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Tatra to supply trucks chassis to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 29 Apr, 10:07 AM

Tatra Trucks has signed an agreement with Egypt to supply 130 truck chassis and is in discussions to supply another 220.
Desert Wolf and Marine Data Solutions install FLIR sensors for Durban’s port

by Guy Martin, 29 Apr, 10:00 AM

Desert Wolf earlier this month concluded installation of FLIR HRC MS sensors at the port of Durban for Ports Control under contract from Marine Data Solutions as part of efforts to upgrade vessel traffic management at all of South Africa’s major ports.
SA/Russian military relations cemented during Ministerial Moscow visit

by defenceWeb, 29 Apr, 09:33 AM

South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, spent this week in Russia attending an international security conference and meeting with her Russian Federation counterpart.

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Denel praises youthful innovation

by defenceWeb, 28 Apr, 10:10 AM

State-owned defence conglomerate Denel has praised young innovators at the company for doing pioneering research and producing technology that contributes to the creation of new industries in South Africa.

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Denel board confirms suspended chief executive will not return

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 09:22 AM

The Denel board of directors, appointed by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown last September, has broken its silence over issues apparently affecting the State-owned defence industry conglomerate.

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Denel’s Malaysian exports programme starting to bear fruit

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 09:55 AM

Denel’s export programme to Malaysia is starting to bear fruit other than the turret and weapons systems contract Denel Land Systems (DLS) was awarded in 2012, the company has said.

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Desert Wolf and Marine Data Solutions install FLIR sensors for Durban’s port

by Guy Martin, 29 Apr, 10:00 AM

Desert Wolf earlier this month concluded installation of FLIR HRC MS sensors at the port of Durban for Ports Control under contract from Marine Data Solutions as part of efforts to upgrade vessel traffic management at all of South Africa’s major ports.

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Six Turkish crew freed two weeks after kidnap by pirates off Nigeria

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:22 AM

Six Turkish members of a cargo ship's crew who were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria two weeks ago have been released and are safely back in Istanbul, a lawyer for the shipping company said on Tuesday.

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UN wants Gulf of Guinea piracy halted

by defenceWeb, 26 Apr, 09:59 AM

The UN Security Council has spoken out against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, saying it badly affects economic development in the region and is a threat to commercial maritime routes.

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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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Mozambique orders Camcopter UAVs for its patrol vessels

by defenceWeb, 12 Apr, 10:01 AM

Mozambique will operate Schiebel Camcopter vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from its Ocean Eagle 43 offshore patrol vessels, and has ordered three of the aircraft.

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Airbus Helicopters expanding African support network

by defenceWeb, 11 Apr, 01:06 PM

Airbus Helicopters is entering into partnerships with African companies in an effort to geographically cover the whole of Africa and provide maintenance and spares to all its customers on the continent.

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SAAF now looking to lease a VIP aircraft

Outright purchase of a VIP configured inter-continental aircraft for the South African Air Force (SAAF) appears to have been shelved – at least temporarily – in favour of a leased aircraft.

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Lockheed Martin still sees the C-130J as being the solution to SAAF airlift capacity

by Kim Helfrich, 13 Apr, 10:28 AM

Dennys Plessas, Vice President Business Initiatives at Lockheed Martin, has reason to feel better about what the American aerospace giant is getting from its South African maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agent than it is from those holding the purse strings...

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Russian confirms Egypt as North African buyer of 50 MiG-29s

by Oscar Nkala, 8 Apr, 10:32 AM

The Russian Commission for Military Technical Cooperation has confirmed Egypt as the North African buyer of 50 MiG-29M fighter jets and released fresh details of the Egyptian purchase of several other weapons systems worth at least $5 billion in 2015.

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SA/Russian military relations cemented during Ministerial Moscow visit

by defenceWeb, 29 Apr, 09:33 AM

South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, spent this week in Russia attending an international security conference and meeting with her Russian Federation counterpart.

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Alleged sexual assaults at Infantry School sickbay – doctor arrested

by defenceWeb, 29 Apr, 09:26 AM

A civilian doctor doing community service at the SA Army Infantry School sickbay has been arrested in connection with charges of sexual assault.

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More work required at Naval Base Durban

by Dean Wingrin, 28 Apr, 09:59 AM

Despite a recent change of designation, the South African Navy (SA Navy) facility in Durban harbour has some way to go before it can be truly regarded as a Naval Base.

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Eastern Libya ships first oil cargo in defiance of Tripoli

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 11:02 AM

A government based in eastern Libya has shipped its first cargo of crude in defiance of authorities in the capital Tripoli, a bold move that could deepen the divisions that have brought chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

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First Algerian Meko frigate arrives home

by defenceWeb, 26 Apr, 10:04 AM

The first of two Meko A200 frigates for the Algerian Navy has arrived home and been commissioned into service. The second vessel is due for delivery in 2017.

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Nautic Africa launches Nautic Maritime Training Academy

by defenceWeb, 26 Apr, 09:11 AM

Nautic Africa has announced that it has launched its South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) accredited training academy, which offers theoretical and practical training in all aspects of vessel operation and maintenance.

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South African court calls for review of decision to drop Zuma corruption charges

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:51 AM

South Africa's High Court on Friday ruled that a 2009 decision to drop 783 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reviewed, another setback for the scandal-ridden leader, who faces calls for his resignation.

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Hackers leak stolen Kenyan foreign ministry documents

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:47 AM

Online activists who claim ties to Anonymous said on Thursday they had begun to leak documents from Kenya's foreign ministry as part of a campaign to expose government and corporate corruption across Africa.

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South Sudan names unity cabinet in step towards peace

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:32 AM

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir named a new cabinet including former rebels and members of the opposition on Thursday, a step forward in a drawn-out peace process aimed at ending more than two years of conflict.

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Nigeria says preventing attacks by armed herdsmen a security priority

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:59 AM

Nigeria's government has made preventing attacks by armed herdsmen a security priority in Africa's most populous country, a spokesman for the president said on Wednesday in the wake of an attack that may have left up to 50 people dead.

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SA State Security minister worried about terrorism, border security

by defenceWeb, 28 Apr, 09:36 AM

State Security Minister David Mahlobo touched on a range of issues he maintains are affecting national security in South Africa during his budget vote address to the National Assembly earlier this week.

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Burundi president condemns general's killing as violence grows

by Reuters, 26 Apr, 11:01 AM

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has condemned the killing of a senior army officer, who was shot along with his wife and bodyguard in an attack that also wounded their child in the central African nation's expanding wave of deadly violence.

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Libyan government urges factions to hold off attacking Islamic State in Sirte

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:41 AM

Libya's U.N.-backed unity government called on Thursday on military factions to hold off from any campaign against the Islamic State-controlled city of Sirte until a unified military command structure is created.

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Mozambique boosts security in Maputo due to demonstration fears

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:28 AM

Mozambican security forces deployed on the streets of the capital Maputo on Thursday after rumours of planned anti-government demonstrations circulated on social media, witnesses said.

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Hundreds protest in Sudan capital after student shot dead

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:33 AM

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Sudanese student on Wednesday during a university campus demonstration and his funeral turned into an anti-government protest involving hundreds of students, eyewitnesses said.

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Burkina Faso court rescinds warrant against ex-President Compaore

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:31 AM

A court of appeals in Burkina Faso has rescinded a series of international arrest warrants, including those against deposed leader Blaise Compaore and neighbouring Ivory Coast's parliament speaker, a senior court official said on Thursday.

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Serbian engineer abducted in Libya freed, Serbian ministry says

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:39 AM

A Serbian engineer who was abducted by unidentified kidnappers in Libya has been freed, the Serbian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

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Eleven shot dead in Cape Verde, including two Spanish citizens

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:36 AM

Eleven men were shot dead in Cape Verde on Tuesday, including eight soldiers, a local civilian and two Spanish citizens, the minister of Internal Administration for the archipelago off the African coast said in a statement.

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German minister concerned migrant numbers via Libya, Italy will rise

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:54 AM

Migrants should no longer be able to get to Germany and Europe via the Balkan route, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Friday, adding he was concerned refugee numbers would rise with people now coming to Italy by sea from Libya.

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Africa leaders, conservationists seek end to slaughter of elephants, rhinos

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:52 AM

The future of Africa's elephants and rhinos depends on the ability of the continent's nations to battle together against poaching, Kenya's president and conservationists said on Friday as they met at an East African summit.

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British Forces support Gabon's fight against elephant poachers

by UK MoD, 29 Apr, 08:39 AM

British soldiers have deployed to West Africa to provide further support to the Gabon National Parks Agency in their fight against elephant poachers.

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ISS: Beyond the ICC - how international criminal justice can thrive in Africa

by ISS Africa, 29 Apr, 11:28 AM

The international criminal justice system has been developing at an exponential rate; and Africa remains a wellspring of such developments. At the International Criminal Court (ICC), which remains focused mostly on African situations, the first four months of 2016...

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U.S. submits new U.N. Western Sahara draft after criticism

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:39 AM

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U.N. council removes 12-year-old arms embargo on Ivory Coast

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:25 AM

The United Nations Security Council lifted a 12-year-old arms embargo on Ivory Coast on Thursday and renewed the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African state for a final year.

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Tatra to supply trucks chassis to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 29 Apr, 10:07 AM

Tatra Trucks has signed an agreement with Egypt to supply 130 truck chassis and is in discussions to supply another 220.

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Mali’s military fires artillery for the first time in seven years

by EUTM-Mali, 29 Apr, 09:47 AM

The last time the Malian military’s artillery capability performed a live fire exercise was seven years ago. This changed earlier this month with the help of the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM-Mali).

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Somali National Army marks 56 years of existence

by defenceWeb/AMISOM, 15 Apr, 11:27 AM

The Somali National Army this week marked its 56th anniversary with its leadership announcing a raft of reforms aimed at strengthening its capacity to take charge of the country’s security.

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Australia data shows gun controls a huge success 20 years after mass shooting

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:34 AM

Australia on Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting which led to strict gun controls that have in turn led to a huge decline in gun murders, undermining claims in the United States that such curbs are not the answer.

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Boeing profit takes hit from tanker, 747; outlook unchanged

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:51 AM

Boeing Co took a surprise $156 million charge for its KC-46 aerial refueling tanker on Wednesday, pushing first-quarter profit down 9 percent amid concern about meeting deadlines for the U.S. Air Force program.

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France sinks Japanese, German bids to win A$50 billion Australian subs deal

by Reuters, 26 Apr, 10:57 AM

France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a A$50 billion (27.5 billion pounds) deal to build a fleet of 12 new submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday.

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Kenya Airways pilots call off strike saying some demands met

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:55 AM

Kenya Airways pilots called off a strike on Thursday after the carrier met some of their demands, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) said, adding they would fully resume work on Friday.

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Kenya Airways says cancels all but two flights due to pilots' strike

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:37 AM

Kenya Airways said on Thursday it was cancelling all but two of its evening flights operating until 2300 GMT after a pilots' strike that led to 10 cancellations earlier in the day.

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Air Côte D’Ivoire orders two A320neos and two A320s

by Airbus/defenceWeb, 29 Apr, 09:50 AM

The Ivory Coast’s national airline, Air Cote D’Ivoire, has signed a firm order for two A320neo and two A320 aircraft with Airbus, making Air Cote D’Ivoire the first African airline to order the A320neo.

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Islamic State turns to selling fish, cars to offset oil losses - report

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:46 AM

Islamic State earns millions of dollars a month running car dealerships and fish farms in Iraq, making up for lower oil income after its battlefield losses, Iraqi judicial authorities said on Thursday.

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U.S. military softens claims on drop in Islamic State's foreign fighters

by Reuters, 29 Apr, 10:43 AM

The U.S. military on Thursday retreated from a top general's claim this week that the number of foreign fighters joining Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has plummeted by as much as 90 percent.

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Fewer foreign fighters joining Islamic State - Pentagon

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:16 AM

The number of foreign fighters joining the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria has decreased sharply in the past year to about 200 a month, a U.S. military official said on Tuesday.

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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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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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DARPA to service satellites in space

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 25 Apr, 02:18 PM

Satellites operators have been longing for it for decades, and DARPA (once again?) is turning their dream into reality: on March 25, one of America’s most futuristic agency announced it would launch a public-private partnership to provide in-orbit servicing to...

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Better soldiers will come from using behavioural sciences

by defenceWeb/CSIR, 15 Apr, 10:06 AM

The 2014 Defence Review describes the African peace climate as “persistently troubled” making the continent an ideal candidate for behavioural sciences research, an avenue the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) behavioural science...

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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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India hosts Africa summit

by Reuters, 26 Oct, 09:43 AM

India hosts its biggest-ever Africa summit this week as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to challenge China's dominance on a continent that is blessed with vast natural resources and has the world's fastest-growing population.

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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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Tempus Applied Solutions wins Africom airlift contract for North-West Africa

by Oscar Nkala, 13 Apr, 12:51 PM

The US Army Africa Command (Africom) Special Operation Command Africa (SOCAF) has awarded Tempus Applied Solutions a five year contract to provide airlift services for troops and military cargo in the North and West African regions starting next month.

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