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SA intelligence agencies not up to scratch, time for change

A clarion call to repurpose South Africa’s security system comes from probably the country’s most respected observer and analyst Jakkie Cilliers, founder and former...

Embarrassing state of affairs at Denel needs a swift solution – UASA

The dire financial situation at Denel has not improved after more than a year of empty promises to workers and embarrassingly, employees at Denel...

Nigeria receives first six Super Tucanos

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday received its first six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft out of 12 on order, after a week-long journey...

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Additional troop deployment is welcome and shows the need for a strong SANDF

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The announcement on Wednesday 14 July that 25 000 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed to help counter...

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VSE Corporation continues to provide technical support for Egyptian Navy

Virginia-headquartered VSE Corporation has been awarded a $41 million contract to deliver technical support to the Egyptian Navy. The United States Department of Defence announced...

Tunisia launches another domestic patrol boat; authorises new 50 m vessel

The Tunisian Navy has received another 27 metre long locally built patrol boat, and will be getting a locally built 51 metre offshore patrol...

Petram Sandock Maritime Systems confident their JV can meet Ghana’s maritime security requirements

African-owned maritime and defence companies Sandock Austral and Petram Fortis have teamed up to offer maritime security solutions to Ghana through the newly established...

Paramount announces platinum sponsorship of IMDEC as West African piracy surges

Paramount Group has announced its Platinum Sponsorship of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEC) taking place from 6-8 July in Accra, Ghana. Recognised...

US, Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

United States Special Operations Command Africa forces concluded Joint Combined Exercise Training with Côte d'Ivoire Forces Speciales Ivoirennes in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire,...

Gunmen kill Nigerian army general on highway from capital

Gunmen shot dead a Nigerian army general as he was travelling by car on a major road from the capital, Abuja, the army said...

Over a million rounds of ammunition looted from Durban container

More than 1.5 million rounds of ammunition have apparently been stolen during looting in Durban. News24 reported that sources in law enforcement said the ammunition...

Elbit to supply 11 Guarani armoured vehicles to Ghana

Isarel’s Elbit Systems has signed a contract with Ghana to supply 11 Iveco Guarani 6x6 armoured vehicles to the country. The vehicles will be manufactured...

Defence Intelligence lays out maritime security threats in Africa

The Defence Intelligence division of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has detailed some of the main threats and challenges facing South African...

South Korea military suffers worst COVID-19 outbreak aboard anti-piracy ship off Africa

South Korea's military has recorded its biggest cluster of COVID-19 infections to date, with more than 80% of personnel aboard a destroyer on anti-piracy...

Nigeria commissions Falcon Eye maritime domain awareness system

Nigeria has commissioned the Israeli-designed Falcon Eye maritime domain awareness system to monitor the country’s territorial waters and track movements within the broader Gulf...

Global piracy down, Gulf of Guinea still a concern

Incidents of international piracy and armed robbery are at their lowest level in 27 years, according to International Maritime Bureau (IMB) statistics, with the...

French army says it has killed two ‘terrorists’ in Mali

The French army has killed two members of the EIGS "terrorist" group, which France says has links to Islamic State, in Mali, French armed...

eThekwini municipality approves marches linked to insurrection movement

eThekwini Metro has given supporters of former President Jacob Zuma permission to hold protests and motorcades in Durban on Thursday and Friday, despite billions...

Western Cape commits to protect commuters in midst of taxi violence

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, and the MEC for Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell, have met with the management of Golden Arrow Bus...

Cele satisfied with Durban, Pietermaritzburg mall security as businesses reopen

Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed his satisfaction at the security measures established at retail centres as they reopen for business following last week’s...

Over 200 migrants scale fence into Spain’s Melilla enclave

More than 200 migrants crossed into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla early on Thursday, climbing the high fence that separates it from Morocco,...

At least 17 migrants drown off Tunisia in shipwreck – Red Crescent

At least 17 Bengali migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya, while more...

Migrant deaths rise on both Africa/Europe routes

Migrant deaths on dangerous sea routes to Europe, in particular across the Mediterranean, soared in the first six months of the year. At least 1...

Nearly 600 rescued migrants disembark from charity boat in Italy

Hundreds of migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean disembarked on Friday in the southern Italian town of Augusta, in Sicily, after Rome-based maritime authorities...

Civil unrest could spike COVID-19 infections

South Africa has passed the peak of the Coronavirus third wave, which has infected over two million people, Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi said...

Fighting in Ethiopia’s Afar forces 54 000 people to flee, official says

Attacks by Tigrayan fighters in Ethiopia’s Afar region have forced over 54 000 people from their homes, an official said on Thursday, and refugees...

Unrest death toll rises to 337

Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says the death toll related to the recent unrest has risen to 337 in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Briefing...

Death toll rises as police investigate 168 unrest-related murder cases

Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says the death toll from the civil unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has risen to 276 and...

CHU does Mandela Day in DR Congo

The South African composite helicopter unit (CHU) in Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC) has an enviable reputation for doing the job during its time...

15 Squadron aids in sea rescue

An Oryx from the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) 15 Squadron was called out to the New Constant, an oil tanker 50 nautical miles...

Spanish NH90s arrive in Mali

The Spanish Army has sent its first NH90 helicopter to Mali as part of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. Personnel from the...

India’s HAL training Nigerian Army pilots

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has started flying training for Nigerian Army Aviation pilots, who have joined the Indian company’s Rotary Wing Academy. HAL said six...

‘Road to space’: billionaire Bezos has successful suborbital jaunt

Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, soared some 66.5 miles (107 km) above the Texas desert aboard his company Blue Origin's New Shepard launch vehicle on...

Private aviation helps KZN out with air bridge

When roads to KwaZulu-Natal were closed and alternative supply chains had not been re-established, South Africa’s aviation fraternity came together to deliver relief to...

Chinese spacecraft returns to Earth after inaugural flight

A Chinese spacecraft capable of flying to the edge of the atmosphere took off and returned to Earth on the same day in what...

United Airlines to buy electric aircraft

United Airlines is to buy 100 19 seat ES-19 electric planes from Swedish start-up Heart Aerospace, as the US carrier eyes battery-powered aircraft for...

DHL aims to deploy longer distance drones to beat stretched supply lines

Logistics giant DHL is working with Bulgarian aircraft developer Dronamics on rolling out cross-border and inter-city drones aimed at overcoming strained supply chains, executives...

Drones monitoring Spanish beaches during heatwave

With a summer heatwave sending hordes of people to the beach, authorities in north-eastern Spanish seaside town Sitges are trialling drones to monitor crowds...

France tests laser-powered anti-drone system for the 2024 Olympics

The French military used a laser-powered canon on Wednesday to destroy a drone in a test of technology that the government hopes will be...

ISS: Drones in the hands of insurgents – how Africa can prepare

Like in the Middle East, drones are a new threat posed by armed groups and violent extremists in Africa. The proliferation of drone technology across...

Opinion: South Africa deserves accountable defence force leadership

The whole nation has and continues to rightfully applaud the deployment of the military in support of the South African Police, who are seemingly...

Six suspected instigators of violent unrest arrested

Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says six individuals, who have been identified as alleged instigators of the violent riots that flared up...

Opinion: Could the security crisis from 12 July be viewed as “revolution within revolution”?

The uninvited appearance of the Chief of the South African National Defence Force at a virtual meeting organised and hosted by the Chairperson and...

Three arrest for inciting looting and public violence

Three suspected instigators of last week’s violent business lootings that claimed the lives of over 200 people are expected to appear in West Rand...

Russia disconnected from global internet in tests – RBC daily

Russia managed to disconnect from the global internet during tests in June and July, the RBC daily reported on Thursday, citing documents from the...

Transnet says has identified and isolated the source of IT disruption

State-owned firm Transnet said on Friday it had identified and isolated the source of the disruption to its IT systems, which impacted its container...

Cyber attack disrupts South African container terminals, sources say

A cyber attack disrupted operations at South Africa's busiest container terminals, the biggest on the continent, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter...

Israel eyes spyware export curbs; Macron, Merkel troubled by abuse reports

An Israeli parliamentary panel may seek changes to defence export policy over reports that software sold by Israel's NSO Group was used to spy...

Documents: 2022 Military Skills Development application forms

Military Skills Development (MSD) applications for 2022 are now open, with application forms to be completed by 30 July. The MSD system takes up to...

Curriculum Vitae of Lieutenant General Wiseman S Mbambo, Chief of the South African Air Force

Lieutenant General Wiseman Simo Mbambo was born on 15 March 1966 in Durban and grew up in Northern KwaZulu-Natal in a small village called...

Speech: Solly Shoke during Change of Command parade, 28 May 2021

ADDRESS BY THE OUT-GOING CHIEF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE, GENERAL SOLLY SHOKE AT THE OCCASION OF THE CHANGE OF COMMAND PARADE,...

As Taliban advances, Afghan military overhauls war strategy

Reeling from a surge in battlefield losses, Afghanistan's military is overhauling its war strategy against the Taliban to concentrate forces around the most critical...

Half of all Afghan district centers under Taliban control – US general

Taliban insurgents control about half of Afghanistan's district centers, the senior US general said on Wednesday, indicating a rapidly deteriorating security situation. Insecurity has been...

Youth killed in Iran water crisis protests

A young man was shot dead during a second night of protests over water shortages in southwest Iran, a local official said on Saturday,...

Afghan neighbours wary of new refugee crisis as violence surges

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets regional leaders for talks in Uzbekistan on Thursday as deteriorating security in his country raises fears of a new...

Russia releases footage of new S-500 air defence system in action

Russia on Tuesday released what is thought to be the first footage of its advanced new S-500 surface-to-air missile system in action, a weapon...
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Haiti police battle gunmen who killed president, amid fears of chaos

Haiti's security forces were locked in a fierce gun battle on Wednesday with assailants who assassinated President Jovenel Moise at his home overnight, plunging...
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Haitian president assassinated at home, sparking fears of widespread turmoil

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by unidentified attackers in his private residence overnight in a "barbaric act", the government said on Wednesday,...

Italy eases curbs on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

Italy has loosened restrictions on arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, government sources said on Tuesday, in a move aimed...

Rolls-Royce partners with Shell in sustainable aviation fuel push

British engineering company Rolls-Royce said it would partner with oil company Shell to work on the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in line...

Nuclear science utilized to protect African rhino

On 13 May the innovative anti-poaching “Rhisotope Project” was launched. The project, based on nuclear science, seeks to introduce radioactive isotopes into a rhino’s...

Faraway NASA probe detects the eerie hum of interstellar space

The classic 1979 sci-fi horror film "Alien" was advertised with the memorable tagline, "In space no can hear you scream." It did not say...
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NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air

NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the...

South Africa lets jailed ex-president Zuma attend brother’s funeral

Former President Jacob Zuma, whose jailing this month led to South Africa's worst outbreak of violence in years, was granted compassionate leave to attend...

ISS: Déjà vu: the DRC’s perpetual cycles of hope and despair

Real democracy and visionary leaders are vital for reform and development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ‘Can new leadership transform the DRC’s fortunes?’...

Extraordinary, extended civil unrest Parliamentary debate coming

There will be “an extraordinary, extended” debate in the National Assembly (NA) when Parliament reconvenes next month, speaker Thandi Modise has decreed, putting aside...

Madagascar police, after months of investigation, arrest six over plot to kill president

Madagascan police this week arrested six people, including a foreign national, on suspicion of plotting to kill the president, after months of investigation, officials...

Transnet operations normalise in KZN

Transnet’s port and rail operations in KwaZulu-Natal have normalised following last week’s unrest in the province. “The Ports of Durban and Richards Bay have reported...

EU air bridge moves lifesaving cargo to northern Mozambique

Driven by humanitarian needs rather than political and security ones, the European Union (EU) activated its air bridge to provide 15 tons of “lifesaving...

Feature: Solving an airlift shortage

When it comes to building military capacity in Africa, adding aircraft tends to take a back seat because of the expense involved to acquire...

Regional Work Unit Western Cape hard at it

The South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) Regional Works Unit Western Cape has been labouring to ensure that facilities in its region are in...

The Warthog and the senator: The politics of retiring a warplane

The US Air Force is desperate to get rid of some of its fleet of expensive, slow and outdated A-10 Warthog airplanes, but politicians...

Opinion: SA Defence Solutions Centre – An Alternative SADI Future

There have been a few documents presented in the last few years that are aiming to address the decline of the South African defence...

Opinion: Glimmers of hope!

In the last few months it seems as though there is some momentum growing in the discussions around South African Defence capability. The positive...

Opinion: Is a new beginning possible, or will Defence march on inexorably towards a dead end?

Towards the end of 2006 South African Department of Defence (DD) top management attended a week-long Defence Management Seminar at Mount Grace, Magaliesberg. The...
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