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Clean audit again for Armscor

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:02 AM

Armscor has again achieved a clean audit report with no qualifications from the Auditor-General.
UK provides regional training in the protection of marine resources

by Dean Wingrin, 16 Oct, 09:59 AM

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has just completed a week long regional training course in Cape Town focused on the theme of ‘Protecting the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).’

Angola receives maritime surveillance aircraft from Israel

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 09:55 AM

The Angolan Air Force is operating a Cessna Citation jet configured by Israel’s BIRD Aerosystems for the maritime surveillance role.

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Clean audit again for Armscor

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:02 AM

Armscor has again achieved a clean audit report with no qualifications from the Auditor-General.

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South African defence needs to be prioritised

by Guy Martin, 13 Oct, 09:59 AM

The South African defence sector needs to be given higher priority and allocated more funding in order to drive innovation, economic growth and transformation, according to Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford.

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South African defence industry facing tough times, needs to work together

by Guy Martin, 12 Oct, 10:11 AM

Nobody will be coming to save the troubled South African defence industry and it is up to the industry to save itself, according to the CEO of Paramount Advanced Technologies, who says the industry needs to work together for its survival.

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UK provides regional training in the protection of marine resources

by Dean Wingrin, 16 Oct, 09:59 AM

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has just completed a week long regional training course in Cape Town focused on the theme of ‘Protecting the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).’

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A Nautic Sentinel patrol vessel survives a pirate attack off Nigeria

by defenceWeb, 11 Oct, 12:28 PM

A 35 metre Sentinel patrol vessel designed and built by Cape Town-based Nautic Africa withstood a pirate attack off the coast of Nigeria at the end of September that involved taking fire from AK-47 assault rifles.

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French Navy in Durban ahead of Exercise Oxide

by Barbara Cole/defenceWeb, 10 Oct, 10:36 AM

The French Navy is currently in South African waters and there is a chance that when they bid au revoir, an exercise at sea will follow with their South African Navy counterparts.

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US conducts UH-1 training for Burkina Faso

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 11:44 AM

The United States Air Force’s (USAF’s) 811th Operations Support Squadron has provided UH-1 helicopter training to members of the Burkina Faso air force after the West African country received two UH-1Hs from Taiwan.

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22 Squadron douses fire in Camps Bay

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 10:00 AM

Thick vegetation and a fire fanned by strong winds saw the firefighting abilities of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) 22 Squadron called into action and tested on Wednesday near Cape Town.

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German Tigers resume flights in Mali

by defenceWeb, 5 Oct, 01:39 PM

German Tigers are once again flying in Mali after a fatal crash in July, according to the German Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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French military charter plane crashes

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:36 AM

Four Moldovan citizens were killed and two others injured when a cargo plane chartered by the French military crashed into the sea near the airport in Abidjan, Ivorian and French officials said.

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Angola receives maritime surveillance aircraft from Israel

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 09:55 AM

The Angolan Air Force is operating a Cessna Citation jet configured by Israel’s BIRD Aerosystems for the maritime surveillance role.

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Marlin missile making swift progress

by Guy Martin, 13 Oct, 10:10 AM

The Denel Dynamics Marlin missile is at an advanced stage of development, with test flights of the 100 km range radar-guided weapon having already been carried out.

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SANDF Prestige Week

by defenceWeb, 12 Oct, 09:54 AM

Next week is SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Prestige Week the fifth of its kind where enhancing social cohesion is the major aim.

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Sexual abuse and exploitation guidance integral to SANDF training

SEA (sexual exploitation and abuse) guidance ahead of and during all SA National Defence Force (SANDF) deployments, internally and continentally, is an integral component of training.

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SA Military Ombud to host 10th international ombud conference

by defenceWeb, 11 Oct, 08:51 AM

South Africa will be the first country in Africa to host the 10th International Conference of Ombud Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF), which will take place from 30 September to October 2018.

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New Navy hydrographic vessel represents a R1.8 billion investment – Zuma

by defenceWeb, 9 Oct, 10:06 AM

The Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), President Jacob Zuma, has confirmed the investment detail of at least one of the new hull acquisitions for the SA Navy.

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Algeria commissions mine countermeasures vessel

by defenceWeb, 3 Oct, 10:29 AM

The Chief of Staff of the Algerian military, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, has commissioned into service the Algerian Navy’s new mine countermeasures vessel El-Kasseh 1.

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CSIR contributing to blue economy growth

by defenceWeb, 3 Oct, 10:04 AM

In its latest annual report, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) notes that the Oceans Economy component of Operation Phakisa will require the monitoring and governance of the country’s oceans and coastal areas.

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Kenya election death toll reaches 33

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:41 AM

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

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Supreme Court upholds reinstating Zuma corruption charges

by Reuters, 13 Oct, 11:43 AM

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a High Court ruling to reinstate hundreds of corruption charges filed against Jacob Zuma before he became president.

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Ghana’s bold step away from the ‘war on drugs’

by ISS Africa, 13 Oct, 10:21 AM

Ghana is poised to become the first African country, and the first country outside of Europe and the Americas, to decriminalise the personal possession and use of all illegal drugs.

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Militant attacks in Sinai claim six soldiers’ lives

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:49 AM

At least 24 militants and six soldiers were killed in attacks on military outposts in North Sinai, the Egyptian military said in a statement.

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Al Shabaab take Bariire

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:34 AM

Somalia’s al Shabaab militants took over a town close to Mogadishu, officials said after government troops withdrew from the area.

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Former Lesotho defence chief arrested

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:26 AM

The former head of Lesotho’s armed forces was arrested over unspecified offences committed during his four years in the job, police said.

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Kenya opposition leader calls for protests

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:51 AM

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from a presidential election re-run saying it should only take place once wide-ranging reforms are undertaken, urged his supporters to protest.

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Forty-five Boko Haram suspects jailed in Nigeria

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:31 AM

Nigeria convicted and jailed 45 Boko Haram suspects, government said, the first sentences it handed down in a set of mass trials that have drawn criticism for being held behind closed doors.

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Stolen or lost police weapons

by defenceWeb, 16 Oct, 10:09 AM

Police have either lost or had more than 2 500 firearms stolen over the past three financial years.

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Death toll in Mogadishu bomb blasts top 300

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:46 AM

More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught in Somalia’s deadliest attack in a decade.

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Killing at Kenya school

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:39 AM

An expelled student shot and killed six former schoolmates and a security guard at his school in northern Kenya and was then lynched by a furious mob, officials said.

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Kagame critic’s mother speaks out

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:29 AM

The mother and sister of a prominent critic of Rwanda’s president said all three of them were tortured and deprived of food jailed on charges of forgery and inciting insurrection.

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Tunisian navy recovers 10 more bodies after boat collision

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 10:38 AM

Tunisia’s navy said on Sunday it recovered 10 more bodies of Tunisian migrants who drowned when their boat sank last week in a collision with a navy vessel off the country’s coast, bringing the death toll from the incident to 18.

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Cocaine worth R9m seized at OR Tambo

by SANews, 16 Oct, 08:38 AM

A total of 30kg of cocaine estimated at almost R9 million was seized by South African Revenue Service (SARS) customs officials in two separate incidents at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday.

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Desert migrant deaths more likely than in Mediterranean – UN

by Reuters, 13 Oct, 10:51 AM

West African migrants trying to reach Europe are dying in far greater numbers in the Sahara than in the Mediterranean but efforts to dissuade them may see new routes open the United Nations migration agency said.

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ISS: Is business trumping peace efforts in Libya?

by ISS Africa, 16 Oct, 11:15 AM

A few weeks ahead of the crucial 5th African Union (AU)-European Union (EU) summit in Abidjan at the end of November, most officials on both sides are aware of the many potentially explosive issues in the relationship between these two organisations.

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Chad troops in Niger withdraw

by Reuters, 13 Oct, 11:04 AM

Chad has withdrawn hundreds of troops from neighbouring Niger, where they were helping local forces fight Boko Haram Islamist militants, humanitarian sources and officials said.

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First foreign currency comes into Sudan as sanctions end

by Reuters, 12 Oct, 11:10 AM

For the first time in 20 years Sudan started receiving foreign currency inflows, the central bank said on Wednesday, days after the US government lifted decades-old trade sanctions on the northern African country.

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US Defence Secretary on Niger ambush

by Reuters, 12 Oct, 11:13 AM

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the military was looking into what changes, if any, should be made after an ambush in Niger saw four US soldiers killed.

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DoD wants to put Africa Truck into production

by Guy Martin, 2 Oct, 10:01 AM

The South African Department of Defence (DoD) aims to put Denel’s Africa Truck into production from next year for the South African Army.

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Uganda receives Bastion armoured vehicles for Amisom mission

by defenceWeb, 27 Sep, 10:04 AM

The Ugandan military has received Acmat Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from the United States for its contingent with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

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Drone hits commercial airliner in Canada, no injuries

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 11:09 AM

A drone hit an airplane landing at a Quebec City airport this week, the first time an unmanned flying object has collided with commercial aircraft in Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Sunday.

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Inventor of 'bump stock' spent years fighting for device, and lost

by Reuters, 9 Oct, 11:24 AM

The Florida inventor who designed the first “bump stock,” nearly two decades before the Las Vegas gunman used one to massacre 58 people on Sunday, never made a dime off of his creation.

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Japan to show off new heavy lift military plane in search for first overseas arms sale

by Reuters, 6 Oct, 12:47 PM

Japan’s air force said on Friday it will send its new C-2 long-range heavy lift military cargo plane overseas for the first time to show it off to potential buyers in the Middle East and New Zealand.

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St Helena airport finally opens

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 10:22 AM

The British island of St. Helena, home to what critics called “the world’s most useless airport”, welcomed its first commercial flight on 14 October.

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Southern African airlines face crippling skills shortage

by defenceWeb, 13 Oct, 12:39 PM

Airlines in southern Africa will face a potentially crippling shortage of skills and failure to hit employee transformation targets if governments do not fix basic and tertiary education, the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has cautioned.

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Embraer to establish aviation training centre in Johannesburg

by defenceWeb, 11 Oct, 12:41 PM

Embraer will establish a training centre at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, which will open in the first half of next year and provide training for pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crew.

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Iraq says captures positions south of Kirkuk including airbase

by Reuters, 16 Oct, 10:56 AM

Iraqi forces captured several positions south of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters on Monday in their bid to regain control of the oil-rich city, which is part of a region that declared itself independent at a referendum last month.

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Thousands of troops sent to Kirkuk to face 'Iraqi threat'

by Reuters, 13 Oct, 01:15 PM

Kurdish authorities have sent thousands more troops to the oil region of Kirkuk to confront “threats” from Iraq’s central government, the vice president of the autonomous Kurdistan region said on Friday.

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Iraqi military captures Hawija from Islamic State

by Reuters, 5 Oct, 01:02 PM

Iraqi forces have captured the town of Hawija and the surrounding area from Islamic State, though some fighting still raged in a pocket to the north and east of the town where the militants were surrounded, the military said on Thursday.

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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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Armscor centre offers unique insights into defective munitions

Sited in Pretoria’s secluded Salvokop and close to the headquarters of the SA Army, is a collection of ammunition and associated equipment with a difference – it’s all defective to a greater or lesser extent.

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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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Hypersonic missile nonpropliferation

by ADIT - The Bulletin, 10 Oct, 12:05 PM

Late last month, Richard H. Speier, George Nacouzi, Carrie A. Lee, Richard M. Moore – researchers from the prestigious RAND Corporation International Security and Defense Policy Centre - published a new report urging the United States to cooperate with China...

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South Africa pushing cyber defence

by defenceWeb, 6 Oct, 10:02 AM

The CSIR and Denel have – and are – progressing on various aspects of South Africa’s ability to defend itself from cyberattacks, an area the Department of Defence (DoD) has allocated R72 million to over the medium term.

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Safran hopes new fuel-efficient jet engine can reshape air travel

by Reuters, 4 Oct, 12:03 PM

French aero engine maker Safran unveiled a new engine prototype on Tuesday that would radically cut fuel consumption, potentially reshaping air travel from 2030.

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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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First phase of Project Teamster almost done

by Guy Martin, 12 Oct, 10:07 AM

The first phase of Project Teamster, for 15 person field cooking units for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is almost complete, while contract negotiations are underway for the second phase, for 50 and the 200 man field kitchen systems.

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French A400M flies first operational mission to Niger

by defenceWeb, 5 Oct, 01:30 PM

A French air force A400M transport aircraft has carried out its first operational mission to Niger, carrying helicopters, freight and personnel directly from France onto a semi-prepared dirt landing strip.

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The SANDF and the National Development Plan

South Africa’s soldiers have been tasked to assist not only with rural development but also to be meaningful contributors to the National Development Plan (NDP).

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Fact Files

  • 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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