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North African country orders 50 MiG-29s

by defenceWeb, 9 Feb, 09:58 AM

A North African country is set to receive its first two MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia this year, after a contract for 50 MiG-29M/M2s was signed with Rosoboronexport in April 2015.
US donates high-tech equipment to help fight rhino poaching

by defenceWeb, 9 Feb, 08:46 AM

South Africa’s stock of high-tech equipment to track down and apprehend poachers has been boosted to the tune of more than R12 million by US President Barack Obama’s national strategy to combat wildlife trafficking.
Yet another integration scam

by defenceWeb, 9 Feb, 08:42 AM

It comes around regularly in the first two months of every year – scammers “promising” young people positions in the military on payment of money and every year the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has to again warn against this illegal practice.
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Streit opens Egypt office

by defenceWeb, 5 Feb, 09:08 AM

Armoured vehicle specialist Streit Group has inaugurated its new office in Egypt, which will support the Egyptian security forces’ Streit fleet through the provision of technical and administrative support.

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Denel partners with VR Laser to form Denel Asia

by defenceWeb, 29 Jan, 09:42 AM

State-owned defence industry conglomerate Denel is extending its footprint in the Asia/Pacific region with the establishment of a joint venture company in Hong Kong.

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Major 155 mm artillery round contract for Rheinmetall Denel Munition

by defenceWeb, 26 Jan, 10:01 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition will produce and supply around €130 million worth of 155 mm artillery rounds for an international customer, with deliveries taking place up to the end of 2019.

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2016 concludes

by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, 9 Feb, 11:45 AM

Maritime forces from Eastern Africa, Western Indian Ocean island nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organizations, concluded the fifth iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express on 6 February.

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No ship currently on station for Operation Copper

Operation Copper, the South African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking led by South Africa, has been on hold maritime-wise since mid-December.

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2016 commences

by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, 1 Feb, 11:55 AM

Maritime forces from eastern Africa, western Indian Ocean island nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the fifth iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express on January 30.

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Rooivalks in the DRC flying 40 hours a month

by Guy Martin, 8 Feb, 10:15 AM

The Rooivalk combat helicopters deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are flying more than 40 hours a month with the United Nations (UN) mission there, and have fired 200 rockets and more than 600 rounds of cannon ammunition during a number of live...

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Airbus Helicopters CEO sees flat business in 2016

by Reuters, 26 Jan, 01:25 PM

Airbus Helicopters expects business to remain flat this year after falling orders in 2015 as problems in the oil and gas sector continue to weigh on demand, the head of the unit of Airbus Group, Guillaume Faury, said on Monday.

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SAAF helicopter fired at in the DRC

by Dean Wingrin/defenceWeb, 21 Jan, 09:56 AM

A South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter deployed under the United Nations (UN) flag was fired upon in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last week.

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North African country orders 50 MiG-29s

by defenceWeb, 9 Feb, 09:58 AM

A North African country is set to receive its first two MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia this year, after a contract for 50 MiG-29M/M2s was signed with Rosoboronexport in April 2015.

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Libya forces say conduct strikes on Islamic State in Derna, plane crashes

by Reuters, 9 Feb, 08:31 AM

Forces allied to Libya's eastern government carried out air strikes on Islamic State militant areas of Derna city, but an aircraft later crashed because of mechanical failure, a spokesman said on Monday.

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Man killed by blast that forced Somali emergency landing

by Reuters, 4 Feb, 10:25 AM

A man was killed in an explosion on an Airbus A321 that made a hole in the fuselage and forced the plane to return to the Somali capital of Mogadishu to make an emergency landing, officials said.

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Yet another integration scam

by defenceWeb, 9 Feb, 08:42 AM

It comes around regularly in the first two months of every year – scammers “promising” young people positions in the military on payment of money and every year the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has to again warn against this illegal practice.

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Busy times ahead for new SANDF Logistics Chief

by defenceWeb, 8 Feb, 09:51 AM

Lieutenant General Morris Moadira is the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) new logistics boss.

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SANDF rural development pilot project kicks off on April 1

April 1 has been set down as the starting date for the SA Army’s official commitment to rural development in North West.

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Second new tug enters SA Navy service

by defenceWeb, 8 Feb, 10:01 AM

The South African Navy has taken delivery of a second tug, Inyathi, from Damen Shipyards Cape Town, after receiving the first in July 2015.

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Seychelles receives patrol vessel donated from India

by defenceWeb, 5 Feb, 09:06 AM

The Seychelles Coast Guard has taken delivery of a 27.5 metre patrol boat from India, which will be used for coastal surveillance, anti-poaching, anti-smuggling and search and rescue activities.

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SAS Spioenkop steaming to Sri Lanka after porting in Mauritius

by defenceWeb, 1 Feb, 09:59 AM

The first part of SAS Spioenkop’s passage to India has been successfully completed and the Valour Class frigate is now headed to India for an International Fleet Review and the fifth iteration of Exercise Ibsamar.

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Somali central bank boss seeks new currency to rebuild nation

by Reuters, 5 Feb, 09:18 AM

Few central bank chiefs have been jailed by a dictator or hide a loaded pistol in their desk drawer, should Islamist militants decide to call. Bashir Issa Ali has done all that and now he wants to recreate Somalia's currency from scratch.

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Zuma proposes to partly pay for Nkandla improvements

by Reuters, 3 Feb, 10:26 AM

South African President Jacob Zuma has proposed that the auditor-general and finance minister determine how much money he is liable to pay for controversial state-funded improvements to his rural home, Zuma's office said.

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Russia opposes South Sudan arms embargo, sanctions on leaders

by Reuters, 1 Feb, 01:43 PM

Russia said on Friday it was opposed to placing a United Nations arms embargo on South Sudan or blacklisting President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar as such moves were not helpful to the implementation of a peace deal agreed by the pair in August.

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ISS: Desperate and divided - South Africa has had enough

by ISS Africa, 9 Feb, 08:59 AM

Increasingly, South Africans from all walks of life are mobilising for change. Many resort to public protest in the hope of galvanising government to improve its performance and do something about unacceptable levels of unemployment and poverty. Last year saw widespread...

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U.S. military seeks to prepare Africa for shifting terror threat

by Reuters, 9 Feb, 08:38 AM

African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training programme in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel.

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Spain arrests seven with suspected Islam militant links

by Spain, 8 Feb, 08:32 AM

Spanish police arrested seven people with suspected links to Islamist militant groups on Sunday in a dawn raid in the Mediterranean regions of Alicante and Valencia and in Spain's north African enclave Ceuta, the Interior Ministry said.

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Uganda police buy anti-riot gear ahead of Museveni's re-election bid

by Reuters, 9 Feb, 01:46 PM

Uganda has bought anti-riot gear ahead of a Feb. 18 election in a move which police say will bolster security during voting but which critics say aims to intimidate opponents of President Yoweri Museveni, who is seeking to extend his 30-year rule.

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Egyptian police shoot four suspected militants in raid near Cairo

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:56 PM

Egyptian police shot dead four suspected Islamist militants inside a house a few miles from central Cairo, the interior ministry said on Sunday, the third such incident in as many weeks.

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Heavy clashes in southeast Libya, 30 killed

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:25 PM

Two days of clashes in southeastern Libya between a local armed faction and Sudanese fighters have left more than 30 people dead, a local mayor said on Friday.

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At least 21 Hutus killed in 'alarming' east Congo violence: U.N

by Reuters, 9 Feb, 08:36 AM

At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said on Monday, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.

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Australian woman freed by al Qaeda says her husband is still alive

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:31 PM

An Australian woman who was freed by al Qaeda after three weeks in captivity said on Monday her husband who was seized with her in Burkina Faso was still alive and she hoped he too would be released soon.

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Guinea journalist killed in clashes between opposition factions

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:22 PM

A journalist was shot and killed in Guinea on Friday during clashes between rival factions of the West African nation's main opposition party, witnesses and the government said.

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US donates high-tech equipment to help fight rhino poaching

by defenceWeb, 9 Feb, 08:46 AM

South Africa’s stock of high-tech equipment to track down and apprehend poachers has been boosted to the tune of more than R12 million by US President Barack Obama’s national strategy to combat wildlife trafficking.

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Twenty-three migrants drown as boat capsizes near Turkey, coast guard says

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:32 PM

Twenty-three migrants drowned off Turkey's Aegean coast as they tried to reach a Greek island, the Turkish coast guard said, and a search and rescue operation was underway for the remaining passengers.

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Tunisia finishes Libya border fence intended to keep out militants

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:27 PM

Tunisia has completed a 200-km (125 mile) barrier along its frontier with Libya to try to keep out Islamist militants, and will soon install electronic monitoring systems, Defence Minister Farhat Hachani said on Saturday.

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ISS: Are African heads of state dropping the ball in Burundi?

by ISS Africa, 8 Feb, 02:53 PM

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Somalia's al Shabaab takes control of southern port town

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:24 PM

Somalia's al Shabaab militants took control of the southern port town of Marka on Friday hours after African Union troops and the Somalia National Army left, the rebels and witnesses said.

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U.N. police base in Mali's Timbuktu retaken from Islamist militants

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:19 PM

Malian troops backed by U.N. helicopters stormed a U.N. police base in the city of Timbuktu and recaptured it from suspected Islamist militants who had seized it hours before on Friday, the United Nations said.

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Navy will practise tactical and seamanship exercises en route to Armed Forces Day

The fleet replenishment vessel SAS Drakensberg (A301) is one of six SA Navy platforms tasked with showcasing the maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) at next month’s Armed Forces Day in Port Elizabeth.

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Denel Mechem unveils Casspir Eland recovery vehicle

by defenceWeb, 28 Jan, 09:10 AM

Denel Mechem has added a new vehicle to its lineup, the Casspir Eland heavy duty recovery vehicle.

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900 vehicles in preservation storage at Wallmansthal

by defenceWeb, 27 Jan, 09:59 AM

The South African National Defence Force has 900 vehicles in storage at its facility at Wallmansthal, with the vast majority serviceable and ready to go within 24 hours notice. Thousands of other unserviceable vehicles are in open storage.

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U.S. defence intelligence chief predicts increased ISIS attacks

by Reuters, 9 Feb, 08:52 AM

Islamic State is likely to step up "the pace and lethality" of its attacks in the months ahead as it seeks to fan the flames of international conflict, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Monday.

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North Korean rocket puts object into space

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:48 PM

North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, drawing renewed international condemnation just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test.

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Anti-Islam movement PEGIDA protests across Europe

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 09:45 AM

Germany's anti-Islam PEGIDA movement staged rallies in several cities across Europe on Saturday to protest against the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.

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Somalia plane bomber was meant to be on Turkish flight - airline executive

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:55 PM

A suspected suicide bomber who blew a hole in the fuselage of a Daallo Airlines plane last week and forced it to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu was meant to be on a Turkish Airlines flight, the Daallo chief executive said on Monday.

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Somali plane bomb meant to kill all aboard: minister

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 09:40 AM

A blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane last week was caused by a bomb meant to kill everyone on board, Somalia's minister for transport and aviation said on Saturday.

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Egypt says made no arrests in connection to Russian plane crash

by Reuters, 1 Feb, 01:24 PM

Egypt's interior ministry denied on Saturday making any arrests in connection with the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai last October that killed all 224 people on board.

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Air strikes force IS to halve fighters' pay - Glaser

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:47 PM

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has been forced to cut its fighters' pay by up to 50 percent because U.S.-led air strikes have had a substantial impact on the money it makes from oil, a senior U.S official said on Monday.

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Mass deaths in Syrian jails amount to crime of 'extermination' - U.N.

by Reuters, 8 Feb, 02:41 PM

Detainees held by the Syrian government are dying on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said on Monday.

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US defence chief welcomes Saudi offer of troops in Syria

by Reuters, 5 Feb, 09:21 AM

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has welcomed a Saudi offer to participate in any ground operations in Syria launched by the US-led coalition.

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Feature: Maritime defence an essential part of Operation Phakisa

by defenceWeb, 28 Jan, 10:23 AM

Economic growth through development of the ocean economy as part of Operation Phakisa requires effective maritime surveillance and defence, with nearly 4 000 kilometres of South Africa’s coastline that needs to be secured.

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Electronic warfare offers advantages over irregular opponents

by Chris Szabo, 23 Nov, 09:56 AM

South Africa has promising electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, but must improve in the lower end of the scale, according to EW practitioners, and focus on irregular forces such as rebels, pirates and poachers.

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Lack of funding forces Cape Town Military Tattoo organisers to seek partnerships

Management of what has become a Cape Town highlight – the city’s annual military tattoo – has to rethink the future in the light of an ever-shrinking defence budget.

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New technology to help SAPS tackle crime

by SAnews, 29 Jan, 11:19 AM

The launch of the TETRA Digital Radio Communication System and the state-of-the-art 10111 Command Centre will assist the South African Police Service to respond swiftly to the needs of community members in distress.

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CSIR hosts successful EW deployment and demonstrations at Paardefontein

by defenceWeb/CSIR, 12 Jan, 09:55 AM

The CSIR hosted an integrated radar and electronic warfare (EW) deployment at its Paardefontein research facility north of Pretoria with the goal of showcasing the integration of radar, EW, optronic and aeronautic capabilities.

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Defence Trends of 2015

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 15 Dec, 02:41 PM

War is not what it used to be. Rapidly advancing technologies are transforming its tools, and the world is facing a set of crises - rising terrorism, the battle against Islamic State, civil wars in Syria and Ukraine and several ominous conflicts in Africa -- that...

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India hosts Africa summit

by Reuters, 26 Oct, 09:43 AM

India hosts its biggest-ever Africa summit this week as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to challenge China's dominance on a continent that is blessed with vast natural resources and has the world's fastest-growing population.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Deputy President's VIP jet charter

by defenceWeb, 28 Aug, 11:00 AM

Statement addressing public concerns raised regarding the process and circumstances in acquiring of the chartered aircraft for the deputy president’s travel to an official visit in japan by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Rsa Minister Of Defence And Military Veterans...

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Speech: Nkoana-Mashabane on SADC politics, defence and security

by defenceWeb, 22 Jul, 08:39 AM

Closing Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Honourable Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at...

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Gabonese interoperability with U.S, France key to MINUSCA in Central Africa

by US Africom, 6 Jan, 12:52 PM

Military personnel from U.S. Army Africa recently visited Gabon in preparation of a major strategic lift operation to deliver essential equipment to one of America's key partners in the region.

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Djibouti confirms Chinese naval base plans

by defenceWeb, 7 Dec, 10:04 AM

Djibouti’s foreign minister has confirmed that China will build a naval base in Djibouti, after years of talk surrounding such a proposal.

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China military in talks for logistics 'facilities' in Djibouti

by Reuters, 26 Nov, 10:38 AM

China's military is in talks with the Horn of Africa country Djibouti to build logistics "facilities" to support Chinese peacekeeping and anti-piracy missions, the foreign and defense ministries said on Thursday.

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