ISS: Security sector reform is vital to Silencing the Guns in Africa

Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020 has been key to implementing the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063 since it was adopted in 2013....

AAD 2020 officially launched

The 2020 edition of the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition has been officially launched during a ceremony at the DSEI defence show in...

Parliament hears of parlous state of the Air Force

The South African Air Force (SAAF) is in dire straits and operating in survival mode. With less than 49% of the required budget funded,...

Parliament’s defence committee worried about SANDF budget

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence says it is concerned by the continued reduction of the budget of the South African National Defence Force...

Civilian airport in place of Somaliland military base

The United Arab Emirates no longer plans to establish a military airport in Somaliland and the facility currently being built will become a civilian...

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Milestone for Denel’s Malaysia contract

Denel is delivering the hundredth modular armoured vehicle turret to the Malaysian armed forces in terms of a multi-billion rand export contract. “This is...

SVI launches armoured vehicle rental division

The SVI Group has launched SVI Secure, a new subsidiary company that offers the rental of modified commercial vehicles like sedans and SUVs, as...

Burkina Faso acquires Shrek-M vehicles from Ukraine

Burkina Faso’s military has taken delivery of several Shrek-M mine detection and disposal vehicles from Ukraine’s AutoKrAZ. Three vehicles were delivered in June this year,...

Kenya mulls acquiring laser-based training system

Kenya’s military is looking at acquiring multiple integrated laser engagement systems (MILES) for training purposes. The US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 21 August...

INS Tarkash visiting Namibia

The Indian Navy’s frigate INS Tarkash is currently visiting Walvis Bay, Namibia, as part of its overseas deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia. INS Tarkash...

Indian frigate visiting African countries

The Indian Navy frigate INS Tarkash has visited Senegal and is due in Nigeria as part of its overseas deployment to Africa, Europe and...

US Marines conduct amphibious landing exercise in Djibouti

US Marines and Sailors from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed an amphibious landing exercise in Djibouti on...

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...

Defence budget sinks Navy

Chief of the South African Navy (SAN), Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, has told Parliament that if the Navy does not get a budget that...

Some Stena Impero crew released

Iran released seven of 23 crew of British-flagged tanker Stena Impero seized earlier in July, Sweden’s foreign minister said. The Swedish-owned Stena Impero was...

Malawi commissions naval vessels

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on 21 August presided over the commissioning of patrol vessels that he said would help boost the operations of the...

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...

RICA unconstitutional and invalid

The Right2Know Campaign, Privacy International and the Legal Resources Centre welcome the Gauteng High Court ruling that parts of South Africa’s surveillance law, RICA,...

Gauteng police net 900 suspects

Intensified crime combating operations in Gauteng over the weekend saw the arrest of over 900 suspects and 15 illegal firearms recovered. Gauteng police spokesperson Mavela...

Intelligence leads cash-in-transit heist decrease

Police Minister Bheki Cele lauded an increased focus on police intelligence for a 23% decrease in cash-in-transit crimes in the last financial year. ...

SA murder rate increases by 1.4%

Major General Norman Sekhukhune says 21 022 people were murdered during the 12 months ending March 2019. Sekhukhune said this when the Police Ministry appeared...

Ekurhuleni helps foreigners

]About 220 foreign nationals housed at two City of Ekurhuleni shelters in Katlehong left and returned to their countries of birth. In a statement,...

Black rhino relocated to Tanzania

Tanzania airlifted nine black rhinos to its Serengeti national park from South Africa part of efforts to restore the population of the critically endangered...

Mozambicans jailed for rhino poaching

Lengthy prison sentences for two convicted rhino poachers indicate Mozambique is serious about zero-tolerance for wildlife crimes, Southern African conservation NGO the Peace Parks...

Migrants can disembark in Malta

Malta will let five Tunisian migrants stranded on the migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi disembark after two European Union countries agreed to take them...

Italy arrests three on suspicion of torture

Italian prosecutors ordered the arrest of three people suspected of torturing migrants in a Libyan detention centre. The men, a 22-year-old Guinean and two...

ICC to appeal Gbagbo acquittal

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said her office would appeal the acquittal of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. The court acquitted...

Zimbabwe doctors protest

Hundreds of Zimbabwean doctors protested in Harare over the disappearance of their union leader with riot police stopping them marching to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s...

Increase in South Sudan child soldiers

Forced recruitment of child soldiers is increasing in South Sudan despite a peace deal last year, the head of a United Nations investigating body...

Trump does not want war

US President Donald Trump said it looked like Iran was behind attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want...

Saudi oil facilities attacked

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry knocking out more than half the Kingdom’s output...

Hezbollah claims drone hit

Hezbollah said it downed an Israeli drone in southern Lebanon in another flare-up raising tensions between the Iran-backed group and Israel. The drone is...

Saudi ups Yemen troop numbers

Saudi Arabia deployed more troops in southern Yemen to contain clashes between nominal allies in the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis that risk...

Taliban talks dead – Trump

US President Donald Trump proclaimed talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders dead, while the general in charge said the US military is likely to ramp...

Kabul blast – Taliban claim responsibility

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion that rocked Afghan capital Kabul killing at least five, wounding dozens and shaking windows and...

US will maintain Afghanistan presence

President Donald Trump said US troop levels in Afghanistan were being reduced to 8 600 but American forces would remain in the country even...

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...

Multiple projects lined up for world’s largest 3D printer at the CSIR

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) 3D metal printer – the largest of its kind in the world - is being used...

ISS: Is Africa ready for weapons that call their own shots?

Robotic weapons that once activated can select and attack targets without any further human intervention are being developed by the United States, China, Russia,...

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...

Asia set to be largest market for light military rotorcraft

A total of 1 854 light military rotorcraft will be produced during the 15-year timeframe between 2019 and 2033, according to a new forecast,...

Nigerian Air Force reactivates another EC-135 helicopter

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted another EC-135 helicopter, NAF 549, into service after it was reactivated in-country by NAF personnel in collaboration...

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...

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash victim ID completed

The Interpol Incident Response Team (IRT) deployed after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX in March has finished assisting with positive...

Air Tanzania suspends flights to Johannesburg

Tanzania’s national carrier suspended flights from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, citing ongoing violence as a risk to passengers. “You are aware there is...

EgyptAir receives first A220

EgyptAir has taken delivery of its first of 12 A220-300 aircraft on order, becoming the first A220 operator based in the Middle East and...

Tunisair Express acquires three ATR 72-600s

Tunisair Express has ordered three ATR 72-600 regional turboprops, which will be used to renew the carrier’s regional fleet and supply essential connectivity, both...

South Korea to develop anti-drone system

South Korea will invest 88 billion won (£59.6 million) in developing a weapons system to detect and strike drones, its procurement agency said, after...

Successful test flight for Tellumat ASTUS

South African provider of defence and security technology provider Tellumat successfully completed flight trials with its ASTUS unmanned aerial system (UAS). Willie Malan, support...

Tellumat going big at DSEI

Tellumat Defence & Security will be part of the South African pavilion at this year’s Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) conference and exhibition...

Climate activist drones coming to Heathrow

British climate change activists will fly toy drones at London’s Heathrow airport from September 13, a step likely to ground flights, to pressure government...

Air strike on Sirte

Eastern Libyan forces mounted an air strike on Sirte held by the internationally recognised government, an official and residents said, widening a conflict around...

“Super camps” for Nigerian soldiers

When Islamic State gunmen stormed the Nigerian town Magumeri on of August 21 they had free rein. Nigerian soldiers left the town earlier under...

Haftar commanders killed

Two commanders of eastern Libyan forces trying to take Tripoli from the internationally-recognised government died in a drone strike, officials said. The strike is...

Farewell to Mugabe

Zimbabwe founder Robert Mugabe was honoured as an icon, principled leader and African intellectual giant at a state funeral after a week of disputes...

Sanctions for North Korean hacking groups

The US Treasury announced sanctions on three North Korean hacking groups it said were involved in “WannaCry” ransomware attacks and hacking international banks and...

US flags Huawei security concerns

The United States raised concerns with Gulf allies over a possible security risk in Huawei technology for their 5G mobile infrastructure US officials said. ...

Uighurs targeted in iPhone attack

Apple Inc confirmed China’s Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority group considered a security threat by Beijing, had been the target of attacks due to...

German firm investigated for spyware

German prosecutors are investigating a Bavarian company named in a media investigation as supplying software to Turkey for spying via phones. The Munich prosecutors...

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...

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...