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SA’s military facilities, by and large, “acceptable” and “fair”

by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 09:56 AM

By its own admission, just one percent of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) facilities are in “good condition” and at the other end of the scale two percent is described as “very poor”.
Some aspects of SANDF performance earn a “classified” rating in latest annual report

by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 09:53 AM

The Department of Defence annual report for the 2016/17 financial year, only made public late in November, provides reams of information on various deployments and operations undertaken in execution of the SA National Defence Force’s mandate. A worrying aspect is certain exclusions, rated “classified”.
Kenyan AH-1s displayed

by defenceWeb , 15 Dec, 09:48 AM

The Kenyan Air Force (KAF) has for the first time displayed some of its newly acquired AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters.

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Denel says it will pay December salaries

by defenceWeb , 15 Dec, 07:19 PM

Denel has said that the December salaries as well as the outstanding 13th cheque payments due to its employees will be paid out as planned on December 22. The announcement comes after a week of intense engagements the company held with its shareholder representative,...

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DA wants answers on Denel’s apparent cash flow problems

by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 10:26 AM

Apparent cash flow problems at government-owned defence and technology conglomerate, Denel, have attracted the attention of opposition politicians with Natasha Mazzone of the Democratic Alliance (DA) asking for an “immediate update of the true status of its financial...

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Mwewe used to integrate satcom terminal for small UAVs

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 10:45 AM

Paramount Advanced Technologies’ (PAT’s) Mwewe unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been used to get type approval for Cobham’s Aviator UAV200 satellite communications terminal.

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Ex Oxide wraps up

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 11:02 AM

The joint Franco/South African naval exercise Oxide off La Reunion has finished with both training and live exercise phases going according to schedule.

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Nine years of counter-piracy ops off the Horn of Africa

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 10:49 AM

This month (December) marks the ninth anniversary of EU Naval Force Somalia’s Operation Atalanta, the specialist counter- piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin.

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Combating drug trafficking the main focus of Ex Oxide 2017

by defenceWeb, 7 Dec, 09:50 AM

Countering drug trafficking is the main theme of Exercise Oxide 2017 taking place in Reunion between the French and South African navies, with board, search and seizure operations among exercise highlights.

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Update: Eight injured after Oryx flies through wires

by Dean Wingrin, 10 Dec, 07:45 PM

The South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx helicopter that crashed on the N1 highway just outside Cape Town on Sunday morning was transporting a helicopter engine when if flew through newly erected wires.

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Two more refurbished Mi-24s for Senegal

by defenceWeb, 5 Dec, 10:01 AM

Senegal has taken delivery of two more Mi-24 attack helicopters that were refurbished by Poland’s WZL-1 aviation company.

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Belgium approves NH90 deployment to Mali

by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:06 AM

The Belgian government has approved the deployment of two NH90 helicopters to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (Minusma). The helicopters will arrive there in February 2018.

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Kenyan AH-1s displayed

by defenceWeb , 15 Dec, 09:48 AM

The Kenyan Air Force (KAF) has for the first time displayed some of its newly acquired AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters.

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Su-30K Spotted in Angola

by Forecast International, 14 Dec, 07:05 AM

A Su-30K has been spotted in Angola, confirming deliveries of the aircraft have begun.

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Industry bemoans CAA’s slow progress on UAVs

by Guy Martin, 12 Dec, 10:03 AM

The slow process of granting companies and pilots permission to commercially operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South Africa is causing a large number of pilots to fly illegally, the industry has cautioned.

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SA’s military facilities, by and large, “acceptable” and “fair”

by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 09:56 AM

By its own admission, just one percent of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) facilities are in “good condition” and at the other end of the scale two percent is described as “very poor”.

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Some aspects of SANDF performance earn a “classified” rating in latest annual report

by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 09:53 AM

The Department of Defence annual report for the 2016/17 financial year, only made public late in November, provides reams of information on various deployments and operations undertaken in execution of the SA National Defence Force’s mandate. A worrying aspect...

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Charges laid against second SANDF general officer

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 09:39 AM

The commitment by SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief, General Solly Shoke, to rooting out criminality in the military has netted another general officer.

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 What next for the local design capacity on Projects Biro and Hotel?

by defenceWeb , 15 Dec, 09:55 AM

Armscor recently confirmed that it has awarded Project Hotel, for a new hydrographic survey ship for the SA Navy, to Durban-based Southern African Shipyards (SAS). Now the attention is shifting towards how the project will run and what workshare local companies...

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Southern African Shipyards confirmed as main contractor for Project Hotel

by defenceWeb, 13 Dec, 09:42 AM

Durban-based Southern African Shipyards (SAS) is the main contractor for Project Hotel to supply the SA Navy with a new hydrographic vessel and ancillary equipment.

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Maintenance delays and operational defects impact on Navy sea time

by defenceWeb, 12 Dec, 10:06 AM

The SA Navy logged 67% of the twelve thousand sea hours allocated to the maritime service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in the 2016/17 financial year.

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NATJOINTS beefs up security for 54th ANC conference

by SANews, 15 Dec, 11:39 AM

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) has put in place measures to secure the 54th African National Congress (ANC) Elective Conference.

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Zuma told to set up state capture inquiry by court

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:42 AM

South Africa’s High Court ruled President Jacob Zuma must set up a judicial inquiry into state influence-peddling within 30 days, the latest in a series of judicial blows to his scandal-tinged administration.

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ISS: Creating conditions conducive to stability in Guinea-Bissau

by ISS Africa, 13 Dec, 10:58 AM

The conclusions of this weekend’s 52nd Ordinary Summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be decisive in resolving the political deadlock in Guinea-Bissau.

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Funds from Nigerian excess oil account go to fight against Boko Haram

by Reuters, 15 Dec, 10:16 AM

Nigerian state governors approved release of $1 billion from the country’s excess oil account to government to help fight the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.

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Casualties for Libyan forces in Benghazi

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 10:39 AM

Libyan forces in Benghazi lost four men and had 10 wounded so far in December, five months after declaring victory in a campaign to control the eastern city, a medical source said.

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Ethnic fighting in South Sudan claims 45 lives

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 11:35 AM

At least 45 people were killed in fighting between ethnic groups in South Sudan’s northern state of Western Lakes in a new outbreak of violence in a country already devastated by a four-year civil war.

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Kenya police allegedly assaulted and raped women during election

by Reuters, 15 Dec, 10:21 AM

Several dozen women in Kenya maintain police officers attacked them during this year’s election season and some said they were raped by men in uniform, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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ISS: Accurate statistics are needed for the SA farm murder debate

by ISS Africa, 11 Dec, 12:28 PM

Recently thousands of farmers, supporters and sympathisers took to South Africa’s streets in an emotional but peaceful protest against the violent attacks on and murders of those involved in farming.

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Zuma book author summoned by police

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 10:40 AM

The South African author of a book critical of President Jacob Zuma has been summoned by police with no reason given for the meeting.

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Cameroon Anglophone flee in face of crackdown

by Reuters, 15 Dec, 10:14 AM

When soldiers burst into her village in south-west Cameroon last month with guns blazing, small farmer Eta Quinta (32) raced into the forest with three of her children.

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New corruption charges for former Zimbabwe finance minister

by Reuters, 15 Dec, 10:07 AM

Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo faces new corruption charges in the clearest example yet of a crackdown on graft by President Emmerson Mnangagwa since he took office.

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Illegal settlers ordered to vacate Zimbabwe farms

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:58 AM

Zimbabwe’s new agriculture minister ordered illegal occupiers of farms to vacate the land immediately, a move that could ultimately see white farmers who say they were unfairly evicted return.

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Border Management Authority to become operational next year

by defenceWeb, 15 Dec, 10:24 AM

According to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Cabinet is expected to approve the long-awaited establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA) early next year.

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EU leaders disagree over refugees

by Reuters, 15 Dec, 10:12 AM

Two years after the Mediterranean migrant crisis split the European Union, a tentative effort to patch up differences over refugees underlines continuing rifts among the bloc’s leaders.

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Zimbabwe seizes ivory destined for Malaysia

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:46 AM

An illegal 200kg shipment of ivory destined for Malaysia was seized at Zimbabwe’s main airport, an official said.

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Additional probe ordered into joint Somali/US raid

by Reuters, 15 Dec, 10:18 AM

The head of US forces in Africa has ordered an additional investigation into an August raid in Somalia by Somali and American forces, the US military said.

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Russia ready to work with US on Libya crisis

by Reuters, 15 Dec, 10:09 AM

Russia is open to working with the United States to solve the crisis in Libya, Russia’s ambassador to Libya was cited as saying by the RIA news agency.

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US suspending Somali military aid over corruption concerns

by R, 15 Dec, 10:03 AM

The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow as African peacekeepers start to withdraw.

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Paramount delivers more vehicles to Kazakhstan

by defenceWeb, 14 Dec, 09:54 AM

Paramount Group has delivered additional Arlan (Marauder) armoured vehicles to Kazakhstan's Special Forces through its Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) joint venture.

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It will equip the new rapidly deployable security force assistance brigades with the AN/PRC-148C Improved Multiband Inter-Intra Team Radio.

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ADG Mobility: the new armoured vehicle kid on the block

by Guy Martin, 8 Dec, 10:04 AM

Former employees from Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) have created a new armoured vehicle company, ADG Mobility, which is specialising in the design and manufacture of protected vehicles.

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Give us time, EU pleads on 'historic' defence pact

by Reuters, 14 Dec, 10:03 AM

To critics who say the EU’s new defence pact is little more than an alphabet soup of extra bureaucracy for Brussels, EU officials have their riposte: give us time before you judge us.

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Europe moves closer to own satnav system with latest Galileo launch

by Reuters, 13 Dec, 11:18 AM

Europe launched four more Galileo satellites on Tuesday, taking the number in orbit to 22 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system, lessening its dependence on the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS.

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Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

by Reuters, 12 Dec, 10:50 AM

A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack.

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AfBAA holds first AfBAC Expo

by defenceWeb, 11 Dec, 09:14 AM

The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) recently held its first African Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, a three day event dedicated to business aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Africa's airlines to incur $100 million loss in 2018 – IATA

by defenceWeb, 5 Dec, 01:30 PM

Africa’s airlines are expected to continue making a combined loss of $100 million in 2018, the same as 2017, in spite of an anticipated 8% growth in demand and capacity expansion of 7.5%.

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Siemens, Airbus, Rolls-Royce team up on hybrid-electric propulsion

by Reuters, 1 Dec, 12:56 PM

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have come together to develop a hybrid electric engine as the race intensifies to advance battery technology and electric motors to lower flying costs and move away from fossil fuels.

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Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 12:22 PM

President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

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Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

by Reuters, 11 Dec, 11:45 AM

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.

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Russia: mission accomplished in Syria

by Reuters, 8 Dec, 10:57 AM

Russia’s military has accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria and there were no remaining settlements there under the group’s control.

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Soldiers to the rescue

by Africa Defense Forum, 23 Nov, 12:54 PM

For years, when countries needed their armed forces’ help during natural disasters, the philosophy was “last in, first out” — don’t use them except as a last resort, and use them as little as possible. But that thinking is at odds with the need for a...

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Feature: Cyber and electronic warfare an increasing global challenge

by Guy Martin, 9 Nov, 10:11 AM

Cyber and electronic attacks are increasingly factors in warfare, such as the sabotaging of Iran’s nuclear facilities and the attack on the Ukraine’s electricity grid. This, according to defence analyst Helmoed Romer Heitman, begs the question of when is an...

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Feature: Botswana’s Gripen plan highlights need for a defence white paper

by William M Wyatt, 5 Oct, 02:12 PM

Gaborone’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Swedish-built Gripen multi-role jet fighters has drawn sharp criticisms from security analysts, foreign press and domestic political opposition within Botswana.

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Airbus outlines CyberSecurity predictions for 2018

by Airbus, 14 Dec, 11:43 AM

Researchers at Airbus’ external Cyber Security business have compiled their top technology predictions for 2018, based on trends identified at its Security Operations Centres in France, UK and Germany during 2017.

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Undersea cables: Indispensable, insecure

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 11 Dec, 12:37 PM

“Indispensable, insecure.” UK think tank Policy Exchange’s fellow Rishi Sunak MP concisely describes in the title of his 48-page report both the importance and the extreme vulnerability of undersea cables.

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Nigerian start-up among 12 selected for development by Airbus BizLab

by defenceWeb, 6 Dec, 11:28 AM

Start-up accelerator Airbus BizLab is hosting twelve new start-ups from around the world – including Nigeria – over a six-month period at its facilities in Hamburg and Toulouse, during which they will perfect their concepts for new aerospace industry ventures....

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FF+ leader on farm attacks and murders

by defenceWeb, 23 Aug, 08:56 AM

FF Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said in a private member’s statement in parliament the wave of farm murders and attacks sweeping the country and particularly the cruelty of these attacks, makes it increasingly urgent for government and specifically the...

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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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Russian military working on deal to use Egypt air bases

by Reuters, 30 Nov, 09:59 AM

Russia’s government published a draft agreement between Russian and Egypt on Thursday allowing both countries to use each other’s air space and air bases for their military planes.

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African militaries must prioritise logistics

by Africa Defense Forum, 28 Nov, 12:44 PM

A significant development in the post-Cold War period has been African states’ active involvement in peacekeeping operations. Of the 105,078 personnel deployed in support of nine United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa, more than half are uniformed Africans....

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The Expansion of the Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Djibouti

by Michael Edward Walsh, 24 Nov, 08:25 AM

Last year, Japanese officials revealed that the Japanese Government would lease additional land to expand the Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Djibouti. According to media reporting at the time, the expansion of the base is intended to serve as a counterweight...

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  • SANDF Medals and Decorations The medals and decorations list of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) currently numbers 66, of which 52 are for acts of bravery, valour and other meritorious deeds performed before April 2003. The remaining...
  • 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%)...
  • Fact file: SA defence exports, 2010 The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) in 2010 approved the following export permits:  
  • Fact file: G6 L45 self-propelled towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing two G6 L45 and having an additional 41 in store....
  • Fact file: Denel FV2 Bateleur Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) The FV2 Bateleur is the standard multiple launch rocket system (MLRS)of the South African Artillery. Development and production started after the end of the 1966-1989 Namibian “Border War” and the...
  • Fact file: G5 L45 towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing six (one battery) G5 L45 and having an additional...
  • Fact file: Military rank The origin of military rank makes for interesting reading, both in terms of the hierarchy (if a major is senior to a lieutenant, why is a major general junior to a lieutenant general?) and in terms of...
  • Fact file: Denel ZT3 Ingwe precision guided missile The Ingwe (Leopard) missile and associated launch systems were developed in the 1980s under Project Raleigh as a “long-range indigenous antitank guided missile.” Pre-production models were used in...
  • Fact file: MBDA Milan precision guided misile The MBDA (formerly Euromissile) Milan (Missile d´infanterie léger antichar = light infantry antitank missile) started life in 1962 and the second-generation of antitank missiles to enter South African...
  • Fact file: M40A1 recoilless rifle The M40 was developed in the 1950s as a lightweight, portable, crew-served 105mm antitank weapon. It has served the South African infantry for many years as a direct-fire weapon and is issued in units...
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