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Multinational task forces don’t shoot silver bullets

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Featured, Regional, Strategy, West Africa | 0 comments

Multinational task forces are in vogue, but what is required for such collaborations to avoid ending in disaster have not been properly appreciated by the approach’s supporters, argues JOHN STUPART.

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A Closer Look at Boko Haram

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 in African Defence Podcast, Featured, Regional, West Africa | 0 comments

How is the group succeeding so well in their insurgency, and what do we know about their activities?

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Africa’s 2015 Conflict Barometer – Podcast

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 in African Defence Podcast, Featured | 2 comments

John Stupart, Conway Waddington and Darren Olivier discuss critical issues in Africa for the year ahead.

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Has Nigeria acquired Super Hinds?

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 in Featured, West Africa | 2 comments

DARREN OLIVIER follows the trail to find out exactly who on the continent has been sending their helicopters to Ukraine for upgrades.

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The Year of Hard Choices for SANDF

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Featured, Southern Africa, Strategy | 4 comments

South Africa’s military needs to have a plan B.

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VVIP Charters and the South African Air Force

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 in Featured, Regional, Southern Africa | 0 comments

We explore how VVIP chartering works and what it costs.

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Uniform Idiocy

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 in Central Africa, Featured | 2 comments

A Ukrainian air crew in the eastern DRC are caught red-handed trying to procure FARDC uniforms.

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Getting Granular on Peacekeepers

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 in African Defence Podcast, Featured | 0 comments

Editor JOHN STUPART talks armed conflicts and peacekeeping trends with Good Governance Africa’s STEPHEN JOHNSON.

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Limits to any future war

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in East Africa, Featured, Regional | 0 comments

Back from Juba, RICHARD STUPART reflects on some of the constraints on the next round of fighting.

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Boko Haram and ISIS: the same coin?

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Featured, West Africa | 1 comment

In many ways, what the group is doing to Syria and Iraq resembles Boko Haram in Nigeria. But is the analogy stretching too far?

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Defence Industry News

First Airbus A400M airlifter for Malaysia rolled out of paintshop

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Defence Industry News | 0 comments

The first Airbus A400M airlifter for Malaysia rolled out of paintshop

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France announces order for Airbus A330 MRTT air-to-air refuelling aircraft

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 in Defence Industry News | 0 comments

The French Air Force has enormous experience in the field of air-to-air refuelling. It knows the factors which are critical to success and its selection of the A330 MRTT is a real honour for us. In addition it is a long-standing operator of our transport aircraft and as always we are particularly proud in gaining the further confidence of an existing customer.”

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First Airbus A400M for Germany leaves the paintshop

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Defence Industry News | 0 comments

The A400M Luftwaffe edition leaves the paintshop. This is the first A400M airlifter for the German Airforce.

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In Defence of African Aerospace and Defence

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Defence Industry News, Featured | 0 comments

JOHN STUPART reflects on a quietly optimistic expo.

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The Idiot’s Guide to AAD 2014

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Defence Industry News, Featured | 0 comments

So your company has booked flights and a hotel in some odd place called Gauteng, where you’re going to attend a defence exhibition you’re not all that familiar with. You’ve been to the big shows like EUROSATORY and SOFEX, but what is this Africa Aerospace and Defence thing?

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African Debut for STREIT Vehicles

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Defence Industry News, Regional, Southern Africa | 0 comments

Typhoon, Varan, Warrior and Shrek models, which were recently launched at Eurosatory 2014, will make their African debut, along with established best seller products such as Cougar APC

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Airbus A400M successfully demonstrates tanker capability

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 in Defence Industry News | 0 comments

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has performed successfully air-to-air refuelling tests with a F/A-18 Hornet fighter. The tanker test campaign was developed in five flights in which the A400M performed 33 dry contacts and dispensed 18.6 tonnes of fuel to an F/A-18 Hornet in 35 wet contacts.

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Paramount Group’s AHRLAC Makes First Public Flight

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 in Defence Industry News, Featured | 0 comments

Paramount Group’s AHRLAC performed its first flight in front of the media today. The light attack and reconnaissance aircraft is the first all-new fixed-wing combat aircraft to have been designed and developed in South Africa and is already attracting interest from around the world.

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Gripen closes in on operational Meteor capability

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Defence Industry News | 0 comments

Defence and security company Saab and FMV have concluded missile integration firings with Gripen and the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM (Beyond...

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South Africa’s Defence Budget Speech – The important bits

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in Defence Industry News, Featured, Southern Africa | 0 comments

The now-2014 Defence Review is coming into legislation and it had better be financed. JOHN STUPART sees grounds for optimism.

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