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Agri-business a core component of Project Koba-Tlala

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:09 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s ambitious initiative to involve local communities in among others the fresh produce supply chain to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) units and bases is providing a positive spin-off for Reserve Force members.
Tshwane targets Chinese companies for aerospace investment

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 16 Oct, 10:01 AM

Tshwane is trying to attract Chinese investment into the aviation cluster in the city area.

SANDF “set up for failure” in Operation Corona – DA

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 06:43 AM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) maintains government’s failure to “fully capacitate” the border protection tasking Operation Corona has “set up the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) for failure in its duty to secure South Africa’s landward borders”.
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Denel responds to Saudi interest

by defenceWeb, 15 Oct, 11:23 AM

Denel has said it is not aware of talks by Saudi Arabia to invest in Denel, but is open to further collaboration with the Middle Eastern country.

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Sisulu confirms Saudi interest in Denel

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 10:52 AM

Saudi Arabia has approached South Africa about taking a stake in struggling state-owned defence firm Denel, the African country’s foreign affairs minister Lindiwe Sisulu confirmed on Thursday.

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Armscor clean audit tempered by salary increase and bonus questions

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 10:10 AM

Armscor’s announcement this week of receipt of an unqualified audit opinion from the Auditor General will be tempered by the knowledge there are questions on the way regarding salaries and bonuses.

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ISS: Africa, and the world, need safer seas and shipping

by ISS Africa, 2 Oct, 08:57 AM

Most of the world’s trade is by sea, but this has not made it any easier to achieve safer and environmentally friendly shipping, or good labour standards for all seafarers. The sheer number of ships on the ocean, the diversity in seafarers and ship owners, and...

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Tri-nation Exercise Ibsamar starts on Monday

by defenceWeb, 28 Sep, 09:34 AM

Hard on the heels of the just completed Exercise Atlasur, the SA Navy next week starts work on its second international exercise of the year – Ibsamar.

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SA Navy support and maintenance agreement a done deal

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 09:42 AM

South African defence industry company Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) was established 15 years ago to support the SA Navy and has, after long negotiations, concluded a support agreement for the maritime service in partnership with ThyssenKrupp Marine systems (tkMS)....

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Tanzania Air Force H225 spotted

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 11:10 AM

The Tanzania Air Force appears to have taken delivery of the first of two H225 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters.

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Cybicom and the CSIR add fire-fighting module to helicopter simulator

by defenceWeb, 10 Oct, 10:18 AM

Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have integrated a fire-fighting training module into their Helicopter Flight Trainer (HFT) simulator, which allows for cost-effective training for helicopter pilots with respect...

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Light military helicopter market recovering

by Forecast International, 1 Oct, 10:40 AM

Data generated by Forecast International through its innovative Platinum Forecast System 4.0 indicate that a number of planned new-start acquisition programs will kick-start demand in the long term in the light military rotorcraft market. Forecast International...

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Tshwane targets Chinese companies for aerospace investment

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 16 Oct, 10:01 AM

Tshwane is trying to attract Chinese investment into the aviation cluster in the city area.

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Royal Air Force C-17 arrives in Mali for the first time

by Royal Air Force, 15 Oct, 10:29 AM

A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft has arrived at Gao airfield in Mali for the first time. The flight was to deliver supplies to the Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook Detachment currently deployed supporting French operations there.

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CADG launches Helix optionally piloted ISR system

by Guy Martin, 15 Oct, 10:17 AM

Singapore-headquartered CADG has launched its Helix optionally piloted intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system, using an ES-15 motor-glider and avionics supplied by Cape Town-based S-Plane.

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SA Military Ombud to host international ombud conference

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 09:47 AM

South Africa will from 29 to 31 October host the 10th International Conference of Ombud Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF) at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park near Johannesburg.

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Lack of information on SAASIC horses leads to Parliamentary question

by defenceWeb, 15 Oct, 09:50 AM

The mercy killing of horses used and supposedly cared for by the SA Army’s Specialist infantry Capability (SAASIC) as well as apparent subsequent further ill-treatment of horses saw a board of inquiry formed to investigate and report.

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New infantry combat vehicle “at least 32 months” behind schedule – Armscor

by defenceWeb, 15 Oct, 09:44 AM

The replacement for the SA Army’s Ratel infantry combat vehicle - the Badger – “has already been delayed by at least 32 months” according to the latest Armscor annual report.

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Simon’s town medal parade

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 10:26 AM

SA Navy Flag Officer Fleet (FOF), Rear Admiral B K Mhlana awarded 10 year Good Service medals and “Tshumelo Ikatelaho” Good Service medals to a 125 recipients in Simon’s Town during a naval medal parade this week.

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Navy gains double benefits from Exercise IBSAMAR

by Dean Wingrin, 8 Oct, 09:00 AM

The South African Navy (SA Navy) and its sea-going personnel are reaping double benefits as Exercise IBSAMAR VI 2018, the trilateral naval exercise between Brazil, India and South Africa, concludes its first sea phase.

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SANDF getting new workboat

by defenceWeb, 3 Oct, 10:02 AM

Veecraft Marine will supply a 20 metre workboat to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which will use it for personnel and equipment transport and training up to 15 kilometres off the coast.

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Concern over Ivory Coast political rift

by Reuters, 12 Oct, 10:17 AM

After more than a decade as allies, two of Ivory Coast’s largest political parties face off in local elections after an acrimonious divorce making Ivorians nervous ahead of a presidential poll in 2020.

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Ethiopia PM meets soldiers on pay increases

by Reuters, 11 Oct, 11:00 AM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reached an agreement with several hundred soldiers who marched on his office to demand pay rises and were invited in to see him, state television (ETV) reported.

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Arson costs South African rail service R636 million

by defenceWeb, 10 Oct, 10:57 AM

South Africa’s state-owned rail service PRASA lost around R636 million ($42.5 million) over the past three and a half years due to deliberate train fires, parliament heard.

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Rangers discover bomb in the Kruger National Park

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 02:53 PM

South African National Parks has today confirmed that Rangers conducting a patrol with K9 support in the south western boundary of the Kruger National Park on 12 October, flushed out two suspicious individuals who were hiding in a pipeline underneath a railway...

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ISS: The role of women in West Africa’s violent extremist groups

by ISS Africa, 12 Oct, 10:56 AM

Women’s involvement in Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad Basin is well known. However their role in the activities of the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), operating across the Sahel, appears to be less direct. What makes these groups include...

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One killed in Somalia air strike

by Reuters, 10 Oct, 10:54 AM

The US military said it killed a militant in an air strike in southern Somalia over the weekend during a battle pitting US and Somali government troops against al Shabaab Islamist fighters.

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South African plastics sector on strike

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 10:55 AM

Thousands of South African plastics sector workers began a strike on Monday over pay and benefits, halting operations at some companies, the union and firms said.

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Team to report back on Ventersdorp protests

by SANews, 16 Oct, 09:28 AM

North West Premier Professor Job Mokgoro has sent a team to Ventersdorp to find lasting solutions following protests in the area.

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Victims of Crime Survey show increase in crime

by SANews, 12 Oct, 12:01 PM

The 2018 Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) results released by Statistics South Africa indicate that aggregate crime levels in the period 2017/18 increased as compared to the previous year.

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Somalis remember deadly suicide bombing a year on

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 10:53 AM

A year after their father was among nearly 600 Somalis killed in a fireball, the 32 children of Abdullah Mohamud plunged into poverty by his death are among thousands still suffering aftershocks of what may be history’s deadliest suicide bombing.

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Aid worker held hostage in Nigeria killed

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 10:50 AM

A medical aid worker held hostage in Nigeria since March was killed by Islamist militants after their deadline expired, government said.

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Marievale saga continues

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:38 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been ordered not to interfere with the water supply nor come into close proximity with residents of Happiness Village, which houses some of those evicted from the Marievale military base.

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SANDF “set up for failure” in Operation Corona – DA

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 06:43 AM

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Migrants drown off Spain

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 11:21 AM

Three migrants drowned and 354 were rescued from dinghies in Spanish waters the maritime rescue service said.

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Congo migrants leave Angola, claim crackdown

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 11:16 AM

Congolese migrants and officials said dozens of people were killed in neighbouring Angola in a crackdown on artisanal diamond mining, an accusation Angolan security forces denied.

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Mabuza affirms SA's support for South Sudan peace talks

by SANews, 16 Oct, 09:35 AM

South African Deputy President David Mabuza has called on stakeholders involved in the South Sudan peace process to be steadfast in their efforts of implementing the peace agreement, which will benefit the people of the east-central African country.

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Drop charges against senior Rwandan officials – French prosecutor

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 11:23 AM

A French prosecutor recommended dropping charges against eight senior Rwandan officials, including the defence minister, being investigated over the death of President Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994, a judicial source told Reuters.

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Nigerian militia group releases over 800 children – UN

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 11:01 AM

A militia fighting the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria released 833 children from its own ranks, some as young as 11, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said.

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Alaris promoting DF-A0037 direction finder for maritime use

by defenceWeb, 15 Oct, 01:41 PM

Alaris Antennas is promoting its DF-A0037 direction-finding antenna for maritime use after adapting it for this more demanding environment.

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France evaluates MMP missile in Djibouti

by defenceWeb, 15 Oct, 10:42 AM

From 25 August to 22 September in Djibouti, the Technical Section of the French Army (STAT), the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and prime contractor MBDA conducted an evaluation campaign of the Missile Moyenne Portée (Medium-Range Missile, or MMP). The...

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Algeria likely customer for additional Fuchs-2 vehicles

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 10:14 AM

Algeria is believed to be behind an order for components for the manufacture of Fuchs-2 armoured vehicles from Rheinmetall worth over a hundred million euros.

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U.S. foreign military sales total $55.6 billion, up 33 percent:

by Reuters, 10 Oct, 11:45 AM

Sales of U.S. military equipment to foreign governments rose 33 percent to $55.6 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, as looser restrictions on sales have begun to increase arms deals.

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Pentagon sees China as “growing risk” to US defence industry

by Reuters, 5 Oct, 10:37 AM

China represents a “significant and growing risk” to the supply of materials vital to the US military, according to a new Pentagon-led report seeking to mend weaknesses in core US industries vital to national security.

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US military dependent on foreign countries, including China

by Reuters, 3 Oct, 11:18 AM

A Pentagon-led review ordered by President Donald Trump identified hundreds of instances where the US military depends on foreign countries, especially China, for critical materials, officials said.

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Senior appointments at SA Express

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:58 AM

Three senior personnel have been named by troubled local airline SA Express as part of its recovery strategy.

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Money flies across tarmac as business jet show kicks off

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 09:38 AM

On the eve of the world’s largest business jet show, deals began in earnest as planemakers polished plans for supersonic jets and unveiled new luxury aircraft featuring high-speed WiFi and hot showers at 40,000 feet.

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Airlines call on SADC governments to remove blockages slowing economic growth

by defenceWeb, 15 Oct, 11:38 AM

Airline industry leaders and government officials have met to discuss responses to an array of pressures threatening the competitiveness and sustainability of carriers in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

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Syrian jihadists accept Idlib deal

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 11:18 AM

Syria’s main jihadist group would abide by the terms of a Russian-Turkish deal to prevent a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held Idlib a day before a critical deadline.

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Syrian amnesty offer

by Reuters, 9 Oct, 10:45 AM

The Syrian government announced an amnesty for men who deserted the army or avoided military service, giving them several months to report for duty without facing punishment, it said.

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New US counter-terrorism focus on Iran and proxies

by Reuters, 5 Oct, 10:32 AM

The Trump administration is giving greater priority to Iran and radical groups it backs in a new US counter-terrorism strategy document that further increases the pressure from Washington on Tehran.

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Feature: A pathway to professionalism

by Africa Defense Forum, 11 Oct, 10:26 AM

For African countries, improving the security outlook does not require better weapons or larger defense budgets. Instead, the precarious balance of national stability rests largely on the professionalism of security forces.

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Veterans’ militaria fair at Warrior Shellhole

by defenceWeb, 28 Sep, 04:25 AM

The SA War Graves Society (SAWGS) will this Sunday stage another in its series of veterans’ militaria fairs to raise much-needed funds for restoration and maintenance of war graves and memorials.

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SA defence industry at a crossroads – Mapisa-Nqakula

by Guy Martin, 18 Sep, 07:43 PM

The South African defence industry is at a critical crossroads due to challenges including the reduced defence budget and fewer acquisition programmes, requiring transformation. This is according to defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

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Nammo develops supercavitating ammunition

by Nammo, 15 Oct, 10:37 AM

While traditional ammunition is either stopped or deflected when it hits water, Nammo’s 30 mm Swimmer (APFSDS-T MK 258 Mod 1) swims straight through water, thanks to a groundbreaking design on the supercavitating projectile developed in cooperation with the US...

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New coating keeps ships at sea longer

by Australian Department of Defence, 11 Oct, 10:35 AM

A new corrosion-resistant coating that halved the build-up of algae and barnacles on ship hydraulic components is now being trialled on HMAS Canberra, one of the Royal Australian Navy's landing helicopter dock ships.

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Naval technology used in shark repellent system

by defenceWeb, 4 Oct, 09:50 AM

That military – and in this instance naval – technology can be successfully adapted to civilian use has again been demonstrated, this time by Armscor’s Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT).

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Speech: Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of AAD 2018

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 05:52 PM

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, 19 September 2018.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

by defenceWeb, 17 Sep, 09:18 AM

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) 2018, Waterkloof Air Force Base Hangar 7, Pretoria, 17 September 2018.

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DoD belatedly responds to defenceWeb article

by defenceWeb, 12 Jul, 10:14 AM

Department of Defence head of communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, responded to a defenceWeb piece published on Tuesday, July 10.

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Agri-business a core component of Project Koba-Tlala

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:09 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s ambitious initiative to involve local communities in among others the fresh produce supply chain to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) units and bases is providing a positive spin-off for Reserve...

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AFRICOM hosts first ever Multilateral Logistics Seminar

by Africom, 12 Oct, 11:05 AM

U.S. Africa Command hosted the inaugural Multilateral Logistic Seminar (MLLS) between 24 and 28 September in Sindelfingen, Germany.

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Department of Defence to host Suppliers’ Day

by defenceWeb, 5 Oct, 08:57 AM

The South African Department of Defence (DoD) will host a Suppliers’ Day on 12 October during which it aims to build relationships with small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs).

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Frontex testing unmanned aircraft for border surveillance

by Forecast International, 15 Oct, 10:23 AM

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has begun testing the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Greece, Italy and Portugal to monitor the European Union’s external borders.

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World civil unmanned aerial vehicle market to see massive growth

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 11 Oct, 11:31 AM

The Teal Group has released its new market profile and forecast for World civil Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The Fairfax, Virginia-based consultancy is bullish and predicts “worldwide civil drone production will soar over the next decade” and “promise to...

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Threats from drones in US escalating

by Reuters, 11 Oct, 11:09 AM

FBI director Christopher Wray told a US Senate panel the drone threat “is steadily escalating” even as Congress gives agencies new tools to address threats.

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