Body armour development in South Africa comes under the spotlight

Du Pont Defence in collaboration with Bullet Proofing Technology (BPT) examined South African developments in body armour during a recent symposium in Pretoria, highlighting...

Algeria modernising Su-24s

The Algerian Air Force is overhauling and upgrading its Su-24 strike aircraft fleet, with the first six at the 514 Aviation Repair Plant in...

Soldier impersonators apparently attack and murder elderly KZN woman

The issue of the illegal use of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) uniforms was this week again in the public focus after a...

Ethiopia election postponed

Ethiopia postponed parliamentary elections scheduled for August due to the coronavirus outbreak, the electoral board said in, a move endorsed by key opposition parties. The...

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Bruiser 112 making good progress with blast testing

Bruisertech is making swift progress on the blast trials of its Bruiser 112 armoured personnel carrier (APC), with landmine and improvised explosive device (IED)...

Ivory Coast to receive trucks from South Korea

Towards the end of this year Ivory Coast’s military will take delivery of 100 trucks from South Korea’s KIA to replace its French-made ACMAT...

UK helps Somali National Army battalion graduate

The first battalion of the Somali National Army (SNA) 8th Brigade has graduated from infantry training at the UK-supported training facility in Southwest State,...

Tunisia using unmanned robots to enforce lockdown

Tunisia’s Ministry of Interior is using the locally developed P-Guard unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to monitor the streets of the capital Tunis as part...

South African ports working

South African ports remain open for cargo, although essential goods should be prioritised where possible, the Department of Transport said in a notice shared...

SA Navy to offer the public cabins on anti-piracy patrol ships

SIMONE’S TOWN, 1 April 2020 - In an effort to raise funds to pay for anti-piracy patrols off the East Coast of Africa, the...

Russian Navy vessels arrive in Cape Town amid COVID-19 lockdown

Two Russian Navy ships of the Baltic Fleet arrived in Table Bay Harbour on Monday morning, but all planned activities have been curtailed due...

French Navy to deploy Mistral class LHDs to fight coronavirus in Reunion, Caribbean

The French Navy will deploy the Mistral class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels Mistral and Dixmude to Reunion and the Caribbean to help with...

Operation Sea Guardian resumes in eastern Mediterranean

The Turkish corvette Buyukada left Aksaz port as flagship to NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian focused patrols late last month. Under the command of Captain...

Australian Navy seizes drugs in the Gulf of Aden

The Royal Australian Navy vessel HMAS Toowoomba has interdicted over 3 000 kilograms of illegal narcotics including hashish and heroin in the Gulf of...

France pulls vessel from West Coast maritime security mission due to coronavirus

The French Navy has suspended its Mission Corymbe off West Africa due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and withdrawn a vessel from the area. The patrol...

No first quarter Op Copper deployment this year

With the end of 2020’s first quarter only days away, it’s apparent there will not be a SA Navy Operation Copper deployment as previously...

ISS: Insurgents change tactics as Mozambique seeks help

Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique has seen a dramatic spike in attacks in recent days, including a spectacular ‘hearts and minds’ operation by...

French-led Operation Monclar sees success in the Sahel

French, Malian, Burkinabe and Nigerien soldiers took part in a joint counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel earlier this month involving several thousand troops. As part...

US conducts another air strike in Somalia

The US military’s Africa Command has carried out another air strike in Somalia targeting al Shabaab. The Command said in coordination with the Federal Government...

Militants strike again in Mozambique

Militants in Mozambique have struck for a second time in a week in the north of the country. Early on Wednesday, they attacked the town...

Greek migrant camp quarantined

Greece quarantined a migrant camp after 20 asylum seekers tested positive for coronavirus, the migration ministry said. Tests on 63 people were conducted after a...

EU launches Operation Irini to enforce Libya arms embargo

The European Union is stepping up its efforts to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya through the launch of a new CSDP (Common...

New EU Libya sea patrols in April

The European Union will launch a new Mediterranean naval and air mission in April to stop arms reaching warring factions in Libya, EU diplomats...

Uganda borders closed

Uganda closed its borders on Wednesday to new refugee arrivals as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus in a country that long kept...

Two thousand plus arrests for non-compliance with South African COVID regulations

Law enforcement agencies arrested 2 289 suspects for non-compliance with COVID-19 National State of Disaster regulations, Police Minister Bheki Cele said. Speaking at a media...

Contact tracing, not spying – Minister assures South Africans

Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams assured South Africans contact tracing for COVID-19 cases will not be used to spy. Addressing a...

Some South African lockdown regulations relaxed

Patients with life-threatening diseases are now allowed to enter South Africa or go abroad for medical treatment. This is one of several revised regulations announced...

Mobile coronavirus tracking underway in SA

South Africa’s Telkom, Samsung and the government teamed up to develop a track and trace database to identify the whereabouts of people who may...

Fractures among Iraq militias

In February, an Iraqi militia commander trained by Iran took over the empty office of his slain superior, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed alongside Iranian...

Taliban not talking to Afghan government

The Taliban declined to start talks with the Afghan government’s new negotiating team in a setback to a US-brokered peace process in one of...

Houthi drones downed

The Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed drones launched by Iran-aligned Yemen’s Houthis at “civilian targets” in Saudi cities Abha and Khamis Mushait, state news...

Afghanistan Sikh complex attacked

Gunmen and suicide bombers hit a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital Kabul killing 25 people before security forces killed all the attackers,...

COVID-19 impacting on the European aerospace and defence industry

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is wreaking havoc on the European aerospace and defence industry and is taking a huge toll on air travel demand....

Eurosatory 2020 cancelled

The COVID-19 coronavirus has claimed yet another defence show, with the Eurosatory exhibition in France cancelled this year. It will next take place in...

Naval radar market set to register steady growth of 4%

The global naval radar market is estimated to grow at a steady compound annual growth rage (CAGR) of over 4% between 2019 and 2029...

Lock up or release? Coronavirus, prisoner quandary

The rapid spread of coronavirus is piling pressure on criminal justice systems globally and seen a flood of prisoner releases, with the US, Canada...

UCT develops app to track coronavirus patients

After South Africans commenced a 21-day lockdown on 26 March, a group of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) continued working on...

CSIR’s Cmore tapped for COVID-19 situational awareness

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Cmore situational awareness system is being customised to service the COVID-19 coronavirus response in South Africa. This...

US Army scientists create innovative quantum sensor that could revolutionise communications

A quantum sensor could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, said...

US tests unarmed hypersonic weapon

The Pentagon said it tested an unarmed hypersonic weapon in Hawaii, as both China and Russia develop similar military and defence capabilities. The Department of...

Ivory Coast receives second hand Mi-8Ps

The Ivory Coast Air Force has taken delivery of two second hand Mi-8P transport helicopters, which it plans to use to assist with coronavirus...

Another Ivorian Mi-24 crashes

An Mi-24 attack helicopter from the Ivory Coast’s Air Force has crashed – the second in four months. The Mi-24D came down on 18 March...
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Oryx remains Monusco’s top transport helicopter in the DRC

The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (Monusco) has a Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU) based in the eastern DRC city, Goma. The CHU includes three...

Cameroon Air Force operating another Bell 412EP

Cameroon’s Air Force has received a second Bell 412EP helicopter, boosting its fleet to four. The aircraft (TJ-XRA) was cancelled from the US register on...

Charter flight denied entry to South Africa

A passenger arriving on a private charter at OR Tambo International Airport was not allowed to disembark, the Ministry of Transport said. “At approximately 12:30pm...

Lengthy recovery period for airlines post coronavirus

International seat capacity dropped by 80% from a year ago and half the world’s airplanes are in storage, new data shows, suggesting the aviation...

Crisis-hit airlines face crippling cash squeeze, IATA says

Global airlines warned on Tuesday that many carriers may not survive a record cash squeeze in the second quarter, as revenues and traffic plunge...

Airlink announced suspension of operations due to coronavirus lockdown

South African-based domestic and regional airline Airline has announced it is suspending all operations after midnight this Thursday, 26 March 2020 in support of...

Drone racing viewing figures flying high

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is taking off in more ways than one as the coronavirus pandemic brings most other sport to a standstill...

UAE orders more Seekers from Denel

The United Arab Emirates has ordered further  Seeker unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Denel Dynamics, worth more than R100 million. The latest contract, worth AED25 821 190...

Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey

Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in the company’s first export order for the type. Last year Turkish...

Drones to feature heavily at Securex 2020

The South African drone market is on the up-and-up. According to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s ‘South African Drone Market 2019’ report, the global drone market will increase...

Libyan fighting continues as more coronavirus reported

Two new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Libya, authorities said after the first was detected last week, with international aid agencies warning of a...

Coronavirus hits Libya, fighting continues

Battles around Tripoli on Wednesday followed intensified bombardment of the capital, ignoring international pleas for a truce to tackle the coronavirus after the first...

Islamic State claims Mozambique attack

Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mozambique south of gas projects worth $60 billion under development by Exxon Mobil...

Chadian soldiers killed by militants

Boko Haram militants killed 92 Chadian soldiers and wounded 47 in the deadliest attack ever on the country’s military, President Idriss Deby said. The soldiers...

Hackers target WHO

Hackers working in the interests of the Iranian government attempted to break into personal email accounts of staff at the World Health Organisation (WHO)...

Computer analysis to assist in finding Israeli coronavirus carriers

Israel’s defence ministry plans to use software that analyses data from mobile phones - produced, according to Israeli media, by the spyware firm NSO...

Spike in Chinese digital espionage

A US cybersecurity firm detected a surge in cyber spying by a suspected Chinese group dating back to January, when coronavirus starting spreading outside...

Cybersecurity experts unite to fight coronavirus hacking

A 400-strong international group of volunteers with expertise in cybersecurity was formed to fight hacking related to the novel coronavirus. Called the COVID-19 CTI League,...

Speech: Ramaphosa at Armed Forces Day 2020

Address by Commander-In-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day 2020, Polokwane, Limpopo, 21 February 2020. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans,...

Speech: Msimang at SAAF Prestige Day

Air Force Prestige Day Parade Address by the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Z Msimang at Air Force Base Swartkop...

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...