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Netherlands sends attrition replacement Apache to Mali

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 10:17 AM

The Royal Netherlands Air Force on 27 May sent a single AH-64D Apache attack helicopter to Mali to replace the one that crashed on 17 March, killing both crewmembers on board.
SA soldiers coming home from the DRC this weekend

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 09:38 AM

South African soldiers stranded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) thanks to an apparent aviation administrative snarl-up are expected home this weekend.
Two South Africans honoured posthumously at International Day of UN Peacekeepers

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 09:33 AM

Two South Africans are among the 125 soldiers, police and civilians who today were posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjold medal at UN headquarters in New York, part of commemorating the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
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SAS partners with military veterans

by defenceWeb, 28 May, 11:39 AM

Durban-based Southern African Shipyards (SAS) will in future be looking out for military veterans.

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Feature: Denel Overberg Test Range targeting growth

by Guy Martin, 22 May, 10:27 AM

The Denel Overberg Test Range (OTR), which conducts on average 40 test campaigns annually, is looking to expand its turnover by up to a third over the coming years and is eyeing new customers and projects both domestically and abroad.

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SA Radar Interest Group to host radar conference

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:24 AM

The South African Radar Interest Group (SARIG) will hold their first radar conference in Johannesburg in October.

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EUCAP Nestor holds maritime security workshop in Mogadishu

by EUCAP Nestor/defenceWeb, 28 May, 01:56 PM

On May 26th EUCAP Nestor and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) co-hosted the second workshop on maritime cooperation for maritime security and law enforcement agencies currently deployed along the Somali coast.

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Shift to training regional forces as Somali piracy decreases

by defenceWeb, 28 May, 10:05 AM

The three task forces of NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), together with allied forces, are helping Somali and neighbouring countries patrol their own waters as piracy incidents decrease following naval patrols and the adoption of best management practices....

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EUNavFor Med to tackle human smuggling

by defenceWeb, 26 May, 10:00 AM

The EU has taken a decision to create a naval force to disrupt human smugglers in the Mediterranean.

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Netherlands sends attrition replacement Apache to Mali

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 10:17 AM

The Royal Netherlands Air Force on 27 May sent a single AH-64D Apache attack helicopter to Mali to replace the one that crashed on 17 March, killing both crewmembers on board.

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Bell sells first armed 407GT, for use in Middle East and Africa

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 10:06 AM

Bell Helicopter has received its first order for its armed Bell 407GT helicopter, from BBM Inc, which will operate the type in the Middle East and Africa.

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Minusma gets MD500 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 27 May, 10:04 AM

The United Nation Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (Minusma) has received three MD500E helicopters from El Salvador, and will use them for day and night patrols, reconnaissance and medical evacuation.

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Libya's rival government conducts air strikes on Islamic State in Sirte

by Reuters, 29 May, 09:43 AM

Military aircraft belonging to a rival Libyan government on Thursday attacked Islamic State positions in and around the central city of Sirte, where the radical group claimed to have seized an air base, a government official said.

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Silver Falcons flying high in 2015

The Silver Falcons certainly have been flying the flag for the South African Air Force (SAAF) this year with no less than five public appearances in the first five months and more to come.

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Successful Ex African Lion held in Morocco

by defenceWeb/Africom, 27 May, 10:16 AM

Six F-16 Fighter Falcon aircraft pilots assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron in Spangdahlem, Germany and support assets were deployed to participate in joint and combined air training during Exercise African Lion at Ben Guerir air base in Morocco earlier this...

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SA soldiers coming home from the DRC this weekend

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 09:38 AM

South African soldiers stranded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) thanks to an apparent aviation administrative snarl-up are expected home this weekend.

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Mankayi is new 43 SA Brigade GOC

by defenceWeb, 27 May, 11:04 AM

Brigadier General Xolani Mankayi has been appointed General Officer Commanding 43 SA Brigade.

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Youth leadership development programme underway at 3 SA Infantry Battalion

by defenceWeb, 27 May, 10:08 AM

Over 600 young South Africans are currently at 3 SA Infantry Battalion in Kimberley as part of the youth leadership development programme run by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

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Change in BEE regulations on Project Hotel tender

Shipyards keen on being chosen to build the SA Navy’s new hydrographic vessel were this week informed a mandatory black economic empowerment (BEE) regulation has been removed from the tender documents.

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Uncertainty over Angolan Macae vessel purchase

by defenceWeb, 8 May, 09:58 AM

The Angolan Navy will apparently not receive Macae class vessels from Brazil as had originally been agreed in September last year, due to a shortage of funds.

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French OPV to make port call in Cape Town

by defenceWeb, 6 May, 09:57 AM

Come Monday South Africa’s naval fraternity will see a current, state-of-the-art offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in local waters when the French Navy’s L’Adroit steams into Cape Town for a port visit.

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Nigeria starts new chapter as Buhari sworn in

by Reuters, 29 May, 11:17 AM

Three decades after he first came to power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on Friday as elected President of Nigeria, giving him control of an African giant struggling with slowing economic growth and a raging Islamist insurgency.

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Libya on verge of economic collapse, U.N. envoy warns

by Reuters, 29 May, 10:31 AM

Libya is on the verge of economic collapse as rival factions haggle over a political settlement, the United Nations special envoy said on Thursday.

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South Africa minister rules Zuma not liable for home upgrades

by Reuters, 29 May, 09:54 AM

South Africa's police minister said on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma will not be liable to repay money spent on security upgrades to his rural home, which opposition parties have slammed as lavish and wasteful.

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Fight against Boko Haram requires regional might: UN

by Reuters, 29 May, 10:35 AM

Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari's promised campaign to defeat Boko Haram could drive more militants over the country's borders, raising the need for cooperation between governments across the region, senior U.N. officials said on Thursday.

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Niger says arrested more than 600 people for Boko Haram links since February

by Reuters, 28 May, 11:31 AM

Niger has detained and charged 643 people since February for their links to the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Security Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou told parliament.

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Captured video appears to show foreign fighters in Nigeria's Boko Haram

by Reuters, 27 May, 10:57 AM

Video footage found in captured Boko Haram camps by Nigeria's military and seen by Reuters seems to give some of the clearest indication that foreign fighters hold positions of power within the Nigerian Islamist militant group.

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Egyptian police general killed in roadside bomb attack in Sinai

by Reuters, 28 May, 11:18 AM

An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed in a roadside bomb attack on Wednesday in North Sinai, the interior ministry said, one of the most high-profile police deaths in the Islamist insurgency raging in the region.

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Operation Fiela nets 29 in the Free State

by SANews, 28 May, 10:51 AM

A joint raid, conducted under Operation Fiela, saw 29 people being arrested for various offences in Bloemfontein in the Free State on Wednesday.

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Egyptian court sentences 8 militants to death for army attack

by Reuters, 27 May, 11:26 AM

An Egyptian court sentenced to death eight militants, including Islamist Adel Habara, charged with killing seven soldiers in an attack in the Nile Delta in early 2014, security and judicial sources said on Tuesday.

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South Africa frees anti-apartheid hero murder mastermind

by Reuters, 29 May, 10:38 AM

The right wing politician who masterminded the killing of a South African anti-apartheid hero was granted medical parole on Friday, setting aside an earlier decision by the justice minister to block his release.

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U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali

by Reuters, 25 May, 11:10 AM

The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia.

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Wounded Egyptian soldier kidnapped and killed in Sinai - sources

by Reuters, 25 May, 10:55 AM

Suspected Islamist militants kidnapped a wounded Egyptian soldier then killed him in the restive North Sinai province on Friday, security sources said.

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African migrants risk all in Sahara to reach Europe

by Reuters, 29 May, 10:25 AM

In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of them little more than boys, to protect them on the journey across the Sahara toward Europe.

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Regional police chiefs to address cross-border crimes

by SANews, 28 May, 11:46 AM

Police chiefs from the Southern Africa region have taken time out of their busy schedules to look at ways to intensify efforts to ensure that criminals who are involved in cross-border crimes have no place to hide.

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 Police clamp down on rhino poachers

by SANews, 28 May, 11:41 AM

Police efforts to curb rhino poaching at the Kruger National Park continue to yield positive results.

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Spain charges Boko Haram militant chief with crimes against humanity

by Reuters, 29 May, 10:29 AM

Spain's state prosecutor charged the leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, with terrorism and crimes against humanity over a 2013 attack on a Nigerian town in which a Spanish nun was assaulted, court papers said.

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Blast wounds 3 peacekeepers in U.N. Mali commander's convoy

by Reuters, 29 May, 09:45 AM

Three United Nations peacekeepers were wounded in northern Mali when a vehicle in a convoy escorting their commander and the force's police commissioner hit a landmine on Thursday, officials said.

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Two South Africans honoured posthumously at International Day of UN Peacekeepers

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 09:33 AM

Two South Africans are among the 125 soldiers, police and civilians who today were posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjold medal at UN headquarters in New York, part of commemorating the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

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Somalia receives armoured vehicles from UAE

by defenceWeb, 27 May, 10:44 AM

The Interim Jubba Administration of Somalia has received military vehicles donated by the United Arab Emirates, including RG-31 armoured personnel carriers.

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Interest levels high for third simulation and training conference

by defenceWeb, 21 May, 09:47 AM

There is already a high level of interest in the third International Training and Simulation Conference to be held in Thaba Tshwane in October and the organisers have put out a call for papers to make it an even more “must attend” event for military trainers....

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Denel Mechem producing Casspir cargo truck

by Guy Martin, 19 May, 10:12 AM

A new addition to Denel Land Systems division Mechem’s vehicle lineup is the ‘Blesbok’ cargo truck version of the Casspir mine-resistant vehicle, which is in production for Angola.

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ISS: Time for a new roadmap to nuclear disarmament?

by ISS Africa, 26 May, 10:40 AM

Seventy years after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world is no closer to an unequivocal commitment to abolishing nuclear weapons.

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Airbus orders checks on A400M engine system after crash

by Reuters, 19 May, 01:07 PM

Airbus Defense & Space on Tuesday ordered engine software checks on the A400M aircraft following a recent crash of Europe's new military transporter.

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Italy, France, Germany sign European drone project

by Reuters, 19 May, 11:41 AM

Italy, France and Germany agreed on Monday to develop a European drone programme for reconnaissance and surveillance, seeking to inject momentum into a proposal first considered in 2013 to reduce reliance on U.S. and Israeli technology.

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Ireland and South Africa partner on aviation training

by defenceWeb, 29 May, 09:29 AM

CIAS (College Ireland Aviation Services) and MATA (Mega Aviation Training Academy) based in Ekurhuleni have entered into an agreement to partner for a world class aviation training and academic programme in southern Africa.

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Pay strikes halt flights at Libya's main airports

by Reuters, 26 May, 12:58 PM

Libya's three main airports cancelled flights on Tuesday morning because of strikes by ground staff complaining they have not been paid for two months, airport officials said.

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Corporate jet makers eye revival led by North America

by Reuters, 21 May, 01:16 PM

Business jet makers, hit badly by the financial crisis, expect an upturn in mature economies such as the United States will encourage companies to once again buy new corporate planes or replace aging jets, executives said this week.

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Fighters battle Houthis in Yemen's southern city of Aden

by Reuters, 29 May, 11:13 AM

Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when a Sunni Muslim militia attacked Shi'ite Houthi rebels in a push to drive Houthis from the district, residents and fighters said.

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Islamic State settles into Ramadi, but the lull unlikely to last

by Reuters, 29 May, 09:57 AM

The blind man with just one hand arrived at the main mosque in the centre of the Iraqi city of Ramadi at dusk on Wednesday, flanked by Islamic State fighters.

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Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthis trade heavy fire, border crossing hit

by Reuters, 25 May, 12:15 PM

Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war.

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Friday is military fair day at the Voortrekker Monument

by defenceWeb, 28 Apr, 10:05 AM

That there are a growing number of South Africans with more than a passing interest in matters military comes with the announcement that this year’s Voortrekker Monument Military Fair will have more exhibitors than any of its predecessors.

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US Deputy Defence Secretary details the future of war

by US DoD, 14 Apr, 01:58 PM

On stage last week at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work summoned up scenes from a future war where soldiers and machines join forces in a multidimensional “informationalized” zone, using advanced tools to fight adversaries...

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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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Picatinny Arsenal puts M249 machinegun on diet; details other projects

by US Army, 15 May, 09:23 AM

When engineers at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey looked at the heavy, 17.5-pound M249 carried by Soldiers, they decided to put it on a diet and rearrange some of the components.

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Guided bullet hits moving targets

by DARPA, 29 Apr, 08:55 AM

DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, which developed a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots, completed in February its most successful round of live-fire tests to date.

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X-47B demonstrates first autonomous aerial refuelling

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 11:27 AM

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refuelling (AAR) with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft on April 22, marking the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refuelled...

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DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS, HON KEBBY MAPHATSOE  BUDGET VOTE 19 DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS 2015

19 MAY 2015 Honourable Chairperson Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Co-Chairpersons and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence Members of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans Honourable members Secretary for...

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula's defence budget debate

by defenceWeb, 20 May, 10:59 AM

Debate on the budget of defence and military veterans by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence And Military Veterans, Parliament, Cape Town, 19 May 2015

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at 4th international security confernce in Moscow

by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 10:05 AM

SPEECH NOTES FOR MS NOSIVIWE MAPISA-NQAKULA, MP, SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS DURING THE 4TH CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY IN MOSCOW (MCIS): 16 17 APRIL 2015

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Dangerous conditions at Djibouti base threatens US military pilots

by Reuters, 3 May, 07:28 PM

Conditions at an African base used by U.S. military pilots flying missions over Yemen and Somalia have become chronically dangerous, with fliers relying on local air-traffic controllers who sleep on the job and commit frequent errors, the Washington Post reported...

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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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