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Defence Committee chair denies allegations of laziness The co-chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, Malusi Motimele, has denied allegations of laziness among Committee members and maintains the Committee is processing the Defence Review “within the necessary framework and with the necessary urgency”.
Piracy dropping but kidnapping increasing in Gulf of Guinea

by Dean Wingrin, 29 Jan, 10:02 AM

The number of piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea in 2014 dropped by 18% compared to the year before but 2014 saw a major increase in the number of attacks that resulted in crew kidnapping, according to a new report.
Armscor planning to appoint permanent CEO Armscor is keeping its card close to the chest as far as the appointment of a permanent chief executive is concerned.
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Feature: Gerotek for tailor-made vehicle testing facilities and driver courses

Gerotek has come a long way from its initial tasking of being a testing ground for military vehicles.

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Top 100 arms companies saw sales fall in 2013 – SIPRI

by defenceWeb, 6 Jan, 10:00 AM

The 100 largest arms companies saw sales dip 2% in 2013 to $402 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which noted this was the third consecutive year of decline.

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Rippel Effect producing more IGS-4S sights for Colombia

by defenceWeb, 10 Dec, 09:29 AM

South African company Rippel Effect Systems has landed another contract for IGS-4S day/night sights for the Colombian Army which has now standardised on this item of equipment from Rippel for all its cavalry requirements.

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Piracy dropping but kidnapping increasing in Gulf of Guinea

by Dean Wingrin, 29 Jan, 10:02 AM

The number of piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea in 2014 dropped by 18% compared to the year before but 2014 saw a major increase in the number of attacks that resulted in crew kidnapping, according to a new report.

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Libya returns fuel tanker to rival government

by Reuters, 28 Jan, 10:39 AM

Libya's recognised government has released a tanker forced to dock at a port under its control after originally banning it from delivering fuel to its rival administration, a port official said on Tuesday.

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Chinese anti-piracy frigate docks in Djibouti

by defenceWeb, 28 Jan, 09:20 AM

The guided missile frigate Linyi from the Chinese Navy’s 19th anti-piracy escort task force has docked in Djibouti for a five day replenishment and recuperation stop.

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Two pilots injured in Angolan Alouette III crash

by defenceWeb, 27 Jan, 07:26 AM

Both occupants of an Angolan Air Force Alouette III survived the crash of their aircraft during a display marking the 39th anniversary of the Air Force on January 21.

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Kenyan government probes breakdown of police Air Wing helicopters

by Oscar Nkala, 23 Jan, 09:45 AM

All six helicopters belonging to the Kenyan Police Air Wing have reportedly been grounded, with three having broken down over the past few years due to lack of spare parts while the last operational helicopter was written off in a crash last year.

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Global military helicopters market growing in spite of challenges – report

by Frost & Sullivan, 4 Dec, 10:08 AM

The global military helicopters market will grow from $25.43 billion in 2013 to $33.37 billion in 2023 in spite of reduced budgets and the adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a new report.

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Botswana Police Service orders three AS350s

by defenceWeb, 27 Jan, 10:02 AM

Botswana’s Police Service yesterday signed a contract for three AS350 Squirrels from Airbus Helicopters, for delivery later this year, as well as training for pilots and mechanics.

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Dutch Apaches strike Mali rebels

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 21 Jan, 10:24 AM

Dutch AH-64 Apache attack helicopters with the United Nations carried out air strikes on Tuareg rebel forces in northern Mali on Tuesday, the first such engagement by Dutch forces serving in the UN mission in Mali.

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Egypt interested in purchasing Rafale fighters, FREMM frigates

by defenceWeb, 20 Jan, 10:12 AM

Egypt is interested in procuring 20 Rafale fighter jets as well as two FREMM frigates from France in a potential deal worth nearly six billion euros.

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Defence Committee chair denies allegations of laziness

The co-chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, Malusi Motimele, has denied allegations of laziness among Committee members and maintains the Committee is processing the Defence Review “within the necessary framework and with the necessary urgency”....

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Armscor planning to appoint permanent CEO

Armscor is keeping its card close to the chest as far as the appointment of a permanent chief executive is concerned.

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Defence Review short-changed time-wise by Parliamentary committee

There does not appear to be any real urgency regarding the Defence Review and its need to progress through the Parliamentary process enabling at least a start to be made on reversing the downward spiral of the South African military.

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Four German warships steaming to South Africa for Exercise Good Hope

The German Navy commitment to the 2015 edition of Exercise Good Hope is not confined to three frigates and a fleet auxiliary vessel. Its Chief, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, will also be in Simon’s Town for part of the bi-national exercise.

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Exercise Good Hope Six starts on March 2

In a month's time German warships will steam into Simon’s Town ahead of this year’s Exercise Good Hope, the joint German/South African military exercise now in its sixth iteration.

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CMN launches Mozambique’s first Ocean Eagle patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 23 Jan, 09:59 AM

French shipyard CMN yesterday launch the first of three Ocean Eagle 43 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for Mozambique.

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Egypt, Syria, Iraq used 2014 turmoil to abuse rights

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 12:37 PM

The governments of Egypt, Syria and Iraq used real and perceived security threats in 2014 as an excuse to downplay or abandon the rights of their citizens, which ultimately fuelled crises, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday.

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Egypt confirms jail terms for leading liberal activists

by Reuters, 28 Jan, 08:31 AM

An Egyptian court upheld three-year jail sentences on Tuesday for three prominent liberal activists, judicial sources said, after days of violence around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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DR Congo parliament passes election law stripped of census requirement

by Reuters, 26 Jan, 09:43 AM

Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament gave final approval on Sunday to an electoral law shorn of a controversial provision that risked delaying a vote due in 2016 and had triggered days of deadly protests.

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Military installations not classified as National Key Points

Now that National Key Points are in the public domain the total lack of any military facilities or installations on the list reinforces the notion that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is the responsible organisation when it comes to securing its own.

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Spain arrests four in swoop of suspected militant cell in north Africa

by Reuters, 26 Jan, 08:55 AM

Police in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta arrested four men on Saturday suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist network that may have been planning an attack in Spain, the interior ministry said.

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National Key Points made public

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s decision not to appeal a South Gauteng High Court ruling means South Africans can, as from today, know what and where the National Key Points are.

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Suicide blast kills at least five people in north Mali: sources

by Reuters, 28 Jan, 11:16 AM

A suicide attack in the disputed north Malian town of Tabankort killed at least five people overnight, according to two Tuareg rebel sources on Wednesday.

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Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital

by Reuters, 28 Jan, 08:19 AM

Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people, including foreigners, before blowing themselves up with a grenade.

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Car bomb at hotel in Libyan capital kills 3 guards

by Reuters, 27 Jan, 11:46 AM

A car bomb exploded outside a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday, killing three guards, a security official said.

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Misrata feels economic pinch as Libyan infighting spreads

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 11:49 AM

A power struggle between two rival governments that threatens to tear Libya apart has started to take its toll on Misrata, an important shipping and industrial hub that had shrugged off the turmoil until now.

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MSF in Sudan to pull out of war-torn Blue Nile, parts of Darfur

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 11:43 AM

The Brussels-based section of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) will pull out of war-torn parts of Sudan due to a lack of cooperation from authorities, the medical charity said on Thursday, as the country sees an uptick in violence.

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Sudan rebels to free Bulgarian aid workers this week

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 11:26 AM

Six Bulgarian aid workers detained by Sudanese rebels after their helicopter made an emergency landing in a war-torn part of Sudan are expected to be freed on Thursday or Friday at the latest, the aircraft's operator said.

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Senegal reopens land border with Ebola-hit Guinea

by Reuters, 27 Jan, 10:59 AM

Senegal reopened on Monday its land border with Guinea, the Interior Ministry said, five months after closing transport links in August to prevent the spread of the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

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Rhino poaching continues apace

by defenceWeb, 23 Jan, 10:13 AM

Environment Minister Edna Molewa’s acknowledgement that rhino poaching figures remain “worryingly high” looks set to re-occur again this year with no less than 49 kills recorded in the first 22 days of the year.

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Malta rescues 80 migrants, 20 feared dead

by Reuters, 22 Jan, 11:10 AM

A Maltese patrol boat rescued about 80 migrants in a drifting dinghy off the island early on Thursday, but another 20 people were feared to have perished.

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U.N. says plans future Libya talks within country

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 12:28 PM

Libya's warring factions who operate rival governments have agreed "in principle" to hold future talks to end the crisis in Libya, moving the negotiations away from Geneva, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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Central African Republic government says rejects ceasefire deal

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 11:18 AM

The government of Central African Republic said on Thursday it rejected a ceasefire deal made in Kenya between two militia groups aimed at ending more than a year of clashes and attacks in which thousands have died.

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Amnesty calls for U.N. sanctions, war crimes probe in Libya

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 10:58 AM

Rights group Amnesty International called on Wednesday for targeted U.N. sanctions and investigations into possible war crimes in Libya to end a cycle of abductions and summary killings by rival armed factions.

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French VBCI armoured vehicles supporting Sangaris force in CAR

by defenceWeb, 28 Jan, 09:57 AM

The French army has deployed 16 VBCI wheeled armoured vehicles to support its forces in the Central African Republic (CAR), where it says the vehicle is proving highly effective for asymmetric operations.

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Algerian army clears 758 607 anti-personnel mines and unexploded ordnance in 10 years

by Oscar Nkala, 27 Jan, 12:16 PM

The Algerian People's National Army (PNA) says it has destroyed a total of 758 607 anti-personnel mines and land-mines along the country's eastern and western borders in the decade between 2004 and December 2014.

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Uganda and Burundi to get ex-US MRAPs

by Africom/defenceWeb, 22 Jan, 09:52 AM

Uganda and Burundi will both receive mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) armoured vehicles from the United States, and these will replace its Casspirs used for peacekeeping operations.

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Dozens held across Europe in Islamist suspect sweeps

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 11:48 AM

Belgian, French and German police interrogated dozens of Islamist suspects on Friday as much of Europe remained on heightened security alert after last week's killings in Paris and raids in Belgium in which two gunmen were killed.

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Conflict trumps economy as top risk to world in Davos survey

by Reuters, 15 Jan, 11:05 AM

The risk of international conflict is now the biggest threat facing countries and businesses in the coming decade, trumping concerns about the economy, the World Economic Forum said on Thursday.

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French forces kill newspaper attack suspects, hostages die in second siege

by Reuters, 12 Jan, 11:15 AM

Two brothers wanted for a bloody attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed on Friday when anti-terrorist police stormed their hideout, while a second siege ended with the deaths of four hostages.

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Turkey, Lebanon restart Baghdad flights after shooting, Gulf waits

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 12:21 PM

Turkish Airlines and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines (MEA) resumed flights to Baghdad on Thursday after halting them earlier in the week when bullets hit a plane as it was landing in the Iraqi capital.

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French co-pilot flying AirAsia jet before crash: investigators

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 11:33 AM

The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls just before the accident, Indonesia's lead investigator said on Thursday.

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Libyan carrier halts flights after crew killed in Tripoli hotel attack

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 10:49 AM

Libyan carrier Buraq Airlines said on Wednesday it had suspended all flights for two days after one of its air crews was killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli.

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Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

by Reuters, 29 Jan, 11:29 AM

Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one.

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Battles continue outside Syria's Kobani after Kurds claim victory

by Reuters, 28 Jan, 10:35 AM

Kurdish forces battled Islamic State fighters outside Kobani on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, a day after Kurds said they had taken full control of the northern Syrian town following a four-month battle.

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Sunni officials in Iraq say Shi'ite militias kill 70 after IS rollback

by Reuters, 27 Jan, 11:38 AM

Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province accused Shi'ite militias on Monday of killing more than 70 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Islamic State militants.

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Skirl of the pipes and cannon fire at the Cape Town tattoo

by defenceWeb, 5 Nov, 09:41 AM

Starting tomorrow the Castle will again host the annual Cape Town Military Tattoo, a spectacular event showcasing military bands and intricate drill manoeuvres all culminating with a real bang.

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Freedom Park and Voortrekker Monument combine to remember soldiers

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 11:49 AM

Another step on the reconciliation road takes place on Sunday with a joint memorial service at Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

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Defence Review 2014 – The Defence Industry

by Helmoed Heitman, 2 Apr, 09:34 AM

An important element of the Defence Review is its consideration of the defence industry which is needed to define the capability actually required and how best to support that capability, to provide a policy as the basis for a defence industry strategy that can...

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Dozens of Chinese held in Kenyan cyber crime investigation

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 10:13 AM

More than 70 Chinese nationals have been detained by Kenyan police investigating allegations of cyber crime, operating private radio services and being in the country illegally, their lawyers said on Friday.

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Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 01:05 PM

Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.

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Airbus supports SA research into hydrogen fuel cells

by Dean Wingrin, 3 Sep, 11:05 AM

A signing ceremony was held on Tuesday to launch a joint research project to investigate the performance properties of hydrogen fuel cells on future Airbus commercial jetliners.

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SACAA draft regulations on UAVs/RPAs

by Guy Martin, 15 Jan, 10:21 AM

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has released draft regulations regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/remotely piloted vehicles (RPAs) in South African airspace. Click here to view the regulation document.

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NCACC 2014 third quarter report

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 09:37 AM

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), in its third quarter report for 2014, has released details of South African arms imports and exports. Click here to read the report.

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Defence minister’s 6th annual women’s parade address

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 12:59 PM

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed over a thousand female South African National Defence Force personnel during the 2014 Women’s Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop on 29 August.

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US negotiating with Spain to have permanent Marine force for Africa

by Reuters, 26 Jan, 10:04 AM

Spain has started negotiating with the United States to increase the number of US troops at an air base in the south of the country and host a permanent US Marine intervention force for Africa.

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130 new vehicles for Gauteng police

by SANews, 22 Jan, 09:47 AM

The 130 new police vehicles in Gauteng will improve service delivery, help police reach crime scenes and also help combat crimes such as armed robberies of residences, businesses and hijacking, says National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

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Desert Wolf selling mobile field kitchens to Namibian military

by Reuters, 19 Jan, 10:04 AM

The Namibia Defence Force (NDF) has ordered six mobile field kitchens from Desert Wolf and is seeking more, while the company is offering its field kitchens to meet a massive South African National Defence Force (SANDF) requirement.

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Fact Files

  • 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%)...
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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: 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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