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Final Chadian C-27J preparing for delivery

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 11:21 AM

Chad’s air force will soon take delivery of its second and final C-27J Spartan from Alenia Aermacchi, which is currently test flying this last aircraft in Italy.
More legal success for Sandu

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 10:06 AM

Legal and other actions taken by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) following the violent 2009 Union Buildings protest has by and large backfired with another judgement against it handed down this week.
Seriti Commission hit by withdrawal of three witnesses

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 09:59 AM

The decision by three witnesses to “withdraw” from the Seriti Commission is being “considered” by the Presidentially appointed commission investigating the multi-billion Rand arms deal.
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Huge Indian market to become available to Denel as blacklisting resolves

by Guy Martin, 28 Aug, 10:12 AM

State-owned aerospace and defence giant Denel will soon be able to do business in the world’s largest arms market when its blacklisting in India is resolved in the coming months.

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Denel to host Aerospace, Maritime and Defence conference ahead of AAD

by defenceWeb, 25 Aug, 09:56 AM

Denel will be hosting its inaugural Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference on 15 September at the Royal Elephant conference centre ahead of the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 exhibition at Air Force Base Waterkloof.

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Denel has turned the corner and the future looks good

by defenceWeb, 15 Aug, 09:59 AM

Denel has strengthened its reputation as a high-performing technology powerhouse in Africa, a global player in the defence and aerospace environments and a company with the capacity to expand in the broader manufacturing sectors.

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European training of Seychelles Coast Guard, Police and Air Force concludes

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 10:58 AM

The training missions carried out by EUCAP Nestor in the Seychelles have come to a close. On Friday Head of Mission Etienne de Poncins attended the closing ceremonies of training programmes for the Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU), the Seychelles Air Force (SAF)...

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SA signs new Benguela Current pact

by SANews, 22 Aug, 12:27 PM

South Africa has signed and adopted the new Benguela Current Commission (BCC) with Angola and Namibia, which will see the three countries work together in marine conservation matters.

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Is Ghana becoming a piracy hot spot?

by ISS Africa, 19 Aug, 10:02 AM

Two recent attacks have raised concerns that Ghana could be turning into a hot spot for piracy and armed robbery at sea, the Institute for Security Studies Africa has warned.

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Reutech ready for AAD

by defenceWeb, 13 Aug, 10:03 AM

The Reutech group will again be at Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) to showcase successful developments completed over the past two years.

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AAD 2014 organisers confident of a full house

by Staff Writer, 17 Feb, 10:31 AM

With seven months to go before the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) defence and security exhibition opens its doors for business, 85% of indoor and half the outdoor exhibition space available at AFB Waterkloof has been snapped up.

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Seven national pavilions so far for AAD

by Staff Writer, 5 Feb, 10:36 AM

Switzerland is the latest addition to the list of countries that will be using national pavilions to showcase defence and security equipment at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.

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Kenyan police to lease five helicopters

by Oscar Nkala, 1 Aug, 11:04 AM

The Kenyan government has invited bids for the provision of five helicopters for the Kenya Police on a lease basis as it battles increasing violence in the coastal areas around the city of Mombasa.

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Tunisia to buy UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

by defenceWeb, 28 Jul, 09:56 AM

The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Tunisia, worth $700 million including equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

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Uganda orders W-3A, A109 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 15 Jul, 09:58 AM

Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has ordered one A109 GrandNew and one W-3A Sokol helicopter for the Uganda Police for law enforcement across the country.

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Final Chadian C-27J preparing for delivery

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 11:21 AM

Chad’s air force will soon take delivery of its second and final C-27J Spartan from Alenia Aermacchi, which is currently test flying this last aircraft in Italy.

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Indra and CSS Tactical marketing P2006T surveillance aircraft in southern Africa

by Guy Martin, 28 Aug, 12:14 PM

South African security company CSS Tactical has received a Tecnam P2006T MRI surveillance aircraft as part of a joint effort with Spanish company Indra to jointly market, sell, operate and maintain the system in the region.

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U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan, 3 killed, Russian owner says

by Reuters, 27 Aug, 12:15 PM

A U.N. peacekeeping Mi-8 helicopter in South Sudan was shot down on Tuesday and three of its crew were killed, Russian airline UTair, which owns the aircraft, said, citing initial information.

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Chinese defence minister meets Chief of SANDF

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 01:20 PM

Chinese defence minister Chang Wanquan has called for greater bilateral cooperation between China and South Africa during a meeting with General Solly Shoke, chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), on Wednesday.

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More legal success for Sandu

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 10:06 AM

Legal and other actions taken by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) following the violent 2009 Union Buildings protest has by and large backfired with another judgement against it handed down this week.

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Seriti Commission hit by withdrawal of three witnesses

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 09:59 AM

The decision by three witnesses to “withdraw” from the Seriti Commission is being “considered” by the Presidentially appointed commission investigating the multi-billion Rand arms deal.

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Mediterranean boat deaths this year near the 2 000 mark

by defenceWeb/UN, 27 Aug, 10:10 AM

The past few days have been the deadliest this year for people making irregular crossings on the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reporting at least 300 people have died in successive boat tragedies.

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Tunisia receiving patrol boats

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:14 AM

The Tunisian National Guard and Navy have almost finished taking delivery of 12 patrol boats donated by the Italian government in its attempt to curb the flow of immigrants from North Africa.

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South African shipbuilding now a strategic industry

The status of South Africa’s currently modest shipbuilding industry is set to change with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) this week confirming it as one that has been earmarked for local procurement.

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Libya's government resigns to allow parliament to form new cabinet

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 11:57 AM

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his cabinet resigned on Thursday to pave the way to forming a new government after parliamentary elections in June, a government statement said.

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Kenya opposition demands troops quit Somalia after attacks

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 11:48 AM

Kenya's opposition leaders demanded on Monday the country withdraw troops from Somalia after a spate of bloody attacks by militants at home, but dropped a demand for talks with the government.

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Rival second Libyan assembly chooses own PM as chaos spreads

by Reuters, 27 Aug, 11:46 AM

The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the new prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies, each backed by armed factions.

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Africa's militants may be inspired by Islamic State gains, officials told

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 11:42 AM

African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday.

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Libya's oil recovery may be short-lived as country risks falling apart

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 11:15 AM

A comeback by Libya's oil industry may be short-lived as a confrontation between armed groups risks splitting the country three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

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Libya warns United Nations of possible slide into civil war

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 11:03 AM

Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.

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Nine killed in fighting between rival regions in north Somalia

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 12:25 PM

At least nine people were killed in fighting on Thursday between rival areas in Somalia's usually calm Somaliland region, residents said, highlighting the fragility of security improvements anywhere in the Horn of Africa nation.

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Sinai militant group says it beheaded four Egyptians

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 01:15 PM

A Sinai-based militant group said on Thursday it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its fighters.

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Police shoot to death criminals near U.N., U.S. sites in Nairobi

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 11:09 AM

Police killed three people trying to steal a truck near a United Nations complex and the nearby U.S. embassy in Nairobi on Wednesday, police said, but staff at both sites said they were continuing with normal business.

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South Africa finds four guilty of shooting Rwandan exile

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 12:51 PM

A South African court on Friday found four men guilty of trying to kill an exiled critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, in a case that had strained diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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Guinean security forces break up riot in Ebola-racked south

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 11:40 AM

Riots broke out in Guinea's second-largest city Nzerekore over rumours that health workers had infected people with the deadly Ebola virus, a Red Cross official and residents said on Friday.

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At least 60 killed in central Nigeria communal battle: police

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 01:30 PM

Fighting between Fulani herdsmen and farmers from the Eggon ethnic group has left at least 60 people dead in central Nigeria, mostly from machete cuts, police said on Thursday.

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EU to launch mission to help Italy cope with boat migrants

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 11:47 AM

The European Commission said on Wednesday it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, something Italy has repeatedly called for.

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Cameroon says kills 27 Boko Haram militants in border clashes

by Reuters, 28 Aug, 11:06 AM

Cameroon's army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, state radio said on Wednesday, in a sign of growing cross-border activity by the militants.

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Nigeria troops cross into north Cameroon after Boko Haram attacks base

by Reuters, 27 Aug, 11:10 AM

Around 480 Nigerian soldiers crossed into Cameroon after Boko Haram militants operating along the border between the two nations attacked a military base and police station, authorities in Cameroon said on Tuesday.

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Mali rebel factions agree to end hostilities ahead of Sept talks

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 11:52 AM

Representatives of two platforms of rebel groups from northern Mali agreed on Thursday in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou to end hostilities and present a united front for talks with the Malian government in Algeria in early September.

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Ebola fears halt rotations of Sierra Leone forces into Somalia

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 11:47 AM

Sierra Leone, which is battling to contain the deadly Ebola virus, will stop new rotations of its U.N.-led forces into Somalia for now as authorities move to establish safeguards, Somalia's president said on Monday.

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U.N. council urges "neutralization" of Rwandan rebels in Congo

by Reuters, 27 Aug, 11:17 AM

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday called for the "swift neutralization" of Rwandan rebels in Democratic Republic of the Congo as essential to bringing stability to the conflict-torn eastern regions of the country.

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Ugandan army refurbishing APCs

by defenceWeb, 28 Aug, 09:57 AM

The Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has set up a facility to refurbish and reassemble armoured vehicles at its Magamaga army barracks.

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Germany approves Rheinmetall armoured vehicle plant delivery to Algeria

by defenceWeb, 25 Aug, 09:52 AM

Germany's Economy Ministry has approved plans by defence group Rheinmetall to deliver an armoured vehicle assembly plant to Algeria, according to a reply sent by the ministry following a request from a member of parliament.

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South Africa has trained more than 7 000 DRC soldiers

In just over 10 years of military training assistance to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the South African Army has improved the skill levels of more than 7 000 members of FARDC (Forces Armees de la Republique Democratique du Congo).

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Death toll in Ukraine fighting hits 2,593 - U.N. human rights official

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 12:48 PM

A total of 2,593 people, including civilians as well as Ukrainian and separatist combatants, have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine since it erupted in mid-April, a senior U.N. human rights official said on Friday.

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Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in single Ukraine battle - Russian rights activists

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 12:46 PM

More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a single battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts from eyewitnesses...

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Obama orders review of U.S. police use of military hardware

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 11:59 AM

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Google tests delivery drones

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 01:03 PM

Google is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday.

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UN agency to launch plan for warning airlines of risks in conflict zones

by Reuters, 27 Aug, 12:03 PM

The United Nations' civil aviation body will launch two pilot projects designed to help airlines and states better share information about risks in conflict zones, the organization said on Tuesday, nearly six weeks after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over...

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Rockets target lifeline airport in eastern Libya

by Reuters, 25 Aug, 12:09 PM

Attackers fired rockets at eastern Libya's Labraq airport on Monday, its director said, targeting one of the oil producer's few functioning air hubs as violence between armed groups escalates.

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U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by militants, 81 trapped

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 12:30 PM

Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 12:11 PM

The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.

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Video shows Islamic State executes scores of Syrian soldiers

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 12:07 PM

Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on You Tube on Thursday.

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Freedom Park and Voortrekker Monument combine to remember soldiers

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 11:49 AM

Another step on the reconciliation road takes place on Sunday with a joint memorial service at Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

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Defence Review 2014 – The Defence Industry

by Helmoed Heitman, 2 Apr, 09:34 AM

An important element of the Defence Review is its consideration of the defence industry which is needed to define the capability actually required and how best to support that capability, to provide a policy as the basis for a defence industry strategy that can...

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Defence Review 2014 – The Focus

by Helmoed Heitman, 31 Mar, 10:02 AM

The Defence Review serves a triple purpose: it closes the gap between the 1998 Review and the strategic situation of today; it moves away from the business management inspired organisation and processes that have demonstrably failed; and it provides the basis for...

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Engineers develop smart aircraft skins which can detect injury

by defenceWeb, 27 Aug, 01:02 PM

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like ‘skin’, enabling the detection of injury or damage and the ability to ‘feel’ the world around them.

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4D printing a disruptive technology - report

by defenceWeb, 27 Aug, 12:54 PM

The aerospace, defence, automotive and healthcare industries will lead the adoption of four dimensional printing technology, which is poised to have a disruptive effect in multiple industries by printing objects ranging from human organs to parts used in aircraft...

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Boeing, South African Airways to make jet fuel from tobacco

by Reuters/defenceWeb, 7 Aug, 11:42 AM

U.S. planemaker Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in Africa's most advanced economy.

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Defence minister’s 6th annual women’s parade address

by defenceWeb, 29 Aug, 12:59 PM

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula addressed over a thousand female South African National Defence Force personnel during the 2014 Women’s Parade at Air Force Base Swartkop on 29 August.

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Police mysteriously go missing (on paper)

by defenceWeb, 20 Aug, 10:05 AM

In a bizarre reply to a DA parliamentary question the new Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, claims there are only 115 692 operational South African Police Service (SAPS) members. Yet in the current annual report the figure – which the DA has used extensively...

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Police detective numbers questioned

by defenceWeb, 1 Aug, 09:24 AM

A reply to a DA parliamentary question posed by Dianne Kohler Barnard has revealed there are 23 682 trained detectives in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

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KBR gets $56 million contract for Camp Lemonnier support

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 12:29 PM

The Pentagon has awarded Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) a $56.56 million contract for base operation support services at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

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Latest DRC troop rotation again highlights SAAF airlift problems

by Staff Writer, 23 May, 10:43 AM

The lack of airlift capacity in the SA Air Force (SAAF) is widely acknowledged. What apparently is not being as widely acknowledged is the need for proper planning on charters to ensure soldiers and the logistics needed for them to properly do their jobs is in...

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African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 concludes

by Africom, 3 Apr, 12:58 PM

African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 came to a close on March 28 after a full week of events involving airmen from the Angolan, U.S. and Zambian air forces.

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