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Kruger rangers clash with poachers

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:05 AM

Rangers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) have been involved in two contacts with suspected poachers, leaving one poacher fatally injured, while Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has honoured rangers and others in the fight against poaching at the annual Rhino Conservation Awards.
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.
Plea for action on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 09:55 AM

A Democratic Alliance (DA) MP wants to know how many farm murders will be enough for government to take action, with another political party calling on the country’s farmers to register and make use of security systems implemented by local agricultural unions.
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Organisers gearing up for AAD 2018

by Guy Martin, 21 Aug, 11:12 AM

The organisers of biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition are working hard in preparation for the September 2018 edition, and note that more than half of indoor and outdoor space has already been booked.

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Permanent senior officials appointed at Denel

by defenceWeb, 17 Aug, 10:05 AM

A near on two–year positions hiatus, filled by acting appointments in Denel’s senior management team, has ended with the announcement of a chief financial officer and group company secretary, but the state-owned defence and technology conglomerate still has...

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Feature: South African military munitions production

by Guy Martin, 15 Aug, 10:28 AM

There are several South African companies that meet the ammunition needs of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and South African Police Service (SAPS), but the local military ammunition production industry is largely dependent on exports, with much...

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Kenyan offshore patrol vessel handed over

by defenceWeb, 17 Aug, 10:00 AM

Bangladeshi shipbuilder Western Marine Shipyard (WMS) has handed over the offshore patrol vessel MV Doria for Kenya's Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Agriculture at its facilities in Bangladesh, and will sail it to Kenya at the end of this month.

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Yemen's Houthis target coalition warship, agency reports

by Reuters, 14 Aug, 11:05 AM

The armed Houthi movement and their foes in Yemen's civil war, the Saudi-led coalition, on Saturday gave conflicting accounts of a Houthi attempt to attack shipping in the Red Sea port of al-Mokha.

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Pirates strike off Nigeria

by defenceWeb, 8 Aug, 10:33 AM

Pirates have kidnapped five sailors from the vessel of a Polish company off the Nigerian coast, including three crewmembers from Morocco.

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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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15 Squadron mercy mission in rural KwaZulu-Natal

by defenceWeb, 17 Aug, 09:52 AM

The lifesaving and humanitarian side of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was again demonstrated this week when a 15 Squadron Oryx helicopter airlifted critically injured schoolchildren from an accident scene in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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Investigation of German helicopter in Mali could take months

by Reuters, 10 Aug, 12:35 PM

German investigators may need months to determine what caused an Airbus military helicopter to crash during a peacekeeping mission in Mali, killing both crew members, defence ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said on Wednesday.

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South Africa still in the dark over SAAF Cuba flight

by defenceWeb, 16 Aug, 10:09 AM

Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow defence and military veterans minister Kobus Marais and defenceWeb are both being kept in the dark by the Defence Ministry and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

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South Africa’s pioneering air show display pilots

by Guy Martin, 15 Aug, 10:22 AM

South African aviators have pioneered an astounding number of aviation stunts, such as the Flying Lions team water-skiing four Harvards across a dam. These brave pilots bring the same skill and bravado to the airshow circuit, and have performed physics-defying...

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Silver Falcons 50th promises to be an anniversary of note

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 10:41 AM

The “cockpit ambassadors” of the SA Air Force – the Silver Falcons – will this year mark the 50th anniversary of the aerobatic team with a reunion and airshow at AFB Langebaanweg, the team’s home base.

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Elite Border War unit remembers key South African victory, and losses

by Chris Szabo, 21 Aug, 02:32 PM

Veterans of 61 Battalion Group remembered their fallen comrades and discussed the most intense periods of the “Border War” in southern Angola from August 1987 to August 1988.

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DoD/Treasury budgetary task team making progress

The proof of the pudding, if there is going to be any, will only be seen when the defence budget is tabled in Parliament next year but one initiative to get a larger slice of the national financial pie announced by the Defence and Military Veterans Minister is...

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Armscor seeking multiple rocket launchers

by defenceWeb, 18 Aug, 09:14 AM

Armscor has issued a tender for the acquisition of six Type 63 107 mm multiple rocket launchers (MRLs).

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Mauritius Coast Guard commissions new patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 21 Aug, 10:40 AM

Mauritius has commissioned into service its second patrol vessel, CGS Valiant, which was built by India’s Goa Shipyard Limited, during a ceremony in Port Louis.

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Op Phakisa’s blue economy component needs new Navy platforms to provide patrol services

With a handful of exceptions the blue economy component of government’s Operation Phakisa appears becalmed.

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Algeria commissions indigenous corvette

by defenceWeb, 14 Aug, 10:28 AM

The Chief of Staff of the Algerian military, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, has commissioned into service the domestically manufactured corvette Rais Hassen Barbier.

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Kenyan opposition files case at Supreme Court challenging election results

by Reuters, 21 Aug, 02:07 PM

Kenya's opposition coalition went to the Supreme Court late on Friday to challenge the results of a presidential election which it says was rigged.

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Zambian opposition leader Hichilema calls on govt to free detained party members

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 12:04 PM

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema called on the government to free several members of his party who are still being detained over various charges hours after he was released from prison on Wednesday.

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Charges against Zambian opposition leader dropped

by Reuters, 16 Aug, 11:22 AM

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was freed by a judge after the state prosecutor dropped charges against him of plotting to overthrow government.

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Boko Haram ramping up attacks in north-east Nigeria

by Reuters, 21 Aug, 11:01 AM

Boko Haram militants are ramping up attacks on sites sheltering people uprooted by the jihadist insurgency in north-east Nigeria - pushing the displaced from "one hell into another" - a leading aid agency said.

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Suspected al Shabaab attackers kill three in Lamu

by Reuters, 18 Aug, 11:00 AM

Suspected members of Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group beheaded at least three men in an attack on a Kenyan village, authorities said, a month after nine were similarly killed nearby.

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Mugabe in South Africa for SADC summit after wife accused of assault

by Reuters, 17 Aug, 11:19 AM

Veteran Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe arrived in South Africa, state media said on Thursday, for a regional summit overshadowed by accusations his wife assaulted a 20-year-old model in a Johannesburg hotel room with an electric cable.

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Plea for action on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 09:55 AM

A Democratic Alliance (DA) MP wants to know how many farm murders will be enough for government to take action, with another political party calling on the country’s farmers to register and make use of security systems implemented by local agricultural unions....

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Burkina Faso bomb kills three

by Reuters, 21 Aug, 10:59 AM

A roadside bomb in northern Burkina Faso killed three soldiers and wounded two, the military said.

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U.S. air strikes kill 7 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia

by Reuters, 18 Aug, 02:24 PM

Three U.S. air strikes killed seven al Shabaab fighters in Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday.

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Mali Islamist police chief gets 10-year jail term for amputations

by Reuters, 21 Aug, 02:10 PM

A Malian Islamist police chief who cut off people's hands as part of a harsh form of Islamic law during an occupation of the north in 2012-13 by jihadi rebels was handed a 10-year jail term, his lawyer said on Saturday.

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Two killed in Togo protests

by Reuters, 21 Aug, 11:13 AM

Two protesters were killed and 13 others wounded in Togo when security forces opened fire to break up demonstrations against the ruling Gnassingbe family dynasty, the security ministry said.

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South Sudan man briefly abducted

by Reuters, 21 Aug, 11:09 AM

Armed civilians briefly abducted a South Sudanese rebel spokesman in Uganda and told him to stop talking to the media, two rebel officials said.

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Armed group stopping migrant boats leaving Libya

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 11:08 AM

An armed group is stopping migrant boats from setting off across the Mediterranean from a city west of Tripoli that has been a springboard for people smugglers, causing a sudden drop in departures over the past month, sources in the area said.

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Kruger rangers clash with poachers

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 10:05 AM

Rangers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) have been involved in two contacts with suspected poachers, leaving one poacher fatally injured, while Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has honoured rangers and others in the fight against poaching at the annual...

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South African rhino rancher asks court to permit horn sale

by Reuters, 18 Aug, 02:22 PM

The owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd took court action on Thursday to force South Africa's government to allow its first online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold next week.

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Africa Endeavor 2017 Kicks-off in Malawi

by Africom, 22 Aug, 11:16 AM

The Malawi Defense Force, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command is hosting representatives from more than 35 nations from across Africa, Europe and the United States for the 12th annual Africa Endeavor 2017 (AE-17) Leader Symposium in Lilongwe between 21 and...

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South Sudan grounds UN aircraft in airport row

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 11:05 AM

South Sudan grounded planes belonging to United Nations peacekeepers in a dispute over control of the airport in Juba, a government spokesman said.

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Grace Mugabe returns home pursued by assault allegation

by Reuters, 21 Aug, 11:06 AM

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe returned home from South Africa on Sunday, state media reported, pursued by demands she face prosecution over an alleged assault of a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel.

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Germany deploying MANTIS C-RAM system to Mali

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 11:45 AM

The German military plans to deploy its Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system to Mali.

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Clashes in Kenya reveal the need to control illegal weapons

by Africa Defense Forum, 22 Aug, 11:27 AM

Cattle rustling is not new to northwest Kenya. For generations, it has been a way of life in this rugged part of the world. Young men of the Turkana and Pokot tribes, who live side by side in the semiarid region, are taught that protecting livestock and, in some...

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Algeria operating Buk-M2E surface-to-air missiles

by defenceWeb, 16 Aug, 10:00 AM

The Algerian military has acquired Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile systems, which were seen during a recent exercise.

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Indonesia to buy $1.14 billion worth of Russian jets

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 11:52 AM

Indonesia will buy 11 Sukhoi fighter jets worth $1.14 billion from Russia in exchange for cash and Indonesian commodities, two cabinet ministers said on Tuesday.

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Islamic State attacks increased in 2016

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 11:11 AM

Although Islamic State is losing fighters and territory in Iraq and Syria, it remained the world’s deadliest militant organisation last year, according to a University of Maryland report.

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Indonesia flies first N219 light transport

by defenceWeb, 22 Aug, 11:05 AM

The Indonesian Aerospace Industries N219 twin turboprop light transport aircraft has made its successful first flight.

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Gallery: Rand airshow 2017

by Guy Martin, 21 Aug, 01:58 PM

Rand Airport hosted its annual air show on Sunday 20 August, which saw a varied lineup of aircraft take part in an action-packed show. This included a mass helicopter formation, Aeronca C3 (the oldest flying aircraft on the South African register), a mass radial...

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Kenya Airways cancels some flights due to pilots' 'go-slow' protest

by Reuters, 1 Aug, 10:39 AM

Kenya Airways cancelled an unspecified number of flights on Monday after pilots refused to take up some shifts, the airline said.

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Airline pilot demand outlook

by defenceWeb/ADIT - The Bulletin, 26 Jul, 11:29 AM

Boeing has released its 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook and projects a demand for more than 1.2 million pilots and technicians over the next 20 years, including 24 000 new pilots in Africa and 23 000 new technicians.

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Russia hails progress in Syria conflict, ups bombing runs

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:38 AM

Russia on Monday hailed what it said was "a dramatic shift" in the Syria conflict, saying that the Syrian army, with Moscow's help, was well on its way to pushing militants out of the central part of the country.

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Erdogan says Turkey and Iran discussing joint action against Kurdish militants

by Reuters, 22 Aug, 10:30 AM

Turkey and Iran have discussed possible joint military action against Kurdish militant groups, after talks in Ankara last week between the chief of staff of Iran's armed forces and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

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Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

by Reuters, 21 Aug, 02:30 PM

Iraqi security forces launched an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar on Sunday, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.

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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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Feature: Protecting South Africa's borders

by Helmoed Romer Heitman, 7 Jul, 10:01 AM

Protecting a nation’s borders was among the first tasks to fall to armies. Similarly, protecting a nation’s waters and its seaborne trade were among the first tasks of navies. In neither case was the threat necessarily an attack by forces of another nation;...

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Chinese quantum satellite sends 'unbreakable' code

by Reuters, 10 Aug, 12:40 PM

China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realised, state media said on Thursday.

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Tech makes small gains in rhino poaching fight

by Admire Moyo, ITWeb, 28 Jul, 11:17 AM

Technology is making some small gains in the fight against rhino poaching in SA.

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Astro-junk and the space geckos

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 24 Jul, 11:53 AM

Over the years, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the region between the Earth's surface and 2,000km, has become a junkyard. Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1947 there have been 5,250 launches, according to the European Space Operations Center (ESOC). 23,000 artificial...

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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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Mapisa-Nqakula on NDIC work session

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 11:13 AM

Keynote address by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, RSA Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, on the occasion of the first annual work session of the National Defence Industry Council, Denel Land Systems, Pretoria, 19 May 2017.

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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 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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