Milkor launches medical ventilator

South African defence company Milkor, in response to the local and international need to assist in the efforts to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,...

Salvage work underway on Hercules C-130BZ 403

SA Air Force (SAAF) technical personnel are stripping usable components from C-130BZ (tail number 403) next to the runway at Goma Airport in Democratic...

Should armed soldiers enforce a national state of disaster?

While alarmist cries of “tanks in the townships” at commencement of the coronavirus lockdown never materialised, questions have and are still asked about armed...

Court rules some South African lockdown restrictions invalid

A South African high court declared some of the government’s coronavirus lockdown regulations unconstitutional on Tuesday but suspended the order for 14 days, leaving...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...

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Mali’s armed forces receiving 53 vehicles from Algeria

Mali’s armed forces (FAMA) have received the first batch of 53 vehicles donated by Algeria to bolster Mali’s efforts in fighting Islamists in the...

US donates trucks to Niger’s military

The United States has donated ten trucks to the Nigerien Armed Forces (FAN) in support of the G5 Sahel Joint Force combatting terrorism in...

Defence committee deeply concerned by Hoefyster problems

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) is so concerned by the inability of Denel to deliver Badger infantry fighting vehicles to the South...

Morocco acquiring new air defence systems

Morocco’s government has approved a 192 million euro purchase of weapons from France’s MBDA, which are believed to be VL MICA air defence systems. Saad...

Coronavirus puts paid to Ex Ibsamar

There will be no Exercise Ibsamar this year. The tri-nation naval exercise is cancelled, not postponed, according to the Joint Operations Division of the...

Sandock Austral Shipyards making progress with Project Hotel

Sandock Austral Shipyards, previously known as Southern African Shipyards, is moving swiftly ahead with the construction of the South African Navy’s new hydrographic survey...

Egypt launches another locally built corvette

The Egyptian Navy has launched its third locally built Gowind class corvette, which was constructed at the Alexandria Shipyard. The ENS Luxor (986), built by...

Operation Irini up and running in the Mediterranean

The EU naval operation in the Mediterranean, previously concentrating on migrants is up and running with a new mandate and name since the beginning...

Kidnapped captain of Portugal-flagged ship freed-Bulgaria

The Bulgarian captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship who was kidnapped along with seven other sailors by pirates off the coast of Benin last...

Pirates strike off Nigeria

Pirates this week attacked a tanker carrying automotive gas oil (AGO) close to shore off Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in what has been a busy...

After US warning, Iran says its navy will still operate in Gulf

The Iranian navy will maintain regular missions in the Gulf, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday, a day after the United States warned...

Nigerian Navy action nets 10 pirates

Quick reaction by the Nigerian Navy saw a hijacked fishing vessel recovered within hours of being hijacked at the weekend. Praesidium International reports the Chinese...

Coronavirus protests spread to Senegal’s capital

Protestors in Dakar set tyres on fire and threw stones at security forces on Wednesday night during protests over a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed...

Militia kills 16 villagers in Democratic Republic of Congo raid

Militia fighters killed 16 people in a raid on a village in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, the latest in a spate...

Armed bandits kill at least 18 in Nigeria’s Katsina state

Armed bandits in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Katsina killed at least 18 people, including a local official, and stole thousands of livestock on Sunday,...

Militants in Burkina Faso kill 35 in separate attacks, government says

Militants in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday. Saturday’s violence underscores...

Tunisia to open sea, air and land borders on 27 June

Tunisia will open its sea, land and air borders on 27 June, authorities said on Monday, in hopes of rescuing its tourism industry as...

International naval operation nets 50 tonnes of cocaine in 45 days

A multilateral naval anti-drug operation confiscated 50 tonnes of cocaine in 45 days, Colombia President Ivan Duque said on Friday. The Orion V operation -...

US hands over two vehicles for anti-poaching efforts in Namibia

The US Department of Defence (DoD) handed over two Toyota Land Cruisers to the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) on 18...

Border safeguarding is a Department of Defence priority

In its strategic plan for the five year period ending 2025, the Department of Defence (DoD) focuses on a number of issues it sees...

Sudan’s PM promises justice on anniversary of sit-in killings

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok pledged justice on Wednesday for scores of pro-democracy protesters killed a year ago when security forces broke up a...

Rwandan genocide suspect must face UN tribunal, rules French court

A French court ordered Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga on Wednesday to be handed over to a United Nations tribunal for trial, rejecting arguments...

SANDF soldiers rescues family from a burning vehicle

Soldiers from Alpha Company, 21 Infantry, Battalion, helped pull a family from a burning car in Boipatong whilst on a patrol assisting the South...

Paramount provides food relief to Ghana, Zambia And Mozambique

Paramount Group has provided food relief to the Embassies of Ghana, Mozambique and Zambia as part of its efforts to support South Africa and...

Taliban, al Qaeda retain ties despite US-Taliban deal, UN monitors say

Ties between the Taliban, especially its Haqqani Network branch, and al Qaeda remain close, independent UN sanctions monitors said in a report made public...

Iraqi militiamen drop guns to dig graves for coronavirus victims

Iraqi paramedic Sarmad Ibrahim cut his teeth treating fellow Shi’ite Muslim militiamen in the war against Islamic State. Now, he buries COVID-19 victims -...

Missile attack on Yemen army base in Marib kills seven – sources

Houthi fighters in Yemen fired missiles at a military base of the Saudi-backed government in Marib province, northeast of the capital Sanaa, on Tuesday,...

Iran dismisses new US sanctions as ‘fruitless and repetitive’

Iran dismissed on Thursday new US sanctions on several Iranian officials, saying they were a sign of the complete inefficiency of Washington’s previous sanctions...

Protests over George Floyd’s death expose raw race relations worldwide

Images of a white police officer kneeling on the neck of African-American George Floyd, who then died, have sparked protests from Amsterdam to Nairobi,...

Four police shot in violent protests after Trump vows to bring in US military

Four St Louis police officers were hit by gunfire late on Monday during violent protests over the death of a black man in police...

China’s coronavirus campaign offers glimpse into surveillance system

The coronavirus outbreak in China has given unprecedented glimpses into how an extensive system of surveillance cameras works, as monitoring stations are rebranded epidemic...

Iranian fuel starts arriving in Venezuelan waters despite US warning

The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela entered the South American country’s exclusive economic zone on Saturday, despite a US...

Future military vehicles could see an improvement in structural materials

Materials used for a soldier's personal protection gear may be tough enough for vehicles too, according to a new US Army study. Findings, released April...

CSIR data contributing to SA’s COVID-19 fight

President Cyril Ramaphosa is confident Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) technology and data will enable South Africa to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19). “As...

UCT develops app to track coronavirus patients

After South Africans commenced a 21-day lockdown on 26 March, a group of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) continued working on...

CSIR’s Cmore tapped for COVID-19 situational awareness

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Cmore situational awareness system is being customised to service the COVID-19 coronavirus response in South Africa. This...

Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

The Nigerian Navy has taken delivery of a new AW139 from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters, after the aircraft was ordered in 2016. The arrival of the...

Egypt orders AW149 and AW189 helicopters

Egypt has ordered 24 AW149 combat helicopters and eight AW189 civil models from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters under an 871 million euro contract signed last...

Royal Air Force Chinooks exceed 2 000 flight hours in Mali

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook detachment supporting French troops in Mali has so far logged over 2 000 flight hours, including nearly 340...

Egypt seeking to upgrade Apache helicopters in $2.3 billion deal

Egypt is looking to upgrade and refurbish 43 of its AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to AH-64E standard under a deal that could be worth...

South African airlines look to restart operations, see slow recovery

Two of South Africa’s biggest private airlines will start flying between local airports this month after the government eased lockdown restrictions aimed at containing...

South Africa’s Comair unlikely to restart operations before November

South Africa’s Comair said on Tuesday it was unlikely to restart operations before November, even after the easing of restrictions on air travel, as...

Commercial aircraft market could shrink by $150 billion this year

The global commercial aircraft market is estimated to see a $149.24 billion drop in revenue in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to...

Namibia shuts harbour town airport after two coronavirus infections

The airport in the Namibian harbour town of Walvis Bay has closed after two residents tested positive for the coronavirus and the economic hub...

SpiceJet to run drone trials for cargo deliveries

Budget airline SpiceJet said on Friday it received permission to conduct drone trials that will allow it to deliver medical supplies and e-commerce products...

Can the commercial UAV industry thrive amid coronavirus?

On the eve of South Africa moving from a level five national lockdown to level four, Drone Con held its first webinar under the...

Drones deliver meds to Isle of Wight

A new drone service will reduce delivery times for urgent medical supplies to a hospital on the Isle of Wight off the south coast...

Drones to monitor Portugal fires

Portugal will use long range drones and other surveillance to reinforce monitoring of summer wildfires, officials said responding to concerns over readiness to tackle...

ISS: Can SADC come to Mozambique’s rescue?

Mozambique is under attack from violent extremists, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) doesn’t seem to have a clear plan on how to...

Mozambique forces in major fighting with insurgents, says president

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi said government forces had engaged in extensive fighting against insurgents after they attacked the town of Macomia in the gas-rich...

Foreign powers in Libya risk ever bloodier stalemate

As Turkish drones helped drive eastern Libyan forces back from Tripoli this month, Russia was said to be reinforcing them with warplanes, raising the...

US military says Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya

The US military said on Tuesday that Russia has deployed fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian mercenaries fighting for eastern forces, adding to...

Germany calls in Russian envoy over hack attack

Germany’s foreign ministry called in the Russian ambassador in Berlin on Thursday to complain “in the strongest possible terms” about a hack attack on...

Google sees resurgence in state-backed hacking, phishing related to COVID-19

Security experts at Alphabet Inc’s Google sent 1 755 warnings in April to users whose accounts were targets of government-backed attackers, following a resurgence...

Japan defence ministry investigating potential hack of next-gen missile details: Asahi

Japan’s defence ministry is investigating a possible leak of details of a new state-of-the-art missile in a large-scale cyber attack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp,...

Facebook reports spike in takedowns of hate speech, terrorism

Facebook on Tuesday reported a sharp increase in the number of posts it removed for promoting violence and hate speech across its apps, which...

Speech: Ramaphosa at Armed Forces Day 2020

Address by Commander-In-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day 2020, Polokwane, Limpopo, 21 February 2020. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans,...

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...