SANDF announces funeral arrangements for soldier killed in friendly fire incident

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has announced the funeral arrangements for the late Corporal Arthur Simanga Khuselo who died following a friendly...

Progress with dockyard renewal

The Simon’s Town dockyard, now in its third year of Armscor management, has made “significant progress” on the renewal strategy put in place by...

Moroccan, US fighters and refuellers showcase combined capabilities

Two US Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, conducted an Agile Combat Employment (ACE) event...

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SANDF youth employment commitment increasingly hamstrung

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With an official youth unemployment rate of 46% for the first quarter of 2021, it’s not surprising two published pieces about military recruitment on...

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US Naval Forces Africa ships participate in exercise African Lion

US Sixth Fleet ships, Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), and expeditionary fast...

Maritime medicine health support keeps SA Navy personnel mission ready

The Institute for Maritime Medicine (IMM) was established to satisfy the unique interaction between medical services onboard SA Navy ships and specialised medical services...

Damen launches new LST for the Nigerian Navy

Damen Shipyards has launched a new Landing Ship Tank (LST) for the Nigerian Navy at Damen’s facility in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. When commissioned,...

SharpEye radars to be fitted to SA Navy’s new inshore patrol vessels

SharpEye radar systems will be fitted to the three new Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) being built by Damen Shipyards Cape Town for the...

Ex African Lion 2021 largest and most complex held to date

The 17 edition of the African Lion exercise held in North Africa has been the largest and most complex to date, with 8 000...

Turkey’s Katmerciler wins Kenyan order for 118 Hizir vehicles

Kenya’s Ministry of Defence has awarded Katmerciler a contract to supply 118 Hizir armoured personnel carriers, the company has announced. “Our Hizir 4x4 Tactical Wheeled...

African Lion 21 exercise begins with 7 800 troops in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

African Lion, US Africa Command’s premier joint annual exercise, kicked off in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal for its 17th iteration on 7 June. With more...

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French warship FS Languedoc seizes $4.3 million worth of narcotics

French Marine Nationale ship FS Languedoc, assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, seized 409 kg of heroin worth over $4.3 million dollars during...

Op Irini extended for a further year

The EU maritime intervention to stop arms illegally reaching strife-torn Libya will continue for another year thanks to a UN Security Council authorisation. The vote...

Nigeria launches Deep Blue maritime security project

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially launched Nigeria’s Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure programme, also known as the Deep Blue Project, which aims...

Affordable technologies can help with South Africa’s maritime security shortcomings

Affordable technologies are available to assist South Africa regain lost maritime security capabilities, with the creation of a coastal surveillance network one solution. This is...

Policeman killed, more than 80 students abducted in attack on Nigerian school

Gunmen killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five teachers from a school in the Nigerian state of Kebbi, police,...

Protests against police abuse spread across Tunisian capital

Protests that erupted more a week against police abuse in Sejoumi neighbourhood of Tunisia’s capital spread other poor neighborhoods late on Wednesday. The protesters gathered...
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At least 15 killed in Somalia suicide bombing claimed by militants

At least 15 people were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bombing in the Somali capital that targeted recruits who were lined up outside...

At least 15 killed in suicide bombing at army camp in Somalia – witness

At least 15 people were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bombing as recruits lined up outside an army camp in the Somali capital...

Poacher gets 23 years sentence as KNP arrests more suspected poachers

South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed the sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of 23 years in prison for rhino poaching...

Soldiers confiscate R1 million plus worth of illegal cigarettes

Yet another illustration of how lucrative the South African cigarette market is for smugglers comes in the form of four separate busts by soldiers...

Bodies wash up on Yemen coast after reports of migrant boat sinking

A number of bodies washed up at Ras al-Arah on Yemen's Red Sea coast on Monday from a suspected migrant boat that sank offshore,...

Border protection prevents drugs worth millions reaching South Africa

People seeking a better life than what is on offer in their own countries continue illegal pilgrimages to South Africa as evidenced by the...

Former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo returns home after decade of exile

Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo, ousted during a civil war in 2011 and acquitted of war crimes in The Hague, flew home on...

Swiss verdict due in Liberia war crimes trial for rape, cannibalism

A Swiss court will rule on Friday whether a Liberian rebel commander committed rape, killings and an act of cannibalism in one of the...

Amid pandemic, number of people forced to flee homes has risen, says UN

The number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and human rights abuses has doubled in the past decade to...

Opposition to Firearms Control Amendment Bill increasing

Opposition to Police Minister Bheki Cele’s proposed changes to the law governing firearm ownership continue to mount with one political party staging what it...

Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters delivered to Central African Republic

A Russian Air Force Antonov An-124 transport aircraft has delivered Mi-8MT and Mi-24V helicopters to the Central African Republic. According to Centrafriquenews, the helicopters arrived...

Spanish NH90s ready for Mali deployment

Spain will later this year send NH90 helicopters to Mali where they will support the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. It will...

SAAF helicopters help fight Simons Town fire

South African Air Force Oryx helicopters helped extinguish a fire that broke out in the Simons Town area on Monday. Provincial Disaster Management (PDM) requested...

NIMASA helicopters nearing service entry

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has received all three of its new AW109 helicopters from Italy and is about to put...

Major milestones in Chinese space exploration

China launched a spacecraft on Thursday carrying three astronauts to the main module of the country's space station, its first crewed mission in nearly...

Public Investment Corporation not funding SAA 51% stake takoever

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has confirmed that it is not funding the 51% stake acquisition in South African Airways (SAA).S The confirmation comes after...

New strategic partner for SAA

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says government has found a strategic equity partner in a bid to save the embattled South African Airways (SAA). Gordhan...
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United Airlines to bring back supersonic flying with Boom deal

United Airlines said on Thursday would buy ultra-fast jets from Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic, bringing back supersonic passenger travel which died out with...

NIMASA ready to deploy Tekever UAVs for Deep Blue maritime security project

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has concluded training on its new Tekever AR3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have been acquired...

UAVs to the rescue for Botswana’s pregnant population

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, are providing lifesaving care to women in remote parts of Botswana, who face the possibility of...

Another German Heron for Mali

The German government has approved the deployment of another Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the United Nations mission in Mali, which will bring...

East African customer acquires SKYLOCK counter-UAV systems

An unidentified customer in East Africa has acquired SKYLOCK’s counter-drone system for use on vehicles. British threat detection specialist Silent Sentinel announced it had signed...

ISS: Do money and power explain Maputo’s aversion to SADC support?

Mozambique needs to be persuaded that SADC aims to stabilise Cabo Delgado, not undermine or compete with the government. Three months after a major attack...

ISS: Terrorism in Côte d’Ivoire is no longer just an external threat

Recent attacks show why authorities must deal with the domestic factors that make the country vulnerable. Several attacks in Côte d’Ivoire along the border with...

Galp to hold off on LNG investment until Mozambique ensures security

Portugal’s Galp Energia, a partner in an Exxon Mobil-led gas consortium in Mozambique, will not invest in onshore plants there until authorities guarantee security...

Ivory Coast opens counter-terrorism academy in partnership with France

Ivory Coast and France inaugurated a new counter-terrorism academy in the West African country on Thursday, intended to boost regional capacity to combat a...

Progress in fight against cyber crime

Two recent events heralded by the Commercial Crime Services division of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) are a ‘game changer’ in the crackdown...

Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to US

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would be ready to hand over cyber criminals to the United States if Washington did the same for...

Column: Virus to virus: pandemic to cyber threat

A surge in cyber attacks and ransomware hacks since the start of pandemic lockdowns is alarming for a world of finance moving headlong into...
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Meatpacker JBS says it paid equivalent of $11 million in ransomware attack

Meatpacker JBS USA paid a ransom equivalent to $11 million following a cyberattack that disrupted its North American and Australian operations, the company’s CEO...

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,...

Turkey should pull troops from Afghanistan under 2020 accord -Taliban spokesman

Turkey should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan under the 2020 deal for the pullout of US forces, a Taliban spokesman said on Thursday, effectively...

Afghan government and Taliban negotiators meet in Doha to discuss peace

Afghan government and Taliban negotiators met in Qatar's capital Doha this week to discuss the peace process, the first known meeting in weeks after...

Egypt’s intelligence chief holds truce talks with Hamas in Gaza

Egypt's intelligence chief met Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday to try to bolster a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel and...

Hamas to keep finger on trigger after ceasefire, says official

A Hamas official said that Israel must end its violations in Jerusalem and address damages from the bombardment of Gaza following a ceasefire that...

China’s space race: Careless military whispers

The space debris generated by China’s Long March 5B re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere on 8 May 2021 is actually far from being the only...

Hundreds caught thanks to spy phones ‘in gangsters’ back pockets’

A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800...

France, Germany and Spain strike deal over joint combat jet

France, Germany and Spain said on Monday they had reached a deal over the next steps of the development of a new fighter jet,...

Luxury jet makers battle over lucrative spy plane niche

Last month, a ghostly grey business jet took off from central Sweden and headed across the Baltic on a routine spying mission. The converted Gulfstream,...

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...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy – Part 1: Accuracy and Sensitivity

It is sometimes said that: “If you can’t convince them, confuse them!”.  Nowhere is this more apparent than the minefield which is antenna datasheets...

Ethiopia prepares for tense, long-delayed elections

Ethiopia is preparing for national and regional parliamentary elections on Monday that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said will be the country's first free...

Facebook says it removed fake Ethiopia account network ahead of election

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had removed a network of fake accounts in Ethiopia targeting domestic users ahead of next week’s elections, which...

Ivory Coast hopes to end a decade of rancour with Gbagbo’s return

Ivory Coast is preparing for the return of former President Laurent Gbagbo on Thursday, a move that his supporters and the government hope will...

Egypt upholds death sentence for 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures

Egypt's highest civilian court on Monday upheld death sentences for 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures over a 2013 sit-in which ended with security forces...

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...

M5 mortar airlift project saving the SANDF money and extending equipment life

The 120 mm M5 heavy mortar is the primary long-range, indirect fire, artillery weapon for the Steve Biko Artillery Regiment (formerly Light Regiment) of...

Bridges link Ekhamanzi community to schools, clinics

Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Minister Patricia de Lille and KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Kwazi Mshengu are set to unveil three bridges in Ekhamanzi, in...

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...

Opinion: Dear Minister of Defence and Military Veterans – The Aerospace & Defence Industry is Ready to assist

As Minister of Defence and Military Veterans you have stated in the budget debate that you would like to spread the net wider for...

Analysis: SANDF appointments

The new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) senior appointments announced by President Ramaphosa this week merit comment, not on the persons but on...
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