Another ship attacked by pirates off West Africa

Armed pirates attacked and boarded a container vessel in the Gulf of Guinea last week, but all crew were reported safe after taking shelter...

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Kenya officially takes new C-27J Spartans into service

The Kenya Air Force (KAF) on 14 February commissioned into service its two new C-27J Spartan transport aircraft acquired from Italy’s Leonardo in a...

Armed Forces Day celebrations start with a bang

The activities leading up to Armed Forces Day on 21 February started with a bang on Friday the 14th when the South African National...

South Sudan cuts number of states

South Sudan President Salva Kiir cut the number of states from 32 to 10, unlocking a stalled peace deal and paving the way for...

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SONA doesn’t do defence

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was much in evidence ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). This high visibility did...

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Joining the South African National Defence Force

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AFRICOM ready for Exercise Flintlock 2020

Approximately 1,600 service members from more than 30 African and partner nations will participate in Exercise Flintlock 2020 at multiple locations in Mauritania and...

S4GA provides lighting for North African airbase

Airfield lighting specialist S4GA has recently completed a project in North Africa for solar lighting at a remote military airbase. S4GA said the installation was...

ISS: Where do Sahel terrorists get their heavy weapons?

Terror attacks on military outposts in the Liptako-Gourma area where Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger meet are increasingly ambitious and complex. Their frequency and...

Nod of approval for Bailey bridges from Public Works Minister

Public Works and Infrastructure minister Patricia de Lille is an enthusiastic proponent of Bailey bridges to the extent she has committed to the installation...

Suspected Iranian weapons seized at sea

A US Navy warship seized weapons believed to be of Iranian “design and manufacture,” including 150 anti-tank guided missiles and three Iranian surface-to-air missiles,...

USS Cole compensation agreed

Sudan agreed to compensate families of sailors killed in an al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole warship 20 years ago, state news agency...

Egypt, Italy in talks on possible FREMM buy

The Egyptian Navy is said to be close to purchasing a pair of European Multi-Purpose Frigate (FREMM) warships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. On 4 February,...

Record cocaine haul off Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast navy seized a record amount of cocaine plastic-wrapped in bundles bearing the tattered logos of French fashion house Louis Vuitton and...

Another ship attacked by pirates off West Africa

Armed pirates attacked and boarded a container vessel in the Gulf of Guinea last week, but all crew were reported safe after taking shelter...

Extra security for Indian Ocean shipping no longer justified as East African piracy drops

As the threat of piracy off the East Coast of Africa declines, the significant security costs for transits in the Indian Ocean and through...

Japanese warship to patrol Gulf of Oman

A Japanese destroyer is en route to the Gulf of Oman amid simmering Middle East tension to guard sea lanes supplying nearly all the...

France kickstarts European mission in the Strait of Hormuz

France announced on Thursday the beginning of the European Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASoH), intended to ensure the freedom of...

A year on Algerian protests continue

Thousands of Algerians marched on Friday, a year since the start of weekly protests calling for a complete overhaul of the ruling elite, an...

Somalia harassing journalists online – claim

Amnesty International accuses Somalia’s government of creating teams of online monitors who troll journalists and report them to Facebook standards enforcers to disable their...

Half a million plus applications to join SAPS

The South African Police Service (SAPS) received more than 530 000 applications from youth wanting to join the service. Police said in a statement the...

Thirty-seven death sentences handed down in Egypt

An Egyptian court sentenced Hisham al-Ashmawy, a former Special Forces officer turned Islamist militant, and 36 others to death after they were convicted of...

Major dagga seizure during Op Corona patrols

Illegal importers of dagga found themselves short of almost 500 kg of the psychoactive drug following two separate seizures by soldiers deployed on border...

Drop in rhino poaching welcomed

“Encouraging arrests and convictions” and “testament to hard work” are two of the phrases used by Democratic Alliance (DA) MP James Lorimer following the...

Austria a stumbling block to Med migrant patrols resuming

Italy is considering resumption of maritime patrols in the Mediterranean, a senior official said, but diplomats say Austria is sticking to its objections in...

Illegal migration is a challenge for South Africa – Home Affairs Minister

According to Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, a lesson learnt at South African ports of entry during the December/January holiday period was that...

Journalist killed in Somalia

Gunmen killed a TV and radio journalist in Somalia’s Afgooye district, police said. Abdiwali Ali Hassan (25) was shot several times and died...

Second attack on Mali village

At least 31 people were killed in an attack on a village that last year saw Mali’s worst civilian massacre in recent memory, government...

Motorcycle gang on the rampage in Nigeria

An armed gang on motorbikes killed at least 30 people in attacks on two villages in the Nigerian state Katsina, police said. Twenty-one people...

First Coronavirus case in Africa

Egypt announced its first Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case on Friday, Africa's first documented infection. “This is not unexpected and South Africa remains vigilant for...

Air strikes in Yemen kill 30

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement accused the Saudi-led coalition of carrying out retaliatory air strikes that killed at least 30 including civilians, the latest flare-up...

Most of Aleppo now under Syrian control

Syrian government forces made significant advances in north-western Aleppo province, seizing most of the rebel-held region, state media said, a day before new talks...

Taliban/US violence reduction pact

The US reached agreement with the Taliban on a week-long reduction in violence that could lead to a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan a...

Taliban, Afghan clash during peace talks

Afghan government forces and Taliban insurgents waged war over the past 24 hours despite US officials saying there was a breakthrough in peace talks...

Trump acquitted

President Donald Trump was acquitted in his US Senate impeachment trial, saved by fellow Republicans who rallied to protect him nine months before he...

General Dynamics tops profit estimates; submarine order beefs up backlog

General Dynamics on Wednesday reported a 28% jump in its order backlog due to an order for Navy submarines, and quarterly profits that topped...

Weapons maker Raytheon tops profit estimates on strong international demand

U.S. weapons maker Raytheon topped Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Thursday as strong international demand spurred sales in its defense systems unit,...

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...

Peralex passive radar system up and running at Square Kilometre Array site

Peralex has installed two passive radar stations in the Northern Cape to monitor air traffic for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope in...

Quantum computing set to alter aerospace and defence technology

The computer that will be available in the coming decades will have nothing to do with the one you are using to read this...

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...

Nigerian Air Force adds AW109, Mi-171 helicopters to its fleet

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday took into service three new helicopters: a Mi-171 from Russia and two AW109 helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo...

Heli Expo 2020 report

The Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) Heli-Expo, which took place at the end of January in Anaheim, California, was plunged into mourning following the tragic...

Botswana inks deal with Enstrom for three 480B helicopters

Enstrom Helicopter has confirmed that Botswana has ordered three Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters for its police force, with a delegation from Botswana at the...

Leonardo boosts its helicopter business with Kopter acquisition

Italian aerospace and defense group Leonardo has signed a deal to buy Switzerland’s Kopter Group from Lynwood AG for $185 million, plus additional payments...

Drop in airline revenue forecast

The UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) forecasts global airline revenue could fall by $4 billion to $5 billion in the first quarter due...

Mitiga Airport open

The only functioning airport in Tripoli reopened on Thursday following three hours of closure after missiles were fired at it, causing chaos and fear...

Airbus and Green Africa announce strategic partnership with MoU for 50 A220s

Green Africa Airways, Nigeria’s Lagos-based airline, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 50 A220-300 aircraft, one of the major orders...

SAA route cuts

Plans to cut some South African Airways’ (SAA) domestic and international routes aim at making the airline sustainable and free from government funding after...

Drones to deploy in fight against locusts

The UN will test drones equipped with mapping sensors and atomisers to spray pesticides in parts of east Africa battling an invasion of desert...

Morocco receives Harfang UAVs from France

Morocco’s military has apparently taken delivery of three Harfang (Heron) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a number of years after expressing interest in acquiring them...

Coronavirus could fast track drone operations

China’s epidemic could give rise to the drones. Contagion fears and quarantines make deliveries costly and tricky for Alibaba and others. Reducing human contact might...

Virus patrol drone busts Mahjong game

Rather than risking coronavirus infection, officials in rural China are literally watching over citizens, using drones to deter outdoor gatherings amid an epidemic that...

Armscor seeking guarding services at six sites

It could lead to good things for the wider Reserve Force if Major General Roy Andersen, Chief Reserves of the SA National Defence Force...

ISS: Can the African Union help Mozambique combat terrorism?

For the first time the escalating terrorist threat in Mozambique has been discussed by African leaders, at the 33rd African Union (AU) summit in...

IS claims Algerian attack

Islamic State said it was behind Sunday’s attack on an Algerian military barracks near the border with Mali that killed a soldier. The militant...

Tripoli shelled

Artillery shells hit the centre of the Libyan capital, which eastern forces have been trying to take in a near year-long war, on Tuesday...

A web of threats, a world of potential

Internet penetration in Africa lags behind much of the world, but the continent is catching up fast. Nations are investing heavily in fiber optic...

Chinese military hackers charged for Equifax breach

The US charged four Chinese military hackers for the 2017 breach of the Equifax credit reporting agency affecting 150 million Americans, Attorney General William...

Cyberattacks on Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco has seen an increase in attempted cyberattacks since the final quarter of 2019, which the company so far successfully countered, the state...

Israel blocks power station cyberattack

Israel foiled a major cyberattack on a power station, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said. “It was a serious, sophisticated attempt to control and paralyse...

Speech: Msimang at SAAF Prestige Day

Air Force Prestige Day Parade Address by the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Z Msimang at Air Force Base Swartkop...

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...