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Lack of budget hindering security of SANDF bases, property

by Guy Martin, 19 Jan, 10:15 AM

The shortfall in the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) budget means there is not enough money to acquire required security to physically protect all the military’s units and facilities, the Joint Standing Committee on Defence has heard.

Denel’s ten contracts that make a significant impact on its bottom line

by Guy Martin, 19 Jan, 10:04 AM

State-owned aerospace and defence conglomerate Denel has ten main contracts that make a significant impact on its financial results, including the Badger infantry fighting vehicle, turrets, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aerostructures.

Forty-four fraud and corruption related cases reported in the military

by defenceWeb, 19 Jan, 09:45 AM

That the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), under the leadership of General Solly Shoke, is serious about putting an end to fraud and corruption at all levels is shown by the existence of a directorate whose sole aim is to stop these two crimes.
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Denel’s ten contracts that make a significant impact on its bottom line

by Guy Martin, 19 Jan, 10:04 AM

State-owned aerospace and defence conglomerate Denel has ten main contracts that make a significant impact on its financial results, including the Badger infantry fighting vehicle, turrets, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aerostructures.

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Loan guarantees make sure Denel can pay staff, suppliers

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 10:11 AM

Denel received an emergency government loan guarantee of R580 million in December to pay its 4 000 employees and suppliers and is confident it will pay be able to pay salaries and suppliers in January.

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Denel Vehicle Systems profit up slightly

by defenceWeb, 16 Jan, 10:01 AM

Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) made a slightly better profit, of R110 million, for the 2016/17 financial year compared to the year before that, and signed a number of important contracts, including for armoured vehicles and turrets.

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Innovation is key to African maritime security - Paramount

by Paramount, 18 Jan, 10:13 AM

Africa’s maritime domain is vast, with far-ranging security challenges on an almost individual state basis. Arguing for a blanket solution to all maritime security issues is unrealistic, as it is simply not in the interest of every African country to address...

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Maritime piracy and armed robbery hits 22 year low in 2017 – IMB

by defenceWeb, 11 Jan, 09:20 AM

A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in 2017, according to the latest IMB report.

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Ex Oxide wraps up

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 11:02 AM

The joint Franco/South African naval exercise Oxide off La Reunion has finished with both training and live exercise phases going according to schedule.

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Ugandan Huey deliveries imminent

by Guy Martin, 3 Jan, 09:59 AM

Bell Helicopter will soon deliver five refurbished Huey II helicopters to Uganda’s military, after completing upgrade work on the aircraft.

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Update: Eight injured after Oryx flies through wires

by Dean Wingrin, 10 Dec, 07:45 PM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter that crashed on the N1 highway just outside Cape Town on Sunday morning was transporting a helicopter engine when if flew through newly erected wires.

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Two more refurbished Mi-24s for Senegal

by defenceWeb, 5 Dec, 10:01 AM

Senegal has taken delivery of two more Mi-24 attack helicopters that were refurbished by Poland’s WZL-1 aviation company.

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Airport in Libya's capital shut for third day after clashes

by Reuters, 18 Jan, 10:36 AM

The only functioning airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli remained shut for a third day on Wednesday after fierce clashes between armed groups damaged planes belonging to all four of the airlines that operate there.

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Denel’s A400M component deliveries on track

by defenceWeb, 18 Jan, 10:05 AM

Denel Aerostructures (now part of Denel Aeronautics) successfully delivered all A400M components to Airbus Military as required, and generated R510 million in revenue from these work packages in the 2016/17 financial year.

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Nigerian Air Force receives final Super Mushshak trainers

by defenceWeb, 15 Jan, 10:00 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of the final batch of five Super Mushshak trainer aircraft from Pakistan.

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Lack of budget hindering security of SANDF bases, property

by Guy Martin, 19 Jan, 10:15 AM

The shortfall in the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) budget means there is not enough money to acquire required security to physically protect all the military’s units and facilities, the Joint Standing Committee on Defence has heard. ...

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Forty-four fraud and corruption related cases reported in the military

by defenceWeb, 19 Jan, 09:45 AM

That the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), under the leadership of General Solly Shoke, is serious about putting an end to fraud and corruption at all levels is shown by the existence of a directorate whose sole aim is to stop these two crimes.

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CNavy not ruling out future Navy Festivals

by defenceWeb, 18 Jan, 10:03 AM

SA Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, maintains the cancellation of this year’s Navy Festival is not an indicator the event will not take place again in future.

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USS Ross conducts live-fire exercises with the Royal Moroccan Navy

by US Navy, 19 Jan, 11:25 AM

The United States Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) has taken part in the live-fire exercise African Sea Lion with the Royal Moroccan Navy.

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Ocea delivering patrol boats to Nigeria

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 10:17 AM

French shipyard Ocea is in the process of delivering two FPB 72 patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy.

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Nigeria’s Homeland receives fourth Damen patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 12 Jan, 10:01 AM

Nigeria’s Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited has received a fourth Damen 3307 patrol vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Ivory Coast court sentences former Gbagbo minister to 15 years

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 12:21 PM

A court in Ivory Coast has sentenced a former adviser to ex-President Laurent Gbagbo to 15 years in jail for plotting to overthrow Gbagbo’s successor, President Alassane Ouattara, the defendant’s lawyer said on Friday.

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Zimbabwe ruling party fires 11 Mugabe allies from parliament

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:58 AM

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has fired from parliament 11 allies of former leader Robert Mugabe, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa continues a purge of officials that publicly supported his old boss and wife Grace.

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by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:45 AM

Zimbabwe fired more than 30 senior police commanders as part of cleaning up the image of the force, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported quoting unnamed police sources.

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Delta Avengers to attack oil sector – claim

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 11:42 AM

Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said it will launch attacks on the country’s oil sector in the next few days.

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Explosives seized in Ghana

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 11:04 AM

Police in Ghana seized explosives of various kinds in Accra and are holding three men connected to the substances, regional police command said in a statement.

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Tripoli’s Mitiga airport closed after fighting

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 10:52 AM

Fierce clashes broke out in Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people, shutting the airport and damaging planes during what government said was a failed attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.

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Suspected Boko Haram attack in Niger kills at least 4 soldiers

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 12:17 PM

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least four soldiers and a civilian in an attack on a military post in Niger’s southeastern Diffa region, local officials and two security sources said on Thursday.

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Another farm attack in Western Cape

by defenceWeb, 18 Jan, 10:29 AM

The unwelcome phenomenon of farm attacks and murders is growing in the Western Cape after being largely confined to the country’s northern, eastern and western provinces.

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Cameroon unrest fuels cocoa smuggling

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 11:33 AM

Unrest in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, the central African nation’s cocoa-growing heartland, is fuelling bean smuggling into neighbouring Nigeria, farmers and buyers said.

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Somali authorities say troops rescue 32 children from "terrorist school"

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 12:22 PM

Somali authorities said troops stormed a school run by al Shabaab on Thursday night and rescued 32 children who had been taken as recruits by the Islamist militant group.

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Four dead in suspected Boko Haram attack

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:48 AM

Suspected Boko Haram fighters killed at least four soldiers and a civilian in an attack on a military post in Niger’s Diffa region, local officials and two security sources said.

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Sudan detains media men

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:38 AM

Sudanese authorities detained a Reuters stringer and an AFP reporter covering protests in Khartoum, the external information council, which deals with foreign media organisations, said.

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More than a thousand migrants rescued off Libya

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 11:29 AM

About 1,400 migrants were plucked from over-crowded boats off the coast of Libya, Italy’s coastguard said, with two bodies recovered.

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Migrants die en route to Canary Islands

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 10:57 AM

Seven North African migrants died trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands from Morocco in a small inflatable boat, Spanish authorities said.

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Dozens of migrants arrested in Libya

by Reuters, 12 Jan, 10:41 AM

Authorities in eastern Libya said arrested and said they would deport 81 migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia who escaped from smugglers after failing to reach Europe.

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Britain monitoring South Sudan peace violations

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:51 AM

Britain is monitoring a ceasefire agreed last month between South Sudan’s warring parties and working with regional partners to identify individuals guilty of violations and take action.

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Italy ups military presence in Libya and Niger

by Reuters, 18 Jan, 11:53 AM

Italy’s parliament approved an increased military presence in Libya and the deployment of up to 470 troops in Niger to combat migration and trafficking of people to Europe, many of whom wash up on Italian shores.

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DRC militia uniting against Kabila – UN

by Reuters, 18 Jan, 11:50 AM

Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior UN official told a news conference in Geneva.

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Armscor seeking 107 mm ammunition

by defenceWeb, 11 Jan, 09:58 AM

Armscor is looking to acquire 1 200 rounds of 107 mm ammunition, after issuing a tender for six 107 mm multiple rocket launchers in 2017.

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Innoson to produce vehicles for Nigerian military

by defenceWeb, 10 Jan, 10:01 AM

Nigerian vehicle manufacturer Innoson has signed an agreement to produce armoured vehicles for the Nigerian Army, with 100 to be supplied immediately.

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Inkunzi Strike to be qualified by March

by Guy Martin, 9 Jan, 10:04 AM

The PMP Inkunzi Strike 20x42 mm automatic weapon will be qualified by March this year, allowing for production to proceed.

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HRW says Trump is 'disaster' for human rights, fuels authoritarians

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:03 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump’s record on human rights in his first year in office has been a “disaster” and has encouraged oppression by authoritarian leaders from China to Russia, the head of Human Rights Watch said in an interview on Wednesday.

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Japan issues false alarm over missile launch, days after Hawaii alert gaffe

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 10:51 AM

Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm on Tuesday saying North Korea appeared to have launched a missile and urging people to take shelter, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

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Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

by Reuters, 15 Jan, 11:34 AM

An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii’s residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the “wrong button,” Hawaii’s governor said.

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Drone rescues swimmers in Australia in world first

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:06 AM

A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities said.

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Airline group IATA in talks with Angola over blocked $500 million

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:04 AM

Angola is withholding more than $500 million (£360.64 million) in revenue generated by international airlines in the country, airline lobby IATA said on Thursday.

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by Reuters, 11 Jan, 10:24 AM

Malaysia signed a deal to pay a US seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within 90 days of embarking on a new search in the Southern Indian ocean.

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Syrian army presses offensive in last rebel stronghold of Idlib

by Reuters, 8 Jan, 10:33 AM

Syria’s army and its allies pressed further into the country’s largest remaining rebel stronghold on Sunday, capturing a town and several villages as they approached a military airport, a pro-Damascus media unit and a war monitor reported.

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At least seven Russian planes destroyed by shelling at Syrian air base

by Reuters, 4 Jan, 10:57 AM

At least seven Russian planes were destroyed by rebel shelling at the Hmeymim air base in Syria on Dec. 31, Russian daily Kommersant reported late on Wednesday, citing two sources.

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What has brought Iranian protesters onto the streets?

by Reuters, 2 Jan, 12:22 PM

Iran is stepping up a crackdown against anti-government protests that pose the most audacious challenge to its clerical leadership since 2009. Following are factors that have brought Iranians to the streets and the challenges the authorities face.

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Soldiers to the rescue

by Africa Defense Forum, 23 Nov, 12:54 PM

For years, when countries needed their armed forces’ help during natural disasters, the philosophy was “last in, first out” — don’t use them except as a last resort, and use them as little as possible. But that thinking is at odds with the need for a...

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Feature: Cyber and electronic warfare an increasing global challenge

by Guy Martin, 9 Nov, 10:11 AM

Cyber and electronic attacks are increasingly factors in warfare, such as the sabotaging of Iran’s nuclear facilities and the attack on the Ukraine’s electricity grid. This, according to defence analyst Helmoed Romer Heitman, begs the question of when is an...

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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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Lebanese security agency turns smartphone into selfie spycam

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:00 AM

Lebanon’s intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers, researchers say.

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Boeing unveils prototype for unmanned electric cargo air vehicle

by defenceWeb, 11 Jan, 10:33 AM

Boeing on Wednesday unveiled a prototype for an unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing cargo air vehicle (CAV) that the planemaker said will be used to test its autonomous technology.

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Are the USA’s electromagnetic guns going off the rails?

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 2 Jan, 11:16 AM

Beginning 2005, the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) started development of an electro magnetic railgun (EMRG). Using magnetic fields to accelerate a projectile instead of chemical propellant, the futuristic weapons held promises of launching projectiles...

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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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Project Koba-Tlala steadily ticking off objectives

by defenceWeb, 16 Jan, 10:01 AM

Ten objectives of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) ambitious contribution to government’s National Development Plan via Project Koba-Tlala have been achieved to date.

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Confusion over Turkey’s naval dock plan in Sudan

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 3 Jan, 09:54 AM

It remains unclear as to whether or not Turkey will build a naval dock at Suakin in Sudan, as Turkey has denied initial reports about naval facilities at the historic port.

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Russian military working on deal to use Egypt air bases

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 09:59 AM

Russia’s government published a draft agreement between Russian and Egypt on Thursday allowing both countries to use each other’s air space and air bases for their military planes.

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  • 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%)...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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