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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:45
New Malawi president sacks army chiefs


26 June 2014 defenceWeb (Reuters)


New Malawian President Peter Mutharika sacked his army chief on Wednesday without giving any reason for dismissing a commander instrumental in ensuring a smooth transfer of power after the death of Mutharika's brother in office in 2012.


A presidential statement said army chief General Henry Odillo and his deputy, Major-General John Msonthi, had been replaced with immediate effect. It gave no further details.


Odillo and Msonthi, both former diplomats, became embroiled in a constitutional crisis that blew up in April 2012 in the landlocked southern African nation after the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.


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12 novembre 2013 2 12 /11 /novembre /2013 18:45
Nautic Africa Guardian BR850 boat

Nautic Africa Guardian BR850 boat


12 November 2013 by Guy Martin/Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb


The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Marine Unit has commissioned seven new Guardian BR850 interceptor boats from Nautic Africa, which are being deployed on Lake Malawi.


They were commissioned by President Joyce Banda last week at their Monkey Bay base, on the shore of Lake Malawi. The boats will be used to patrol the lake, and will also engage in VIP transport/escort, search and rescue and disaster relief operations. They were delivered in pairs over the last three months.


James Fisher, CEO of Nautic Africa, told defenceWeb that the contract for the seven boats includes training and maintenance support over a period of five years and that Malawi is in discussions to purchase additional larger boats from the company. One option could be purchasing a 35 metre patrol boat and using it as a ‘mother ship’ from which to launch BR850s, allowing Malawi to cover a much larger area of the lake.


Although the BR850s were delivered without weapons, Malawi intends to arm them – the interceptors have weapons mounts for items such as 12.7 mm machineguns.


According to the Malawi News Agency, the delivery is a big boost to the operational capability of the Marine Unit, which has struggled to accomplish its mission of securing the country's maritime domain since its foundation in 1978.


The Malawi Defence Force’s maritime wing has only a few patrol boats in its inventory, including a couple of armed launches, a dozen Zodiacs and several small patrol craft, including two Namacurras donated by the South African Navy.


Fisher said the delivery of the BR850s was a major boost to the Marine Unit as the boats are fast, hardy and strong and suitable for beach landings and navigating shallow creeks and other waterways.


Banda said the acquisition of the boats was part of a comprehensive government strategy to improve the working and living conditions of the defence force.


"(The) government is committed to improving the living conditions for all men and women in uniform who are currently performing remarkably despite the lack of modern resources and the poor living conditions they are enduring. I am pleased to report that our soldiers who are on the peacekeeping assignment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are performing excellently and that is an indication of the well disciplined military that Malawi owns," Banda said.


The Guardian BR850 is an 8.5 mm aluminium craft with a full load displacement of 3.8 tonnes and can be carried aboard larger vessels for use on boarding operations – it has a single-point hoist mechanism, making it easy for mother ships to hoist the boat onto the water.


The craft has a 2.8 m beam and 60 cm draught - this shallow draft combined with a 373 kW diesel with a tunnel propeller drive allows operations close to the shore and in river deltas.


They craft has a maximum speed of 42 knots with a range of 295 km at that speed, or a 700 km range at 20 knots for inshore patrol or similar tasks. It is designed for a crew of two with space for a six-strong boarding party, and can be fitted with shock-mitigating seats if intended for high-speed intercept missions. Systems include a GPS/chart plotter and a 2 kW 4G broadband radar. Ballistic protection is available using Nautic’s SuperShield armour, which protects to NATO Level 3+. However, this adds a couple of tons of weight.


Nautic began sea trials of the 8.5 metre Guardian BR850 in December 2012. Several African customers have already ordered, and received, the BR850. Nautic Africa recently concluded a R600 million deal to build several 35 metre multi-role patrol vessels for West African clients and these will carry BR850 boats.


Ten and 12 metre variants of the Guardian are also available, but none have been built yet as Nautic is full up with other orders. Fisher said there was a lot of interest in the range, and expects further BR850 orders before year-end.


The Paramount Group last week announced it had acquired a majority stake in Nautic Africa, and once the Paramount marketing machine gets rolling, Fisher is confident of receiving many more orders – in fact, he is worried that the company won’t be able to cope and that it will need to expand it premises even more. He told defenceWeb that production capacity stands at R500 million a year, but Paramount could bring in orders worth billions.

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25 juin 2013 2 25 /06 /juin /2013 17:45
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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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 07:45
Le nouveau chef militaire de la MONUSCO, le général brésilien Carlos Dos Santos Cruz à Goma le 11 juin (Photo: Sylvain Liechti/MONUSCO)

Le nouveau chef militaire de la MONUSCO, le général brésilien Carlos Dos Santos Cruz à Goma le 11 juin (Photo: Sylvain Liechti/MONUSCO)

12/06/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca


Des Casques bleus Tanzaniens de la Brigade d’intervention de la Force de la MONUSCO patrouillent déjà régulièrement de jour comme de nuit, dans la localité de Sake et sur l’axe menant vers Goma et d’autres patrouilles sont également conduites conjointement avec le bataillon Indien de la MONUSCO, dans la ville de Goma, ont indiqué les responsables de la MONUSCO.

Le but est, non seulement de se familiariser avec le terrain, mais aussi d’interdire dès maintenant toute activité des groupes armés dans cette zone.

Par ailleurs, dans une déclaration mercredi à Goma, en République démocratique du Congo, le nouveau chef militaire de la mission des Nations unies au Congo (Monusco), entré en fonction le 1er juin dernier, le général brésilien Carlo Alberto dos Santos Cruz, a affirmé qu’il n’accepte pas «les attaques contre les populations» et utilisera «tous les moyens possibles» pour poursuivre les auteurs de crimes contre l’humanité, rapporte aujourd’hui l’AFP.

«Nous n’acceptons pas les crimes, les attaques contre les populations ou contre les Nations- Unies et nous allons utiliser tous les moyens» pour y mettre un terme, a dit le général brésilien lors de sa première visite officielle dans la capitale régionale du Nord-Kivu, en compagnie du responsable de la Monusco, l’Américain Roger Meece,

Dos Santos Cruz a promis que toutes ses troupes prendront part aux opérations contre les groupes armés dans l’est de la RDC, et pas seulement la nouvelle brigade d’intervention dotée d’un mandat plus offensif et qui a commencer à se déployer il y a quelques semaines.

«Il n’y aura aucune tolérance pour des crimes comme les meurtres, les viols, le pillage, le recrutement forcé», a-t-il encore ajouté «Nous allons coordonner avec les autorités locales et les forces armées toutes les actions pour interrompre ces formes de violences et apporter la paix au peuple du Congo».

Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies a adopté en mars une résolution qui renforce la Mission de l’ONU en République démocratique du Congo en créant pour la première fois une force d’intervention de plus de 3 000 hommes au mandat offensif chargée de «neutraliser les groupes armés» opérant à l’Est.

Les premiers éléments de la Brigade d’intervention qui sera, à terme, composée de soldats tanzaniens, malawites et sud-africains, ont commencé à arriver à Goma le mois dernier, des Casques bleus de la Brigade d’intervention ont déjà commencé leur travail et le général Dos Santos Cruz a dit aujourd’hui que 40% des forces de la Brigade étaient déjà en place et qu’elle «devrait être en pleine capacité fin juillet.»

Par ailleurs, l’actuel chef de la MONUSCO, Roger Meece quittera ses fonctions le 10 juillet prochain après trois années passées à la tête de la MONUSCO, pour être remplacé par Martin Kobler, de nationalité allemande, dont la nomination comme le prochain Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies en RDC et Chef de la MONUSCO a été annoncé aujourd’hui.

M. Kobler est actuellement le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies en Irak.

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