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Ghana marine police receive two patrol boats

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 10:06 AM

The Ghana Police Service Marine Unit has taken delivery of two Ally-Gator boats sponsored by the Japanese embassy and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Naval Group delivering Gowind sensor mast to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 10:04 AM

France’s Naval Group (DCNS) is delivering sensor masts to Egypt for installation on the Gowind corvettes being locally built by Alexandria Shipyard, with the first locally built vessel almost ready for launch.
Another call for soldiers to help fight crime on the Cape Flats fails

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 09:58 AM

A Democratic Alliance (DA) march on Nyanga police station this week was yet another call for soldiers to be deployed in the fight against crime on the Cape Flats, arguably one of South Africa’s worst crime hotspots.
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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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Ghana marine police receive two patrol boats

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 10:06 AM

The Ghana Police Service Marine Unit has taken delivery of two Ally-Gator boats sponsored by the Japanese embassy and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Crime info cell to boost Op Sophia operational effectiveness

by defenceWeb, 19 Jul, 11:38 AM

EUNavFor’s Mediterranean Operation Sophia task force has a new addition – a crime information cell – enabling better co-operation and effectiveness in dealing with crimes in the area of operations.

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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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British helicopters deploy to Mali

by defenceWeb, 19 Jul, 10:20 AM

Three British Chinook helicopters have arrived in Mali in support of French counter-terrorism operations in the area under Operation Barkhane.

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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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Plans to restore SAAF Museum Spitfire underway

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 11:21 AM

The SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum 2000- airshow was not a good one in that it lost its Spitfire but dedication and enthusiasm have prevailed and a project registered to restore the iconic World War 11 fighter.

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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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Another call for soldiers to help fight crime on the Cape Flats fails

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 09:58 AM

A Democratic Alliance (DA) march on Nyanga police station this week was yet another call for soldiers to be deployed in the fight against crime on the Cape Flats, arguably one of South Africa’s worst crime hotspots.

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SADC to engage UN at the highest level on FIB

by defenceWeb, 19 Jul, 09:56 AM

That the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is proud and possessive of what “its” Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) has and is achieving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is common cause and the regional bloc makes no bones about its continued...

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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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Naval Group delivering Gowind sensor mast to Egypt

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 10:04 AM

France’s Naval Group (DCNS) is delivering sensor masts to Egypt for installation on the Gowind corvettes being locally built by Alexandria Shipyard, with the first locally built vessel almost ready for launch.

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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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Ethiopia reforms aim to unleash private sector

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 11:13 AM

Ethiopia is open to selling off state-owned firms, either partially or entirely, as part of a major economic reform drive designed to “unleash the potential of the private sector”, its information minister said.

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Kabila mum on future plans

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 10:57 AM

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila said a presidential election in December would go ahead as planned, but declined to say if he would defy term limits and stand for re-election.

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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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Soldiers arrested in Cameroon

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 11:08 AM

Cameroon arrested four soldiers suspected of shooting dead two women and two children in the country’s far north where its army is battling jihadist group Boko Haram, security sources told Reuters.

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US intelligence documents on Mandela made public

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 11:05 AM

Thousands of pages of US intelligence documents on Nelson Mandela were made public on Wednesday, showing Washington continued to monitor the South African anti-apartheid hero as a potential Communist menace after he was released from prison, a group that sued to...

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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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Attempt to set up jihad cell in Senegal ends in jail

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 11:10 AM

Senegal sentenced 13 people to prison for attempting to establish a home-grown jihadist cell modelled on Boko Haram.

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SAPS say they are successfully dealing with serious crimes

by SANews, 19 Jul, 09:13 AM

The South African Police Service (SAPS) says stabilisation operations around the country to deal with serious and violent crimes, particularly cash-in-transit robberies, are yielding results.

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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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Chibok abduction confessions

by Reuters, 19 Jul, 11:20 AM

Eight suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram confessed to involvement in the 2014 abduction of some 270 girls from Chibok, the Nigeria Police Force 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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Kruger ranger killed in encounter with poachers

by defenceWeb, 20 Jul, 11:19 AM

The war on poaching has claimed another life with a Kruger National Park ranger killed this week during an encounter with suspected poachers in the world renowned game reserve.

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US gives Somali immigrants 18 months more

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 11:00 AM

The Trump administration would allow some 500 Somalis to remain in the United States for at least another 18 months under protected status given violence in their home country.

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Migrant rescue boat heads for Spain as row simmers

by Reuters, 19 Jul, 11:32 AM

An ocean rescue charity is taking a lone survivor and the bodies of two dead migrants to Spain, after clashing with Italy over what should be done with them.

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UN/AU partnership a necessity Security Council hears

by defenceWeb/UN, 20 Jul, 11:16 AM

A stronger partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is “not a choice but a necessity” in tackling today’s complex peace and security challenges in Africa, a senior UN official said this week.

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Kiir ready to accept peace deal

by Reuters, 20 Jul, 11:03 AM

South Sudan President Salva Kiir is ready to accept a peace deal to end a civil war and set up an inclusive new government.

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Signs of democratic progress amid violence in West Africa and the Sahel

by defenceWeb/UN, 19 Jul, 11:40 AM

Positive developments in the democratisation process across West Africa and the Sahel compete with a volatile security situation particularly in areas where terrorist groups are active, such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN office for the region (UNOWAS)...

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United Accord 2018 kicks-off in Ghana

by Africom, 19 Jul, 10:53 AM

Ghana Armed Forces partnered with participants from other African nations, European allies and U.S. Army Africa to kick-off exercise United Accord 2018 at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana, on 16 July.

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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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Factbox: Airbus and Boeing aircraft deals at Farnborough Airshow

by Reuters, 19 Jul, 10:49 AM

Following is a summary of commercial aircraft deals announced by Airbus and Boeing at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England.

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In U.S. prisons, tablets open window to the outside world

by Reuters, 19 Jul, 10:45 AM

Marvin Worthy, confined to a New Jersey state prison since 2004, cannot watch his son play basketball or visit him in college. But for the past three years, a tablet computer has kept their relationship alive.

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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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Uganda to buy Airbus passenger aircraft

by Reuters, 19 Jul, 11:35 AM

Airbus signed an agreement to sell two commercial passenger planes to Uganda as part of the country’s plan to revive a national airline which has been defunct for years.

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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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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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Airbus, International SOS sign MOU on drone deliveries

by Airbus, 19 Jul, 01:20 PM

Airbus and medical and security risk services company International SOS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly study the viability of using aircraft or unmanned systems to deliver medical cargo and supplies.

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U.S. offers India armed version of Guardian drone

by Reuters, 19 Jul, 10:41 AM

The United States has offered India the armed version of Guardian drones that were originally authorized for sale as unarmed for surveillance purposes, a senior U.S. official and an industry source told Reuters.

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Yemen's Houthis say they attacked Aramco refinery in Riyadh with drone

by Reuters, 19 Jul, 10:35 AM

The Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said it had attacked a Saudi Aramco refinery in Riyadh on Wednesday using a drone, but the oil company said a limited fire at the plant was due to “an operational incident”.

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