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SADC completes command post exercise ahead of ASF duties More than 600 people from 12 Southern African Development Community (SADC) states took part in the just completed Exercise Umodzi in Malawi.
One Op Corona day sees R4 million plus worth of contraband confiscated

by defenceWeb, 23 Oct, 09:32 AM

That South African soldiers achieve the successes they do in apprehending undocumented people, seizing contraband and recovering stolen vehicles among others is testimony to the sweat equity put into the border protection tasking Operation Corona.
Yam details SA Army’s international activities

by Guy Martin, 23 Oct, 09:29 AM

The SA Army has dozens of personnel training overseas and has taken part in several multinational exercises this year, according to its Chief, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam.

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A-Darter ready for launch

by defenceWeb, 22 Oct, 10:00 AM

Denel Dynamics recently completed its V3E Agile Darter (A-Darter) air-to-air missile qualification tests, making deliveries to the South African Air Force (SAAF) a step closer.

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RDM blast investigations still underway

by defenceWeb, 22 Oct, 09:56 AM

The September 4 explosion and tragic loss of life at Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s (RDM) Somerset West plant is still the subject of exhaustive investigation while the company continues to operate, servicing clients as best it can under difficult circumstances....

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Africans fear levies on data, services

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 11:42 AM

The brisk business Julius Kirya did from his cash transfer kiosk in the Ugandan capital has slowed right down with a new tax on mobile money. Many customers returned to sending banknotes by hand, in some cases via motorbike taxi.

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Boarding exercise part of Ibsamar VI

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 02:12 PM

The South African Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) conducted a boarding exercise as part of Exercise Ibsamar that took place between the South African, Brazilian and Indian navies off the Western Cape.

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EU NAVFOR conducts first exercise with Chinese Navy in Djibouti

by EU Navfor, 17 Oct, 12:15 PM

EU Naval Force relations with the Chinese PLA(N) (Peoples Liberation Army) Navy are going from strength to strength following the first combined exercise at their new military base in Djibouti, EU Navfor has said.

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ISS: Africa, and the world, need safer seas and shipping

by ISS Africa, 2 Oct, 08:57 AM

Most of the world’s trade is by sea, but this has not made it any easier to achieve safer and environmentally friendly shipping, or good labour standards for all seafarers. The sheer number of ships on the ocean, the diversity in seafarers and ship owners, and...

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Tanzania Air Force H225 spotted

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 11:10 AM

The Tanzania Air Force appears to have taken delivery of the first of two H225 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters.

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Cybicom and the CSIR add fire-fighting module to helicopter simulator

by defenceWeb, 10 Oct, 10:18 AM

Cybicom Atlas Defence (CAD) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have integrated a fire-fighting training module into their Helicopter Flight Trainer (HFT) simulator, which allows for cost-effective training for helicopter pilots with respect...

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Light military helicopter market recovering

by Forecast International, 1 Oct, 10:40 AM

Data generated by Forecast International through its innovative Platinum Forecast System 4.0 indicate that a number of planned new-start acquisition programs will kick-start demand in the long term in the light military rotorcraft market. Forecast International...

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CSIR and SANSA join forces for space science industrial development

by defenceWeb, 17 Oct, 11:37 AM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the SA National Space Agency (SANSA) will work together fostering research and supporting industrial development in space sciences and technologies.

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Draken International pilots begin training on ex-SAAF Cheetahs

by defenceWeb, 17 Oct, 10:05 AM

Pilots with Draken International have begun transition training on the Atlas Cheetah as the US-based company prepares to take delivery of 12 ex-South African Air Force examples.

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Tshwane targets Chinese companies for aerospace investment

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 16 Oct, 10:01 AM

Tshwane is trying to attract Chinese investment into the aviation cluster in the city area.

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Africa’s changing security situation is more work for Defence Intelligence

by defenceWeb, 23 Oct, 10:57 AM

Defence Intelligence, according to the latest Department of Defence (DoD) annual report, “remained true to its mandate conducting intelligence, counter-intelligence and collection activities” for decision makers.

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Yam details SA Army’s international activities

by Guy Martin, 23 Oct, 09:29 AM

The SA Army has dozens of personnel training overseas and has taken part in several multinational exercises this year, according to its Chief, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam.

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Chief SANDF medal parade in Kimberley

by Kabelo Tsogang, SANDF Logistics Division, 22 Oct, 11:19 AM

Seventy-nine medals covering thirty years’ service were presented to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members in Kimberly last week during a medal parade.

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Veecraft partners with Unique Group for manufacture of Hydracraft 1400

by defenceWeb, 18 Oct, 02:14 PM

Veecraft Marine, subsidiary of Paramount Maritime Holdings, and Unique Group yesterday announced a strategic Agreement for the continued manufacture of HYDRACraft 1400 Diving Daughtercraft.

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Angola prepares to receive fisheries research vessel

by defenceWeb, 17 Oct, 11:35 AM

Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania has handed over the 74 metre long fishery research vessel Baia Farta to Angola’s Ministry of Fisheries. She will set sail for Angola next month.

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Simon’s town medal parade

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 10:26 AM

SA Navy Flag Officer Fleet (FOF), Rear Admiral B K Mhlana awarded 10 year Good Service medals and “Tshumelo Ikatelaho” Good Service medals to a 125 recipients in Simon’s Town during a naval medal parade this week.

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Biya wins Cameroon election

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 10:39 AM

Cameroonian President Paul Biya won re-election by a landslide, official results showed, extending his 36-year rule despite claims from leading opposition candidates the vote was fraudulent.

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First DR Congo voting “machines” arrive

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 11:14 AM

DR Congo deputy prime minister said tablet-like voting machines for December’s election were made to order and will finish arriving this month, despite suspicions by diplomats and the opposition they may enable fraud.

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Anjouan Comoros governor under house arrest

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 11:09 AM

Authorities in Comoros placed the governor of strife-torn Anjouan Island under house arrest on charges of instigating unrest in the province, as government sent in more troops to quell violence.

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Rangers discover bomb in the Kruger National Park

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 02:53 PM

South African National Parks has today confirmed that Rangers conducting a patrol with K9 support in the south western boundary of the Kruger National Park on 12 October, flushed out two suspicious individuals who were hiding in a pipeline underneath a railway...

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ISS: The role of women in West Africa’s violent extremist groups

by ISS Africa, 12 Oct, 10:56 AM

Women’s involvement in Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad Basin is well known. However their role in the activities of the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), operating across the Sahel, appears to be less direct. What makes these groups include...

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One killed in Somalia air strike

by Reuters, 10 Oct, 10:54 AM

The US military said it killed a militant in an air strike in southern Somalia over the weekend during a battle pitting US and Somali government troops against al Shabaab Islamist fighters.

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Nigerian strike could flare up again

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 11:02 AM

Nigerian trade unions may resume a nationwide strike if government fails to publicly agree to a proposed increase in the minimum wage and putting it into law, three union federations said.

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Port protest against government ministerial appointment

by Reuters, 19 Oct, 11:16 AM

Libyan tribesmen staged a demonstration at the eastern oil port Hariga on Thursday in protest against the appointment of a government minister, a leading member of the tribe said.

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Ethiopia soldiers who marched on palace wanted to abort reforms

by Reuters, 18 Oct, 01:37 PM

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said soldiers who marched to his palace last week had “nefarious aims” and wanted to abort the government’s reforms but that he managed to defuse the situation and prevent it from becoming dangerous.

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Untold stories of Boko Haram survivors now on film

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 10:51 AM

Untold stories of young Nigerian women kidnapped by Boko Haram highlight a documentary revealing diaries kept by survivors forbidden from talking about their captivity.

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Khashoggi killing “planned” - claim

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 10:48 AM

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said there were strong signs the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned and he was killed in a “savage way”.

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Egyptian author arrested

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 10:43 AM

Egyptian police arrested the author of a book about Egypt’s economy on charges of publishing false news, security sources and the author’s wife said.

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Relocated black rhinos die in Chad

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 10:54 AM

Two of six critically endangered black rhinos relocated to Chad in May died, Zakouma National Park management said, undermining efforts to restore their population in Chad after a nearly 50-year absence.

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Morocco to deport Melilla migrants

by Reuters, 23 Oct, 10:45 AM

Morocco will deport 141 migrants arrested as they tried to storm a border fence at the Spanish enclave Melilla.

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One Op Corona day sees R4 million plus worth of contraband confiscated

by defenceWeb, 23 Oct, 09:32 AM

That South African soldiers achieve the successes they do in apprehending undocumented people, seizing contraband and recovering stolen vehicles among others is testimony to the sweat equity put into the border protection tasking Operation Corona.

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SADC completes command post exercise ahead of ASF duties

More than 600 people from 12 Southern African Development Community (SADC) states took part in the just completed Exercise Umodzi in Malawi.

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UN peacekeeping chief concerned about Malian insecurity

by defenceWeb/UN, 22 Oct, 11:22 AM

After commending the “overall peaceful” climate in which the Malian elections were held in July, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said last week he is “extremely concerned” over increasing attacks by armed insurgents against a backdrop of continued...

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Russia to send more military trainers, equipment to Central African Republic

by Reuters, 19 Oct, 03:44 PM

Russia said on Friday it planned to send additional military equipment to Central African Republic (CAR) and deploy 60 more instructors to train the country’s armed forces, escalating its most significant military foray in Africa in decades.

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Exercise Ukuthula to conclude next month

by Guy Martin, 19 Oct, 10:17 AM

The South African Army’s training exercise Ukuthula 2018 remains underway at the SA Army Combat Training Centre in the Northern Cape, and will conclude next month.

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Alaris promoting DF-A0037 direction finder for maritime use

by defenceWeb, 15 Oct, 01:41 PM

Alaris Antennas is promoting its DF-A0037 direction-finding antenna for maritime use after adapting it for this more demanding environment.

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France evaluates MMP missile in Djibouti

by defenceWeb, 15 Oct, 10:42 AM

From 25 August to 22 September in Djibouti, the Technical Section of the French Army (STAT), the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) and prime contractor MBDA conducted an evaluation campaign of the Missile Moyenne Portée (Medium-Range Missile, or MMP). The...

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NATO cyber command to be fully operational in 2023

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:33 AM

A new NATO military command centre to deter computer hackers should be fully staffed in 2023 and able to mount its own cyber attacks but the alliance is still grappling with ground rules for doing so, a senior general said on Tuesday.

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U.S. foreign military sales total $55.6 billion, up 33 percent:

by Reuters, 10 Oct, 11:45 AM

Sales of U.S. military equipment to foreign governments rose 33 percent to $55.6 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, as looser restrictions on sales have begun to increase arms deals.

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Pentagon sees China as “growing risk” to US defence industry

by Reuters, 5 Oct, 10:37 AM

China represents a “significant and growing risk” to the supply of materials vital to the US military, according to a new Pentagon-led report seeking to mend weaknesses in core US industries vital to national security.

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Mogadishu an Ethiopian Airlines destination again

by Reuters, 17 Oct, 11:21 AM

Ethiopian Airlines will resume regular flights to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on November 2, its first in four decades, the state-owned carrier said.

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Senior appointments at SA Express

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:58 AM

Three senior personnel have been named by troubled local airline SA Express as part of its recovery strategy.

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Money flies across tarmac as business jet show kicks off

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 09:38 AM

On the eve of the world’s largest business jet show, deals began in earnest as planemakers polished plans for supersonic jets and unveiled new luxury aircraft featuring high-speed WiFi and hot showers at 40,000 feet.

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Egypt commends Saudi action in Kashoggi case

by Reuters, 22 Oct, 11:16 AM

Egypt praised what it called “decisive” and “brave” actions taken by Saudi King Salman in the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Syrian jihadists accept Idlib deal

by Reuters, 15 Oct, 11:18 AM

Syria’s main jihadist group would abide by the terms of a Russian-Turkish deal to prevent a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held Idlib a day before a critical deadline.

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Syrian amnesty offer

by Reuters, 9 Oct, 10:45 AM

The Syrian government announced an amnesty for men who deserted the army or avoided military service, giving them several months to report for duty without facing punishment, it said.

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Feature: A pathway to professionalism

by Africa Defense Forum, 11 Oct, 10:26 AM

For African countries, improving the security outlook does not require better weapons or larger defense budgets. Instead, the precarious balance of national stability rests largely on the professionalism of security forces.

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Veterans’ militaria fair at Warrior Shellhole

by defenceWeb, 28 Sep, 04:25 AM

The SA War Graves Society (SAWGS) will this Sunday stage another in its series of veterans’ militaria fairs to raise much-needed funds for restoration and maintenance of war graves and memorials.

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SA defence industry at a crossroads – Mapisa-Nqakula

by Guy Martin, 18 Sep, 07:43 PM

The South African defence industry is at a critical crossroads due to challenges including the reduced defence budget and fewer acquisition programmes, requiring transformation. This is according to defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

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Nammo develops supercavitating ammunition

by Nammo, 15 Oct, 10:37 AM

While traditional ammunition is either stopped or deflected when it hits water, Nammo’s 30 mm Swimmer (APFSDS-T MK 258 Mod 1) swims straight through water, thanks to a groundbreaking design on the supercavitating projectile developed in cooperation with the US...

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New coating keeps ships at sea longer

by Australian Department of Defence, 11 Oct, 10:35 AM

A new corrosion-resistant coating that halved the build-up of algae and barnacles on ship hydraulic components is now being trialled on HMAS Canberra, one of the Royal Australian Navy's landing helicopter dock ships.

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Naval technology used in shark repellent system

by defenceWeb, 4 Oct, 09:50 AM

That military – and in this instance naval – technology can be successfully adapted to civilian use has again been demonstrated, this time by Armscor’s Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT).

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Speech: Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of AAD 2018

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 05:52 PM

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, 19 September 2018.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

by defenceWeb, 17 Sep, 09:18 AM

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) 2018, Waterkloof Air Force Base Hangar 7, Pretoria, 17 September 2018.

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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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More progress on Koba-Tlala

by Guy Martin, 19 Oct, 10:07 AM

Over a thousand reserve force members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are set to be re-skilled next year as part of Project Koba-Tlala, SANDF’s contribution to government’s National Development Plan.

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Agri-business a core component of Project Koba-Tlala

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:09 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s ambitious initiative to involve local communities in among others the fresh produce supply chain to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) units and bases is providing a positive spin-off for Reserve...

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AFRICOM hosts first ever Multilateral Logistics Seminar

by Africom, 12 Oct, 11:05 AM

U.S. Africa Command hosted the inaugural Multilateral Logistic Seminar (MLLS) between 24 and 28 September in Sindelfingen, Germany.

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Frontex testing unmanned aircraft for border surveillance

by Forecast International, 15 Oct, 10:23 AM

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has begun testing the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Greece, Italy and Portugal to monitor the European Union’s external borders.

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World civil unmanned aerial vehicle market to see massive growth

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 11 Oct, 11:31 AM

The Teal Group has released its new market profile and forecast for World civil Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The Fairfax, Virginia-based consultancy is bullish and predicts “worldwide civil drone production will soar over the next decade” and “promise to...

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Threats from drones in US escalating

by Reuters, 11 Oct, 11:09 AM

FBI director Christopher Wray told a US Senate panel the drone threat “is steadily escalating” even as Congress gives agencies new tools to address threats.

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