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South Africa’s Denel aims to end Airbus A400M work within 18 months

South African state arms firm Denel aims to wind down production of parts for the Airbus A400M military aircraft over the next six to...

Botswana acquires another C212

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has acquired an additional C212 light transport aircraft, its second in two years. The aircraft was recently seen at Lanseria...

SANDF opens Rand Show with a roar

The roar of a Gripen fighter overhead the Nasrec show grounds marked the opening ceremony of the 2019 Rand Show, which was officiated by...

SA must relook at access to firearms: Cele

South Africa would be better off if only its armed forces and not private citizens had access to firearms, Police Minister Bheki Cele said...

All options open to end Algerian crisis

Algeria’s army chief said the military was considering all options to resolve the national political crisis and warned “time is running out”, after weeks...

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Lessons learnt from latest Op Copper deployment

The most recent Operation Copper deployment in the Mozambique Channel, in addition to providing valuable "on-the-job" training for both sailors and airmen,...

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SANDF considering replacement of man-portable anti-tank missiles

Armscor has issued a request for information (RFI) for a new man-portable anti-tank missile system to replace the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s)...

Senegal acquires more Bastion armoured vehicles

It has emerged that Senegal is now operating an additional batch of Arquus Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs), which were seen for the first...

New Bruiser armoured personnel carriers being built for stock

Bruisertech is relatively unique amongst the world’s armoured vehicle manufacturers in that it is building vehicles on stock that will be available for immediate...

RDM expanding 40 mm round lineup

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is expanding its 40 mm grenade range, with airburst and self-destruct rounds being developed. RDM said that client requests for enhanced...

Abu Dhabi’s Privinvest sues Mozambique in debt scandal

Abu Dhabi-based shipbuilder Privinvest said on Monday it had begun arbitration proceedings to claim compensation against three Mozambican state-owned companies at the centre of...

Royal Canadian Navy warships make Phoenix Express debut

On March 29, the 15th edition of the training event PHOENIX EXPRESS officially began in Casablanca, Morocco. Following a formal opening ceremony ships and...

French amphibious task force takes a breather in the Cape

French task force “Jeanne d'Arc” 2019, a five month operational deployment of a two-vessel amphibious battle group, arrived in Cape Town on the morning...

Sea Cadets provide a good training ground for a naval career

When it comes to recruitment, the maritime service of the national defence force can turn to the SA Sea Cadets where young men and...

Spanish Navy rescues Nigerian vessel from pirates

The Spanish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel Serviola has rescued the crew of a Nigerian-flagged vessel in the Gulf of Guinea from pirates, who had...

Canadians seize 2.5 tonnes of hashish in the Indian Ocean

On 6 April, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina seized 2 569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of...

Piracy down in first quarter of 2019

Incidents of piracy and armed robbery of ships in the first quarter of this year are down when compared to the same period last...

Crew kidnapped from cargo ship off Cameroon

Four crewmembers have been kidnapped from a container ship off the coast of Cameroon in the latest piracy incident in the region. The vessel Contship...

Bashir in Kobar prison

Deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said, as military rulers announced...

Rifles stolen as Kenyan police watch Champions League football

The temptation to watch UEFA Champions League quarter-finals football featuring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo backfired for some Kenyan policemen when thieves raided their...

Death toll exceeds 200 in Tripoli fighting

Some 205 people have been killed, including 18 civilians, and 913 wounded in two weeks of fighting near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the...

Moroccan teachers protest

Hundreds of young Moroccan teachers staged a protest at the education ministry in Rabat for the sixth consecutive week of a strike demanding job...

Terrorists on migrant boats – claim

Chaos in Libya following General Khalifa Haftar’s offensive increased the risk of terrorist presence on migrant boats headed for Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini...

SA police seize rhino horn

South African police intercepted 167 rhino horns apparently destined for south-east Asia, one of the biggest hauls ever in the country. Two suspects, aged 57...

China seizes record ivory tusks, busts smuggling gang

Chinese authorities seized 7.48 tonnes of smuggled ivory tusks last month, the biggest haul in recent years, as Beijing steps up a campaign against...

Mediterranean migrant stand-off

Four European Union countries agreed to take 64 African migrants rescued by German ship Alan Kurdi and stranded at sea for almost two weeks,...

Fourteen dead in Darfur camp killing

Fourteen people died in clashes in a displacement camp in Sudan’s Darfur, Sudan news agency (SUNA) reported on Monday. Conflict in Darfur erupted in 2003...

Somali protesters killed

Somali security forces shot dead a rickshaw driver and his passenger in the capital and killed another four people protesting the shootings, witnesses and...

Mozambique Idai losses estimated at up to $773 million

The World Bank estimates direct economic losses from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique to range from $656 to $773 million, covering damage to buildings, infrastructure...

Cuban doctors abducted in Kenya

Unidentified gunmen abducted two Cuban doctors and killed a police officer near Kenya’s border with Somalia, television broadcaster KTN News and the Daily Nation...

Sudan forces to remain in Yemen

Sudan ruling transitional military council’s deputy head said Sudanese forces with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen will remain, Sudan news agency (SUNA)...

In unprecedented move, U.S. names Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

President Donald Trump said on Monday he would name Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organisation, in an unprecedented step that drew...

Islamic State ‘caliphate’ defeated, yet threat persists

U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State’s last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed “caliphate”, but the jihadists...

Battle for Baghouz rages

Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic State’s last enclave in east Syria, obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the group’s...

World’s largest plane makes first flight over California

The world’s largest aircraft took off over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch...

Elon Musk’s SpaceX sends world’s most powerful rocket on first commercial flight

The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday from Florida in a key demonstration...

U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends seven years in Ecuador embassy

British police dragged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of Ecuador’s embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his...

CSIR’s passive radar system now running at five sites

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) passive radar system has been rolled out to five different sites in the North-Eastern part of...

Hypersonic weapons: a challenge and opportunity for strategic arms control

In February, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs – jointly with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research - released a 50-page document...

MBDA and Milrem Robotics unveil anti-tank UGV

MBDA and Milrem Robotics are showcasing what they call the world’s first anti-tank unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition in Abu...

CSIR develops wide area surveillance system for armoured vehicles

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a panoramic 360 degree Wide Area Surveillance System which would give armoured vehicle crews...

SAAF A109 Light Utility Helicopter crashes

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has lost an A109 Light Utility Helicopter in a crash in Pretoria that injured both crewmembers on board. The...

Leonardo establishes helicopter production joint venture with Algeria

Leonardo and the Algerian Ministry of National Defence have established a joint venture for the local assembly, sale and support of Leonardo helicopters. Announcing the...

Rwandan Mi-17 crashes in South Sudan

A Rwanda Air Force Mi-17-1V helicopter has crashed in South Sudan whilst on a United Nations flight. The aircraft came down outside Pagak in northeast...

Romania sending Pumas to Mali

The Romanian Air Force will later this year send a contingent of IAR 330L Puma helicopters to Mali to support the United Nations’ Minusma...

Air Mauritius takes delivery of its first A330neo

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first A330-900, on lease from ALC, during a ceremony held in Toulouse. The National carrier of the...

Kenyan family files lawsuit against Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

A Kenyan family has filed a lawsuit in Chicago against American aviation giant Boeing over a March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157...

Uganda Airlines confirms order for two A330neo aircraft

Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda, has firmed up its order for two A330-800 airliners, previously announced last year. Airbus on 3 April said...

How excess speed, hasty commands and flawed software doomed an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX

Minutes after take-off, the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX were in a bad situation. A key sensor was wrecked, possibly by a bird...

U.S. FAA probes drone sighting over baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it was investigating reports that a drone flew over Boston’s Fenway Park during a baseball game,...

Mind the unmanned aerial rifle

In recent years, many videos of recreational drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) fitted with weapons have abounded on YouTube. A recent video shows...

Pilot-less air taxi takes off in Vienna demonstration flight

As carmakers push ahead with self-driving vehicles, an Austrian aerospace company and its Chinese partner showed off their pilot-less “flying taxi” for the first...

Saudi-led coalition says it intercepts two drones launched by Houthis

The Saudi-led coalition intercepted two drones launched by the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement towards the city of Khamis Mushait in Saudi Arabia, Saudi press agency...