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South Africa’s Cuban connection questioned again

The apparent preoccupation some in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet have with Cuba again manifested itself in the form of current Human Settlements, Water and...

Call for business rescue at Denel

Put Denel under business rescue is one proposal this week to find a way of bringing some stability to the beleaguered State-owned defence conglomerate...

Kenya commissions C-145 Skytrucks

The Kenya Air Force (KAF) has commissioned its recently acquired C-145 Skytruck transport aircraft into service, which will ultimately help replace the accident-prone Y-12...

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Joint Standing Committee on Defence shows short memory span

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) publicly acknowledged the “exceptional leadership” of outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke last...

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India hands over Zoroaster patrol vessel to the Seychelles

India has formally transferred a 50 metre patrol vessel to the Seychelles Coast Guard during a virtual summit between Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan and...

Search still on for missing Indonesian sub

Sailors in a missing Indonesian submarine have sufficient oxygen to last until Saturday, aboard a vessel in good condition, the country's defence chiefs said...

Aresa launches first Nigerian patrol boat

Spain’s Grup Aresa Internacional has launched the first of four Aresa 1700 inshore patrol boats on order for the Nigerian Navy. The company last week...

Second ex-Italian FREMM frigate delivered to Egypt

The Egyptian Navy has received the second FREMM frigate, ENS Bernees, from Italy. The vessel arrived in Alexandria on 14 April. ENS Bernees was formerly...

RDM and Northrop Grumman collaborate on precision-guided long range artillery ammunition

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) and Northrop Grumman have signed a ten-year partnership agreement on precision-guided enhanced range artillery ammunition. The agreement was signed in February...

Otterpack presents the world first manpack portable, hybrid power, full reverse osmosis water purification system

Renowned portable water purification specialists Otterpack LLC are expanding even further into the African market and are in discussions with countries across Africa for...

British Long Range Reconnaissance Group Completes Deterrence Operation in Mali

British troops have returned from a successful month-long operation to conducting deep reconnaissance and deterring terrorist groups in Mali. The Long Range Recce Group (Mali)...

Mambas join G5 Sahel efforts in Niger

Sixteen Mamba armoured personnel carriers (APCs) have joined the G5 Sahel Joint Force in northern Niger as part of efforts to combat terrorism, transnational...

High value drug bust for French frigate in the Arabian Sea

The French frigate FS Guépratte has seized 626 kg of methamphetamine worth more than $17 million during the latest Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-narcotics...

Egypt becomes 34th member nation of the Combined Maritime Forces

Egypt has become the 34th member of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a multinational coalition committed to countering illicit non-state actors on the high...

Gulf of Guinea retains world piracy hotspot status

Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, remains the world hotspot for piracy with 43% of all incidents reported in the first quarter of this...

Turkey, Libya committed to eastern Mediterranean maritime accord

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey and Libya were committed to a 2019 maritime demarcation accord in the eastern Mediterranean, after...

Death toll from clashes between Ethiopian Amhara, Oromo groups rises to 50 – residents

The death toll from violence last week in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region has risen to at least 50, residents said on Tuesday, amid tensions...

Eighteen killed in clashes between Ethiopia’s Oromo, Amhara groups

Clashes between people belonging to Ethiopia’s two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara, killed at least 18 people late last week, local officials...

Egypt targets cell suspected of killing Christian in Sinai

Egyptian security forces have shot dead three suspected Islamist militants accused of targeting Coptic Christians and involvement in the execution-style killing of a 62-year-old...

Police commended for handling of Mthatha protest

National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, has commended the Public Order Police (POP) unit attached to the Qonce policing precinct for the manner in...

At least 130 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean as capsized boat, bodies found

  Merchant vessels and a charity ship searching the Mediterranean for boats carrying migrants has found ten bodies floating near a capsized rubber boat believed...

Nigeria beefs up border to avoid Chadian influx – defence minister

Nigeria has reinforced its border security to avoid a potential influx of Chadians following the death of Chad's leader Idriss Deby, the defence minister...

More vehicles recovered by SA soldiers on border protection duty

South African soldiers on border patrol duty have this month recovered five vehicles in the Macadamia area. The vehicles were most likely heading for...

US sees no sign of Eritrean withdrawal from Tigray, urges pullout

The US government has seen no evidence of a withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia's Tigray region despite Eritrea's assurances that they would pull...

UN Security Council, for first time, declares concern about Ethiopia’s Tigray

The UN Security Council expressed concern on Thursday about the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, particularly abuse of women and girls, a week...

Kidnappers abduct unknown number of Nigerian university students

Kidnappers killed one person and took an unknown number of students from a university in northwest Nigeria's restive Kaduna state, police said on Wednesday,...

Zuma’s legal team quits ahead of corruption trial

Former President Jacob Zuma's legal team has quit less than a month before he goes on trial on corruption charges, local publication News 24...

Police urge parents not to leave children unattended

Parents and guardians have been urged not to leave their children unattended after an incident where a three-year-old girl died in a house fire. “Reports...

SAAF helos part of Table Mountain firefighting efforts

The SA Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Western Cape-based 22 Squadron, with pair of Oryx medium-transport rotorcraft, contributed in no small measure, alongside other disaster management...

SAAF helps fight Table Mountain fire

The South African Air Force (SAAF) provided Oryx helicopters to help fight the Table Mountain fire that began on Sunday 18 April. The fire...

Less than half of SAPS aircraft are operational

Of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Air Wing’s 34 aircraft, only 15 are operational and the rest are undergoing maintenance or grounded after...

15 Squadron in Drakensberg rescue

A 60-year-old hiker with head injuries was rescued from a precarious site in the Drakensberg thanks to the efforts of the provincial nature conservation...

SpaceX rocketship launches 4 astronauts on NASA mission to space station

NASA and Elon Musk's commercial rocket company SpaceX launched a new four-astronaut team on a flight to the International Space Station on Friday, the...

Airbus shakes up aero parts manufacturing

Airbus has launched the biggest shake-up of its manufacturing network in more than a decade, with large-parts activities reorganized in France and Germany and...

Reduced losses but continued pain for airline industry in 2021 – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects net airline industry losses of $47.7 billion in 2021. This is an improvement on the estimated net...
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NASA scores Wright Brothers moment with first helicopter flight on Mars

NASA scored a 21st-century Wright Brothers moment on Monday as it sent its miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity buzzing above the surface of Mars for...

New rules allowing small drones to fly over people in US take effect

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that final rules announced in December took effect on Wednesday allowing for small drones to fly over people...

Saudi-led coalition says it intercepts Houthi drone fired at southern Saudi Arabia

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen said on Tuesday it had destroyed an explosive drone fired towards Khamis Mushait in the south...

Yemen’s Houthis say they attacked Aramco, Patriot targets in Jazan

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group used drones and missiles to attack targets in the southern Saudi city of Jazan, it said on Thursday, including one...

Germany backs 3 billion euro contract for European military drone

The German parliament’s budget committee on Wednesday approved a 3 billion euro ($3.59 billion) contract for the development of a European military drone to...

Explainer: Who are the rebels threatening to take Chad’s capital?

Libya-based rebels have set their sights on Chad's capital N'Djamena after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby on Monday. Here are some facts...

Mozambique’s Nyusi vows to restore peace in gas-rich Cabo Delgado

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi said on Wednesday the government will work to restore peace in the country after a deadly militant attack last month...

Rebels threaten to march on capital as Chad reels from president’s battlefield death

Rebel forces set their sights on Chad’s capital N’Djamena on Wednesday following the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby, threatening to bring more disruption...

Chad leader Deby killed in battle – Army

Chad president, Idriss Deby, who ruled for more than 30 years and was a major Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants in...

Facebook says Palestinian spies behind hacking campaign

Facebook says it has disrupted a long-running cyberespionage campaign run by Palestinian intelligence which features spies posing as journalists and the deployment of a...

China-linked hackers used VPN flaw to target US defense industry

At least two groups of China-linked hackers have spent months using a previously undisclosed vulnerability in American virtual private networking devices to spy on...

White House blames Russian spy agency for SolarWinds hack

The White House said Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, was responsible for the SolarWinds hack, which led to the compromise of nine federal...

Israel says it thwarted foreign cyber attack on defence industry

Israel said on Wednesday it thwarted a cyber attack on its defence industry by a hacking group known as Lazarus, which the United States...

CV of Major General Siphiwe Lucky Sangweni

Siphiwe Lucky Sangweni was born on 27 February 1967 in KwaMashu township, Durban, in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. After he completed his...

CV of Major General Ntshavheni Peter Maphaha

Major General Ntshavheni Peter Maphaha was born on 8 August 1967 in Thohoyandou, Venda, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. After completing his...

CV of General Rudzani Maphwanya

Rudzani Maphwanya was born on 23 November 1960 in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. He completed his secondary schooling at the Mphaphuli High...

Speech: Ramaphosa on appointment of new SANDF leadership

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the appointment of the Chief of the South African National Defence Force and members of The Military Command...

Israel intensifying air war in Syria against Iranian encroachment

Israel has dramatically expanded air strikes on suspected Iranian missile and weapons production centres in Syria to repel what it sees as a stealthy...

Germany will synchronize withdrawal from Afghanistan with US, minister says

Germany will match US plans for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said, adding she expected a NATO decision to...

Biden administration proceeding with $23 billion weapon sales to UAE

US President Joe Biden’s administration has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates,...

Yemen’s Houthis say they attacked Saudi Aramco facilities; no Saudi confirmation

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Monday it had fired 17 drones and two ballistic missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including Saudi Aramco...

Russia orders troops back to base after buildup near Ukraine

Russia announced on Thursday it was ordering troops back to base from the area near the border with Ukraine, apparently calling an end to...

Israel and Greece sign record defence deal

Israel and Greece have signed their biggest ever defence procurement deal, which Israel said on Sunday would strengthen political and economic ties between the...

UK corporate report for defence in a competitive age sees major cuts and acquisitions

UK corporate report for defence in a competitive age sees major cuts as well as acquisitions Britain’s Defence Secretary has set out the future vision...

Companies need to prepare for more political disturbances and violence, analysts warn

A significant increase in the number of riots, demonstrations and vandalism, as terrorism events decline, means civil unrest is now the main political risk...

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...

Construction of space weather centre launched in Hermanus

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has officially started construction of a new 24-hour state-of-the-art Regional Space Weather Centre in Hermanus. The start of...

SANDF concludes 2020 Defence Engineering, Science and Technology conference

The annual Defence Engineering, Science and Technology Conference (DESTC) 2020 held last month in Thaba Tshwane saw members from all South African National Defence...

Thousands gather to wish Chad’s slain president “a deserved rest”

Thousands of people gathered at the main square in Chad's capital N'Djamena on Friday to pay their respects to the late President Idriss Deby,...

Ethiopia rights commission said armed group has taken control of county

An armed group has taken control of a county in western Ethiopia, reportedly killing civilians and kidnapping public servants, the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights...

Explainer: Chad’s strategic interest to France, Western allies

Chad's longtime ruler President Idriss Deby, a Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa, was killed on the frontline against rebels...

Condolences for Chadian President

President Cyril Ramaphosa has received with sadness, the disturbing news of the death of President of the Republic of Chad Marshal Idriss Déby Itno. The...

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...

US Army Corps of Engineers establishes permanent presence in Africa to support key missions on continent

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently established a permanent presence on the ground in Africa to oversee key US Africa Command (AFRICOM) projects. Europe...

Bailey bridge construction launched in KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Ntuli, in partnership with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), officially launched a strategic...

KBR wins $65 million contract to support US bases in Djibouti and Kenya

Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) has been awarded a $64.8 million US military contract to support base operations at three locations in Djibouti and...

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...

Opinion: The South African defence industry and the God of Opportunity

defenceWeb recently published an article indicating that aerospace, maritime and defence industry association AMD, and I assume the whole member grouping, is looking to...

Opinion: SA Defence Review – good to great defence capability?

A question on a lot of lips is have we managed to achieve the goal of Arresting the Decline of critical defence capabilities as...

SANDF’s emblems explained

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has released a detailed explanation of the meaning behind the emblems of the SANDF and its branches...
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