India’s Chief of Air Staff visits South Africa
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by Guy Martin
2d ago
India’s Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, Chief of the Air Staff, recently visited South Africa where he engaged with his local counterpart in an effort to strengthen military ties between India and South Africa. Chaudhari was in South Africa from 6 to 10 May, and his visit included presentations of Air Force Bases Ysterplaat, Overberg, and Langebaanweg, showcasing the capabilities and advancements of the South African Air Force. “A highlight of the visit was the tour of the SA Air Force Museum Ysterplaat Hanger 4, where heritage aircraft are displayed, symbolising the rich history and va ..read more
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Ex Ushirikiani Imara underway in Rwanda
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by defenceWeb
2d ago
The 13th East African Community (EAC) regional field training exercise, Ushirikiani Imara (building strong relationships) 2024, is underway in Rwanda’s Bugesera district of the country’s Eastern Province. The host country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has it the exercise involves military, police and civilian components under the theme “Strengthening security sector integration and harnessing common interests consistent with EAC regional peace and stability”. In addition to land-based training exercises at and around the Rwanda Military Academy in Bugesera there is also a maritime element taking ..read more
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Nigerian military heritage delegation fact finding visit to two SA military museums
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by defenceWeb
2d ago
Current expertise allied to experience gained, in one instance over more than 50 years, by South African military museums attracted the attention of the Nigerian Army Heritage and Futures Centre. This developed into visits by senior staff to the SA Naval Museum in Simon’s Town and the SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Air Force Base (AFB) Ysterplaat in Cape Town. The Nigerian centre in Abuja was taken into service in January last year and has a multi-pronged raison d’etre. On one hand it is charged with research to develop and formulate policy frameworks to entrench and preserve the heritage of th ..read more
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When is SAS Drakensberg going to Cuba and South America?
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by defenceWeb
2d ago
SA Navy (SAN) Chief Vice Admiral Monde Lobese has set ambitious targets for the maritime component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), and this includes an Atlantic Ocean transit to Brazil and Cuba as well as tasking a Valour Class frigate with a Russian visit. SAS Drakensberg (A301), the 37-year-old South African built combat support/replenishment vessel, was earlier this year confirmed by the country’s senior sailor as being the chosen platform to visit South America and the Caribbean in the latter part of 2024. Lobese said the vessel – affectionately known as “Drakies” and also by its ..read more
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Nairobi hosts workshop on AI in the military
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by defenceWeb
2d ago
Kenya’s Ministry of Defence this week co-hosted an inaugural workshop on the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the military. Co-hosts of the two-day event in Nairobi were The Netherlands and the Republic of Korea, also known as South Korea. Delegates and military personnel from 14 countries attended to hear about the opportunities, challenges and risks associated with military applications of AI. The Nairobi event comes just over a month after the Stellenbosch University Military Academy in South Africa launched a defence artificial intelligence research unit (DAIRU) as a cent ..read more
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Houthi missiles strike several ships; engine room of MV Tutor flooded while MV Verbena on fire
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by Guy Martin
2d ago
A Greek-owned and managed bulk carrier, MV Tutor, is reported to have come under attack by Houthi forces and taking on water in a severely damaged engine room, while the Ukraine-owned MV Verbena was set on fire after being hit by Houthi missiles. The 82 357-dwt, 229 metre long by 32 metre wide MV Tutor, which was built in 2022, was targeted on Wednesday 12 June by water-borne and aerial drones and missiles while sailing in the Red Sea. Tutor recently called in the Russian port of Ust-Luga and, after discharging her cargo of coal in Port Said, was in the Red Sea en route to India when attacked ..read more
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Dialogue and negotiation: alternative solutions to Boko Haram conflict?
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by Guy Martin
3d ago
Military operations are needed, but haven’t stopped Boko Haram attacks. Complementary non-kinetic efforts must be considered. Fifteen years since it started, the Boko Haram conflict in the Lake Chad Basin has defied solutions, notably the largely military and security force-driven measures. Both factions of the group, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad (JAS) and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have shown their resilience to these operations. This resilience and the massive impact of violent extremism on civilians – over 11 million people in the region need humanitarian aid ..read more
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Burkina Faso takes over from Afghanistan as most terrorism-affected country
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by Guy Martin
3d ago
Last year Burkina Faso surpassed Afghanistan as the country most impacted by terrorism, with nearly 2 000 deaths as the global terrorism epicentre shifts from the Middle East into the Sahel. This is according to a new report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Its Global Terrorism Index 2024 recorded 1 907 terrorism-related deaths and 442 injured last year. Deaths from terrorism have increased successively each year since 2014 when no deaths were recorded. Deaths surged from 1 135 in 2022 to 1 907 in 2023, a 68% increase, despite a nearly 16% decline in the number of attacks last y ..read more
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Thales South Africa offering fire control and automation upgrades for conventional mortars
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by Guy Martin
3d ago
Thales South Africa has developed a digital fire control system for standard mortars, offering a cost-effective and lightweight solution to greatly improve accuracy. The new modular Mortar Fire Control System (MFCS) was first displayed at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 exhibition outside Pretoria and has received interest from European customers, amongst others. More recently it was, together with the Thales Automated Mortar Fire Control System (AMFC), demonstrated to the military attache and advisory corps at an SVI Engineering event earlier this year, with the AMFC mounted on an ..read more
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ProtectionWeb makes debut appearance at Securex 2024
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by Guy Martin
4d ago
ProtectionWeb, a premier news website for the security industry, is thrilled to announce its inaugural public appearance at Securex 2024 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. A newcomer to the security landscape, ProtectionWeb aims to collaborate with industry professionals, experts, and stakeholders to explore the latest advancements in security technology and solutions at the three-day event. The website, www.protectionweb.co.za, launched in April, is a go-to resource for all those seeking comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in the security field. “Our platform is ..read more
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