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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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AAD Day One: Ministers, Thales, Rosoboron

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

JOHN STUPART and DARREN OLIVIER discuss some of the highlights.

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What’s Going on in Lesotho?

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 in African Defence Podcast, Featured, Regional, Southern Africa | 0 comments

Might it be a coup? Might it not? KRISTEN VAN SCHIE and DARREN OLIVIER discuss what is known, and how far the situation resembles 1998.

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Southern Somalia: Still a way to go

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 in African Defence Podcast, Featured | Comments Off

The war in Somalia is far from over. ADRIANE OHANESIAN talks about AMISOM’s fight in lower Shabelle.

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Paramount Group and Boeing Make a Deal

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 in African Defence Podcast, Featured | 0 comments

JOHN STUPART and DARREN OLIVIER discuss the consequences of the Boeing-Paramount deal announced at the Farnborough air show.

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Defence Industry News

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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Eurosatory 2014 – Day 2

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Defence Industry News, Photo Stories | 0 comments

CONWAY WADDINGTON and RICHARD STUPART look at small arms, unmanned drones of all varieties, loitering “munitions” and much more on day 2.

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