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Angolan Air Force acquires six AW109s

by defenceWeb, 24 Jun, 10:15 AM

The Angolan Air Force has been confirmed as a new customer for the AgustaWestland (Leonardo Helicopters) AW109E Power, with one of its six aircraft on order carrying out flight testing in Italy.
Airbus Helicopters delivers H125 to Namibia for anti-poaching

by defenceWeb, 24 Jun, 10:10 AM

Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) on 23 June in Windhoek delivered a new H125 helicopter to Namibia's Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism, which will use it for environmental patrols.
Springbok and gemsbok to be culled at Alkantpan A necessary part of many environmental management actions taken at Armscor’s Alkantpan test range is culling of wildlife to keep numbers and species within the carrying capacity of the land.
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Springbok and gemsbok to be culled at Alkantpan

A necessary part of many environmental management actions taken at Armscor’s Alkantpan test range is culling of wildlife to keep numbers and species within the carrying capacity of the land.

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SAPS receiving RadSeeker radioactivity detectors

by Guy Martin, 23 Jun, 09:52 AM

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has recently taken delivery of RadSeeker handheld radioisotope detectors as part of a three year contract.

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Industry day highlights armour technology

by Guy Martin, 17 Jun, 10:02 AM

An industry-sponsored Ballistic Protection Day recently shone the spotlight on developments in the armour industry, from clear ceramic armour to the latest advances in run-flats and armoured steel.

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Impounded foreign fishing trawlers still in East London harbour

The owners of four foreign registered fishing trawlers impounded by a joint task force that included SA Navy platforms have paid fines totalling over R700 000, but the vessels are still in East London harbour pending release by SAMSA (SA Maritime Safety Authority)....

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“Bureaucratic drag” contributing to lack of new maritime patrol assets

The shortage of modern equipment and platforms to satisfactorily patrol South Africa’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) has been put down to “bureaucratic drag” by a senior officer from the SA Navy’s warfare directorate.

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Phoenix Express 2016 concludes

by US Navy, 28 May, 02:35 PM

Maritime forces from North Africa, Europe, and the United States concluded exercise Phoenix Express 2016 with closing ceremonies in Souda Bay, Greece, on 27 May.

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Angolan Air Force acquires six AW109s

by defenceWeb, 24 Jun, 10:15 AM

The Angolan Air Force has been confirmed as a new customer for the AgustaWestland (Leonardo Helicopters) AW109E Power, with one of its six aircraft on order carrying out flight testing in Italy.

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Airbus Helicopters delivers H125 to Namibia for anti-poaching

by defenceWeb, 24 Jun, 10:10 AM

Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) on 23 June in Windhoek delivered a new H125 helicopter to Namibia's Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism, which will use it for environmental patrols.

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Airbus Helicopters advancing HForce helicopter weapons suite

by Guy Martin, 23 Jun, 10:37 AM

Airbus Helicopters has just completed the first test firing of its new HForce helicopter weapons suite and plans to have the system qualified by the end of next year.

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Airbus sees big growth in UAV market

by Guy Martin, 24 Jun, 11:43 AM

Airbus Defence and Space believes the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is poised for massive growth, and it is seeking to become involved in this sector, through technology like its Zephyr pseudo-satellite.

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Mali and Egypt to receive C295s this year

by Guy Martin, 23 Jun, 10:03 AM

This year Mali will receive a single C295 and Egypt will take delivery of the remaining three of 24 examples it has on order, according to Airbus officials, who believe Africa is a key market for the tactical airlifter.

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Egypt extending F-16 engine lives

by defenceWeb, 22 Jun, 11:50 AM

General Electric has been awarded a contract to extend the service lives of Egyptian F-16 engines.

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“The Peoples’ Navy” is a big hit in Durban

by defenceWeb, 22 Jun, 09:54 AM

Last week’s Port Festival in Durban proved a good platform for the SA Navy to once again fly the flag (or should that be ensign) for the maritime arm of service.

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Navy commits four platforms to Ex Ndlovu

The SA Navy has tasked four platforms to be part of next month’s over-arching SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Exercise Ndlovu.

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Mid-life upgrades for SA Navy Valour Class frigates

by defenceWeb, 21 Jun, 08:28 AM

The South African Navy's Valour class frigates will benefit from a mid-life upgrade over the next 10 years to extend service life beyond 2035.

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Atalanta flagship works with Seychelles marine police unit

by defenceWeb, 23 Jun, 09:09 AM

On a recent port visit to the Seychelles, sailors from Operation Atalanta’s German flagship, FGS Bayern, spent a day working with the Seychelles Marine Police Unit (MPU).

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Norway and South Africa co-operating on stopping illegal and unlawful fishing

by defenceWeb, 20 Jun, 10:04 AM

South Africa’s law enforcement efforts at sea, particularly as far as illegal fishing is concerned, have been boosted by Norway which is funding a fisheries law enforcement academy.

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The Navy puts its best foot forward in Durban

by defenceWeb, 15 Jun, 09:57 AM

South Africa’s busiest commercial port – Durban – is currently hosting a significant SA Navy contingent as the maritime arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) marks World Hydrography Day.

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ISS: Tshwane's burning roads lead back to the ANC

by ISS Africa, 24 Jun, 11:27 AM

Following the violent protests that rocked South Africa’s capital this week, one has to ask what exactly is happening in Tshwane?

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South African court blocks appeal by Zuma over corruption charges

by Reuters, 24 Jun, 10:49 AM

South Africa's High Court on Friday said President Jacob Zuma had no grounds to appeal against a court ruling that corruption charges against him should be reinstated.

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Congo opposition leader sentenced in absentia to three years in prison

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 08:45 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition presidential candidate Moise Katumbi was sentenced in absentia to three years in prison and fined $1 million on Wednesday after being convicted of selling a house he did not own, his lawyer said.

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Morocco arrests 10 suspected Islamist militants, including Algerian

by Reuters, 24 Jun, 10:50 AM

Morocco said on Thursday that it had dismantled a suspected militant cell inspired by the radical group Islamic State and that it had arrested 10 men who were planning attacks in the North African kingdom.

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ISS: Election violence - should South Africa be worried?

by ISS Africa, 22 Jun, 08:52 PM

In the last couple of weeks, South Africa’s major political parties have begun publishing their manifestos and candidate lists and positioning themselves for the municipal elections set for 3 August. At the same time, protests against the economic and political...

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Boko Haram fracturing over Islamic State ties, U.S. general warns

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 08:21 PM

Nigerian militants Boko Haram have fractured internally, with a big group splitting away from shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau over his failure to adhere to guidance from the Iraq- and Syria-based Islamic State, a senior U.S. general said on Tuesday.

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Death toll in S.African protests rises to five

by Reuters, 24 Jun, 10:53 AM

The death toll from street violence in South Africa's capital has risen to five, police said on Thursday, after two more bodies were found following clashes triggered by the ruling party's choice of a mayoral candidate for a local vote.

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 40 more arrested in Tshwane protests

by SAnews, 23 Jun, 11:15 AM

The South African Government says a gradual stability is returning to some of the previously volatile areas in Tshwane as a result of the interventions by law enforcement agencies.

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Death toll in clashes, blast in Libyan town rises to 40

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 10:58 AM

The number of people killed in an explosion and in clashes between militiamen and locals in a town east of Tripoli has risen to 40, an official said on Wednesday.

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Congo arrests politician accused of leading militia that raped children

by Reuters, 24 Jun, 10:26 AM

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested a provincial lawmaker accused of leading a militia that raped about 30 very young girls and murdered a German engineer and local rights activist, the justice minister said on Thursday.

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Gunmen kidnap seven, including Australians, in Nigeria

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 11:04 AM

Gunmen in southern Nigeria have killed a local driver and kidnapped as many as seven people, at least three of whom are Australian citizens and one an Australian resident, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday.

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Nigerian gunmen kidnap expatriate cement workers in southern city

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 08:37 PM

Gunmen in southern Nigeria kidnapped three expatriate cement industry workers and killed their local driver in an early morning attack, police said on Wednesday.

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Boat migrant rescues surge as calm seas return to Mediterranean

by Reuters, 24 Jun, 10:32 AM

Ships manned by humanitarian organisations, the Italian navy and the coast guard helped rescue more than 2,000 boat migrants on Thursday as calm seas returned to the Mediterranean prompting a surge in departures.

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Auctioneer gets year in U.S. prison for ivory, rhino horn smuggling

by Reuters, 23 Jun, 10:51 AM

An executive with a Beverly Hills gallery and auction house was sentenced on Wednesday to one year and one day in prison after admitting that he conspired to smuggle at least $1 million in animal products that included rhino horn and elephant ivory.

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Eritrea tells UN Ethiopia contemplating full-scale war

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 10:23 AM

Ethiopia is contemplating full-scale war against Eritrea, Eritrean Presidential Advisor Yemane Ghebreab told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, where he was defending his country against allegations of crimes against humanity.

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Austrian special forces prepare for deployment in Mali

by Oscar Nkala, 24 Jun, 11:22 AM

The Austria Army has deployed a reconnaissance team to conduct a ground appreciation study ahead of the possible deployment of up to 20 members of special forces (Jagdkommando) to fight resurgent terrorist groups in northern Mali.

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U.S. begins targeted sanctions on Congo official

by Reuters, 24 Jun, 10:44 AM

The U.S. government imposed sanctions on a senior police official in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday for his role in what it described as the violent suppression of opposition to President Joseph Kabila's government.

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Uganda says to pull troops out of Somalia by end of 2017

by Reuters, 24 Jun, 10:40 AM

Uganda plans to withdraw its troops from Somalia by December 2017, signalling it is scaling back regional military interventions after it said it planned a similar pullback from Central African Republic.

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Libyan forces advance against Islamic State in Sirte

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 10:15 AM

Forces aligned with Libya's unity government said they had made significant gains in residential districts of Sirte on Tuesday as they battle to oust Islamic State from its coastal stronghold.

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Egypt seeks Russian Tiger APCs

by Oscar Nkala, 17 Jun, 10:18 AM

Russia’s Military Industrial Company (VPK) chief executive officer Alexander Krasovitsky has said the company may soon deliver an unspecified number of Tiger Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the Egyptian Army amid soaring North African demand for Russian-made...

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UN-backed report finds increase in international small arms transfers

by defenceWeb, 8 Jun, 10:13 AM

Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are the most transparent top and major small arms exporters, a new report backed by the United Nations has found.

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North Korea missile reaches new heights, 'intensifying' threat to Japan

by Reuters, 22 Jun, 08:32 PM

North Korea launched what appeared to be an intermediate-range missile on Wednesday to a high altitude in the direction of Japan before it plunged into the sea, military officials said, a technological advance for the isolated state after several test failures....

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Airbus finalizes deal to build helicopter plant in China

by Reuters, 15 Jun, 11:53 AM

Airbus Helicopters, the world's largest supplier of commercial helicopters, finalised an agreement on Monday to build an assembly line in China as part of a deal to sell 100 H135 helicopters to a local consortium.

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Two French police killed in attack claimed by Islamic State

by Reuters, 14 Jun, 02:47 PM

A suspected Islamist attacker stabbed a French police commander to death outside his home and later killed his companion, a policewoman, in an attack claimed by Islamic State and denounced by the government as "an abject act of terrorism".

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Mozambique's national airline to suspend flights to Angola

by Reuters, 24 Jun, 10:37 AM

Mozambique's state-owned airline LAM has said it will suspend flights to the Angolan capital Luanda from July 1, blaming financial and operational difficulties as the government struggles with a debt crisis that is crippling the economy.

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Investigators examining damaged EgyptAir black boxes

by Reuters, 21 Jun, 10:22 AM

Investigators have begun analysing the two severely damaged black boxes from EgyptAir flight MS804 as they seek to explain why the plane plunged into the sea, killing all 66 people on board.

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Air Madagascar removed from EU blacklist

by Reuters, 17 Jun, 08:52 AM

Air Madagascar has been removed from the European Union's safety blacklist, senior government officials and said.

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UAE says its war in Yemen "practically over"

by Reuters, 17 Jun, 08:55 AM

The United Arab Emirates' involvement in more than a year of war in Yemen is "practically over", a top diplomat was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

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Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis

by Reuters, 17 Jun, 08:19 AM

Islamic State is committing genocide against the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq to destroy the religious community of 400,000 people through killings, sexual slavery and other crimes, United Nations investigators said on Thursday.

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Iraqi forces gain ground against Islamic State south of Mosul

by Reuters, 13 Jun, 11:55 AM

Iraqi troops advanced against Islamic State south of Mosul on Sunday as the U.S.-led coalition intensifies its campaign against the militants on multiple fronts across their self-proclaimed caliphate.

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May 2 is Voortrekker Monument military fair day

by defenceWeb, 25 Apr, 10:09 AM

Already “a must” on the diaries of many military history enthusiasts, this year’s Voortrekker Monument military and history fair on May 2 will have an added – aerial – attraction.

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The Class of 2016 starts work at the SA Military Academy

by defenceWeb, 25 Feb, 09:47 AM

The class of 2016 at the SA Military Academy, officially designated MA18, were told as part of their welcoming at the Saldanha Bay institute they were there to build comprehensive human security and peace in South Africa.

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Professionalism in peacekeeping

by Col Emmanuel Kotia/ADF , 16 Feb, 12:54 PM

Military professionalism has three main characteristics: responsibility, corporate unity and expertise, according to Samuel Huntington in his book, The Soldier and the State. These should be at the core of all military functions. Their importance in peacekeeping...

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CSIR technology “sees” vessels even if Automatic Identification Systems are off

by defenceWeb/CSIR, 3 Jun, 10:00 AM

Technology developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was integral to identifying and locating foreign trawlers fishing illegally in South Africa’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last month.

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US Army tests high energy laser in exercise

by US Army, 23 May, 11:46 AM

Last month, the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command proved again how effective the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck is at destroying unmanned aerial vehicles, quad-copters and even laptops with just a blast of concentrated light.

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US Army experiments on providing 'unlimited magazine' to 2025 soldiers

by US Army, 11 May, 10:12 AM

A swarm of experts from across the United States assembled for a two-week experiment at Fort Sill trying out systems with the potential to provide service members with unlimited weapons capabilities. The event, called Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, spanned,...

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Statement by SA National Defence Force Chief General Solly Shoke – The matter concerning SANDF members who marched to the Union Buildings in August 2009

by defenceWeb, 25 May, 08:35 AM

“As Chief of the SANDF I have a constitutional obligation to the people of South Africa to ensure that the SANDF is structured and managed as a disciplined force.

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Arms Procurement Commission report

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 10:23 AM

For the full report by the C ommission of inquiry into allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the strategic defence procurement package (arms deal), released on 21 April 2016, click the following links below.

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Speech: Jacob Zuma on arms procurement commission

by defenceWeb, 21 Apr, 10:16 AM

Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the release of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of Fraud‚ Corruption‚ Impropriety or Irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package on 21 April 2016.

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 Djiboutian soldiers finish five-month logistics training

by Africom, 27 May, 07:06 AM

Djiboutian Armed Forces, also known as the Force Aérienne du Djibouti (FAD) soldiers completed their final test on 19 May, and graduated from Area Logistics Training, on 19 May.

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Uganda provides support to AMISOM in Somalia

by US Army, 9 May, 11:35 AM

In late March the east African country of Uganda took ownership of equipment from the United States as part of an ongoing mission to build international peacekeeping capacity and promote regional security operations in nearby Somalia. The U.S. equipment allows...

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Desert Wolf delivers more field kitchens to Namibian military

by Guy Martin, 26 Apr, 10:01 AM

The Namibian Defence Force has taken delivery of an additional six Boma 250 man mobile field kitchens from Desert Wolf.

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  • 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%)...
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