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Egypt receives ten Apaches

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:00 AM

After delivery was suspended for many months, the Egyptian Air Force has finally received ten Boeing Apache attack helicopters from the United States.
Angolan military expenditure to top $13 billion by 2019

by Oscar Nkala, 28 Nov, 10:00 AM

Angola's military and defence expenditure will increase from the current $6.5 billion to $13 billion by 2019 due to increased demand for border security equipment, fighter jets, multi-role aircraft, helicopters, navy vessels and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Minister maintains military veterans are a good story in spite of challenges

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 09:53 AM

The Department of Military Veterans’ (DMV) annual report for 1013/14 makes no bones about pushing government’s “good story to tell” line with Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s foreword highlighting new institutional and policy arrangements “dedicated to service military veterans”.
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Paramount unveils canine training school

by Guy Martin, 27 Nov, 10:05 AM

The Paramount Group yesterday showcased its dog school for the first time, which trains tracker/sniffer dogs and their handlers for anti-poaching operations, especially for the protection of rhinos in the Kruger National Park.

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Reutech launches book on radar in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 09:03 AM

Reutech Radar Systems yesterday launched a new book detailing the history of radar in South Africa and 25 years of Reutech Radar Systems.

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition and North-West University establish explosives training courses

by Guy Martin, 14 Nov, 10:31 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) and the North-West University (NWU) yesterday signed a cooperation agreement for explosives training, paving the way for the launch of internationally recognised courses in Explosives Engineering.

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Ivory Coast seizes two Chinese trawlers in fishing dispute

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:42 PM

Ivory Coast has seized two Chinese trawlers accused of fishing illegally offshore the West African country, a senior Ivorian navy source said on Thursday.

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EU Naval Force, IMO warn of continued, although diminished, piracy threat

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 08:37 AM

Somali-based piracy remains a threat to international shipping and there is no room for complacency where pirates are concerned, according to the European Union Naval Force and International Maritime Organisation.

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EU Nafor warship trains with Tanzanian Navy

by EU Navfor, 25 Nov, 08:10 AM

On 19 and 20 November, during her recent port visit to Dar Es Salam, EU Naval Force warship BNS Leopold I hosted members of the Tanzanian Navy in support of EUCAP Nestor’s initiative to conduct Local Maritime Capability Building.

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First Nigerian VIP AW101 delivered

by defenceWeb, 18 Nov, 10:13 AM

AgustaWestland has delivered the first of two AW101 VIP helicopters to the Nigerian Air Force, using a massive An-124 transport aircraft.

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Two new Rwandan Mi-17s deploying to South Sudan

by defenceWeb, 17 Nov, 10:13 AM

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) air wing has taken delivery of two new Mil Mi-17 helicopters and says they will be deployed to provide airlift and troop support services to the Rwandan contingent deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)....

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Three killed in Nigeria military helicopter crash

by Reuters, 14 Nov, 02:01 PM

A Nigerian military helicopter crashed and exploded on Thursday, killing all three crew on board in the northeast region of the country where the army is battling Boko Haram Islamist insurgents, the army and witnesses said.

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Egypt receives ten Apaches

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:00 AM

After delivery was suspended for many months, the Egyptian Air Force has finally received ten Boeing Apache attack helicopters from the United States.

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RAF gets its first A400M

by UK MoD, 28 Nov, 09:21 AM

The first of the UK’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft was this week officially unveiled by the MOD at its new home at RAF Brize Norton.

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Libyan PM says government responsible for bombing Tripoli airport

by Reuters, 26 Nov, 04:16 PM

Libya's internationally-recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government's air force was responsible for strikes on the airport of the capital Tripoli, controlled by a rival administration, a statement said on Tuesday.

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Minister maintains military veterans are a good story in spite of challenges

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 09:53 AM

The Department of Military Veterans’ (DMV) annual report for 1013/14 makes no bones about pushing government’s “good story to tell” line with Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s foreword highlighting new institutional and policy arrangements “dedicated...

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Department of Defence regresses in Auditor-General’s opinion

The Department of Defence (DoD) has been given a qualified audit opinion by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu.

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Seriti Commission costs could rise to over R100 million

According to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services the Seriti Commission has cost the taxpayer over R83 million to the end of September.

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SAS RAND foundation stone to be unveiled this week

by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 10:18 AM

This Thursday will see a low key, but important, ceremony at the Ditsong Museum of Military History in Johannesburg to commemorate a new permanent home for a foundation stone steeped in South African naval history.

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Exercise Cutlass Express planning in Simon’s town

by defenceWeb/Africom, 24 Nov, 09:59 AM

The finalisation of plans for Exercise Cutlass Express 2015 took place at the headquarters of the SA Navy fleet, Simon’s town, last week.

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New Algerian landing platform dock preparing to sail home in April 2015

by defenceWeb, 21 Nov, 10:12 AM

The Algerian Navy’s new landing platform dock (LPD) Kalaat Beni Abbes is undergoing training and working up of its crew with the Italian Navy ahead of its delivery voyage to Algeria in April 2015.

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Namibia's ruling party seen winning Africa's first electronic vote

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:46 PM

Namibians voted on Friday in Africa's first electronic election that is expected see the SWAPO party to extend its 24-year rule as people in the mineral-rich country seek stability in the face of a global commodities downturn.

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Struggle over Libya's oil risks breaking up country -rival PM

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:13 PM

Libya's self-proclaimed prime minister has warned that attempts by a rival government in the east to assert control over the oil industry could escalate the political conflict dividing the OPEC member state and force it to break in two.

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France warns African leaders against trying to keep power

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:06 PM

French President Francois Hollande warned African leaders on Thursday against trying to modify constitutions to stay in power and said they should learn from the forced departure of Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaore.

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Egypt plans blanket anti-terrorism law against 'disrupting order'

by Reuters, 27 Nov, 05:12 PM

Egypt's cabinet approved on Wednesday a draft anti-terrorism law that would give the government blanket power to ban groups on charges ranging from harming national unity to disrupting public order.

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ISS: Why Project Coast still matters

by ISS Africa, 26 Nov, 04:42 PM

A disciplinary hearing of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) recently found Dr Wouter Basson guilty of unethical conduct for work he did as head of the apartheid state’s chemical and biological warfare programme.

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UN South Sudan mission to stay on until May next year

by defenceWeb/UN, 26 Nov, 10:23 AM

Yet another indicator of Africa’s instability comes with the UN announcement that it will extend its mission in South Sudan for a further six months to May next year.

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Two dead in Egypt violence and Islamist protests

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:35 PM

Two people including an army general were killed and 25 were wounded on Friday in a drive-by shooting and clashes that erupted during Islamist protests around Egypt, security sources and health officials said.

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Bomb explodes outside crowded mosque in north Nigeria's Kano

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:31 PM

A bomb exploded outside the central mosque of north Nigeria's biggest city, Kano, just as residents were packing into the area for Friday prayers, witnesses said.

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Army brigadier general shot dead in Cairo suburb - sources

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:28 PM

An army brigadier general was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Cairo district of Gesr al-Suez, security sources said on Friday.

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At least 133 killed in tribal clashes in Sudan - tribe leader

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:38 PM

At least 133 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes between two groups belonging to an Arab tribe in Sudan's West Kordofan state, a tribal leader said on Thursday.

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New Burkina PM vows investigations into Compaore-era deaths

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:17 PM

Burkina Faso's interim prime minister has pledged to open enquiries into the deaths of a revered former president and an investigative journalist -- key demands of protesters who swept veteran ruler Blaise Compaore from power last month.

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Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:10 PM

Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit healthcare workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries.

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Greece tows migrant-packed ship to safety off Crete

by Reuters, 27 Nov, 04:39 PM

A Greek frigate has towed a disabled cargo ship packed with 700 migrants to safety just off the island of Crete on Thursday, in one of the biggest sea rescues mounted by the Mediterranean nation, coastguard officials said.

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Over 800 seaborne migrants saved in Italy and northern Cyprus

by Reuters, 25 Nov, 10:35 AM

Italy's coastguard has rescued more than 600 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and North Africa over the past weekend and is still searching for one man feared drowned during the passage.

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Australian navy seizes heroin worth $158 mln near east Africa

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 10:26 AM

An Australian Navy warship patrolling Indian Ocean waters seized heroin worth $158 million near east Africa this week, a navy official said on Thursday, one of the region's biggest heroin hauls in recent years.

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Mali and rebels fail to reach deal in third round of peace talks

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 03:08 PM

Negotiations between the Malian government and mostly Tuareg rebel groups, held in Algiers, broke up on Thursday without an agreement on northern Mali, officials for both sides said.

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Cameroon frees C. African rebel chief Miskine for hostages

by Reuters, 28 Nov, 02:57 PM

Cameroonian authorities have freed a rebel leader from Central African Republic two days after a group of 26 hostages including a Polish Catholic priest were released by his faction, a spokesman for rebel group FDPC said on Friday.

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North Korea and Uganda strengthen bilateral, defence ties

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 07:28 AM

At the end of last month Uganda and North Korea signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral, economic and defence ties during a visit to Uganda by North Korean officials.

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Angolan military expenditure to top $13 billion by 2019

by Oscar Nkala, 28 Nov, 10:00 AM

Angola's military and defence expenditure will increase from the current $6.5 billion to $13 billion by 2019 due to increased demand for border security equipment, fighter jets, multi-role aircraft, helicopters, navy vessels and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)....

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Fusion Action Cells operational at Camp Lemonnier

by defenceWeb/Africom, 18 Nov, 10:21 AM

Continuity in a command environment is vital to the success of the mission and/or the programme an individual is responsible for Staff Sergeant Carlin Leslie of US Africa Command writes on the Command website.

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Eastern Accord 15 planning sets the stage for March start

by defenceWeb/Africom, 17 Nov, 10:31 AM

US Army Africa in partnership with Uganda’s People Defence Forces (UPDF), 4th Brigade 1st Armoured Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, and African partner nations, took part in an Eastern Accord (EA) 15 main planning event recently.

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For world's police, force of the law meets the law of force

by Reuters, 26 Nov, 04:31 PM

U.S. police are under pressure not only for the killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, for which a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict the police officer, but also for the military-style response to the sometimes violent protests that followed....

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China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip - report

by Reuters, 24 Nov, 07:49 AM

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said on Friday.

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Ukraine death toll rises to more than 4,300 despite ceasefire - U.N.

by Reuters, 21 Nov, 11:19 AM

The death rate in the Ukraine conflict has increased in the past eight weeks despite the declaration of a ceasefire in September, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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Beyina-Moussa is new AFRAA president

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 09:38 AM

At the close of the 46th general meeting of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), organised by Air Algérie earlier this month November Fatima Beyina-Moussa, managing director of ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines) was named President of AFRAA.

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Trade union claims ATNS puts race ahead of safety

by denfenceWeb/Solidarity, 17 Nov, 10:23 AM

When professionalism and safety are not the primary considerations in air traffic control, the public’s safety is jeopardised, trade union Solidarity cautioned.

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Civil helicopter market recovering – report

by defenceWeb, 14 Nov, 11:31 AM

The civil helicopter market is slowly recovering from the economic downturn as emerging economies renew and expand their helicopter fleets, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

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Insight - Army splits that let Yemen's capital fall augur new risks

by Reuters, 27 Nov, 05:06 PM

As fighting raged at the First Armoured Division's base in central Sanaa, General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar arrived in a motorcade at the general staff headquarters and entered the building shouting "Treason! Treason!".

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Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels

by Reuters, 26 Nov, 05:39 PM

At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with U.S. help to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and may include more overtly Islamist insurgent groups, sources close to the matter say.

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Yemeni forces free eight al Qaeda hostages

by Reuters, 26 Nov, 10:41 AM

Yemeni security forces freed eight hostages including six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian, in a raid in which seven al Qaeda kidnappers were also killed, the country's supreme security committee said.

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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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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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Engineers develop smart aircraft skins which can detect injury

by defenceWeb, 27 Aug, 01:02 PM

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like ‘skin’, enabling the detection of injury or damage and the ability to ‘feel’ the world around them.

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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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Police mysteriously go missing (on paper)

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 10:05 AM

In a bizarre reply to a DA parliamentary question the new Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, claims there are only 115 692 operational South African Police Service (SAPS) members. Yet in the current annual report the figure – which the DA has used extensively...

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Police detective numbers questioned

by defenceWeb, 1 Aug, 09:24 AM

A reply to a DA parliamentary question posed by Dianne Kohler Barnard has revealed there are 23 682 trained detectives in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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UK Merlin helicopters deliver Ebola aid

by UK MoD, 28 Nov, 06:33 AM

Three Merlin helicopters belonging to the Royal Navy have assisted Ebola victims in Sierra Leone through the delivery of supplies to medical teams and aid experts in the country.

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Kentucky Air Guard completes Ebola-response mission in Senegal

by US Africom, 20 Nov, 12:27 PM

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group transferred control of a humanitarian cargo hub to replacement forces in Germany on November 19, successfully completing their support of an Ebola-response mission that has processed...

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US navy contracts two companies to expand, renovate Camp Lemonnier

by Oscar Nkala, 21 Oct, 11:25 AM

The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command has contracted B.L. Harbert International to build 65 new housing units worth $18 million at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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