideouts in north Sinai, state news agency MENA reported, the latest in a campaign to uproot armed Islamists behind a wave of violence in the area.

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Suspected al Shabaab militants kill five soldiers in Kenya's Lamu

by Reuters, 10 Aug, 10:51 AM

Five Kenyan soldiers were killed in an attack claimed by the Somali group al Shaabab in Lamu County on Kenya’s north coast on Wednesday, a senior official said.

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Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 15 soldiers and disaster worker

by Reuters, 10 Aug, 10:41 AM

At least 15 soldiers and an official from Nigeria’s disaster agency were killed in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants in the northeast of the country, security sources said on Thursday, weeks after 20 troops went missing in an attack.

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Ethiopia internet down

by Reuters, 8 Aug, 11:18 AM

Authorities shut Internet access in eastern Ethiopia amid an outbreak of violence, residents said, a sign of challenges facing reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in containing ethnic tensions in parts of the country.

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Suspected militants killed in Egypt raid

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:42 AM

Egyptian security forces killed six suspected militants in a raid on a house on the outskirts of Cairo, an interior ministry statement said.

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Paramilitary forces active in Ethiopia

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:27 AM

At least 40 people were killed by paramilitary forces in eastern Ethiopia over the weekend, a senior regional official said, in the latest spate of violence driven by ethnic divisions.

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British military to tackle sexual violence in Africa

by UK MoD, 14 Aug, 10:16 AM

The British Defence Secretary has confirmed specialist Army trainers will travel to Africa to help tackle sexual violence after visiting Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

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Life and death off the Libyan shoreline

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:34 AM

The wreck of the raft was a dot on the sea but as our rescue boat approached we saw a woman make an effort to wave, so at least there was life.

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Italy refuses migrant ship safe harbour

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:29 AM

Italy denied safe harbour to 141 people rescued by a humanitarian ship off the coast of Libya last week, setting up another stand-off with European Union allies over taking in migrants who try to cross the Mediterranean.

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US Civil Affairs Soldiers enhance Tanzanian counter-illicit trafficking operations

by CJTF-HOA, 14 Aug, 07:48 AM

Deep in one of the largest countries in East Africa, U.S. Army Soldiers have been training Tanzanian game wardens in Counter Illicit Trafficking (CIT) operations in order to deter poachers and prevent extremist organizations from profiting from illicit activities....

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The arms trade in the Horn of Africa promoting conflict

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 10:31 AM

The reluctance of western and other powers to act against Djibouti’s increasing arms trafficking activities poses an existential threat to the security of the Horn of Africa and imperils ongoing efforts to end long-running conflicts in the region.

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ISS: Sanctions prove key to ending South Sudan’s civil war

by ISS Africa, 14 Aug, 10:09 AM

Cautious optimism surrounds efforts to end the brutal five-year civil war in South Sudan. Recent progress in the peace process has led to a permanent ceasefire and power-sharing agreements among parties to the conflict, including the two main rivals – President...

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SADC/Russia MOU on military technical co-operation

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 10:05 AM

Expect to see more Russian military uniforms across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in years to come.

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Milkor delivering grenade launchers to the SANDF

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 10:05 AM

Milkor has won an Armscor contract to supply grenade launchers to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and is busy delivering six-shot weapons to the Army.

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Cayman customer identified as Ivory Coast

by defenceWeb, 10 Aug, 09:21 AM

The Ivory Coast has emerged as the customer for the Cayman armoured vehicle manufactured in Belarus, with the type being displayed during its independence day parade.

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SANDF to receive new 40 mm medium velocity grenades from RDM

by defenceWeb, 8 Aug, 10:04 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will soon be getting new 40 mm medium velocity grenades from Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM).

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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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Pentagon restriction on geolocation features

by Reuters, 7 Aug, 11:21 AM

The US military is prohibiting deployed personnel from using geolocation features on smartphones, fitness trackers and other devices because they could create security risks, the Pentagon said.

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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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SAA Act transferred back to Public Enterprises

by SANews, 3 Aug, 09:56 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has transferred the administration of the South African Airways Act, and accompanying functions, from the Minister of Finance back to the Minister of Public Enterprises.

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SA Express board appoints new acting CEO

by SANews, 2 Aug, 08:57 AM

The Board of South African Express Airways, with concurrence from Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, has appointed Siza Mzimela as the new acting CEO of SA Express.

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Intense fighting as Taliban presses to take Afghan city

by Reuters, 13 Aug, 12:09 PM

Taliban insurgents attacked police headquarters and other government buildings in Ghazni in central Afghanistan on Sunday, killing dozens of soldiers and police and threatening to seize control of the city, officials and residents said.

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Recount shows Iraq's Sadr retains election victory, no major changes

by Reuters, 13 Aug, 12:04 PM

Populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq’s May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country’s next government.

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Taliban fighters storm Afghanistan's Ghazni

by Reuters, 10 Aug, 10:56 AM

Heavily armed Taliban fighters attacked Ghazni city in central Afghanistan early on Friday, burning police checkpoints, shelling houses and business areas and seizing control of parts of the city before being beaten back, officials said.

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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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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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US Army's new 3-D printed shape-shifting soft robots crawl, jump, grab

by US Army, 31 Jul, 01:35 PM

New 3-D printed robotic structures can squeeze in tight spaces like a crack in the wall of a cave, jump over trip wire or crawl under a vehicle -- all complex army-relevant functions impossible for humans to perform safely.

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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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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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UAV market to reach $25 billion by 2023

by defenceWeb, 8 Aug, 10:52 AM

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