The Past Week in Defence #14 (27 June – 3 July)


On the continent, Morocco orders AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and Sherpa armoured vehicles, the Algerian Navy orders a Chinese corvette, a Ghanaian Z-9EH helicopter makes an emergency landing, the Bangladesh Air Force sends Mi-171 helicopters to the Central African Republic and the Rwandan Air Force is set to receive Caravan aircraft from the United States. In South Africa, the National Conventional Arms Control Committee will investigate South African defence equipment in Libya, political parties raise the alarm over farm attacks and an Ex-SA Navy minesweeper partially sinks in Durban harbour.

In SANDF news, the Navy will not be taking on extra personnel to man its new multi-mission inshore patrol vessels, the South African Air Force assists in the rescue of an injured soldier in the Drakensberg,, soldiers confiscate R1.4 million worth of cigarettes on South Africa’s borders, the Defence Minister is rapped on the knuckles in parliament over abusive soldiers, President Cyril Ramaphosa extends the SANDF’s Operation Notlela employment and soldiers from 9 South African Infantry battalion test positive for COVID-19.

And in company news, Hensoldt South Africa acquires Tellumat’s air traffic management and defence business units, Africa Aerospace and Defence is postponed to 2022, Indonesia looks at Denel’s aerospace and defence expertise and Veecraft delivers a South African Special Forces workboat.

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