Hensoldt South Africa executing Argos II contract for German police

Hensoldt South Africa, through its Optronics division, will later this year deliver two Argos II electro-optical systems for German police helicopters. Hensoldt on 12 January...

Long delay in 2020 SAAF pupil pilots course caused by COVID-19

The “blame”, if it can be called that, for the delay in pupil pilots at Central Flying School not finishing their courses last year...

SANDF highlights successes in FY 2019/20 report

The national defence force conducted peacekeeping operations, rescued sailors at sea, patrolled for pirates off Mozambique and provided humanitarian assistance to its neighbours in...

Uganda’s Museveni takes early election lead as rival alleges fraud

Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in Uganda’s presidential election according to preliminary results on Friday, though his main rival said there...

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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...

Uganda revealed as Hizir APC customer

Uganda is the previously undisclosed customer for Hizir armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from Turkey’s Katmerciler, which shipped the vehicles last year. Around a dozen of...

Morocco orders virtual parachute training system

Morocco has ordered a virtual parachute training system from the United Kingdom’s Pennant International. In late October the company said the order covers one Student...

Egypt unveils Temsah 4 APC

Egypt has unveiled the latest version of its Temsah (Crocodile) armoured personnel carrier (APC), the 4x4 Temsah 4. It was inspected by President Abdel Fattah...

Anti-tank missile in Libya looks like Iran-produced weapon – UN

A United Nations analysis of photos of four anti-tank guided missiles in Libya found that one “had characteristics consistent with the Iranian-produced Dehlavieh” missile,...

Galeshewe decommissioned to reserve status

While the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) SAS Galeshewe (P1567) might be said to be decommissioned, the Navy Office in Pretoria has it the former...

Navantia receives Moroccan Navy contract

Spain’s Navantia has received a contract for an offshore patrol vessel for the Royal Moroccan Navy, which is believed to have ordered an Avante...

Israel Shipyards begins construction of OPV-45 vessels for African country

Israel Shipyards has launched construction of the first of two OPV-45 offshore patrol vessels destined for an undisclosed African country. The company made the announcement...

First locally built Gowind corvette joins Egyptian Navy

Alexandria Shipyard has delivered the first locally built Gowind 2500 corvette, ENS Port Said, to the Egyptian Navy. The handover ceremony took place at Alexandria...

Atalanta mandate expanded

Twelve years on and the rationale for the EU NavFor Operation Atalanta Somalia has changed and the mission has a new mandate and a...

Gulf of Guinea confirmed as world piracy hotspot

Close on two hundred incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported worldwide last year, with the Gulf of Guinea cementing the...

SAN now has a situational awareness centre

The Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), an Armscor defence, science and technology institutes, continues providing services to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), particularly...

2020 good for Op Irini

Formed just ahead of the coronavirus pandemic making itself felt across the world, the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean to enforce a UN...

Forty-six civilians feared killed in eastern Congo attack, official says

Forty-six civilians are reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,...

Five killed in Algeria bomb explosion

Five people died and three others were wounded when a homemade bomb exploded in eastern Algeria on Thursday, the defense ministry said. The victims were...

Cameroon army killed civilians in village raid, witnesses and lawyer say

Cameroonian soldiers opened fire on villagers during a weekend raid in the country’s southwest, killing up to nine people, including civilians, and injuring others,...

US military carries out another air strike against al-Shabaab

The US military’s Africa Command forces conducted one airstrike in the vicinity of Buulo Fulaay, Somalia, on 13 January, killing one al Shabaab member...

Sudan says Ethiopian military aircraft crossed border

An Ethiopian military aircraft crossed the Sudanese-Ethiopian border‮ ‬in a ‮”‬dangerous and unjustified escalation”, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. There has been tension for...

Over 80 killed in attack in Ethiopian border region with Sudan – state rights commission

More than 80 civilians were killed in an attack on Tuesday in the Benishangul-Gumuz region on Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, the state-appointed Ethiopian Human...

Ethiopia warns Sudan it is running out of patience over border dispute

Ethiopia warned Sudan on Tuesday it was running out of patience with its neighbour’s continued military build-up in a disputed border area despite attempts...

One-Stop Border Post to ease challenges at Beitbridge

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs says the implementation of a One-Stop Border Post with neighbouring countries and the establishment of the Border Management...

UN calls for probe into Cameroon army attack on civilians

The United Nations on Thursday called for an investigation after Reuters reported that Cameroonian soldiers opened fire on fleeing civilians during a weekend raid,...

Major violations of international law at Tigray refugee camps: UN

There have been major violations of international law at two refugee camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) said on...

Nearly 60 000 have fled Central African Republic violence: UN

The number of people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic has doubled in just a week to nearly 60 000, the UN refugee...

US senators call for release of journalists in Ethiopia

Three leading Democratic US senators have written to Ethiopia’s prime minister to express concern about the erosion of press freedoms in the country and...

Iran tests ballistic missiles, drones in military exercise, state TV says

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fired “abundant” surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and tested locally manufactured new drones in a military exercise on Friday, state television reported. The drill,...
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US plans to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as foreign terrorist group

The United States plans to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, a move that diplomats...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveil underground missile base in Gulf: state media

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards unveiled an underground missile base at an undisclosed Gulf location on Friday, Iranian state media reported, at a time of...

Syria says Israel strikes again, several missiles downed by air defences: state TV

Israel struck targets in southern Syria on Wednesday in the third such attack in nearly ten days, state TV reported as military defectors said...

Germany decides to buy 25.1% stake in defence supplier Hensoldt

Germany’s government has decided to buy a 25.1% stake in defence supplier Hensoldt at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Reuters reported last week that the...

Russia successfully test launches heavy lift space rocket after long hiatus

Russia on Monday successfully test launched its heavy lift Angara A5 space rocket after a six-year hiatus in a project President Vladimir Putin describes...

Coronavirus pandemic worsens 2020 outlook for Rolls-Royce

British engineering company Rolls-Royce downgraded this year’s cash outflow forecast and warned of a challenging outlook as the slump in air travel continues. But the...

Sales by world’s top 25 defence companies up by nearly 10 per cent

Sales of arms and military services by the sector’s largest 25 companies totalled $361 billion in 2019, 8.5% more than in 2018. The largest...

SANDF concludes 2020 Defence Engineering, Science and Technology conference

The annual Defence Engineering, Science and Technology Conference (DESTC) 2020 held last month in Thaba Tshwane saw members from all South African National Defence...

CSIR marks 75 years of improving South African lives

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) reached a significant milestone as 5 October marked 75 years of existence. Establish in 1945, the CSIR...

Praise for Limpopo learner who invented anti-GBV tool

Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo has commended a learner who has invented a device to help curb human trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV). Bohlale Mphahlele,...

AlphaDogfight trials foreshadow future of human-machine symbiosis

A small Maryland company took first place in August's AlphaDogfight Trials Final event, a three-day competition designed to demonstrate advanced algorithms capable of performing...

Denel still seeing interest in Rooivalk

Denel Aeronautics is still receiving international interest in its Rooivalk attack helicopter, with consistent enquiries for a number of years. Since around 2015, Denel has...

Mali receives additional Mi-35 attack helicopters

Mali’s Air Force has taken delivery of another two Mi-35 attack helicopters from Russia, as part of a 2016 order for four. Photos of the...

Nigerian Air Force partnering with Caverton Helicopters for aircraft maintenance

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will partner with Caverton Helicopters on the maintenance of its rotary wing aircraft as it seeks to improve serviceability. The...

Botswana Defence Force AS350 crashes

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Air Wing has lost an AS350B Ecureuil (Squirrel) helicopter in a crash during an anti-poaching mission. According to BDF spokesperson...

Congo Airways orders more Embraer E195-E2 jets

Six months after their first E2 order, Congo Airways has placed a firm order for two E195-E2 jets, Embraer has announced. This is in...

Egypt follows Gulf allies in reopening airspace to Qatar

Egypt reopened its airspace to Qatari flights on Tuesday and will allow the resumption of air traffic between the two countries as part of...

Airline traffic and bookings stall despite vaccine promise

Airlines face a challenging wait for COVID-19 vaccines to end travel lockdowns, global industry body IATA said, as a recovery in traffic stalls and...

Africa still an important market for Pratt & Whitney

With 64 000 engines in service with over 1 000 airlines, Pratt & Whitney Canada continues to support clients around the world in spite...

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says it intercepted three Houthi drones

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen said on Friday it had intercepted and destroyed three explosive-laden drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement...

French watchdog condemns police for unlawful use of drones to patrol lockdown

French data privacy watchdog CNIL condemned the Interior Ministry for the unlawful use of drones to oversee demonstrations and make sure people were respecting...

Iran tests drones in military exercise

Iran launched exercises featuring a wide array of domestically produced drones on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, days after the anniversary of the US killing...
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Malaysian team turns pineapple waste into disposable drone parts

Malaysian researchers have developed a method to transform the fibre found in normally discarded pineapple leaves to make a strong material that can be...

Bullets and panic: rebels attack Central African Republic capital

Rebels in Central African Republic attacked the capital early on Wednesday, but were repelled by President Faustin-Archange Touadera’s security forces and United Nations peacekeepers,...

Ending violence in Mozambique will require united effort, African Energy Chamber says

The chair of the African Energy Chamber believes that united efforts are required to solve the ‘dire’ insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province and...

Rebels attack Central African Republic’s capital, says PM

Security forces in Central African Republic repelled an attack on Wednesday by armed groups seeking to seize the capital Bangui, athorities said, in a...

Al Qaeda-linked group says it was behind killing of French soldiers in Mali

Al Qaeda’s North Africa wing has said it was responsible for the killing of three French soldiers in Mali, jihadist monitoring organisation SITE Intel...

Email security firm Mimecast says hackers hijacked its products to spy on customers

Email security provider Mimecast said on Tuesday that hackers had hijacked its products in order to spy on its customers. The company said it had...

Facebook says it removed record number of disinformation campaigns in December

Facebook Inc identified and suspended 17 disinformation networks on its platforms in December, representing its largest monthly takedown, the US tech giant said on...

SolarWinds hackers linked to known Russian spying tools, investigators say

The group behind a global cyber-espionage campaign discovered last month deployed malicious computer code with links to spying tools previously used by suspected Russian...
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US intelligence agencies say Russia likely behind hacking of government agencies

The office of the US Director of National Intelligence on Tuesday said Russia was “likely” behind a string of hacks identified last month that...

Biography: Secretary for Defence Sonto Kudjoe

Gladys Sonto Kudjoe was appointed Secretary for Defence with effect from 1 August 2020, taking over from Dr Sam Gulube following his retirement. Between 1978...

Presentation: Denel on funding and governance challenges

On 21 October 2020, Denel delivered a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on its funding and governance challenges. Click here to view...

Presentation: Department of Military Veterans on 1st quarter performance

On 21 October 2020, the Department of Military Veterans gave a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on its first...

Keynote address by Trevor Mketi, AMD Conference 29 September 2020

Members of the South African National Defence Force Defence attaches and foreign military representatives Captains of industry Members of the media Ladies and gentlemen On behalf of the Secretary...
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