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Drones providing valuable skills to SA children

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are being used by athletes and coaches to improve performance and by the media to enhance...

RDM investing in the community

What started three years ago as a company department effort to provide some festive season cheer has grown into a fully-fledged company event with...

Newly minted SAAF pilots get their wings

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has 12 new pilots in its ranks, after a Wings Parade at Air Force Base Langebaanweg in the...

SA Army chief dies

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), and Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, are...

Former Algerian prime ministers jailed

An Algerian court jailed two former prime ministers for corruption two days before a presidential election which protesters want cancelled. Ahmed Ouyahia, a four...

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US hands over more military hardware to Niger

The United States has handed over a second tranche of military equipment to Niger, including 13 Mamba armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The equipment was transferred...

US Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians host training in Uganda

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to US military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 are in Magamaga, Uganda, from October 2019 to...

High demand for less lethal rounds

South Africa’s Industrial Cartridge is seeing high demand for less lethal ammunition for crowd control, with orders from South African entities taking up much...

Ghanaian military interested in equipment from Indonesia’s PT Pindad

Indonesia’s PT Pindad and Ghana’s Ministry of Defence have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) as part of efforts exploring the procurement of weapons...

Greece claims Libya/Turkey accord invalid and in bad faith

Greece lodged objections with the UN over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law, the...

Joint Libyan, Turkish exploration can happen in Med

Turkey and Libya can carry out joint exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean a deal was signed on maritime boundaries, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan...

Nigerian Navy lays keel of new tank landing ship

The Nigerian Navy will be getting a new tank landing ship from Damen Shipyards in May 2020, with the keel laid on Monday during...

Weifang arrives in Kenya

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) missile frigate Weifang has arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, after taking part in Exercise Mosi in South Africa with...

Seven crew kidnapped from vessel off West Africa

Seven crewmembers from the offshore supply tug Pacific Warden have been kidnapped off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), which operates the...

Strengthening regional co-operation to up maritime security

States in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden area adopted a plan of action to ensure better co-ordination of regional efforts...

Exercise Cutlass Express 2019.2 concludes

Maritime forces from 17 East African, European, North American, and West Indian Ocean nations joined several international organizations in celebrating the successful conclusion of...

Senegal orders three patrol vessels from France

Senegal has ordered three OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels from France’s Piriou, which will start construction in early 2020. The vessels will be used...

Police at Ethiopian universities to stop violence

Ethiopian federal police were deployed to universities across the country on Tuesday, government said, as authorities attempt to calm ethnic tensions which claimed the...

World leaders risk anger, protests over inequality

Political leaders around the world could face growing citizen anger if they cannot re-engage with unhappy populations, a United Nations official said as heads...

Ethiopia told not to shut Internet down

A senior United Nations official urged Ethiopia to stop shutting the internet without legal basis and revise a draft law curbing hate speech to...

Burundi vote funding allegations

The youth league of Burundi’s ruling party is forcing citizens to donate money to fund next year’s election, Human Rights Watch said, as fears...

Interpol discusses wildlife crime

Wildlife crime is a global concern and its illicit activities encompass many sectors and industries. The consequences of wildlife crime are far reaching, affecting not...

Mauritanian coast guard intercepts migrant boat

A boat carrying 180 migrants was intercepted by the Mauritanian coast guard the U.N. migration agency said, less than two days after 62 migrants...

Migrant boat sinks off Mauritania

Up to 57 people died after a ship from Gambia carrying 150 migrants sank off Mauritania, the UN migration agency said. The perilous sea...

SARS destroys illegally imported goods

South African Revenue Service (SARS) customs officials started destroying illegally imported vehicles and clothing valued at over R7 million in Durban, in a bid...

Calls to release Sowore

Human rights groups called for the release of a former presidential candidate facing treason charges re-arrested a day after being released on bail. Omoyele...

Iranian violence on protesters denounced

Iranian security forces shot at protesters from helicopters and a rooftop and aimed at peoples’ heads using “severe violence” to quell anti-government unrest, UN...

10 dead in Kenya bus attack

Kenyan police officers were among those killed when gunmen suspected to be from Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked a bus near the border...

Sowore re-arrested

A Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose detention prompted protests by rights groups was re-arrested at a court hearing hours after he was...

Sudan reduces troop numbers in Yemen

Sudan’s prime minister said his country had reduced its troops in Yemen from 15 000 to 5 000, confirming a drawdown in a conflict...

Houthi prisoners freed

A Saudi-led military coalition said it freed 200 prisoners from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in a move that could further efforts to end the...

Iran protest deaths

At least 106 protestors died in 21 cities in Iran during unrest over fuel prices rises last week, Amnesty International said. “The organisation believes...

Ship seized in the Red Sea

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said the Houthis seized a vessel towing a South Korean drilling rig at the...

China is least journalist friendly country in the world

China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession, a...

Global violent deaths on the rise

The year 2017 saw the second highest annual rate of global violent deaths in the period 2004–17, according to new data from the Small...

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Trump administration to ease gun exports

The Trump administration passed a key milestone in a long-delayed rule change that would make it easier to sell US firearms, including assault rifles...

Electronic warfare evolving rapidly in the hands of irregular forces

Electronic warfare is advancing rapidly and is increasingly being used by irregular forces, defence expert Helmoed Romer Heitman has cautioned, and urged governments and...

DEST Conference 2019 prepares SANDF engineers, technologists and technicians for the fourth industrial revolution.

The Department of Defence Engineering, Science and Technology Conference (DESTC) this week explored the Department of Defence (DoD) preparing for the fourth industrial revolution...

Connectivity key to the fourth industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution needs the right infrastructure, particularly information and communications infrastructure as exchanging information is fundamental to modern society. It is for...

Quantum Stealth aka the invisibility cloak is now patent pending

Indivisibility cloaks now no longer belong in the realm of fantasy and science fiction as Canadian camouflage company, Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp officially apply to...

17 Squadron to the rescue

AFB Zwartkop-based 17 Squadron took to the air on Monday for a pair of rescue missions on opposite sides of the Tshwane Metro. First...

French president pays tribute to fallen soldiers

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to 13 French soldiers killed in Mali and vowed no respite in the fight against Islamist militants in the...

Botswana police order three Enstrom 480B helicopters

The Botswana Police Air Support branch has ordered three new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters from Safomar Aviation and these will join its fleet of...

Crashed French helicopters ”not under fire”

Two French military helicopters that crashed in Mali this week were not under fire from Islamic State jihadists a senior French officer said, contradicting...

Qatar Airways is major stakeholder in new Rwanda airport

Qatar Airways agreed to a 60% stake in a new $1.3 billion international airport in Rwanda, state-run Rwanda Development Board said on Twitter. The...

African airlines are a problem for governments

Governments from Kenya to South Africa are struggling to turn around loss-making state-owned airlines through restructuring or by bringing on board private partners. Ethiopian...

SAA business rescue only viable option – Ramaphosa

South African Airways (SAA) had to be placed in “business rescue” because there was no other viable and financially workable option to secure a...

Air Senegal receives second A330neo

Air Senegal has taken delivery of its second Airbus A330neo airliner, nine months after the first arrived in West Africa. The second aircraft was delivered...

Drones providing valuable skills to SA children

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are being used by athletes and coaches to improve performance and by the media to enhance...

Balloon internet service for Uganda

Loon, a unit of Google’s owner Alphabet, which uses high-altitude balloons to provide mobile internet to remote areas, signed a key access airspace agreement...

US drone apparently shot down in Libya

The US military believes an unarmed American drone reported lost near Tripoli was shot down by Russian air defence and is demanding return of...

US loses UAV over Libya

The United States military has lost an unarmed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya, a day after an Italian Predator went down. US Africa Command...

Bashir questioned on coup

Sudan’s ousted long-time leader Omar al-Bashir was summoned for questioning on Tuesday over his role in the 1989 coup that brought him to power....

Mogadishu hotel attack claims 10 lives

Somali security forces shot dead five Al Shabaab gunmen, who killed three civilians and two soldiers during an attack on a hotel in Mogadishu...

Iraq protest death toll rises

Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric said a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference in an apparent nod to Iranian influence, as...

ISS: How has Mauritania managed to stave off terror attacks?

No terrorist attacks have been recorded on Mauritanian soil since 20 December 2011. On that day, a gendarme, Ely Ould Mokhtar, was kidnapped in...

US to crack down on Evil Corp hackers

US authorities on Thursday took aim at Russian cybercriminal group Evil Corp, indicting its Lamborghini-driving alleged leader and ordering asset freezes against 17 associates...

Millions of child abuse posts removed from Facebook

Facebook removed 3,2 billion fake accounts between April and September including millions of posts depicting child abuse and suicide, according to its latest content...

ISS: Taking social media at (Face)book value in Africa

Last week Facebook revealed that it had disabled hundreds of fake accounts that had sought to meddle with the electoral processes of eight African...

Government officials targeted with hacking software

Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were targeted this year by hacking software using Facebook WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to...

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...

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...