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Deteriorating Lesotho security situation sees Ramaphosa facilitating again

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:06 AM

One who is sure to be keeping an eagle eye on developments in Lesotho as well as the diplomatic peace brokering efforts of the South African deputy president is current SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke.
Parts sought for Samil trucks

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:02 AM

Vehicle maintenance of particularly the SA Army’s older Samil trucks has been in the hands of Cuban diesel mechanics for at least three months and if Armscor tenders are anything to go by they are making inroads into the backlog.
Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:00 AM

Egypt is reportedly seeking to acquire a single NH90 multimission helicopter for its new FREMM frigate, which was transferred by DCNS to the Egyptian flag on 23 June.
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Sea-based radar market worth $13 billion over next decade - report

by Forecast International, 1 Jul, 10:14 AM

The value of the sea-based radar market will reach $13.037 billion over the next decade with the production of 1 383 units and production making up 67.1 percent of the overall market value, according to a new report.

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Global aerospace and defence sector sees slowing growth

by Deloitte, 26 Jun, 09:09 AM

Revenue growth in the global aerospace and defence sector is declining, with growth at a pace lower than gross domestic product (GDP) growth, according to a new study by Deloitte, which analysed the top global 100 aerospace and defence companies.

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Egypt buys AASM Hammer missiles for its Rafales

by defenceWeb, 19 Jun, 10:10 AM

The Egyptian Ministry of Defence has ordered AASM Hammer guided missiles for its 24 new Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

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EUCAP Nestor carries out Search and Rescue exercise in Berbera, Somaliland

by EUCAP Nestor, 26 Jun, 09:26 AM

On June 25th a series of mentoring and practical exercises with particular focus on Search and Rescue (SAR), organized by EUCAP Nestor in Somaliland, were completed. The training commenced on June 8th included practical exercises at sea in the coastal town of Berbera....

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Danish ship rescues more than 200 migrants off Libyan coast

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 12:51 PM

A refined product tanker owned by Danish shipping company Torm rescued more than 200 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday and took them to Italy at the request of the Italian coastguard, the company said.

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Hijacked Orkim Harmony tanker released, pirates escape

by Reuters, 19 Jun, 08:45 AM

The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony has been released by pirates, who fled in the ship's rescue boat, Malaysian navy and maritime officials said on Friday.

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Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:00 AM

Egypt is reportedly seeking to acquire a single NH90 multimission helicopter for its new FREMM frigate, which was transferred by DCNS to the Egyptian flag on 23 June.

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Paris Air Show 2015 helicopter roundup

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 22 Jun, 11:58 AM

Here are details of helicopter orders and announcements made during the Paris Air Show last week.

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Helicopter makers upbeat on market despite oil-led slump

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 09:17 AM

Top U.S. and European helicopter executives said last week that the oil price-led commercial helicopter market slump would be temporary and that they will keep investing in new technologies given the sector's positive long-term outlook.

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Angolan Su-30K deliveries to start in November

by defenceWeb, 30 Jun, 10:02 AM

The Angolan Air Force will receive its first two upgraded Su-30K fighter jets from Russia in November and December this year, with the remaining ten to be delivered in 2016.

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Vliegmasjien aims to fly C-Wolf amphibian before year-end

by Guy Martin, 26 Jun, 10:20 AM

Local company Vliegmasjien (Pty) Ltd is planning to fly its locally developed and built amphibious C-Wolf aircraft by 2016, with taxi tests scheduled for December.

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Algeria interested in Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopter

by defenceWeb, 26 Jun, 10:03 AM

Algeria has expressed interest in the Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopter and requested a demonstration in the country, which will take place within the next couple of months.

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Seriti Commission wraps up public hearings

by defenceWeb, 30 Jun, 10:02 AM

Public hearings and cross examination over a period of more than three years, along with evidence gathered during visits to foreign investigating agencies, will make up the bulk of the final report of the Seriti Commission.

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New arms deal allegations surface

by defenceWeb, 29 Jun, 10:15 AM

Saab and BAE paid over a billion rand in commission to agents to secure the sale of 26 Gripen fighter jets to South Africa, the Swedish newspaper Expressen has reported, citing documents obtained by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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South Korea commemorates South African airmen

by Dean Wingrin, 26 Jun, 08:35 AM

Exactly 65 years ago to the day when North Korea attacked South Korea, the embassy of the Republic of Korea held a commemoration ceremony at AFB Ysterplaat, Cape Town.

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Sea trials next for refurbished “Drakies”

An extensive refit and systems upgrade over an 18 month period to the SA Navy’s fleet replenishment vessel SAS Drakensberg is complete and sea acceptance trials “later this year” are the first item on her work agenda.

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SAS Amatola almost ready for the Navy

by defenceWeb, 26 Jun, 10:00 AM

In two weeks’ time to the day, Naval Station Durban will welcome home SAS Amatola following an extensive mid-life refit at Southern African Shipyards (SAS).

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FREMM frigate transferred to Egyptian Navy

by defenceWeb, 25 Jun, 10:00 AM

French shipbuilder DCNS has handed over a FREMM frigate to the Egyptian Navy, which will commission the vessel next month.

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Egypt's Sisi promises tougher legal system as prosecutor buried

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 02:50 PM

Egypt's president told mourners on Tuesday at the funeral of the country's top prosecutor, killed by a car bomb, that he would unveil tough new security policies in the coming days, vowing that death sentences would be carried out.

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Burundi counts votes as thousands flee political crisis

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 02:03 PM

Burundi's authorities were counting votes on Tuesday, a day after holding a parliamentary election that was boycotted by the opposition and marred by sporadic gunfire and blasts.

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Burundi votes in boycott-hit poll; blasts, gunfire heard

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 11:25 AM

Burundians voted for a new parliament on Monday after a night of sporadic blasts and gunshots and weeks of violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to win a third term in office.

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Tunisia hotel gunman trained in Libya jihadist camp

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 02:46 PM

The Tunisian gunman who carried out a deadly attack on a hotel last Friday trained in a jihadist camp in Libya last year, Tunisia's government said on Tuesday.

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Chad arrests 60 suspected militants after suicide bomb attack

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 10:47 AM

Security forces in Chad have arrested 60 suspected militants and dismantled a cell responsible for two suicide bomb attacks in its capital on June 15, the chief prosecutor of the central African nation said on Sunday.

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Tunisia arrests suspects associated with beach hotel attacker

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 10:26 AM

Tunisian authorities have arrested a group of suspects associated with the gunman who killed 39 people, mainly British tourists, in an attack on a beach hotel, the interior minister said on Monday.

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Fifty killed in North Sinai attacks claimed by Islamic State

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 03:08 PM

Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province.

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Grenade blasts, gunshots heard in Burundi capital ahead of poll results

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 02:59 PM

At least two policemen were injured during a grenade attack in Burundi's capital on Wednesday, witnesses said, as the country awaited results from Monday's parliamentary election which was boycotted by the opposition.

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British Army trains 31 Egyptian Army officers on EOD

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 09:19 AM

On 17 June 31 Egyptian Army officers from the Egyptian Explosive Ordinance Disposal Brigade completed an intensive two week Counter Improvised Explosive Device Search training package in the United Kingdom run by the UK’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal experts...

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Amnesty slams Egypt over arrests of youths

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 11:00 AM

Amnesty International has accused the Egyptian authorities of jailing young activists to quell unrest under one of the toughest crackdowns in the country's history.

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U.S. "deeply concerned" after former Lesotho army chief killed

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 10:49 AM

The United States said on Monday it was "deeply concerned" after Lesotho's former army chief was shot dead last week, an incident that risks sparking instability in a small mountainous kingdom of strategic importance to South Africa.

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 Tunisia beach attacker; from rap fan to killer

by Reuters, 29 Jun, 12:41 PM

On Wednesday, Saif Rezgui sat down with friends in his Tunisian hometown to chat about his favourite football team, girls and his breakdance skills over coffee and cigarettes.

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More than 135,000 refugees reached Europe by sea in 2015's first half - UNHCR

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 03:05 PM

More than 135,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe by sea in the first half of 2015, with most of the burden being borne by countries in southern Europe, according to a new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Italy begins to recover hundreds of migrant bodies from shipwreck

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 11:10 AM

Italy's navy said on Monday it had begun to recover the bodies of up to 800 migrants from a fishing boat that sank in the Mediterranean three months ago, a tragedy that prompted the European Union to expand sea rescue operations.

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Fiber Guard receives first South African order

by Guy Martin, 29 Jun, 10:02 AM

Newly established company Fiber Guard has received its first South African order for its fibre optic based perimeter monitoring system to protect copper cables, and is in talks with other government entities such as SA National Parks.

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ISS: Why the AU needs to get policing right

by ISS Africa, 1 Jul, 01:17 PM

While the role of police in peace support operations used to be limited to tasks of monitoring and observing, it has changed to encompass complex and substantive roles. These include helping to rebuild the capacity of police and broader law enforcement institutions...

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Deteriorating Lesotho security situation sees Ramaphosa facilitating again

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:06 AM

One who is sure to be keeping an eagle eye on developments in Lesotho as well as the diplomatic peace brokering efforts of the South African deputy president is current SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke.

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UN accuses South Sudan government forces of abusing, burning women alive

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 02:08 PM

The United Nations accused South Sudan's government forces and its allies on Tuesday of sexually abusing women and girls and reportedly burning some alive in their homes during recent fighting in the conflict-torn nation.

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Parts sought for Samil trucks

by defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 10:02 AM

Vehicle maintenance of particularly the SA Army’s older Samil trucks has been in the hands of Cuban diesel mechanics for at least three months and if Armscor tenders are anything to go by they are making inroads into the backlog.

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Djibouti displays Chinese tank destroyer for the first time

by defenceWeb, 30 Jun, 10:08 AM

Djibouti’s armed forces on Saturday displayed a Norinco WMA301 tank destroyer for the first time, adding to its growing inventory of military hardware.

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Security challenges driving modest African armoured vehicles market

by Defence IQ/defenceWeb, 24 Jun, 10:01 AM

Africa has been on something of a spending spree in the past few years, upping its stake in the global defence market while addressing urgent security challenges at home. Security threats such as Boko Haram and al Shabaab are driving a modest armoured vehicles...

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Indonesia to review ageing air force fleet after deadly crash

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 03:01 PM

Indonesia's president promised a review of the country's ageing air force fleet and a defence modernisation drive on Wednesday, as the death toll from the crash of a military transport plane in the north of the country climbed to around 140.

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China says some South China Sea land reclamation projects completed

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 02:01 PM

China has completed some of its land reclamation on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, raising the stakes in Beijing's territorial dispute with its Asian neighbours.

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SpaceX rocket supplying space station explodes after Florida launch

by Reuters, 29 Jun, 12:48 PM

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Florida on Sunday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station in the latest in a string of mishaps in supplying the orbiting outpost.

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Africair orders Bell 407 GXP, signs LOI for two Bell 525s

by Bell Helicopter/defenceWeb, 1 Jul, 09:32 AM

Africair has ordered a single 407 GXP helicopter and signed a letter of intent (LOI) for two 525 rotorcraft from Bell Helicopter, the company announced, saying they will be used for purposes such as corporate VIP transport and oil and gas.

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Striking Air Madagascar workers vow to push on with action

by Reuters, 25 Jun, 08:19 AM

A strike by some workers at Air Madagascar that has grounded most of the state-owned carrier's fleet neared one week, with union officials saying it would continue until the airline addresses their demands.

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Paris Air Show 2015 civil aviation roundup

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 22 Jun, 11:53 AM

Here are details of commercial orders and announcements made during the Paris Air Show last week.

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Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 02:52 PM

Al Qaeda's leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which could become a bigger threat to the group than the U.S. drones that periodically kill its commanders.

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Islamic State scores up gains and losses in Syrian fighting

by Reuters, 1 Jul, 02:36 PM

Islamic State fighters stormed the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border on Tuesday and captured a neighbourhood from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, but suffered setbacks in the northeastern city of Hasaka, a monitor and the army said.

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Islamic State beheads female civilians for first time in Syria

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 11:21 AM

The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday.

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Friday is military fair day at the Voortrekker Monument

by defenceWeb, 28 Apr, 10:05 AM

That there are a growing number of South Africans with more than a passing interest in matters military comes with the announcement that this year’s Voortrekker Monument Military Fair will have more exhibitors than any of its predecessors.

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US Deputy Defence Secretary details the future of war

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...

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COLET Journal of Education Technology

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:02 AM

The SANDF Journal of Education Technology is the newest addition to South African military literature that hopes to set the academic ball rolling for a debate on education technology in the local military.

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Solar-powered plane takes off from Japan for trans-Pacific crossing

by Reuters, 30 Jun, 11:08 AM

A solar-powered plane took off from Japan on Monday on the seventh leg of its journey round the world, a trans-Pacific crossing expected to be the toughest part of the trip.

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USAF celebrates 20 years of GPS

by US Air Force Space Command, 29 Jun, 12:55 PM

Twenty years ago, the United States Air Force announced the Global Positioning System had achieved Full Operational Capability. As of July 17, 1995, a total of 24 satellites were on orbit, providing global 24-hour coverage. In the two-decades since, GPS has been...

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Joint US, Israeli device seeks to reduce airflow drag

by US Army, 23 Jun, 11:49 AM

U.S. Army and Israeli scientists are conducting testing and research on active flow control devices as a means to reduce drag on future Army aircraft.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at Louis Trichard High School

by Reuters, 26 Jun, 12:53 PM

Address by the hon. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at the Department of Defence Vhembe district career exhibition, Louis Trichard High School, Makhado, 26 June 2015.

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Speech by Mapisa-Nqakula at passing out parade, SAAF basic military training 2015, Hoedspruit, 11 June 2015.

by defenceWeb, 12 Jun, 05:50 AM

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DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS, HON KEBBY MAPHATSOE  BUDGET VOTE 19 DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS 2015

19 MAY 2015 Honourable Chairperson Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Co-Chairpersons and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence Members of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans Honourable members Secretary for...

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US Marines test forward-staging abilities in Gabon

by US Marine Corps, 26 Jun, 08:18 AM

Four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Hercules tankers, more than 150,000 pounds of gear and almost 200 U.S. Marines and sailors temporarily relocated half of a continent away from their base in Moron, Spain, effectively enabling the force to reach an estimated 400 additional...

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China military declines to confirm Djibouti base plan

by Reuters, 25 Jun, 02:24 PM

China's Defence Ministry on Thursday declined to confirm a report that it was in talks for a military base in Horn of Africa country Djibouti, though it said all countries had an interest in regional peace and stability.

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U.S.-Spain sign deal giving Marines permanent use of air base

by Reuters, 18 Jun, 09:23 AM

The United States and Spain signed a defence agreement on Wednesday giving U.S. Marines permanent use of Moron air base, near Seville, from which they can be quickly deployed to Africa.

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  • 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...
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