by defenceWeb, 17 Feb, 10:02 AM
by defenceWeb, 17 Feb, 10:01 AM
by defenceWeb, 17 Feb, 10:02 AM
Paramount Group is looking to expand its presence in the Middle East in light of increased defence spending and instability and growing defence localisation. The company will be out in force at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 13 Feb, 10:12 AM
Ivor Ichikowitz, Founder and Executive Chairman for Paramount Group, is pushing for the creation of a pan-African defence industry, as the manufacture of aircraft, ships, vehicles, and communications networks has broader economic benefits than purely military or...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 13 Feb, 10:03 AM
Denel Group company Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP) has assisted in recent windscreen penetration tests for trains travelling at 160 km/h, testing their ability to withstand a 1.1 kg projectile fired at 320 km/h.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 14 Feb, 10:00 AM
There were no instances of piracy in the Indian Ocean in 2016, but the civil war in Yemen poses a danger to shipping in the area, with several attacks against ships last year.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 13 Feb, 10:57 AM
A highly trained four-year-old Malinois dog is a specialist crew member of the French light frigate FS Commandant Ducuing currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of EUNavFor Sophia.Read More...
by Oscar Nkala, 17 Feb, 10:10 AM
The Namibian Intelligence Support Against Poaching (ISAP) anti-poaching group has taken delivery of a Piper P-18 Super Cub light utility aircraft that will be used to enhance aerial surveillance operations against rhino poaching in the country’s game reserves....Read More...
by defenceWeb, 17 Feb, 10:01 AM
Five SA Navy platforms are in Durban for Armed Forces Day and while there is no Valour Class frigate alongside, a submarine, offshore patrol vessel (OPV) as well as the venerable SAS Drakensberg (A301) and SAS Protea (A324) are expected to generate much visitor...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 16 Feb, 10:12 AM
Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, this week told Parliament she has ordered an investigation into the deployment of soldiers before, during and after the Presidential State of the Nation Address (SONA).Read More...
Armscor has announced the preferred bidders to supply the SA Navy with seven new hulls more than two years after tenders were issued.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 15 Feb, 09:59 AM
French shipbuilder Ocea is busy with the construction of four patrol vessels for the Nigerian Navy, which will receive them in 2018.Read More...
by Reuters, 17 Feb, 01:28 PM
A South Sudanese minister has defected to the rebels, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Friday, becoming the second high-level resignation this week in the war-ravaged nation.Read More...
by Reuters, 16 Feb, 11:15 AM
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said mass protests were possible if August elections were rigged, comments likely to scare Kenyans fearful of a repeat of widespread violence following a disputed 2007 poll.Read More...
by ISS Africa, 16 Feb, 08:01 AM
Lesotho, that chronic ulcer burning the gut of South Africa, is playing up again. After some 30 months of diplomacy by Pretoria to restore a semblance of stability in the country which South Africa envelopes, it looks as though the government in Maseru is again...Read More...
by Reuters, 15 Feb, 11:18 AM
Soldiers targeting the Kamwina Nsapu militia group in central Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 101 people between February 9 and 13, including 39 women, the UN said.Read More...
by Reuters, 17 Feb, 11:17 AM
Seven suspected Boko Haram militants blew themselves on the outskirts of a northeast Nigerian city on Friday, a local aid agency said, in an attack witnesses said targeted refugees preparing to return to their home villages.Read More...
A recent spate of farm murders has prompted a call for the re-establishment of the Commando system in South Africa.Read More...
by Reuters, 16 Feb, 11:20 AM
Ivory Coast released six journalists arrested for publishing stories authorities said could incite another soldiers' revolt, the journalists' trade union said on Wednesday, following a series of army mutinies over pay.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 17 Feb, 01:38 PM
Three members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and three civilians were killed in a freak accident at Naval Base Durban on Friday.Read More...
by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 16 Feb, 11:28 AM
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) have been major problems in peacekeeping missions for many years. Missions in Bosnia, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo and others have reported...Read More...
by Reuters, 16 Feb, 11:16 AM
More than 20 million people - greater than the population of Romania or Florida - risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, U.N. World Food Programme chief economist Arif Husain says.Read More...
by Reuters, 16 Feb, 11:10 AM
The European Union should expect as many migrants crossing from Libya this year as last, when a record number disembarked in Italy, the head of the bloc's border agency said.Read More...
by Reuters, 15 Feb, 11:16 AM
A Tanzanian court has sentenced a married couple to 20 years in jail each for illegal possession of 210 pieces of ivory from nearly 100 poached elephants, government said on Tuesday. Peter and Leonida Loi Kabi, who pleaded not guilty, were sentenced on Monday....Read More...
by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 17 Feb, 12:09 PM
On the afternoon of October 15, 2014, Boko Haram launched an audacious attack. About 1,000 fighters crossed the barren border that separates Cameroon and Nigeria and surrounded the town of Amchidé.Read More...
by SIPRI, 17 Feb, 11:53 AM
In anticipation of next week’s opening of the annual session of the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations in New York (C34), SIPRI publishes the final report of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations II initiative, entitled ‘African Directions:...Read More...
by Reuters, 17 Feb, 10:48 AM
NATO said on Thursday it received a new and detailed request from Libya's UN-backed government to train and develop its military, depleted by years of conflict and facing an Islamist militant threat as well as division among Libyan militias.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 17 Feb, 11:07 AM
The Angolan military has acquired new armoured vehicles from China, which were displayed during a recent exercise.Read More...
by Reuters, 17 Feb, 10:53 AM
Wailing Sufi devotees thronged a blood-stained shrine in southern Pakistan on Friday, shouting at police after a suicide bomber killed at least 77 people in an attack claimed by a regional branch of Islamic State.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 16 Feb, 11:40 AM
Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 15 February unveiled a full-scale mock-up of the new Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) during the 11th edition of Aero India.Read More...
by Reuters, 15 Feb, 10:21 AM
The world's largest amphibious aircraft, the China-made AG600, has passed engine tests and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year, state news agency Xinhua said.Read More...
by Reuters, 16 Feb, 08:07 AM
Demand for jetliners made by Boeing and Airbus is in decline but no big bust for the industry lies ahead, a leading analyst said on Wednesday, noting that military aircraft sales should rise.Read More...
by Reuters, 13 Feb, 11:01 AM
Nigerian airport employees may walk out over pay issues at the capital's temporary airport while the main airport's runway is being repaired, their trade union said on Saturday.Read More...
by Reuters, 10 Feb, 11:35 AM
The head of a new alliance of Syrian Islamist factions, including a former affiliate of al Qaeda, has promised to escalate attacks against the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed allies with the goal of toppling President Bashar al-Assad.Read More...
by Reuters, 9 Feb, 12:28 PM
Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish government and rebel sources said on Wednesday.Read More...
by Reuters, 8 Feb, 01:12 PM
Yemeni government forces backed by Gulf Arab troops have secured the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha, United Arab Emirates news agency WAM reported on Tuesday, in a push that paves the way for an advance on the country's main port city of Hodeidah.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 28 Nov, 10:01 AM
2016 marks the 350th anniversary of what is widely accepted as the oldest building in South Africa – the Castle of Good Hope – and a year of commemorative events ends on December 9 when a centre for memory and learning is opened.Read More...
by defenceWeb, 2 Nov, 09:58 AM
People are at the centre of military efforts says Adelai van Heerden, head of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) behavioural sciences research, pointing out they are the ones operating weaponry and technology and making the life or...Read More...
by Africa Defense Forum - ADF, 15 Aug, 10:42 AM
The core responsibilities of militaries all over the world include protecting civilians, rescue work during natural disasters and securing borders. But these same militaries must expend time and energy on the mundane tasks any large organization must deal with,...Read More...
by BAE Systems, 20 Jan, 09:01 AM
In the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens, which is capable of enhancing commanders’ ability to observe adversaries’...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 9 Dec, 12:17 PM
Speech by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, presented on behalf of President JG Zuma, on the occasion of the conclusion of the year-long commemorative programme of the 350 years of the existence of the Castle of Good Hope, 09 December 2016, Castle of Good...Read More...
by defenceWeb, 14 Sep, 08:02 PM
Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of breakfast media briefing on the eve of the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition (AAD), Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, 13 September 2016.Read More...
by RAF, 14 Feb, 09:17 AM
A crew from the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Number 99 Squadron have been assisting French troops in sub-Saharan Africa by delivering supplies to the Operation Barkhane counter-insurgency efforts in Niger by C-17 Globemaster III.Read More...
by Oscar Nkala, 9 Feb, 10:30 AM
The US Army Transportation Command has contracted three military aviation companies to provide helicopter transportation services in support of US Africa Command (Africom) operations in all the 55 countries in its Area of Responsibility (AOR).Read More...
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Fact file: G5 L45 towed gun-howitzer The 2010 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Military Balance publication lists the South African Artillery as currently employing six (one battery) G5 L45 and having an additional...
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