Banks could be Libya’s next battle

Eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar has thrown much of his military forces into attacking Tripoli, but the outcome of the offensive could be determined...

Exiting A400M contract will save Denel R250 million

Denel’s plan to stop manufacturing components for the Airbus A400M Atlas airlifter will save the company R250 million as part of the state owned...

Nigerian Super Tucanos to be based at Kainji

Nigeria will base its 12 new Super Tucano light attack/trainer aircraft at Kainji Air Base in the west of the country. This emerged from a...

Navy successfully tests new submarine escape safety system

Shortcomings in a two-man escape submarine procedure have been remedied by South African ingenuity and successfully tested onboard SAS 'Manthatisi in False Bay. The tower...

Rwanda lifts ban on satirical cartoons

The Rwanda Supreme Court repealed a law banning publication of political cartoons, while upholding another punishing, insulting or defaming the president with at least...

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Lessons learnt from latest Op Copper deployment

The most recent Operation Copper deployment in the Mozambique Channel, in addition to providing valuable "on-the-job" training for both sailors and airmen,...

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SANDF considering replacement of man-portable anti-tank missiles

Armscor has issued a request for information (RFI) for a new man-portable anti-tank missile system to replace the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s)...

Senegal acquires more Bastion armoured vehicles

It has emerged that Senegal is now operating an additional batch of Arquus Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs), which were seen for the first...

New Bruiser armoured personnel carriers being built for stock

Bruisertech is relatively unique amongst the world’s armoured vehicle manufacturers in that it is building vehicles on stock that will be available for immediate...

RDM expanding 40 mm round lineup

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is expanding its 40 mm grenade range, with airburst and self-destruct rounds being developed. RDM said that client requests for enhanced...

Senegal orders more RPB 33 patrol boats from France

France’s Raidco Marine has received an order from Senegal for the delivery of two more RPB 33 patrol boats, after the shipyard delivered a...

Abu Dhabi’s Privinvest sues Mozambique in debt scandal

Abu Dhabi-based shipbuilder Privinvest said on Monday it had begun arbitration proceedings to claim compensation against three Mozambican state-owned companies at the centre of...

Royal Canadian Navy warships make Phoenix Express debut

On March 29, the 15th edition of the training event PHOENIX EXPRESS officially began in Casablanca, Morocco. Following a formal opening ceremony ships and...

French amphibious task force takes a breather in the Cape

French task force “Jeanne d'Arc” 2019, a five month operational deployment of a two-vessel amphibious battle group, arrived in Cape Town on the morning...

Nigeria arrests maritime security personnel for firearms possession

The Nigerian Navy has arrested nine people that were part of a maritime security team for the possession of firearms. The Nigerian Navy said the...

Spanish Navy rescues Nigerian vessel from pirates

The Spanish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel Serviola has rescued the crew of a Nigerian-flagged vessel in the Gulf of Guinea from pirates, who had...

Canadians seize 2.5 tonnes of hashish in the Indian Ocean

On 6 April, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina seized 2 569 kilograms of hashish while deployed in the Indian Ocean as part of...

Piracy down in first quarter of 2019

Incidents of piracy and armed robbery of ships in the first quarter of this year are down when compared to the same period last...

Tripoli neighbourhoods ‘turning into battlefields’

The humanitarian situation has greatly deteriorated around the Libyan capital Tripoli, where “densely populated residential areas are gradually turning into battlefields”, the International Committee...

Call for specialised police units in rural areas after farm killings

Farm attacks in Free State and North West have again put the focus on rural security with calls for specialised police units. A Free State...

Algerians demand radical reform

Thousands of demonstrators returned to Algeria’s streets to press demands for sweeping democratic change beyond former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation, chanting “we do what...

Bashir in Kobar prison

Deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said, as military rulers announced...

Detained migrants evacuated as fighting reaches Tripoli

The United Nations refugee agency evacuated 325 African refugees from Qasr Ben Gashir detention centre in southern Tripoli because of deteriorating security and escalating...

Migrants in Libyan jail were reportedly seriously wounded in shooting

Migrants in a detention facility in the Libyan capital Tripoli have reportedly been seriously wounded in a random shooting, the U.N. migration agency IOM...

SANDF confiscates contraband near Mozambique border

South African Army soldiers have confiscated over R1 million worth of contraband from a house near the Mozambique border as part of border protection...

Terrorists on migrant boats – claim

Chaos in Libya following General Khalifa Haftar’s offensive increased the risk of terrorist presence on migrant boats headed for Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini...

Ebola workers threaten to strike

Health workers in an epicentre of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak threatened to go on strike if authorities don’t do more to...

Child slaves rescued from West African markets

Police rescued 216 human trafficking victims, mainly children, from forced labour and prostitution in a major operation in Benin and Nigeria according to Interpol. Operation...

Ugandan presidential hopeful under house arrest

A Ugandan pop singer and lawmaker seeking to challenge veteran President Yoweri Museveni said he was under house arrest, as the US government criticised...

Bobi Wine supporters dispersed by police

Ugandan police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse supporters of musician and lawmaker Bobi Wine gathered at a beach resort near Kampala where...

Sudan forces to remain in Yemen

Sudan ruling transitional military council’s deputy head said Sudanese forces with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen will remain, Sudan news agency (SUNA)...

In unprecedented move, U.S. names Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

President Donald Trump said on Monday he would name Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organisation, in an unprecedented step that drew...

Islamic State ‘caliphate’ defeated, yet threat persists

U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State’s last territory in Syria on Saturday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed “caliphate”, but the jihadists...

Battle for Baghouz rages

Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic State’s last enclave in east Syria, obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the group’s...

Factbox – After ‘caliphate’ defeat, Islamic State is down but not out

Driven from its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State is down but not out. Where once they confronted armies, the extremist Islamist group’s...

Picture emerges of well-to-do young bombers behind Sri Lankan carnage

Details began to emerge in Sri Lanka on Wednesday of a band of nine, well-educated Islamist suicide bombers, including a woman, from well-to-do families...

World’s largest plane makes first flight over California

The world’s largest aircraft took off over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch...

CSIR’s passive radar system now running at five sites

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) passive radar system has been rolled out to five different sites in the North-Eastern part of...

Hypersonic weapons: a challenge and opportunity for strategic arms control

In February, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs – jointly with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research - released a 50-page document...

MBDA and Milrem Robotics unveil anti-tank UGV

MBDA and Milrem Robotics are showcasing what they call the world’s first anti-tank unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition in Abu...

CSIR develops wide area surveillance system for armoured vehicles

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a panoramic 360 degree Wide Area Surveillance System which would give armoured vehicle crews...

Nigerian Air Force receives two new AW109 helicopters

The Nigerian Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of four AW109 helicopters on order from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters. The Nigerian Air Force...

SAAF A109 Light Utility Helicopter crashes

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has lost an A109 Light Utility Helicopter in a crash in Pretoria that injured both crewmembers on board. The...

Leonardo establishes helicopter production joint venture with Algeria

Leonardo and the Algerian Ministry of National Defence have established a joint venture for the local assembly, sale and support of Leonardo helicopters. Announcing the...

Rwandan Mi-17 crashes in South Sudan

A Rwanda Air Force Mi-17-1V helicopter has crashed in South Sudan whilst on a United Nations flight. The aircraft came down outside Pagak in northeast...

Uganda receives Bombardier planes in step to national carrier relaunch

Uganda received on Tuesday two passenger planes, a key step in the country’s efforts to relaunch its defunct national carrier and share in the...

Air Mauritius takes delivery of its first A330neo

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first A330-900, on lease from ALC, during a ceremony held in Toulouse. The National carrier of the...

Kenyan family files lawsuit against Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

A Kenyan family has filed a lawsuit in Chicago against American aviation giant Boeing over a March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157...

Uganda Airlines confirms order for two A330neo aircraft

Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda, has firmed up its order for two A330-800 airliners, previously announced last year. Airbus on 3 April said...

Drones to deliver vaccines, blood and drugs across Ghana

Hundreds of drones will begin delivering life-saving vaccines, blood and medicines to patients in Ghana this week in the largest scheme of its kind,...

FAA paves way for Alphabet unit to make first U.S. drone deliveries

Alphabet Inc’s Wing Aviation unit on Tuesday got the okay to start delivering goods by drone in Virginia later this year, making the sister...

FAA to award first drone airline licence in the next month

droneThe U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects to award the first licence to operate a drone airline in the next month, an official at...

U.S. FAA probes drone sighting over baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it was investigating reports that a drone flew over Boston’s Fenway Park during a baseball game,...

Banks could be Libya’s next battle

Eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar has thrown much of his military forces into attacking Tripoli, but the outcome of the offensive could be determined...

Haftar forces pushed back outside Tripoli

Forces supporting Libya’s internationally recognised government pushed back troops loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar more than 60 km south-west of Tripoli. Aziziya town was...

Mali military base attack was massacre revenge

Al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali claimed responsibility for thwe attack on a military base that killed at least 11 soldiers, saying it was revenge...

Tripoli rocked by explosions

Explosions shook Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday after an airstrike, residents said, in an escalation of a two-week offensive by eastern forces on the...

Cyber expert credited with stopping ‘WannaCry’ attack admits malware charges

A British cyber security researcher hailed as a hero for neutralizing the global “WannaCry” ransomware attack in 2017 has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges...

Belgian cybersecurity agency finds no threat from Huawei

Belgium’s center for cybersecurity has found no evidence that telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei Technology could be used for spying. The agency, which reports to...

Bayer contains cyber attack it says bore Chinese hallmarks

German drugmaker Bayer has contained a cyber attack it believes was hatched in China, the company said, highlighting the risk of data theft and...

Stellenbosch to host cyber warfare conference

The Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) at Stellenbosch University will be hosting an international cyber workshop later this month. This will...

Document: Department of Defence annual report 2017-18

The Department of Defence has released its annual report for the 2017/18 financial year. Click here to view the document: DoD_Annual_Report_2017-18

Read the DoD annual report

With currently no indication when the Department of Defence (DoD) website (www.dod.mil.za) will be up and running again, defenceWeb has decided to...

Speech: Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of AAD 2018

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, 19 September...

Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa...