Trump’s Entry Into African Diplomacy Stumbles Over Nile Dispute

Donald Trump’s biggest foray into African affairs has not turned out well.

10/07/2020 – The U.S. president’s bid to resolve a long-running dispute over a Nile dam has failed to make a breakthrough, joining his unsuccessful efforts in crises from North Korea to Kosovo. Continuer à lire … « Trump’s Entry Into African Diplomacy Stumbles Over Nile Dispute »

Questions about SANDF deployment in Mozambique unanswered

09/07/2020 – A question on the deployment of the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF) special forces and maritime reaction squadron in Mozambique went unanswered in Parliament on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Questions about SANDF deployment in Mozambique unanswered »

African presidential Boeing 737 gets missile protection system #Israel

06/07/2020 – Israel’s Bird Aerosystems has delivered its Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) to a VIP customer in Africa, which will protect a presidential Boeing 737 aircraft.

The company on 24 June said the AMPS system includes an AeroShield POD and MACS sensor. It did not specify which country had ordered the missile protection system, but only around half a dozen African nations fly Boeing 737s (mostly in Boeing Business Jet configuration) for presidential and VIP transport. According to the Scramble aviation society’s database, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia fly presidential/government Boeing 737s, with most of these being operated by their respective air forces. Continuer à lire … « African presidential Boeing 737 gets missile protection system #Israel »

Why South Africa’s Military May ‘Somehow Get Involved’ in Situation in Northern Mozambique

04/07/2020 – Northern Mozambique has been in the grip of a jihadist insurgency since 2017, with the violence having reportedly already killed more than 1,000 people there. Continuer à lire … « Why South Africa’s Military May ‘Somehow Get Involved’ in Situation in Northern Mozambique »

Zim gold smuggled to Dubai via South Africa — Minister

30/06/2020 – GOVERNMENT has expressed concern over the smuggling of the country’s gold to Dubai via South Africa, and is putting in place measures to curb the vice so as to ensure increased formal deliveries of the precious metal.Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube revealed this on Thursday during a field day at the Bubi Gold Milling Centre where he was the guest of honour. The centre was commissioned by Vice-President Dr Constantino Chiwenga last year as a pilot project run by the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC). The centre was set up to help increase gold output by the small-scale mining sector. Continuer à lire … « Zim gold smuggled to Dubai via South Africa — Minister »

No weapons or military hardware exported from SA to Libya – Mthembu

27/06/2020 – The government has squashed rumours regarding the export of weapons and military hardware to Turkey, which could possibly end up in the hands of militia groups fighting in the Libyan civil war.

This after the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) was questioned, during a Parliamentary meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, about reports that military hardware had been exported to Turkey in May and could possibly end up in the north African nation. Continuer à lire … « No weapons or military hardware exported from SA to Libya – Mthembu »

Turkish A400Ms deliver medical supplies to South Africa, return with munitions

10/05/2020 – Turkish Air Force A400M Atlas transport aircraft have been flying to and from South Africa over the last several days, delivering donated medical equipment and returning with munitions from Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). Continuer à lire … « Turkish A400Ms deliver medical supplies to South Africa, return with munitions »

South Africa may supply Defence Kit to Iraq

18/12/2019 – The South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Export Council (SAAMDEC) has reportedly been invited to engage with Iraqi government on defence and security contracts.

Established in 2015 by the South African Department of Trade and Industry, SAAMDEC aims facilitate exports for the defence and related industries sector. Continuer à lire … « South Africa may supply Defence Kit to Iraq »

Russia Sends 2 Tu-160 Nuclear Bombers to South Africa in a Display of Defense Cooperation

19/11/2019 – Russia will on Wednesday land the world’s biggest military aircraft in South Africa, the Tupolev Tu-160 “Blackjack” bomber, in a rare display of cooperation between the defense forces of the two countries. Continuer à lire … « Russia Sends 2 Tu-160 Nuclear Bombers to South Africa in a Display of Defense Cooperation »

Into Africa: Prigozhin, Wagner, and the Russian Military

(PONARS Policy Memo) Yevgeny Prigozhin, the corrupt military contractor from St. Petersburg who funds the informal armed organization known as the Wagner Group, expanded his lucrative foreign adventures into Africa in 2018 with Russian state support. His fortunes continued to rise even after scores of his fighters were killed and wounded by a United States air strike in eastern Syria. Continuer à lire … « Into Africa: Prigozhin, Wagner, and the Russian Military »