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Landward forces will be well represented at this year’s AAD

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 08:24 AM

This year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition will, in addition to showcasing the full spectrum of defence equipment, have a sizeable section devoted to ground forces and landward defence.
Seriti commission final cost tops R130 million

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 08:20 AM

The Seriti Commission of Enquiry into the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages (SDPPs), better known as the Arms Deal, has been widely condemned as a whitewash and it has now emerged the taxpayer forked out over R137 million to pay for it.
Botswana seeking raft of new military hardware

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 08:16 AM

Following on reports of Botswana in discussions with Sweden over the purchase of eight Gripen C/D fighter jets, it has emerged that the southern African country is seeking to acquire armoured vehicles and air defence systems as well.
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Landward forces will be well represented at this year’s AAD

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 08:24 AM

This year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition will, in addition to showcasing the full spectrum of defence equipment, have a sizeable section devoted to ground forces and landward defence.

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UK defence companies seeking partnerships in South Africa

by Guy Martin, 23 May, 10:02 AM

United Kingdom defence and security companies are keen to do business in South Africa and are seeking local partnerships.

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Armscor suppliers open day attract 500 SMME representatives

by defenceWeb, 20 May, 10:07 AM

Armscor chairman retired admiral Johannes Mudimu hit the nail right on the head when addressing about 500 representatives of small, medium and macro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) at the defence and security agency’s supplier open day this week.

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Another three Chinese fishing trawlers escorted into a SA port

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 10:04 AM

A call for assistance to the SA Navy by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to assist in monitoring and inspecting Chinese trawlers thought to be fishing illegally in South African waters is paying dividends.

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Ex Phoenix Express 2016 Commences

by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, 18 May, 06:09 PM

Maritime forces from Europe, North Africa, and the United States began the tenth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Phoenix Express on 17 May.

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SAMSA investigating seized Chinese trawler

by defenceWeb, 17 May, 11:49 AM

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is investigating a Chinese fishing vessel seized by authorities after it and eight others were suspected of illegally fishing in South African waters.

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India talking to African countries on HAL Light Combat Helicopter

by defenceWeb, 17 May, 09:42 AM

India is apparently in talks with African countries interested in its Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), which is edging closer to production.

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Tunisia seeking Kiowa Warrior helicopters

by d, 4 May, 10:08 AM

The United States government has approved a possible sale of 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, weapons and equipment to Tunisia in a deal worth $100 million.

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Maldives on the way to receiving another Dhruv helicopter from India

by defenceWeb, 29 Apr, 08:53 AM

The Indian Navy has deployed a Dhruv light helicopter to the Maldives in order to assist the island nation with maritime surveillance. The helicopter will be transferred to the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) by year-end.

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Super Lynx notches up first local sea rescue

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 09:54 AM

The versatility of rotary-winged aircraft added to the capabilities of SA Air Force (SAAF) aircrew saw a 22 Squadron Super Lynx maritime helicopter successfully carry out the first sea rescue done by the type in South African service.

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EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo missing, 66 aboard

by Reuters, 19 May, 11:12 AM

An EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's national airline said.

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Botswana interested in buying Gripens

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 10:27 AM

Botswana is in talks with Sweden regarding the purchase of eight Gripen fighter jets from Saab, according to the country’s defence materiel agency.

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Seriti commission final cost tops R130 million

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 08:20 AM

The Seriti Commission of Enquiry into the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages (SDPPs), better known as the Arms Deal, has been widely condemned as a whitewash and it has now emerged the taxpayer forked out over R137 million to pay for it.

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Gallery: SA Army capability demonstration

by Guy Martin, 20 May, 10:55 AM

The South African Army's capability demonstration exercise outside Bloemfontein on 19 May was a spectacular display of military power from the landward arm of the SANDF, with thousands of live rounds fired from mortars, cannons, rifles, machineguns, missile launchers...

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SA Army flexes its muscle with capability demonstration

by Guy Martin, 20 May, 10:11 AM

The South African Army this week held a major capability exercise outside Bloemfontein in order to showcase the combat readiness of the country’s ground forces.

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Egypt seeking Harpoon missiles

by defenceWeb, 20 May, 10:09 AM

Egypt is seeking Harpoon Block II missiles from the United States in a deal worth an estimated $143 million.

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Arctic convoys display opens at SA Naval Museum

by Dean Wingrin, 20 May, 09:48 AM

The SA Naval Museum, in co-operation with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in South Africa, opened its latest display earlier this month.

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Royal Navy ice patrol vessel calls on SA Navy

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 09:55 AM

South African sailors, particularly working in hydrographic and climate musterings, have had the opportunity of garnering first-hand information from their colleagues aboard HMS Protector.

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Mozambique to refit tuna fleet, compounding debt crisis

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:47 PM

Mozambique's tuna fishing fleet needs to be refitted to meet European Union standards, Finance Minister Adriano Maleiane said on Monday, piling more costs onto a project at the centre of a debt crisis.

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Buhari’s Lagos no-show dismays Nigerian business

by Reuters, 24 May, 08:43 AM

At least the taxi drivers of Lagos are happy, even if businessmen in Nigeria's commercial capital are not.

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Mozambique heads for default after missing loan repayment deadline

by Reuters, 24 May, 08:39 AM

Mozambique was heading toward a default on Monday after the government failed to honour a sovereign guarantee behind a $535 million loan taken out by a state-run company to build shipyards that have not materialised, a Finance Ministry source said.

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Insight - As fighters return from Libya, Tunisia faces growing challenge

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:50 PM

After a U.S. air strike killed a Tunisian jihadist commander in western Libya in late February, dozens of Islamic State fighters sneaked across the border into Tunisia and attacked an army barracks and police bases in the town of Ben Guerdane.

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Botswana seeking raft of new military hardware

by defenceWeb, 24 May, 08:16 AM

Following on reports of Botswana in discussions with Sweden over the purchase of eight Gripen C/D fighter jets, it has emerged that the southern African country is seeking to acquire armoured vehicles and air defence systems as well.

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Libya's Haftar says won't work with unity govt until militias disbanded

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:22 AM

It would be "unthinkable" for eastern Libyan forces to join a U.N.-backed unity government until militias aligned to it have been disbanded, General Khalifa Haftar, who heads up troops in the east, said in an interview broadcast on Friday.

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Nine men charged after latest protest clashes in Kenya

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:49 PM

A Kenyan court charged nine men on Tuesday for their role in a protest a day earlier against an electoral oversight body, a lawyer said, after the fourth flare-up on the streets in a month.

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South African shanty-town demolition sparks riots, two guards killed

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:43 PM

The demolition of shacks north of the South African capital Pretoria triggered riots on Monday and overnight in which two security guards were killed, police said on Tuesday.

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One dead in Kenya election panel protest

by Reuters, 24 May, 08:27 AM

Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannon on Monday to disperse hundreds of people protesting at alleged bias in the country's electoral commission and at least one person died in the disturbances.

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UN says Sudan refuses to renew permit of senior humanitarian official

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:45 PM

The United Nations said on Sunday that Sudanese authorities had declined to renew a permit for the head of its humanitarian coordination office in Khartoum, Ivo Freijsen, saying he was being effectively expelled from the country.

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Kenya will close world’s biggest refugee camp this year

by Reuters, 24 May, 08:33 AM

Kenya will close the world's largest refugee camp this year because the facility housing Somalis displaced by decades of war poses an "existential threat", Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto said on Monday.

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Campaigners question Nigerian army report of second Chibok rescue

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:30 AM

Campaigners for more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria two years ago raised doubts on Friday about army reports that a second girl from the group of abductees had been rescued.

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European Union agrees to aid Libyan navy to stop traffickers

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:56 PM

The European Union will help rebuild Libya's shattered navy and coastguard to tackle migrant smugglers after a plea for aid from the new U.N.-backed unity government in Tripoli, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday.

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Drop in deaths in Mediterranean is hopeful sign, migration body says

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:52 PM

Fewer migrants are dying as they try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, which may reflect better management of refugee flows and swifter rescue operations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

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South Africa government mulls judgment allowing domestic rhino horn trade

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:41 PM

South Africa's department of environmental affairs said on Tuesday it would study and respond later to a court ruling last week which dismissed its bid to uphold a seven-year ban on the domestic trade in rhino horn.

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 Western Accord 2016 concludes

by Africom, 23 May, 12:05 PM

The Burkina Faso Prime Minister, U.S. Ambassador for Burkina Faso and Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Africa attended a Closing Ceremony for Western Accord 2016, on May 13, at Camp Zagre in Burkina Faso.

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Burundi peace talks open in Tanzania with opposition criticism

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:41 AM

Tanzania opened peace talks on Saturday in a bid to end a political crisis in Burundi, but some opponents said the absence of several leading opposition groups made it more like a "monologue" by the government, undermining the process.

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Burundi government says to attend Tanzania peace talks

by Reuters, 19 May, 05:54 PM

Burundi's government said on Thursday it would attend regional talks this weekend aimed at ending a year-long cycle of violence that has claimed about 450 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

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Egypt receiving MRAPs from the United States

by defenceWeb, 13 May, 10:03 AM

Egypt on 12 May received its first batch of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles donated free of charge by the United States, which arrived in the port of Alexandria.

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Harris receives $405 million radio contract from Morocco

by Guy Martin, 11 May, 10:02 AM

Harris Corporation has been awarded a $405 million foreign military sales contract for Morocco for Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS).

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Germany to help Jordan, Tunisia buy armoured vehicles

by Reuters, 9 May, 10:57 AM

Germany plans to give Tunisia and Jordan funds to buy armoured vehicles to help defend their frontiers against Islamic State, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday.

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Diamond DART-450 trainer completes first flight

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 12:11 PM

The Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer (DART-450) performed its first flight on 17 May, Diamond Aircraft has announced.

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Saab unveils Gripen E

by defenceWeb/Reuters, 23 May, 11:58 AM

On 18 May Sweden's Saab expressed optimism about fighter exports to nations including India as it unveiled a new version of its Gripen combat jet being developed for Sweden and Brazil.

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Poland MoD launches twonew aircraft projects

by Forecast International, 23 May, 11:43 AM

The Polish Ministry of Defense has initiated two projects involving acquisitions of aircraft for the country's armed forces.

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Slow response to past crashes could hinder EgyptAir search experts say

by Reuters, 24 May, 08:46 AM

Teams searching for the black box flight recorders of a missing EgyptAir jet that crashed with 66 people aboard face technical constraints aviation experts increasingly blame on a slow regulatory response to earlier disasters.

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EgyptAir jet sent smoke-alarm warnings before crash

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:16 AM

The EgyptAir jet which crashed in the Mediterranean on Thursday sent a series of warnings indicating that smoke had been detected on board, shortly before it disappeared off radar screens, French investigators said on Saturday.

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Egyptian military finds debris of crashed airliner

by Reuters, 20 May, 11:32 AM

The Egyptian military found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris from an EgyptAir jet floating in the Mediterranean, Cairo said on Friday, confirming that the plane had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.

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Islamic State suicide bombing kills 40 army recruits in Yemen's Aden

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:55 PM

A suicide car bombing claimed by Islamic State killed at least 40 Yemeni army recruits and wounded 60 in the southern city of Aden on Monday, medics said, in one of the deadliest attacks yet on government interests.

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Bombs kill nearly 150 in Syrian government-held cities

by Reuters, 24 May, 01:53 PM

Bombs killed nearly 150 people and wounded at least 200 in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast on Monday in the government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases, monitors and state media said.

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Monitor - 60,000 have died in Syrian government jails during war

by Reuters, 23 May, 01:09 PM

A monitoring group has said that at least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government jails during the five-year conflict.

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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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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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SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

by Reuters, 28 Apr, 10:46 AM

The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing have held on military space launches for more than a decade.

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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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India hosts Africa summit

by Reuters, 26 Oct, 09:43 AM

India hosts its biggest-ever Africa summit this week as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to challenge China's dominance on a continent that is blessed with vast natural resources and has the world's fastest-growing population.

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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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Armscor awards Teamster phase 1 contract

by Guy Martin, 20 Apr, 10:08 AM

OTT Solutions and Desert Wolf have been awarded the contract for the first phase of Project Teamster to replace the South African National Defence Force’s field cooking capability.

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