Conflict Looms as Sudanese Troops Assemble

Reports of major troop movements in South Sudan and fears of a new offensive.
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The Man in Charge of MONUSCO

RICHARD STUPART interviews Lt Gen. Derrick Mgwebi on the mission ahead
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YOUNG EAGLE

How South Africa’s military trains for war.
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Conflict Looms as Sudanese Troops Assemble

This article first appeared on Nuba Reports, and is republished here with their kind permission. Conflict looms in the two conflict areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile states as the Sudanese government amasses troops along the borders of rebel-controlled areas....

The Man in Charge of MONUSCO

The new commander of the United Nations’ mission in the DRC, MONUSCO, has been announced. RICHARD STUPART talks to the new commander of the UN’s largest peacekeeping force, LT GEN. DERRICK MGWEBI, about his hopes for the mission.

SAAF Pilots, Engineers, Loadmasters Receive Wings

On 26 November 24 pilots, flight engineers, loadmasters and aerial photographers were awarded their brevets and half brevets at AFB Langebaan. The awarding of these individuals’ wings is the result of a training programme that began in early 2014. For many, particularly the pilots, this ceremony represents just the start of their training in the air force.

South Africa’s R4bn VIP jet tender

Last Thursday, an innocuous-looking entry appeared at the top of Armscor’s tender announcements list. In it, Armscor announced a Request for Information for an ‘Inter-Contintental VIP aircraft’, without providing any further information other than contact details for the Armscor staff handling the tender and a due date of 20 November 2015. DARREN OLIVIER looks at where the money is going to come from.

The Future of SANDF Peacekeeping

The SANDF appears to show no signs of slowing down its international peacekeeping responsibilities. As the state calls upon the military to contribute abroad, it appears as though the defence answer will answer. Despite crippling budget restraints, the SANDF will move onward to other theatres of peacekeeping and conflict intervention, whether through the United Nations or the African Union.

Update on Hawk aircraft moving to AFB Waterkloof

The South African Air Force has provided a response to our questions on the relocation on some of 85 Combat Flying School’s Hawks to AFB Waterkloof, stating that it’s to test and investigate the feasibility of establishing an operational Hawk squadron. Initially, the information we had wrongly pointed to the entire squadron moving, but once it was clear that was not the case our story was amended to indicate that only some of the squadron’s aircraft would move. Now we know why.

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Rheinmetall Denel Defence Day in Pictures Part 1

A joint weapons and ammunition exhibition and testing by Rheinmetall and Denel was held from 20-23 April. Showcasing a wide array of systems and munitions, the several days’ live firings impressed the firepower and technology at hand in South Africa.

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

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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The Idiot’s Guide to AAD 2014

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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