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SA arms exports stagnant at R3 billion in 2014

by Guy Martin, 6 Mar, 11:16 AM

South Africa’s arms exports remained stagnant with R2.98 billion in exports authorised in 2014 compared to R3.2 billion the year before and R10.6 billion in 2012, according to the latest National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) report.
Where is rhino kill information?

by defenceWeb, 6 Mar, 10:05 AM

With no official information from the Department of Environmental Affairs since January 22 on rhino killings, it appears South Africans are being kept in the dark as to whether or not the country is winning the war against rhino poaching.
Dragon prowls the south Atlantic, supports the SA Navy

by Dean Wingrin, 6 Mar, 06:46 AM

Her Majesty's Ship Dragon has been prowling the South Atlantic Ocean and found time this past week to assist the South African Navy in qualifying a new submarine commander.
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SA arms exports stagnant at R3 billion in 2014

by Guy Martin, 6 Mar, 11:16 AM

South Africa’s arms exports remained stagnant with R2.98 billion in exports authorised in 2014 compared to R3.2 billion the year before and R10.6 billion in 2012, according to the latest National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) report.

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Denel planning to bring emerging entrepreneurs aboard

by defenceWeb, 5 Mar, 09:59 AM

State-owned defence industry conglomerate, Denel, has launched a support and development programme for emerging entrepreneurs wanting to enter this sector of economic activity.

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Zimbabwe Defence Industries should be shut down - manager

by Oscar Nkala, 3 Mar, 09:58 AM

The State-owned Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) said it would be better to be shut down due to poor economic conditions and halted production lines.

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Commander of CTF-150 discusses maritime security challenges with SANDF

by Combined Maritime Forces, 4 Mar, 11:10 AM

The Commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, Commodore Brian Santarpia of the Royal Canadian Navy, recently visited South Africa to discuss common maritime security challenges and potential cooperation opportunities between Combined Maritime Forces and the South...

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Naval leaders gather for week long maritime summit

by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, 4 Mar, 09:21 AM

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa is hosting the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Course, Africa on the Naval Support Activity.

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Four long-held Thai hostages released by Somali pirates

by Reuters, 2 Mar, 11:30 AM

Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in the Horn of Africa state, the United Nations said on Friday.

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Tunisia to get early delivery of 8 Black Hawk helicopters

by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb, 5 Mar, 09:54 AM

The Tunisian Air Force will in the second half of this year take delivery of 8 of the 12 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters ordered from the United States last year.

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Despite decline, military rotorcraft important for manufacturers

by Forecast International, 3 Mar, 06:53 AM

As the military rotorcraft market enters a downturn, Forecast International sees a strong niche in the medium/heavy military rotorcraft sector with over 5 300 units expected to be produced in the next 10 years.

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AgustaWestland receives West African AW139 orders

by defenceWeb, 19 Feb, 10:10 AM

\AgustaWestland has received four new orders for its AW139 helicopter in West Africa and plans to establish a regional service centre in the area.

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Rival Libyan forces carry out tit-for-tat airstrikes

by Reuters, 3 Mar, 12:59 PM

Rival Libyan forces carried out tit-for-tat airstrikes on oil terminals and an airport on Tuesday, escalating their battle for control of the country days before United Nations peace talks were due in Morocco.

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Libyan aircraft crashes near Tunisian border

by Reuters, 2 Mar, 11:20 AM

An aircraft from Libyan forces controlling Tripoli crashed near the Tunisian border and may have been shot down, Tunisia's state news agency TAP reported on Friday.

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Bird causes Tanzanian F-7 crash

by defenceWeb, 2 Mar, 09:24 AM

A Tanzania Air Force F-7TN fighter jet crashed last week after ingesting a bird on takeoff, resulting in injuries to the pilot, who managed to eject from the stricken aircraft.

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Sandu members cleared on charges related to Union Buildings protest

by defenceWeb, 5 Mar, 10:04 AM

Hearings in the Military Court sitting at the Army Gymnasium in Heidelberg this week resulted in what can only be termed yet another victory for the military trade union, Sandu (SA National Defence Union).

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More public violence charges struck from the roll in ongoing Union Buildings hearing

by defenceWeb, 4 Mar, 10:49 AM

Another development around the now infamous Union Buildings protest and its subsequent pre-trial and trial hearings came this week with the announcement that public violence charges have been struck from the roll.

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SAAF helps fight major Cape Town blaze

The appearance of a 22 Squadron Oryx helicopter slinging a Bambi bucket this week signalled the re-entry of the SA Air Force (SAAF) to the firefighting effort in the Western Cape.

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Dragon prowls the south Atlantic, supports the SA Navy

by Dean Wingrin, 6 Mar, 06:46 AM

Her Majesty's Ship Dragon has been prowling the South Atlantic Ocean and found time this past week to assist the South African Navy in qualifying a new submarine commander.

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USNS Spearhead stops in Angola in support of Africa Partnership Station

by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, 5 Mar, 09:01 AM

The United States Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) arrived in Luanda, Angola for a port visit to strengthen maritime capacity under Africa Partnership Station (APS) on Tuesday.

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Russia, Egypt to hold naval exercise as part of closer military ties

by defenceWeb, 4 Mar, 10:37 AM

Egypt and Russia will hold a joint naval exercise in the Mediterranean ocean later this year while Egyptian military personnel will be trained in Russia, as the two countries cement military ties.

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Mali delays local elections over insecurity in the north

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 12:37 PM

Mali has postponed local and regional elections scheduled for next month because insecurity in the country's north has held up the revision of voter rolls, a government official said.

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Egypt names new interior minister to combat religious extremism

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 12:03 PM

Egypt replaced its interior minister on Thursday with a retired general who has experience combating religious extremism as the country fights radical Islamist militants seeking to topple the Cairo government.

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Lesotho looks to hold on to peace after early elections

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 11:58 AM

South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said Lesotho should form a government promptly after weekend polls and push ahead with constitutional and security reform to avoid a recurrence of instability.

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Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State

by Reuters, 5 Mar, 12:21 PM

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Islamic State will 'stop at nothing' to boost Libya presence: UN

by Reuters, 5 Mar, 12:04 PM

Islamic State militants will "stop at nothing" to strengthen their presence in Libya and the urgency of a request by the country for international help to tackle the extremists should not be underestimated, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.

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ISS: Mauritania joins the Biological Weapons Convention

by ISS Africa, 4 Mar, 08:52 AM

Earlier this year, on 28 January, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania acceded to the Biological Weapons Convention (the BWC – formally named the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological [Biological] and Toxin...

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Dozens killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in north Nigeria

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 11:47 AM

At least 45 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram militants at dawn on Tuesday in a remote village of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military sources and authorised vigilante groups told Reuters.

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Boko Haram remote-control bomb kills two Niger soldiers

by Reuters, 5 Mar, 12:15 PM

A bomb planted and remotely detonated by Boko Haram militants near the southeastern Niger town of Diffa killed two soldiers and wounded a third on Wednesday, military sources said.

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Libya forces carry out second day of rival air strikes on airports

by Reuters, 5 Mar, 12:13 PM

Forces from Libya´s internationally recognised government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport after unidentified warplanes attacked one of its allied towns, in escalating violence a day before United Nations peace talks.

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Egypt puts over 200 on trial, accused of militant activity

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 08:31 AM

An Egyptian court opened the trial on Thursday of 213 suspected militants, including members of the army and police, on charges of joining Egypt's most active militant group and attempting to assassinate the interior minister, judicial sources said.

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Egypt upholds police sentence over death that stirred Mubarak revolt

by Reuters, 5 Mar, 12:17 PM

An Egyptian court upheld a 10-year prison sentence on Wednesday imposed on two policemen for torturing an activist to death in 2010, judicial sources said, an incident that helped trigger the uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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Nigeria's Boko Haram releases beheading video echoing Islamic State

by Reuters, 3 Mar, 11:20 AM

Nigeria's Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from Islamic State.

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Tunisian troops find large arms cache near Libya border

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 11:36 AM

Tunisian troops have captured a large arms cache near the border with Libya, including Kalashnikov rifles, rockets and landmines, the government said.

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Where is rhino kill information?

by defenceWeb, 6 Mar, 10:05 AM

With no official information from the Department of Environmental Affairs since January 22 on rhino killings, it appears South Africans are being kept in the dark as to whether or not the country is winning the war against rhino poaching.

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R2.4 million set aside for rhino programme

by SANews, 6 Mar, 09:19 AM

A total of R2.4 million has been allocated to the Rhino Protection Programme (RPP), which assists with the care of injured and orphaned rhino as a result of poaching.

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South Sudan peace talks adjourn with no deal

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 12:08 PM

Peace talks between South Sudan's government and rebels adjourned on Friday and there was no date set for the next meeting, a mediation official said.

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Libyan factions hold peace talks in Morocco

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 11:53 AM

Libya's warring factions held United Nations-backed talks on Thursday in an effort to end a conflict between two rival governments that threatens to drive the country into full-blown civil war.

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U.N. urges Mali rebels to sign northern peace proposal

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 08:29 AM

The United Nations is urging Tuareg-led rebels to sign a proposal on the future of northern Mali, calling it an important step towards peace in the violent region.

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Cuban mechanics in SA to help build SANDF capacity

by defenceWeb, 2 Mar, 10:15 AM

South African military mechanics are working alongside Cubans in terms of an agreement between the two countries, the Department of Defence (DoD) has confirmed.

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EUTM commander warns of possible failure in Somali army training programme

by Oscar Nkala, 26 Feb, 01:06 PM

The outgoing commander of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia, Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi, says the mission will fail to achieve its objectives of setting up, training and equiping a professional Somali National Army (SNA) unless the...

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France, US conduct close air support training in Djibouti

by CJTF-HOA, 25 Feb, 01:55 PM

French and U.S. coalition forces conducted a live and simulated close air support (CAS) exercise in Arta, Djibouti, between January 31 and February 4.

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China to raise defence budget 10.1 percent this year in high-tech drive

by Reuters, 5 Mar, 12:30 PM

China will boost its military spending by 10.1 percent this year to 886.9 billion yuan ($141.45 billion) as it cranks up its development of high-tech weapons systems, the government announced on Thursday.

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ISS: Nuclear weapons - reading the signs of the times

by ISS Africa, 20 Feb, 11:16 AM

Last month, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it had moved its so-called Doomsday Clock three minutes closer to midnight. The Doomsday Clock is internationally recognised as an indicator of how close we are to destroying ourselves with advanced equipment...

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China to project power from artificial islands in South China Sea

by Reuters, 19 Feb, 12:53 PM

China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.

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 SAA Cargo bags prestigious award

by SANews, 4 Mar, 09:52 AM

South African Airways Cargo has won the African Cargo Airline of the Year Award.

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Global civil helicopter demand steady for next five years - report

by Honeywell, 3 Mar, 07:21 AM

Between 4 750 and 5 250 civil turbine engine helicopters will be delivered over the next five years as demand remains steady, according to a new report.

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Rockets fired on Libya's Labraq airport

by Reuters, 23 Feb, 11:19 AM

Attackers fired rockets at eastern Libya's Labraq airport on Saturday, an airport source said, targeting one of the oil producer's few functioning air hubs in a country gripped by violence.

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Blast in Syria kills top al Qaeda commander, three others

by Reuters, 6 Mar, 11:56 AM

Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday the death of its top military commander, who insurgent sources said fell victim to a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting.

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Five dead in Qaeda suicide attack on Houthis in central Yemen

by Reuters, 4 Mar, 08:42 AM

Five people were killed in an al Qaeda suicide attack on a Houthi outpost in central Yemen on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry said, highlighting the volatility of a country torn by militant and sectarian violence.

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Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

by Reuters, 3 Mar, 11:53 AM

Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin.

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Open Day at Aerospace Leadership Academy

Both guest speakers at the Aerospace Leadership Academy (AERLA) open day stressed discipline and hard work as the core ingredients of a successful school career and the foundation for a rewarding career in one of the varied facets of the aerospace industry.

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Skirl of the pipes and cannon fire at the Cape Town tattoo

by defenceWeb, 5 Nov, 09:41 AM

Starting tomorrow the Castle will again host the annual Cape Town Military Tattoo, a spectacular event showcasing military bands and intricate drill manoeuvres all culminating with a real bang.

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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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Latest evolution of Lockheed Martin laser weapon system stops truck in field test

by Reuters, 5 Mar, 09:18 AM

Lockheed Martin's 30-kilowatt fibre laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test, demonstrating the rapidly evolving precision capability to protect military forces and critical infrastructure, the company said....

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Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa

by Reuters, 24 Feb, 01:22 PM

In the South African bush, elephants are being trained in the art of "bio-detection" to see if they can use their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out explosives, landmines and poachers.

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Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

by Reuters, 16 Feb, 01:36 PM

The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according...

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Parliamentary question: lost and stolen firearms

by defenceWeb, 4 Mar, 09:39 AM

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Statement by the Minister of State Security on the alleged leakage of classified security documents by media organisations

by defenceWeb, 26 Feb, 12:02 PM

The Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo has noted with concern latest media reports alleging the release of classified intelligence reports of international intelligence organisations, including those of the State Security Agency.

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Minister David Mahlobo on signal disruption in Parliament during State of the Nation Address

by defenceWeb, 20 Feb, 08:31 AM

“We wish to state that there was no executive or political decision to interfere with the free flow of information and constitutional obligations on transparency and openness during the State of the Address (SoNA). The Minister responsible for State Security...

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US Army helicopters returning from Ebola mission

by defenceWeb, 20 Feb, 10:15 AM

As part of the United States withdrawal of troops from the Ebola assistance mission in West Africa, various US Army helicopters are being sent home.

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WEW offering liquid logistics solution

by defenceWeb, 19 Feb, 01:19 PM

German company WEW is promoting its modular liquid logistics solution at IDEX 2015, offering systems for the safe handling of water, fuel, lubricants, waste and other liquids.

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US studying special operations airlift needs in Africa

by Oscar Nkala/defenceWeb, 12 Feb, 12:18 PM

The United States military is seeking to identify companies able to provide fixed wing air transport services on behalf of US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in countries in Africa.

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