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Defence Sector BBBEE Code gazetted

by defenceWeb, 13 Nov, 09:31 AM

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies this week gazetted the BBBEE Defence Sector Code just on six months after it was signed off by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
21 Squadron apparently didn’t transport VVIPs in 2017/18

by defenceWeb, 13 Nov, 09:26 AM

The latest Department of Defence (DoD) annual report has it the SA Air Force (SAAF) logged 496.3 hours flying government VVIPs and VIPs.
Milkor growing grenade launcher customer base

by Guy Martin, 13 Nov, 09:12 AM

Milkor has sold 64 000 grenade launcher systems to 67 countries around the world, and is continuing to grow its customer base while pursuing new developments, including an automatic grenade launcher.

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Defence Sector BBBEE Code gazetted

by defenceWeb, 13 Nov, 09:31 AM

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies this week gazetted the BBBEE Defence Sector Code just on six months after it was signed off by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

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Union demands bailout for Denel

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 12:02 PM

South Africa’s government must urgently inject at least 7 billion rand ($491 million) into struggling state-owned defence group Denel, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said on Friday.

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Denel appoints interim Group Chief Financial Officer

by defenceWeb, 12 Nov, 09:09 AM

Denel has appointed Wim de Klerk as Interim Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after terminating the employment of Odwa Mhlwana after he was found guilty of disciplinary charges that dealt with various allegations relating to mismanagement.

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India training Mozambican sailors as part of vessel donation

by defenceWeb, 9 Nov, 10:58 AM

The Indian Coast Guard is training Mozambican Navy sailors on the operation of interceptor boats that India is donating to the southern African nation.

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ISS: Ten years on, is Somali piracy still a threat?

by ISS Africa, 7 Nov, 11:43 AM

On 6 November the United Nations (UN) Security Council renewed the authorisation for international naval forces to carry out anti-piracy measures off Somalia’s coast. It is now 10 years since the first resolution was passed in 2008 to respond to piracy and robbery...

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Libya receives Italian patrol boat

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 10:21 AM

Italy has delivered a 27 metre patrol boat to the Libyan Coast Guard to strengthen its border patrol and illegal trafficking capabilities.

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15 Squadron integral part of rescue technician training

by defenceWeb, 11 Nov, 08:42 AM

The only SA Air Force (SAAF) helicopter squadron on the east coast – 15 in Durban – recently provided airborne platforms for professional rescue technicians to fine-tune their skills.

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Equatorial Guinea receives two Mi-172 helicopters

by defenceWeb, 9 Nov, 10:01 AM

Russian Helicopters has delivered two Mi-172 helicopters to the government of Equatorial Guinea, with one in VIP configuration and the other fitted out for passenger transport.

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Ultimate Heli deploys Bell 412s to South Sudan

by defenceWeb, 30 Oct, 11:09 AM

South Africa-based Ultimate Heli, part of the Ultimate Aviation group, has deployed two Bell 412EP helicopters to South Sudan to provide humanitarian support to the country.

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MiG crashes in Egypt

by Reuters, 5 Nov, 10:50 AM

A Russian-made MiG-29 fighter plane crashed during a training flight in Egypt Russia’s state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation was quoted by RIA news agency as saying.

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Egypt to upgrade F-16 engines

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 10:16 AM

General Electric Aviation has been awarded a $275 million contract to upgrade the engines of Egypt’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet.

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Nigerian JF-17 contract moving forward

by defenceWeb, 30 Oct, 10:21 AM

Pakistan has provided an $184 million government guarantee to cover production of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets for the Nigerian Air Force as the Nigerian government continues to fund the type.

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21 Squadron apparently didn’t transport VVIPs in 2017/18

by defenceWeb, 13 Nov, 09:26 AM

The latest Department of Defence (DoD) annual report has it the SA Air Force (SAAF) logged 496.3 hours flying government VVIPs and VIPs.

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SAASIC board of inquiry recommendations “being implemented”

by defenceWeb, 12 Nov, 10:06 AM

Maltreatment and subsequent euthanasia of horses at the SA Army Specialist Infantry Capability (SAASIC) in May has been dealt with by a board of inquiry (BOI) whose recommendations have been implemented, according to the senior communications officer of the national...

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ISS: Should the army be cleaning up South Africa’s rivers?

by ISS Africa, 9 Nov, 11:27 AM

South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has a new plan to solve the country’s water infrastructure crisis: send in the army. In his budget speech on 24 October Mboweni said the government was ‘dealing decisively and urgently’ with the water crisis in...

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Damen to present leasing fund for African shipowners

by defenceWeb, 8 Nov, 11:05 AM

Damen will present its new vessel leasing fund, which is specifically designed for African shipowners, at the first Damen Fishing Seminar being held in Cape Town on 22 November.

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Moroccan Navy receives new hydrographic survey vessel

by defenceWeb, 8 Nov, 10:07 AM

The Royal Moroccan Navy has taken delivery of a new hydrographic survey vessel from France’s Piriou.

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IORA urged to protect and develop the Indian Ocean

by defenceWeb, 6 Nov, 11:25 AM

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu urged Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) member states to focus on strengthening the region’s contribution towards global security, economic growth and sustainable development.

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Gabon president’s health ‘greatly improved’

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:28 AM

The health of Gabon’s President Ali Ben Bongo greatly improved and he is recovering his physical abilities, his office said, after sources said he suffered a stroke.

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Tunisian Cabinet reshuffle approved by Parliament

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:16 AM

The Tunisian parliament approved a cabinet reshuffle proposed by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed amid a political and economic crisis.

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Two DR Congo opposition leaders support joint election candidate

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:10 AM

A pair of Congolese opposition leaders pulled out of a wider deal to support a single candidate in next month’s presidential election, seemingly ending hopes of a united front against the handpicked successor to Joseph Kabila.

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Arrests after Ethiopia prime minister’s rally attack

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:23 AM

The Ethiopian attorney general accused security service members of carrying out a grenade attack on a rally attended by the prime minister, as he announced details of a string of investigations.

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ISS: Settling local disputes is key to peace in Central Mali

by ISS Africa, 12 Nov, 12:00 PM

On 15 October, 11 civilians were killed by assailants on a motorcycle in Telly in Central Mali’s Mopti region. This attack occurred barely two days after Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga visited the district to affirm the return of the state to this region....

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Islamist terror group added to Egypt terror list

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 11:25 AM

A Cairo criminal court added Islamist group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya as well as 164 of its leaders and members to a list of terrorist entities, Egypt’s official gazette said.

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Cash runs out in Khartoum

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:33 AM

Many cash machines in the Sudanese capital ran out of banknotes as government scrambles to prevent economic collapse with a sharp devaluation and emergency austerity measures.

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SAPS 72-hour plan making a dent on crime

by SANews, 7 Nov, 11:37 AM

The South African Police Service’s 72-hour activation plan has been key to the recent crime combating successes, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Tuesday.

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Cele salutes SAPS for curbing heists

by SANews, 6 Nov, 12:21 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele has commended the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) for stabilising the wave of cash-in-transit heists that swept the country earlier this year.

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School fire in Uganda claims nine lives

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:31 AM

Nine students died after fire engulfed a dormitory at a secondary school in southern Uganda, police said, one of the deadliest in a string of conflagrations at schools across the country in recent years.

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Last kidnapped Cameroon schoolboys released

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:21 AM

Kidnappers freed the last of about 80 schoolboys taken hostage last week in a raid on a school in west Cameroon, a church minister who negotiated their release and a regional official said.

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US on Tanzania human rights and civil liberties restrictions

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 11:29 AM

The United States has spoken out against Tanzanian moves to cut back human rights and civil liberties, including arrests and harassment of “marginalised” people including homosexuals.

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Egyptian Navy allegedly kills Palestinian fisherman

by Reuters, 8 Nov, 12:02 PM

Egyptian naval forces fired on a Palestinian fishing boat allegedly killing a fisherman, Gaza’s interior ministry said with an Egyptian military source denying it.

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Libyan Coast Guard migrant mission

by Reuters, 8 Nov, 11:49 AM

The Libyan Coast Guard picked up 315 migrants trying to reach Europe in three inflatable boats in the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman said.

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Four SA black rhinos die in Chad

by Reuters, 7 Nov, 11:29 AM

Four of six endangered black rhinos relocated to Chad from South Africa died, possibly of starvation, the two countries and an NGO said.

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Sisi will be at Libya conference

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:26 AM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will attend a Libya conference in Palermo, state news agency MENA said, his first visit to Italy since the disappearance of Italian postgraduate student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016.

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Haftar in meetings, not at Palermo conference

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:18 AM

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar arrived in Italy for meetings with heads of state, but will not attend a conference on Libya hosted by Rome, his command said.

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Eritrea sanctions set to be lifted

by Reuters, 13 Nov, 11:13 AM

The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Wednesday to lift a nearly decade-old arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Eritrea, diplomats said, after the country’s rapprochement with Ethiopia and thawing relations with Djibouti.

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Milkor growing grenade launcher customer base

by Guy Martin, 13 Nov, 09:12 AM

Milkor has sold 64 000 grenade launcher systems to 67 countries around the world, and is continuing to grow its customer base while pursuing new developments, including an automatic grenade launcher.

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Imperial Armour receives largest ever order

by Guy Martin, 31 Oct, 10:10 AM

Personal protection equipment company Imperial Armour has received its largest contract in its 18 year history worth some R37.5 million.

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Computer-based training assists the South African Army Engineer Formation

by defenceWeb, 24 Oct, 06:43 AM

During troop deployments outside the borders of South Africa, it is critical for the health and wellbeing of South African forces to have a clean, fresh, and safe source of drinkable water. With this in mind, the SA Army instituted Project Blesbok some time ago....

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Turkey signs deal for production of Turkish-designed Altay battle tank

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 12:21 PM

Turkey signed an agreement on Friday with military vehicle producer BMC for the mass production of the Turkish-designed Altay battle tank, part of the country’s efforts to expand its defense industry.

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US arms exports up

by Reuters, 9 Nov, 11:16 AM

US arms sales to foreign governments rose 13% to $192.3 billion (£147.2 billion) in the year ending September 30, the State Department said, a result of looser restrictions on sales coupled with high-level efforts to close deals.

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Supreme Court divided over USS Cole bombing lawsuit

by Reuters, 8 Nov, 12:05 PM

US Supreme Court justices appeared divided as they weighed an effort by Sudan, backed by the US government, to avoid paying $314.7 million (£239.5 million) in damages to American sailors injured in a 2000 bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole by the al Qaeda...

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Home Affairs seeks legal advice to enforce Fireblade court order

by SANews, 7 Nov, 11:38 AM

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says there is no policy framework that can enable the department to formalise an arrangement to enable Fireblade Aviation to have immigration services at the VVIP terminal at OR Tambo International Airport.

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Closing SAA could collapse public finance

by Reuters, 7 Nov, 11:21 AM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said closing down struggling state-owned South African Airways (SAA) could collapse the country’s public finances as government would have to service its debts immediately.

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SAA must prepare for an equity partner – Public Enterprises Ministry

by Reuters, 6 Nov, 11:01 AM

South Africa’s Ministry of Public Enterprises said struggling state-run South African Airways (SAA) should reduce its cost base and prepare for a strategic equity partner in the near future.

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U.S. ends refueling support in Yemen war as pressure builds on Saudi Arabia

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 12:19 PM

Saudi Arabia and the United States have agreed to end U.S. refueling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi insurgents in Yemen, halting a divisive aspect of U.S. support to a war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

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Street battles rage in Yemen's Hodeidah, civilians caught in crossfire

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 11:57 AM

Street battles raged on Sunday in residential areas of Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, forcing medical staff to flee the largest hospital, as Houthi insurgents tried to repel forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

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Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as sectarian threat grows

by Reuters, 12 Nov, 11:50 AM

Fifteen Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shi’ite militia forces fighting Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday, officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones continued.

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South Africa at WW1 centenary commemoration

by SAnews, 9 Nov, 11:27 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is attending the centenary commemoration of Armistice Day in Paris, France.

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War Graves Society fundraiser at Edenvale MOTH Shellhole

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 09:59 AM

The SA War Graves Society (SAWG) on Saturday hosts another of its regular fundraising efforts with Edenvale’s Dickie Fritz MOTH Shellhole the venue.

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Feature: A pathway to professionalism

by Africa Defense Forum, 11 Oct, 10:26 AM

For African countries, improving the security outlook does not require better weapons or larger defense budgets. Instead, the precarious balance of national stability rests largely on the professionalism of security forces.

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IMT develops underwater beacon detection system

by Guy Martin, 6 Nov, 10:13 AM

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Nammo develops supercavitating ammunition

by Nammo, 15 Oct, 10:37 AM

While traditional ammunition is either stopped or deflected when it hits water, Nammo’s 30 mm Swimmer (APFSDS-T MK 258 Mod 1) swims straight through water, thanks to a groundbreaking design on the supercavitating projectile developed in cooperation with the US...

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New coating keeps ships at sea longer

by Australian Department of Defence, 11 Oct, 10:35 AM

A new corrosion-resistant coating that halved the build-up of algae and barnacles on ship hydraulic components is now being trialled on HMAS Canberra, one of the Royal Australian Navy's landing helicopter dock ships.

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Read the DoD annual report

by defenceWeb, 5 Nov, 07:43 AM

With currently no indication when the Department of Defence (DoD) website (www.dod.mil.za) will be up and running again, defenceWeb has decided to publish the latest annual report as a service to readers.

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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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China and South Africa to host first military logistics symposium

by Kabelo Tsogang, 5 Nov, 01:26 PM

A delegation from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Central Military Commission Logistics Support division, steered by its Deputy Chief of Administrative Office, Senior Colonel Huang Dongping, have visited the South African Department of Defence Logistics...

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Project Teamster progressing

by Guy Martin, 5 Nov, 09:37 AM

Desert Wolf has started production of the Mass Field Feeding Capability field kitchens for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and recently concluded operational test and evaluation as part of Project Teamster.

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First independent power project in Mali

by Reuters, 25 Oct, 10:59 AM

Mali’s first independent power project - a 122 million euro ($139.06 million), 90-megawatt diesel plant - will go online next week in the country’s gold-rich south-west, a board member of the operator said.

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Artificial Intelligence is changing the face of Gauteng

by SANews, 5 Nov, 01:14 PM

Often synonymous with Hollywood blockbuster movies and technological developments of a distant future, drones have shaken off stereotypical thoughts that they only belong on the big screen. These eyes in the sky are fast emerging as tools that are transforming...

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Israel's Elbit gets European drone deal worth up to $68 mln

by Reuters, 5 Nov, 01:12 PM

Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems won a contract worth up to $68 million to supply maritime unmanned aircraft system (UAS) patrol services for the European Maritime Safety Agency to countries in the European Union.

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Algeria, Egypt unveil Chinese UAVs

by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 10:25 AM

Algeria and Egypt have revealed they are operating Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including the CH-3, CH-4 and Wing Loong.

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