by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:32 AM
by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:27 AM
by Guy Martin, 23 Apr, 10:47 AM
One of the world’s largest live-firing demonstrations got underway at the Overberg Test Range earlier this week when Rheinmetall and Denel hosted the second Defence Day, aimed at showcasing Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s capabilities to 400 guests from 57 countries...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:23 AM
The man who ensured Armscor consistently received unqualified audits from the Auditor General during his tenure as acting chief executive has gone back to his original position as general manager: acquisition.Read More...
by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:42 AM
Italian navy personnel on Friday boarded a Sicilian fishing boat and took custody of a Libyan soldier on board after the vessel was seized overnight off the coast of the North African state, the defence ministry said.Read More...
by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:19 AM
A Sicilian fishing boat with seven people on board was seized overnight in an apparent act of piracy 40 miles from the coast of Libya, a trade association said on Friday.Read More...
by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:03 PM
A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned, nearly three years after the pirates' last successful hijacking in the Indian Ocean.Read More...
by Guy Martin, 21 Apr, 10:01 AM
The Tecnam MRI maritime surveillance aircraft that was brought to South Africa as a sales and marketing demonstrator has been returned to Spain for upgrades before coming back to the country, where it is expected to be used on operational missions.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 16 Apr, 09:22 AM
A German Air Force A400M has flown the type’s first foreign mission in German service, with a non-stop flight between Germany and Senegal.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:08 AM
About 20 trainee paramedics in the SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) maintain they are not being cared for by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) while they are trained to supply primary healthcare to their fellow soldiers.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:04 AM
The outbreak of xenophobic attacks which has seen the military mobilised as part of government’s an all-out attempt to normalise the situation has reached as far as United Nations headquarters in New York.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 09:58 AM
French shipyard DCNS has started cutting metal for the first of four Gowind 2500 corvettes for the Egyptian Navy. Deliveries are scheduled to take place between 2017 and 2019, less than four years after the contract was signed in July 2014.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 16 Apr, 10:02 AM
United States-based SAFE Boats International has delivered a single 65 foot Full Cabin Inboard boat to the Tunisian Navy and is in the process of delivering a second, the company has announced, as the Tunisian Navy bolsters its fleet with US assistance.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:05 PM
A crowd of stick-wielding supporters at a soccer stadium roared their approval as South Africa's Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, insisted he was not behind a wave of violence against migrant workers he had compared a month before to head lice.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 10:55 AM
Any move by Burundi's president to run for a third five year term risks undermining a peace deal that has kept the African nation calm since civil war ended a decade ago and could stoke tensions in a region blighted by ethnic conflict.Read More...
by Reuters, 21 Apr, 08:52 PM
Ethiopia said on Monday that the 30 Christians shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State were its citizens.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:08 PM
Somali and African forces aim to drive al Shabaab Islamist militants out of one of the last major tracts of territory in southern Somalia that the group still holds and which it uses to launch attacks, the Somali prime minister said on Thursday.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 10:40 AM
Nigeria's military said on Thursday it was still advancing on Islamist group Boko Haram's last known stronghold, dismissing reports land mines had forced a retreat.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:03 PM
A senior military officer was shot dead in the Somali capital on Thursday, and al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:02 PM
Security forces in Guinea fired tear gas on Thursday to disperse demonstrators protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the west African country, residents said.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 01:58 PM
At least 10 militants and two Tunisian soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in the central Kasserine region near the Tunisian border with Algeria, a government official said on Friday.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:12 PM
As many as 5,000 migrants a week could arrive in Italy by sea from North African ports in the next five months unless something is done about the issue, according to an interior ministry projection.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:09 PM
Four days after up to 900 desperate people drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya, EU leaders agreed on Thursday to triple its naval search mission in the Mediterranean, restoring its funding to last year's level.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 10:36 AM
Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Ital, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in the Mediterranean....Read More...
by NATO Support and Procurement Agency, 24 Apr, 11:17 AM
NATO and the Republic of Djibouti have enhanced their cooperation, by concluding on 22 April an agreement to establish a NATO liaison office in Djibouti in support of the Alliance's counter piracy operation, Ocean Shield, in the Gulf of Aden.Read More...
by Reuters, 23 Apr, 10:43 AM
Nigeria's foreign ministry has summoned South Africa's high commissioner over anti-immigrant violence in which at least seven people have been killed, it said in a statement.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 22 Apr, 10:02 AM
In a message delivered on his behalf to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to mark the centenary of the first use of this type of weapon, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the horrors of World War One had to be recalled as the...Read More...
by Reuters, 21 Apr, 09:48 AM
Israel said the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away.Read More...
by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:28 AM
Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern...Read More...
by Reuters, 15 Apr, 12:14 PM
A new United Nations website distributing warnings about risks to aircraft in conflict zones issued its first advisories on Wednesday, for countries including Libya, Iraq, Egypt and South Sudan.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 14 Apr, 02:16 PM
Air Cote d’Ivoire, the country’s national airline, has converted options on two Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm order, Bombardier announced yesterday.Read More...
by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:26 PM
Fighting between Yemen's warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden on Friday, but there were no fresh moves towards dialogue.Read More...
by Reuters, 22 Apr, 09:40 AM
Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels who seized large areas of Yemen and said it would back a political solution to bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbour.Read More...
by US DoD, 14 Apr, 01:58 PM
On stage last week at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work summoned up scenes from a future war where soldiers and machines join forces in a multidimensional “informationalized” zone, using advanced tools to fight adversaries...Read More...
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.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 11:27 AM
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refuelling (AAR) with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft on April 22, marking the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refuelled...Read More...
by US Navy, 16 Apr, 11:19 AM
The Electromagnetic Railgun is a high-risk, high-payoff technology that the US Navy says is meeting its objectives. But ideas alone rarely make it to prime time without additional enabling factors and activities.Read More...
by Reuters, 10 Apr, 02:53 PM
It may look like nothing more than a small ball of metal, but the shape-shifting and self-propulsion abilities of a liquid metal alloy discovered by scientists at China's Tsinghua University has captured the imaginations of scientists and science-fiction fans across...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 10:05 AM
SPEECH NOTES FOR MS NOSIVIWE MAPISA-NQAKULA, MP, SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS DURING THE 4TH CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY IN MOSCOW (MCIS): 16 17 APRIL 2015Read More...
by defenceWeb, 23 Mar, 07:53 AM
AAR Airlift has been awarded a $19 million contract by the United Nations for airlift services in Central Africa, covering passenger and cargo in support of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Read More...
by US Army, 20 Mar, 07:54 AM
United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are living and working in Force Provider base camps provided by the United States Army, which was awarded a $19 million contract for camps last year.Read More...
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|Is there a lesson in Op Copper?|
South Africa’s continued lead role in Operation Copper, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking in the Mozambique Channel, has been extended for another year at a co [ ... ]
Book Review: Raising The Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa Raising the Bar is Songezo Zibi’s first book and seeks to provide a thorough, accurate analysis on the different issues preventing South Africa from moving forward. Zibi’s writing explores aspects...
Sporting Soldiers: South African troops at play during World War I For soldiers in the First World War, sport was a way for them to escape the horrors of the battlefield or the monotony and dreadful conditions of prison camps. Sport was a part of soldiers’ lives, yet...
Endgame: Book Review Endgame is yet another addition to the growing number of titles exploring aspects of one of the seduction efforts that eventually led to the conception of a democratic South Africa. Written by noted...
Book review: From Addis to the Aosta Valley From Addis to the Aosta Valley: A South African in the North African and Italian Campaigns 1940-1945, was originally titled “One of millions,” because author Keith Ford was one of the many millions...
Book Review: Tumult in the clouds By his own admission Dean Wingrin is a military aviation junkie and his love of the subject has manifested itself in a 340 page book filled with personal memories and reminiscences of the SA Air Force...
Book Review: The Battle in Bangui: The Untold Inside Story This 40-page publication is a “must read” for everyone in uniform as well as those charged with decision-making in the South African military, particularly the SA National Defence Force’s political...
Book review: The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos The Rhodesian Light Infantry: Africa’s Commandos, edited by Mark Adams and Chris Cocks, is an interesting work. Commissioned by the Rhodesian Light Infantry Regimental Association (RLIRA), it has two...
Book Review: Dingo Firestorm – The Greatest Battle of the Rhodesian Bush War The fireforce concept of operations, used so successfully during the 1970s by the Rhodesian forces during the bush war, has been detailed by a number of books and articles over the years.
Book Review: Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts At first glance Shadows of a Forgotten Past, with its action-filled cover image, glossy paper and large collection of colour and black-and-white photographs, begs the question as to why the author didn’t...
Book Review: LZ Hot – Flying South Africa’s Border War The endorsements that garnish the front and rear covers of today’s books are marketing techniques designed to elicit a heightened interest in buying the book on the part of the potential buyer.
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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