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Explosive demonstration for DCD vehicles

by Guy Martin, 18 Jul, 10:13 AM

DCD Protected Mobility has demonstrated its products in the toughest way possible, by detonating landmines under three of its vehicles before a live audience of military attaches and other dignitaries at the Paardefontein test range.

African country receiving Cayman armoured vehicles

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 10:06 AM

An undisclosed African country is receiving Cayman 4x4 armoured vehicles from Belarus.

Fraudulent Reserve Force call-ups board of inquiry report completed

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 10:01 AM

A report set to have far-reaching consequences on the Reserve Force call-up system is currently undergoing legal review and scrutiny ahead of being handed to SA Army Chief, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam.
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SA defence industry to show it wares overseas

by defenceWeb, 16 Jul, 10:41 AM

The South African defence industry will be out in force at several big international exhibitions later this year, including the first edition of Edex in Egypt.

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SA Defence Industry Fund officially launched

by defenceWeb, 6 Jul, 12:12 PM

The long-awaited Defence Industry Fund (DIF) was launched on Thursday 5 July 2018. The fruit of the 2015 Defence Review and consultations between Armscor and South African defence industry association AMD, the fund is to be managed by Crede Capital Partners. ...

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Naval Dockyard expected to make a R30 million loss

by Guy Martin, 4 Jul, 10:00 AM

The Naval Dockyard in Simons Town is expected to make a loss of R30.6 million for the 2018/19 financial year - the only division in the Armscor stable to lose money.

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Rhino poaching lessons to be applied to abalone

by defenceWeb, 17 Jul, 09:58 AM

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has enlisted the assistance of his Cabinet colleague tasked with overseeing environmental matters in efforts to curb abalone poaching.

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SA Navy funding and capacity need careful consideration – ISS

by defenceWeb, 16 Jul, 09:58 AM

South Africa’s sole foray into countering piracy – Operation Copper – is part of the National Development Plan (NDP) which recommended the country extend anti-piracy operations beyond Mozambican and Tanzanian waters to include Kenya.

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Modest results to date for blue economy component of Operation Phakisa

by defenceWeb, 11 Jul, 10:10 AM

Respected South African think-tank, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), maintains South Africa’s ambitious blue economy initiative has “so far achieved only modest results”.

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French military helicopter crashes in Ivory Coast

by Reuters, 11 Jul, 11:01 AM

A French military helicopter crashed in Ivory Coast while on a training mission, killing the pilot and seriously wounding a second crew member, the French army said.

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Canada deploying helicopters to Mali

by defenceWeb, 6 Jul, 11:27 AM

The Royal Canadian Air Force has started deploying Chinook and Griffon helicopters to Mali, where they will take part in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (Minusma).

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Rooivalk remaining in the DRC

The Rooivalk combat support helicopter looks set to remain in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but instead of being attached to the United Nations’ MONUSCO mission, it will apparently be operated only in support of South African troops.

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New Silver Falcon joins the team

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 10:53 AM

The Silver Falcons aerobatic display team has a new member. Major Tiaan Stander has joined the team in the number two position.

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Boeing lifts industry demand forecast as air show deals roll on

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 01:55 PM

Boeing raised its rolling 20-year industry forecast for passenger and cargo aircraft on Tuesday, as a steady flow of deals on day two of the Farnborough Airshow underscored the industry’s resilience to rising global trade tensions.

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Nigerian Air Force acquisitions revealed in budget

by Oscar Nkala, 17 Jul, 10:34 AM

The Nigerian government has approved a part-payment of $47 million towards the Nigerian Air Force’s (NAF’s) procurement of three JF-17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

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Fraudulent Reserve Force call-ups board of inquiry report completed

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 10:01 AM

A report set to have far-reaching consequences on the Reserve Force call-up system is currently undergoing legal review and scrutiny ahead of being handed to SA Army Chief, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam.

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SANDF holds medal parade

by defenceWeb, 13 Jul, 12:13 PM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) today held a medal parade in Pretoria where it is handed out long service and Mandela medals.

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Marievale alternative housing issue drags on

by defenceWeb, 12 Jul, 10:09 AM

The Department of Defence and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) have until Monday to come up with “a constructive plan” as regards accommodation for people apparently illegally evicted from the Marievale military base in eastern Gauteng.

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TS Woltemade takes cadets to sea

by Glenn von Zeil, 17 Jul, 03:10 PM

The Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) recently played host to Sea Cadets from TS Woltemade on the 2018 Youth Day weekend and included them in the Youth Regatta.

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Tunisian Navy commissions new vessels

by Guy Martin, 6 Jul, 10:17 AM

The Tunisian Navy has commissioned two new vessels into service: its second Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel from Damen and a third locally manufactured patrol boat.

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SA sets up body to manage marine pollution

by SANews, 6 Jul, 09:29 AM

The South African National Department of Transport has -- for the first time in the history of the South African maritime transport sector -- established an Incident Management Organisation (IMOrg).

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ISS: Tackling graft through a strong criminal justice system

by ISS Africa, 18 Jul, 10:19 AM

Can South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa contribute to Nelson Mandela’s vision, and improve the chances of his own New Dawn becoming a reality? ‘We have introduced a rule of law,’ Mandela said in 2000. ‘That never existed for centuries in this country,...

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Law protecting top military officers passed in Egypt

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 11:26 AM

Egypt’s parliament passed a law that could make senior military officers immune from future prosecution over to violence after the 2013 ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.

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ISS: The ICC is as strong as the support it gets from states

by ISS Africa, 17 Jul, 10:39 AM

The creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) 20 years ago today marked the beginning of the end of an era of impunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC was established – five decades after the end of World War 2 – by the...

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How unstable is oil production in Libya?

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 11:47 AM

After a relatively stable spell, Libya’s oil production seesawed because of a stand-off at eastern export terminals and the abduction of two workers at Sharara oilfield.

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France expels Islamist to Algeria

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 11:32 AM

France expelled an Islamist suspected of being a spiritual tutor to a killer in the attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper as well as to an attacker at a Jewish supermarket in 2015.

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Nigerian soldiers missing

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 11:29 AM

About 20 Nigerian soldiers are missing after a clash with Boko Haram militants in the north-east, security sources said, denying reports some troops could not be found.

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Egypt targeting social media and fake news

by Reuters, 18 Jul, 11:15 AM

The Egyptian parliament passed a law giving the state powers to block social media accounts and penalise journalists publishing fake news.

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MEC condemns violent protests in Kimberley

by SANews, 17 Jul, 01:21 PM

The Northern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Lebogang Motlhaping, has strongly condemned the violent protests and looting that erupted in Kimberley last week as residents marched over electricity tariffs.

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Thirty-one death sentences handed down in Egypt

by Reuters, 13 Jul, 10:15 AM

Egyptian courts sentenced 31 people to death in two separate cases, one involving the killing of a policeman and a security guard in 2015 and the other related to a 2016 prison escape, state news agency MENA and witnesses said.

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Mali militia death toll

by Reuters, 18 Jul, 11:18 AM

Nearly 300 Malian civilians were killed in fighting between rival militias this year, the UN human rights office said, as inter-communal violence across the country threatens a presidential election due later this month.

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Ex-Egypt military chief critical

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 11:45 AM

Former Egyptian military chief of staff General Sami Anan, detained in January after announcing plans to stand in a presidential election, is in critical condition in hospital, sources close to his family said .

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Mali village attack leaves 14 dead

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 11:36 AM

Gunmen shot dead 14 civilians in an attack on a village in north-eastern Mali, a local official said, amid a spate of killings by rival ethnic groups and jihadist militants threatening to derail a presidential election later this month.

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UN agrees to first ever global compact on migration

by defenceWeb/UN, 18 Jul, 11:26 AM

For the first time ever, UN member states agreed to an all-encompassing global compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable development.

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Migrants die on boat left adrift – claim

by Reuters, 18 Jul, 11:07 AM

A woman and a boy adrift in the Mediterranean died hours before help reached their damaged dinghy, Spanish rescuers said after finding a second woman alive in the vessel.

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SAPS committed to end poaching

by SANews, 17 Jul, 01:04 PM

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has pledged its unwavering commitment to the continued fight against poaching.

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World should resist cynicism over rise of strongmen – Obama

by Reuters, 18 Jul, 11:23 AM

Barack Obama said on Tuesday the world should resist cynicism over the rise of strongmen, an apparent reference to populist leaders in power in a number of countries.

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Ethiopia Eritrea reconciliation sealed by flight

by Reuters, 18 Jul, 11:20 AM

The first commercial flights from Ethiopia to Eritrea in 20 years took off early on Wednesday, sealing reconciliation between former enemies a week after they ended their military stand-off.

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Expelled Islamist militant to be retried

by Reuters, 18 Jul, 11:10 AM

Algeria plans to retry an Islamist expelled by France and suspected of being a spiritual tutor to militants who carried out attacks in 2015, official sources said.

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Explosive demonstration for DCD vehicles

by Guy Martin, 18 Jul, 10:13 AM

DCD Protected Mobility has demonstrated its products in the toughest way possible, by detonating landmines under three of its vehicles before a live audience of military attaches and other dignitaries at the Paardefontein test range.

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African country receiving Cayman armoured vehicles

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 10:06 AM

An undisclosed African country is receiving Cayman 4x4 armoured vehicles from Belarus.

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Kenyan police acquire Tygra APC

by defenceWeb, 17 Jul, 10:21 AM

The Kenyan Police Service is operating the Tygra armoured personnel carrier manufactured by Mezcal in the United Arab Emirates.

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Britain unveils fighter jet model to rival Franco-German program

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 01:42 PM

Britain unveiled a model of a sleek proposed fighter jet named Tempest on Monday, raising questions about the future of European defense cooperation, given that Germany and France launched their own fighter jet program a year ago.

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U.S. arms makers praise new U.S. weapons export policy

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 01:39 PM

U.S. arms makers attending the Farnborough Airshow in Britain on Monday lauded the U.S. government’s push to sell more weapons overseas and said they expected European defense spending to increase in the coming years.

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Turkey signs deal with Pakistan on sale of 30 attack helicopters

by defenceWeb, 16 Jul, 11:41 AM

Turkey and Pakistan have signed an agreement on the sale of 30 Turkish T129 attack helicopters in what will be the biggest export deal of the Turkish defence industry, the country’s defence industry directorate said on Friday.

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Mauritania orders two Embraer 175s

by Embraer, 18 Jul, 11:38 AM

Embraer and Mauritania Airlines announced on 17 July at the Farnborough Air Show that they had agreed on a firm order for two E175 jets.

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Commercial aircraft services worth $4.6 trillion over next 20 years

by Airbus/defenceWeb, 17 Jul, 01:52 PM

The worldwide market for commercial aircraft services is valued at $4.6 trillion from 2018 to 2037, according to a new study.

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Demand for 10 000 regional aircraft over next 20 years

by defenceWeb, 16 Jul, 11:19 AM

Embraer forecasts demand for 10 550 new aircraft with up to 150 seats worldwide, worth $600 billion, over the next 20 years.

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Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record as suicide attacks surge

by Reuters, 16 Jul, 11:55 AM

The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan reached a record in the first half of the year, despite last month’s ceasefire, with a surge in suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State, the United Nations said on Sunday.

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Two protesters killed in clashes with Iraqi police as unrest spreads in south

by Reuters, 16 Jul, 11:51 AM

Two protesters were killed on Sunday in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the town of Samawa, a police official said, amid growing anger in southern cities over poor public services and widespread corruption.

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Suicide bomber kills 128 in attack on Pakistani election rally

by Reuters, 16 Jul, 11:32 AM

A suicide bomber killed 128 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack on Friday, officials said, amid growing tensions over ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s return ahead of the July 25 vote.

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Veterans Military Fair

by defenceWeb, 6 Jul, 10:06 AM

Edenvale in Gauteng is the place to be on Saturday, July 21, if you are a collector of military memorabilia in any number of shapes and sizes when the MOTH Shellhole Dickie Fritz, in collaboration with the SA War Graves Society, hosts a Veterans Military Fair....

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Navy looks backwards for future acquisitions

by Dean Wingrin, 6 Jun, 10:33 AM

With the SA Navy facing budget and other challenges, it is looking back at past acquisition strategies to see what lessons can be learnt for the future.

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Helicopter displays, military re-enactments at Voortrekker Monument military fair

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 09:19 AM

The May public holiday has become synonymous with what is Gauteng’s biggest military and history fair and this year is no different.

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Rolls Royce unveils engine maintenance robots

by defenceWeb, 18 Jul, 11:45 AM

Rolls-Royce has demonstrated a vision of how robotics could be used to revolutionise the future of engine maintenance, with different robots that can get inside engines to repair and inspect them.

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Reviving supersonic passenger flights to harm environment

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 01:34 PM

Reviving supersonic passenger flights will harm the environment as the jets will not likely be able to comply with existing fuel efficiency, pollution and noise standards for subsonic aircraft, according to a study released on Tuesday.

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SA debuts MeerKAT radio telescope

by ITWeb, 13 Jul, 11:56 AM

South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope was officially launched this morning.

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DoD belatedly responds to defenceWeb article

by defenceWeb, 12 Jul, 10:14 AM

Department of Defence head of communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, responded to a defenceWeb piece published on Tuesday, July 10.

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Document: NCACC 2017 annual report

by defenceWeb, 2 Jul, 12:22 PM

The South African National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) has released its annual report for the 2017 calendar year. Click here to view the PDF document.

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Speech: Defence and Military Veterans Budget Vote 2018-19

by defenceWeb, 25 May, 12:07 PM

Introduction of the debate on the Defence and Military Veterans Budget Vote 2018 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister for Defence and Military Veterans, Parliament, Cape Town, 18 May 2018.

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Nigerian police receive new vehicles

by Oscar Nkala, 19 Jun, 11:06 AM

The Nigerian subsidiary of Chinese automobile manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor) has delivered 150 GA3S ‘Trump-Chi” sedans for use by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in metropolitan Abuja.

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SANDF outlines infrastructure upgrades

by defenceWeb, 15 Jun, 10:00 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is implementing a number of major infrastructure upgrades, with billions of rands allocated to these projects over the next few years.

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Project Thusano giving back the SANDF a technical edge

by defenceWeb, 7 Jun, 09:57 AM

Project Thusano has seen Cuban military mechanics provide essential maintenance to make SA Army vehicles operational since 2015 and is set to continue with new personnel.

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The challenges of integrating UAVs into national airspace

by Hans Heerkens, 18 Jul, 11:06 AM

In a recent report published in June about the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, into the U.S. national airspace, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine argue that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should develop...

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General Atomics to provide drones to the Netherlands air force

by Reuters, 18 Jul, 10:56 AM

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc said on Tuesday it had been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence to provide unmanned aircraft to the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

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Power to the drones: utilities place bets on robots

by Reuters, 17 Jul, 01:27 PM

Flying robots that can travel dozens of kilometers without stopping could be the next big thing for power companies.

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