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    The Force Intervention Brigade is an offensive force established to assist the UN mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, in directly targeting specific militant groups in collaboration with the DRC government army. The FIB was instrumental in the defeat of the M23 rebellion in 2013.

    MONUSCO

    SANDF

    The South African National Defence Force is the post-apartheid military force replacing the old South African Defence Force (SADF). Split into Army, Navy, Air Force and Military Health, the SANDF conducts operations through a Joint Operations Formation. The SANDF is currently organised into an operationally inefficient system of truncated 'formations', without clear integration. Armour formations, for example, remain separate from infantry, and so on, rather than set, pre-defined ORBATs.

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The Case of the Nigerian Contractors

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in African Defence Podcast, Featured, Southern Africa, West Africa | 0 comments

John Stupart, Conway Waddington and Darren Olivier sit down to separate fact from fiction on the story of the South African personnel in northern Nigeria.

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Unravelling the case of foreign mercenaries in Nigeria

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 in Featured | 12 comments

Reports of the death of a South African citizen working alongside the Nigerian military in the frontline of the fight against Boko Haram has sparked a storm of speculation. West Africa Correspondent Conway Waddington brings signal to the general noise.

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The Rooivalk Attack Helicopter

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 in Defence Industry News, Featured, Infographic, Southern Africa | 0 comments

African Defence Review’s infographic series continues with the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter.

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Spies, Jammers and Jihadis

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in African Defence Podcast, Featured, Southern Africa, Spy Cables, ssa | 0 comments

PODCAST: Editor John Stupart and Senior Correspondent Darren Olivier discuss three issues currently dominating South African media

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Spies & Cables

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 in Featured, Spy Cables, ssa | 0 comments

It’s going to be a rough time for South Africa’s intelligence community.

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SONA2015: What about defence?

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 in Featured, Southern Africa, Strategy | 6 comments

The South African president’s speech was cold comfort for a defence sector starved for good news.

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An Election Deferred

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 in African Defence Podcast, Featured, West Africa | 0 comments

ADR’s John Stupart and Conway Waddington sit down for a brief sitrep on the delay of Nigeria’s troubling elections.

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Defence and security company Saab presents the results for 2014.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in Defence Industry News | 0 comments

Defence and security company Saab presents the results for 2014.

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Regional force plans to combat Boko Haram come together

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 in Featured, Regional, West Africa | 0 comments

CONWAY WADDINGTON examines progress being made in the fight against Boko Haram.

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MSF Leaving Sudan

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in African Defence Podcast, Featured, North Africa, Regional | 0 comments

It’s hard to do your job when Khartoum doesn’t want you around.

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Defence Industry News

The Rooivalk Attack Helicopter

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 in Defence Industry News, Featured, Infographic, Southern Africa | 0 comments

African Defence Review’s infographic series continues with the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter.

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Defence and security company Saab presents the results for 2014.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in Defence Industry News | 0 comments

Defence and security company Saab presents the results for 2014.

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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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