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Using the SANDF to fight crime is a bad idea

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 10:03 AM

Another voice has been added to those saying it’s not a good move to deploy soldiers to fight crime alongside the police.
Border Management Authority, Defence Review need larger budget

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 18 Oct, 10:01 AM

The South African National Defence Force’s involvement in the planned Border Management Authority, BMA, and the implementation of the 2015 Defence Review, call for an enlarged budget, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said yesterday.

Mechem making a mark with demining in Turkey

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 10:00 AM

Mechem demining teams lifted more than 23 000 landmines over an eight-month period on Turkey’s eastern border - a task regarded as one of the most significant achievements yet in the field of humanitarian demining.
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SA defence industry performance declined in 2016/17 – Armscor CEO

by defenceWeb, 17 Oct, 09:57 AM

The 2016/17 financial year was, according to Armscor chief executive Kevin Wakeford, one in which there was “a significant and concerning decline” in the performance of the local defence industry.

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Clean audit again for Armscor

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:02 AM

Armscor has again achieved a clean audit report with no qualifications from the Auditor-General.

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South African defence needs to be prioritised

by Guy Martin, 13 Oct, 09:59 AM

The South African defence sector needs to be given higher priority and allocated more funding in order to drive innovation, economic growth and transformation, according to Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford.

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Pirates still active off Nigeria

by defenceWeb, 17 Oct, 10:00 AM

One hundred and twenty-one incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of the year, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has said in its latest report.

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UK provides regional training in the protection of marine resources

by Dean Wingrin, 16 Oct, 09:59 AM

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has just completed a week long regional training course in Cape Town focused on the theme of ‘Protecting the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).’

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A Nautic Sentinel patrol vessel survives a pirate attack off Nigeria

by defenceWeb, 11 Oct, 12:28 PM

A 35 metre Sentinel patrol vessel designed and built by Cape Town-based Nautic Africa withstood a pirate attack off the coast of Nigeria at the end of September that involved taking fire from AK-47 assault rifles.

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Togo to receive ex-French Gazelles?

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 01:15 PM

Togo may receive five ex-French Army Gazelle helicopters as the procurement process is being reviewed by the French government.

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US conducts UH-1 training for Burkina Faso

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 11:44 AM

The United States Air Force’s (USAF’s) 811th Operations Support Squadron has provided UH-1 helicopter training to members of the Burkina Faso air force after the West African country received two UH-1Hs from Taiwan.

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22 Squadron douses fire in Camps Bay

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 10:00 AM

Thick vegetation and a fire fanned by strong winds saw the firefighting abilities of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) 22 Squadron called into action and tested on Wednesday near Cape Town.

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French military charter plane crashes

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:36 AM

Four Moldovan citizens were killed and two others injured when a cargo plane chartered by the French military crashed into the sea near the airport in Abidjan, Ivorian and French officials said.

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Angola receives maritime surveillance aircraft from Israel

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 09:55 AM

The Angolan Air Force is operating a Cessna Citation jet configured by Israel’s BIRD Aerosystems for the maritime surveillance role.

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Marlin missile making swift progress

by Guy Martin, 13 Oct, 10:10 AM

The Denel Dynamics Marlin missile is at an advanced stage of development, with test flights of the 100 km range radar-guided weapon having already been carried out.

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SANDF Prestige Week

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 09:54 AM

Next week is SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Prestige Week the fifth of its kind where enhancing social cohesion is the major aim.

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Sexual abuse and exploitation guidance integral to SANDF training

SEA (sexual exploitation and abuse) guidance ahead of and during all SA National Defence Force (SANDF) deployments, internally and continentally, is an integral component of training.

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SA Military Ombud to host 10th international ombud conference

by defenceWeb, 11 Oct, 08:51 AM

South Africa will be the first country in Africa to host the 10th International Conference of Ombud Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF), which will take place from 30 September to October 2018.

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Ghana and Ivory Coast act om maritime border dispute

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 11:28 AM

Ghana and Ivory Coast have set up a body to implement an international tribunal ruling on their dispute over a border running through multi-billion dollar offshore oilfields, the countries said in a statement.

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French frigate Floreal damaged by Durban storm

by defenceWeb, 17 Oct, 10:00 AM

The French Navy’s surveillance frigate FS Floreal, docked in the port of Durban, was damaged by the recent storm in KwaZulu-Natal, which resulted in a cargo ship colliding with the vessel.

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New Navy hydrographic vessel represents a R1.8 billion investment – Zuma

by defenceWeb, 9 Oct, 10:06 AM

The Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), President Jacob Zuma, has confirmed the investment detail of at least one of the new hull acquisitions for the SA Navy.

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Kenya election official quits and flees

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 11:14 AM

A top Kenyan election commissioner quit and fled the country a week before a re-run of the presidential vote, citing political intimidation and saying the election would be a “mockery” of democracy.

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by Reuters, 18 Oct, 10:20 AM

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga decided not to stand in next week’s presidential election to avoid defeat rather than for reasons of principle, the deputy president said on Tuesday.

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SA state security minister reshuffled to energy, Zuma confidant over nuclear deal

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 10:16 AM

South African President Jacob Zuma made a close associate energy minister on Tuesday as his government tries to push through a big nuclear deal but his sacking of another minister was seen undermining his ANC party’s ruling alliance.

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West and Central African police meet to counter escalating terror threat

by defenceWeb, 17 Oct, 11:21 AM

With Central and West Africa combating some of the world’s deadliest terrorist organisations Interpol brought police chiefs and counter-terrorism experts from the regions together to help streamline and enhance ongoing law enforcement efforts.

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Militants kill five in Sinai attack

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:14 AM

Three policemen, a security guard and a civilian were killed and a number of other people injured in an attack by militants in Egypt’s North Sinai province the interior ministry said.

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The off switch: African rulers’ weapon against web-based dissent

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:01 AM

Rapidly expanding access to the internet across Africa is helping grassroots opposition movements take on once-invulnerable regimes. Many entrenched rulers have a simple response: pull the plug.

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Somali police open fire to break up protest against bombing

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 10:36 AM

Somali police opened fire to prevent protesters demonstrating against last weekend’s deadly bombings from accessing the site of the attack, witnesses and the emergency response service said.

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Using the SANDF to fight crime is a bad idea

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 10:03 AM

Another voice has been added to those saying it’s not a good move to deploy soldiers to fight crime alongside the police.

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Nairobi protesters dispersed with teargas

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:16 AM

Kenyan police used tear gas to disperse opposition protesters in Nairobi and another city as demonstrations against a presidential vote re-run continued despite a government ban.

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Gaddafi son in good health – family lawyer

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 11:25 AM

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the prominent son of the former Libyan leader, is in good health and is following the political situation in Libya from his base inside the country, a Gaddafi family lawyer said.

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Missing Biafra separatist fails to appear in court

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 11:20 AM

The leader of a group calling for the secession of the Nigerian territory formerly known as Biafra did not appear at a court hearing raising concern among supporters who say they haven’t seen him in weeks.

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Chaotic response to Somali bomb cost lives

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 11:17 AM

Medics helping victims of a huge bomb explosion in Mogadishu that killed more than 300 people say Somalia’s threadbare emergency services have been pushed beyond their limit.

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Migrants and refugees live under deplorable conditions in Libya – UN

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 11:30 AM

Following weeks of conflict in western Libya United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of more than 14,000 refugees and migrants held captive at numerous locations in Sabratha, west of Tripoli.

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Migrants rescued by Tunisian navy

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 11:12 AM

Tunisia’s navy rescued almost 100 migrants from a sinking boat off its southeast coast hours after eight people being smuggled to Europe drowned in the same stretch of water.

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Border Management Authority, Defence Review need larger budget

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 18 Oct, 10:01 AM

The South African National Defence Force’s involvement in the planned Border Management Authority, BMA, and the implementation of the 2015 Defence Review, call for an enlarged budget, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said...

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South Sudan opposition groups meet in Kenya

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:08 AM

South Sudanese opposition groups tried to forge a united front on Monday ahead of an expected resumption of peace talks, in the first such meeting since the start of their country’s civil war nearly four years ago, attendees told Reuters.

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DR Congo elected to UN human rights body

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:05 AM

Democratic Republic of Congo was among 15 countries elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year term this week, a move criticised by Britain, the United States and rights groups after the vote by the 193-member General Assembly.

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ISS: Is business trumping peace efforts in Libya?

by ISS Africa, 16 Oct, 11:15 AM

A few weeks ahead of the crucial 5th African Union (AU)-European Union (EU) summit in Abidjan at the end of November, most officials on both sides are aware of the many potentially explosive issues in the relationship between these two organisations.

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Mechem making a mark with demining in Turkey

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 10:00 AM

Mechem demining teams lifted more than 23 000 landmines over an eight-month period on Turkey’s eastern border - a task regarded as one of the most significant achievements yet in the field of humanitarian demining.

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US Defence Secretary on Niger ambush

by Reuters, 12 Oct, 11:13 AM

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the military was looking into what changes, if any, should be made after an ambush in Niger saw four US soldiers killed.

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DoD wants to put Africa Truck into production

by Guy Martin, 2 Oct, 10:01 AM

The South African Department of Defence (DoD) aims to put Denel’s Africa Truck into production from next year for the South African Army.

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Drone hits commercial airliner in Canada, no injuries

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:09 AM

A drone hit an airplane landing at a Quebec City airport this week, the first time an unmanned flying object has collided with commercial aircraft in Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Sunday.

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Inventor of 'bump stock' spent years fighting for device, and lost

by Reuters, 9 Oct, 11:24 AM

The Florida inventor who designed the first “bump stock,” nearly two decades before the Las Vegas gunman used one to massacre 58 people on Sunday, never made a dime off of his creation.

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Japan to show off new heavy lift military plane in search for first overseas arms sale

by Reuters, 6 Oct, 12:47 PM

Japan’s air force said on Friday it will send its new C-2 long-range heavy lift military cargo plane overseas for the first time to show it off to potential buyers in the Middle East and New Zealand.

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Fighting shuts down Libya’s Mitiga airport

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 11:22 AM

Civilian flights were suspended for several hours at the Libyan capital’s Mitiga airport on Monday and Tuesday as rival armed groups clashed nearby, a spokesman said.

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St Helena airport finally opens

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 10:22 AM

The British island of St. Helena, home to what critics called “the world’s most useless airport”, welcomed its first commercial flight on 14 October.

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Southern African airlines face crippling skills shortage

by defenceWeb, 13 Oct, 12:39 PM

Airlines in southern Africa will face a potentially crippling shortage of skills and failure to hit employee transformation targets if governments do not fix basic and tertiary education, the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has cautioned.

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Kurds abandon territory in the face of Iraq government advance

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 10:31 AM

The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.

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Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 10:25 AM

U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle.

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Iraqi forces size Kirkuk in bold advance

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:18 AM

Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held city Kirkuk, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country.

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Feature: Botswana’s Gripen plan highlights need for a defence white paper

by William M Wyatt, 5 Oct, 02:12 PM

Gaborone’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Swedish-built Gripen multi-role jet fighters has drawn sharp criticisms from security analysts, foreign press and domestic political opposition within Botswana.

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Armscor centre offers unique insights into defective munitions

Sited in Pretoria’s secluded Salvokop and close to the headquarters of the SA Army, is a collection of ammunition and associated equipment with a difference – it’s all defective to a greater or lesser extent.

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Feature: Protecting South Africa’s vital external interests

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 7 Aug, 10:18 AM

South Africa has external interests that are important or vital to the economy, some vulnerable to disruption and requiring protection commensurate with risk and threat levels that may arise in the future.

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Hypersonic missile nonpropliferation

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 10 Oct, 12:05 PM

Late last month, Richard H. Speier, George Nacouzi, Carrie A. Lee, Richard M. Moore – researchers from the prestigious RAND Corporation International Security and Defense Policy Centre - published a new report urging the United States to cooperate with China...

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South Africa pushing cyber defence

by defenceWeb, 6 Oct, 10:02 AM

The CSIR and Denel have – and are – progressing on various aspects of South Africa’s ability to defend itself from cyberattacks, an area the Department of Defence (DoD) has allocated R72 million to over the medium term.

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Safran hopes new fuel-efficient jet engine can reshape air travel

by Reuters, 4 Oct, 12:03 PM

French aero engine maker Safran unveiled a new engine prototype on Tuesday that would radically cut fuel consumption, potentially reshaping air travel from 2030.

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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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Mapisa-Nqakula on defence budget vote

by defenceWeb, 25 Jun, 12:33 PM

Introduction of the debate on the defence and military veterans budget vote 2017 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister For Defence And Military Veterans, 25 May 2017, Parliament, Cape Town.

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Mapisa-Nqakula on International Peacekeeper's Day

by defenceWeb, 31 May, 10:30 AM

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula speaking notes on the occasion of International Peacekeepers' Day, 29 May 2017, De Brug Military Base, Bloemfontein.

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First phase of Project Teamster almost done

by Guy Martin, 12 Oct, 10:07 AM

The first phase of Project Teamster, for 15 person field cooking units for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is almost complete, while contract negotiations are underway for the second phase, for 50 and the 200 man field kitchen systems.

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French A400M flies first operational mission to Niger

by defenceWeb, 5 Oct, 01:30 PM

A French air force A400M transport aircraft has carried out its first operational mission to Niger, carrying helicopters, freight and personnel directly from France onto a semi-prepared dirt landing strip.

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The SANDF and the National Development Plan

South Africa’s soldiers have been tasked to assist not only with rural development but also to be meaningful contributors to the National Development Plan (NDP).

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  • SANDF Medals and Decorations The medals and decorations list of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) currently numbers 66, of which 52 are for acts of bravery, valour and other meritorious deeds performed before April 2003. The remaining...
  • 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%)...
  • Fact file: SA defence exports, 2010 The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) in 2010 approved the following export permits:  
  • Fact file: G6 L45 self-propelled towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing two G6 L45 and having an additional 41 in store....
  • Fact file: Denel FV2 Bateleur Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) The FV2 Bateleur is the standard multiple launch rocket system (MLRS)of the South African Artillery. Development and production started after the end of the 1966-1989 Namibian “Border War” and the...
  • 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...
  • Fact file: Military rank The origin of military rank makes for interesting reading, both in terms of the hierarchy (if a major is senior to a lieutenant, why is a major general junior to a lieutenant general?) and in terms of...
  • 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...
  • Fact file: M40A1 recoilless rifle The M40 was developed in the 1950s as a lightweight, portable, crew-served 105mm antitank weapon. It has served the South African infantry for many years as a direct-fire weapon and is issued in units...
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