Africom Commander visits Niger, assesses security situation

General Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, culminated his multi-country West Africa regional visit in Niger, where he met with President Mahamadou Issoufou, senior...

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...

Zambian C-27Js delivered

It appears the Zambian Air Force has taken delivery of its two C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, after they were ordered in 2015. One of Zambia’s...

Six of SA’s oldest Reserve Force units have new names

Four of the ten oldest Reserve Force units in the country retain their original names. They are Umvoti Mounted Rifles, established in 1864, Durban...

SA Cabinet to address xenophobia

Cabinet is determined to decisively address the underlying causes which led to the attacks on foreign nationals and some South Africans. “We also in the...

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Tyron runflats demonstrated on DCD’s Springbuck APC

Tyron’s all-terrain rubber runflats have been demonstrated on DCD Protected Mobility’s Springbuck armoured personnel carrier (APC) during a recent test. During the demonstrations, which focused...

Paramount certifies Mbombe 4 after blast trials

Paramount Group has received final certification for its Mbombe 4x4 armoured vehicle after undergoing blast testing that proved the integrity of its flat-floor mine-resistant...

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...

SA Navy celebrates democracy with fleet review

2019 marks 25 years since South Africans went to the polls in the country’s first democratic elections and the South African Navy (SA Navy)...

SA Navy in danger of losing frigate and submarine capabilities due to declining budget

The South African Navy over the coming years risks losing its frigate and submarine capabilities if the current state of funding continues. This is according...

World Maritime Day in SA

South Africa will host the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) World Maritime Day Parallel Event in Durban next year. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula received the official...

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...

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...

Moves to limit Algiers protests

Algeria’s army chief ordered buses and cars bringing protesters to the capital stopped and seized, the latest measure aimed at quelling weekly demonstrations demanding...

Agricultural union “concerned” about farm murders

A slight decrease in farm murders announced by Police Minister Bheki Cele has not appeased the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU) which remains “concerned” about...

KZN to clamp down on stock theft

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is concerned at the rise of stock theft in the province. This follows the release of crime...

Somali, US forces engage insurgents

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S Africa Command conducted an airstrike on Al-Shabaab insurgents after they attacked a Somali patrol northwest...

Libyan coastguard picks up migrants

Libya’s Coast Guard picked up 493 migrants on six inflatable boats in six operations in a week northeast and northwest of Tripoli. The migrants,...

Nigeria is staging ground for pangolin trade

In a rubble-strewn storage lot in Nigerian port city of Lagos, customs agents crack open a shipping container crammed with pangolin scales, a shy...

Malta to take 90 migrants

Malta will accept 90 migrants rescued by an Italian coastguard vessel in its search and rescue zone, defusing a stand-off with the new Italian...

Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia, two dead

A boat carrying migrants sank off Tunisia drowning at least two with nine rescued and 14 missing, a coastguard official said. The boat sank...

Operation O Kae Molao nets 600 suspects

An ongoing, multi-disciplinary operation in Gauteng resulted in 600 suspects, wanted for serious crimes, being arrested. Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith...

Trafficking sentence welcomed

The SA government welcomed the six life sentences and an additional 129 years imprisonment for human trafficking and related charges handed down to convicted...

Algerian political boss detained

Algeria detained the leader of its former ruling party, as authorities strove to quell months of mass protests ahead of a December election. The...

States inflict cruelty on rights activists

A quarter of UN member states carry out suspected reprisals against activists who co-operate with the world body on human rights issues, Secretary-General Antonio...

Houthi attack foiled

The Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed an explosives-laden boat launched from Yemen by the Iran-aligned Houthi group, an incident that could further increase regional...

Yemen Houthis threaten UAE targets

Yemen’s Houthi group said it identified dozens of sites in the United Arab Emirates as possible targets, an attempt to stress its military clout...

Germany extends Saudi arms embargo

Germany has extended its embargo on exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia by six months, a spokesman for the German government said. “Until 31 March...

Saudi to provide proof Iran behind oil attack

Saudi Arabia said it would produce evidence linking regional rival Tehran to an attack on its oil industry Washington believes originated from Iran in...

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...

Kenyan MD530Fs to be delivered by year-end

The Kenyan military will receive six MD530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters by the end of this year, with training and support contracts having just been...

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...

Airbus revises up jet demand, trims traffic growth

Airbus on Wednesday revised up forecasts for jetliner demand in the next 20 years led by growth in the new industrial hubs of Asia,...

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...

Technical glitch keeps Heathrow climate drones grounded

Climate-change activists hoping to bring Europe’s biggest airport, London Heathrow, to a standstill on Friday found it was their drones that struggled to get...

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...

Taliban truck bomb kills 20

A Taliban truck bomb killed at least 20 people and wounded 95 when it exploded near a hospital in southern Afghanistan, a provincial official...

Rwandan militia commander slain

]Democratic Republic of Congo’s army said it killed Sylvestre Mudacumura, commander of a Rwandan Hutu militia wanted by the International Criminal Court. Mudacumura was...

Taliban attacks kill 48

Taliban suicide bombers killed 48 people in two separate attacks in Afghanistan, the deadliest near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, who was...

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...

China behind Australia parliament hack

Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the May general election, five...

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...

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...