The Past Week in Defence #40 (8 February – 14 February 2021)

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, the Egyptian Air Force is confirmed to be operating SCALP cruise missiles, the Ivory Coast receives second replacement Mi-24 attack helicopter and Kenya receives its first C-145 transport aircraft.

In SANDF news, Military Skills Development recruitment is now on hold until 2024, the Army Reserves are being up- and re-skilled, soldiers are still helping police keep order and enforcing COVID-19 regulations, and Parliament’s defence oversight committee lists 2021 challenges as a Parliamentary delegation expected “more information” at an army ordnance depot visit. An MPs’ oversight visit provides first-hand information on Operation Corona, and Naval Base Durban is shipshape for receipt of the first multi-mission inshore patrol vessels.



In industry news, we look at what happened to Denel’s internal forensic investigations as its divestment of Hensoldt Optronics shares hits a stumbling block and unions say Denel’s workers are being left in the lurch.

00:01:04 – Egyptian Air Force confirmed to be operating SCALP cruise missiles
00:01:42 – Ivory Coast receives second replacement Mi-24
00:02:55 – Kenya receives first C-145 transport aircraft
00:03:41 – MSD now on hold until 2024
00:04:56 – Army Reserves being up- and re-skilled
00:05:55 – Soldiers still helping police keep order and enforcing COVID-19 regulations
00:06:41 – Parliament’s defence oversight committee lists 2021 challenges
00:07:59 – Parliamentary delegation expected “more information” at army ordnance depot
00:10:14 – MPs’ oversight visit provides first-hand information on Op Corona
00:11:14 – Naval Base Durban shipshape for first MMIPV
00:12:33 – DA asks what happened to Denel’s internal forensic investigations?
00:13:42 – Denel’s divestment of Hensoldt Optronics shares hits a stumbling block
00:14:36 – Denel workers being left in the lurch, union says