Egypt court orders the release of Al Jazeera journalist

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of a news producer for Qatar’s Al Jazeera television network held in pretrial detention for more...

Defence Industry Fund aims to assist exporters and SMEs

Crede Capital Partners, managers of the recently launched South African Defence Industry Fund (DIF), is launching a series of investment funds to assist defence...

Mauritania receives CN235 transport

Mauritania’s military has taken delivery of a second hand CN235 transport aircraft from the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft was delivered on 13 May in...

SANDF going “all out” for presidential inauguration

The national defence force is “going all out” for Saturday’s presidential inauguration at Loftus Versfeld according to an officer quoted by SAnews, the official...

Outspoken Mugabe critic dies

Veteran Zimbabwean nationalist Dumiso Dabengwa, jailed by Robert Mugabe on treason charges during army massacres rights groups say killed thousands in the 1980s, died...

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Libya’s UN-backed government receives large arms shipment

Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) have received dozens of armoured vehicles and other arms, including Turkish-made Kirpi vehicles. The vehicles...

Imperial Armour displays new products at Securex

Personal protection equipment manufacturer Imperial Armour has displayed new products at the 2019 edition of Securex, including a farmer’s jacket designed to protect people...

Transportability a key component of Bruiser APC

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One of the unique selling points of the new Bruisertech Bruiser 112 armoured personnel carrier (APC) is that it has been designed to fit...

Burkina Faso receives donated APCs

Quatar has donated 24 Storm armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to Burkina Faso, which will use them for counter-terrorism and security operations. Three Qatar Emiri Air...

Kenyan Navy visits Mozambique

The Kenyan Navy vessel KNS Jasiri has stopped in Maputo, Mozambique, whilst on a training cruise and delivered nearly 6 tons of medical supplies...

Damen building offshore vessel for De Beers Namibia

Damen Shipyards Group has started construction of a new offshore vessel for De Beers Marine Namibia, which will use it for marine diamond recovery. A...

Agulhas II returns from Marion Island relief voyage

The South African maritime research vessel SA Agulhas II is back in Cape Town after her annual Marion island relief voyage which also saw...

Egypt launches locally built corvette

The Egyptian Navy has launched its second locally built Gowind class corvette, Al-Moez, which was built by the Alexandria Shipyard Company in cooperation with...

Tackling maritime threats and challenges in the Gulf of Guinea: Contributions of the Nigerian Navy

The strategic value attached to the sea and resources therein usually heightens the exposure of littoral nations to maritime security breaches. Contiguous states are...

Gabon gets new maritime operations centre

Gabon’s navy has accepted a new maritime operations centre (MOC), which was built by the United States Navy’s Seabees. It will support Gabon in...

Italian police seize migrant boat, risking stand-off with deputy PM

Italian prosecutors have ordered the seizure of a rescue boat anchored outside the port of Lampedusa in Sicily, triggering a potential tug-of-war with Deputy...

Maritime security the Seychelles way

Africa’s smallest nation is setting a standard for safe, sustainable seas through the prosecution of pirates, international maritime cooperation and proactive measures to protect...

ISS: Algeria, Sudan and the power of protest

In the past two months, historic anti-government protests across Algeria and Sudan have forced their ageing autocrats to resign after decades of repressive rule....

Egypt to free opposition figures

Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered the release of a former diplomat and other opposition figures who criticised President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a judicial source said. Former...

Somali insurgents making own explosives

Somali Islamist insurgents are making their own explosives, a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters said, as they mount more frequent and deadly attacks. The...

Death toll among soldiers in Niger ambush rises to 28

The death toll from an ambush on Nigerien troops near the Mali border has risen to 28, an army spokesman said on Thursday, a...

Migrants rescued from inflatable rafts off Libya

Libya’s coast guard rescued 290 migrants clinging to inflatable rafts in two operations near Tripoli, a naval forces spokesman said. The western coast of Libya...

Botswana lifts ban on big game hunting

Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, lifted a ban on big game hunting on Wednesday, citing growing conflict between humans and...

Vapor Wake detection dogs securing South Africa’s airports

Vapor Wake mobile explosive detection dogs are being used to secure all nine of South Africa’s major airports on behalf of the Airports Company...

ISS: Car trafficking syndicates exploit Senegal’s port

West Africa represents the main hub for stolen vehicles exported from Western Europe and North America. This is according to INTERPOL’s 2018 report on...

Egypt court orders the release of Al Jazeera journalist

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of a news producer for Qatar’s Al Jazeera television network held in pretrial detention for more...

No time to lose in fight against Ebola in DR Congo

With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations announced measures to strengthen its...

Armed gang strikes in north-west Nigeria

An armed gang killed at least 18 people in the north-west Nigerian state Katsina, police and residents said, as unrest spreads across the region...

Civilians killed in Central African Republic

An armed militia killed 34 civilians in an attack in Central African Republic (CAR), a government spokesman said, issuing a deadline for the group’s...

Pentagon mulling U.S. military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions...

Yemen’s Houthis step up drone attacks on Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this week in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided...

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of ordering drone attack on oil pipeline

Saudi Arabia’s deputy defence minister on Thursday accused Iran of ordering an attack on Saudi oil pumping stations that Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militia has...

Group refutes ISIS beliefs

An anti-extremist organization says the ISIS ‘handbook’ is based on distortions of the Quran In the name of Allah, ISIS fighters have committed unspeakable atrocities. They...

Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says

The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday, calling...

China’s arms exports on the rise

Beijing continues to build its stature as a global arms exporter, according to the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on the military and security...

Islamic State claims ‘province’ in India for first time after clash in Kashmir

Islamic State (IS) claimed for the first time that it has established a “province” in India, after a clash between militants and security forces...

Images show construction on China’s third – and largest – aircraft carrier

Construction of China’s first full-sized aircraft carrier is well under way, according to satellite images obtained and analysed by a U.S. think tank. The images...

CSIR developing synthetic aperture radar

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology for aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellites. The Council...

CSIR continues to deliver DRFM devices

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to deliver its Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) devices, used in electronic warfare applications, to...

Hovering into battle

Although people have been flying for more than a century, personal flight remains elusive. Take for example Bell Aerosystems’ Rocket Belt, which was designed in...

US warhead destroys electronics, not buildings

The U.S. Air Force has deployed at least 20 missiles equipped with payloads that can destroy military electronics. The missile uses high-power microwaves (HPMs)...

One killed as Cameroon military helicopter crashes in restive North West region

A light helicopter belonging to Cameroon’s military crashed on 13 May in the restive North West region, killing at least one official. The helicopter, which...

A critical fight: anti-poaching with the H125

In Namibia and Botswana, government agencies are using the Airbus Helicopters H125 to fight the surge in wildlife crimes. The statistics are dire. Less than...

Delivery of Kenyan AW139s imminent

Kenya will soon be taking delivery of new AW139 helicopters from Leonardo Helicopters, with the aircraft being seen conducting test flights in Italy. Photos emerged...

Egypt reportedly orders AW149 helicopters

Egypt is believed to have ordered AW149 helicopters to use aboard its naval vessels, choosing the Leonardo Helicopters product over the competing NH90. According to...

Air taxi startup Lilium stages test ‘hover’ of five-seater prototype

Air taxi startup Lilium has staged a successful maiden flight of a five-seater prototype that it hopes to bring into service by 2025 to...

Bombardier to be supplied by Morocco plant after sale

Canada’s Bombardier Inc will sell its wing component plant in Morocco to a manufacturer that will continue to supply Bombardier after a sale, Moroccan...

Transnet getting new AW109SP helicopters

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will in the coming weeks receive two new AW109SP helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. On 17 April Gianfranco Sottotetti, Head...

Uganda receives Bombardier planes in step to national carrier relaunch

Uganda received on Tuesday two passenger planes, a key step in the country’s efforts to relaunch its defunct national carrier and share in the...

DHS warns of data threat from Chinese-made drones

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned U.S. firms of the risks to company data from Chinese-made drones, according to a notice reviewed...

Battle tank’s aerial wingman

Armoured warfare is known for several shortcomings in irregular terrain, and that has plagued many tank commanders since the very conception of the weapon....

FAA to U.S. airports: Do not install drone countermeasures on your own

The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airports in a letter released on Wednesday they could not install drone countermeasures without federal consent, warning they...

Armed drone in Libya “likely” Haftar or third party

United Nations sanctions monitors are investigating possible use of an armed drone by eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) forces or a supporting “third party”...

Islamic State West Africa claims Nigeria killings

Islamic State’s West Africa branch claimed responsibility for a raid in Nigeria in which it said 20 soldiers were killed and released a video...

Haftar rules out ceasefire

Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron, ruled out a ceasefire and said he wanted to rid Tripoli of militias...

Centre rallies East Africa against extremists

East Africa stretches from the mountains of Eritrea south through the Great Rift Valley, which burrows from Djibouti across Ethiopia and into Kenya. Somalia...

Tripoli water supply restored

Water supplies to 2.5 million Tripoli residents were restored two days after they were cut off by gunmen, officials said, allowing the besieged capital...

CSIR enhances cyber offerings

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is promoting its wide array of cyber defence and security offerings, including a cyber test range,...

Iran builds firewall against Stuxnet computer virus

Iran has developed software to protect its industry against the Stuxnet computer virus, the Iranian communications minister said on Thursday, after accusing Israel in...

Police smash ‘GozNym’ cybercrime network that stole $100 million

Police in six countries have dismantled a complex cybercrime network that operated from Eastern Europe and fleeced victims - including small businesses and charities...

Twitter suspended 166,153 accounts for terrorism content in second-half of 2018

Twitter is making headway in tackling online terrorism content on its platform as it suspended over 166,000 accounts in the second half of last...

Document: Department of Defence annual report 2017-18

The Department of Defence has released its annual report for the 2017/18 financial year. Click here to view the document: DoD_Annual_Report_2017-18

Read the DoD annual report

With currently no indication when the Department of Defence (DoD) website (www.dod.mil.za) will be up and running again, defenceWeb has decided to...

Speech: Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of AAD 2018

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, 19 September...

Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa...