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Ocea delivering patrol boats to Nigeria

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 10:17 AM

French shipyard Ocea is in the process of delivering two FPB 72 patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy.

Loan guarantees make sure Denel can pay staff, suppliers

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 10:11 AM

Denel received an emergency government loan guarantee of R580 million in December to pay its 4 000 employees and suppliers and is confident it will pay be able to pay salaries and suppliers in January.

Name changes for Reserve Force units still under wraps

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 10:04 AM

Going on for four months after Brigadier General Gerhard Kamffer, Director: Army Reserves, indicated only i’s had to be dotted and t’s crossed before an announcement would be made on new names for at least 40 Reserve Force units, there is still no official word.
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Loan guarantees make sure Denel can pay staff, suppliers

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 10:11 AM

Denel received an emergency government loan guarantee of R580 million in December to pay its 4 000 employees and suppliers and is confident it will pay be able to pay salaries and suppliers in January.

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Denel Vehicle Systems profit up slightly

by defenceWeb, 16 Jan, 10:01 AM

Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) made a slightly better profit, of R110 million, for the 2016/17 financial year compared to the year before that, and signed a number of important contracts, including for armoured vehicles and turrets.

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Denel Overberg Test Range secures long-term SA contract

by Guy Martin, 15 Jan, 10:03 AM

The Denel Overberg Test Range (OTR) has secured a five-year contract from the South African Department of Defence and Military Veterans to deliver flight tests services, Denel has revealed.

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Maritime piracy and armed robbery hits 22 year low in 2017 – IMB

by defenceWeb, 11 Jan, 09:20 AM

A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in 2017, according to the latest IMB report.

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Ex Oxide wraps up

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 11:02 AM

The joint Franco/South African naval exercise Oxide off La Reunion has finished with both training and live exercise phases going according to schedule.

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Nine years of counter-piracy ops off the Horn of Africa

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 10:49 AM

This month (December) marks the ninth anniversary of EU Naval Force Somalia’s Operation Atalanta, the specialist counter- piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin.

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Ugandan Huey deliveries imminent

by Guy Martin, 3 Jan, 09:59 AM

Bell Helicopter will soon deliver five refurbished Huey II helicopters to Uganda’s military, after completing upgrade work on the aircraft.

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Update: Eight injured after Oryx flies through wires

by Dean Wingrin, 10 Dec, 07:45 PM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter that crashed on the N1 highway just outside Cape Town on Sunday morning was transporting a helicopter engine when if flew through newly erected wires.

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Two more refurbished Mi-24s for Senegal

by defenceWeb, 5 Dec, 10:01 AM

Senegal has taken delivery of two more Mi-24 attack helicopters that were refurbished by Poland’s WZL-1 aviation company.

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Nigerian Air Force receives final Super Mushshak trainers

by defenceWeb, 15 Jan, 10:00 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of the final batch of five Super Mushshak trainer aircraft from Pakistan.

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Armscor maintains SAAF cockpit upgrades are on track

What top South African military analyst Helmoed Heitman has called “political correctness gone insane” is proceeding according to plan.

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Paramount to provide Mirage F1 training to ATAC

by defenceWeb, 5 Jan, 09:54 AM

Paramount will train Mirage F1 pilots belonging to American company ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) after ATAC acquired 63 ex-French F1s and Paramount acquired four ex-French F1B trainers.

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Name changes for Reserve Force units still under wraps

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 10:04 AM

Going on for four months after Brigadier General Gerhard Kamffer, Director: Army Reserves, indicated only i’s had to be dotted and t’s crossed before an announcement would be made on new names for at least 40 Reserve Force units, there is still no official...

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The SA Army specialist infantry capability - an integral part of border protection

by defenceWeb, 16 Jan, 09:55 AM

The SA Army Specialist Infantry Capability, better known by its acronym SAASIC, provides the Infantry Formation with more mobility via the use of horses, motorcycles and increased tracking ability by employing canine olfactory senses.

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Defence committee hears top personnel “removed” for not following drills

by defenceWeb, 15 Jan, 09:44 AM

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) late last year heard two top personnel were “removed” from an infantry unit for apparently not following prescribed drills allegedly in connection with issues of fraud and corruption.

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Ocea delivering patrol boats to Nigeria

by defenceWeb, 17 Jan, 10:17 AM

French shipyard Ocea is in the process of delivering two FPB 72 patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy.

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Nigeria’s Homeland receives fourth Damen patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 12 Jan, 10:01 AM

Nigeria’s Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited has received a fourth Damen 3307 patrol vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Libyan-bound ship carrying explosive material seized in Greece

by Reuters, 11 Jan, 10:17 AM

Greek authorities seized a Tanzanian-flagged ship heading for Libya carrying materials used to make explosives, the coastguard said.

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Zimbabwe faces bloodshed if “illegal regime” stays – Mugabe ally

by Reuters, 15 Jan, 11:13 AM

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was sacked as president illegally and the international community must help remove the “military government” that has taken power or risk the country descending into chaos, an exiled Mugabe loyalist said.

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ISS: Time for Africa to take concrete action in the DRC

by ISS Africa, 12 Jan, 11:36 AM

The fight between the Congolese government and the political opposition over who is right and wrong continues to drive the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral crisis, now entering its third year. This has been an important aspect of the battle...

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Ex-military chief of staff to stand in Egyptian presidential election

by Reuters, 12 Jan, 10:34 AM

Former military chief of staff General Sami Anan will run in Egypt’s upcoming presidential election, the party he leads said, days after the most serious potential challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pulled out.

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Delta Avengers to attack oil sector – claim

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 11:42 AM

Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said it will launch attacks on the country’s oil sector in the next few days.

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Explosives seized in Ghana

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 11:04 AM

Police in Ghana seized explosives of various kinds in Accra and are holding three men connected to the substances, regional police command said in a statement.

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Tripoli’s Mitiga airport closed after fighting

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 10:52 AM

Fierce clashes broke out in Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people, shutting the airport and damaging planes during what government said was a failed attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.

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Cameroon unrest fuels cocoa smuggling

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 11:33 AM

Unrest in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, the central African nation’s cocoa-growing heartland, is fuelling bean smuggling into neighbouring Nigeria, farmers and buyers said.

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Buhari vows punishment for those behind ethnic violence

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 11:02 AM

Nigeria will punish those behind an outbreak of deadly clashes between cattle herders and farmers, President Muhammadu Buhari said pushing back at accusations he failed to take action against members of his own ethnic group.

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More Tunisian protesters arrested

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 10:46 AM

Tunisian police arrested 41 more protesters after fresh violent protests against austerity measures in the North African country, the interior ministry said, bringing the number of arrested to around 850.

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Former Somali al Shabaab leader denounced as apostate

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 11:38 AM

Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants, who carried out frequent bombings in Mogadishu, said a former leader who defected to government was an apostate who could be killed.

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Sudanese protesters teargassed, arrested

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 11:36 AM

Sudanese police fired tear gas, hit demonstrators with batons and arrested several people at a protest against soaring living costs in Khartoum.

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Egyptian detainee dies, police referred to criminal court

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 10:59 AM

A Cairo prosecutor referred two policemen to criminal court over the death of a detainee shortly after he was arrested on January 5, judicial sources said.

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More than a thousand migrants rescued off Libya

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 11:29 AM

About 1,400 migrants were plucked from over-crowded boats off the coast of Libya, Italy’s coastguard said, with two bodies recovered.

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Migrants die en route to Canary Islands

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 10:57 AM

Seven North African migrants died trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands from Morocco in a small inflatable boat, Spanish authorities said.

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Dozens of migrants arrested in Libya

by Reuters, 12 Jan, 10:41 AM

Authorities in eastern Libya said arrested and said they would deport 81 migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia who escaped from smugglers after failing to reach Europe.

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Sex abuse case against French soldiers dismissed

by Reuters, 16 Jan, 10:54 AM

French magistrates dismissed a case brought against a group of French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children while deployed in the Central African Republic in 2013-2014, a judicial source said.

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“Dead” Nigerian Shi’ite leader makes public appearance

by Reuters, 15 Jan, 11:05 AM

The leader of Nigeria’s Shi‘ite Muslim sect, rumoured to have died in detention, made his first public appearance in two years at the weekend, after police arrested dozens of members of the group calling for his release.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for October Niger attack

by Reuters, 15 Jan, 10:59 AM

The leader of Islamic State’s affiliate in West Africa claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four US Special Forces and four soldiers from Niger in October, Mauritania’s independent Nouakchott News Agency (ANI) reported.

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Armscor seeking 107 mm ammunition

by defenceWeb, 11 Jan, 09:58 AM

Armscor is looking to acquire 1 200 rounds of 107 mm ammunition, after issuing a tender for six 107 mm multiple rocket launchers in 2017.

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Innoson to produce vehicles for Nigerian military

by defenceWeb, 10 Jan, 10:01 AM

Nigerian vehicle manufacturer Innoson has signed an agreement to produce armoured vehicles for the Nigerian Army, with 100 to be supplied immediately.

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Inkunzi Strike to be qualified by March

by Guy Martin, 9 Jan, 10:04 AM

The PMP Inkunzi Strike 20x42 mm automatic weapon will be qualified by March this year, allowing for production to proceed.

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Japan issues false alarm over missile launch, days after Hawaii alert gaffe

by Reuters, 17 Jan, 10:51 AM

Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm on Tuesday saying North Korea appeared to have launched a missile and urging people to take shelter, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

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Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

by Reuters, 15 Jan, 11:34 AM

An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii’s residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the “wrong button,” Hawaii’s governor said.

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Trump to call on Pentagon, diplomats to play bigger arms sales role

by Reuters, 9 Jan, 11:08 AM

The Trump administration is nearing completion of a new “Buy American” plan that calls for U.S. military attaches and diplomats to help drum up billions of dollars more in business overseas for the U.S. weapons industry, going beyond the limited assistance...

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by Reuters, 11 Jan, 10:24 AM

Malaysia signed a deal to pay a US seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within 90 days of embarking on a new search in the Southern Indian ocean.

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UAE to resume flights to Tunis, ending row over ban on women

by Reuters, 5 Jan, 11:28 AM

The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday it would resume flights to Tunisia after an exchange of security information, resolving a row over a ban on female Tunisian passengers.

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Royal Air Maroc orders four Dreamliners

by defenceWeb, 4 Jan, 08:56 AM

Morocco's Royal Air Maroc has ordered four 787-9 Dreamliners from Boeing, valued at $1.1 billion at list prices. These will be used by Morocco's flag carrier to expand international service.

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Syrian army presses offensive in last rebel stronghold of Idlib

by Reuters, 8 Jan, 10:33 AM

Syria’s army and its allies pressed further into the country’s largest remaining rebel stronghold on Sunday, capturing a town and several villages as they approached a military airport, a pro-Damascus media unit and a war monitor reported.

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At least seven Russian planes destroyed by shelling at Syrian air base

by Reuters, 4 Jan, 10:57 AM

At least seven Russian planes were destroyed by rebel shelling at the Hmeymim air base in Syria on Dec. 31, Russian daily Kommersant reported late on Wednesday, citing two sources.

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What has brought Iranian protesters onto the streets?

by Reuters, 2 Jan, 12:22 PM

Iran is stepping up a crackdown against anti-government protests that pose the most audacious challenge to its clerical leadership since 2009. Following are factors that have brought Iranians to the streets and the challenges the authorities face.

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Soldiers to the rescue

by Africa Defense Forum, 23 Nov, 12:54 PM

For years, when countries needed their armed forces’ help during natural disasters, the philosophy was “last in, first out” — don’t use them except as a last resort, and use them as little as possible. But that thinking is at odds with the need for a...

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Feature: Cyber and electronic warfare an increasing global challenge

by Guy Martin, 9 Nov, 10:11 AM

Cyber and electronic attacks are increasingly factors in warfare, such as the sabotaging of Iran’s nuclear facilities and the attack on the Ukraine’s electricity grid. This, according to defence analyst Helmoed Romer Heitman, begs the question of when is an...

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Feature: Botswana’s Gripen plan highlights need for a defence white paper

by William M Wyatt, 5 Oct, 02:12 PM

Gaborone’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Swedish-built Gripen multi-role jet fighters has drawn sharp criticisms from security analysts, foreign press and domestic political opposition within Botswana.

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Boeing unveils prototype for unmanned electric cargo air vehicle

by defenceWeb, 11 Jan, 10:33 AM

Boeing on Wednesday unveiled a prototype for an unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing cargo air vehicle (CAV) that the planemaker said will be used to test its autonomous technology.

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Are the USA’s electromagnetic guns going off the rails?

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 2 Jan, 11:16 AM

Beginning 2005, the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) started development of an electro magnetic railgun (EMRG). Using magnetic fields to accelerate a projectile instead of chemical propellant, the futuristic weapons held promises of launching projectiles...

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Airbus outlines CyberSecurity predictions for 2018

by Airbus, 14 Dec, 11:43 AM

Researchers at Airbus’ external Cyber Security business have compiled their top technology predictions for 2018, based on trends identified at its Security Operations Centres in France, UK and Germany during 2017.

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FF+ leader on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 08:56 AM

FF Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said in a private member’s statement in parliament the wave of farm murders and attacks sweeping the country and particularly the cruelty of these attacks, makes it increasingly urgent for government and specifically the...

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Mapisa-Nqakula on defence budget vote

by defenceWeb, 25 Jun, 12:33 PM

Introduction of the debate on the defence and military veterans budget vote 2017 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister For Defence And Military Veterans, 25 May 2017, Parliament, Cape Town.

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Mapisa-Nqakula on International Peacekeeper's Day

by defenceWeb, 31 May, 10:30 AM

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula speaking notes on the occasion of International Peacekeepers' Day, 29 May 2017, De Brug Military Base, Bloemfontein.

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Project Koba-Tlala steadily ticking off objectives

by defenceWeb, 16 Jan, 10:01 AM

Ten objectives of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) ambitious contribution to government’s National Development Plan via Project Koba-Tlala have been achieved to date.

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Confusion over Turkey’s naval dock plan in Sudan

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 3 Jan, 09:54 AM

It remains unclear as to whether or not Turkey will build a naval dock at Suakin in Sudan, as Turkey has denied initial reports about naval facilities at the historic port.

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Russian military working on deal to use Egypt air bases

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 09:59 AM

Russia’s government published a draft agreement between Russian and Egypt on Thursday allowing both countries to use each other’s air space and air bases for their military planes.

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