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UK says it is looking for SA defence partnerships

by Jonathan Katzellenbogen, 21 Sep, 07:03 AM

The UK says it is making a renewed effort to build defence partnerships with South Africa. This comes after a lull in defence cooperation between the two countries in the wake of the delivery of equipment in the early 2000s, when BAE Systems supplied the Hawk and, together with SAAB, Gripen fighters under the 1998 arms deal.

Truvelo launches new AMRIS 20x42 mm rifle

by defenceWeb, 21 Sep, 06:59 AM

It is light enough to be carried in a sniper’s backpack but powerful enough to take out a vehicle.

Paramount unveils SWIFT weapons and sensor suite for jets

by Guy Martin, 21 Sep, 06:52 AM

Paramount Group has unveiled its new Smart Weapons Integration on Fast-Jet Trainers (SWIFT) mission system, which it is marketing on the Leonardo M-345 jet trainer that is being marketed in Africa.
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From fighters to tanks - Bulgarian firm offers all

by defenceWeb, 21 Sep, 07:39 PM

Amid all the hustle and bustle at Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 is a little stand for Jotov & Son Ltd, a Bulgarian arms dealer.

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Paramount South Africa launched with first new contract

by Dean Wingrin, 21 Sep, 07:24 PM

Paramount Group has announced the creation of Paramount South Africa to partner with local industry.

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Crisis demands revamped South Africa defence sector - Paramount

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 07:06 PM

Effective collaboration between companies across South Africa’s defence industry and lucrative export markets from Central Asia to Saudi Arabia offer a way out of a crisis in the sector - once a pillar of Africa’s most advanced economy - a top industry figure...

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Nigerian Navy operating Paramount boats

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 08:47 AM

Paramount Maritime has delivered ten of its Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBS) to the Nigerian Navy. The vessels were commissioned into service on 3 September by Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali.

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Exercise ATLASUR all at sea

by Dean Wingrin, 12 Sep, 11:01 AM

Exercise ATLASUR XI 2018, the multinational biennial maritime exercise between South Africa, Brazil and Uruguay, has entered its first sea phase.

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US Navy seizes 2 521 AK-47s in Gulf of Aden

by US Navy, 11 Sep, 10:01 AM

The guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham seized an illicit weapons shipment containing 2 521 AK-47 rifles on 28 August in the Gulf of Aden.

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Kopter appoints Safomar Aviation as SA distributor

by Dean Wingrin, 21 Sep, 08:22 AM

Newcomer Swiss helicopter manufacturer Kopter Group appointed Safomar Aviation as their South African distributor.

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African operators select Honeywell’s Avionics Protection Plan

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 05:46 PM

Several Africa-based helicopter operators have selected Honeywell International’s Avionics Protection Plan, including Heliconia of Morocco, Caverton of Nigeria and Titan Helicopters of South Africa.

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Airbus promoting helicopter operations risk management tools in Africa

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 09:34 AM

Airbus is taking the lead in promoting helicopter operational safety in Southern and Eastern Africa, a region home to operators of more than 300 light and medium Airbus helicopters.

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Paramount unveils SWIFT weapons and sensor suite for jets

by Guy Martin, 21 Sep, 06:52 AM

Paramount Group has unveiled its new Smart Weapons Integration on Fast-Jet Trainers (SWIFT) mission system, which it is marketing on the Leonardo M-345 jet trainer that is being marketed in Africa.

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Paramount launches avionics suite for C-130

by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, 20 Sep, 06:48 PM

South African defence company Paramount has launched its avionics suite upgrade service for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, one of the world’s most widely used military transporters. The company said it is waiting to sign with its first prospect, an African customer...

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Gallery: SAAF Air Capability Demonstration

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 06:10 PM

The South African Air Force held its 2018 Air Capability Demonstration at the Roodewal bombing range on 18 September 2018. Click here to view the gallery.

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Work on South Africa’s cyber defence strategy in process

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 09:57 AM

Two of the top people in South Africa’s defence and security establishment this week assured the country development of its national cyber defence strategy and operations was underway.

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Military psychologists promote soldiers’ wellbeing

by defenceWeb, 14 Sep, 10:26 AM

The importance of psychology as a constructive contributor to the lives of soldiers was emphasised by Professor Gideon van Dyk of Stellenbosch University.

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Marievale military housing case back in court

by defenceWeb, 13 Sep, 10:20 AM

Marievale military base and its apparently unlawful occupants want jail time for a number of senior officers, including SA Army Chief Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, because the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has not complied with a court order.

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Milkor to launch new high-speed patrol boat at AAD

by Guy Martin, 17 Sep, 10:07 AM

Milkor will be officially launching its new 12 metre fast patrol boat, the MN Centurion, at the upcoming Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition, and is already close to receiving orders for the type.

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France’s Ocea launches construction of Nigerian hydrographic vessel

by defenceWeb, 10 Sep, 10:31 AM

French Shipyard Ocea in August began construction of an OSV 190 hydrographic survey vessel for the Nigerian Navy, which will be delivered at the end of 2019.

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Egypt launches first locally built Gowind corvette

by defenceWeb, 7 Sep, 11:01 AM

Alexandria Shipyard has launched the first locally built Gowind corvette, ENS Port Said, which is the first modern warship to be built in Egypt.

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Changes at the top in Zimbabwe

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:42 AM

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa made sweeping changes to the country’s top civil service, retiring a batch of long-serving bureaucrats and promoting new faces in a break with his predecessor Robert Mugabe.

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Challenges ahead for Kabila successor

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:35 AM

Outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila’s preferred successor will face a credible election challenge in December from two opposition leaders, the final list of candidates showed.

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Ramaphosa racist rant poster arrested

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:26 AM

A South African man was arrested and will be charged in court for posting a video on social media in which he hurled racial abuse at President Cyril Ramaphosa, police said.

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Nigerian military struggling against Islamic State

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:46 AM

Islamist militants have killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in north-eastern Nigeria in recent weeks, security and military sources say, forcing a turnaround in the course of an insurgency which governmen frequently claimed to have vanquished.

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Sudan economy unravelling

by Reuters, 17 Sep, 11:38 AM

For 22 years Mohamed Mahmoud deposited his law practice’s cash in a bank near his Khartoum office. Now, fearful of shrinking limits on withdrawals will mean he can’t get his money out, he keeps it in a safe behind his desk.

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US airstrike in Somalia backs local troops

by Reuters, 14 Sep, 11:32 AM

The US military said it killed two militants in an airstrike in Somalia this week during a battle between US and Somali government troops and al Shabaab Islamist fighters.

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ISS: South Africa is at war with itself

by ISS Africa, 13 Sep, 01:36 PM

South African society is becoming more, not less, violent. This was confirmed by the 2017/18 crime statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) this week.

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North West calls for calm following violence in Klerksdorp

by SANews, 11 Sep, 09:58 AM

North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro, has called for calm while also condemning acts of violence that broke out in Klerksdorp recently.

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Tripoli to reopen Mitiga airport

by Reuters, 6 Sep, 10:51 AM

Libya plans to reopen its only functioning airport Tripoli, closed because of fighting among rival groups, within two days an official said.

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Travellers wait as fighting shuts runways in Libya

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 07:00 PM

The queue snakes out of the departures hall and deep into the carpark at Libya’s small Misrata airport - the main remaining gateway in and out of the country since fighting shut down the last runways in the capital Tripoli.

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition honours fallen colleagues

by defenceWeb, 20 Sep, 06:21 PM

Cape Town: Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) today hosted a memorial service for those who died in the incident at its Somerset West facility on 3 September.

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Heightened security in Uganda

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:31 AM

Uganda’s security forces sealed off roads and erected barricades around the country’s main international airport ahead of the expected return of a popular lawmaker and critic of President Yoweri Museveni, witnesses said.

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South Africa rhino poaching drops sharply but hundreds still being killed

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 06:57 PM

Over 500 rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa in the first eight months of 2018, a 26 percent fall from 691 in the same period last year, the Department of Environmental Affairs said on Friday.

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Germany, Algeria to co-operate more on deportation of asylum seekers

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 11:08 AM

Germany and Algeria want to find ways to speed up repatriation of Algerians living illegally in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Algeria.

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Three held for illegal possession of elephant ivory

by SANews, 17 Sep, 10:22 AM

Three men have been arrested for the illegal possession and sale of elephant ivory in Midrand.

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France to press Mali to implement peace deal with rebels

by Reuters, 21 Sep, 07:02 PM

France will press Mali’s re-elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Saturday to move more quickly to bring into force faltering peace accords with rebels as Islamist militants keep up actions to destabilise the West African country.

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UK says it is looking for SA defence partnerships

by Jonathan Katzellenbogen, 21 Sep, 07:03 AM

The UK says it is making a renewed effort to build defence partnerships with South Africa. This comes after a lull in defence cooperation between the two countries in the wake of the delivery of equipment in the early 2000s, when BAE Systems supplied the Hawk and,...

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Foreign aid to Zambian social welfare scheme halted

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:38 AM

Britain and Finland have frozen funding to Zambia on suspicion that $4 million they channelled into a social welfare scheme may have been misused, the Zambian presidency said.

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Reutech’s Combat Net Radios being showcased at AAD

by defenceWeb, 21 Sep, 06:35 PM

Reutech division Reutech Communications will be showcasing its full range of secure Combat Net Radios at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.

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Paramount and ST Engineering jointly market Belrex vehicles

by defenceWeb, 20 Sep, 07:03 PM

Paramount Group and Singapore’s ST Engineering have announced they will collaborate on marketing the co-developed Belrex range of vehicles internationally.

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Denel launches T5-52 self-propelled artillery system

by defenceWeb, 20 Sep, 09:53 AM

Denel Land Systems (DLS) officially launched its T5-52 truck-mounted self-propelled artillery system at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition on 20 September. The new mounted gun will soon enter service with the South African Army.

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Massive Russian war games underway

by Reuters, 13 Sep, 12:00 PM

Russia began its biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union on Tuesday close to the China border, mobilising 300,000 troops in a show of force that will include joint exercises with the Chinese army.

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Afghanistan suicide bomb death toll rises

by Reuters, 12 Sep, 10:39 AM

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a protest gathering in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar has risen to 68, with 165 wounded, a government official said.

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Trump takes aim at ICC, PLO

by Reuters, 11 Sep, 11:30 AM

The Trump administration threatened tough action against the International Criminal Court should it try to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and said the PLO office in Washington would be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the court....

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Kopter appoints Safomar Aviation as SA distributor

by Dean Wingrin, 21 Sep, 07:16 PM

Newcomer Swiss helicopter manufacturer Kopter Group have appointed Safomar Aviation as their South African distributor.

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Airbus delivers first C295 to DAC Aviation

by defenceWeb, 20 Sep, 05:10 PM

Nairobi, Kenya-based DAC Aviation International has received its first Airbus C295 for humanitarian missions in North-East and Central Africa.

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Nigeria national airline plans on hold

by Reuters, 20 Sep, 11:38 AM

Nigeria suspended its plan to relaunch its national airline, a junior aviation minister said.

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Syrian rebels exercise with US marines

by Reuters, 14 Sep, 11:46 AM

Rare military exercises with US marines in southern Syria sent a strong message to Russia and Iran that Americans and rebels intend to stay and confront any threats to their presence a Syrian rebel commander said.

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Turkey arming Syrian rebels

by Reuters, 13 Sep, 11:57 AM

Turkey stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies near the Turkish frontier, rebel sources told Reuters.

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Protests, attacks continue in Basra

by Reuters, 10 Sep, 11:50 AM

Basra airport was attacked with rockets after another night of protests against Iraq’s political elite, during which demonstrators set fire to the Iranian consulate and briefly took oilfield workers hostage.

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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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SA defence technology highlighted at AAD despite low defence budget

by IHS Janes, 18 Sep, 01:34 PM

With the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition kicking off in Tshwane on 19 September, South Africa’s defence industry is on display for the world’s attention. However, the country’s industrial base has struggled as orders from the South African government...

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SA War Graves Society raising funds to maintain and restore military history

by defenceWeb, 3 Aug, 11:20 AM

The SA War Graves Society (SAWGS) exists solely to restore and maintain war graves and memorials and has an ongoing need for funding as all its work is voluntary.

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Paramount and the CSIR announce partnership agreement

by Guy Martin, 21 Sep, 08:19 AM

Paramount Group and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have announced they will collaborate on a number of projects and technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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Paramount launches ‘Parabotics’ robotics competition

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 07:25 PM

Paramount Group has launched a new annual robotics competition entitled ‘Parabotics’, open to high school pupils, college students and university undergraduates from South Africa, with the aim of developing robotics and tertiary education in science, technology,...

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Etion Create launching new controller at AAD 2018

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 08:52 AM

Etion Create, recently rebranded from Parsec, will be launching its new VF370 Single Board Computer (SBC) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD 2018) exhibition.

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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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SVI launches new low-cost armoured vehicle

by defenceWeb, 20 Sep, 06:30 AM

SVI is launching its new Max3 armoured vehicle at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition. The vehicle is a low cost, versatile platform available in a number of variants.

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GEW showcasing new direction finder at AAD 2018

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 10:58 AM

GEW is showcasing at Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition for the first time what it says is its most advanced HF direction finder to date, the MRD600.

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Sit down for a meal

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 09:31 AM

Pretoria-based Redeployable Camp Systems South Africa (RCSSA) was awarded a R64-million contract for a turnkey redeployable mess facility for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF). The contract runs over a 25-month period.

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Tellumat launches its first unmanned aerial vehicle

by defenceWeb, 21 Sep, 07:50 AM

Thirty years in the making accompanied by Tellumat’s attention to detail has come to fruition with the company using this week’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition to launch its ASTUS unmanned aerial system (UAS).

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New UAV orders for Denel Dynamics

by Guy Martin, 14 Sep, 10:29 AM

Denel Dynamics has received another order for its Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) after completing deliveries to the South African National Defence Force. It has also received a small contract for Seeker 200 platforms from a Middle Eastern country. ...

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Drones helping traffic control in Kosovo

by Reuters, 13 Sep, 11:49 AM

Kosovo police are using drones to catch drivers who ignore traffic signs in an attempt to reduce casualties.

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