Defence Minister’s intermediary force suggestion draws flak

An apparent need for a “special intermediary force” to handle violence and unrest inside South Africa suggested by new Defence and Military Veterans Minister...

Denel pays Solidarity millions to settle outstanding salaries

Trade union Solidarity’s bank account was today (Friday, 17 September) boosted to the tune of R4 million, compliments of Denel, that will go to...

Last Nigerian Super Tucanos headed home

The final batch of six A-29 Super Tucanos destined for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have left the United States, and are due to...

ISS: Why has Sudan decided to hand over al-Bashir to the ICC?

The government is performing a delicate balancing act in the interests of advancing justice during a complex political transition. In August, Sudan’s Minister of Foreign...

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Communicate don’t abrogate!

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The senior officer cadre of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) communications component, officially the Directorate: Corporate Communication (DCC), employed a barely plausible excuse...

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Joining the South African National Defence Force

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams visits Namibia

The United States Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel "Woody" Williams has spent three days in Namibia as part of a continent-wide tour, before...

Ghana getting two Defender class boats from the United States

The United States’ SAFE Boats International has been awarded a $1.1 million contract to supply two Defender class boats to Ghana. The company was awarded...

Indian and Egyptian navies conduct exercise

The Indian Navy’s Talwar class stealth frigate INS Tabar has conducted a maritime exercise with the Egyptian Navy’s frigate ENS Alexandria in the Mediterranean...

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrives in Angola

The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Luanda, Angola, for a regularly scheduled port visit on 7...

Training readies Senegal for regional emergency response role

The United States Defence Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA’s) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Security Cooperation Engagement Programme concluded a 6-year cooperative Chemical, Biological, Radiological,...

US to hold $130 million of Egypt’s military aid over human rights

The Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt until Cairo takes specific steps related to human rights, a State...

Bruisertech partners with Poland’s WB Group to offer Combatmate APC

South Africa’s Bruisertech and Poland’s WB Group have collaborated to offer the Bruiser 212 armoured personnel carrier as the Combatmate on the export market. The...

Military force alone won’t solve Mozambique’s insurgency

Tackling the root causes behind Mozambique’s insurgency is the only way to provide a lasting solution, experts have said. Counterterrorism in Mozambique was one of...

Illegal fishing linked to human rights abuses in Ghana

Emmanuel Essien has been missing since July 2019. Essien, a 28-year-old Ghanaian fisheries observer, was working on board the Chinese trawler Meng Xin 15 when...

Fishing vessels ‘go dark’ to evade authorities, pirates

Every time the Veracruz, a 108-meter refrigerated cargo ship, crossed the sea border from Namibia to Angola, it seemed to disappear. Possibly engaged in illegal,...

Maritime threats converge in Somalia

Just as one maritime security challenge in Somalia seemed all but resolved, another one gained momentum. After years of declining pirate attacks off mainland Africa’s...

EU NavFor Atalanta on HRA reduction

As of the beginning of September, the high risk area (HRA) for piracy off the Horn of Africa was reduced with the European Union’s...

Cameroon separatists kill 15 soldiers in attacks using explosives

Separatist rebels have killed 15 Cameroonian soldiers and several civilians in two bomb attacks this month, the government said on Monday, marking a new...

Nigeria extends phone blackout as crackdown on banditry spreads

Nigerian authorities imposed a communications blackout on Monday in several parts of Sokoto state as a crackdown against armed kidnappers in the country’s northwest...

Tunisians protest over president’s seizure of powers

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in Tunis on Saturday to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, which triggered a...

SAMIM captures insurgent training base in Cabo Delgado

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has captured an Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) insurgent base South of Messalo River...

Migrants deported from UAE face conflict or exile

Until months ago, Cameroonian migrant Wilfred Christopher had a home and stable job as a pastry chef in Abu Dhabi. Now, the 26-year-old fears for...

SARS Customs seizes drug-making substance worth R40 million

Customs officers of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) seized 67 pieces of calcium hydroxide, which is used to produce crystal methamphetamine - commonly...

SSB soldiers show their mettle in Op Corona bust

Soldiers from 1 Special Service Battalion (SSB) are temporarily dependent on assault rifles rather than their usual wheeled armour but this has not deterred...

Hyena bites soldier

Soldiers and support personnel on active duty in the Kruger National Park were again reminded of the dangers of being in close proximity to...

Protection of whistleblowers key to fighting corruption

Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head, Advocate Andy Mothibi, says whistleblowers remain an important aspect to combatting corruption. He was speaking during the first webinar in...

Rwandan court finds ‘Hotel Rwanda’ film hero Rusesabagina guilty of terror-related charges

A Rwandan court on Monday said Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film about the 1994 genocide,...

Kenya judge: policemen must answer for killing of human rights lawyer

Four police officers and a police informer have a case to answer in the killing of a human rights lawyer, a Kenyan judge ruled...

Bandits release ten students kidnapped two months ago from Nigerian school

Bandits have released ten more students kidnapped two months ago from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, the school administrator told Reuters on Saturday. The...

East Libyan forces say two helicopters crash in military operation

East Libyan forces said they lost two helicopters in a crash during a military operation on Sunday, after days of fighting with a formerly...

Nigeria’s Presidential Air Fleet receives first of two AW189 helicopters

The Nigerian Presidential Air Fleet has received the first of two new AW189 VIP helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters. An image of the first aircraft...

Ivory Coast Mi-24 crashes, killing five on board

An M-24 attack helicopter crashed in northern Ivory Coast while on a reconnaissance mission near the border with Burkina Faso, killing all five crew...

15 Sqn move to King Shaka still holding

15 Squadron of the SA Air Force (SAAF) and its Agusta A109 and Oryx medium transport helicopters will remain the sole aviation occupants of...

Oil giant Shell sets sights on sustainable aviation fuel take-off

Royal Dutch Shell plans to start producing low-carbon jet fuel at scale by 2025, in an attempt to encourage the world's airlines to reduce...
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SpaceX capsule with world’s first all-civilian orbital crew returns safely

The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida's coast on Saturday, completing...
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First all-civilian crew launched to orbit aboard SpaceX rocket ship

A billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens chosen to join him blasted off from Florida on Wednesday aboard a SpaceX rocket ship...

Reviving South African Airways to its former glory

A new internal ethos of delivering first class customer service will ensure that South African Airways (SAA) is revived to its former glory. This is...

Equity partner opens new UAV markets for Knysna company

Knysna, South Africa-based UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) designer and manufacturer, ALTI now has an equity partner in the form of Israeli-based worldwide operator Avnon...
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Saudis intercept Houthi missile and drones aimed at oil region

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile and armed drones fired at its oil-rich Eastern Region by Yemen's Houthi group on Saturday, and two children...

Drone pilots graduate thanks to Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust

The first five of ten students studying to be unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) pilots have completed their Remote Pilots License (RPL), thanks...
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In Indonesia, drone deliveries provide lifeline for isolating COVID patients

A group of drone enthusiasts in Indonesia are using their aerial skills to help during the pandemic by providing a contactless medicine and food...

Sudan says coup thwarted, accuses Bashir loyalists

Sudanese authorities said they had foiled an attempted coup on Tuesday, accusing loyalists of ousted president Omar al-Bashir of trying to reverse the revolution...

July civil unrest Presidential panel has three months to investigate and report

The three-strong expert panel named by President Cyril Ramaphosa to review government’s response to public violence, destruction of property and looting in July has...

Nigeria says it seizes 14 tonnes of fertiliser meant for Boko Haram bombs

Nigerian troops have seized 14 tonnes of fertiliser that the insurgent Islamist group Boko Haram had planned to turn into roadside bombs, the army...

Government extends application deadline for Intelligence Inspector General

The South African government’s security apparatus wants a suitable person to become Inspector General of Intelligence (IGI) and extended the deadline for applications. The July...

No ransom paid to alleged hackers – Department of Justice

The Justice and Constitutional Development Department has clarified a media report that hackers demanded a R33 million ransom, following a ransomware attack on the...

Cyber crime spreads in Australia as COVID-19 pushes more people online

Australia reported on Wednesday a 13% jump in cyber crime in the past year, with about one incident in four targeting critical infrastructure and...

Ex-US intel operatives admit hacking American networks for UAE

Three former US intelligence operatives who worked as cyber spies for the United Arab Emirates admitted to violating US hacking laws and prohibitions on...

Suspect arrested for massive 2020 data breach

The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit has arrested a 36-year-old suspect in Gauteng following the August 2020 data breach at Experian. In a statement,...

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...

Taliban say no al Qaeda or ISIS in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said on Tuesday there was no evidence of Islamic State or al Qaeda militants being in the country, days after Islamic...
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Taliban replaces women’s ministry with ministry of virtue and vice

Workers in the Afghan capital Kabul replaced signs for the country's women's ministry with those for the Taliban's moral police on Friday, as female...

UN envoy meets new Afghan interior minister wanted by US

A UN envoy has met Afghanistan's new interior minister who was for years was one of the world's most wanted Islamist militants and is...

One month after fall of Kabul, economic crisis stalks Taliban

A month after seizing Kabul, the Taliban face daunting problems as they seek to convert their lightning military victory into a durable peacetime government. After...

North Korea warns US risks ‘dangerous nuclear arms race’ over Australia subs

North Korea warned on Monday that the United States risked a dangerous nuclear arms race by providing submarine technology to Australia, criticising its "double...
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North Korea says it tested new railway-borne missile system to strike ‘threatening forces’

The missiles fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new "railway-borne missile system" designed as a potential counter-strike to any...

New international defence partnership has eyes on China

Another acronym – AUKUS – joins an already lengthy list in the international defence world. AUKUS is a new security partnership linking Australia, the United...
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North and South Korea conduct duelling missile tests as arms race heats up

Both North Korea and South Korea test fired ballistic missiles on Wednesday, the latest volley in an arms race that has seen both countries develop increasingly...

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...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy: Part 2

In the previous blog post we considered some of the ways in which we can express the performance of an DF antenna, and we...

CSIR EW simulation training tool to evaluate infrared missile threats

South Africa’s premier research and development agency – the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) - with commercialisation and industrialisation at the forefront...

Aerostat to protect German base in Niger

The German Bundeswehr has placed a €21 million order with Rheinmetall for an aerostat-based area reconnaissance system for protecting a forward operating base in...

South Africa court resumes ex-leader Zuma’s protracted arms deal trial

A South African court on Tuesday resumed a trial that has dragged out for years over a $2 billion arms deal involving ex-president Jacob...

Guinea junta says it will not bow to pressure to let president leave

Guinea's military junta said on Friday it would not bow to pressure from regional leaders to allow President Alpha Conde, whom it detained during...

Somalia’s president berates Djibouti for detaining his security adviser

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Friday accused neighbouring Djibouti of illegally detaining his national security adviser, a criticism which appeared linked to a...

Guinea junta brushes off impact of ECOWAS sanctions

The leader of Guinea's recent coup told a delegation of West African leaders he was not concerned about new sanctions imposed by the regional...

ELW Global Limited reacts to emergency humanitarian requirement in record time

Worldwide reaction to the growing refugee crisis caused by the military pull-out of Allied Forces and Afghan Nationals from Afghanistan created several urgent requirements. With...

Logistics cooperation with partners ensures moving at the ‘speed of relevance’

On 6 August, US and French forces bolstered logistics capabilities with the second in a series of Proof of Principle flights. The mission, known...

Verbal skirmishing continues as soldiers allegedly go hungry

Placatory words from the senior spin doctor in the SA National Defence Force regarding an apparent lack of proper rations for soldiers on active...

Delivery of new soldier field accommodation underway

Twenty years ago the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) recognised a need to replace field accommodation and water supply capabilities under Project Swatch which...

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...

Opinion: Is a new beginning possible, or will Defence march on inexorably towards a dead end?

Towards the end of 2006 South African Department of Defence (DD) top management attended a week-long Defence Management Seminar at Mount Grace, Magaliesberg. The...