What Happened at Kulbiyow?

CONWAY WADDINGTON looks at competing claims about the Jan 2017 attack on the Kenyan Defence Force base in Kulbiyow.

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The SONA Soldiers

Why will there be soldiers outside South Africa’s parliament?

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ADR Wins Digital Watchdog Grant

After three years of firsts in African defence news, we are about to bring you a few more.

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ADR Wins Digital Watchdog Funding

ADR Wins Digital Watchdog Funding

InnovateAfrica's announcement of its winning entries for a share of $1 million in funding for developing advanced technologies and approaches in journalism includes a delightful surprise. Us. If the three and a half years that we have been covering conflict and...


Al-Shabaab reportedly overran another KDF military base

Al-Shabaab reportedly overran another KDF military base

Key vulnerabilities that have been raised repeatedly may have again played a role in the disaster. Notably, these include a lack of proper barriers and defensive measures to prevent or mitigate SVBIED attacks; insufficient intelligence/reconnaissance measures to detect and interdict massing militant forces prior to an attack; lack of Quick Reaction Force or inter-force cooperation to assist the forces under attack.


Making sense of a bizarre firefight in Somalia

Making sense of a bizarre firefight in Somalia

In July 2015, Burundian peacekeepers serving in AMISOM were ambushed by Al Shabaab near the town of Leego. With more information about the event now available via leaked Al Shabaab video, CONWAY WADDINGTON pieces together what happened.






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ARMED FORCES DAY IN SOUTH AFRICA

THOMAS HOLDER and DARREN OLIVIER attend the 2017 Armed Forces Day demonstration.

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Understanding the Force Intervention Brigade

Understanding the Force Intervention Brigade

The newly-formed Force Intervention Brigade will shortly be deploying to the area around Goma to help enforce a security zone in the area. Here’s an overview of what this expanded-mandate force is all about.






DEFENCE INDUSTRY NEWS

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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African Debut for STREIT Vehicles

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

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

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

Defence and security company Saab and FMV have concluded missile integration firings with Gripen and the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM (Beyond Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile). The latest firings, conducted earlier this year, verified missile integration with Gripen and...

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Eurosatory 2014 – Day 2

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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