Militants strike again in Mozambique

Militants in Mozambique have struck for a second time in a week in the north of the country. Early on Wednesday, they attacked the town...

Anti-trust approval for UTC, Raytheon deal

The US Justice Department approved United Technologies Corporation’s planned merger with Raytheon, subject to conditions. UTC agreed in June to combine its aerospace business with...

Nigerian Air Force refurbishes another Alpha Jet

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has returned another Alpha Jet to service after maintenance and an avionics upgrade. The NAF said the reactivated Alpha Jet...

2 800 soldiers deployed for coronavirus lockdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the deployment of 2 820 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help contain the COVID-19...

Mali opposition leader taken hostage

Mali’s main opposition leader Soumaila Cisse is being held hostage with six delegation members, the party said, after they were attacked while campaigning in...

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UK helps Somali National Army battalion graduate

The first battalion of the Somali National Army (SNA) 8th Brigade has graduated from infantry training at the UK-supported training facility in Southwest State,...

Tunisia using unmanned robots to enforce lockdown

Tunisia’s Ministry of Interior is using the locally developed P-Guard unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to monitor the streets of the capital Tunis as part...

Product baseline close for Badger infantry combat vehicle

Denel Land Systems (DLS) is making progress towards series production of the Badger infantry combat vehicle, with the Section variant close to reaching product...

Soft body armour to fuel growth of global body armour market

The global body armour market size is expected to be worth $3.231 billion by the end of 2029, according to a new market study,...

French Navy to deploy Mistral class LHDs to fight coronavirus in Reunion, Caribbean

The French Navy will deploy the Mistral class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels Mistral and Dixmude to Reunion and the Caribbean to help with...

Planning underway for Exercise Ibsamar in September

The pall of the COVID-19 coronavirus has not deterred planners from three navies putting heads together in anticipation of Exercise Ibsamar in September. According to...

US Navy destroyer visit curtailed amid virus fears

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Carney (DDG64) arrived in Cape Town for a planned port visit on Sunday 15 March, but...

US Africa Command cancels exercise Obangame Express

After careful consideration with exercise participants and host-nation countries, exercise Obangame Express 2020 has been cancelled, the US military’s Africa Command has announced. Africom said...

No first quarter Op Copper deployment this year

With the end of 2020’s first quarter only days away, it’s apparent there will not be a SA Navy Operation Copper deployment as previously...

More pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea

In the last week several more pirate attacks have been carried out in the Gulf of Guinea, with a number of crew kidnapped. According to...

Seven crew kidnapped off container ship near Gabon

The container vessel MSC Talia F has been attacked by pirates off the coast of Gabon, with seven crew abducted. The vessel was attacked on...

COVID-19 impacting maritime security

The COVID-19 coronavirus will have a profound impact on commercial and security trends within shipping this year, and efforts to mitigate maritime crime in...

Militants strike again in Mozambique

Militants in Mozambique have struck for a second time in a week in the north of the country. Early on Wednesday, they attacked the town...

US carries out five air strikes in Somalia

The US military has conducted five air strikes against al Shabaab militants in Somalia this week. US Africa Command (Africom) said as part of an...

Coronavirus sees Algerian protests banned

Algeria banned street protests over the coronavirus, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said, in a bid to end a year of  mass demonstrations that brought down a veteran...

Public violence arrests in Ladysmith

Police arrested seven suspects for public violence in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Several vehicles were torched after violent protests broke out in Ladysmith and surrounding areas. Police officers...

New EU Libya sea patrols in April

The European Union will launch a new Mediterranean naval and air mission in April to stop arms reaching warring factions in Libya, EU diplomats...

Uganda borders closed

Uganda closed its borders on Wednesday to new refugee arrivals as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus in a country that long kept...

Alleged migrants die in Mozambique

Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia were found dead in a container on a truck in Mozambique, provincial migration authorities and police...

Cigarette trafficker arrested at border post

A 31-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Lehurutshe Magistrates’ Court on charges of smuggling counterfeit cigarettes. The suspect was arrested on Friday by...

Safety divide fears in South Africa during lockdown

With South Africa into day one of a 21-day national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak, poorer residents fear being exposed to worsening violence...

First coronavirus deaths in South Africa

Cases of coronavirus in South Africa passed the thousand mark on Friday, the health ministry said and reporting its first two deaths on the...

South Africa prepares quarantine sites

South African officials identified quarantine sites across the country on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 709 and the health...

Nigeria preparing for lockdown

The Nigerian Army is preparing to forcibly transfer the sick to hospital and enforce curbs on movement to shield the country from coronavirus and...

Houthi drones downed

The Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed drones launched by Iran-aligned Yemen’s Houthis at “civilian targets” in Saudi cities Abha and Khamis Mushait, state news...

Afghanistan Sikh complex attacked

Gunmen and suicide bombers hit a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital Kabul killing 25 people before security forces killed all the attackers,...

Syria ceasefire critical to combating coronavirus

An immediate nationwide ceasefire is needed in Syria to enable an “all-out-effort” to stamp out the coronavirus and prevent it ravaging a beleaguered population,...

Afghan military base attacked

At least 27 security personnel died when a military base was stormed in Afghanistan one of the biggest attacks since a violence reduction agreement...

Eurosatory 2020 cancelled

The COVID-19 coronavirus has claimed yet another defence show, with the Eurosatory exhibition in France cancelled this year. It will next take place in...

Naval radar market set to register steady growth of 4%

The global naval radar market is estimated to grow at a steady compound annual growth rage (CAGR) of over 4% between 2019 and 2029...

Lock up or release? Coronavirus, prisoner quandary

The rapid spread of coronavirus is piling pressure on criminal justice systems globally and seen a flood of prisoner releases, with the US, Canada...

Germany extends arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

German media reported on Monday that the German government had approved an extension of the arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, which will now last...

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...

US Army scientists create innovative quantum sensor that could revolutionise communications

A quantum sensor could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, said...

US tests unarmed hypersonic weapon

The Pentagon said it tested an unarmed hypersonic weapon in Hawaii, as both China and Russia develop similar military and defence capabilities. The Department of...

Innovative add-on armour package for military vehicles

Skills in disciplines including ballistics and detonics at the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) were utilised to develop a cost-effective protection solution...

Another Ivorian Mi-24 crashes

An Mi-24 attack helicopter from the Ivory Coast’s Air Force has crashed – the second in four months. The Mi-24D came down on 18 March...
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Oryx remains Monusco’s top transport helicopter in the DRC

The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (Monusco) has a Composite Helicopter Unit (CHU) based in the eastern DRC city, Goma. The CHU includes three...

Cameroon Air Force operating another Bell 412EP

Cameroon’s Air Force has received a second Bell 412EP helicopter, boosting its fleet to four. The aircraft (TJ-XRA) was cancelled from the US register on...

Oryx rescues two from sea in Western Cape

An Oryx helicopter from AFB Ysterplaat-based 22 Squadron was part of a multi-agency search and rescue operation in Western Cape. The medium transport helicopter crewed...

Airlink announced suspension of operations due to coronavirus lockdown

South African-based domestic and regional airline Airline has announced it is suspending all operations after midnight this Thursday, 26 March 2020 in support of...

SAA suspends all flights

South African Airways (SAA) will suspend all domestic flights from Friday, 27 March. “The decision came after government announced a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days...

Airlines face deeper revenue hit from COVID-19

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has updated its analysis of the revenue impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global air transport industry....

Farnborough airshow cancelled

Farnborough Airshow - the year’s largest aerospace expo and a showcase for billions of dollars in business deals - is the latest major event...

Drone racing viewing figures flying high

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is taking off in more ways than one as the coronavirus pandemic brings most other sport to a standstill...

UAE orders more Seekers from Denel

The United Arab Emirates has ordered further  Seeker unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Denel Dynamics, worth more than R100 million. The latest contract, worth AED25 821 190...

Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey

Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in the company’s first export order for the type. Last year Turkish...

Drones to feature heavily at Securex 2020

The South African drone market is on the up-and-up. According to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s ‘South African Drone Market 2019’ report, the global drone market will increase...

Coronavirus hits Libya, fighting continues

Battles around Tripoli on Wednesday followed intensified bombardment of the capital, ignoring international pleas for a truce to tackle the coronavirus after the first...

Islamic State claims Mozambique attack

Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mozambique south of gas projects worth $60 billion under development by Exxon Mobil...

Chadian soldiers killed by militants

Boko Haram militants killed 92 Chadian soldiers and wounded 47 in the deadliest attack ever on the country’s military, President Idriss Deby said. The soldiers...

Tripoli prison shelled

A prison in Tripoli was shelled injuring several people, its warden said, as bombardment intensified despite pleas for a ceasefire to tackle the coronavirus. The...

Spike in Chinese digital espionage

A US cybersecurity firm detected a surge in cyber spying by a suspected Chinese group dating back to January, when coronavirus starting spreading outside...

Cybersecurity experts unite to fight coronavirus hacking

A 400-strong international group of volunteers with expertise in cybersecurity was formed to fight hacking related to the novel coronavirus. Called the COVID-19 CTI League,...

Hackers target WHO

Elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organisation earlier this month, sources told Reuters, part of what a senior agency official said...

Working from home could open doors for hackers

As people disperse to homes to work and study because of the coronavirus pandemic, with laptops and company data, cyber security experts say hackers...

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...