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Rheinmetall Denel strengthens bonds with Indonesian defence sector

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 10:00 AM

South African-based Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) and state-owned Indonesian PT Pindad have strengthened their partnership with the signing of a teaming agreement at the just-ended African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.
Crawford-Browne next up at Seriti Commission

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 09:56 AM

Not unsurprisingly, Arms Deal Commission watchers have not had their daily dose of evidence for more than two weeks but this is set to change come October 6.
South Africa will protect its Lesotho Highlands Water Project interests if necessary South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently spending his second day in troubled Lesotho attempting to restore peace, stability and democracy as the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) facilitator.
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Rheinmetall Denel strengthens bonds with Indonesian defence sector

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 10:00 AM

South African-based Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) and state-owned Indonesian PT Pindad have strengthened their partnership with the signing of a teaming agreement at the just-ended African Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.

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Denel is Defence Review ready for command and control

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 09:54 AM

One who shares Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s enthusiasm for the Defence Review is Denel chief executive, Riaz Saloojee.

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CSIR, SCSH developing satellite radar

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 09:55 PM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Space Commercial Services Holdings are partnering on a synthetic aperture radar for us in small satellites, it has been announced at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition.

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UAVs now part of EUNavFor anti-piracy ops

by defenceWeb, 11 Sep, 10:28 AM

The latest addition to the arsenal keeping pirates at bay off the Horn of Africa is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Pirates attack products tanker off Ivory Coast

by Reuters, 4 Sep, 01:27 PM

Armed pirates robbed an petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security advisor said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs.

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European training of Seychelles Coast Guard, Police and Air Force concludes

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 10:58 AM

The training missions carried out by EUCAP Nestor in the Seychelles have come to a close. On Friday Head of Mission Etienne de Poncins attended the closing ceremonies of training programmes for the Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU), the Seychelles Air Force (SAF)...

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Gallery: AAD 2014 air show day 2

by Guy Martin, 22 Sep, 05:07 PM

The second Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 air show day on September 21 started off cold and cloudy but soon turned into perfect, sunny flying weather. South African Air Force and Museum aircraft were joined by civil aircraft and warbirds in entertaining...

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Gallery: Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 air show

by Guy Martin, 20 Sep, 08:57 PM

20 September was the first of two air show days of the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition. Dozens of aircraft, including a Hawk display team and a couple of Boeing 737s, wowed audiences in the air while a mobility track and mini-war kept spectators entertained...

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UK companies looking for South African partnerships at AAD

by Guy Martin, 18 Sep, 03:59 PM

United Kingdom defence and security companies at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition currently underway in Pretoria are looking for South African partners as well as companies who can meet the UK military’s procurement needs.

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Kenyan police to lease five helicopters

by Oscar Nkala, 1 Aug, 11:04 AM

The Kenyan government has invited bids for the provision of five helicopters for the Kenya Police on a lease basis as it battles increasing violence in the coastal areas around the city of Mombasa.

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Tunisia to buy UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 09:56 AM

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Tunisia, worth $700 million including equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

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Uganda orders W-3A, A109 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 15 Jul, 09:58 AM

Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has ordered one A109 GrandNew and one W-3A Sokol helicopter for the Uganda Police for law enforcement across the country.

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AHRLAC prototype makes air show debut

by Dean Wingrin, 19 Sep, 08:26 PM

The first Paramount Group Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) prototype has participated in its inaugural trade exhibition.

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Denel promotes new Regional Aircraft

by Dean Wingrin, 19 Sep, 07:48 AM

Denel is looking to retain South African aerospace design capability by promoting a locally-designed and manufactured passenger aircraft to serve regional destinations.

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Denel and CAE to set up up aviation training centre in South Africa

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 08:40 PM

Denel, simulation provider CAE and South African services company Elisa have plans to set up a simulation-based training facility in South Africa.

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Crawford-Browne next up at Seriti Commission

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 09:56 AM

Not unsurprisingly, Arms Deal Commission watchers have not had their daily dose of evidence for more than two weeks but this is set to change come October 6.

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South Africa will protect its Lesotho Highlands Water Project interests if necessary

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently spending his second day in troubled Lesotho attempting to restore peace, stability and democracy as the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) facilitator.

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Ibsamar IV set for October

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:05 AM

Two of South Africa’s four BRICS partners will take part in this year’s iteration of Exercise Ibsamar.

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Another boat carrying emigrants sinks off Libya

by Reuters, 15 Sep, 10:26 AM

A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said.

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First Mozambican patrol boat hull delivered

by defenceWeb, 11 Sep, 09:54 AM

The first of three hulls for Mozambique’s new Ocean Eagle 43 patrol boats is on its way to the CMN shipyard in France, where it will be motorised and equipped. Mozambique has three patrol boats, three interceptors and 24 fishing trawlers on order from the French...

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Angolan Navy acquiring seven patrol vessels from Brazil

by defenceWeb, 9 Sep, 10:03 AM

The Angolan Navy will receive seven Macae-class patrol boats from Brazil, with four to be built in Brazil and three in Angola.

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South Sudan’s warring sides told to stop stalling

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 09:46 AM

The chief mediator at South Sudan's peace talks in Ethiopia has told the warring factions to stop stalling with procedural issues and said neither side could win on the battlefield.

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Global court orders Kenyan president to attend hearing

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:13 PM

Judges at the International Criminal Court have ordered Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend a hearing over how to proceed with his stalled trial for crimes against humanity, the tribunal said on Friday.

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Guinea-Bissau president dismisses head of armed forces: state radio

by Reuters, 16 Sep, 06:12 PM

Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz has dismissed the head of the country's armed forces, according to a decree read on state radio on Monday.

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Chad accuses UN of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:25 AM

Chad's government accused the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.

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Egypt's military focus is at home, not on Islamic State - minister

by Reuters, 17 Sep, 09:40 PM

Egypt's foreign minister has suggested his country might not provide military assistance to the United States for its battle against the Islamic State militant group, saying the army was focused on the home front.

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Somalia's al Shabaab says Uganda did not prevent attack by the group

by Reuters, 16 Sep, 06:09 PM

Somalia's al Shabaab militants denied on Monday that Ugandan authorities had foiled an attack by the group, after police in Uganda's capital seized explosives and suicide vests and arrested 19 people.

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At least 36 killed in Islamist shootout in north-eastern Nigeria

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:29 AM

Fighters from Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram stormed the north-eastern town of Mainok on Friday sparking a gun battle that killed at least 36 people and continued into Saturday, two security sources said.

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ISS: Why is crime and violence so high in South Africa?

by ISS Africa, 19 Sep, 08:24 PM

It should come as no surprise that crime and violence remain so disturbingly high in South Africa.

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Egyptian to plead guilty over U.S. embassy bombings

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:06 PM

An Egyptian man said on Friday he would plead guilty in New York to charges connected with the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Sierra Leone Ebola burial team attacked

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:22 AM

A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday a member of parliament said, as some residents defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record.

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Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 07:59 PM

Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

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UN to deploy Ebola mission in worst affected African states

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 07:46 AM

The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the UN Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security."

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Four killed in cross-border Boko Haram attack

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:16 AM

Four civilians were killed in the remote north of Cameroon in a cross-border attack by Boko Haram militants, according to state radio.

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Serious crime stats made public but not priority crimes, including rhino poaching

There appears to be a difference between serious and priority crimes judging from statistics made public last week by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and the National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega.

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Seven killed as Ugandans, South Sudanese clash at border

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:17 PM

At least seven people were killed in a string of clashes either side of Uganda and South Sudan's border, a remote area plagued by cattle rustling and conflicts over territory, Uganda's military said.

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Kenya to stay the course in Somalia stabilisation quest

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:35 AM

Kenyan troops will keep fighting Islamist militants in Somalia until peace and stability is restored to the region President Uhuru Kenyatta said a year after gunmen stormed a shopping mall in his country's capital.

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ISS: Strengthening South Africa's peacebuilding efforts at the UN

by ISS Africa, 19 Sep, 09:07 PM

There are high expectations for South Africa at the United Nations (UN), and the country now has a number of opportunities to strengthen its peacebuilding engagements with the organisation, as shown in a recently launched research paper by the Institute for Security...

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U.S. sanctions military officers on both sides of South Sudan conflict

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:08 PM

The United States imposed sanctions on two military officers on opposite sides of the ethnic violence in South Sudan on Thursday in a demonstration of U.S. frustration that fighting has continued despite two ceasefires.

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Denel to develop new artillery fuse for greater accuracy

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 09:29 PM

Denel Dynamics is busy with a proof of concept project to improve the accuracy of standard 155 mm artillery rounds, the company has announced.

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DCD unveils Oribi high mobility truck at AAD

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 04:31 PM

DCD Protected Mobility has unveiled its new Oribi medium sized utility truck (MUT) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in Pretoria today. The vehicle is designed for both the civil and military markets and has already attracted interested customers....

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Mechem’s ambulances in UN service in Somalia

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 10:00 AM

Three mine-protected ambulances manufactured by Denel Mechem are already in successful service with the UN in Somalia.

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World leaders gather at the UN in shadow of Islamic State, Ebola crises

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:12 AM

World leaders have gathered in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme....

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Armed patriots': the private citizens out to secure the U.S. border

by Reuters, 12 Sep, 01:06 PM

With binoculars in hand, an assault rifle slung over his chest and a Glock pistol on his hip, a man named Will scans the banks of the Rio Grande looking for anyone trying to cross from Mexico into Texas.

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Bloc led by Russia and China criticises U.S. over missile defence

by Reuters, 12 Sep, 12:26 PM

A security bloc led by China and Russia took a swipe at the United States on Friday, saying the development of unilateral missile defence systems would undermine global security.

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Etihad planning Dar es Salaam route

by defenceWeb, 23 Sep, 09:49 AM

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will expand its African route network with the launch of a daily service to Dar es Salaam in Kenya.

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Boeing, South African Airways launch aviation education project

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 09:35 PM

Boeing, South African Airways, the Department of Public Enterprises and the Department Basic Education have unveiled Project SiVulindlela, a project to bring aviation education to South Africa’s young people.

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CAA on track to introduce UAV regulations by March 2015

by Guy Martin, 9 Sep, 09:56 AM

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US, Arab partners launch first strikes on IS in Syria

by Reuters, 23 Sep, 09:33 AM

The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday US officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.

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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:21 PM

French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighbouring Syria.

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France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 08:57 PM

France will not carry out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

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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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Defence Review 2014 – The Focus

by Helmoed Heitman, 31 Mar, 10:02 AM

The Defence Review serves a triple purpose: it closes the gap between the 1998 Review and the strategic situation of today; it moves away from the business management inspired organisation and processes that have demonstrably failed; and it provides the basis for...

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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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4D printing a disruptive technology - report

by defenceWeb, 27 Aug, 12:54 PM

The aerospace, defence, automotive and healthcare industries will lead the adoption of four dimensional printing technology, which is poised to have a disruptive effect in multiple industries by printing objects ranging from human organs to parts used in aircraft...

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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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Germany, France to start joint airlift to Ebola-affected countries

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 08:15 PM

Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defence ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours.

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KBR gets $56 million contract for Camp Lemonnier support

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 12:29 PM

The Pentagon has awarded Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) a $56.56 million contract for base operation support services at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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Latest DRC troop rotation again highlights SAAF airlift problems

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 10:43 AM

The lack of airlift capacity in the SA Air Force (SAAF) is widely acknowledged. What apparently is not being as widely acknowledged is the need for proper planning on charters to ensure soldiers and the logistics needed for them to properly do their jobs is in...

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