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CAR delegation visits SANDF as questions asked about Operation Vimbezela

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 11:20 AM

A delegation from the Central African Republic paid a recent visit to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), not long after a parliamentary committee was briefed on South Africa’s military involvement with the country.

Genesis K9 Group supporting anti-poaching operations in SA and Mozambique

by Guy Martin, 23 Jun, 10:32 AM

The Genesis K9 Group, based near Pretoria, has supplied almost a dozen dogs for the fight against wildlife poaching and they are working in both South Africa and Mozambique to apprehend primarily rhino poachers.

Saab Grintek Defence receives another IDAS order

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 10:02 AM

Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) will produce the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters under a new contract from Airbus Helicopters.

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Saab Grintek Defence receives another IDAS order

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 10:02 AM

Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) will produce the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters under a new contract from Airbus Helicopters.

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Good results for Ansys’ defence business

by defenceWeb, 22 Jun, 12:17 PM

South African company Ansys has posted positive financial results for its defence division, which experienced revenue growth of 108% in the last financial year.

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition hosts military attache corps; to hold capability demo

by defenceWeb, 22 Jun, 11:53 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) recently hosted members of the Military Attaché Advisory Corps (MAAC) at their facilities outside Potchefstroom, and plans to follow the visit up with a capability demonstration in the future.

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Gulf of Guinea working together to fight maritime crime

by defenceWeb, 13 Jun, 11:39 AM

Nineteen coastal countries stretching from Senegal to Angola have started working together in a joint effort at fighting crime at sea.

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South Korea's anti-piracy unit searches for Mongolian ship off Somalia

by Reuters, 29 May, 07:59 PM

South Korea has dispatched its anti-piracy naval unit to waters off Somalia after communication with a Mongolian fishing vessel was cut when it requested help, fearing it was being followed by a suspected pirate vessel.

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Danish Challenger maritime surveillance aircraft begins Horn of Africa deployment

by Oscar Nkala, 17 May, 02:47 PM

The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has deployed a Challenger 604 maritime surveillance aircraft to support the French-led Combined Maritime Force (CMF), which was set up to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean waters off the coast of Somalia and the broader Horn of...

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Chinese peacekeeping helicopters arrive in Sudan

by defenceWeb, 13 Jun, 11:15 AM

China’s first peacekeeping helicopter unit has arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to join the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

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Egypt to get additional Ka-52s

by defenceWeb, 13 Jun, 10:08 AM

The Egyptian military will receive Ka-52K Katran helicopters for its Mistral class landing helicopter dock vessels, in addition to the Ka-52 Alligators it is receiving.

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Busy times for the Rooivalk

by Guy Martin, 9 Jun, 10:21 AM

Last year was a busy year for the Rooivalk, with the attack helicopter firing thousands of cannon rounds and rockets at rebels in the DRC and Denel pushing ahead with a possible upgrade and export sales of the aircraft.

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L-3 defends Kenyan Air Tractor deal

by defenceWeb, 22 Jun, 11:21 AM

Kenya specifically asked for the L-3 Technologies-configured Air Tractor AT-802 aircraft and not L-3’s rival IOMAX, according to L-3 officials, but IOMAX nevertheless continues to contest the sale of 12 armed AT-802Ls to Kenya.

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First Sudanese FTC-2000 unveiled

by defenceWeb, 6 Jun, 10:11 AM

China’s Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC) has unveiled the first FTC-2000 fighter-trainer for Sudan, after it received an order for six of the type.

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Gallery: SAAF Air Capability Demonstration

by Guy Martin, 2 Jun, 09:46 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) held its annual Air Capability Demonstration on 1 June 2017 at the Roodewal weapons range in Limpopo. Various assets took part, including Rooivalk, Gripen, Oryx and Hawk aircraft and, for the first time, Super Lynx helicopter...

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SANDF celebrates youth day

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 09:59 AM

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is today celebrating youth day, with events at the Pretoria Military Sport Club, which will attended by Chief of the SANDF General Solly Shoke

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Defence Service Commission earns its stripes

by Dean Wingrin, 21 Jun, 10:17 AM

Despite teething problems and challenges, the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC) is making a meaningful contribution in bettering the conditions of serving members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

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Armscor holds bidders meeting for frigate waterjet study

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 10:02 AM

Armscor recently held a bidders’ conference on the functional study for the improvement of the waterjet propulsion system on the South African Navy’s four Valour class frigates.

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Indian warship visits the Cape

by Dean Wingrin, 22 Jun, 09:51 AM

In the final stages of a three-and-a-half month, two ocean goodwill and naval exercise mission, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tarkash arrived in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town, on Wednesday morning.

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Armscor seeking inflatable body armour for the SA Navy

by defenceWeb, 19 Jun, 08:53 AM

Armscor is looking to acquire inflatable body armour for the South African Navy, and on 1 June issued a tender for approximately 100 buoyant armour jackets.

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SAN Hydrographer earns prestigious post in IHO

Captain (SAN) Abri Kampfer, the SA navy’s hydrographer, has been named first director of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO).

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Mali government says to delay constitutional referendum

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 01:35 PM

Mali's government said on Wednesday it was delaying a July 9 referendum on constitutional amendments that would reinforce presidential powers and create new regions under an accord signed in 2015 with northern separatists.

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Congo rejects UN-led Kasai investigation

by Reuters, 20 Jun, 12:19 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo's justice minister said on Monday that his government would not admit an independent investigation into violence in its Kasai region which has been called for by a top U.N. human rights official.

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Equatorial Guinea leader's son on trial in France in absentia

by Reuters, 20 Jun, 11:54 AM

The son of Equatorial Guinea's president went on trial on Monday in his absence in Paris on charges of using money plundered from his country to buy Parisian luxury properties and exotic cars.

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Nigerian acting president meets with regional leaders on ethnic unrest

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 02:46 PM

Nigeria's acting president met with regional leaders in an effort to quell ethnic tensions, his office said, as threats grow of conflict between northern Muslims and southeastern Igbo people.

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Egypt to extend state of emergency for three months

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 01:16 PM

Egypt will extend a national state of emergency for three months after the government approved President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's proposal to do so, the cabinet said on Thursday, amid an ongoing militant campaign against a Christian minority.

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Spain arrests "highly radicalised" Moroccan with suicide bomb manual

by Reuters, 21 Jun, 03:17 PM

Spanish police arrested a 32-year-old Moroccan in a dawn raid in central Madrid on Tuesday who they said was "highly radicalised" and had a large collection of extreme Islamist material including a manual for suicide bombers, the government said.

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Egypt's police kill seven in connection to violence against Christians

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 02:55 PM

Egyptian police have killed seven people in connection to recent violence against Christians that included three church bombings and a shooting which left around 100 people dead, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

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U.N. launches inquiry into Congo atrocities

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 02:48 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Council launched an international investigation on Friday into killings and other atrocities in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Car bomb kills seven at police station in Somali capital

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 02:42 PM

A car bomb targeting a police station killed at least seven people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, and al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said it was behind the attack, the second this week.

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At least 12 killed in heavy fighting in northeastern Congo

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 02:50 PM

 At least 12 people were killed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in heavy firefights between the army and militia fighters on Thursday, and several students sitting exams were wounded in an explosion at a school, local activists said.

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Rights groups urge Egypt's Sisi to spare six men on death row

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 01:36 PM

Human rights groups urged Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to intervene by a Thursday deadline to commute the death sentences of six men convicted of killing a policeman, saying they had been kidnapped and tortured into confessing the crime.

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Zambia transfers opposition leader back to a prison in capital

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 01:16 PM

Zambian prison authorities on Wednesday transferred an opposition leader who is charged with treason from a maximum security facility back to one in the capital following a court order by a magistrate.

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More than 400 migrants rescued off Spanish coast

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 02:54 PM

Hundreds more migrants found drifting in 16 dinghies off Spain's Mediterranean coast have been rescued over the last two days, Spain's maritime rescue service said on Thursday.

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Genesis K9 Group supporting anti-poaching operations in SA and Mozambique

by Guy Martin, 23 Jun, 10:32 AM

The Genesis K9 Group, based near Pretoria, has supplied almost a dozen dogs for the fight against wildlife poaching and they are working in both South Africa and Mozambique to apprehend primarily rhino poachers.

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Counterfeit goods, drugs confiscated at OR Tambo Airport

by SANews, 20 Jun, 01:05 PM

Counterfeit goods worth an estimated R4.2 million were confiscated at OR Tambo International Airport over the course of the long weekend, said the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on Tuesday.

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CAR delegation visits SANDF as questions asked about Operation Vimbezela

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 11:20 AM

A delegation from the Central African Republic paid a recent visit to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), not long after a parliamentary committee was briefed on South Africa’s military involvement with the country.

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ISS: Is the Force Intervention Brigade still justifying its existence?

by ISS Africa, 22 Jun, 02:23 PM

The Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), the sharp end of MONUSCO – the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – earned its stripes in 2013 when it helped the DRC’s army defeat the powerful Rwanda-backed M23 rebels in the east...

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Threats, NATO demands underpin global arms demand

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 02:09 PM

Military conflicts and growing threats around the world continue to underpin demand for weapons, but industry and government leaders from the United States, Europe, Russia and the Middle East say they don't see a huge near-term spike in arms orders.

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Truvelo redesigns 20x110 mm Hispano rifle

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 10:19 AM

Specialist rifle manufacturer Truvelo has redesigned its 20x110mm Hispano anti-materiel rifle, which now features Truvelo’s signature four locking lug system found on the entire range of CMS (Counter Measures Sniper) rifles.

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Denel Land Systems upgrading SA Army G6s

by Guy Martin, 20 Jun, 11:39 AM

Denel Land Systems is in the process of executing an Armscor contract that will lead to an upgrade of the South African Army’s G6s to address obsolescence.

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Nigeria receiving Streit armoured vehicles

by defenceWeb, 8 Jun, 09:48 AM

The Nigerian military has received the first 25 of 177 Streit armoured vehicles, which include Typhoon and Spartan armoured personnel carriers.

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EU flexes military muscles with new defence plan

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 02:53 PM

European Union leaders launched their the most ambitious defence plan for decades on Thursday, agreeing a multi-billion-euro weapons fund, shared financing for battlegroups and allowing a coalition of the willing to conduct more missions abroad.

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Lessor Stellwagen orders 12 C295 military transport aircraft

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 04:01 PM

Aviation financier and lessor Stellwagen, a 100% subsidiary of Acasta Enterprises Inc. (“Acasta”) a Canadian public company (AEF), has signed a firm order for 12 Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft in the first sale to a leasing company achieved by Airbus...

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Belgium probes station bomber fatally shot by soldiers

by Reuters, 21 Jun, 03:41 PM

Belgian counter-terrorism police are probing the identity of a suspected suicide bomber shot dead by troops guarding a Brussels railway station after he set off explosives that failed to injure anyone.

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Beyond air show, newcomers challenge Airbus-Boeing duopoly

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 03:02 PM

This year's Paris Air Show was dominated by the annual order battle between Airbus and Boeing, but industry executives said the duopoly will be forced to share the stage at future shows as newcomers from Russia, China and Japan muscle into the passenger plane market....

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CemAir looking to buy two Q400s

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 01:06 PM

South Africa’s CemAir has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft to acquire two Q400 turboprops.

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Boeing wins hot Paris order race

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 02:12 PM

Boeing won a red hot race for new business at the Paris Airshow, rolling out a new model of its best-selling 737 airliner that helped it claim back the order crown from rival Airbus.

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Rebels say Syrian army, Iranian-backed militias launch offensive in eastern desert

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 02:08 PM

Western-backed Syrian rebels holding a strategic swathe of the desert southeast stretching to the Iraqi border said they came under major attack from government forces and allied Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power.

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Shock and anger in Mosul after Islamic State destroys historic mosque

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 02:05 PM

"When I looked out of the window and saw the minaret was no longer there, I felt a part of me had died." For Ahmed Saied, a 54-year-old Iraqi schoolteacher, and many others Mosul can never be the same after Islamic State militants blew up up the leaning minaret...

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U.S. will take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat - Turkey

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 01:50 PM

The United States has told Turkey it will take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria after the defeat of Islamic State, Ankara said on Thursday, seeking to address Turkish concerns about arming Kurds on its border.

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SS Mendi bell recovered after 100 years

by Chris Szabo, 19 Jun, 08:45 AM

The ship’s bell of the ill-fated SS Mendi has been recovered after decades of uncertainty about its whereabouts.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission preparing for centenary events

by Chris Szabo, 23 May, 10:32 AM

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is holding its main centenary commemoration at a service in London on Tuesday 23 May.

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A centenary of caring for Commonwealth war graves

by Charles Ross, 19 May, 10:26 AM

The Imperial War Graves was established by the signing of the Royal Charter on May 21, 1917 establishing the Imperial War Graves Commission with the name changed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by way of a supplementary Royal Charter dated June 8, 1964....

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Airbus to fit ejectable black boxes to A350 from 2019

by Reuters, 21 Jun, 03:51 PM

European planemaker Airbus will fit ejectable flight recorders to its long-range A350 jets from 2019, meaning they could float in the event of a crash at sea, the company said on Wednesday.

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SA scientists develop next-gen digital ID tech

by Admire Moyo, ITWeb, 2 Jun, 01:04 PM

South African scientists at the University of Johannesburg's aiThenticate Computervision Labs have developed what they call a world-first next-generation digital identification technology to fight identity theft.

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Robocop joins Dubai police to fight real life crime

by Reuters, 2 Jun, 10:43 AM

A robotic policeman which can help identify wanted criminals and collect evidence has joined Dubai's police force and will patrol busy areas in the city, as part of a government programme aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines.

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Mapisa-Nqakula on International Peacekeeper's Day

by defenceWeb, 31 May, 10:30 AM

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula speaking notes on the occasion of International Peacekeepers' Day, 29 May 2017, De Brug Military Base, Bloemfontein.

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Mapisa-Nqakula on NDIC work session

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 11:13 AM

Keynote address by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, on the occasion of the first annual work session of the National Defence Industry Council, Denel Land Systems, Pretoria, 19 May 2017.

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CArmy on Army Capability Demonstration

by defenceWeb, 20 May, 11:17 AM

Address by Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, ahead of the Army Capability Demonstration outside Bloemfontein on 18 May 2017.

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Blackwater founder's FSG signs security deal with Somali region

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 01:18 PM

Frontier Services Group (FSG), co-founded by Erik Prince who created the U.S. security firm Blackwater, said on Thursday it would provide logistics, aviation and security services for a regional development project in Somalia.

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SANDF seeking water purification equipment

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 10:00 AM

Armscor is looking to acquire water purification equipment for the South African Army to replenish depleted stock.

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R27 million contract awarded to fix flood damage at AFB Hoedspruit

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 10:10 AM

Belta Services CC has been awarded a R27 299 215 contract for repairs to damaged facilities caused by floods at Air Force Base Hoedspruit.

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