by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 12:35 PM
by Dean Wingrin, 15 Dec, 10:26 AM
by Guy Martin, 12 Dec, 10:00 AM
by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 12:35 PM
2014 has come to a close for defenceWeb as we shut down for the festive season after a long and productive year. Thank you to all our readers and sponsors for your support during 2014. defenceWeb wishes you a joyous festive season and will be up and running again...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 10 Dec, 09:29 AM
South African company Rippel Effect Systems has landed another contract for IGS-4S day/night sights for the Colombian Army which has now standardised on this item of equipment from Rippel for all its cavalry requirements.Read More...
by defenceWeb/MARCOM, 12 Dec, 09:46 AM
The future Task Force Commander for the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Jonas Haggren (Swedish Navy), visited the NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) this week to meet with MARCOM Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio for discussions...Read More...
by Reuters, 4 Dec, 12:12 PM
Cash-strapped maritime security firms are being forced to use fewer costly elite guards and to diversify into other businesses such as cyber security, as a steep decline in Somali pirate attacks and hotter competition erode fast-thinning margins.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 3 Dec, 08:41 AM
The nineteenth Chinese naval anti-piracy task group has departed China for the Gulf of Aden as China continues with maritime patrols in the region.Read More...
by Frost & Sullivan, 4 Dec, 10:08 AM
The global military helicopters market will grow from $25.43 billion in 2013 to $33.37 billion in 2023 in spite of reduced budgets and the adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a new report.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 17 Nov, 10:13 AM
The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) air wing has taken delivery of two new Mil Mi-17 helicopters and says they will be deployed to provide airlift and troop support services to the Rwandan contingent deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)....Read More...
by defenceWeb, 10 Dec, 10:07 AM
South African farmers in Marble Hall in Limpopo province will soon harvest a first crop of energy-rich Solaris plants to be used as sustainable aviation fuel.Read More...
by SANews, 12 Dec, 10:03 AM
The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) has set aside R145 million to assist military veterans and dependents in their studies.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 10:09 AM
The SA Army Reserve along with the Air Defence Artillery Formation has acknowledged and is marking 75 years of air by putting together a publication chronicling the history of air defence in the South African military.Read More...
by Oscar Nkala, 4 Dec, 11:38 AM
The Nigerian Navy has introduced compulsory swimming lessons for all officers following a realisation that most of its junior and senior officers are incapable of conducting waterborne operations because they cannot swim.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 25 Nov, 10:18 AM
This Thursday will see a low key, but important, ceremony at the Ditsong Museum of Military History in Johannesburg to commemorate a new permanent home for a foundation stone steeped in South African naval history.Read More...
by Reuters, 12 Dec, 01:09 PM
Kenya defended its involvement with the International Criminal Court on Thursday as prosecutors seek to have the country held accountable by the court's member states for failing to cooperate on an investigation of President Uhuru Kenyatta.Read More...
by Reuters, 12 Dec, 01:07 PM
The European Union has resumed aid to Mali which it suspended in June due to suspected irregularities in government spending, including the purchase of a $40 million (25 million pounds) presidential jet, the Malian government announced on Friday.Read More...
by ISS Africa, 12 Dec, 12:20 PM
Burkina Faso’s political transition is now underway. Michel Kafando, retired diplomat and former foreign minister, has been appointed interim President and Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida, who assumed power after former president Blaise Compaoré’s departure,...Read More...
by Reuters, 10 Dec, 10:26 AM
A push at the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties has reached an impasse due to a dispute over whether to include an arms embargo, diplomats said.Read More...
by Reuters, 12 Dec, 09:12 AM
Suspected separatists killed a Kenyan policeman and critically wounded two more when they attacked their camp in the coastal county of Kilifi, a senior regional official said on Friday.Read More...
by Reuters, 11 Dec, 12:36 PM
Al Shabaab militants have beheaded two Somali policewomen, prompting a policeman to kill five women linked to the group who were being held for a possible swap of captives, an official said on Wednesday.Read More...
by Reuters, 11 Dec, 12:54 PM
Fighting in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi and in the west of the country has displaced tens of thousands since the summer and disrupted medical and health services, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday.Read More...
by Reuters, 11 Dec, 12:41 PM
Almost 50 people have been killed in the past 10 days in fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in the second-largest city, Benghazi, medical personnel said on Wednesday.Read More...
by Guy Martin, 12 Dec, 10:00 AM
The number of rhinos that die because of poaching could be 25-30 per cent higher than the official figures indicate, which would bring this year’s rhino kill tally to over 1 400.Read More...
by Reuters, 11 Dec, 10:55 AM
Algeria and Niger have started to repatriate 3,000 citizens of Niger who crossed into Algeria illegally as part of a bid to stop people smuggling to North Africa and Europe.Read More...
by defenceWeb/UNHCR, 11 Dec, 09:58 AM
The UN refugee agency has warned the international community is losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs on how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration....Read More...
by Reuters, 12 Dec, 08:59 AM
Suspected war criminals in Central African Republic are carrying out atrocities and terrorising people, and the United Nations and CAR government must try harder to bring them to justice, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday.Read More...
by Reuters, 12 Dec, 08:35 AM
U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic have arrested a Chadian warlord wanted by authorities for abuses against the population in the north of country, the U.N. mission and the government said.Read More...
by Guy Martin, 11 Dec, 10:00 AM
Egypt has the strongest military in Africa and is in the midst of strengthening it further with the acquisition of frigates, armoured vehicles, missiles, combat and transport aircraft and other hardware. Although the United States has been a major equipment supplier,...Read More...
by Oscar Nkala, 4 Dec, 11:51 AM
The European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) says it aims to train 1 200 Somali National Army (SNA) non-commissioned Officers (NCOs), junior Officers, specialists and military instructors in 2015 as part of internationally-backed capacity building...Read More...
by Reuters, 12 Dec, 01:05 PM
CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used "abhorrent" methods on detainees captured following the Sept. 11 attacks and said it was "unknowable" whether harsh interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence.Read More...
by Reuters, 11 Dec, 01:04 PM
The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.Read More...
by Reuters, 11 Dec, 01:01 PM
Global airlines body IATA has called on the U.N. to regulate anti-aircraft weaponry in a similar way to chemical weapons following the shooting down of a commercial airliner over Ukraine earlier this year.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 11:04 AM
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) helps the United Nations address some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday during a ceremony in Chicago celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chicago...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 09:38 AM
At the close of the 46th general meeting of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), organised by Air Algérie earlier this month November Fatima Beyina-Moussa, managing director of ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines) was named President of AFRAA.Read More...
by Reuters, 12 Dec, 01:01 PM
Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the wildly inaccurate weapons.Read More...
by Reuters, 11 Dec, 10:19 AM
Al Qaeda in Yemen blames the United States for the death of a US and South African hostage killed in a failed rescue attempt by US forces, an official of the militant group said, arguing Washington had "foolishly" chosen armed force over negotiation.Read More...
by Reuters, 10 Dec, 10:30 AM
Any congressional authorisation of US military force against Islamic State should be flexible and not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said.Read More...
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.Read More...
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.Read More...
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...Read More...
by Reuters, 8 Dec, 10:13 AM
More than 70 Chinese nationals have been detained by Kenyan police investigating allegations of cyber crime, operating private radio services and being in the country illegally, their lawyers said on Friday.Read More...
by Reuters, 22 Oct, 01:05 PM
Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.Read More...
by Dean Wingrin, 3 Sep, 11:05 AM
A signing ceremony was held on Tuesday to launch a joint research project to investigate the performance properties of hydrogen fuel cells on future Airbus commercial jetliners.Read More...
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.Read More...
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...Read More...
by Second Line of Defence, 11 Dec, 12:12 PM
Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is being transformed into an expeditionary base for American forces to something more permanent, reports Murielle Delaporte for Second Line of Defence.Read More...
by US Africom, 20 Nov, 12:27 PM
Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group transferred control of a humanitarian cargo hub to replacement forces in Germany on November 19, successfully completing their support of an Ebola-response mission that has processed...Read More...
Operator of Finnish nationwide Tetra network VIRVE once again relies on Airbus Defence and Space
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 15 December 2014Finland continues to invest in Tetra technology to guarantee users uninterrupted network performance and quality of service.
Airbus Defence and Space reveals Tetrapol evolution path towards mission-critical broadband standard
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 12 December 2014
The 4G-ready Tetrapol technology adds broadband capabilities via dual-mode platforms.
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has signed an agreement with Airbus Defence and Space on Tetra upgrades
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 11 December 2014
Airbus Defence and Space has signed a three-year care agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration.
Poynting moves offices
by Poynting Antennas, 11 December 2014
Poynting Defence and Specialised moved premises to new offices in the N1 Business Park in Centurion.
Saab to supply new-generation AT4 to the French armed forces
by Saab, 11 December 2014
The company has been awarded the contract by the French Ministry of Defence procurement branch, the Direction Générale de l'Armement.
Enstrom offers factory standard technical training course in Africa
by Safomar Aviation, 8 December 2014
The course was presented in co-operation with Safomar Aviation, the sole distributor of the Enstrom helicopter range in Africa.
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As the Seriti Commission meanders on to what appears to be an uneventful finish, those in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), Armscor and Department of Defence (DoD) tasked with acquisitions face t [ ... ]
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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