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Denel Technical Academy training Cameroonian students

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:03 AM

Brigadier General Jean-Calvin Momha, Cameroon Chief of Air Force Staff, was present at a Denel Technical Academy (DTA) presentation to see 58 of his countrymen awarded for the successful completion of theoretical training in the aerospace sector.
US delivering eight F-16s to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:00 AM

The United States will have delivered eight F-16 Block 52 fighter jets to Egypt by Saturday, the first such deliveries since military aid was halted in 2013.
No soldiers in latest Operation Fiela actions

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:00 AM

Operation Fiela, launched in May initially as an anti-xenophobic initiative but later expanded into an overall anti-crime drive, is still running but now apparently only using police for enforcement.
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Denel Technical Academy training Cameroonian students

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:03 AM

Brigadier General Jean-Calvin Momha, Cameroon Chief of Air Force Staff, was present at a Denel Technical Academy (DTA) presentation to see 58 of his countrymen awarded for the successful completion of theoretical training in the aerospace sector.

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Denel still pursuing national simulation training centre

by Guy Martin, 30 Jul, 10:02 AM

Denel, through its Denel Technical Academy (DTA), is still pursuing the establishment of a national simulation training centre and has invested money in the DTA to further increase training services.

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New Denel chairman was struck from the attorneys’ roll

by defenceWeb, 29 Jul, 09:58 AM

The man appointed last week by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown as chairman of Denel was struck off the attorneys’ roll in 2007 before being readmitted in 2011.

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Zambia launches special forces marine unit

by defenceWeb, 29 Jul, 12:47 PM

Zambian president Edgar Lungu on 26 July launched a new marine special forces unit to improve maritime security particularly regarding border control and illegal fishing.

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Colombian warship conducts sea trials prior to Atalanta anti-piracy deployment

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 01:02 PM

Colombian Navy warship, ARC 7 de Agosto, recently completed sea trials with the Spanish Navy prior to her collaboration with the anti-piracy Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.

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Mauritius unveils plan to upgrade maritime surveillance capabilities in 2016

by Oscar Nkala, 24 Jul, 11:01 AM

The government of Mauritius says it will in 2016 provide the National Coast Guard (NCG) with a new Dornier DO 228 maritime surveillance aircraft and 12 new fast attack craft from India.

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Morocco to receive three Chinook helicopters next month

by Oscar Nkala, 28 Jul, 10:11 AM

The United States Security Assistance Command (USASAC) says it has dispatched three refurbished ex-US Army CH-47D Chinook transport helicopters to the Moroccan military, which will arrive in Morocco next month.

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Unidentified S-92s flying from Djibouti

by defenceWeb, 15 Jul, 09:05 AM

Two unmarked Sikorsky S-92 helicopters have been seen operating out of Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, most likely on behalf of the United States military.

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Kenyan MD500 crash kills two

by defenceWeb, 8 Jul, 10:12 AM

Both crew aboard a Kenyan Army MD500MD Defender helicopter succumbed to their injuries sustained after crashing while attempting to land earlier this week.

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US delivering eight F-16s to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:00 AM

The United States will have delivered eight F-16 Block 52 fighter jets to Egypt by Saturday, the first such deliveries since military aid was halted in 2013.

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Denel expects Rooivalk production decision later this year

by Guy Martin, 24 Jul, 07:35 AM

Denel will in the next three to six months know whether the Department of Defence will support the restart of Rooivalk production.

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Egypt receives first three Rafale fighters

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 10:00 AM

The Egyptian Air Force has officially taken delivery of its first three of 24 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault. The aircraft were handed over on Monday and are flying to Egypt today.

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No soldiers in latest Operation Fiela actions

by defenceWeb, 31 Jul, 10:00 AM

Operation Fiela, launched in May initially as an anti-xenophobic initiative but later expanded into an overall anti-crime drive, is still running but now apparently only using police for enforcement.

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Conscription not part of new youth service programme

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been an active participant in the national youth leadership development programme in conjunction with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

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SANDF Reserves to compete in international military skills competition

by defenceWeb, 30 Jul, 10:06 AM

A seven strong team representing the SANDF Reserve Force flies to Bulgaria today to fly the South African flag in an international military skills competition there.

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Progress on Algerian corvettes, frigates

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 10:09 AM

The first of the Algerian Navy’s new Meko frigates is ready for sea trials while its C28A corvettes are being fitted with weapons and sensors prior to delivery from China.

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Egypt interested in more corvettes

by defenceWeb, 27 Jul, 10:03 AM

Egypt is considering purchasing two corvettes from France, after taking delivery of a FREMM frigate earlier this month and expecting four Gowind corvettes in the coming years.

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Damen busy building second tug for South African Navy

by defenceWeb, 24 Jul, 09:58 AM

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) is currently building the second Damen ATD 2909 tug for the South African Navy, which will be delivered in January next year.

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Somalia's planned 2016 elections will not be a popular vote

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 11:04 AM

Somalia has abandoned the idea of holding a popular vote for its planned 2016 elections, the presidency said on Wednesday.

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Second-term Obama tells Africa's 'Big Men' to quit when time is up

by Reuters, 29 Jul, 10:37 AM

Judging by the applause at the African Union headquarters, Barack Obama hit a chord when he took aim at the continent's 'Big Men', telling them they should quit when their time was up - especially since most have the cash to retire comfortably.

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Obama says more political openness would strengthen Ethiopia

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 08:27 AM

U.S. President Barack Obama told Ethiopia's leaders on Monday that allowing more political freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions out of a poverty once rooted in recurring famine.

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Tunisia extends state of emergency for two more months

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:43 PM

Tunisia has extended its state of emergency for two more months, the presidency said in a statement carried on the state news agency on Friday.

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Officers from 9 African nations attend cyber security event in Washington

by Africom, 30 Jul, 11:26 AM

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) hosted 10 military officers from nine African nations during a senior leader familiarization event July 19-24, 2015.

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Feature: ISIS moves into Africa

by ADF, 29 Jul, 11:48 AM

At the beginning of 2015, an estimated 31,000 fighters in the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had tightened their grip over a vast swath of land. Thousands of those fighters were African. And as ISIS tries to expand into new territory,...

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Suicide bomber kills six, injures 11 in Nigeria market

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:25 PM

A suicide bomber struck a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Friday, killing six people, the national Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

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ISS: First in line for murder

South Africans have the right to know when and where they are most at risk of being murdered.

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Chad says killed 117 Boko Haram fighters in two-week campaign

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 08:33 AM

Chad said on Thursday its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram insurgents during a two-week military campaign aimed at clearing islands on Lake Chad used by the militants as hideouts and bases to launch attacks.

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Four Indians detained in Islamic State stronghold in Libya

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 08:42 AM

Four Indian nationals have been detained in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, an Indian government spokesman said on Friday, an area which is under the control of Islamic State militants.

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Ex Blue Okavango ends

by defenceWeb, 30 Jul, 10:38 AM

The recent SADC humanitarian aid exercise Blue Okavango in Botswana saw airlifts of more than 150 tons of food by regional air forces.

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Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, 7 other ex-officials to death

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:15 AM

A Libyan court passed a death sentence in absentia on Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, on Tuesday for war crimes and acts to crush peaceful protests during the country's 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule.

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Rhino conservation award winners announced

by defenceWeb, 30 Jul, 12:59 PM

The heroic actions of those that fight for the conservation of the rhino were recently acknowledged, celebrated and rewarded at the Rhino Conservation Awards on 27 July.

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Phalaborwa base for Kruger air wing will cut poaching incident response time

The Kruger National Park's counter-poaching specialists now have an additional base outside the park from which to operate air sorties against rhino and other wildlife poachers.

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Rescuers find 13 dead migrants on packed boat off Libyan coast

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:17 AM

Rescuers found 13 dead migrants on a boat off the coast of Libya with more than 500 others aboard, an Italian coast guard spokesman said on Tuesday, giving no details about how they had died.

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Nigeria, Cameroon vow to step up cooperation against Boko Haram

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 11:23 AM

The leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon pledged on Thursday to improve the exchange of intelligence and security cooperation along their border in a bid to tackle Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

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ISS: Juggling a hot potato in South Sudan

by ISS Africa, 30 Jul, 08:56 AM

In December 2013, with unusual alacrity, the African Union (AU) established a commission of inquiry headed by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo into human rights abuses, which were just beginning in the civil war that had erupted a fortnight earlier in...

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Nigeria's Buhari in Cameroon seeks closer partnership against Boko Haram

by Reuters, 29 Jul, 02:33 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began a two-day visit to Cameroon on Wednesday in a bid to soothe fractious ties between the West African neighbours and strengthen cooperation against Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

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Feature: Armed and dangerous - Nigeria looks to stem the flow of weapons to Boko Haram

by ADF, 30 Jul, 11:38 AM

In a blurry, 36-minute video shot somewhere in northeastern Nigeria, a man wearing a black cap and reading from a stack of papers stands beside a weapons cache.

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US to seek up to 400 MRAPs for Africa Command

by defenceWeb, 30 Jul, 10:08 AM

The United States Army will in the next few days issue a solicitation for between 19 and 400 new armoured personnel carriers for the US military’s Africa Command.

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Greek customs seizes 16 Libya-bound armoured vehicles

by Oscar Nkala, 28 Jul, 10:23 AM

Customs service officials in the Greek port of Piraeus have sixteen armoured vehicles to Libya in violation of the United Nations arms embargo.

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Brazil's Embraer delays cargo jet, loses revenue on defense cuts

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:37 PM

Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA said on Thursday it will delay development of a military cargo jet and forgo $300 million of revenue this year due to Brazil's weaker currency and defense spending cuts, triggering the biggest drop in its shares in nearly four years....

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Airbus H1 profit rises, takes new A400M charge

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:34 PM

Airbus Group surprised investors with a strong second-quarter rise in earnings, pushing its shares up as much as five percent as lucrative jetliner deliveries outshone more bad news for the A400M military transporter.

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SAAF chief to attend war games in Russia next month

by defenceWeb, 30 Jul, 12:44 PM

The Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Zakes Msimang, will be in Russia next month to attend the International Army Games event.

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Malaysia says almost certain debris found off Madagascar is from a Boeing 777

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 08:44 AM

Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.

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Boeing forecasts rising demand for commercial airline pilots, technicians

by Boeing, 23 Jul, 01:29 PM

Boeing has released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world's airlines add 38,000 airliners to the global fleet over the next 20 years.

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Drones will take over manned aviation jobs, says SA's first licence holder

by Lauren Kate Rawlins, ITWeb, 23 Jul, 01:15 PM

Drones could soon take over numerous traditionally manned aviation jobs - but the consequences could be hazardous if regulations are not followed.

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Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 10:59 AM

Afghanistan said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago.

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Kuwait says uncovers Islamic State network

by Reuters, 30 Jul, 10:47 AM

Kuwait has uncovered a network of Islamic State militants who fought in Iraq and Syria and detained some of its members, the interior ministry said on Thursday, a month after the group carried out the Gulf state's deadliest militant attack.

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Houthis, foes fight on as Yemen ceasefire quickly unravels

by Reuters, 28 Jul, 11:04 AM

Yemen's Houthi group carried on fighting across Yemen on Monday despite a ceasefire announcement by its Saudi-led foes, and media controlled by the Iran-allied movement acknowledged that its forces had shelled targets inside Saudi Arabia.

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Feature: IEDS - An indiscriminate killer

by ADF, 28 Jul, 12:40 PM

On Sunday, December 28, 2014, a sugar cane seller in Potiskum, Nigeria, died when she stepped on a bomb in a school football field. She was 12 years old.

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Friday is military fair day at the Voortrekker Monument

by defenceWeb, 28 Apr, 10:05 AM

That there are a growing number of South Africans with more than a passing interest in matters military comes with the announcement that this year’s Voortrekker Monument Military Fair will have more exhibitors than any of its predecessors.

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US Deputy Defence Secretary details the future of war

by US DoD, 14 Apr, 01:58 PM

On stage last week at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work summoned up scenes from a future war where soldiers and machines join forces in a multidimensional “informationalized” zone, using advanced tools to fight adversaries...

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U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons

by Reuters, 31 Jul, 01:40 PM

Lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons could soon be used more widely by the U.S. military, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday.

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US Navy develops new transparent, moldable, bulletproof material

by US Naval Research Laboratory, 29 Jul, 11:38 AM

The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” The U.S. Naval Research...

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Rail guns and lasers to revolutionise naval surface warfare

by Forecast International, 16 Jul, 09:07 AM

Two radical weapons will revolutionize naval warfare in the second decade of the 21st century, with lasers tasked with anti-aircraft, anti-missile, and anti-small-craft roles, while rail guns will give surface ships an entirely new dimension of ship-killing firepower....

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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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NCACC first quarterly report for 2015

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 07:09 AM

The first quarterly report by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) for South African defence exports and imports for 2015 can be found here.

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Declaration of the minister’s indaba on military veterans

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 01:56 PM

Declaration of the defence and military veterans minister’s indaba on military veterans, Birchwood Hotel & O.R. Tambo Conference Centre, 15th and 16th Of July, 2015.

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US troops support DR Congo’s Logistics School

by Africom, 23 Jul, 01:09 PM

Recently, the Democratic Republic of Congo National Logistics School graduated its fourth class since 1983. U.S. Army Africa and several international organizations were involved in the curriculum and instruction at the school in Kinshasa, DRC.

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U.S. considering drones in North Africa to monitor Islamic State

by Reuters, 14 Jul, 01:52 PM

The United States is holding discussions with countries in North Africa about locating drones at a base there to heighten monitoring of Islamic State in Libya, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a senior administration official.

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US Marines test forward-staging abilities in Gabon

by US Marine Corps, 26 Jun, 08:18 AM

Four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Hercules tankers, more than 150,000 pounds of gear and almost 200 U.S. Marines and sailors temporarily relocated half of a continent away from their base in Moron, Spain, effectively enabling the force to reach an estimated 400 additional...

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  • 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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