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No SANDF personnel cuts despite funding decrease

by Guy Martin, 19 Sep, 10:06 AM

The Department of Defence (DoD) aims to keep the numbers of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) employees the same in spite of the reduction in its human resources budget.
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.

SAMHS Academic Days to mark military health achievements and excellence

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 09:57 AM

The SA National Defence Force’s fourth component – the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) – is this week marking its achievements in the wider medical field, as well as those directly associated with the military.
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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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RDM continues to grow at 20 per cent a year

by Guy Martin, 12 Sep, 10:03 AM

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) aims to keep growing at 20% a year until at least 2020, and expand into a R4.5 billion company. It aims to reach R3 billion in sales in 2017, and has a number of big potential deals in the works.

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Armscor showing its capabilities at DSEI

by defenceWeb, 12 Sep, 10:01 AM

In what is probably its first international outing following a R64 million revamp, Armscor will be using this week’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London to show its new face to the international defence community.

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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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Libyan navy seizes tanker, smuggling suspected

by Reuters, 29 Aug, 10:23 AM

Libyan naval forces seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker and detained its mainly Filipino crew on suspicion of smuggling oil off the Abu Kammash area, a naval spokesman said.

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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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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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Zambia commissions L-15 simulator

by defenceWeb, 13 Sep, 10:10 AM

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has commissioned a simulator centre for the Zambian Air Force’s recently acquired L-15 jets.

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SADC air chiefs attend forum after Exercise Blue Kunene

by defenceWeb, 12 Sep, 10:08 AM

Chiefs of Southern African Development Community (SADC) air forces met in Ondangwa in a consultative forum at the end of Exercise Blue Kunene earlier this month.

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No SANDF personnel cuts despite funding decrease

by Guy Martin, 19 Sep, 10:06 AM

The Department of Defence (DoD) aims to keep the numbers of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) employees the same in spite of the reduction in its human resources budget.

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SAMHS Academic Days to mark military health achievements and excellence

by defenceWeb, 19 Sep, 09:57 AM

The SA National Defence Force’s fourth component – the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) – is this week marking its achievements in the wider medical field, as well as those directly associated with the military.

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Wallmannsthal fire wreaks havoc on stored military vehicles

by defenceWeb, 18 Sep, 10:00 AM

A runaway fire swept through parts of the Wallmannsthal military base destroying 83 vehicles, the majority of which were Samil trucks said by the military to be “unusable and awaiting disposal”.

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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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Anti-ship missile market growing

by Forecast International, 15 Sep, 06:12 AM

The global anti-ship missile market is predicted to grow in value over the next 15 years, and will be worth around $20 billion between 2017 and 2031.

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Technology for re-run of Kenya poll not ready

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:22 AM

The French IT company that supplied the electronic system used in Kenya’s nullified election last month has told the country’s election board its technology would not be ready to use again by the date set for a re-run of the vote.

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Zambian president calls for unity

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 11:30 AM

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has called for unity among political groups ahead of talks between government and the opposition aimed at reconciliation after a political crisis earlier this year.

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Egypt court sentences Mursi to 25 years in Qatar spy case

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 07:49 AM

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said.

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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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Somali government forces fight each other

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 11:32 AM

Fighting between military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in the Somali capital, police said.

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Seven dead after failed north Sinai attack

by Reuters, 14 Sep, 11:17 AM

Five militants and two soldiers were killed in clashes aftef a failed attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt’s strife-torn North Sinai province, a military spokesman said.

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Jail sentences for murder and illegal protests in Egypt

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:29 AM

An Egyptian court sentenced hundreds to jail for murder and illegally protesting after a mass trial criticised by rights groups.

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Youths arrested in for opposing fresh term for Museveni

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:20 AM

Ugandan police arrested 10 youths staging an illegal rally to oppose a planned constitutional amendment to allow President Yoweri Museveni, one of the world’s longest serving rulers, to run for a fresh term.

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Tunisians protest corruption amnesty

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 11:19 AM

Hundreds of Tunisians protested in the streets of the capital against a widely contested new law granting officials from the former regime involved in corruption amnesty from prosecution.

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Suicide bombers strike again in Maiduguri

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:27 AM

Suspected suicide bombers killed at least 12 people and injured 26 in Nigeria’s Borno State, epicentre of the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency, the chairman of the local emergency agency said.

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Rising violence in CAR uproots more than 1.1 million

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 11:27 AM

A record number of people - more than 1.1 million - have been uprooted in Central African Republic (CASR) by spiralling violence between armed groups threatening to plunge the country back into full-blown conflict, the United Nations said.

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UN investigating sex abuse allegations in Central African Republic

by Reuters, 15 Sep, 10:58 AM

The United Nations is looking into allegations that complaints of sexual abuse and exploitation made against its peacekeepers in the Central African Republic were mishandled or unreported.

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Mediterranean migrants “lucky” to dodge Libya coastal clampdown

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:37 AM

Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week said they were lucky to dodge increased sea and police patrols that have reduced arrivals in Italy since July.

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Burundi refugees die in clashes With DRC security forces

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 11:35 AM

At least 30 Burundian refugees were killed in clashes with Congolese security forces over plans to send some home, a Reuters witness and local activists said.

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Thousand plus migrants turned back by Libya coastguard

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 11:22 AM

Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted 1,074 migrants during an intensive day of operations west of Tripoli, a spokesman said.

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More cuts loom for UN peacekeepers

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:39 AM

On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which his bosses laid out in no uncertain terms that the world’s largest peacekeeping mission had to make cuts and fast.

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Hundreds massacred in DR Congo army/militia power struggle

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:32 AM

Congolese army commanders orchestrated a wave of massacres killing hundreds between 2014 and 2016 as they vied for influence with anti-government insurgents in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a new report said.

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UN award for Chibok negotiator

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 11:25 AM

A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of dozens of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 was announced winner of a UN prize for providing an education to children uprooted by violence in north-east Nigeria.

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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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Northrop Grumman to buy missile maker Orbital for $7.8 billion

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 10:57 AM

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Qatar to buy 24 Typhoon jets from BAE Systems

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 06:45 AM

Qatar’s defence minister has signed a letter of intent to purchase 24 Typhoon jets from British defence group BAE Systems, in a move that could anger other Gulf countries boycotting Doha.

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Improvised bomb explodes on packed London commuter train injuring 22

by Reuters, 15 Sep, 02:03 PM

A home-made bomb exploded on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London injuring 22 people on Friday, police said, in what was being treated as the fifth terrorism attack in Britain this year.

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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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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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Turkish tanks drill on Iraqi border week before Kurdish vote

by Reuters, 19 Sep, 09:56 AM

Turkish tanks carried out drills at the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before a referendum across that frontier on Kurdish independence that Ankara has called a threat to its national security.

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Syrian army and allies close in on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor

by Reuters, 18 Sep, 07:40 AM

Syrian troops seized a suburb of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, tightening the noose around Islamic State, a Syrian military source said.

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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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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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Buzz as world's biggest drone drug deliveries take off in Tanzania

by Reuters, 30 Aug, 01:09 PM

Tanzania is set to launch the world’s largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save the lives of women giving birth and children struck by malaria, in a country larger than Nigeria.

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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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