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Hensold Optronics South Africa to launch new growth strategy

by Guy Martin, 22 May, 10:22 AM

Hensoldt Optronics South Africa (HOSA) sees itself becoming a bigger player in the aerospace and defence sector, especially with its airborne sensor solutions, and will soon launch a new business growth strategy.

Defence Charter will bring change to the industry – Mapisa-Nqakula

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:07 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula announced details of the Defence Industry Charter that will substantially change the face of the industry, as far as black economic empowerment and utilisation of locally produced components and products are concerned.
Second Algerian Meko frigate arrives home

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:00 AM

The Algerian Navy’s newest frigate, the Meko 200AN class vessel El Moudamir, has arrived in Algeria after leaving Germany on 15 May.

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Hensold Optronics South Africa to launch new growth strategy

by Guy Martin, 22 May, 10:22 AM

Hensoldt Optronics South Africa (HOSA) sees itself becoming a bigger player in the aerospace and defence sector, especially with its airborne sensor solutions, and will soon launch a new business growth strategy.

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Defence Charter will bring change to the industry – Mapisa-Nqakula

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:07 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula announced details of the Defence Industry Charter that will substantially change the face of the industry, as far as black economic empowerment and utilisation of locally produced components and products...

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Mapisa-Nqakula tells workshop defence industry is essential for economic growth

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 10:57 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula today acknowledged a defence force is an expensive asset – costly to develop and maintain – telling delegates to the inaugural National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) workshop in Centurion it was...

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Danish Challenger maritime surveillance aircraft begins Horn of Africa deployment

by Oscar Nkala, 17 May, 02:47 PM

The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has deployed a Challenger 604 maritime surveillance aircraft to support the French-led Combined Maritime Force (CMF), which was set up to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean waters off the coast of Somalia and the broader Horn of...

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Libya receives refurbished patrol boats from Italy

by defenceWeb, 16 May, 09:58 AM

The Libyan Coast Guard has taken delivery of four refurbished patrol boats from Italy to beef up its efforts to stop people smuggling, with another six boats due in the coming weeks.

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EU hosts Somali Prime Minister to discuss piracy off Somalia

by EUCAP Somalia, 11 May, 11:57 AM

On 8 May 2017 the European Union’s Ambassador to Somalia, Veronique Lorenzo, hosted the Somali Prime Minister, HE Hasan Ali Khaire and State Minister, Abdullahi Hamud, on board EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, off the coast of Mogadishu, to discuss...

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Belgium to deploy NH90s to Mali next year

by defenceWeb, 5 May, 09:40 AM

The Belgian military is planning to deploy two NH90 transport helicopters to Mali next year in support of the United Nations mission there.

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Kenya seeking sale of 12 armed MD 530F helicopters

by defenceWeb, 4 May, 10:04 AM

Kenya has requested the purchase of 12 MD 530F helicopters from the United States, at a proposed cost of $253 million including weapons, ammunition and support.

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Fiftieth anniversary of Gazelle’s maiden flight

by Airbus Helicopters, 26 Apr, 12:21 PM

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle helicopter’s maiden flight on 25 April during a conference at the museum of aviation in St Victoret.

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Wonderboom gearing up for Adrenaline show in June

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 12:16 PM

Wonderboom Airport north of Pretoria is getting ready to host the second annual Airlink Adrenaline Wonderboom Airport Show between 9 and 11 June.

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SAAF bringing C212 back into service?

by Guy Martin, 15 May, 10:06 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) may be bringing an accident-damaged CASA 212 light transport aircraft back into service. It currently has two airworthy examples.

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Royal Bafokeng King becomes 44 Squadron Honorary Colonel

by defenceWeb, 12 May, 12:52 PM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) on 11 May held a ceremony to accept Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, the 36th King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, as Honorary Colonel of 44 Squadron.

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Rose petals grace SAAF Memorial

by Chris Szabo, 22 May, 11:33 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) and the Air Force Association have commemorated those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the 54th annual memorial service at Bays Hill outside Pretoria.

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Crystal ball gazing at the SA Navy’s new capabilities

In February Armscor made public the names of preferred bidders for new naval platforms, including a hydrographic vessel.

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No expanded deployment for Operation Corona due to lack of funding

Indications are any plans to expand the presence of soldiers on South Africa’s landward borders will not happen if the current status quo as far as financing is concerned remains in place.

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Second Algerian Meko frigate arrives home

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:00 AM

The Algerian Navy’s newest frigate, the Meko 200AN class vessel El Moudamir, has arrived in Algeria after leaving Germany on 15 May.

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Bangladesh launches Kenyan offshore patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 17 May, 10:12 AM

Bangladeshi shipbuilder Western Marine Shipyard (WMS) has launched the offshore patrol vessel MV Doria for Kenya's Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Agriculture.

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French frigate departs Cape Town on first post upgrade patrol

by Dean Wingrin, 16 May, 10:05 AM

As part of a patrol mission to the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, French Navy (Marine Nationale) surveillance frigate Le Floréal made a routine port call to Cape Town from its naval base of Port des Galets in Reunion Island.

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One killed after Kenya political rally

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:29 PM

Police shot dead one person in northern Kenya's Isiolo county after a political rally attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta where supporters of rival political candidates for regional government positions clashed, police said.

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France under Macron signals shift in Libya policy, towards Haftar

by Reuters, 19 May, 12:38 PM

France said on Thursday it was reviewing its position on the Libyan conflict and for the first time openly called for a united national army that included eastern militia commander Khalifa Haftar to battle Islamist militants.

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Niger opposition leader faces incitement and sedition charges

by Reuters, 19 May, 11:46 AM

A Niger opposition leader will go on trial next week on charges of incitement to violence and sedition, his lawyer said, in a case critics say highlights growing repression under President Mahamadou Issoufou's government.

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Strikes launched after air base attack in east Libya

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:24 PM

East Libyan forces targeted rival brigades with a series of air strikes in Jufra, officials and witnesses said, three days after dozens of their men were killed in a surprise attack on an air base.

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Twenty-two dead in CAR fighting

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:18 PM

Fighting last week between rival Christian and Muslim militias in the Central African Republic town of Bria killed at least 22 people, including 17 civilians, and forced some 10,000 others to flee, the country's United Nations mission said.

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Thousands rally in north Morocco protest march

by Reuters, 19 May, 01:10 PM

Thousands of Moroccans marched in a northern town to protest against injustice and corruption on Thursday, seven months after a fishmonger was crushed inside a garbage truck there while trying to retrieve fish confiscated by the police.

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IS suspects referred to Egyptian military court over church bombings

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:27 PM

Egypt referred 48 people to the country's military judiciary for suspected involvement in three deadly church bombings and accused them of joining the militant group Islamic State.

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Two to face trial for DR Congo murder of UN investigators

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:21 PM

A military prosecutor in Democratic Republic of Congo said two men would soon face trial for the murder of two UN investigators and denied Congolese forces were implicated in the crime.

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Tribal elder, five others filled in Benghazi car bomb

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:13 PM

A car bomb killed a prominent tribal elder allied to eastern security forces and five other people outside a mosque in a town south of Benghazi as they were leaving afternoon prayers, a security official said.

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There is a way out for al Shabaab fighters

by Jacob Doyle and Berenika Stefanska/ADF, 22 May, 01:46 PM

Ahmed, the son of a fisherman, joined al-Shabaab in 2006 as a way to earn money and support his five children. He headed a rapid-reaction team for the terror group and saw heavy combat. But he grew disenchanted with life inside al-Shabaab. Living in the harsh Somali...

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Tunisian protestors close second pump station

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:07 PM

Tunisian protesters demanding jobs and a share in energy wealth closed down another oil pumping station in defiance of government efforts to protect oil and gas fields with troops and negotiate an end to unrest.

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Rise in South Sudan child refugees

by Reuters, 19 May, 11:50 AM

More than 100 lone children cross into Uganda each day fleeing conflict in South Sudan, walking for days with no food or family to sustain them, an aid agency said.

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More than two thousand migrants rescued

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:16 PM

Rescuers pulled 2,121 migrants to safety from boats in the Mediterranean late at the weekend and recovered a dead body, the Italian coastguard said.

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In busy day for rescues at sea, migrants cheer when told 'Libya is over'

by Reuters, 19 May, 12:35 PM

Rescues began at dawn on Thursday and by the end of the day some 2,300 migrants had been pulled off 22 wooden and rubber boats in the Mediterranean, with many rejoicing when rescuers told them that their long journey to Europe was almost over.

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Italy rescues 383 Mediterranean migrants

by Reuters, 15 May, 11:52 AM

Rescuers saved 484 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean at the weekend and found the bodies of seven men who died attempting to reach Europe, Italy's coast guard said.

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French will step up fight against Islamists in Africa – Macron

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:33 PM

France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe.

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AU seeks international help for fight against LRA

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:05 PM

The African Union has called for international military support for soldiers in the Central African Republic fighting warlord Joseph Kony after the United States and Uganda said they would withdraw troops from the hunt for insurgents.

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Air Chiefs symposium held in Botswana

by Africom, 22 May, 12:10 PM

Air Chiefs and representatives from 29 African nations gathered on 16 May for an annual symposium in Botswana, which hosted a record number of African air chiefs.

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Successful African Land Forces Summit in Malawi

by defenceWeb/Africom, 22 May, 10:10 AM

Flags of 44 nations flew above “The Warm Heart of Africa” earlier this month, signalling the presence of senior military leaders united in the name of partnership.

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SA Army holds massive capability demonstration

by Guy Martin, 19 May, 10:42 AM

The South African Army, supported by other branches of service and the defence industry, held a spectacular capability demonstration at the De Brug training area outside Bloemfontein this week, involving dozens of armoured vehicles, jets and helicopters, which...

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Hensold receives Spexer radar orders from Middle East North Africa region

by defenceWeb, 12 May, 11:15 AM

Hensoldt, formerly the electronics business unit of Airbus Defence and Space, has sold 50 Spexer 2000 ground surveillance radars to countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in deals worth €40 million.

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French researchers find way to unlock WannaCry without ransom

by Reuters, 22 May, 02:06 PM

French researchers said on Friday they had found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims' computers first infected a week ago.

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New Chinese export attack helicopter makes maiden flight

by Reuters, 19 May, 01:13 PM

China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter designed for the export market on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernisation programme.

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Sweden drops Assange investigation, UK police says he still faces arrest

by Reuters, 19 May, 12:32 PM

Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they had dropped an investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up.

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CAASA launches SA aviation activity index

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 11:54 AM

The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) has launched its aviation activity index covering the sale of aircraft and air traffic movements in South Africa to provide a gauge of economic activity in the commercial aviation industry.

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Review to merge SAA, SA Express at an advanced stage

by SANews, 11 May, 11:40 AM

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says the work of assessing the viability of a merger between South African Airways and SA Express is done, pending a government review.

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South African civil aviation under the ICAO spotlight

by defenceWeb, 9 May, 10:24 AM

The South African civil aviation industry will be under the spotlight in the next two weeks as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) conducts an audit of the country’s competence in relation to aviation safety oversight systems.

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U.S. official says nearly $110 billion worth of military deals inked with Saudi Arabia

by Reuters, 22 May, 02:15 PM

The United States on Saturday announced military deals worth nearly $110 billion (84.3 billion pounds), during a visit by President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia.

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Last 1,000 rebels leave Damascus district under evacuation deal

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:58 PM

More than 1,000 insurgents and their families left an opposition-held district of Damascus on Monday, completing an agreement between the Syrian government and rebels, Syrian state media outlets and a war monitoring group said.

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Iraq says battle for Mosul nearly won as forces close in on Old City

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:57 PM

Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but 12 square km of Mosul, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, after planes dropped leaflets into the city telling civilians the battle was nearly won.

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A centenary of caring for Commonwealth war graves

by Charles Ross, 19 May, 10:26 AM

The Imperial War Graves was established by the signing of the Royal Charter on May 21, 1917 establishing the Imperial War Graves Commission with the name changed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by way of a supplementary Royal Charter dated June 8, 1964....

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Armour Formation back at Voortrekker Monument military fair

by defenceWeb, 12 Apr, 09:52 AM

Monday, May 1, will see the seventh staging of the annual Voortrekker Monument Military and History Fair which this year will have an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) element.

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Castle of Good Hope will be home to military veterans’ skills transfer and training site

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:01 AM

2016 marks the 350th anniversary of what is widely accepted as the oldest building in South Africa – the Castle of Good Hope – and a year of commemorative events ends on December 9 when a centre for memory and learning is opened.

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CSIR upgrades crash test dummies

by defenceWeb/CSIR, 22 May, 10:02 AM

The CSIR’s capability to test performance of military vehicles when detonating a landmine has been significantly enhanced by updating of the organisation’s crash test dummies.

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AeroVironment unveils palm-sized surveillance drone for U.S. military

by Reuters, 10 May, 11:04 AM

Drone-maker AeroVironment Inc unveiled a small four-rotor surveillance helicopter on Tuesday that can be carried in a small pouch and launched from the palm of a hand.

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Unmanned U.S. Air Force space plane lands after secret, two-year mission

by Reuters, 9 May, 10:54 AM

The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Castle commemorative programme

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 12:17 PM

Speech by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, presented on behalf of President JG Zuma, on the occasion of the conclusion of the year-long commemorative programme of the 350 years of the existence of the Castle of Good Hope, 09 December 2016, Castle of Good...

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula ahead of AAD

by defenceWeb, 14 Sep, 08:02 PM

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of breakfast media briefing on the eve of the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition (AAD), Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, 13 September 2016.

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Speech: Zuma on Delville Wood centenary

by defenceWeb, 13 Jul, 08:29 AM

Address by President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of the Centenary of the Battle of Delville Wood, France, 12 July 2016.

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African Logistics Forum 2017

by Africom, 10 May, 11:31 AM

Being prepared to respond to natural disasters, crises, and contingency operations require extensive logistical planning and support, which is why the African Union hosted the African Logistics Forum - 2017, in conjunction with U.S Africa Command, at Plenary Hall,...

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UN plans to cut air logistics spend

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:05 AM

Moving assets by air is by far the fastest way to get them where needed but it is expensive as evidenced by UN figures which show the world body spent close on $750 million from 2015 to 2016 on flights.

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UAE to establish military base in Somalia

by defenceWeb, 14 Feb, 01:51 PM

Somaliland’s parliament has approved the establishment of a naval base by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the port town of Berbera.

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