Aerospace and Defence Masterplan pillars for action set out industry goals and responsibilities

The Aerospace and Defence Masterplan has developed a number of clear goals and plans of action for the stabilisation and development of the South...
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Ninth defence budget for Mapisa-Nqakula

When Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula rises today to deliver her defence budget she does so as the second longest serving defence minister since the defeat of...

US concerned about increasing political, ethnic polarization in Ethiopia

The United States is deeply concerned about increasing political and ethnic polarization throughout Ethiopia, the US State Department said on Friday, adding that Washington...

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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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NNS Lana arrives home

The Nigerian Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel NNS Lana arrived in Lagos yesterday (17 May) from her four-leg maiden homeward voyage. Speaking at the reception...

NNS Lana due to arrive in Nigeria in ten days

The Nigerian Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel NNS Lana will arrive home on 17 May, and is currently sailing from The Gambia to Ghana. The...

Irini assets continue to enforce Libyan arms embargo

“Significant progress” en route to a political solution in Libya is, according to the UN and its international partners, welcome but has not seen...

Tunisia launches another locally built patrol boat

The Tunisian Navy has received another locally built patrol vessel under a partnership between the government and local private shipbuilding company Societe de Construction...

Cameroon takes delivery of military hardware for CAR peacekeeping mission

Cameroon has received the first of two consignments of military equipment including armoured personnel carriers, 4x4s, trailers, and personal protective equipment for its troops...

DCD and Sherp showcase innovative amphibious vehicle

DCD Protected Mobility and Sherp International came together outside Heidelberg south of Johannesburg last week to demonstrate the Sherp multi-purpose amphibious vehicle, which is...

SVI armoured guardhouse proven in action

Special Vehicle Industries (SVI) Engineering, which manufactures a range of commercial and military armoured vehicles, has expanded into the manufacture of armoured guardhouses and...

Improvised Explosive Devices are becoming a growing threat in Africa

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are increasingly widespread in Africa, with al Shabaab and Boko Haram largely responsible for most new IEDs being planted. IEDs refer...

Four Suspected Poachers Arrested in Table Mountain National Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today (17 March) the successful arrest of several suspected poachers in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) during the...

SA in “conversation” with Mozambique on Op Copper

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) heard the South African military, in all probability in the form of the Joint Operations Division, “prompted...

USS warship seizes huge cache of weapons in the Arabian Sea

The US Navy’s guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) seized a massive shipment of illicit weapons from a stateless dhow in international waters in...

Record heroin seizure by Canadian warship in the Arabian Sea

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship HMCS Calgary has made the largest ever heroin bust in Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) history, operating under the...

Eleven arrested after 13 killed in Khayelitsha

The Western Cape police’s Integrated Task Team, has arrested 11 suspects in connection with a series of bloodletting shootings that claimed 13 lives over...

Gauteng police operations net over 1000 suspects

Twelve suspected illegal miners were among the 1 470 suspects arrested across the Gauteng province by police over the weekend. The twelve were arrested in...

Contact crime shows decrease, while murder still on the rise

While the South African Police Service (SAPS) recorded significant declines in contact crimes, murder and attempted murder increased in this category, Police Minister Bheki...

Cele bemoans growing prevalence of community violence

Police Minister Bheki Cele has bemoaned the prevalence of violence in South African communities, saying this phenomenon was growing to “unacceptable proportions”. While all cases...

SANParks applauds the sentences imposed on four rhino poachers

South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed the finalization of two long running rhino poaching trials by the Skukuza Regional Court. One rhino poacher...

Tunisia kills five suspected militants near Algerian border

Tunisian security forces killed five suspected militants in the mountains near the border with Algeria on Monday, a Tunisian security official told Reuters. The operation,...

Cannabis and cocaine seized in big Niger and South Africa drug busts

Drugs with a street value of nearly 100 million euros have been seized in operations in Africa and the Middle East, including two major...

Kruger poaching numbers rise as lockdown eases

Rhino poaching has increased at an alarming rate, with the Kruger National Parks (KNP) rhino numbers dropping by 70% over the past decade. 2020...

Sudanese soldiers face civilian prosecution over killing of protesters: SUNA

A number of Sudanese army soldiers were transferred to civilian prosecution, state news agency SUNA reported on Sunday, in the first such investigation of...

Cele slams sexual crimes as “simply shameful”

The scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) against women and children has once again reared its ugly head in the country’s 2020/21 fourth quarter crime...

Dyck Advisory Group denounces claims of racial discrimination in Palma evacuation

Dyck Advisory Group (DAG) has responded to a report by Amnesty International alleging racial discrimination in recent helicopter rescue efforts by the South African...

Ethiopia revokes press credentials of New York Times reporter

Ethiopia has revoked the press credentials of a foreign journalist working for the New York Times, according to the newspaper and an Ethiopian official. The...

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...

Air Force of Zimbabwe takes delivery of H215 VIP transport helicopter

The Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) has taken delivery of an Airbus H215 helicopter that is set to replace the aged Cougar helicopter currently...

Airbus and Air France ordered to stand trial over 2009 crash

Air France and Airbus should stand trial for involuntary manslaughter over their role in a 2009 crash in the Atlantic that killed 228 people,...

Aerospace and Defence Masterplan sees big potential for civil aviation sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused carnage in the commercial and civil aviation sector, but the shakeup resulting from the pandemic also presents new opportunities...
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SpaceX accepts dogecoin as payment to launch lunar mission next year

SpaceX will launch the “DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” in the first quarter of next year, with Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company accepting the...

National Assembly passes Civil Aviation Amendment Bill

The National Assembly (NA) has passed the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill, during its plenary sitting on Tuesday. The Bill, with amendments also by the Portfolio...

Coalition says it intercepted Houthi missile and drone attack on Saudi targets

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Thursday said its forces had launched 12 ballistic missiles and drones towards a site belonging to the Saudi state...

Ultimate Heliport briefly shut down due to illegal drone activity

The Ultimate Heliport in the Waterfall precinct in Midrand was shut down for an hour on Monday after drones were observed flying in the...

Denel lost a Seeker 400 in a 2020 crash

A Denel Seeker 400 crashed during a test flight last year, resulting in significant damage being sustained to the airframe. Photos recently emerged on social...

UAV Industries hired to inspect and quantify fire damage at UCT by drone

Following the devastating mountain blaze that raged through the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus and surrounding areas, insurance companies have sought the assistance...

ISS: Climate change and violence in Africa: no time to lose

The AU is the first international body to tackle the problem head-on, and it needs global support. Climate change poses serious security threats in Africa....

24 police officers killed in first three months of 2021

Police Minister Bheki Cele has decried the callous murder of 24 police officers in the country in the first three months of 2021. Cele highlighted...

Boko Haram’s growing arms stockpile: A great concern for Lake Chad Basin region

In the early 2010s, when Boko Haram started its hit and run attacks on military bases and personnel, it was hard to imagine that...

Chad military claims victory over rebels in the north

Chad's military claimed victory on Sunday in its weeks-long battle with northern rebels that led to the death of President Idriss Deby on the...

Axa division in Asia hit by ransomware cyber attack

French insurer Axa said on Sunday that one of its businesses in Asia was hit by a ransomware attack, adding that it was investigating...

Colonial pipeline hackers claim breach of three more companies

The hacking group blamed for crippling a major US pipeline company has claimed responsibility for breaking into three more companies on Wednesday, saying it...

Biden cybersecurity order mandates new rules for govt software

President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered the creation of an air accident-style cyber review board and the imposition of new software standards for government...

UK to help vulnerable countries against Russia, China cyber threat

Britain said on Wednesday it would invest 22 million pounds ($31 million) to help vulnerable countries in Africa and the Indo-Pacific build up their...

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...

Call for peaceful negotiation to end Israel, Palestine conflict

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is committed to being part of international efforts aimed at reviving a political process that will lead to...
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Israel targets Gaza tunnels, Palestinian rocket attacks persist

Israel fired artillery and mounted extensive air strikes on Friday against a network of Palestinian militant tunnels under Gaza, amid persistent rocket attacks on...
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Israeli troops mass at Gaza border amid rocket fire, air strikes and clashes in Israel

Palestinian militants fired more rockets into Israel's commercial heartland on Thursday as Israel kept up a punishing bombing campaign in Gaza and massed tanks...
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Death toll rises from air strikes in Gaza and rocket fire on Israel

Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza on Wednesday and Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the southern city...

Ex Airbus unit ordered to pay $42 million over corrupt Saudi contracts

A former Airbus subsidiary was on Wednesday ordered to pay more than 30 million pounds ($42 million) after pleading guilty to corruption over contracts...

Defence and commercial travel boost Raytheon’s hopes for the year

US aerospace manufacturer Raytheon Technologies Corp on Tuesday lifted the lower end of its full-year sales forecast on strong performance of its defense unit...

UK imposes sanctions on Russians, South Africa’s Guptas in first use of anti-corruption law

Britain imposed sanctions on Monday on 14 Russians, on the Gupta family of South African businessmen and on officials accused of aiding Central American...

International military expenditure not affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic did not affect military spending by the world’s traditional Big Five with five sub-Saharan African countries also showing increases in their...

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...

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...

Arms deal graft trial against South African ex-president Zuma adjourned to 26 May

A corruption case against former South African President Jacob Zuma and French company Thales related to a $2 billion arms deal was adjourned on...

African Union mission urges return to ‘constitutional order’ in Chad

An African Union mission recommended on Wednesday that Chad's military share power with a civilian president, as one of three options towards restoring constitutional...

ISS: Democracy in Chad takes a back seat to military might

In a rare show of solidarity, Chadians rejected the military junta endorsed by international partners. After the sudden death of Idriss Déby Itno on 20...

South Sudan president dissolves parliament in line with peace deal

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties...

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...

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...

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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