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24 février 2015 2 24 /02 /février /2015 17:45
German Navy vessels make port call in Angola


24 February 2015 by defenceWeb


Three German Navy vessels, due to take part in Exercise Good Hope with the South African Navy next month, have berthed in Angola as part of their journey around Africa.


The vessels arrived in Luanda on Saturday, having sailed from Wilhelmshaven on 27 January. They will sail around the coast of Africa, through the Suez Canal and to the Mediterranean before returning to Wilhelmshaven in June, according to the German embassy in Angola, and are due to depart Angola today.


The ships form part of the European’s country annual training cruise EAV 2015 but they are also hosting a number of German companies who are exhibiting their products aboard one of the vessels, the Hessen.


The vessels took part in Exercise Obangame Express in the Gulf of Guinea on their way down the West Coast and will take part in Exercise Good Hope VI with the South African Navy next month. They will also contribute to the European Union’s anti-piracy Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden region.


The ships include the Sachsen class frigate FGS Hessen; the Bremen class frigate FGS Karlsruhe; the Type 702 Berlin class supply vessel FGS Berlin; and the Brandenburg class frigate FGS Brandenburg. The Berlin can be used as a command platform for joint operations and as a floating hospital and carries two helicopters. Although the three frigates docked in Angola, the Berlin remained at sea.


The German embassy said the port visit follows a visit by Angolan defence minister Joao Goncalves Lourenco to Germany in November last year during which he signed an agreement with his German counterpart Dr Ursula von der Leyen regarding defence co-operation. German Ambassador Rainer Muller on Friday said that 18 Angolan military personnel have benefited from training in Germany, under the cooperation agreement between the two countries.


The German vessels are due to enter South African territorial waters on March 1 and sail into Simon’s Town on March 2 and will do harbour training with elements of the SA Navy until March 12 as part of Exercise Good Hope. This date has been set aside for a harbour visit to Cape Town with March 13 and 14 earmarked as open days.


All four German maritime platforms, the frigates each carrying a Sea Lynx helicopter, will participate in tasks ranging from search and rescue through to boarding and gunnery with a South African Valour Class frigate and one of the Heroine Class Type 209 submarines.


The Germans will take a welcome break from maritime action from March 20 to 22 when they will participate in the Navy Festival, a highlight of the Navy calendar before the end of the exercise and departure from Simon’s Town on March 23.


The aim of Good Hope is to strengthen military, particularly maritime, co-operation between the two countries via the sharing of maritime expertise.

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11 septembre 2014 4 11 /09 /septembre /2014 16:45
Angolan Navy acquiring seven patrol vessels from Brazil


09 September 2014 by defenceWeb


The Angolan Navy will receive seven Macae-class patrol boats from Brazil, with four to be built in Brazil and three in Angola.


The Brazilian and Angolan defence ministers, Celso Amorim and João Manuel Lourenço, on September 5 signed a Technical Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering the production of the vessels as part of Angola’s Naval Power Development Programme (Pronaval).


The Brazilian Navy’s Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (Emgepron) will produce four of the vessels in Rio de Janeiro while the other three will be manufactured in a new Angolan shipyard to be built 200 km south of the Angolan capital Luanda, with technical advice, materials and equipment supplied by Brazil. The Brazilian Navy will provide education and training of Angolan personnel both to build and to operate the vessels that will be built in the new shipyard, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence said.


The Macae class is based on the French CMN Vigilante 400 CL54 and has a displacement of around 500 tons, length of 54.2 metres, beam of 8 metres, an endurance of ten days and a complement of 35.


The vessels are powered by two MTU Friedrichshafen 16V 4000 M90 diesel engines coupled to controllable pitch propellers, giving a top speed of 21 knots and a range of 2 500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots.


Brazilian vessels can carry rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) at the stern and and are armed with an Allied Ordnance of Singapore L70 NADM 40 mm gun and two 20 mm Oerlikon GAM-B01 cannons. Equipment includes Ares Aerospacial e Defesa electro-optical sensors; IPqM TTI 2900 tactical control system; and Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT 250 integrated bridge system, which includes X-band and Y-band navigation radars, according to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly. However, the technical configuration of the Angolan vessels is still being finalised.


Lourenço said that increasing the strength of Angola’s Navy will allow the country to fight threats such as maritime piracy and terrorism. "We will do everything so that implementation of this cooperation will not take long," he said.


Amorim during the MoU ceremony on Friday said that Brazil and Angola enjoy a strategic relationship as they both need to monitor the South Atlantic Ocean. The two countries, along with 23 other African and South American nations, are signatories of the Zone of Peace and Cooperation of the South Atlantic (ZPCSA), a multilateral organization created by the United Nations (UN) in 1986, and which aims to prevent the introduction of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction in the region.


"Angola is a thriving nation and increasingly active in Africa. We have friendship and great mutual respect. Brazil doesn’t want a paternalistic attitude towards Angola, because Angolans rightly would not accept it," said Amorim.


Apart from the purchase of seven patrol vessels and advising on the construction of the shipyard, the MoU provides for cooperation in the academic field and the training of personnel to build and operate vessels, as well as to qualify sailors of the merchant marine.


The Angolan delegation attended the third IDB Brazil Show, organized by the Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brazil) and the Brazilian Association of Defence and Security Equipment, supported by the Ministry of Defence, and which brought together nearly 100 industry peers in Ulysses Guimarães Convention Centre in Brasilia.


At the moment Angola’s Navy is relatively small, with around a thousand personnel, and its vessels includes four Mandume class fast attack craft, five ARESA PVC-170 and three Patrulheiro patrol boats. In order to protect Angola’s 1 600 km long coastline, the Angolan Navy is undergoing modernisation but is still lacking in many ways.

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6 août 2014 3 06 /08 /août /2014 16:40
Biathlon en chars d’assaut en Russie


04.08.2014 Source Ria NovistiRT.com


Le premier championnat du monde de biathlon en chars d'assaut a débuté lundi sur le polygone militaire russe d'Alabino, dans la région de Moscou. La compétition se déroule comme une course de relais à ski. Les chars doivent parcourir une piste de plus de 20 km parsemée d'obstacles et participer à trois séances de tir - en utilisant un missile, une mitrailleuse antiaérienne et trois obus d'artillerie.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 16:45
L'Angola prend la présidence du Comité de la défense de la région des Grands Lacs


16 juin 2014 (Xinhua)


LUANDA - Le ministre angolais de la Défense Joao Lourenco a pris la présidence du Comité de la défense de la région des Grands Lacs, à l'issue d'une réunion du comité de deux jours tenue vendredi et samedi à Luanda.


M. Lourenco succède à son homologue ougandais, Odongo Jeje, rapporte dimanche l'agence de presse angolaise officielle Angop.


La réunion de Luanda a rassemblé 11 des 12 ministres du Comité de la défense de la Conférence internationale sur la Région des Grands Lacs (CIRGL), avec l'absence de celui de la République centrafricaine.


Au cours de la rencontre, les ministres ont examiné un rapport du Comité des chefs d'état-major de la CIRGL, qui fait état de  l'amélioration  de la situation sécuritaire dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC).


Les pays de la région des Grands Lacs ont mis en place la CIRGL en 1994 en vue d'un effort concerté pour promouvoir la paix et le développement de la sous-région.

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 11:45
African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 concludes

Capt. Danielle Butler briefs students on natural disasters March 24, 2014, in Angola, Africa. The intention of APF is to strengthen the regional partnerships within Africa by improving the proficiency and readiness of key mission areas through a collaborative learning environment. Butler is a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air forces Africa surgeon general specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Sybil Taunton)


03 April 2014 by Africom - defenceWeb


African Partnership Flight Angola 2014 came to a close on March 28 after a full week of events involving airmen from the Angolan, U.S. and Zambian air forces.


U.S. participants included Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, as well as the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron aligned under Air Mobility Command.


"We chose to partner with Angola and Zambia for this African Partnership Flight to bring Southern African Development Committee nations together, and to build strong ties between our air forces," said Lt. Col. Pete Larsen, APF mission commander.


About 200 participants divided into three groups to discuss topics on disaster relief operations, mission planning, and equipment preparation for airlift.


"I thought the discussions that took place this week were very beneficial. I was with a group who had real experience," said Zambian Flight Sgt. Guevara Nohlovu. "Me and my Zambian counterparts learned a great deal."


The Airmen included in the mission planning discussion covered joint doctrine, maintenance, contingency response, multi-national operations and airspace planning.


"It gave us an opportunity to look through doctrine, the differences in how we operate, and the challenges that come along with that," said Larsen.


Using a 37th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules as a learning tool, participants in the equipment preparation for airlift group had interactive discussions on aircraft weight and balance, preparation of cargo for airlift, material handling equipment and ground safety.


"We had great discussions and found a lot of similarities, particularly with the Zambians because their cargo loading processes are very similar to ours. They have dedicated cargo specialists like we do in the U.S.," said Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Leonard, APF lead planner. "The Angolans were very open, but had very different processes than us so we learned a lot through the discussions."


According to Zambian air force Lt. Joe Kamalata, the disaster relief discussions focused on topics including public and mental health considerations, public relations and crisis communication, and contingency response planning.


"Our nations face the same kinds of disasters- for example, floods and droughts," said Kamalata. African Partnership Flight helps us understand how each air force responds and allows us to work together to prepare for future disasters."

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:30
F-511 TCG Heybeliada

F-511 TCG Heybeliada


25 March 2014 defenceWeb


Just over a week ago the Barbados Turkish Maritime Task Group departed Turkish Naval Base Golcuk to start its circumnavigation of Africa.


The task force comprises the frigates F-495 TCG Gediz, F-245 TCG Orucreis, the corvette F-511 TCG Heybeliada and the replenishment tanker A-595 TCG Yarbay Kudret Gungor Bosphorus Naval News reported.


South Africa is penned is as a definite for the group with SA Navy fleet headquarters at Simon’s town a port of call . The Denel Overberg Test Range will host the visitors for missile firing exercises in May.


Also on the task group’s mission list is maritime security and boarding training with the SA Navy in Simon’s town as well as in Lagos, Nigeria; Pointe-Noire, Congo; Luanda, Angola and Mombasa, Kenya.


Orucreis is also scheduled to take part in the Obangame Express Exercise from April 19 to 21. This is a US Naval Forces Africa at sea maritime exercise aimed at bettering co-operation among participating countries to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. Its focus is maritime interdiction as well as boarding, search and seizure operations.


During the 102 day deployment the task force will navigate the African continent from west to east making 40 port visits in 28 countries. Exercises will be conducted with a number of African navies during the deployment.


It also marks the first crossing of the Cape of Good Hope by Turkish ships in 148 years. All told the mission is expected to log around 15 000 nautical miles during the deployment.


This deployment is not just a navigational and training exercise around Africa. It is also a powerful application of Turkish soft power to Africa the publication said. During the last decade Turkey realised there is more to Africa than the Mediterranean countries where Turkey had links for centuries. With the discovery of sub-Saharan Africa Turkish entrepreneurs started to do business with these countries. They were followed quickly by missions of Turkish Foreign Ministry and flights from Turkish Airlines.


As with the Italian Navy (Marina Militare) task group which did a similar voyage starting in November last year, the Turkish maritime group will also have representatives from a number of Turkish defence companies aboard who will use the vessels as a floating showcase for their products and use port visits to actively market them to local navies and defence forces.

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3 décembre 2013 2 03 /12 /décembre /2013 17:45
Israeli-Russian businessman arrested in Switzerland over Angolagate arms scandal

A lineup of artillery - defenceWeb


02 December 2013 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb


Russian-Israeli billionaire businessman Arkady Gaydamak who is wanted in France to serve a six-year sentence for his role in the Angolagate arms sale scandal, has been detained in the Swiss capital Zurich.


Gaydamak has since filed an application for bail but the French government has reportedly made contact with Switzerland seeking his immediate extradition so that he can serve his pending jail term in France.


Angolagate, also known as the Mitterrand-Pasqua affair, involved the illegal shipment of arms from Europe worth $790 million to Angola in the 1990s. Through the deals, military equipment which included warships, helicopters, tanks, artillery shells and landmines were sold to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) despite an international arms embargo which was in place because the force was at war with Jonas Savimbi's National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebel movement.


Luxembourg news site PaperJam reported that Swiss police acting on an arrest warrant issued in Luxembourg arrested Gaydamak in Zurich while he was meeting his lawyers to discuss another probe in connection with the controversial acquisition of a $50 million phosphate factory in Kazakhstan by a shell company suspected to have been fronting for him.


However, AFP reported that Gaydamak’s arrest was ordered because he had not paid 400 000 euros to an Israeli football club he once owned.


In October 2009, a French magistrate court tried Gaydamak in absentia and sentenced him to six years in prison for illegal arms sales, abuse of public assets, bribery, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering in connection with the Angolan arms. The court found that together with French businessman Pierre Falcone, Gaydamak acted as a conduit for the payment of 'lobbying fees', to former French interior minister Charles Pasqua by Angolan officials.


The court found that sales of Soviet made weaponry, including 420 tanks, 150,000 shells, 170,000 anti-personnel mines, 12 helicopters and six warships, began when Mitterrand's father Francois was in office in 1993 and continued until 1998.


In April 2011 a French appeals court reduced Gaydamak’s jail term to three years, for money laundering and tax fraud.


Pasqua is alleged to have used his influence to help Angola secure the arms despite official disapproval of the deal by the French government and the UN arms embargo on Angola at the time. A warrant for his arrest was issued immediately afterwards and Gaydamak has been on the run since then. Following a successful appeal in April 2011, Gaydamak's sentence was reduced to three years.


Angolagate involved 36 politically connected French citizens who included Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, the son of former president Francois Mitterrand. However, top Angolan government officials and members of the political-business elite linked to President Dos Santos who were implicated in the case by French prosecutors have not been arrested to date.

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17 octobre 2013 4 17 /10 /octobre /2013 16:45
L’Angola veut de nouveaux avions de combat Sukhoi


17 octobre 2013 Par Olivier Fourt - RFI


L'Angola vient d'acheter à la Russie des équipements militaires pour un milliard de dollars, notamment des avions de chasse. Le contrat a été signé la semaine dernière lors de la visite à Luanda du vice-Premier ministre russe Dmitri Rogozine. L'Angola retrouve ainsi son rang de principal client africain d'armement russe. En 2012, la Russie a annoncé avoir exporté près de 15 milliards de dollars d’armement dans le monde.


Clients africains


Après l'Algérie, c'est l'Angola qui achète massivement en Russie. Traditionnellement équipé de matériel soviétique, pendant toute la guerre froide, la dernière commande d'envergure datait de la fin des années 1990, avec l'acquisition d'une escadrille de Sukhoi-27 achetés d'occasion à la Biélorussie. Un chasseur de ce type fut perdu en juillet 2006, et la force aérienne angolaise a connu des difficultés à faire voler ces machines à la maintenance complexe.


Remise à niveau de l’armée angolaise


Depuis une dizaine d'années, l'armée angolaise a donc mis l'accent sur la formation de ses personnels, avec la mise en place d'une école de l'air moderne et d'un institut militaire technique, mais la situation des militaires du rang reste encore préoccupante notamment dans certaines casernes de l'armée de Terre, dont les équipements sont en partie dépassés, voire insalubres.


Le poids de la défense dans le budget


Pour 2013, le ministère de la Défense devait bénéficier d'un budget de 5,7 milliards de dollars, soit 8,26 % du budget national. Un effort qui, à en croire le quotidien russe Vedomosti, permet aujourd'hui à Luanda de se payer dix-huit avions de chasse Sukhoi-30 utilisés auparavant par l'armée de l'Air indienne.


Des fournisseurs diversifiés


L’an dernier, l'Angola avait décidé d'acquérir six avions d'entraînement brésilien Embraer Super Tucano dont le premier a été livré en juillet dernier. La police angolaise utilise, quant à elle, des hélicoptères Ecureuil fabriqués par le Franco-Allemand Eurocopter. Jusqu'alors l'armée de l'Air angolaise a refusé les offres chinoises malgré un fort lobbying pour pénétrer le marché militaire angolais.

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Angola Inks $1Bln Arms Deals With Russia – Paper



MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti)


Russia’s state arms export monopoly has signed a $1 billion deal package with Angola to deliver military equipment, build an ammunition plant and provide maintenance services, Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday.


Rosoboronexport will supply 18 Su-30K fighter jets to the southern African nation, the daily said, citing sources at the arms exports company and the Russian military.


The Su-30K fighters in question are a batch of aircraft that were initially supplied to India in the late 1990s, prior to Delhi receiving the more advanced multirole Su-30MKI variant. They were returned to Russia in 2007, Vedomosti said, and have since lain idle in a Belarusian repair plant.


They had previously been offered to Belarus, Sudan and Vietnam.


Also on the list are Mi-17 transport helicopters, tanks, artillery, firearms and ammunition, the newspaper said.


Rosoboronexport will conduct maintenance for Russian-made military equipment used by the Angolan military, the report said.


Rosoboronexport and the Russian Defense Ministry have made no official comment on the alleged deals, which Vedomosti said were signed last week during Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin’s trip to Angola, Russia’s geopolitical ally since the Soviet era.

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21 septembre 2013 6 21 /09 /septembre /2013 11:45
Quels pays africains dépensent le plus pour leur armée?

21.09.2013 Jeune Afrique


Les entreprises d'armement internationales, de plus en plus dépendantes des exportations en raison de la baisse des dépenses militaires en Europe et aux États-Unis, lorgnent vers une Afrique dont les budgets d'armement vont exploser dans les dix prochaines années.


Selon l'hebdomadaire américain Defense News, les dépenses militaires en Afrique - en plein boom énergétique dans les régions de l'Ouest et de l'Est - vont augmenter de 20 milliards de dollars au cours de la prochaine décennie contre plus de 40 milliards en 2012, selon le Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri). Ce phénomène est lié au développement récent de plusieurs armées en Afrique qui, depuis la fin de l'époque coloniale, connaît bon nombre de guerres, d'insurrections et de coups d'État. D'autre part, l'Occident fait, depuis 2001, beaucoup d'efforts pour renforcer les capacités de lutte antiterroriste, particulièrement dans la zone sahélo-saharienne, la Corne de l'Afrique et la côte orientale où les groupes djihadistes demeurent très présents.


Protéger les ressources


"La ruée vers le marché de la défense africain vient tout juste de commencer, et il se poursuivra au cours de la prochaine décennie", estime le colonel Joseph Sibanda, officier retraité de l'armée du Zimbabwe, désormais consultant pour la défense, cité par Defense News. Il estime que les pays comme le Mozambique - ancienne colonie portugaise pauvre désormais en plein boom gazier de même que la Tanzanie voisine -, l'Ouganda et le Kenya devront rediriger leurs besoins de défense vers la protection de leurs gisements de pétrole et leurs infrastructures de gaz onshore et offshore.

"Le marché africain de la défense sera, dans les prochaines années, pratiquement au même niveau que celui de l'Asie du Sud-Est", annonce Sibanda. "Les avions militaires, véhicules blindés et système d'artillerie devront être modernisés afin de répondre aux nouvelles menaces qui planent sur la sécurité", poursuit-il.


Une bonne nouvelle pour l'Afrique du Sud


Jusqu'à maintenant, l'Afrique n'avait jamais été un marché-clé pour les grands contractants militaires occidentaux, même si des pays riches en pétrole comme le Nigeria, l'Algérie ou la Libye ont déjà acheté des systèmes d'armes de hauts niveau, des avions, des navires de guerre et des armes au fil des ans.


Les seul pays africains ayant des industries d'armement autochtones sont l'Afrique du Sud - bien que son secteur de la défense lié à Israël ait considérablement diminué depuis la fin de l'apartheid, en 1994 - et l'Egypte qui, depuis l'accord de paix signé en 1979 avec Israël, s'est davantage tournée vers les États-Unis.


Le secteur de la défense sud-africain est dirigé par Denel, capable de produire des systèmes de missiles avancés, de l'artillerie aux standards internationaux et des systèmes aérospatiaux. La plus grande économie d'Afrique pourrait bien être l'une des principales bénéficiaires de la mise à niveau majeure de l'équipement des forces armées du continent.

Qui dépense le plus pour l'armement en Afrique ?
(en millions de dollars, 2012)

1. Algérie 9 325
2. Afrique du Sud 4 470
3. Égypte 4 372
4. Angola 4 146
5. Maroc 3 402
6. Libye 2 987
7. Nigeria 2 327
8. Sud Soudan 964
9. Kenya 798
10. Tunisie 709
11. Côte d'Ivoire et Namibie 407

Source : Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 17:45
SA defence industry invited to Angolan defence exhibition

04 September 2013 by defenceWeb


The door is open for official South African defence industry participation in Angola’s first defence exhibition in November.


The SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) said it, with the assistance of the South Africa Department of Defence (DoD), had been liaising with Angolan authorities to secure an invitation.


“As of Monday this week the invitation was secured through official Defence channels,” AMD’s Michelle Nxumalo said.


The next step in ensuring the local defence industry, currently almost totally reliant on exports, will see AMD interact with Minister Rob Davies’ Department of Trade and Industry (dti) to secure export funding for AMD and other local defence industry companies to participate.


“This is expected to be finalised by month-end,” she said.


FIDES (the International Fair of the Defence and Security Industry) will be staged at the International Luanda Fair (IFL) venue from November 10 to 13.


Launching the exhibition last month, Angolan Defence Minister Candido Pereira dos Santos van Dunem said it would identify opportunities to establish public/private partnerships as well as stimulate investment in the defence and security industry.


The partnership aspect will be welcomed by major South African defence industry players, such as the State-owned Denel conglomerate and Ivor Ichikowitz’ Paramount Group.


Both he and Denel chief executive Riaz Salojee have repeatedly emphasised the importance of partnerships if the South African defence industry is to remain competitive on both the continental and international stages.


At this stage indications are about 70 companies from Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain and Israel will exhibit. Organisers are hoping to attract up to 100 exhibitors from 27 countries.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 16:45
Angolan defence exhibition on hold

05 September 2013 by defenceWeb


South African defence industry companies planning to exhibit products and services at Angola’s first defence exhibition have been given a breather in terms of preparation time.


FIDES (International Fair of the Defence and Security Industry) was originally set down for November 10 to 13 but has now been postponed.


A spokesman at the Angolan defence attaché’s office in Pretoria today confirmed the exhibition would not take place in November.


“Due to unforeseen circumstances the exhibition will not take place in November,” he said adding a new date had not yet been confirmed but it was expected to be staged early next year.


The delay will in all probability work to the advantage of the South African defence industry which received its official invitation to attend and exhibit via the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD) on Monday. It will also give AMD executive director Simphiwe Hamilton and his staff more time to work on their submissions to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) for export funding.


Announcing the exhibition last month, Angolan Defence Minister Candido Pereira dos Santos van Dunem said about 70 companies from five invited countries – Germany, Israel, Italy, Portugal and Spain – would take part. The theme of the exhibition, when it does happen, is expected to be “Peace, Security and Development”.

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23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 07:45
Angola to hold first defence exhibition

20 August 2013 by defenceWeb


Angola will hold its first defence exhibition, the International Fair of the Defence and Security Industry (FIDES), in November as it attempts to build up a local defence industry and reduce dependence on foreign imports.


Angola’s defence minister Candido Pereira dos Santos van Dunem said that FIDES would “identify opportunities to establish public-private partnerships,” and “stimulate investment in the defence and security industry.”


FIDES will be held from November 10 to 13 at the International Luanda Fair (FIL) venue. It will be “a platform for boosting economic cooperation ties between Angola and other countries,” van Dunem said.


Some 70 companies from five invited countries – Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spin and Israel – are expected to exhibit, although the fair could see up to 100 exhibitors from 27 countries.


FIDES was officially launched in the capital Luanda on Friday by van Dunem, under the banner ‘Peace, Security and Development’. The minister said he wants Angola to reduce its dependence on defence imports and create jobs at home.

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FIDES sera une occasion pour la diffusion des services et des solutions technologiques

17/08/13 portalangop.co.ao


Luanda - Le ministre de la Défense Nationale, Cândido Pereira Van-Dunem, a affirmé vendredi, à Luanda, que la réalisation de la Foire Internationale de l'Industrie de la Défense et Sécurité (FIDES) dans le pays serait une opportunité pour la diffusion de nouveaux produits, services et des solutions technologiques dans le vaste univers de ces technologies.


Le ministre a fait cette référence lorsqu'il intervenait à l'acte de lancement formel de la première édition de la Foire Internationale de l'Industrie de Défense et Sécurité qui se tiendra dans la capitale du 10 au 13 novembre de cette année.


Selon le gouvernant, l'occasion sera également une excellente plate-forme pour la création et l'affermissement des liens commerciaux et économiques avec d'autres pays qui participent à l'événement.


"C'est notre souhait que la création de l'industrie de défense et sécurité appropriée déclenche des actions conduisant à la création et au développement d'une base technologique, indispensable à des niveaux élevés de production et de qualité des biens et services qui pourraient contribuer à répondre aux besoins des Forces Armées Angolaises (FAA), ainsi qu'à élever la qualité de vie de notre population et d'autres avantages inhérents.


Cândido Pereira Van-Dunem a fait remarquer qu'avec de tels événements, "il s'ouvre des grandes possibilités pour le peuple angolais, la classe intellectuelle, académique et les entreprises nationale à participer à l'effort national de construction solide des FAA, les actualisant et de les configurant dans les modèles les plus scientifiques et technologiques l'heure actuelle.


Ainsi, a-t-il ajouté: "si les efforts de la société civile jusqu'ici a été de nature fondamentalement humaine, nous voulons avec ces initiatives, lancer notre défi, permettant que les Angolais contribuent à l'effort de création scientifique, technologique et de revenu économique et financier dans le secteur de la défense nationale".


"Nous voulons créer une nouvelle conscience dans le domaine de la défense et sécurité, une nouvelle conscience entrepreneuriale dans le même secteur, considérée comme essentielle à la souveraineté de notre liberté et intégrité territoriale", a conclu Cândido Van-Dunem.


L'événement qui est organisé par le ministère de la Défense Nationale et les Forces Armées Angolaises(FAA), compte sur le partenariat de la Foire Internationale de Luanda (FIL) et d'autres partenaires sociaux.


Lors de la foire qui se réalisera dans les inslattations de la FIL, à Luanda, sous le thème "Paix, sécurité et développement", connaîtra la participation de 27 pays, avec 100 exposants sur une surface de 9.000 mètres carrés.


Ont témoigné l'acte le président du conseil d'administration de la Foire Internationale de Luanda, José Matos Cardoso, les membres du corps diplomatique accrédités dans les pays, des généraux et officiers supérieurs du ministère de la Défense nationale et des FAA.

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Angola officially receives Super Tucanos

23 July 2013 by defenceWeb


The National Air Force of Angola’s training capability has received a major boost with the acceptance of the first three of six Super Tucanos on order, and the delivery of six Cessna 172R trainers.


The first three Super Tucanos were accepted during a formal ceremony held in the capital Luanda on July 12. Chief of General Staff General Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda officiated at the event, which was also attended by generals, officers and soldiers.


Nunda said the Super Tucanos would be used for training fighter pilots and for the attack role. He praised the type’s ability to operate in all weathers from short, unprepared runways. The chief of staff said the armed forces would allocate the necessary funding so the aircraft are maintained correctly, allowing them to fully serve the pilots who will fly them.


Embraer delivered the first three aircraft to Angola during a ceremony at its Gaviao Peixoto facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 31. Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President of Embraer Defence and Security at the time said that the selection of the Super Tucano by the Angolan air force demonstrated the great potential of the Super Tucano in Africa. “It is a robust, versatile and very efficient combat-proven aircraft with low operating costs and has generated great interest among other African nations.”


In Africa, the Super Tucano has also been ordered by Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal.


Angola operates the earlier EMB-312 Tucano, buying six new-production Tucanos plus two Embraer company demonstrators, which were delivered in 1999, followed by six more, delivered in 2004.


Nunda said that after receiving the Cessna 172R trainers at the beginning of this year, the arrival of the Super Tucanos marks the ambitious re-equipping of the Angolan air force and the overall rebuilding of the armed forces, as directed by President and Commander-in-Chief Jose Eduardo dos Santos.


The six Cessna 172Rs were acquired through a contract signed with American company Africair in 2010. Defence Minister Candido van-Dunem handed over the six aircraft to Lobito’s Military Aeronautical School on April 20 this year. As part of the Cessna 172 acquisition, the Angolan Air Force also received a Cessna 172 TDI Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD), provided by fixed wing and helicopter simulator manufacturer Frasca.

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Le Portugal souhaite une coopération solide et inclusive avec l'Angola dans le domaine de la défense

11/07/13 AngolaPress


Benguela (Angola) - L'Angola et le Portugal peuvent développer une relation solide, l'élever au plus haut niveau et explorer les différentes voies de coopération dans le domaine de la défense, a déclaré, jeudi, à Benguela, le ministre de la Défense du Portugal, José Pedro Aguiar Branco.


Dans l'accomplissement de son programme de travail dans cette région, le ministre portugais de la Défense a inspecté plusieurs projets liés à la Commission Technique Militaire (MTC), en phase d'exécution dans l'Académie Militaire et l'École Militaire Aéronautique de la Force Aérienne Nationale, dans la ville de Lobito.


"La coopération dans le domaine de la défense a toujours été complète et véritable entre les forces armées, à l'instar des projets de coopération technique militaire, qui contribuent à la formation des Forces Armées Angolaises (FAA), ce qui affermit plus les relations dans le chapitre militaire ", a indiqué le responsable, qui termine, le même jour, son séjour de 48 heures à Benguela".


Il a garanti que les autorités portugaises allaient continuer à renforcer cette relation de coopération et à l'étendre à des nouveaux niveaux, contribuant ainsi à la signature de deux mémorandums d'entente, l'un relatif à l'Inspection Générale de la Défense et l'autre lié au secteur de la Santé Militaire.


"C'est un programme ambitieux de coopération", a expliqué José Pedro Aguiar Branco, qui a également visité les installations du Port de Lobito, le considérant comme un tampon en Afrique centrale et australe.


En ce qui concerne la formation de cadres militaires, il l'a qualifiée d'essentielle dans la relation entre les respectives forces armées, fait qui  mènera au lancement d'un programme d'enseignement au Portugal.


"Nous sommes sûrs qu'elle constiturera un levier essentiel pour renforcer les liens de confiance et d'amitié qui nous unit", a-t-il dit.


"De cette façon nous devons poursuivre le soutien de différents domaines de l'enseignement militaire en Angola, pour laquelle nous exprimons notre entière disponibilité d'appuyer les secteurs de l'École Supérieure de Guerre, aidant dans sa transformation en une institution de référence régionale, dans le chapitre de la formation militaire", a conclu le ministre portugais.

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SANDF hosts first SADC surveillance commanders’ course

25 June 2013 by defenceWeb/SA Soldier


In a first for the South African Defence Intelligence College (SADIC) officers from nine Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries have successfully completed a surveillance commanders’ course.


The eight week long course is designed to give the 17 junior officers attending the practical skills needed to become capable surveillance commanders at sub-unit level.


Working at squadron level course attendees went through battlefield surveillance followed by a command and control module before tackling the final modules of warfare and battlefield procedures.


This, SA Soldier said, equips them to apply and execute responsible drills as troop commanders.


Proof of the willingness of those on course wanting to learn came with a student average of 81% across all modules.


Zambian Major Edgar Musanse, course chairman, said on completion of the course that the training was the first of its kind to be presented for the SADC brigade.


“The officers before you have successfully acquired the knowledge to see the brigade effectively implement its role in the SADC region,” he told a certificate ceremony.


SA National Defence Force (SANDF) director: special acquisitions Brigadier General Raymond Moroane, urged course attendees to maintain contact saying it was “a crucial part” of strengthening bilateral ties and diplomatic co-operation among SADC members.


Apart from the host country, South Africa, other SADC member states represented at the first surveillance commanders’ course were Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Réunion des ministres de la Défense de l'Angola et de la Namibie

23/04/13 portalangop.co.ao


    Luanda - La 18éme réunion de la Commission mixte de défense et sécurité Angola/Namibie, au niveau des ministres, aura lieu mercredi à Luanda, afin de prévoir les actions futures d'intérêt bilatéral, selon une note de presse rendue publique mardi.


    Des experts des deux pays sont réunis depuis lundi pour préparer la réunion des ministres

de la Défense.


    La réunion sera précédée par d'autres visites au mémorial "Agostinho Neto", au Musée national d'histoire militaire et à la nouvelle cité de Kilamba.


    Le but de la réunion de la Commission mixte a pour but de prévoir les activités futures d'intérêt commun dans les domaines de la lutte contre la criminalité transfrontalière, l'immigration illégale et le trafic d'armes, de drogues et de marchandises.


    Les experts discutent de nouvelles mesures pour décourager le vol de voitures et de bétail, la falsification de documents, entre autres malversations, qui ont le plus d'impact sur la frontière commune.

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Signature d'un accord de coopération militaire entre l'Angola et la Zambie


20/04/13 portalangop.co.ao


Luanda – Les gouvernements de la République d’Angola et de la Zambie ont signé vendredi, à Luanda, un accord de coopération bilatérale sur la defense et la sécurité.


Ce protocole qui renforce les relations d’amitié entre les deux Etats a été signé par le ministre angolais de la Défense,  Cândido Pereira Van-dúnem et de la Zambie, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.


Dans une déclaration à la presse, le gouvernant angolais a indiqué que le document était un instrument qui orientera la coopération dans le domaine de la defense et ne définit pas les secteurs spécifiques.


"C’est accord de coopération est un signe important qui montre que les relations bilatérales dans le domaine militaire sont stables “, a-t-il dit, avant de souligner qu'au niveau de la frontière, la situation était stable et que la délimitation était l’unique préoccupation.


De son côté, le ministre zambien de la Défense a fait remarquer qu'avec la signature de l’accord de coopération, il serait possible de partager plus d’informations au niveau de la defense et la sécurité.


La visite de trois jours du ministre zambien de la défense s’est inscrite dans le cadre des relations bilatérales dans le domaine militaire.

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Approbation des rapports d'experts du Comité de Défense Angola/Zambie


08/03/12 Angola Press


Lusaka - Les rapports des commissions de défense, sécurité d’Etat et publique du Comité permanent Angola/Zambie ont été approuvés mercredi, à Lusaka, la capitale de la Zambie, au cours de la session plénière des experts, à l'issue de la réunion préparatoire des ministres.    


Ces documents seront soumis à l'examen et l'approbation lors de la 27e réunion des ministres du Comité permanent de défense et sécurité entre l'Angola et la Zambie, qui se tiendra ce jeudi, dans la capitale zambienne.


Les documents reflètent des questions d’intérêt bilatéral dans les domaines de la défense, sécurité de l'État et publique des deux pays, qui partagent une frontière terrestre commune.     


La séance plénière de clôture des travaux des experts a été conduite par la présidente du Comité permanent de la défense zambienne, Emelda Chola, assistée par le vice-ministre angolais de la Défense Nationale, l'amiral Gaspar Santos Rufino, co-président du comité.    


La délégation angolaise d'experts est composée du vice-ministre de l'Intérieur, Ângelo Veigas Tavares, de l'ambassadeur angolais en Zambie, Balbina Silva, du second commandant de la Police nationale chargé de l'ordre public, le commissaire en chef Paulo de Almeida, du chef d'etat-major de la force terrestre, le générales Lúcio do Amaral, et du directeur national des services de sécurité extérieure, Elisio Neto, entre autres responsables.     


Le ministre angolais de la Défense nationale, Candido Pereira Van-Dúnem, est arrivé mercredi, à Lusaka, pour participer à la réunion ministérielle.

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