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Bird Aerosystems demonstrates maritime domain awareness system in Africa

Bird Aerosystems has successfully demonstrated its OSCAR (Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance solution) system in Africa. The company on 14 January said during the trial,...

China is world’s second largest arms producer

Newly available data suggests China is the world’s second-biggest arms producer, behind the United States and ahead of Russia, a leading conflict and armaments...

SAAF 100 picking up criticism

The absence of numbers, whether 100 or 25, on the logo which purports to mark both these anniversaries of the SA Air Force (SAAF)...

South African Army bids farewell to General Yam

The South African Army hosted a farewell parade for former Chief, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, who is the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s)...

Progress with Vaal River clean-up

Tumelo Gopane, managing director of East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT), says steady progress is being made with the Vaal River clean-up project. Giving an...

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Militaries make final preparations for Exercise African Lion 20

Military planners from the U.S., Europe and Africa concluded their final planning event in Morocco between 13 and 18 January for African Lion 20,...

Tunisia orders armoured vehicles from Turkey’s BMC, UAVs from Aerovironment

Tunisia has ordered more armoured vehicles from Turkish defence company BMC, and is also due to receive eight unmanned aerial vehicles from Aerovironment in...

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...

Cameroon’s Navy to purchase two American patrol boats

The Cameroonian Navy plans to acquire two American-made 110-foot type patrol boats this year in order to bolster the country’s ability to effectively secure...

Dramatic start to French frigate’s visit to South Africa

French surveillance frigate Le Nivose arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday, ahead of her regular patrol to the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, a...

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...

Bird Aerosystems demonstrates maritime domain awareness system in Africa

Bird Aerosystems has successfully demonstrated its OSCAR (Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance solution) system in Africa. The company on 14 January said during the trial,...

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...

Soleimani killing adds new dimension to Iraq unrest

Iranian-backed Shi’ite factions exhorted Iraqis to turn out for a “million-strong” march aimed at whipping up anti-American sentiment as the US struggle with Iran...

“Enemy achieved a degree of success in its attack” – Africom on al-Shabaab airfield attack

In the early hours of 5 January, al-Shabaab attacked a Kenyan Defence Force Military Base (Camp Simba) in Manda Bay, Kenya, killing US Army...

Cameroon soldiers on trial

The trial of seven Cameroonian soldiers accused of participating in killing two women and two children started behind closed doors, judicial sources said, after...

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...

Smart border management – the transformation from analog to digital borders

A border is something where the territorial boundary of a sovereign country ends and what begins is a bigger responsibility of protecting its boundary...

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...

ISS: Female Boko Haram members need tailor-made rehabilitation

That women have links to Boko Haram in Nigeria is well known. Exactly what part they play though is often unclear or misunderstood. Women...

Conspiracy jail sentences for Rwandan opposition

Six Rwandan opposition figures were jailed for seven to 12 years after being convicted of forming an illegal armed group and conspiring against government,...

Locusts threaten food security in East Africa

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more East African...

Tribal attack in disputed South Sudan region

Suspected Misseriya tribesmen killed at least 29 people, some burned to death, in an attack on a village in the disputed Abyei border region...

New government for Lebanon

Lebanon formed a new government on Tuesday, the presidency announced after Shi’ite Hezbollah and its allies clinched a deal on a cabinet that must...

Iraq protests claim more lives

Two protesters died in Iraq as police fought running street battles with anti-government demonstrators, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing youths...

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...

Continuing growth expected in global defence market

As 2018 turned to 2019, growth in the global defence environment moderated slightly, according to a new white paper from Forecast International. The Global Defence...

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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Quantum computing set to alter aerospace and defence technology

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Artificial intelligence supercharges surveillance, enabling access to petabytes of untapped data

Surveillance has reached the next level, with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) supercharging this technology. The use...

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...

Nigerian Air Force to induct two new AW109s next week

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will introduce into service two newly delivered AW109 helicopters on 28 January, after receiving them earlier this month. The NAF...

Kenya commissions MD 530F helicopters

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) have commissioned into service the six new MD 530F helicopters recently delivered from the United States. Chief of the Defence...

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...

Mitiga Airport reopens

Libya’s internationally recognised government said reopened Mitiga, Tripoli’s only functioning airport, following closure after rockets were fired at it. Mitiga, east of central Tripoli,...

Mitiga Airport closed – again

The only functioning airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli closed on Wednesday after rockets were fired at it, the airport said in a statement. An...

ANC wants SAA saved

Heavily-indebted South African Airways (SAA) should be retained as a national airline but needs substantial restructuring, a top official in the governing African National...

SAA cancels flights

South African Airways (SAA) cancelled more than 20 domestic flights between its Johannesburg hub and Cape Town and Durban this week and 10 international...

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,...

Twenty dead in Mali attack

Twenty soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn attack on an army camp in central Mali, government said. The identity of the attackers was not...

Haftar pushes west

Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar sought to open a new front by moving forces toward Misrata, allied to the country’s internationally recognised government,...

Funding for vigilantes approved in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s parliament voted to provide funding and training to local vigilantes in response to the growing firepower of jihadist groups threatening to overrun...

ISS: Somalia, terrorism and Kenya’s security dilemma

Barely two weeks into 2020, al-Shabaab has attacked Kenya five times, leaving scores of Kenyans and foreigners dead. For the first time, one of...

UN officials barred from WhatsApp

UN officials do not use WhatsApp to communicate because “it’s not supported as a secure mechanism,” a spokesman said after UN experts accused Saudi...

Fringe groups undermine democracy via social media

Social media has become a hotbed of extremism, used to undermine democracy, a think tank said, calling for reforms to restore trust in government...

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...

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...