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Electronic Warfare to the fore

by Dean Wingrin, 26 May, 10:20 AM

Members of the South African Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), known as the Aardvark Roost, held their 13th Little Crow Conference in Simon's Town earlier this month. The event was preceded by an Electronic Warfare (EW) industry visit to the Tellumat facility in Retreat.
Mechem dogs doing their bit to counter rhino and other wildlife poaching

by defenceWeb, 26 May, 10:16 AM

Tracker dogs trained by Denel are having increasing success in curbing the smuggling of rhino horn and ivory in the Kruger National Park.
Navy plays major role in impounding 600 tons of squid and other fish as well as foreign trawlers

by defenceWeb, 26 May, 09:07 AM

The three foreign fishing vessels, escorted into East London harbour earlier this week by the SA Navy replenishment vessel and the DAFF vessel, Sarah Baartman, were carrying 600 tons of squid as well as other fish caught illegally.
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Nigeria to locally produce armoured personnel carriers by year-end

by defenceWeb, 25 May, 08:31 AM

The Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) is partnering with Proforce Limited to produce armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for the Nigerian military and other security agencies by the end of this year.

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Landward forces will be well represented at this year’s AAD

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 08:24 AM

This year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition will, in addition to showcasing the full spectrum of defence equipment, have a sizeable section devoted to ground forces and landward defence.

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UK defence companies seeking partnerships in South Africa

by Guy Martin, 23 May, 10:02 AM

United Kingdom defence and security companies are keen to do business in South Africa and are seeking local partnerships.

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Guinean sailors arrested after clash with Sierra Leona navy

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:49 AM

Sierra Leone was holding 11 Guineans including military personnel in custody on Wednesday following a confrontation at sea involving the two West African neighbours' navies, Sierra Leonean officials said.

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Navy plays major role in impounding 600 tons of squid and other fish as well as foreign trawlers

by defenceWeb, 26 May, 09:07 AM

The three foreign fishing vessels, escorted into East London harbour earlier this week by the SA Navy replenishment vessel and the DAFF vessel, Sarah Baartman, were carrying 600 tons of squid as well as other fish caught illegally.

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Another three Chinese fishing trawlers escorted into a SA port

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 10:04 AM

A call for assistance to the SA Navy by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to assist in monitoring and inspecting Chinese trawlers thought to be fishing illegally in South African waters is paying dividends.

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India talking to African countries on HAL Light Combat Helicopter

by defenceWeb, 17 May, 09:42 AM

India is apparently in talks with African countries interested in its Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), which is edging closer to production.

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Tunisia seeking Kiowa Warrior helicopters

by d, 4 May, 10:08 AM

The United States government has approved a possible sale of 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, weapons and equipment to Tunisia in a deal worth $100 million.

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Maldives on the way to receiving another Dhruv helicopter from India

by defenceWeb, 29 Apr, 08:53 AM

The Indian Navy has deployed a Dhruv light helicopter to the Maldives in order to assist the island nation with maritime surveillance. The helicopter will be transferred to the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) by year-end.

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Super Lynx notches up first local sea rescue

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 09:54 AM

The versatility of rotary-winged aircraft added to the capabilities of SA Air Force (SAAF) aircrew saw a 22 Squadron Super Lynx maritime helicopter successfully carry out the first sea rescue done by the type in South African service.

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EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo missing, 66 aboard

by Reuters, 19 May, 11:12 AM

An EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's national airline said.

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Botswana interested in buying Gripens

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 10:27 AM

Botswana is in talks with Sweden regarding the purchase of eight Gripen fighter jets from Saab, according to the country’s defence materiel agency.

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Electronic Warfare to the fore

by Dean Wingrin, 26 May, 10:20 AM

Members of the South African Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), known as the Aardvark Roost, held their 13th Little Crow Conference in Simon's Town earlier this month. The event was preceded by an Electronic Warfare (EW) industry visit to the Tellumat...

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Shoke slams Tempe’s sleeping sentries

General Solly Shoke, the country’s top soldier and a firm believer in strict discipline, said the actions of two sentries robbed while asleep on duty at Tempe military base last year was “a disgrace”.

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Union Buildings “special leave” protestors recalled

SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke, has decided enough is enough as regards the aftermath of the 2009 march on the Union Buildings.

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Egyptian court cancels jail terms for 47 over island protests

by Reuters, 25 May, 08:49 AM

An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday cancelled five-year prison terms handed to 47 people earlier this month for protesting a government decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources said.

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Egypt seeking Harpoon missiles

by defenceWeb, 20 May, 10:09 AM

Egypt is seeking Harpoon Block II missiles from the United States in a deal worth an estimated $143 million.

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Arctic convoys display opens at SA Naval Museum

by Dean Wingrin, 20 May, 09:48 AM

The SA Naval Museum, in co-operation with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in South Africa, opened its latest display earlier this month.

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Thousands march for Mugabe

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:55 AM

Thousands of people marched through Zimbabwe's capital Harare on Wednesday in support of President Robert Mugabe as he denounced "treasonous" factions in his ZANU-PF party feuding over who should succeed the 92-year-old leader.

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UN concerned by rising political tension in Congo ahead of vote

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:52 AM

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday voiced concern about reports of rising political tension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to uncertainty about a presidential election scheduled to take place later this year.

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Mauritian PM picks son as finance minister

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:46 AM

Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth picked his son Pravind as finance minister, the president's office said on Wednesday.

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Nigerian Chevron oil facility attacked

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:23 AM

A Nigerian civil rights leader and a Niger Delta resident confirmed on Thursday militants had attacked a Chevron oil facility in the region.

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Nigeria claws back oil output under the shadow of militant threats

by Reuters, 25 May, 08:40 AM

Nigeria was clawing back lost oil production this week after militant attacks on pipelines and an accident at an export terminal hobbled the country's crude exports.

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Insight - As fighters return from Libya, Tunisia faces growing challenge

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:50 PM

After a U.S. air strike killed a Tunisian jihadist commander in western Libya in late February, dozens of Islamic State fighters sneaked across the border into Tunisia and attacked an army barracks and police bases in the town of Ben Guerdane.

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Kenyan police arrest two in connection with planned IS attack

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:39 AM

Kenyan police said on Wednesday they had arrested two people linked to Islamic State who were planning to launch an attack, seizing bomb-making materials.

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Nine men charged after latest protest clashes in Kenya

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:49 PM

A Kenyan court charged nine men on Tuesday for their role in a protest a day earlier against an electoral oversight body, a lawyer said, after the fourth flare-up on the streets in a month.

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South African shanty-town demolition sparks riots, two guards killed

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:43 PM

The demolition of shacks north of the South African capital Pretoria triggered riots on Monday and overnight in which two security guards were killed, police said on Tuesday.

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Activists hope Mauritania court ruling signals “beginning of the end” for slavery

by Reuters, 26 May, 11:01 AM

A week in which two slave-owners were jailed and two leading anti-slavery activists were released from prison in Mauritania could mark a turning point in the West African nation's fight to eliminate the practice, campaigners said on Wednesday.

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UN condemns killing of Slovakian nun in South Sudan

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:58 AM

The United Nations' most senior humanitarian official in South Sudan denounced the killing of a Slovakian nun who was working as a doctor in the country, where violence is hampering efforts to relieve widespread hunger and sickness.

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Food aid to avert famine threat in Boko Haram-hit north-east Nigeria

by Reuters, 25 May, 09:06 AM

More than 400 000 people in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria will receive food aid to avert the threat of famine as the lean season approaches, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

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Five migrants drown near Turkey coast

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:42 AM

Five migrants - four women and one child - drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos close to Turkey's coast, Greek coast guard officials said on Saturday.

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Mechem dogs doing their bit to counter rhino and other wildlife poaching

by defenceWeb, 26 May, 10:16 AM

Tracker dogs trained by Denel are having increasing success in curbing the smuggling of rhino horn and ivory in the Kruger National Park.

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Libya coastguard intercepts 550 migrants

by Reuters, 25 May, 08:46 AM

The Libyan coastguard intercepted about 550 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa on Tuesday after they set out to cross the Mediterranean in four rubber boats, Tripoli coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said.

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 Western Accord 2016 concludes

by Africom, 23 May, 12:05 PM

The Burkina Faso Prime Minister, U.S. Ambassador for Burkina Faso and Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Africa attended a Closing Ceremony for Western Accord 2016, on May 13, at Camp Zagre in Burkina Faso.

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Burundi peace talks open in Tanzania with opposition criticism

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:41 AM

Tanzania opened peace talks on Saturday in a bid to end a political crisis in Burundi, but some opponents said the absence of several leading opposition groups made it more like a "monologue" by the government, undermining the process.

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Burundi government says to attend Tanzania peace talks

by Reuters, 19 May, 05:54 PM

Burundi's government said on Thursday it would attend regional talks this weekend aimed at ending a year-long cycle of violence that has claimed about 450 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

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Egypt receiving MRAPs from the United States

by defenceWeb, 13 May, 10:03 AM

Egypt on 12 May received its first batch of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles donated free of charge by the United States, which arrived in the port of Alexandria.

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Harris receives $405 million radio contract from Morocco

by Guy Martin, 11 May, 10:02 AM

Harris Corporation has been awarded a $405 million foreign military sales contract for Morocco for Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS).

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Germany to help Jordan, Tunisia buy armoured vehicles

by Reuters, 9 May, 10:57 AM

Germany plans to give Tunisia and Jordan funds to buy armoured vehicles to help defend their frontiers against Islamic State, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday.

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Diamond DART-450 trainer completes first flight

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 12:11 PM

The Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer (DART-450) performed its first flight on 17 May, Diamond Aircraft has announced.

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Saab unveils Gripen E

by defenceWeb/Reuters, 23 May, 11:58 AM

On 18 May Sweden's Saab expressed optimism about fighter exports to nations including India as it unveiled a new version of its Gripen combat jet being developed for Sweden and Brazil.

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Poland MoD launches twonew aircraft projects

by Forecast International, 23 May, 11:43 AM

The Polish Ministry of Defense has initiated two projects involving acquisitions of aircraft for the country's armed forces.

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French specialist vessel to join search for down EgyptAir black box

by Reuters, 26 May, 10:32 AM

Egypt's air accidents chief said on Thursday a vessel provided by French company Alseamar, which specialises in marine wreckage searches, will within hours join the hunt for the black boxes from crashed EgyptAir flight MS804.

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EgyptAir remains point to blast, no explosives traces so far – forensics

by Reuters, 25 May, 08:43 AM

Human remains retrieved from the crashed EgyptAir flight suggest that there was an explosion on board the plane, although no traces of explosives have been detected, an Egyptian forensics official and investigation sources said on Tuesday.

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Slow response to past crashes could hinder EgyptAir search experts say

by Reuters, 24 May, 08:46 AM

Teams searching for the black box flight recorders of a missing EgyptAir jet that crashed with 66 people aboard face technical constraints aviation experts increasingly blame on a slow regulatory response to earlier disasters.

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Islamic State suicide bombing kills 40 army recruits in Yemen's Aden

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:55 PM

A suicide car bombing claimed by Islamic State killed at least 40 Yemeni army recruits and wounded 60 in the southern city of Aden on Monday, medics said, in one of the deadliest attacks yet on government interests.

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Bombs kill nearly 150 in Syrian government-held cities

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:53 PM

Bombs killed nearly 150 people and wounded at least 200 in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast on Monday in the government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases, monitors and state media said.

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Monitor - 60,000 have died in Syrian government jails during war

by Reuters, 23 May, 01:09 PM

A monitoring group has said that at least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government jails during the five-year conflict.

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May 2 is Voortrekker Monument military fair day

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:09 AM

Already “a must” on the diaries of many military history enthusiasts, this year’s Voortrekker Monument military and history fair on May 2 will have an added – aerial – attraction.

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The Class of 2016 starts work at the SA Military Academy

by defenceWeb, 25 Feb, 09:47 AM

The class of 2016 at the SA Military Academy, officially designated MA18, were told as part of their welcoming at the Saldanha Bay institute they were there to build comprehensive human security and peace in South Africa.

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Professionalism in peacekeeping

by Col Emmanuel Kotia/ADF , 16 Feb, 12:54 PM

Military professionalism has three main characteristics: responsibility, corporate unity and expertise, according to Samuel Huntington in his book, The Soldier and the State. These should be at the core of all military functions. Their importance in peacekeeping...

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US Army tests high energy laser in exercise

by US Army, 23 May, 11:46 AM

Last month, the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command proved again how effective the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck is at destroying unmanned aerial vehicles, quad-copters and even laptops with just a blast of concentrated light.

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US Army experiments on providing 'unlimited magazine' to 2025 soldiers

by US Army, 11 May, 10:12 AM

A swarm of experts from across the United States assembled for a two-week experiment at Fort Sill trying out systems with the potential to provide service members with unlimited weapons capabilities. The event, called Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, spanned,...

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SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:46 AM

The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing have held on military space launches for more than a decade.

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Statement by SA National Defence Force Chief General Solly Shoke – The matter concerning SANDF members who marched to the Union Buildings in August 2009

by defenceWeb, 25 May, 08:35 AM

“As Chief of the SANDF I have a constitutional obligation to the people of South Africa to ensure that the SANDF is structured and managed as a disciplined force.

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Arms Procurement Commission report

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 10:23 AM

For the full report by the C ommission of inquiry into allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the strategic defence procurement package (arms deal), released on 21 April 2016, click the following links below.

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Speech: Jacob Zuma on arms procurement commission

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 10:16 AM

Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the release of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of Fraud‚ Corruption‚ Impropriety or Irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package on 21 April 2016.

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Uganda provides support to AMISOM in Somalia

by US Army, 9 May, 11:35 AM

In late March the east African country of Uganda took ownership of equipment from the United States as part of an ongoing mission to build international peacekeeping capacity and promote regional security operations in nearby Somalia. The U.S. equipment allows...

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Desert Wolf delivers more field kitchens to Namibian military

by Guy Martin, 26 Apr, 10:01 AM

The Namibian Defence Force has taken delivery of an additional six Boma 250 man mobile field kitchens from Desert Wolf.

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Armscor awards Teamster phase 1 contract

by Guy Martin, 20 Apr, 10:08 AM

OTT Solutions and Desert Wolf have been awarded the contract for the first phase of Project Teamster to replace the South African National Defence Force’s field cooking capability.

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