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DoD hosts first finance indaba

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:32 AM

“Financial misconduct, fruitless and wasteful expenditure can bring the National Defence Force to a halt” reads of full page exhortation in SA Soldier, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) official publication.
Successful simulation exercise at CTC

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:27 AM

The single largest military training area in South Africa was aptly home to what is believed to be the single largest training simulation exercise yet staged by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).
Milkor working on new products

by Guy Martin, 24 Apr, 10:03 AM

Forty millimetre grenade specialist since 1981, Milkor Pty Ltd is working on a couple of new products that will be revealed in the next six months, including a high volume less lethal system.
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High impact at Rheinmetall Denel Defence Day

by Guy Martin, 23 Apr, 10:47 AM

One of the world’s largest live-firing demonstrations got underway at the Overberg Test Range earlier this week when Rheinmetall and Denel hosted the second Defence Day, aimed at showcasing Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s capabilities to 400 guests from 57 countries...

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Armscor chairman welcomes new chief executive

by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:23 AM

The man who ensured Armscor consistently received unqualified audits from the Auditor General during his tenure as acting chief executive has gone back to his original position as general manager: acquisition.

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Gallery: Rheinmetall Denel Defence Day

by Guy Martin, 23 Apr, 10:00 AM

Rheinmetall Denel hosted the second Defence Day on April 21 and 22 at the Overberg Test Range where various munition capabilities were showcased. Click here to view the gallery.

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Italy Navy takes back control of fishing boat seized near Libya

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:42 AM

Italian navy personnel on Friday boarded a Sicilian fishing boat and took custody of a Libyan soldier on board after the vessel was seized overnight off the coast of the North African state, the defence ministry said.

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Italian fishing boat seized near Libya, apparently by pirates

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:19 AM

A Sicilian fishing boat with seven people on board was seized overnight in an apparent act of piracy 40 miles from the coast of Libya, a trade association said on Friday.

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Rise in illegal fishing threatens to revive Somali piracy

by Reuters, 1 Apr, 12:03 PM

A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned, nearly three years after the pirates' last successful hijacking in the Indian Ocean.

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Nigerian Air Force Super Puma damaged

by defenceWeb, 13 Apr, 09:14 AM

One of the Nigerian Air Force’s Super Puma helicopters was badly damaged in a crash on Friday and four occupants slightly injured after the aircraft experienced hydraulic failure.

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Sikorsky receives Tunisian Black Hawk contract

by defenceWeb, 19 Mar, 09:57 AM

The US Army has contracted Sikorsky to supply eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to the Tunisian government, for delivery before the end of 2016.

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“H” generation Airbus Helicopters

by defenceWeb, 16 Mar, 10:06 AM

Airbus Helicopters has changed names for its fleet of production aircraft with an “H” replacing the “EC” designation for most of its rotary-winged aircraft.

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Tecnam MRI returns to Spain for upgrades

by Guy Martin, 21 Apr, 10:01 AM

The Tecnam MRI maritime surveillance aircraft that was brought to South Africa as a sales and marketing demonstrator has been returned to Spain for upgrades before coming back to the country, where it is expected to be used on operational missions.

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German A400M makes first foreign flight to Senegal

by defenceWeb, 16 Apr, 09:22 AM

A German Air Force A400M has flown the type’s first foreign mission in German service, with a non-stop flight between Germany and Senegal.

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Libya Dawn apparently refurbishing MiG-25s

by defenceWeb, 15 Apr, 10:00 AM

The Libya Dawn militia group appears to be making a number of MiG-25 aircraft operational, with satellite imagery showing two of the aircraft moved to an air base in Misrata.

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DoD hosts first finance indaba

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:32 AM

“Financial misconduct, fruitless and wasteful expenditure can bring the National Defence Force to a halt” reads of full page exhortation in SA Soldier, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) official publication.

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Pay problems for trainee military paramedics

by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:08 AM

About 20 trainee paramedics in the SA Military Health Services (SAMHS) maintain they are not being cared for by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) while they are trained to supply primary healthcare to their fellow soldiers.

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Calls for number of soldiers deployed on anti-xenophobia ops to be made public

by defenceWeb, 23 Apr, 10:04 AM

The outbreak of xenophobic attacks which has seen the military mobilised as part of government’s an all-out attempt to normalise the situation has reached as far as United Nations headquarters in New York.

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Brazilian OPV visited Cape Town

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 11:13 AM

The Brazilian Navy Ship, BNS Amazonas, an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) visited the port of Cape Town over the period of 08 to 13 April.

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DCNS starts construction on first Egyptian Gowind corvette

by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 09:58 AM

French shipyard DCNS has started cutting metal for the first of four Gowind 2500 corvettes for the Egyptian Navy. Deliveries are scheduled to take place between 2017 and 2019, less than four years after the contract was signed in July 2014.

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SAFE Boats delivering vessels to Tunisian Navy

by defenceWeb, 16 Apr, 10:02 AM

United States-based SAFE Boats International has delivered a single 65 foot Full Cabin Inboard boat to the Tunisian Navy and is in the process of delivering a second, the company has announced, as the Tunisian Navy bolsters its fleet with US assistance.

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Fired up by king, Zulu nationalism confronts modern South Africa

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:05 PM

A crowd of stick-wielding supporters at a soccer stadium roared their approval as South Africa's Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, insisted he was not behind a wave of violence against migrant workers he had compared a month before to head lice.

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Burundi on knife edge over president’s possible third term run

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 10:55 AM

Any move by Burundi's president to run for a third five year term risks undermining a peace deal that has kept the African nation calm since civil war ended a decade ago and could stoke tensions in a region blighted by ethnic conflict.

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Ethiopia says Christians killed in Libya were its citizens

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 08:52 PM

Ethiopia said on Monday that the 30 Christians shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State were its citizens.

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Somalia seeks to drive militants from southern valley bases: PM

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:08 PM

Somali and African forces aim to drive al Shabaab Islamist militants out of one of the last major tracts of territory in southern Somalia that the group still holds and which it uses to launch attacks, the Somali prime minister said on Thursday.

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Mines not stopping Nigerian military from Boko Haram stronghold

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 10:40 AM

Nigeria's military said on Thursday it was still advancing on Islamist group Boko Haram's last known stronghold, dismissing reports land mines had forced a retreat.

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Rwandan troops enter Congo and wound soldier

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 10:27 AM

Rwandan troops crossed into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and wounded a local soldier, the Congolese government said on Wednesday, drawing an immediate denial from a Rwandan official.

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Somalia's al Shabaab kills senior military officer in Mogadishu

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:03 PM

A senior military officer was shot dead in the Somali capital on Thursday, and al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility.

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Guinea security forces teargas anti-govt protesters

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:02 PM

Security forces in Guinea fired tear gas on Thursday to disperse demonstrators protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the west African country, residents said.

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Ten militants, two soldiers killed in Tunisia clashes: official

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 01:58 PM

At least 10 militants and two Tunisian soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in the central Kasserine region near the Tunisian border with Algeria, a government official said on Friday.

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Life sentences for Guinea Ebola murderers

by Reuters, 22 Apr, 11:00 AM

A court in Guinea has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for murdering a team educating locals about the risks of Ebola in a remote part of the West African country last year, a state prosecutor said.

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Bomb explodes at Spanish embassy in Tripoli

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 09:17 AM

A bomb exploded in front of the Spanish embassy in the Libyan capital late on Monday residents said, the latest in a string of attacks on foreign missions in the North African country.

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Nine dead in bomb attack on UN vehicle in Somalia

by Reuters, 20 Apr, 10:21 AM

Two Kenyans and seven Somali guards were killed in a bomb attack on a vehicle carrying workers to the United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland on Monday, police said.

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Italy says 200,000 migrants may arrive by sea this year

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:12 PM

As many as 5,000 migrants a week could arrive in Italy by sea from North African ports in the next five months unless something is done about the issue, according to an interior ministry projection.

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Shocked by drowned migrants, Europe restores rescue mission

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:09 PM

Four days after up to 900 desperate people drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya, EU leaders agreed on Thursday to triple its naval search mission in the Mediterranean, restoring its funding to last year's level.

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Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 10:36 AM

Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Ital, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in the Mediterranean....

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NATO and the Djibouti consolidate their cooperation

by NATO Support and Procurement Agency, 24 Apr, 11:17 AM

NATO and the Republic of Djibouti have enhanced their cooperation, by concluding on 22 April an agreement to establish a NATO liaison office in Djibouti in support of the Alliance's counter piracy operation, Ocean Shield, in the Gulf of Aden.

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Nigeria summons South African ambassador over xenophobic attacks

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 10:43 AM

Nigeria's foreign ministry has summoned South Africa's high commissioner over anti-immigrant violence in which at least seven people have been killed, it said in a statement.

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Proposed US, UK, French visit to Darfur “odd”

by Reuters, 23 Apr, 10:34 AM

Sudan's UN mission on Wednesday criticised a proposed visit to its conflict-torn Darfur region earlier this year by senior US, British and French diplomats, describing the plan Khartoum never approved as "odd."

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Successful simulation exercise at CTC

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:27 AM

The single largest military training area in South Africa was aptly home to what is believed to be the single largest training simulation exercise yet staged by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

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Milkor working on new products

by Guy Martin, 24 Apr, 10:03 AM

Forty millimetre grenade specialist since 1981, Milkor Pty Ltd is working on a couple of new products that will be revealed in the next six months, including a high volume less lethal system.

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Saudi War Course officers learn about AFRICOM

by Africom, 22 Apr, 10:34 AM

Twenty-five military officers from Saudi Arabia travelled to Stuttgart to learn about the mission and programmes of US Africa Command.

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Hundredth anniversary of first use of chemical weapons

by defenceWeb, 22 Apr, 10:02 AM

In a message delivered on his behalf to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to mark the centenary of the first use of this type of weapon, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the horrors of World War One had to be recalled as the...

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Israel sees migrant tragedy as validating policy of keeping them away

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 09:48 AM

Israel said the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away.

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Images show rapid Chinese progress on new South China Sea airstrip

by Reuters, 17 Apr, 11:28 AM

Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern...

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Union says restructuring coming at SAA

by defenceWeb, 20 Apr, 10:11 AM

While no mention was made changes in personnel numbers when SAA earlier this month said it had successfully finished a 90 day action plan, trade union Solidarity thinks otherwise.

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New U.N. site for flights in conflict zones issues warnings on Libya, Egypt

by Reuters, 15 Apr, 12:14 PM

A new United Nations website distributing warnings about risks to aircraft in conflict zones issued its first advisories on Wednesday, for countries including Libya, Iraq, Egypt and South Sudan.

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Air Cote d’Ivoire orders two more Bombardier Q400s

by defenceWeb, 14 Apr, 02:16 PM

Air Cote d’Ivoire, the country’s national airline, has converted options on two Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm order, Bombardier announced yesterday.

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More fighting, air strikes in Yemen, civilian death toll exceeds 550

by Reuters, 24 Apr, 02:26 PM

Fighting between Yemen's warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden on Friday, but there were no fresh moves towards dialogue.

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Saudis end air campaign in Yemen

by Reuters, 22 Apr, 09:40 AM

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels who seized large areas of Yemen and said it would back a political solution to bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbour.

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Air strike on Yemen missile base kills 25

by Reuters, 21 Apr, 08:40 AM

An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa triggered a big explosion that killed 25 people and wounded almost 400 on Monday, state news agency Saba said.

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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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Open Day at Aerospace Leadership Academy

Both guest speakers at the Aerospace Leadership Academy (AERLA) open day stressed discipline and hard work as the core ingredients of a successful school career and the foundation for a rewarding career in one of the varied facets of the aerospace industry.

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X-47B demonstrates first autonomous aerial refuelling

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 11:27 AM

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated fully autonomous aerial refuelling (AAR) with the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft on April 22, marking the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refuelled...

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 US Navy railgun set for ground, sea trials In 2016

by US Navy, 16 Apr, 11:19 AM

The Electromagnetic Railgun is a high-risk, high-payoff technology that the US Navy says is meeting its objectives. But ideas alone rarely make it to prime time without additional enabling factors and activities.

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Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots

by Reuters, 10 Apr, 02:53 PM

It may look like nothing more than a small ball of metal, but the shape-shifting and self-propulsion abilities of a liquid metal alloy discovered by scientists at China's Tsinghua University has captured the imaginations of scientists and science-fiction fans across...

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at 4th international security confernce in Moscow

by defenceWeb, 17 Apr, 10:05 AM

SPEECH NOTES FOR MS NOSIVIWE MAPISA-NQAKULA, MP, SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS DURING THE 4TH CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY IN MOSCOW (MCIS): 16 17 APRIL 2015

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Battle of Bangui medal recipients

by defenceWeb, 10 Mar, 09:03 AM

More than 200 medals have been awarded to soldiers and civilians who were involved in the March 2013 Battle of Bangui in the Central Africa Republic. Click here to view a list of recipients.

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Parliamentary question: lost and stolen firearms

by defenceWeb, 4 Mar, 09:39 AM

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RAF delivers vital UN supplies in South Sudan

by UK MoD, 26 Mar, 11:51 AM

An RAF C-130 aircraft will today leave RAF Brize Norton, on a UN mission to deliver vital supplies to remote Malakal in South Sudan.

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UN contracts AAR to provide air charter services for peacekeeping missions in the DRC

by defenceWeb, 23 Mar, 07:53 AM

AAR Airlift has been awarded a $19 million contract by the United Nations for airlift services in Central Africa, covering passenger and cargo in support of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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US Army provides camps for UN peacekeepers in CAR

by US Army, 20 Mar, 07:54 AM

United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are living and working in Force Provider base camps provided by the United States Army, which was awarded a $19 million contract for camps last year.

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