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Denel continues to defend Asian venture

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 10:13 AM

Denel is adamant it has compiled with all the necessary regulations as far as the formation of its joint venture with a Gupta-linked company is concerned, notwithstanding court papers submitted by National Treasury’s former Director General.
R27 million contract awarded to fix flood damage at AFB Hoedspruit

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 10:10 AM

Belta Services CC has been awarded a R27 299 215 contract for repairs to damaged facilities caused by floods at Air Force Base Hoedspruit.

101st Airborne Division coming to South Africa for Ex Shared Accord Come mid-July there will be American accents aplenty at the SA Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) in the Northern Cape. The accents will be those of soldiers from the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division who will be in South Africa for the 2017 iteration of Exercise Shared Accord.
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Denel continues to defend Asian venture

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 10:13 AM

Denel is adamant it has compiled with all the necessary regulations as far as the formation of its joint venture with a Gupta-linked company is concerned, notwithstanding court papers submitted by National Treasury’s former Director General.

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Hensold Optronics South Africa to launch new growth strategy

by Guy Martin, 22 May, 10:22 AM

Hensoldt Optronics South Africa (HOSA) sees itself becoming a bigger player in the aerospace and defence sector, especially with its airborne sensor solutions, and will soon launch a new business growth strategy.

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Defence Charter will bring change to the industry – Mapisa-Nqakula

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:07 AM

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula announced details of the Defence Industry Charter that will substantially change the face of the industry, as far as black economic empowerment and utilisation of locally produced components and products...

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Danish Challenger maritime surveillance aircraft begins Horn of Africa deployment

by Oscar Nkala, 17 May, 02:47 PM

The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) has deployed a Challenger 604 maritime surveillance aircraft to support the French-led Combined Maritime Force (CMF), which was set up to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean waters off the coast of Somalia and the broader Horn of...

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Libya receives refurbished patrol boats from Italy

by defenceWeb, 16 May, 09:58 AM

The Libyan Coast Guard has taken delivery of four refurbished patrol boats from Italy to beef up its efforts to stop people smuggling, with another six boats due in the coming weeks.

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EU hosts Somali Prime Minister to discuss piracy off Somalia

by EUCAP Somalia, 11 May, 11:57 AM

On 8 May 2017 the European Union’s Ambassador to Somalia, Veronique Lorenzo, hosted the Somali Prime Minister, HE Hasan Ali Khaire and State Minister, Abdullahi Hamud, on board EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, off the coast of Mogadishu, to discuss...

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Belgium to deploy NH90s to Mali next year

by defenceWeb, 5 May, 09:40 AM

The Belgian military is planning to deploy two NH90 transport helicopters to Mali next year in support of the United Nations mission there.

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Kenya seeking sale of 12 armed MD 530F helicopters

by defenceWeb, 4 May, 10:04 AM

Kenya has requested the purchase of 12 MD 530F helicopters from the United States, at a proposed cost of $253 million including weapons, ammunition and support.

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Fiftieth anniversary of Gazelle’s maiden flight

by Airbus Helicopters, 26 Apr, 12:21 PM

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle helicopter’s maiden flight on 25 April during a conference at the museum of aviation in St Victoret.

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Wonderboom gearing up for Adrenaline show in June

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 12:16 PM

Wonderboom Airport north of Pretoria is getting ready to host the second annual Airlink Adrenaline Wonderboom Airport Show between 9 and 11 June.

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SAAF bringing C212 back into service?

by Guy Martin, 15 May, 10:06 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) may be bringing an accident-damaged CASA 212 light transport aircraft back into service. It currently has two airworthy examples.

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Royal Bafokeng King becomes 44 Squadron Honorary Colonel

by defenceWeb, 12 May, 12:52 PM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) on 11 May held a ceremony to accept Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, the 36th King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, as Honorary Colonel of 44 Squadron.

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Rose petals grace SAAF Memorial

by Chris Szabo, 22 May, 11:33 AM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) and the Air Force Association have commemorated those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the 54th annual memorial service at Bays Hill outside Pretoria.

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Crystal ball gazing at the SA Navy’s new capabilities

In February Armscor made public the names of preferred bidders for new naval platforms, including a hydrographic vessel.

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No expanded deployment for Operation Corona due to lack of funding

Indications are any plans to expand the presence of soldiers on South Africa’s landward borders will not happen if the current status quo as far as financing is concerned remains in place.

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Second Algerian Meko frigate arrives home

by defenceWeb, 22 May, 10:00 AM

The Algerian Navy’s newest frigate, the Meko 200AN class vessel El Moudamir, has arrived in Algeria after leaving Germany on 15 May.

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Bangladesh launches Kenyan offshore patrol vessel

by defenceWeb, 17 May, 10:12 AM

Bangladeshi shipbuilder Western Marine Shipyard (WMS) has launched the offshore patrol vessel MV Doria for Kenya's Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Agriculture.

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French frigate departs Cape Town on first post upgrade patrol

by Dean Wingrin, 16 May, 10:05 AM

As part of a patrol mission to the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, French Navy (Marine Nationale) surveillance frigate Le Floréal made a routine port call to Cape Town from its naval base of Port des Galets in Reunion Island.

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Former Gambian president’s bank accounts seized

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:44 AM

Gambian authorities seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh, an official said, as an investigation into the veteran ruler's wealth gathers pace.

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Coup threat warning in Nigeria

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:33 AM

Nigeria has paid a high price to achieve democracy and will foil attempts by those hoping to stage a coup, the national leader of Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party said.

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One killed after Kenya political rally

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:29 PM

Police shot dead one person in northern Kenya's Isiolo county after a political rally attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta where supporters of rival political candidates for regional government positions clashed, police said.

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ISS: Are ISIS returnees a risk for South Africa?

by ISS Africa, 23 May, 10:49 AM

With significant progress in the retaking of Mosul – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) last major stronghold in Iraq – and continued losses in Syria, many of ISIS’ foreign fighters are returning home.

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Rebuilding the Somali army

by Africa Defense Forum, 23 May, 10:41 AM

Building the Somali National Army is essential to ridding the country of al-Shabaab — and the clock is ticking

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Strikes launched after air base attack in east Libya

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:24 PM

East Libyan forces targeted rival brigades with a series of air strikes in Jufra, officials and witnesses said, three days after dozens of their men were killed in a surprise attack on an air base.

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Biafran secessionist protestors arrested in Nigeria

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:46 AM

Nigeria arrested 55 members of a Biafran separatist movement during protests in the oil-rich south-east, police said.

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Teargas fired at Tunisian protestors

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:41 AM

Tunisian security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to take over a gas pumping station, as weeks of unrest over jobs and funding in the country's southern provinces escalated into violence.

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IS suspects referred to Egyptian military court over church bombings

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:27 PM

Egypt referred 48 people to the country's military judiciary for suspected involvement in three deadly church bombings and accused them of joining the militant group Islamic State.

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Jihadist violence threatens future of children in Mali

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:38 AM

Cradling her baby in a health clinic in central Mali, Mariama Tieminta clutched him to her breast as she recalled the moment jihadists stormed her village, firing guns into the air.

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Conflict forces more people to flee homes in DR Congo than in Syria

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:25 AM

Conflict forced at least 1.5 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year - more than triple the number uprooted in Syria and five times the number in Iraq, an aid group said.

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There is a way out for al Shabaab fighters

by Jacob Doyle and Berenika Stefanska/ADF, 22 May, 01:46 PM

Ahmed, the son of a fisherman, joined al-Shabaab in 2006 as a way to earn money and support his five children. He headed a rapid-reaction team for the terror group and saw heavy combat. But he grew disenchanted with life inside al-Shabaab. Living in the harsh Somali...

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More than two thousand migrants rescued

by Reuters, 22 May, 01:16 PM

Rescuers pulled 2,121 migrants to safety from boats in the Mediterranean late at the weekend and recovered a dead body, the Italian coastguard said.

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In busy day for rescues at sea, migrants cheer when told 'Libya is over'

by Reuters, 19 May, 12:35 PM

Rescues began at dawn on Thursday and by the end of the day some 2,300 migrants had been pulled off 22 wooden and rubber boats in the Mediterranean, with many rejoicing when rescuers told them that their long journey to Europe was almost over.

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Italy rescues 383 Mediterranean migrants

by Reuters, 15 May, 11:52 AM

Rescuers saved 484 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean at the weekend and found the bodies of seven men who died attempting to reach Europe, Italy's coast guard said.

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International Peacekeeping Day to be marked at UN headquarters

by defenceWeb/UN, 23 May, 11:56 AM

The United Nation Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Wednesday, 24 May.

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South Sudan’s Kiir declares unilateral ceasefire, prisoner release

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:36 AM

The president of war-ravaged South Sudan declared a unilateral ceasefire and promised to release political prisoners, but with no sign of a political deal with rebels it was not clear whether a truce would hold.

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101st Airborne Division coming to South Africa for Ex Shared Accord

Come mid-July there will be American accents aplenty at the SA Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) in the Northern Cape. The accents will be those of soldiers from the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division who will be in South Africa for the 2017 iteration of Exercise...

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US Army talks up role of Husky mine detection system

by defenceWeb/US Army, 23 May, 10:12 AM

The United States Army has described the Husky route clearance vehicle as an effective and reliable system that has located thousands of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) since being deployed, and will undergo upgrades to make it even more effective.

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Successful African Land Forces Summit in Malawi

by defenceWeb/Africom, 22 May, 10:10 AM

Flags of 44 nations flew above “The Warm Heart of Africa” earlier this month, signalling the presence of senior military leaders united in the name of partnership.

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SA Army holds massive capability demonstration

by Guy Martin, 19 May, 10:42 AM

The South African Army, supported by other branches of service and the defence industry, held a spectacular capability demonstration at the De Brug training area outside Bloemfontein this week, involving dozens of armoured vehicles, jets and helicopters, which...

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Manchester concert suicide attack prompts worldwide security rethink

by Reuters, 23 May, 11:49 AM

Countries from the United States to Japan and Singapore are considering tightening security ahead of major theatre and sports events following a suicide bomb attack in Britain that killed at least 22 people.

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ISS: Be ready for the next global cyberattack

by ISS Africa, 23 May, 10:37 AM

On 12 May, more than 150 countries were attacked by ransomware with over 200 000 computers infected. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts a computer’s data until a ransom is paid. In this case, $300 worth of the cryptocurrency bitcoin...

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French researchers find way to unlock WannaCry without ransom

by Reuters, 22 May, 02:06 PM

French researchers said on Friday they had found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims' computers first infected a week ago.

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Loss-making Air Namibia wins permit to fly into U.S

by Reuters, 23 May, 10:47 AM

State-owned Air Namibia has won approval to fly into the United States and hopes to generate revenues through its codesharing agreements, the government-run daily New Era reported on Monday,

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CAASA launches SA aviation activity index

by defenceWeb, 19 May, 11:54 AM

The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) has launched its aviation activity index covering the sale of aircraft and air traffic movements in South Africa to provide a gauge of economic activity in the commercial aviation industry.

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Review to merge SAA, SA Express at an advanced stage

by SANews, 11 May, 11:40 AM

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says the work of assessing the viability of a merger between South African Airways and SA Express is done, pending a government review.

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U.S. official says nearly $110 billion worth of military deals inked with Saudi Arabia

by Reuters, 22 May, 02:15 PM

The United States on Saturday announced military deals worth nearly $110 billion (84.3 billion pounds), during a visit by President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia.

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Last 1,000 rebels leave Damascus district under evacuation deal

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:58 PM

More than 1,000 insurgents and their families left an opposition-held district of Damascus on Monday, completing an agreement between the Syrian government and rebels, Syrian state media outlets and a war monitoring group said.

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Iraq says battle for Mosul nearly won as forces close in on Old City

by Reuters, 16 May, 01:57 PM

Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from all but 12 square km of Mosul, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, after planes dropped leaflets into the city telling civilians the battle was nearly won.

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission preparing for centenary events

by Chris Szabo, 23 May, 10:32 AM

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is holding its main centenary commemoration at a service in London on Tuesday 23 May.

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A centenary of caring for Commonwealth war graves

by Charles Ross, 19 May, 10:26 AM

The Imperial War Graves was established by the signing of the Royal Charter on May 21, 1917 establishing the Imperial War Graves Commission with the name changed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by way of a supplementary Royal Charter dated June 8, 1964....

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Armour Formation back at Voortrekker Monument military fair

by defenceWeb, 12 Apr, 09:52 AM

Monday, May 1, will see the seventh staging of the annual Voortrekker Monument Military and History Fair which this year will have an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) element.

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Flying cars back in the race

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 23 May, 02:21 PM

A flying car race has been launched but it is unsure which contestant will win this fight, or if there will be a winner at all.

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CSIR upgrades crash test dummies

by defenceWeb/CSIR, 22 May, 10:02 AM

The CSIR’s capability to test performance of military vehicles when detonating a landmine has been significantly enhanced by updating of the organisation’s crash test dummies.

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AeroVironment unveils palm-sized surveillance drone for U.S. military

by Reuters, 10 May, 11:04 AM

Drone-maker AeroVironment Inc unveiled a small four-rotor surveillance helicopter on Tuesday that can be carried in a small pouch and launched from the palm of a hand.

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula on Castle commemorative programme

by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 12:17 PM

Speech by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, presented on behalf of President JG Zuma, on the occasion of the conclusion of the year-long commemorative programme of the 350 years of the existence of the Castle of Good Hope, 09 December 2016, Castle of Good...

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Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula ahead of AAD

by defenceWeb, 14 Sep, 08:02 PM

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of breakfast media briefing on the eve of the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition (AAD), Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, 13 September 2016.

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Speech: Zuma on Delville Wood centenary

by defenceWeb, 13 Jul, 08:29 AM

Address by President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of the Centenary of the Battle of Delville Wood, France, 12 July 2016.

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R27 million contract awarded to fix flood damage at AFB Hoedspruit

by defenceWeb, 23 May, 10:10 AM

Belta Services CC has been awarded a R27 299 215 contract for repairs to damaged facilities caused by floods at Air Force Base Hoedspruit.

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African Logistics Forum 2017

by Africom, 10 May, 11:31 AM

Being prepared to respond to natural disasters, crises, and contingency operations require extensive logistical planning and support, which is why the African Union hosted the African Logistics Forum - 2017, in conjunction with U.S Africa Command, at Plenary Hall,...

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UN plans to cut air logistics spend

by defenceWeb, 24 Apr, 10:05 AM

Moving assets by air is by far the fastest way to get them where needed but it is expensive as evidenced by UN figures which show the world body spent close on $750 million from 2015 to 2016 on flights.

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