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Paramount delivers more vehicles to Kazakhstan

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 09:54 AM

Paramount Group has delivered additional Arlan (Marauder) armoured vehicles to Kazakhstan's Special Forces through its Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) joint venture.

Soldiers do their best to plug South Africa’s porous borders While not soldiering in the true sense of the word, the deployment of more than 2 700 soldiers on “border duty” has done much to prevent even more illegal aliens from settling in South Africa, stopped millions of Rand worth of illegal goods from being sold locally without the necessary duties and kept tons of narcotics off the streets.

Charges laid against second SANDF general officer

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 09:39 AM

The commitment by SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke, to rooting out criminality in the military has netted another general officer.
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Mwewe used to integrate satcom terminal for small UAVs

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 10:45 AM

Paramount Advanced Technologies’ (PAT’s) Mwewe unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been used to get type approval for Cobham’s Aviator UAV200 satellite communications terminal.

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Egypt to host defence expo in 2018

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 10:21 AM

Egypt has announced it will be hosting the first Egyptian International Defense and Military Industries Exhibition (EDEX-2018) in December 2018.

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Solidarity “shocked and concerned” by Denel cash flow

by defenceWeb, 13 Dec, 10:43 AM

Centurion headquartered trade union Solidarity is “shocked and concerned” over possible non-payment of Denel workers this month.

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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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Combating drug trafficking the main focus of Ex Oxide 2017

by defenceWeb, 7 Dec, 09:50 AM

Countering drug trafficking is the main theme of Exercise Oxide 2017 taking place in Reunion between the French and South African navies, with board, search and seizure operations among exercise highlights.

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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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Belgium approves NH90 deployment to Mali

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:06 AM

The Belgian government has approved the deployment of two NH90 helicopters to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (Minusma). The helicopters will arrive there in February 2018.

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Su-30K Spotted in Angola

by Forecast International, 14 Dec, 07:05 AM

A Su-30K has been spotted in Angola, confirming deliveries of the aircraft have begun.

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Industry bemoans CAA’s slow progress on UAVs

by Guy Martin, 12 Dec, 10:03 AM

The slow process of granting companies and pilots permission to commercially operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South Africa is causing a large number of pilots to fly illegally, the industry has cautioned.

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Cheetahs going to Florida

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 08:39 AM

Twelve Cheetahs, once the major component of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) sharp-end fighter jet inventory, have been sold to US-based Draken International.

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Charges laid against second SANDF general officer

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 09:39 AM

The commitment by SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke, to rooting out criminality in the military has netted another general officer.

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Free State prioritises houses for military veterans

by SANews, 8 Dec, 10:16 AM

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has commended the Free State Government for heeding the department’s call to prioritise military veterans without houses, in the province.

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SAAF flew less than allocated flight hours in 2016/17

by defenceWeb, 8 Dec, 09:46 AM

The SA Air Force (SAAF) left nearly 20% of its allocated flying hours unused for the 2016/16 financial year.

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Southern African Shipyards confirmed as main contractor for Project Hotel

by defenceWeb, 13 Dec, 09:42 AM

Durban-based Southern African Shipyards (SAS) is the main contractor for Project Hotel to supply the SA Navy with a new hydrographic vessel and ancillary equipment.

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Maintenance delays and operational defects impact on Navy sea time

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 10:06 AM

The SA Navy logged 67% of the twelve thousand sea hours allocated to the maritime service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in the 2016/17 financial year.

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South Africa is still committed to the blue economy – Zuma

by defenceWeb, 8 Dec, 10:59 AM

President Jacob Zuma used this week’s Terminal Operators conference and exhibition in Durban to remind South Africans the blue economy aspect of Operation Phakisa was still alive and well.

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Zuma told to set up state capture inquiry by court

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:42 AM

South Africa’s High Court ruled President Jacob Zuma must set up a judicial inquiry into state influence-peddling within 30 days, the latest in a series of judicial blows to his scandal-tinged administration.

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ISS: Creating conditions conducive to stability in Guinea-Bissau

by ISS Africa, 13 Dec, 10:58 AM

The conclusions of this weekend’s 52nd Ordinary Summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be decisive in resolving the political deadlock in Guinea-Bissau.

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Zuma rejects reports of new emergency laws

by Reuters, 13 Dec, 10:34 AM

South African President Jacob Zuma rejected local news reports his office is drafting regulations for a state of emergency, the president’s office said.

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Casualties for Libyan forces in Benghazi

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 10:39 AM

Libyan forces in Benghazi lost four men and had 10 wounded so far in December, five months after declaring victory in a campaign to control the eastern city, a medical source said.

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Ethnic fighting in South Sudan claims 45 lives

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 11:35 AM

At least 45 people were killed in fighting between ethnic groups in South Sudan’s northern state of Western Lakes in a new outbreak of violence in a country already devastated by a four-year civil war.

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Ivory Coast to retire 1,000 soldiers to slim down military

by Reuters, 7 Dec, 12:20 PM

Ivory Coast will cut its armed forces by about 1,000 troops by the end of the year, the government spokesman said on Wednesday, in a bid to rationalise a costly and sometimes unruly military.

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ISS: Accurate statistics are needed for the SA farm murder debate

by ISS Africa, 11 Dec, 12:28 PM

Recently thousands of farmers, supporters and sympathisers took to South Africa’s streets in an emotional but peaceful protest against the violent attacks on and murders of those involved in farming.

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Zuma book author summoned by police

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 10:40 AM

The South African author of a book critical of President Jacob Zuma has been summoned by police with no reason given for the meeting.

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Nigerian police official defends unit against brutality accusations

by Reuters, 7 Dec, 12:24 PM

A police official defended a unit of the Nigeria Police Force that has been accused of human rights violations, saying many claims of brutality were unfounded and the country needed to be defended against violent crime.

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Illegal settlers ordered to vacate Zimbabwe farms

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:58 AM

Zimbabwe’s new agriculture minister ordered illegal occupiers of farms to vacate the land immediately, a move that could ultimately see white farmers who say they were unfairly evicted return.

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DRC militia members jailed for life on rape charges

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:55 AM

Eleven Congolese militia fighters were jailed for life for raping girls as young as 18 months during ceremonies meant to give the men supernatural powers, rights groups observing the trial said.

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Fifteen killed by suicide bomber at Somali police academy

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:39 AM

A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman blew himself up inside a police training camp in Mogadishu killing at least 15 officers, officials said.

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Zimbabwe seizes ivory destined for Malaysia

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:46 AM

An illegal 200kg shipment of ivory destined for Malaysia was seized at Zimbabwe’s main airport, an official said.

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Soldiers do their best to plug South Africa’s porous borders

While not soldiering in the true sense of the word, the deployment of more than 2 700 soldiers on “border duty” has done much to prevent even more illegal aliens from settling in South Africa, stopped millions of Rand worth of illegal goods from being sold...

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EU pushing Africa to curb migration, but still split on hosting refugees

by Reuters, 13 Dec, 10:31 AM

European Union leaders will discuss further curbing immigration from across the Mediterranean on Thursday, but are as divided as ever on how to care for refugees who make it to Europe.

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Sahel coalition looking for victories by mid-2018

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:52 AM

A French-backed West African military force to tackle Islamist militants must secure its first victories by the middle of 2018 to prove its worth and ensure more concrete support from the United Nations, French and Malian leaders said.

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US sanctions two Africans over ivory, weapons trade

The US Treasury Department blacklisted two people it said supported the outlawed Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central African Republic through illegal trade in ivory, weapons and money aimed at fuelling conflict in the region.

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ISS: South Africa’s squandered chance to show real leadership

by ISS Africa, 14 Dec, 10:15 AM

Last year South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). But the country’s efforts were stalled when the Pretoria high court ruled in February this year that President Jacob Zuma’s administration had acted unlawfully,...

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Paramount delivers more vehicles to Kazakhstan

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 09:54 AM

Paramount Group has delivered additional Arlan (Marauder) armoured vehicles to Kazakhstan's Special Forces through its Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) joint venture.

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It will equip the new rapidly deployable security force assistance brigades with the AN/PRC-148C Improved Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio.

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ADG Mobility: the new armoured vehicle kid on the block

by Guy Martin, 8 Dec, 10:04 AM

Former employees from Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) have created a new armoured vehicle company, ADG Mobility, which is specialising in the design and manufacture of protected vehicles.

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Give us time, EU pleads on 'historic' defence pact

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:03 AM

To critics who say the EU’s new defence pact is little more than an alphabet soup of extra bureaucracy for Brussels, EU officials have their riposte: give us time before you judge us.

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Europe moves closer to own satnav system with latest Galileo launch

by Reuters, 13 Dec, 11:18 AM

Europe launched four more Galileo satellites on Tuesday, taking the number in orbit to 22 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system, lessening its dependence on the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS.

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Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 10:50 AM

A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack.

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AfBAA holds first AfBAC Expo

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 09:14 AM

The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) recently held its first African Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, a three day event dedicated to business aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Africa's airlines to incur $100 million loss in 2018 – IATA

by defenceWeb, 5 Dec, 01:30 PM

Africa’s airlines are expected to continue making a combined loss of $100 million in 2018, the same as 2017, in spite of an anticipated 8% growth in demand and capacity expansion of 7.5%.

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Siemens, Airbus, Rolls-Royce team up on hybrid-electric propulsion

by Reuters, 1 Dec, 12:56 PM

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have come together to develop a hybrid electric engine as the race intensifies to advance battery technology and electric motors to lower flying costs and move away from fossil fuels.

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Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 12:22 PM

President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

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Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 11:45 AM

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.

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Russia: mission accomplished in Syria

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 10:57 AM

Russia’s military has accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria and there were no remaining settlements there under the group’s control.

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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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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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Undersea cables: Indispensable, insecure

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 11 Dec, 12:37 PM

“Indispensable, insecure.” UK think tank Policy Exchange’s fellow Rishi Sunak MP concisely describes in the title of his 48-page report both the importance and the extreme vulnerability of undersea cables.

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Nigerian start-up among 12 selected for development by Airbus BizLab

by defenceWeb, 6 Dec, 11:28 AM

Start-up accelerator Airbus BizLab is hosting twelve new start-ups from around the world – including Nigeria – over a six-month period at its facilities in Hamburg and Toulouse, during which they will perfect their concepts for new aerospace industry ventures....

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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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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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African militaries must prioritise logistics

by Africa Defense Forum, 28 Nov, 12:44 PM

A significant development in the post-Cold War period has been African states’ active involvement in peacekeeping operations. Of the 105,078 personnel deployed in support of nine United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa, more than half are uniformed Africans....

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The Expansion of the Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Djibouti

by Michael Edward Walsh, 24 Nov, 08:25 AM

Last year, Japanese officials revealed that the Japanese Government would lease additional land to expand the Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Djibouti. According to media reporting at the time, the expansion of the base is intended to serve as a counterweight...

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Fact Files

  • 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%)...
  • Fact file: SA defence exports, 2010 The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) in 2010 approved the following export permits:  
  • Fact file: G6 L45 self-propelled towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing two G6 L45 and having an additional 41 in store....
  • 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...
  • Fact file: Military rank The origin of military rank makes for interesting reading, both in terms of the hierarchy (if a major is senior to a lieutenant, why is a major general junior to a lieutenant general?) and in terms of...
  • 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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