Paramount engineers producing personal protection equipment for coronavirus fight

Aeronautical engineers from Paramount Group have teamed up with emergency doctors at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on the design and production...

Paramount engineers producing personal protection equipment for coronavirus fight

Aeronautical engineers from Paramount Group have teamed up with emergency doctors at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on the design and production...

Two dead in Mali Super Tucano crash

A Super Tucano light attack and trainer aircraft operated by Mali’s Air Force has crashed, killing both pilots on board. The aircraft came down on...

Mbatha is new SA Army Chief

Lieutenant General Lawrence Khulekani Mbatha was today (Thursday, 9 April) named SA Army Chief, taking over from Major General “Mannetjies” de Goede, who was...

Parliament and the National State of Disaster

The South African Parliament, in common with many around the world, is grappling with effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Constitutional obligations including oversight,...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...

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Joining the South African National Defence Force

If you are looking for a career in either one of the SANDF branches...

Nigerian military receives tanks, artillery from China

Nigeria’s military has taken delivery of VT-4 main battle tanks, SH-5 self-propelled howitzers and other equipment from China in an effort to strengthen its...

RDM to produce $80 million worth of artillery charges for international customer

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will produce artillery charges worth more than $80 million for an international customer, which ordered several hundred thousand Tactical Modular...
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Bruiser 112 testing going smoothly

Bruisertech is making swift progress on the blast trials of its Bruiser 112 armoured personnel carrier (APC), with landmine and improvised explosive device (IED)...

Bruiser 112 making good progress with blast testing

Bruisertech is making swift progress on the blast trials of its Bruiser 112 armoured personnel carrier (APC), with landmine and improvised explosive device (IED)...

Germany approves delivery of submarine to Egypt

The German government has allowed ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) to deliver a submarine to Egypt. TKMS has so far delivered three Type 209/1400mod class...

South African ports working

South African ports remain open for cargo, although essential goods should be prioritised where possible, the Department of Transport said in a notice shared...

SA Navy to offer the public cabins on anti-piracy patrol ships

SIMONE’S TOWN, 1 April 2020 - In an effort to raise funds to pay for anti-piracy patrols off the East Coast of Africa, the...

Russian Navy vessels arrive in Cape Town amid COVID-19 lockdown

Two Russian Navy ships of the Baltic Fleet arrived in Table Bay Harbour on Monday morning, but all planned activities have been curtailed due...

Operation Sea Guardian resumes in eastern Mediterranean

The Turkish corvette Buyukada left Aksaz port as flagship to NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian focused patrols late last month. Under the command of Captain...

Australian Navy seizes drugs in the Gulf of Aden

The Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Toowoomba has interdicted over 3 000 kilograms of illegal narcotics including hashish and heroin in the Gulf of...

France pulls vessel from West Coast maritime security mission due to coronavirus

The French Navy has suspended its Mission Corymbe off West Africa due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and withdrawn a vessel from the area. The patrol...

No first quarter Op Copper deployment this year

With the end of 2020’s first quarter only days away, it’s apparent there will not be a SA Navy Operation Copper deployment as previously...

Senior al Shabaab leader killed in US air strike

The United States killed a high-ranking leader of al Shabaab during an air strike in Somalia last week. The US military’s Africa Command (Africom) on...

More air strikes against al Shabaab in Somalia

The United States has carried out a number of air strikes against al Shabaab militants in Somalia over the last week, killing 16 suspected...

ISS: How might the COVID-19 lockdown affect public safety in SA?

South Africa’s national State of Disaster and associated lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. It could have a significant impact on...

ISS: Insurgents change tactics as Mozambique seeks help

Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique has seen a dramatic spike in attacks in recent days, including a spectacular ‘hearts and minds’ operation by...

Concern about illegal immigrants returning when lockdown is lifted

“Porous” land borders, especially with Mozambique and Zimbabwe, have been brought into the coronavirus battle by the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) which is concerned...

Italy closes ports to migrant vessels

Italian ports cannot be considered safe because of the coronavirus epidemic and charity migrant boats will not be allow to dock government ruled. The decision...

ISS: COVID-19 responses in Africa must include migrants and refugees

Migrants and displaced people across Africa are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission. Governments should resist nationalist responses that could put vulnerable people more at...

ISS: Fewer migrants to Europe, bigger problems for Africa

Migration from Africa to Europe is increasingly being framed as a security threat to states and societies. The result is tighter border controls and...

States of emergency in Ethiopia, Liberia

Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, and Liberia declared states of emergency on Wednesday to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, a day...

SA trade union withdraws protective gear case

South African public sector union NEHAWU has withdrawn a court case against government over shortages of protective gear for frontline health workers treating coronavirus...

Rural areas lockdown, alert warning from representative agriculture

By far the majority of the national lockdown effort is focussed on South Africa’s urban areas even while there are warnings about the impact...

First coronavirus case in eastern Libya

Authorities running eastern Libya confirmed the first case of coronavirus on Tuesday despite closing borders and imposing a curfew to limit social interactions. Libya confirmed...

Prisoner release in Afghanistan

The Afghan government released 100 Taliban prisoners as a first step of a peace process with the hard-line Islamists, despite the group’s suspension of...

Ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis halted military operations nationwide in support of UN efforts to end a five-year war that killed over...

Fractures among Iraq militias

In February, an Iraqi militia commander trained by Iran took over the empty office of his slain superior, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed alongside Iranian...

Taliban not talking to Afghan government

The Taliban declined to start talks with the Afghan government’s new negotiating team in a setback to a US-brokered peace process in one of...

Coronavirus squeezing European armed forces

Military forces across Europe scaled back operations and imposed stricter rules on personnel to stem the spread of the coronavirus among staff living and...

COVID-19 impacting on the European aerospace and defence industry

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is wreaking havoc on the European aerospace and defence industry and is taking a huge toll on air travel demand....

Eurosatory 2020 cancelled

The COVID-19 coronavirus has claimed yet another defence show, with the Eurosatory exhibition in France cancelled this year. It will next take place in...

Naval radar market set to register steady growth of 4%

The global naval radar market is estimated to grow at a steady compound annual growth rage (CAGR) of over 4% between 2019 and 2029...

UCT develops app to track coronavirus patients

After South Africans commenced a 21-day lockdown on 26 March, a group of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) continued working on...

CSIR’s Cmore tapped for COVID-19 situational awareness

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Cmore situational awareness system is being customised to service the COVID-19 coronavirus response in South Africa. This...

US Army scientists create innovative quantum sensor that could revolutionise communications

A quantum sensor could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, said...

US tests unarmed hypersonic weapon

The Pentagon said it tested an unarmed hypersonic weapon in Hawaii, as both China and Russia develop similar military and defence capabilities. The Department of...

SAAF assists in rescuing patient off the Queen Mary 2

An Oryx medium transport helicopter from the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) 15 Squadron was instrumental in medically evacuating a patient from the passenger...

Ivory Coast receives second hand Mi-8Ps

The Ivory Coast Air Force has taken delivery of two second hand Mi-8P transport helicopters, which it plans to use to assist with coronavirus...

Another Ivorian Mi-24 crashes

An Mi-24 attack helicopter from the Ivory Coast’s Air Force has crashed – the second in four months. The Mi-24D came down on 18 March...
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Oryx remains Monusco’s top transport helicopter in the DRC

The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (Monusco) has a Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU) based in the eastern DRC city, Goma. The CHU includes three...

Airlines refund row escalates

Global airlines warn 25 million jobs across the world could be at risk from the coronavirus air travel downturn and held out against refunds...

Comair abandons acquisition of Star Air

Comair has abandoned its plans to acquire Star Air Cargo and Star Air Maintenance for R75 million amidst financial challenges for the airline group. Comair...

Charter flight denied entry to South Africa

A passenger arriving on a private charter at OR Tambo International Airport was not allowed to disembark, the Ministry of Transport said. “At approximately 12:30pm...

Lengthy recovery period for airlines post coronavirus

International seat capacity dropped by 80% from a year ago and half the world’s airplanes are in storage, new data shows, suggesting the aviation...

Jordanian UAVs apparently sold to Libya

Mohamed Siala, foreign minister in the government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, has accused Jordan of supplying Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Khalifa...

Drone racing viewing figures flying high

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is taking off in more ways than one as the coronavirus pandemic brings most other sport to a standstill...

UAE orders more Seekers from Denel

The United Arab Emirates has ordered further  Seeker unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Denel Dynamics, worth more than R100 million. The latest contract, worth AED25 821 190...

Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey

Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in the company’s first export order for the type. Last year Turkish...

Power and water cuts hit Libya

Cuts to Tripoli’s water and power supply aggravated conditions for civilians after days of fighting undermined preparations to cope with the novel coronavirus. Nader Mohamed,...

Malian soldiers killed

Unidentified gunmen killed 25 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack in the Gao region of northern Mali, army spokesman Diarran Koné told...

Libyan fighting continues as more coronavirus reported

Two new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Libya, authorities said after the first was detected last week, with international aid agencies warning of a...

Coronavirus hits Libya, fighting continues

Battles around Tripoli on Wednesday followed intensified bombardment of the capital, ignoring international pleas for a truce to tackle the coronavirus after the first...

State-backed hackers exploiting coronavirus outbreak

American and British cybersecurity officials warn state-backed hackers and online criminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to further operations, echoing concerns by...

Hackers target WHO

Hackers working in the interests of the Iranian government attempted to break into personal email accounts of staff at the World Health Organisation (WHO)...

Computer analysis to assist in finding Israeli coronavirus carriers

Israel’s defence ministry plans to use software that analyses data from mobile phones - produced, according to Israeli media, by the spyware firm NSO...

Spike in Chinese digital espionage

A US cybersecurity firm detected a surge in cyber spying by a suspected Chinese group dating back to January, when coronavirus starting spreading outside...

Speech: Ramaphosa at Armed Forces Day 2020

Address by Commander-In-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day 2020, Polokwane, Limpopo, 21 February 2020. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans,...

Speech: Msimang at SAAF Prestige Day

Air Force Prestige Day Parade Address by the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Z Msimang at Air Force Base Swartkop...

Speech by SAAF Chief at Unisa graduation ceremony

Message by Lt. General Fabian Zakes Msimang, Chief of the South African Air Force, at the University of South Africa graduation ceremony, Tshwane, on...

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...