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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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Why are African militaries not making better use of CubeSats?

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 in Featured, Strategy | 0 comments

As the cost of space-based sensors continues to plummet, most African militaries remain surprisingly uninterested in using the technology and reaping the benefits that their counterparts in the rest of the world are experiencing. This represents a missed opportunity that may have dire effects for the effectiveness of the continent’s national armed forces in the medium future.

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How the World’s Terrorists Affect Africa

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 in Featured, Strategy | 0 comments

For African observers of international terrorism, there now appears to be something of a ‘terrorist spring’ occurring worldwide, and it’s coming to Africa.

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Viral Insecurity

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 in Featured, West Africa | 0 comments

Ebola in West Africa is being treated in some countries (Nigeria), and is utterly out of control in others (Sierra Leone). CONWAY WADDINGTON unpacks the region’s ongoing struggle against the humanitarian crisis.

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AAD Day Three: A400M, Impressions, and the Air Show

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in African Defence Podcast, Featured | 0 comments

JOHN STUPART and DARREN OLIVIER continue their AAD2014 podcasting.

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AAD Day Two: Soft kills & Hard kills

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in African Defence Podcast, Featured | 0 comments

JOHN STUPART and DARREN OLIVIER discuss the difference between soft kill and hard kill technology.

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Defence Industry News

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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STREIT Group’s largest ever contract in Africa

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in Defence Industry News, North Africa | 0 comments

480 vehicles ordered from STREIT Group for clients in North Africa, representing the single largest order for the company yet.

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