US Air Force starts using first certified 3D printed aircraft parts

The United States Air Force’s 60th Maintenance Squadron has become the first field unit in the Air Force to be certified with an industrial-sized...

High Court rules Denel must pay staff salary deductions

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled that Denel must pay over the unemployment insurance and taxes deducted from employees’ salaries over...

Nigerian Air Force goes greener with purchase of Microvanes

The Nigerian Air Force has purchased Microvanes 3D printed vanes from Metro Aerospace LLC and will use them on their fleet of C-130 Hercules...

SA’s landward defence spend just about half what it should be

The full cost of the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) landward defence programme is R33 billion, but only R16 billion has been budgeted...

No access to Kismayo ahead of election

Southern Somali state Jubbaland blocked access to the capital Kismayo and its main airport ahead of Thursday’s vote to elect a president of the...

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DCD holds successful route clearance demonstration

DCD Protected Mobility held a route clearance demonstration day at Gerotek outside Pretoria, where it put its Husky and Springbuck vehicles through their paces...

Algeria to indigenously develop weapons and ammunition

The Algerian military aims to indigenously develop its complex weapons, according to a Presidential decree. The decree, published in Algeria’s official journal in July, authorises...

Nigerian Air Force receives 21 special operations dogs

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has received 21 special operation dogs which returned from South Africa on 6 August after receiving advanced training from...

Egypt getting Chaparral air defence system modifications

Egypt will be upgrading its Chaparral air defence systems under a $17 million contract with the United States’ ProjectXYZ. On 26 July the US Department...

Qatar to build new Somali port

Qatar plans to build a new seaport at Somalia’s Hobyo, a potentially strategic investment in an area of East Africa fiercely contested by Gulf...

US warns against aiding Iranian tanker

An Iranian tanker at the centre of a confrontation between Iran and Washington sailed for Greece after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar,...

Iranian tanker heading to Greece

An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean to Greece after it was released off Gibraltar with Tehran saying any US move to seize the...

Seized Iranian tanker to be released

Britain’s Mediterranean territory Gibraltar decided to free a seized Iranian oil tanker, but did not indicate when or if the ship would set sail...

SADC successfully drafts Integrated Maritime Security Strategy

  The SA Navy recently hosted the South African Development Community (SADC) Joint Technical Working Group on the Review of its Maritime Security Strategy (MSS).   The...

Kidnapping off Cameroon

A number of seamen were kidnapped after an attack on their vessel off Cameroon in the piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea, a source in the...

Gulf escort duty for British warship

British warship HMS Kent set sail for the Gulf to join a US-led mission protecting commercial shipping vessels amid heightened political tension between the...

Sea Shepherd helps fight fisheries crime in Namibia

International conservation group Sea Shepherd has teamed up with the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) to carry out surveillance activities in...

Political reform hopes dim in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe police deployed in force to block a street protest for the third time in five days, with the main opposition party seeing hopes...

Police deployed in Gweru

Zimbabwe police deployed in force in Gweru, witnesses said, as authorities sought to keep a lid on dissent after banning a third anti-government protest...

Somali airport denies Ethiopian aircraft access

Kismayo airport in southern Somalia refused to allow an Ethiopian aircraft to land, a witness said, amid heightened tensions between the federal government and...

State of emergency declared in Chad

Chad’s Council of Ministers declared a state of emergency in three provinces amid fighting between rival ethnic groups, a government spokesman said in a...

Migrant vessel Open Arms docks in Lampedusa

Nearly a hundred migrants stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship off Lampedusa disembarked on the Italian island on Tuesday night, ending a stand-off...

Border protection tasking set to stagnate at 15 companies

The single largest internal deployment of the national defence force will, for the foreseeable future, continue to be the border protection tasking under the...

Migrant crossing halted

Turkish authorities stopped 330 migrants attempting to cross to the Greek island Lesbos officials said. The coastguard in the Kucukkuyu area of western Canakkale...

ISS: China is proving key to reducing Africa’s wildlife trafficking

China’s proactive stance against illicit wildlife trafficking in Africa in recent years has helped shift trends in this crime. Where cooperation has occurred with...

Afghan wedding suicide bomb death toll rises

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, has risen to 80, two senior officials said. ...

Life sentences for Cameroon separatist leaders

A Cameroonian court handed life sentences to 10 separatist leaders after finding them guilty of charges including terrorism in their fight to break away...

Militant attack in Burkina Faso leaves 20 dead

Unidentified militants killed at least 10 soldiers and wounded others in an attack on a military unit in northern Burkina Faso, the army said....

DR Congo Ebola spreading

Congolese authorities confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled province Walikale, hundreds of kilometres away from previous cases near the border...

Separatists extend control in Aden

Southern separatists seized Yemeni government security and military bases near Aden after clashes between nominal allies that complicate UN peace efforts, residents and officials...

Iraqi tanker seized

Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf they said was smuggling fuel and detained seven crewmen, Iran’s state media reported,...

Houthis attack Yemen military parade

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched missile and drone attacks on a military parade in Aden, the seat of the Saudi-backed government, killing more than...

UAE drawdown raises hopes of Yemen ceasefire

A United Arab Emirates’ military drawdown in Yemen is building momentum for a nationwide truce this year, bolstering efforts by the Saudi-led coalition to...

Antonov’s An-178 lands first export order in Peru

Ukraine’s state-owned defence conglomerate Ukroboronprom has won a tender to supply the An-178 aircraft to Peru.   The contract to replace the Peruvian police’s single Antonov...

Kenyan drug trafficker jailed in US

A US judge sentenced Kenyan drug trafficker Baktash Akasha to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to import...

US/Taliban talks stalemate

Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw from Afghanistan ended without agreement and both...

Putin warns Trump on nuclear missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Moscow would start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States did the same after the...

US Air Force starts using first certified 3D printed aircraft parts

The United States Air Force’s 60th Maintenance Squadron has become the first field unit in the Air Force to be certified with an industrial-sized...

Fourth industrial revolution under the spotlight at Armscor Engineering Day

The fourth industrial revolution and its impact on the aerospace and defence industries came under the spotlight at Armscor’s recent Engineering Day. The 2019 edition...

Fourth industrial revolution driving the sophistication of IEDs

The fourth industrial revolution (IR) has bought about cyber-physical systems that are changing the landscape of war between state and non-state actors. Smart robotics,...

Civilian investment is the new driver in Research and Development

Previously driven by military investment, Research and Development (R&D) in the defence industry is now driven by civilian investment, with the adoption of machine...

Investigation to follow SAPS helicopter crash landing

A South African Police Service (SAPS) helicopter crash-landed at Virginia Airport on Tuesday and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of...

Unmarked Gazelle helicopters spotted in Mozambique

Unmarked Gazelle helicopters painted in military camouflage have been spotted in Mozambique, with speculation they may be used for security missions by a private...

BIRD Aerosystems providing protection systems on UN helicopters in Africa

Israel’s Bird Aerosystems has received a contract to provide missile protection systems for United Nations’ Mi-17 helicopters operating in Africa. The company on 5 August...

US government confirms Morocco has requested 24 Apaches

Morocco has requested the purchase of 24 new Apache attack helicopters in a $1.5 billion deal, the US Government has revealed. In a country profile...

FAA review sought after 737 MAX crashes

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asked the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assess the agency’s performance in the wake of...

Angola’s Bestfly receives first ATR 72

Angola’s Bestfly aviation services company has taken delivery of its first ATR 72 turboprop aircraft from France, with the second due to arrive by...

Africa’s first A320neo arrives at Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has become the first airline in the Indian Ocean and African region to take...

Two South Africans killed in Sling 4 crash supporting Cape to Cairo flight

A Sling light aircraft crashed in western Tanzania on Saturday, killing two South Africans supporting the U-Dream Foundation’s Cape to Cairo flight. The four-seater...

First FAA approved beyond line of sight drone flight completed

The US Federal Aviation Administration approved the first drone flight beyond the operator’s sight line, a major advance for retailers like Amazon.com seeking to...

Global drone market estimated to reach $14 billion over next decade

The worldwide non-military drone market, dominated by manufacturers in China, will triple in size to $14.3 billion in sales over the next decade, a...

UPS launches drone business, seeks to certify multiple pilots

United Parcel Service, the world’s largest package delivery firm, on Tuesday unveiled its drone delivery subsidiary and said it has applied for the Federal...

From Iraq to Yemen, drones raise U.S. alarm over Iranian plans

The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington. The United...

Burkina Faso killings condemned

Gunmen killed 24 soldiers in an attack on an army unit in Burkina Faso, the deadliest yet in the West African nation’s fight against...

Suspected militants killed in Sinai

Egyptian security forces killed 11 suspected militants in a gun battle during a raid on their hideout in Al-Arish, capital of North Sinai province,...

Sebha airport reopens

Libya reopened the airport in the southern city Sebha, closed since January 2014 due to security problems, residents said. A commercial flight landed from...

Libya’s Zuwara airport hit by air strikes

Eastern Libyan forces air strikes seriously damaged a civilian airport in western Libya lacking any military use, the United Nations said. Last week, the...

European Central Bank hacked

The European Central Bank (ECB) shut down a website after it was hacked and infected with malicious software. The ECB said no market-sensitive data...

Automakers warm up to friendly hackers at cybersecurity conference

At a conference where hackers can try picking locks and discover cyber vulnerabilities in a makeshift hospital, they can also endeavour to break into...

Foreign state behind attack on Czech ministry

A foreign state staged the latest cyber-attack targeting the Czech Foreign Ministry, the Senate’s security committee said, though it did not identify the nation...

Israel airspace disruptions

Weeks-long disruptions to GPS signals in Israel’s airspace ended, officials said, declining comment on an Army Radio report Russian electronic warfare – possibly from...

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...

Document: Department of Defence annual report 2017-18

The Department of Defence has released its annual report for the 2017/18 financial year. Click here to view the document: DoD_Annual_Report_2017-18