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Kimberley to host Armed Forces Day next year Armed Forces Day next year will be held in Kimberley, capital of the Northern Cape, with a week’s worth of military events centred around February 21.

Reserve Force unit name changes approved but not yet public All that is needed to move a project that started more than four years ago into the next phase is a ministerial signature.

“Problems” with Badger – SA Army Chief SA Army boss, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, this week acknowledged there are “problems” with Badger, the new infantry fighting vehicle that will replace the ageing Ratel.
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Varied and informative lineup for the 2017 Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:20 AM

Come 28 September the captains of South Africa’s defence industry as well as those who use its products and services will gather for the 2017 edition of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Conference.

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Changes coming for Turbomeca Africa

by Guy Martin, 21 Sep, 09:55 AM

Turbomeca Africa (TMA), which is being acquired by Denel, will shut down its manufacturing side, but will continue is special processes and maintenance divisions.

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Change coming to boards and governance of SOEs, including Denel

by defenceWeb, 15 Sep, 10:05 AM

Denel, the State-owned defence and technology conglomerate, is one of a number of SOEs (State-Owned Entities) expected to soon have a second draft of a new shareholder oversight policy.

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Maritime security Op Junction Rain 2017 concludes

by US Navy, 20 Sep, 09:41 AM

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Senegalese Marines, Senegalese Navy, and Cabo Verde Coast Guard came together for a debriefing conference concluding Operation Junction Rain (OJR), the operational phase of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership...

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Gambia turns to private sector for maritime protection patrols

by Reuters, 14 Sep, 11:29 AM

Gambia is negotiating deals with three private companies to crack down on rampant illegal fishing in its territorial waters, a senior official with the fisheries ministry said.

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IMO working on African maritime security

by defenceWeb, 31 Aug, 09:40 AM

The international Maritime Organisation (IMO) has this month worked with Liberia to enhance maritime security and assisted Mauritania with port security training.

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Burkina Faso orders two Mi-171Sh helicopters from Russia

by defenceWeb, 28 Aug, 10:00 AM

Burkina Faso’s military has ordered two Mi-171Sh armed helicopters from Russian Helicopters, and these will be delivered in 2018.

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Russia to deliver 15 Ka-52s to Egypt by year-end

by defenceWeb, 24 Aug, 10:05 AM

Russian Helicopters will deliver 15 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters to Egypt by the end of the year, and has already handed over the first three.

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Russia completes training of first batch of Egyptian Ka-52 crew

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:01 AM

Russian Helicopters has concluded training of the first batch of Egyptian personnel on the Ka-52 attack helicopter, with a total of 30 pilots and 70 technicians undergoing training in Russia this year.

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South Africa returns MiG-21 fighter jet to Angola

by Dean Wingrin, 20 Sep, 10:13 AM

Under a cloak of secrecy, the South African government has returned to Angola a MiG-21 fighter jet that it acquired during the Border War conflict in 1988.

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Angola has received its first Su-30s

by defenceWeb, 20 Sep, 09:59 AM

The Angolan Air Force has taken delivery of its first two Su-30K fighters, and will receive another ten by early 2018.

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Denel Aeronautics receives A350 component contract

by Guy Martin, 15 Sep, 10:09 AM

Denel Aeronautics has received a contract to produce A350 components for one of Airbus’s biggest suppliers.

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Kimberley to host Armed Forces Day next year

Armed Forces Day next year will be held in Kimberley, capital of the Northern Cape, with a week’s worth of military events centred around February 21.

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Reserve Force unit name changes approved but not yet public

All that is needed to move a project that started more than four years ago into the next phase is a ministerial signature.

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“Problems” with Badger – SA Army Chief

SA Army boss, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, this week acknowledged there are “problems” with Badger, the new infantry fighting vehicle that will replace the ageing Ratel.

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SA set to chair IORA

by SANews, 21 Sep, 06:15 AM

South Africa is set to take over the chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association Council (IORA) in October until 2019.

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Egyptian Navy to receive South Korean vessel

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 10:00 AM

The Egyptian Navy will soon receive a naval vessel from South Korea, possible a Po Hang class corvette.

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Nine aircraft carriers to be commissioned over next decade - report

by Forecast International, 17 Sep, 03:27 PM

Approximately 80 aircraft carriers and major amphibious warfare ships, valued at $59.37 billion, will be commissioned between now and 2026, according to a new report.

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Kenyatta labels Supreme Court ruling “a coup”

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:51 AM

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta said the country’s Supreme Court staged a “coup” against the will of the people in annulling his win in last month’s presidential election, his toughest rhetoric yet in the wake of the vote.

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Kenya waiting for Supreme Court verdict on election

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:10 AM

Police sealed off roads near Kenya’s Supreme Court as judges prepared to deliver a detailed ruling laying out the reasons for annulling last month’s presidential election.

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Togolese to vote on presidential term limits after parliament impasse

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 10:32 AM

A bill to limit presidents in Togo to two terms of office will be decided by referendum after it failed on Tuesday to win approval from parliament due to a boycott by opposition lawmakers.

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At least 25 killed in South Sudan fighting

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:15 AM

Rebels in South Sudan attacked government forces in Unity State, where oil fields have been abandoned due to fighting, killing 25 people including civilians, a local government official said.

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ISS: Is the media giving a voice to terrorists?

by ISS Africa, 20 Sep, 07:46 AM

It has become an almost weekly ritual. A car driving through a crowd, a knife attack, a bombing and a perpetrator with vague links to a terrorist organisation or their ideology. It’s followed by a statement on social media of a group claiming disputable links...

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Biafra separatists sponsored by Nigeria government opponents - claim

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:35 AM

A Nigerian minister accused government’s political opponents of sponsoring a campaign for secession in south-east Nigeria formerly known as Biafra, where unrest has been rising.

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Facing crime wave, residents in South Sudan capital pay police for protection

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 01:38 PM

Residents of South Sudan’s capital say they are collecting cash to pay police unofficially to patrol their neighbourhoods, amid a crime wave and a cash crunch that means authorities often cannot pay their wages.

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AgriSA teams up with police to fight crime

by SANews, 22 Sep, 12:16 PM

The Ministry of Police and AgriSA will work together to develop a plan of action to create safety in farming communities.

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Protests, teargas in Uganda as Museveni seeks to extend term

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:53 AM

Ugandan police fired teargas to disperse demonstrators who gathered to march on parliament to protest draft legislation that could extend long-time leader Yoweri Museveni’s rule.

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Cameroon police wounded by bomb

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 11:00 AM

An improvised bomb wounded three policemen in the main city of Cameroon’s minority English-speaking region on Thursday, the regional governor said, in an attack a senior security source blamed on separatist militants.

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Guinea rioters burn police buildings

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:56 AM

Hundreds of rioters in the Guinean bauxite mining town Boke burned down a police and a gendarmerie building and clashed with security forces wielding batons, leaving 17 people injured, the local Red Cross said.

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Austria checking indication abducted foreigners in Libya are dead

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 10:16 AM

Austria said it had evidence nine foreign oilfield workers abducted by Islamist militants in Libya in 2015 were killed the same year, but it was still trying to verify the information.

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SANParks calls for anti-poaching assistance on Rhino Day

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 01:56 PM

South African National Parks (SANParks) is once again calling for assistances in the fight against the scourge of rhino poaching particularly in the Kruger National Park (KNP) as it marks World Rhino Day on 22 September.

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Tunisian navy rescues 78 migrants off coast

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 01:42 PM

Tunisia’s navy rescued 78 migrants including two girls after their vessel en route to Europe took on water off the coast of Chebba and was stranded for three days, the defence ministry said on Friday.

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Horns, guns and drugs: the real cost of wildlife crime

by defenceWeb, 22 Sep, 10:22 AM

The number of poaching incidents has tripled in Southern Africa over the past seven years endangering lives, threatening communities and undermining local economies.

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ISS: Turning point for the AU-UN peacekeeping partnership?

by ISS Africa, 22 Sep, 01:44 PM

The past year has been an eventful one for reform at the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU), with both organisations attempting to tailor themselves to the challenges of contemporary conflicts.

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Tuaregs sign deal to end Mali fighting

by Reuters, 22 Sep, 10:58 AM

Rival Tuareg groups on Thursday signed a peace deal in northern Mali, raising hopes of an end to years of fighting and broken ceasefires.

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US will consider resuming military aid to Egypt

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 10:27 AM

The United States will consider resuming some suspended military assistance to Egypt, President Donald Trump said.

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Reutech releases new Rogue LITE weapon station

by defenceWeb, 15 Sep, 10:06 AM

Reutech Rogue International, a division of Reutech, has release its new Rogue LITE Remote Control Weapon Station (RCWS), which is aimed at providing a cost effective yet capable system for the military vehicle market.

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PJ Aviation to launch Intercom System at DSEI

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 14 Sep, 10:06 AM

PJ Aviation, a SA based radio and avionics company, is launching a new vehicle intercom system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) show in London this week. The company says its VIS340 Vehicle Intercom System is well suited in terms of price...

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition commissioning ammunition plant for new customer

by defenceWeb, 13 Sep, 10:13 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is in the final stage of commissioning a Universal Filling Facility for a client in North Africa. The facility will have the capability of filling a variety of munition products, including medium and large calibre ammunition through...

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Record number of states punishing human rights activism

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 08:13 AM

A record 29 states, including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have retaliated in the past year against citizens who cooperate with the United Nations, the U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday.

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Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 08:00 AM

Dozens of countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on Wednesday amid tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, although the United States, Britain, France and others boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders....

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Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 10:50 AM

The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials.

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Talks underway to address SAA debt

by SANews, 14 Sep, 08:43 AM

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says any funds that are being considered to help address South African Airways (SAA) maturing debt will have to be appropriated through a special appropriations bill that will be introduced to Parliament.

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U.N. aviation agency to call for global drone registry

by Reuters, 11 Sep, 11:30 AM

The United Nations’ aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.

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South Africa’s most famous Antonov finds a new home

by Guy Martin, 4 Sep, 07:39 AM

The Antonov An-2 biplane ‘Little Annie’ has found a new home at Grasslands airfield southwest of Pretoria, as she celebrated her 30th birthday.

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Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 10:40 AM

Turkey escalated its opposition to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq on Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border and saying the break-up of its neighbours could lead to global conflict.

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Afghan Air Force receives first Black Hawk helicopters

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 08:44 AM

The Afghan Air Force took delivery of its first four U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday as part of a planned replacement of its ageing fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, officials said.

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Jihadists launch big attack on Syrian government near Hama

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 10:09 AM

Insurgent groups launched a big attack on government-held areas in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported.

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Armscor centre offers unique insights into defective munitions

Sited in Pretoria’s secluded Salvokop and close to the headquarters of the SA Army, is a collection of ammunition and associated equipment with a difference – it’s all defective to a greater or lesser extent.

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Feature: Protecting South Africa’s vital external interests

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 7 Aug, 10:18 AM

South Africa has external interests that are important or vital to the economy, some vulnerable to disruption and requiring protection commensurate with risk and threat levels that may arise in the future.

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Feature: Protecting South Africa’s critical infrastructure

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 17 Jul, 10:14 AM

‘National key points’ have raised negative comment on several occasions, but the reality is that any state has infrastructure that is critical to the running of the state and the functioning of its economy. Such infrastructure is vulnerable not only in time...

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Mandela Bay Metro to get gunshot detection systems

by defenceWeb, 21 Sep, 09:52 AM

Mandela Bay will be acquiring Shot Spotter gunshot detection systems to control crime and gang violence in the municipality.

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Thales opens metal 3D printing facility in Morocco

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 07:12 AM

Thales has inaugurated a new facility in Casablanca, Morocco, specialising in metal additive manufacturing, also known as metal 3D printing.

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Australian military developing ‘black box’ for soldiers

by defenceWeb, 8 Sep, 11:25 AM

Australia is developing develop the equivalent of a Black Box for soldiers, known as the ‘Fight Recorder’, for its soldiers to be worn on the battlefield, which will act as an emergency beacon for casualties.

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FF+ leader on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 08:56 AM

FF Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said in a private member’s statement in parliament the wave of farm murders and attacks sweeping the country and particularly the cruelty of these attacks, makes it increasingly urgent for government and specifically the...

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Mapisa-Nqakula on defence budget vote

by defenceWeb, 25 Jun, 12:33 PM

Introduction of the debate on the defence and military veterans budget vote 2017 in the National Assembly, by Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister For Defence And Military Veterans, 25 May 2017, Parliament, Cape Town.

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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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Passing out parade at 68 Air School

by defenceWeb, 18 Aug, 09:08 AM

What is now termed an “artisan reclassification passing out parade” is today seeing the ranks of the SA Air Force’s technical staff boosted by 50.

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US military brought 31 000 MREs to South Africa for Ex Shared Accord

The American military currently in South Africa for Exercise Shared Accord brought with them no less than thirty-one thousand individual MREs (meals ready to eat) for all the more than 800 soldiers deployed for the exercise.

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Armscor selling pool vehicles

by defenceWeb, 21 Jul, 12:53 PM

State defence materiel acquisition and disposal agency Armscor has announced it is selling a number of pool vehicles and engines.

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Fact Files

  • 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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