SANDF rejuvenating through MSDS

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is rejuvenating its ranks through the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) recruitment drive, with the latest intake...

RDM continues to enhance product range

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is working on refining its existing ammunition products and introducing new ones to the market, with improvements ranging from 40...

Ramaphosa’s Rugby World Cup excursion questioned

The question of who – in government department terms - should pay for executive air transport has again surfaced with the revelation that President...

SANDF rejuvenating through MSDS

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is rejuvenating its ranks through the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) recruitment drive, with the latest intake...

ISS: Lesotho’s future no clearer as Tom Thabane resigns

Just when it looked like things couldn’t get worse in Lesotho, the country was again plunged into uncertainty last week with the announcement by...

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Mali receives armoured vehicles from the UAE, EU

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is supplying 30 Typhoon armoured vehicles to Mali’s military to improve its ability to fight growing insecurity in the...

Egypt opens new military base on the Red Sea

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has opened Egypt’s newest military base, which is the largest on the Red Sea and one of the biggest...

Terrier LT-79 vehicles in service with Libyan National Army

The Libyan National Army (LNA) has taken into service The Armoured Group (TAG) Terrier LT-79 armoured personnel carrier in its latest acquisition of foreign-supplied...

US donates equipment to Burkina Faso’s military

The United States has donated equipment including logistics vehicles and armoured storage containers to Burkina Faso’s military in order to build the country’s capacity...

Turkey to explore for oil off Somalia

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Somalia invited his country to explore for oil in its seas, after Ankara signed a maritime agreement with Libya...

French frigate Nivose visiting Cape Town next week

The French surveillance frigate Nivose will be in Cape Town between 21 and 26 January this year on a routine stopover, and will be...

Pakistan Navy courtesy call at Naval Base Simon’s Town

Pakistan Navy platforms PNS Aslat (F-22P), a Zulfiquar Class guided missile frigate and PNS Moawin (A39), a fleet replenishment tanker, ported in Simon’s Town...

Naval College MTO passing out parade

Year-end is traditionally when courses and programmes finish and those enrolled take part in passing out parades to mark successful completion. The SA Naval College...

Crew kidnappings increase in the Gulf of Guinea

Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was “an alarming increase” in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International...

Nigerian waters are most at risk from pirates in the world – MICA report

The four-year-old Maritime Information Co-operation and Awareness (MICA) centre’s latest annual report points out maritime insecurity in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea remains high while...

French frigate seizes five tonnes of drugs in the Indian Ocean

The French frigate Courbet has seized five tonnes of drugs in the Indian Ocean in the last three weeks. On Friday 13 December, La Fayette-class...

Ghana starts construction of new naval base

Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially launched construction of the country’s new naval base with a sod-turning ceremony. Akufo-Addo said the base is...

Lebanon protests turn violent

Protests in Lebanon turned violent for a second night on Wednesday with dozens injured after security forces used batons and tear gas to break...

Call for anti-US demos in Iraq

Populist Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a million Iraqis to march against the US “presence and violations” in Iraq after Washington’s killing...

Further protests called for in wake of airliner shoot down

Iranian social media posts urged citizens to take to the streets for a fifth day after public anger following a belated admission by authorities...

Sudan rebuffed over US embassy bombings

The US Supreme Court refused to hear Sudan’s bid to avoid paying $3.8 billion in damages to family members of people killed or injured...

ISS: No smoke without fire – South Africa’s illicit cigarette trade

The illicit trade in tobacco, especially cigarettes, costs South Africa’s economy billions of rand annually through lost tax revenue. According to the South African...

ISS: Tunisia must put its human trafficking laws to work

Tunisia has made significant advances since 2016 to stop human trafficking. Laws have been passed, anti-trafficking institutions created, and growing numbers of victims identified...

Migrant boat sinks off Greek island

At least twelve people drowned when their boat sank off a western Greece island, Greek authorities said, marking the deadliest toll in months in...

Putting an end to the illicit weapons trade in West Africa

A regional law enforcement operation against firearms trafficking in West Africa led to arrests and seizures in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. Codenamed “KAFO”...

Kidnapped Indian mine owner’s son released in Burkina Faso

The son of an Indian gold mine owner in Burkina Faso, kidnapped by unidentified assailants in 2018, was released, his father said. Kimar Akoliya,...

Nigerian aid worker hub targeted – UN

Islamist militants attacked a facility housing aid groups in north-east Nigeria at the weekend in what the UN warned is an escalation in violence...

Six hurt in Somali car bomb explosion

A car bomb targeting Turkish contractors exploded in Afgoye, northwest of Mogadishu, wounding at least six people, police said. It was not known who...

Three dead in Lagos pipeline fire

A fire on a pipeline owned by Nigeria’s state oil company in Lagos killed three people, a Reuters witness said. The blaze broke out...

Iraqi protesters wounded

Dozens of Iraqi protesters were wounded in Baghdad and other cities in clashes with security forces trying to clear blocked roads, security and medical...

Lebanon clashes continue

Cat-and-mouse clashes between Lebanon’s security forces and protesters wounded scores on a night of violence that rocked central Beirut. Riot police fired tear gas and...

Iran protesters demand leaders quit

Protests erupted across Iran for a second day on Sunday increasing pressure on the Islamic Republic’s leadership after it admitted its military shot down...

Yemen Houthi not responsible for Saudi oil attack

Yemen’s Houthi group did not launch an attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities in September, a confidential report by UN sanctions monitors seen by...

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...

Teaching excellence honour for Military Science Faculty lecturer

A member of the lecturing staff at the Stellenbosch University Military Science Faculty Lieutenant Colonel Andre Pretorius was honoured with a teaching excellence award...

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...

Nigerian Air Force receives second batch of AW109 helicopters

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is about to take into service two more AW109 Power helicopters after they were delivered by air from Italy...

SAAF Oryx used to rescue man who fell off KZN cliff

A South African Air Force (SAAF) Oryx medium transport helicopter was used to rescue an injured man who fell down a 100 metre cliff...

Egypt confirms it is operating Mi-24 attack helicopters

The Egyptian military is operating the Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopter, with the Egyptian Ministry of Defence showing the type in active service. A video, released...

SAAF helps NSRI evacuate injured ship’s crew

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has used two of its helicopters to assist the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) to medically evacuate five...

Ivory Coast clears homes around airport after stowaway death

Authorities in Ivory Coast evicted thousands of people living near the country’s main airport in response to the death of a 14-year-old boy in...

SAA funding talks

South Africa’s Public Enterprises Ministry was talking with Treasury to raise funds to rescue South African Airways (SAA), following a meeting with business rescue...

SAA sells nine aircraft to accommodate new fleet

South African Airways (SAA) has put some of its aircraft up for sale to accommodate the new Airbus A350-900s the airline recently added to...

SA government scrambling on SAA

South Africa is scrambling to find extra funding to rescue South African Airways (SAA), which last month entered a form of bankruptcy protection to...

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...

Drones finding their place in the environment

Climate change is an irrefutable fact as the globe gets warmer year-on-year. It is therefore crucial to accurately analyse its effects and gather data....

Drones safeguarding SA properties, mines and wildlife

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, have applications in multiple industries due to their ability to conduct surveillance and gather data on...

Drones cement their place in the construction and industrial sector

Construction, land surveying and town mapping require extensive knowledge of sites. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in conjunction with their payload and software,...

Libya oil ports closure

The closing of Libya’s oil ports is “a huge step” by the Libyan people, the spokesman for forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar...

Nigerien army base attack death toll rises

The death toll from Thursday’s attack by suspected jihadists on a Niger army base is at least 89, security sources said, surpassing a raid...

Turkey to deal with Gaddafi-era compensation

Turkey plans to sign a preliminary $2.7 billion compensation deal for work carried out in Libya before the 2011 civil war, a sector official...

Niger targets Islamist militants

Niger will launch a new military offensive against Islamist militants after an attack on an army base killed at least 25 soldiers, the defence...

Foreign state suspected of Austrian cyberattack

Austria suspects a foreign country is behind a serious cyberattack on information systems at its Foreign Ministry, the ministry said. “Given the type and...

Iran foils cyber-attack

Iran foiled a major cyber-attack on its infrastructure launched by a foreign government, the Iranian telecoms minister said, two months after reports of a...

North Korean hackers working with East European cybercriminals

North Korean state-backed hackers appear to be co-operating with Eastern European cybercriminals, a report said in a finding suggesting digital gangsters and state-backed spies...

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...

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...