Makwetla to commission Bailey Bridges in Zimbabwe

The Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla, will this weekend commission Bailey bridges in Zimbabwe that the South African National Defence...

Parliament hears Denel turnaround is progressing well

Denel told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) that general corruption “as seen in the case of State Capture” was one...

PAL Aerospace ISR aircraft spotted in Mozambique

A Bombardier Dash 8 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft operated by Canada’s PAL Aerospace has been spotted in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. According to...

Makwetla to commission Bailey Bridges in Zimbabwe

The Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla, will this weekend commission Bailey bridges in Zimbabwe that the South African National Defence...

Former Sudan ruling party to continue reforms

Sudan’s former ruling National Congress Party of deposed president Omar al-Bashir condemned a law passed by transitional authorities to dissolve the NCP and seize...

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French interior ministry orders Rippel Effect less lethal grenade launchers

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KPE supplies more Arlan vehicles to Kazakhstan

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Japanese sailors to guard ships in the Middle East

Japan is working on a plan to send 270 seamen to the Middle East to guard ships supplying Japan under a law allowing military...

Greece registers disagreement with Libya-Turkey maritime accord

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France reverses boat donation to Libya

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Libya and Turkey ink maritime boundary agreement

Libya’s internationally recognised government and Turkey signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea that could complicate Ankara’s disputes over energy exploration...

Seven crew kidnapped from vessel off West Africa

Seven crewmembers from the offshore supply tug Pacific Warden have been kidnapped off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), which operates the...

Strengthening regional co-operation to up maritime security

States in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden area adopted a plan of action to ensure better co-ordination of regional efforts...

Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 concludes

Maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American, and West Indian Ocean nations joined several international organizations in celebrating the successful conclusion of...

Senegal orders three patrol vessels from France

Senegal has ordered three OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels from France’s Piriou, which will start construction in early 2020. The vessels will be used...

Another ship attacked off Nigeria, 19 crew kidnapped

A cargo tanker has been attacked off the Nigerian coast and 19 crew kidnapped in the latest incident in the Gulf of Guinea. It...

More protests in Tunisia

Clashes erupted between protesters and Tunisian police firing teargas to disperse them in the southern town Jelma, the third consecutive night of protest against...

Iraqi dissidents silenced

After armed men raided Hussein Adel al-Madani and his wife Sara Talib’s home last year, the Iraqi activists spent months in self-imposed exile in...

Immolation ahead of Tunisia protest

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Migrant boat sinks off Mauritania

Up to 57 people died after a ship from Gambia carrying 150 migrants sank off Mauritania, the UN migration agency said. The perilous sea...

SARS destroys illegally imported goods

South African Revenue Service (SARS) customs officials started destroying illegally imported vehicles and clothing valued at over R7 million in Durban, in a bid...

Operation Corona border security seizures and successes

Improved control mechanisms at South Africa’s 57 official points of entry were recently under discussion in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) but the...

Hawks nab rhino horn suspects

The Hawks arrested three suspects for being in possession of firearms, rhino horns and tiger carcasses. The suspects are expected to appear at the Klerksdorp...

Zimbabwe facing food crisis

The UN is procuring food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans, 25% of the population in a country where shortages are exacerbated by runaway inflation...

DR Congo violence in Ebola hotspot leaves people in “crossfire”

Attacks on communities in an Ebola outbreak hotspot in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sparked a humanitarian crisis and threaten aid distribution the...

DR Congo clinic attacks raise risk of Ebola resurgence

International organisations warned of potential resurgence of Ebola in DR Congo (DRC) after deadly militia attacks on health centres forced aid groups to suspend...

Three killed in Ebola response centre attacks

Three health workers were killed and several injured in attacks on two Ebola response centres in eastern Congo, authorities and health services said. Violence...

Houthi prisoners freed

A Saudi-led military coalition said it freed 200 prisoners from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in a move that could further efforts to end the...

Iran protest deaths

At least 106 protestors died in 21 cities in Iran during unrest over fuel prices rises last week, Amnesty International said. “The organisation believes...

Ship seized in the Red Sea

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said the Houthis seized a vessel towing a South Korean drilling rig at the...

Russia setting up helo base in Syria

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Trump administration to ease gun exports

The Trump administration passed a key milestone in a long-delayed rule change that would make it easier to sell US firearms, including assault rifles...

No winner in China/US trade war

The trade tariff spat between China and the United States has been a “lose-lose” situation for both and the wider world likely to deteriorate...

Season of discontent as protests flare worldwide

On Monday it was Bolivia - angry people clashed with police after the political opposition said it was cheated in an election won by...

Electronic warfare evolving rapidly in the hands of irregular forces

Electronic warfare is advancing rapidly and is increasingly being used by irregular forces, defence expert Helmoed Romer Heitman has cautioned, and urged governments and...

DEST Conference 2019 prepares SANDF engineers, technologists and technicians for the fourth industrial revolution.

The Department of Defence Engineering, Science and Technology Conference (DESTC) this week explored the Department of Defence (DoD) preparing for the fourth industrial revolution...

Connectivity key to the fourth industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution needs the right infrastructure, particularly information and communications infrastructure as exchanging information is fundamental to modern society. It is for...

Quantum Stealth aka the invisibility cloak is now patent pending

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French president pays tribute to fallen soldiers

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to 13 French soldiers killed in Mali and vowed no respite in the fight against Islamist militants in the...

Botswana police order three Enstrom 480B helicopters

The Botswana Police Air Support branch has ordered three new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters from Safomar Aviation and these will join its fleet of...

Crashed French helicopters ”not under fire”

Two French military helicopters that crashed in Mali this week were not under fire from Islamic State jihadists a senior French officer said, contradicting...

Top French general says full victory in Africa not possible

France will never secure total victory over Islamist insurgents in West Africa, its top general said after 13 soldiers died in a helicopter crash...

Airlink assures it’s ops normal in spite of SAA business rescue

SA Airlink has assured its customers that operations are continuing as per normal in spite of the announcement that South African Airways (SAA) will...

Business rescue for SAA

South African Airways (SAA) entered a business rescue process on Thursday, with a R4 billion ($272 million) lifeline from government and banks announced by...

SAA in funding talks

South African Airways (SAA) and lenders had “intense discussions” to secure funds for the cash-strapped carrier’s operational and structural transition, the country’s public enterprises...

Strike affects SAA financial position

The recent South African Airways (SAA) strike resulted in a sudden deterioration of the state-owned company’s financial position, the Public Enterprises Ministry revealed. The Ministry...

US loses UAV over Libya

The United States military has lost an unarmed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya, a day after an Italian Predator went down. US Africa Command...

Italian Predator crashes in Libya

An Italian Air Force Predator unmanned aerial vehicle has crashed in Libya, the Italian defence ministry has announced. The unarmed aircraft came down on 20...

Medical drone delivery service talks underway in Uganda

A drone service firm is in talks with the Ugandan government on a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public...

Reutech progressing with counter-UAV system

Reutech is developing a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system in response to the growing threat from UAVs. Carl Kies, International Executive: Strategic Projects and Business...

Iran acknowledges security forces killed protesters

Iranian authorities confirmed for the first time this week security forces shot dead demonstrators during what rights groups said was the deadliest anti-government unrest...

Terror plot suspects arrested

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested a National Christian Resistance Movement (NCRM) member on suspicion of planning acts of terror in South...

Tripoli government condemns air strikes

Libya’s internationally recognised government condemned air strikes in Tripoli and the southern desert which it said caused civilian casualties, most of them women and...

Fourteen dead in DR Congo attack

Suspected Islamist fighters killed 14 people in eastern Congo, local authorities said, as a month-long spike in violence complicates efforts to contain a deadly...

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ISS: Taking social media at (Face)book value in Africa

Last week Facebook revealed that it had disabled hundreds of fake accounts that had sought to meddle with the electoral processes of eight African...

Government officials targeted with hacking software

Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were targeted this year by hacking software using Facebook WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to...

Marine services operator hacked

Marine services provider James Fisher and Sons said hackers gained unauthorised access to its computer systems, sending shares down over five percent. JFS said...

Speech: SAAF chief on opening of SAAF Museum Air Show

Address by Lieutenant General Fabian ‘Zakes’ Msimang at the opening of the South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Air Force Base Swartkop on...

Defence and Military Veterans Minister’s budget address

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans presented her budget vote to the National Assembly on Wednesday, July 17. defenceWeb publishes it as...

Budget vote speech by Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla

“Noluthando alias ‘Agnes’ Ncwana, to whose memory I wish to dedicate my remarks in this budget debate this morning, was a military veteran who...

Zimbabwe lawmaker charged with subversion

A Zimbabwe opposition lawmaker was charged with subversion, his lawyer said, after a video surfaced where he purportedly said President Emmerson Mnangagwa would be...