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Arrests in connection with rhino poaching top the 350 mark

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 10:05 AM

More proof of the Kruger National Park’s “attraction” for poachers is that well over half of arrests nationally in connection with wildlife, particularly rhino, poaching in the first half of this year were in Mpumalanga.
More warnings over precarious state of SANDF

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 10:03 AM

Defence experts, academics and the Department of Defence (DoD) are issuing warnings over the precarious state of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and how a lack of funding is compromising its capabilities.

Minister Brown says SOEs must be investigated

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 10:00 AM

In what is arguably her first public statement on corruption since the sudden dismissal of the former Denel chief executive and two other top officials in the state-owned defence and security conglomerate more than two years ago, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said “investigators must do their work. There are no holy grails”.
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Over R56 million spent on Armscor turnaround strategy

Armscor has undergone much needed introspection with an in-depth turnaround project and is confident it can now stand up and be counted and earn revenue even with no increase in defence spending likely for the foreseeable future.

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AOC gearing up for electronic warfare conference

by defenceWeb, 24 Jul, 11:10 AM

The Association of Old Crows (AOC) Aardvark Roost Chapter is getting ready to host its biennial Electronic Warfare South Africa (EWSA) 2017 Conference and Exhibition in November and has announced its key speakers.

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5 000 visitors attended Securex 2017

by defenceWeb, 19 Jul, 12:27 PM

5 048 visitors, including 1 147 first-time attendees, visited the recent Securex fire and security technology and services exhibition in Johannesburg, which saw 170 exhibitors display their products and services.

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Technology a force multiplier for African maritime security

by Guy Martin, 24 Jul, 10:10 AM

Growing maritime threats off Africa’s coastline and new offshore oil and gas finds are driving the need for better maritime security while the drop in the oil price means securing oil and gas supplies is more important than ever as there is less margin for loss....

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Belgium should take frigate out of migration mission off Libya

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 10:35 AM

Belgium should withdraw its frigate from an EU mission to break up human trafficking networks near Libya because the presence of such vessels encouraged migrants to make the perilous journey across the central Mediterranean, the migration minister said.

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European observatory on migrant smuggling and human trafficking launched

by defenceWeb, 7 Jul, 10:12 AM

On Tuesday (July 4) this week the European Union’s EUNavFor Med launched the first European observatory on migrant smuggling and human trafficking in Rome.

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Kenyan Huey II deliveries conclude

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 10:03 AM

Bell Helicopters has concluded deliveries of UH-1H Huey II helicopters to the Kenya Air Force, with the last two of eight aircraft being handed over this week in what the US embassy in Kenya said is United States’ largest security cooperation programme in sub-Saharan...

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Russia delivering Ka-52 attack helicopters to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 12:35 PM

The Egyptian military has accepted the first three of 46 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters from Russia, with Egyptian pilots currently undergoing helicopter training.

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UK, Norway to lift ban on offshore flights of 2 Super Puma helicopters

by Reuters, 11 Jul, 10:51 AM

Britain and Norway plan to lift a ban on offshore flights using two types of Super Puma helicopters, 17 months after a fatal crash in Norway.

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Angola interested in additional Su-30s

by defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 10:19 AM

The Angolan Air Force may acquire another six second hand Su-30 fighters, adding to the 12 it has already ordered.

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Nigerian Air Force receives five Super Mushshaks

by defenceWeb, 19 Jul, 10:04 AM

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of five new Super Mushshak trainer aircraft from Pakistan, after receiving four Pakistan Air Force Super Mushshaks for temporary use.

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Overberg Test Range hosts first flight of jet-propelled UAV

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 10:22 AM

Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) used Denel’s Overberg Test Range (OTR) for the successful testing of a new aircraft type that will aid development of future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for series production.

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More warnings over precarious state of SANDF

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 10:03 AM

Defence experts, academics and the Department of Defence (DoD) are issuing warnings over the precarious state of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and how a lack of funding is compromising its capabilities.

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DoD has no involvement in Ramlakan book on Mandela

by defenceWeb, 24 Jul, 11:13 AM

The Department of Defence (DoD) has distanced itself from a book written by former Surgeon General and Chief: Corporate Services of the SA National Defence Force relating events prior to the death of Nelson Mandela, democratic South Africa’s first president....

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SANDF Chief in Cuba for South African soldiers’ graduation ceremonies

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 07:28 AM

SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke, was in Cuba recently for three military graduation ceremonies where South African soldiers were among those who not only graduated but did so with merit.

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China donates patrol boat to Ivory Coast

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 09:58 AM

China has donated a patrol boat to the Ivory Coast to combat maritime crime and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Ghana to receive Chinese patrol boats this month

by defenceWeb/Oscar Nkala, 20 Jul, 10:14 AM

Ghana will later this month receive four patrol boats from China as part of a military cooperation deal between the two countries. China has also offered the Ghana Armed Forces a $7.5 million assistance package.

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SA Navy sails new riverine patrol boat through Knysna Heads

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 08:27 AM

The South African Navy said it sailed a riverine patrol boat (RPB) through the Knysna Heads for the first time, as part of the Knysna Oyster Festival.

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Minister Brown says SOEs must be investigated

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 10:00 AM

In what is arguably her first public statement on corruption since the sudden dismissal of the former Denel chief executive and two other top officials in the state-owned defence and security conglomerate more than two years ago, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne...

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Rival Libyan leaders Haftar, Seraj to meet in Paris on July 25

by Reuters, 21 Jul, 11:11 AM

Military commander Khalifa Haftar, a powerful figurehead in the east of Libya, and Fayez Seraj, head of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on July 25, al-Hayat newspaper reported.

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Ivory Coast ministers replaced

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 11:13 AM

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara replaced ministers in charge of defence, budget and the interior in a reshuffle of key cabinet positions following months of unrest, a government official announced in a statement.

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Two peacekeepers killed in CAR

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 11:32 AM

Suspected Christian militiamen killed two Moroccan peacekeepers from the United Nations mission in Central African Republic in the second fatal attack on Moroccan forces this week.

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Ivory Coast gendarmes repel raid

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 11:08 AM

Gendarmes in Ivory Coast fought off an overnight attack on a base north of Abidjan, a security spokesman said as thousands arrived in the country for an international sports and cultural event.

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Militias renew attacks in Central African Republic town

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 11:03 AM

Christian militias in Central African Republic launched several attacks on Bangassou, attempting to seize a cathedral housing displaced Muslims and killing a Moroccan peacekeeper, the United Nations said.

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Nigeria's acting president to return to restive oil heartlands

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 01:04 PM

Nigeria's acting president will meet again with community leaders from the Niger Delta oil heartlands next week, his spokesman said on Tuesday, in a bid to shore up a fragile truce between militants and the government there.

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by Reuters, 24 Jul, 10:58 AM

Malian and French troops arrested a close associate of a preacher whose jihadist group claimed dozens of attacks against Western and Malian targets, Mali's security minister said.

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Moroccan police fire tear gas to disperse protests in north

by Reuters, 21 Jul, 11:29 AM

Police fired tear gas and used truncheons to scatter hundreds of protesters in northern Morocco, a Reuters witness said on Thursday, part of the biggest wave of demonstrations in the kingdom since Arab Spring-inspired rallies in 2011.

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Cameroon football star tackles plastic flooding menace

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 11:27 AM

Roger Milla, who earned international fame for his World Cup goal celebrations, is now tackling flooding with a scheme to turn plastic blocking Cameroon's drains into building blocks.

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Boko Haram thought to be behind Nigeria kidnap

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 11:24 AM

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped 10 members of a university research team prospecting for oil in north-east Nigeria, the state oil company, which contracted the work, said.

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ISS: The high cost of ignoring torture in Cameroon

by ISS Africa, 26 Jul, 11:15 AM

Two months ago, a private contractor working for the United States (US) military posted a photograph on Facebook. It was taken at the Salak military base in Cameroon’s far north, where Cameroon’s elite Rapid Intervention Brigade (Brigade d’Intervention Rapide,...

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Italy seeking code of conduct for charity ships

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 11:35 AM

The Italian government threatened to shut humanitarian groups operating migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean out of the country's ports if they do not sign a "code of conduct".

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Arrests in connection with rhino poaching top the 350 mark

by defenceWeb, 26 Jul, 10:05 AM

More proof of the Kruger National Park’s “attraction” for poachers is that well over half of arrests nationally in connection with wildlife, particularly rhino, poaching in the first half of this year were in Mpumalanga.

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Migrants rescued by Libyan coastguard

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 11:18 AM

Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children offshore two different towns west of Tripoli, a spokesman said.

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Finger pointed at DR Congo army elements over Kasai mass graves

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 11:37 AM

The United Nations accuses "elements" of the Congolese army of digging most of the mass graves identified in the insurrection-ravaged Kasai region of central Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Libyan PM and eastern commander commit to ceasefire, election

by Reuters, 26 Jul, 11:29 AM

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar committed to a conditional ceasefire and to work towards holding elections next spring in talks chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Calls for probe into Libya forces after execution video shown

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 11:15 AM

Libyan officials should investigate and dismiss forces involved in atrocities, a human rights group said, after a video appeared on social media purportedly showing a military unit executing 20 suspected militants.

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Kenyan police take delivery of Jino riot control vehicles

by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb, 25 Jul, 10:16 AM

The Kenyan Police Service (KPS) has taken delivery of at least 6 Jino riot control vehicles as well as firearms, ammunition and teargas as the country prepares for possible public protests around the general elections slated for 8 August.

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Egypt evaluating new artillery

by defenceWeb, 24 Jul, 10:04 AM

Egypt appears to be evaluating artillery systems ahead of a possible purchase, with South Korean K9 and French Caesar artillery being spotted in the North African country.

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EU hands-over equipment to boost Somali Police capacity building

by defenceWeb, 14 Jul, 10:29 AM

Vehicles, GPS devices, radio systems, routers and other assets, including office furniture were handed-over to the Somali Police on 13 July by EUCAP Somalia as part of an agreement between the Mission (previously named EUCAP Nestor with its HQ in Djibouti) and...

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Embraer KC-390 concludes world demo tour

by defenceWeb, 24 Jul, 10:53 AM

Embraer’s KC-390 transport jet has concluded a 40-day demonstration tour during which it flew over 19 countries and was presented to nine nations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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Trump is new breed of 'authoritarian populist' - rights watchdog

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 01:09 PM

Donald Trump is one of a new breed of leaders around the world who seek to use their democratic mandate to undermine the rule of law, the head of a legal and human rights watchdog said on Wednesday.

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 Terrorist attacks globally dropped in 2016 – US government

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 11:15 AM

The number of terrorist attacks worldwide and deaths from such attacks dropped last year for the second straight year, driven by decreases in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen, according to the US State Department.

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Airline pilot demand outlook

by defenceWeb/ADIT - The Bulletin, 26 Jul, 11:29 AM

Boeing has released its 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook and projects a demand for more than 1.2 million pilots and technicians over the next 20 years, including 24 000 new pilots in Africa and 23 000 new technicians.

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Drones help WCape farmers

by ITWeb, 25 Jul, 02:34 PM

Elsenburg farmers in the Western Cape have found valuable ways to use drone technology in their farming efforts, so says Western Cape MEC for economic opportunities, Alan Winde.

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Air Cote d’Ivoire receives new A320

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 11:15 AM

Air Cote d’Ivoire, the Ivory Coast’s flagship airline based in Abidjan, received its new A320 at a ceremony that was held at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse on 17 July.

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Egypt's Sisi vows to keep up Qatar blockade

by Reuters, 25 Jul, 11:47 AM

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday his government would keep up a blockade of Qatar by four Arab states over charges it supports terrorism, in defiance of international efforts to end the crisis.

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Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 11:39 AM

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.

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Taliban suicide car bomber kills dozens in Afghan capital

by Reuters, 24 Jul, 11:29 AM

A Taliban suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing up to 35 people and wounding more than 40, government officials said, in one of the worst attacks in the Afghan capital in recent weeks.

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Feature: Protecting South Africa’s critical infrastructure

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 17 Jul, 10:14 AM

‘National key points’ have raised negative comment on several occasions, but the reality is that any state has infrastructure that is critical to the running of the state and the functioning of its economy. Such infrastructure is vulnerable not only in time...

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Feature: Protecting South Africa's borders

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 7 Jul, 10:01 AM

Protecting a nation’s borders was among the first tasks to fall to armies. Similarly, protecting a nation’s waters and its seaborne trade were among the first tasks of navies. In neither case was the threat necessarily an attack by forces of another nation;...

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Feature: South Africa’s defence priorities

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 28 Jun, 10:20 AM

Another year, another defence budget, and once again the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is left short-changed and under-funded, as it has been for almost a quarter of a century, despite periods of high operational commitments and tempo.

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Astro-junk and the space geckos

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 24 Jul, 11:53 AM

Over the years, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the region between the Earth's surface and 2,000km, has become a junkyard. Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1947 there have been 5,250 launches, according to the European Space Operations Center (ESOC). 23,000 artificial...

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Global cyber attack could spur $53bn loss

by Reuters, 18 Jul, 11:29 AM

A major global cyber attack could trigger an average of $53 billion of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as US Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Lloyd's of London said in a report today.

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Ghana and South Africa mark first success in African radio telescope network

by defenceWeb, 13 Jul, 10:07 AM

A communications antenna in Ghana has been converted from being a redundant telecoms instrument into a functioning very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) radio telescope.

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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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Mapisa-Nqakula on NDIC work session

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 11:13 AM

Keynote address by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, on the occasion of the first annual work session of the National Defence Industry Council, Denel Land Systems, Pretoria, 19 May 2017.

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Armscor selling pool vehicles

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 12:53 PM

State defence materiel acquisition and disposal agency Armscor has announced it is selling a number of pool vehicles and engines.

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Uganda People’s Defense Force hold historic engineering graduation

by Africom, 17 Jul, 10:52 AM

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander Brig. Gen. David Furness attended the graduation ceremony for 60 engineers from Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) on July 7, at a Marine base in Jinja, Uganda.

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Military MRO: solving the maintenance skills shortage with augmented reality

by Graham Grose, 5 Jul, 11:58 AM

Maintaining sophisticated military equipment across land, sea and air is a difficult enough challenge when the required resources are readily available. So how can the military balance equipment availability with a reactive and compliant maintenance strategy and...

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  • 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%)...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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