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Lack of progress on 1 Mil repair is ‘unacceptable’

The Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV), now under the stewardship of minister Thandi Modise and previously presided over by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, “completely...

Denel not meeting personnel and oversight commitments

With just five Parliamentary working days left in 2021, it appears the delayed Denel annual report is not going to be put under oversight...

Italian Air Force visits SA on study tour

Two Italian Air Force aircraft, a KC-767 tanker and a C-130J Super Hercules transport, spent a week in South Africa as part of an...

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SANDF missing the communication target

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...

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Joining the South African National Defence Force

If you are looking for a career in either one of the SANDF arms of service...

USS The Sullivans conducts interoperability exercise with Tunisian Navy

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and Tunisian Navy offshore patrol vessels TNS Jugurtha (P610) and TNS Carthage...

“Crippling” onslaught on SA Navy human resource component

SA Navy (SAN) Chief Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane presided over two medal parades in November, telling personnel in the maritime service he was “thankful”...

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrives in Djibouti, conducts maritime interoperability exercises

The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) conducted bilateral maritime flight operations with French SA-330 Pumas off the coast of...

US military conducts multi-day rescue at sea off Kenya

Members from the US military’s Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Personnel Recovery Task Force and US Africa Command contract Personnel Recovery...

Spain’s Escribano to supply remotely controlled weapons stations to Egypt

Escribano Mechanical and Engineering has conducted testing of its remotely controlled weapons stations (RCWS) on different Egyptian vehicles and platforms as part of a...

Egypt interested in acquiring K9 self-propelled howitzers

The Egyptian military is considering acquiring K9 self-propelled howitzers and supporting vehicles from South Korea’s Hanwha Defence, which is exhibiting the K9 at the...

ISS: Mercenaries and private military security: Africa’s thin grey line

The continent cannot afford a situation where states’ use of private companies becomes the norm. Recent reports indicate the presence of the Russian Wagner Group...

KPE begins production of Barys 6×6 IFVs for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has started production of the Barys 6x6 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) for the Kazakh military, which will receive its first...

NIMASA, Korean Coast Guard sign MoU on maritime security and safety

Nigeria, through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Republic of Korea, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of cooperation...

Danish frigate kills four pirates in Gulf of Guinea

A Danish frigate has killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, the...

ISS: Illegal fishing: another target in West Africa’s maritime battleground

In a region already facing rampant piracy, the pillaging of fish stocks by industrial operators must be stopped. The United Nations Climate Change Conference’s (COP26)...

Maritime exercise Grand African Nemo underway in Gulf of Guinea

The French led exercise Grand African Nemo 2021 has kicked off in the Gulf of Guinea, with participation by 19 local and ten international...

Militants kill at least 31 in central Mali, say local authorities

Militants killed at least 31 people in central Mali on Friday when they fired upon a bus ferrying people to a local market, local...

Islamist militants kill seven soldiers in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state – sources

Islamist militants killed seven Nigerian soldiers, including a commanding officer and a lieutenant, in northern Nigeria's Borno state, a military source and two residents...

Two soldiers killed in Islamist militant attack in northern Benin, army says

Two soldiers were killed and several more wounded when Islamist militants attacked a border security post in northern Benin on Wednesday night, the army...

Ethiopian government says it has recaptured Lalibela, UN World Heritage site

Ethiopian government forces and their regional allies have recaptured the town of Lalibela, a United Nations World Heritage Site, from Tigrayan forces, the prime...

Reserve Force set to be border guards

The fledgling Border Management Authority (BMA) is, according to a Parliamentary presentation, set to start operations in the coming festive season with Reserve Force...

Congo says it has to fight joint enemy with Uganda as soldiers cross border

Congolese authorities on Wednesday sought to allay concerns about the arrival of Ugandan troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for an ongoing joint...

Netstar highlights challenges, need for technology to curb cross-border vehicle smuggling

Border control is a big economic, social and human security issue for South Africa, with large amounts of dagga and other drugs being bought...

Interpol Op Thunder nabs wildlife criminals

South Africa is no stranger to wildlife crime as shown in Operation Thunder, an Interpol-led effort against environmental crime in the broadest sense of...

UN worker killed in attack on peacekeeping convoy in Mali

Unidentified armed men attacked a convoy belonging to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday, killing one civilian worker and wounding another,...

Two journalists wounded after Congo police open fire on protest

Two journalists were wounded when police opened fire on a protest outside the provincial parliament in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Bukavu...
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UN seeks record $41 billion for aid to hotspots led by Afghanistan, Ethiopia

The United Nations appealed on Thursday for a record $41 billion (R649,59 billion) to provide life-saving assistance next year to 183 million people worldwide...

Italian parliamentary panel accuses Egyptian security of Regeni murder

An Italian parliamentary panel on Wednesday accused the Egyptian security apparatus of the kidnapping, torturing and murder of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in...

SAAF assists in rescue of ill patient at sea

An Oryx from the South African Air Force (SAAF) assisted the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Netcare 911 to airlift a critically ill...

Tunisian helicopters operational in Central African Republic

The Tunisian Air Force’s three AB205A helicopters with the United Nations Minusca mission are now fully operational in the Central African Republic (CAR). The three...

Second Nigerian AW189 delivered

The Nigerian Presidential Air Fleet has received its second and final AW189 VIP helicopter from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters. The first aircraft (5N-FG2) was delivered two...

Rooivalk Mk II development stalled

Discussions on development of a Rooivalk Mk II combat support helicopter remain at a technical level between Denel and Armscor with little progress since...

International Space Station swerves to dodge space junk

The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve away from a fragment of a US launch vehicle on Friday, the head of Russia's space...

Jetpacks, flying cars and taxi drones: transport’s future is in the skies

Paramedics with jetpacks, border police in flying cars and city workers commuting by drone all sound like science fiction - but the concepts are...

SAA cancels Mauritius flights following travel ban

South African Airways has cancelled all of its flights to and from Mauritius following the imposition of a travel ban on South Africa by...

NASA launches test mission of asteroid-deflecting spacecraft

A spacecraft that must ultimately crash to succeed was launched late on Tuesday from California on a NASA mission to demonstrate the world's first...

Global military UAS spending to total $187.6 billion over next decade

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will continue to be one of the most dynamic growth sectors of the world aerospace industry this decade, with procurement...

Saudi bourse on course to extend losses after drone attacks

Most major stock markets in the Gulf fell in early trade on Monday, with the Saudi index leading the losses a day after its...

Saudi-led coalition targets Yemen sites after attempted drone attack

A Saudi-led coalition carried out a wide operation against targets in Yemen after intercepting and destroying a drone that attempted to attack Saudi Arabia's...

Croatia’s seed-scattering drones replant forests hurt by fire

Seed-scattering drones are crisscrossing Croatia's skies in an airborne attempt to replant remote forests damaged by fire, an initiative its backers aim to promote...

Four West African states mount operation against Islamist insurgents

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts...

Ethiopia’s army captures northern Afar town of Chifra – state media

Ethiopia’s army has retaken the town of Chifra in Afar region, the state-run broadcaster said on Sunday, its first major seizure from rebellious Tigrayan...

Ethiopia restricts information sharing about war

Ethiopia has announced new restrictions on the sharing of information about the war in the north of the country which stipulate that battlefront updates...

Work underway to verify status of hostage drama suspects

Defence and Military Veterans Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla says the department has undertaken measures to verify the status of 57 individuals who were involved...

Lamola welcomes ramping of Cybercrimes Act

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has welcomed the coming into operation of certain sections of the Cybercrimes Act, with effect from 1...

Burkina Faso lifts internet suspension a day after violent protest

The Burkina Faso government said it was lifting a suspension on the mobile internet from Sunday evening, a week after imposing the ban for...

Israel slashes list of countries that can buy cyber tech – report

Israel slashed its list of countries eligible to buy its cyber technologies following concern over possible abuses abroad of a hacking tool sold by...

Burkina Faso government extends internet suspension amid protests

Burkina Faso’s government, facing mounting public anger over repeated killings by Islamist militants, extended its suspension of mobile internet service on Wednesday while offering...

Documents: 2022 Military Skills Development application forms

Military Skills Development (MSD) applications for 2022 are now open, with application forms to be completed by 30 July. The MSD system takes up to...

Curriculum Vitae of Lieutenant General Wiseman S Mbambo, Chief of the South African Air Force

Lieutenant General Wiseman Simo Mbambo was born on 15 March 1966 in Durban and grew up in Northern KwaZulu-Natal in a small village called...

Cementing ties with France, UAE places $19 billion order for warplanes, helicopters

The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets and 12 military helicopters on Friday, deepening economic and political ties with France through an...

Recovery in Yemen possible – UN agency

War-torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in...

UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport – foreign diplomats

The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle...
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Taliban hold military parade with US-made weapons in Kabul in show of strength

Taliban forces held a military parade in Kabul on Sunday using captured American-made armoured vehicles and Russian helicopters in a display that showed their...

Defence deals at the 2021 Dubai Airshow

The 2021 Dubai Airshow allowed many companies in the aerospace industry to spotlight their newest technology and advancements in the field of aerospace and...

Global arms sales not affected by COVID-19

Despite the global economy contracting amid the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s top 100 arms producers increased sales slightly in 2020,...

Large scale Russian offensive possible in January, Ukraine says

Russia has massed more than 94 000 troops near Ukraine's borders and may be gearing up for a large-scale military offensive at the end...

Attack on Ukraine would be costly, NATO warns Moscow

Russia would pay a high price for any new military aggression against Ukraine, NATO and the United States warned on Tuesday as the Western...

Pentagon picks Northrop, Lockheed, Raytheon to develop hypersonic defense

The Pentagon on Friday said it selected Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to research and develop a missile system that would be able...

UAE, Israel to jointly develop unmanned military, commercial vessels

Emirati and Israeli state-owned weapons makers on Thursday signed a strategic agreement in Dubai to jointly design unmanned vessels capable of carrying out anti-submarine...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy Part 3: The Art of Designing DF Antennas

In the previous two blog posts we discussed some of the effects that could influence the sensitivity of a DF antenna system.  These were...

Chinese smart tech fraught with risk

Chinese technology firms have been peddling “safe city” and “smart city” packages of technology in Africa for years. Suites of interconnected products and services...

Sudan’s Burhan says military will exit politics after 2023 elections

Sudan's military will exit politics after elections scheduled for 2023, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told Reuters in an interview on Saturday, adding that the...
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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, on frontline, urges troops to ‘destroy’ enemy

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his foes had been defeated and promised to recapture territory in the region of Amhara from rebellious Tigrayan...

Disgraced ex-president Jammeh looms over Gambia election

At a pre-election rally last month, supporters of Gambia's main opposition coalition cheered the opening of the star attraction - a speech by former...

Sudan’s Burhan dismisses senior intelligence officers, sources say

Sudan's military leader has overhauled top intelligence positions, dismissing at least eight general intelligence officers and replacing the head of military intelligence, two official...

Air and road transport enlisted to move SA soldiers to DR Congo

The last stop in South Africa for soldiers posted to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the...

Another bridge handed over with SANDF help

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has handed over a recently completed bridge in the Ndwedwe Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal after it was...

Army bakeries are “bizarre”

A decision, seemingly taken by the command of the SA Army Support Formation, to set up on-base bakeries is “bizarre”. This was how Democratic Alliance...

Another Army bakery opens for business

Potchefstroom, North West’s unofficial military capital, is home to the sixth SA Army bakery, which will supply bread to soldiers and military personnel in...

Analysis: A friend in need – A call for rejuvenating US-South African defence relations

With its emerging emphasis on strategic competition, the United States must focus on renewing its engagement with potential allies on the African continent. The rise...

The Warthog and the senator: The politics of retiring a warplane

The US Air Force is desperate to get rid of some of its fleet of expensive, slow and outdated A-10 Warthog airplanes, but politicians...

Opinion: SA Defence Solutions Centre – An Alternative SADI Future

There have been a few documents presented in the last few years that are aiming to address the decline of the South African defence...

Opinion: Glimmers of hope!

In the last few months it seems as though there is some momentum growing in the discussions around South African Defence capability. The positive...