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SANDF weapons used in cash in transit heists

by Guy Martin, 21 Jun, 10:12 AM

Weapons stolen from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have been used in cash in transit heists, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has revealed.

Fraudulent Reserve Force call-ups under the microscope The days of fraudulent call-ups in the Reserve Force are numbered, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief Reserves, Major General Roy Andersen, warns.
Mgwebi back in harness at the Department of Military Veterans

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 10:04 AM

The South African soldier who was force commander of the UN’s single largest peace support mission retired from active service earlier this year has resurfaced in a top position at the Department of Military Veterans (DMV).
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Austerity, rather than ostentation, will mark the Armscor fiftieth

The current board and management of Armscor will this year mark the 50th anniversary of the State-owned defence and security acquisition agency, but there will be no gala events, coffee table books or commemorative conferences.

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Denel CFO on leave while investigations underway

by defenceWeb, 18 Jun, 09:57 AM

The new Denel board, confirmed late last month by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, is tackling at least some of the irregularities which have seen the defence and technology conglomerate accused of corruption.

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Alaris expanding into the US

by defenceWeb, 15 Jun, 10:38 AM

Alaris Holdings is currently establishing a third operating company, in the United States, which will focus on passive radio frequency and microwave antenna solutions.

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French ship Nivose seizes heroin off Somalia

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 10:36 AM

Within a month of joining Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), the French frigate Nivose has seized 251 kilograms of heroin in the latest success for the Marine Nationale (French Navy) in the Indian Ocean.

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Inaugural fisheries patrol for French Polar Patrol Vessel

by Dean Wingrin, 20 Jun, 10:21 AM

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) polar patrol vessel L'Astrolabe made her first port call in Cape Town on Tuesday 19 June as part of its inaugural patrol mission to the southern Indian Ocean.

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Iranian fishermen released by Somali pirates

by defenceWeb, 14 Jun, 12:03 PM

Somali pirates have released four Iranian fishermen captured three years ago in international waters off Somalia.

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Ugandan police takes delivery of refurbished Bell 206

by Oscar Nkala, 21 Jun, 11:46 AM

The Ugandan Police Air Wing has refurbished its oldest helicopter and commissioned back into service after it was grounded for more than 15 years.

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German Tigers end flight operations in Mali

by defenceWeb, 19 Jun, 11:47 AM

The German military has stopped flying its Tiger attack helicopters in Mali and has sent them home after 14 months.

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Nigerian Air Force makes airworthy another EC-135, locally overhauls Mi-35P

by defenceWeb, 12 Jun, 12:22 PM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken back into service an EC-135 light helicopter after maintenance, and has completed the first local overhaul of an Mi-35P attack helicopter.

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Armscor selling undocumented SAAF Cessna 185s

Six years after they were first offered for sale a tranche of unused – and undocumented – SA Air Force (SAAF) Cessna 185s are again up for sale, this time by Armscor via a tender.

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Botswana acquires a C-212 light transport

by defenceWeb, 19 Jun, 10:46 AM

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has acquired a second hand C-212 light transport aircraft to replace one that crashed in 2017.

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SA participating in UN space conference

by SAnews, 19 Jun, 10:02 AM

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe is leading a delegation to the UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50), which started on Monday.

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SANDF weapons used in cash in transit heists

by Guy Martin, 21 Jun, 10:12 AM

Weapons stolen from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have been used in cash in transit heists, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has revealed.

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Fraudulent Reserve Force call-ups under the microscope

The days of fraudulent call-ups in the Reserve Force are numbered, SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief Reserves, Major General Roy Andersen, warns.

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Mgwebi back in harness at the Department of Military Veterans

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 10:04 AM

The South African soldier who was force commander of the UN’s single largest peace support mission retired from active service earlier this year has resurfaced in a top position at the Department of Military Veterans (DMV).

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India completes refit of Mauritian patrol vessel

by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb, 19 Jun, 10:21 AM

The Indian Navy has completed the refit of the 32 year old Mauritius Coast Guard service vessel MCGS Guardian.

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Somalia and Ethiopia to invest in Red Sea ports

by Reuters, 18 Jun, 12:06 PM

Somalia and Ethiopia will jointly invest in four seaports to attract foreign investment to the countries, another move in a tussle for access to ports along one of the world’s strategic waterways.

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Navy Chief reminds new sailors to be disciplined

by Dean Wingrin, 18 Jun, 11:36 AM

The South African Navy has graduated its latest batch of 146 Military Skills Development System sailors after 22 weeks of Basic Military Training.

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Exiled DR Congo opposition leader’s passport cancelled

by Reuters, 18 Jun, 12:00 PM

Congolese authorities cancelled the passport of opposition leader Moise Katumbi, just days after he gathered thousands for an opposition rally in Kinshasa.

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Sisi pardons thousands ahead of Eid

by Reuters, 18 Jun, 11:34 AM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 3477 prisoners before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, many of them imprisoned for debt, the interior ministry said.

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New Egyptian defence minister

by Reuters, 15 Jun, 11:24 AM

Egypt named a new minister of defence in a cabinet sworn in on Thursday by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to mark the start of his second term in office.

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Cameroon separatist death toll is over 80

by Reuters, 21 Jun, 10:37 AM

Armed separatists in English-speaking regions of Cameroon killed over 80 soldiers and police since their insurgency began in September last year, government said in a report suggesting the conflict is intensifying.

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Four soldiers killed in Derna suicide bombing

by Reuters, 21 Jun, 10:34 AM

Four members of east Libyan security forces were killed in Derna by a suicide bomber bearing a white flag as he drove towards a group of soldiers, a military spokesman said.

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Sharp rise in number of Islamist militant attacks in Africa

by defenceWeb, 20 Jun, 12:06 PM

Sub-Saharan Africa has suffered a sharp rise in the number of Islamist militant attacks with the number of incidents rising from 317 in 2013 to 1 549 for the period April 2017 to April 2018.

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Islamist militants in Algeria surrender

by Reuters, 21 Jun, 10:40 AM

Seven Islamist militants surrendered to Algerian authorities near the North African country’s border with Mali, the defence ministry said.

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ISS: Corruption is fuelling cash-in-transit heists

by ISS Africa, 19 Jun, 11:09 AM

Cash-in-transit robbery is one of the fastest growing forms of aggravated robbery in South Africa. It poses a significant threat to public safety and South Africa’s economy.

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Liberty Holding hit by cyberattack

by Reuters, 18 Jun, 12:20 PM

South African insurer Liberty Holdings said it was the victim of a cyberattack after an external party claimed to have seized data from the firm and demanded payment.

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US petroleum company staff in Mozambique under lock-down

by Reuters, 19 Jun, 10:53 AM

US petroleum company Anadarko placed staff working on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in northern Mozambique under “lock-down” due to the threat from suspected Islamist militants in the area, a regional security consultant said.

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IED kills eight in Kenya

by Reuters, 18 Jun, 12:17 PM

Eight Kenyan police officials were killed in the eastern part of the country after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device planted by Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group, police said.

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Blasts kill 20 in Nigeria

by Reuters, 18 Jun, 12:14 PM

Blasts killed at least 20 people in north-east Nigeria, police said, while residents said the toll was even higher in the largest attack for weeks in a region blighted by the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency.

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Global seizures and arrests in transcontinental wildlife crime operation

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 10:43 AM

An international operation against the illegal trade in wildlife and timber saw hundreds of seizures and suspects arrested worldwide.

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ISS: Still no end in sight for Africa’s refugee crisis

by ISS Africa, 21 Jun, 10:14 AM

By the end of May 2018, close to 2.6 million South Sudanese had fled the country. The total number of refugees is now almost double what it was at the start of 2017 and is expected to continue rising. South Sudan – a country with one of the youngest populations...

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Mechanism on the way to fight transnational; crime in central and west Africa

by defenceWeb, 20 Jun, 10:56 AM

A ground-breaking agreement adopted by police chiefs from Central and West Africa in Brazzaville will boost efforts to fight transnational threats across these regions.

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Machar in Ethiopia for talks

by Reuters, 20 Jun, 10:53 AM

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday for a meeting with President Salva Kiir, part of talks to negotiate an end to a five-year-old civil war, a rebel spokesman and an Ethiopian official said.

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Some Malian soldiers implicated after mass graves found

by Reuters, 20 Jun, 10:51 AM

Some Malian soldiers were implicated in “gross violations” after the discovery of some mass graves in its troubled central region plagued by violence between security forces and Islamist militants.

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ISS: Somalia must look inward to defuse its tensions

by ISS Africa, 20 Jun, 10:25 AM

The involvement of Middle East actors in Somalia, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Turkey, has reached fever pitch recently, underscored both by external and internal dynamics.

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US donates vehicles, equipment to Uganda

by defenceWeb, 13 Jun, 10:28 AM

The United States has donated equipment and vehicles, including three armoured trucks, to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) to support its counter-insurgency and peacekeeping capabilities.

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France helps Egypt detect IEDs

by defenceWeb, 13 Jun, 08:48 AM

The French military has deployed an engineering detachment to Egypt to help its military detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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RDM wins new ammunition contracts in 2018

by defenceWeb, 7 Jun, 10:22 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has this year won orders for various artillery components from an international customer worth €28 million.

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Boeing vs Airbus subsidies: ultimately irrelevant?

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 19 Jun, 02:11 PM

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Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands

by Reuters, 19 Jun, 11:51 AM

Americans make up 4 percent of the world’s population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday.

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Rolls-Royce cuts 4,600 jobs at 'pivotal moment' for business

by Reuters, 15 Jun, 11:36 AM

Rolls-Royce is to cut 4,600 jobs over two years in the latest attempt by boss Warren East to reduce costs and complexity and make Britain’s best known engineering company more profitable and dynamic.

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Ethiopian Airlines eyes orders at Farnborough air show

by Reuters, 20 Jun, 12:36 PM

Ethiopian Airlines may decide on possible orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and smaller CSeries or Embraer E2 jets at the Farnborough air show, the African airline’s chief executive said.

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Ten people killed as domestic flight crashes in Kenya

by Reuters, 8 Jun, 10:31 AM

Eight passengers and two pilots were killed when a scheduled domestic flight to Kenya’s capital Nairobi crashed into a mountain late on Tuesday, a senior government official said on Thursday.

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Wreckage of missing Kenya aircraft found

by Reuters, 7 Jun, 11:41 AM

The wreckage of a small passenger plane which went missing flying to Nairobi has been found, a senior government official said.

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Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers in first major attack since ceasefire

by Reuters, 20 Jun, 12:34 PM

Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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Putin says Russia not planning to withdraw from Syria yet

by Reuters, 8 Jun, 11:00 AM

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was not planning to withdraw its forces from Syria for now, and would keep them there for as long as it was in Russia’s interest.

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Afghanistan announces unconditional ceasefire with Taliban after peace meeting

by Reuters, 7 Jun, 10:50 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban until June 20, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting season, but excluded all other militant groups, such as Islamic State.

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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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Helicopter displays, military re-enactments at Voortrekker Monument military fair

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 09:19 AM

The May public holiday has become synonymous with what is Gauteng’s biggest military and history fair and this year is no different.

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The African Peace and Security Architecture – a system for the past or adapting to the future?

by Thomas Mandrup, 12 Apr, 10:22 AM

The African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared to have reached full operational capability (FOC), in four out the five African regions. Full Operational Capability was the conclusion of the so-called Gambari validation report of December 2017, that followed...

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Israeli unmanned boats deliver firepower on the high seas

by Arie Egozi, 20 Jun, 12:27 PM

African states are increasingly confronted by maritime crime and insecurity. One way to address the security of a country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) could be unmanned surface vessels, which are being developed at a rapid pace, including by Israeli companies....

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Nammo unveils ramjet artillery shell

by defenceWeb, 15 Jun, 11:46 AM

Rocket-assisted projectiles (RAP) have been around for decades, but Nammo has gone a step further by using a solid fuel ramjet to reach ranges of over 100km, which requires no modification to the 155mm gun.

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Aardvark Roost holds Little Crow EW conference in Simons Town

by defenceWeb, 13 Jun, 10:26 AM

Electronic warfare (EW) interest group Aardvark Roost held its 16th Mini Aardvark Roost Conference in Simons Town in the Western Cape, where electronic warfare and other electromagnetic spectrum topics came under the spotlight.

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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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Speech by General Hlatshwayo at Rand Show opening

by defenceWeb, 1 Apr, 08:09 AM

Speech by General Barney Hlatshwayo, SANDF Chief of Joint Operations, representing Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, at the opening of the Rand Show on 30 March 2018.

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FF+ leader on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 08:56 AM

FF Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said in a private member’s statement in parliament the wave of farm murders and attacks sweeping the country and particularly the cruelty of these attacks, makes it increasingly urgent for government and specifically the...

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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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Airbus signs contract for Heron TP drones with the German military

by defenceWeb, 14 Jun, 12:12 PM

Airbus and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed an operator agreement for Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) after parliamentary approval was granted on 13 June 2018. This will see...

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Tethered UAV launched in SA

by Guy Martin, 14 Jun, 10:06 AM

South African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions provider Dronetec has launched a tethered UAV for surveillance purposes.

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Award-winning smart drones to take on illegal fishing

by Reuters, 13 Jun, 10:35 AM

Drones guided by artificial intelligence to catch boats netting fish where they shouldn’t were among the winners of a marine protection award on Friday and could soon be deployed to fight illegal fishing, organizers said.

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