2022 MSD applications open this week

There was no military skills development (MSD) intake this year due to widespread issues around preventing and limiting the spread of COVID-19. These have...

Denel engaging with Saab Grintek Defence on liquidation bid

Denel is engaging with Saab Grintek Defence to reach an ‘amicable outcome’ regarding its bid to have Denel put into liquidation over unpaid debts,...

US Air Force C-130Js arrive in Morocco for Exercise African Lion

Three US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, have arrived in Kenitra, Morocco, for exercise...

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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...

Maritime medicine health support keeps SA Navy personnel mission ready

The Institute for Maritime Medicine (IMM) was established to satisfy the unique interaction between medical services onboard SA Navy ships and specialised medical services...

Damen launches new LST for the Nigerian Navy

Damen Shipyards has launched a new Landing Ship Tank (LST) for the Nigerian Navy at Damen’s facility in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. When commissioned,...

SharpEye radars to be fitted to SA Navy’s new inshore patrol vessels

SharpEye radar systems will be fitted to the three new Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) being built by Damen Shipyards Cape Town for the...

Exercise Phoenix Express concludes in Tunisia

The sixteenth iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Phoenix Express came to an end in Tunisia on 28 May. US Naval Forces Europe and Africa...

Turkey’s Katmerciler wins Kenyan order for 118 Hizir vehicles

Kenya’s Ministry of Defence has awarded Katmerciler a contract to supply 118 Hizir armoured personnel carriers, the company has announced. “Our Hizir 4x4 Tactical Wheeled...

African Lion 21 exercise begins with 7 800 troops in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

African Lion, US Africa Command’s premier joint annual exercise, kicked off in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal for its 17th iteration on 7 June. With more...

Mavtech Tyre Pressure Control System (CTIS) for 8X8 Utility Truck

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Cameroon Gendarmerie receives military equipment from France for counter-terrorism fight

Cameroon’s National Gendarmerie, one of the components of the country’s national defence and security forces, has received equipment from France in what authorities says...

Op Irini extended for a further year

The EU maritime intervention to stop arms illegally reaching strife-torn Libya will continue for another year thanks to a UN Security Council authorisation. The vote...

Nigeria launches Deep Blue maritime security project

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially launched Nigeria’s Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure programme, also known as the Deep Blue Project, which aims...

Affordable technologies can help with South Africa’s maritime security shortcomings

Affordable technologies are available to assist South Africa regain lost maritime security capabilities, with the creation of a coastal surveillance network one solution. This is...

The key to success of the Nigerian Deep Blue Project does not lie offshore – Dryad

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will launch the Deep...

Nigerian police fire teargas to break up protests over rising insecurity

Police fired teargas and detained several demonstrators in the Nigerian cities of Lagos and Abuja on Saturday during protests over the country’s worsening security...

Ambush in northern Ivory Coast kills three soldiers

Three Ivorian soldiers were killed on patrol near the border with Burkina Faso on Saturday when one of their vehicles hit an improvised explosive...

ISS: South Africa needs a murder reduction strategy

The latest trends suggest a violent future for the country, which still has no national plan to tackle murder. Despite a year of lockdown restrictions,...

More voices added to anti-gun law change lobby

Police Minister Bheki Cele’s plan to stop South Africans owning firearms for self-defence continues to be criticised with political parties and think tanks adding...

Spain mulls ending deal on Morocco border with enclaves

Spain is looking into ending a deal that allows visa-free crossing from Moroccan towns into Spain's North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, a...

Wildlife, bribery and cigarettes part of latest Op Corona successes

Confronting bribery, illicit cigarettes and illegally hunted wildlife was all in a day’s work for South African soldiers deployed on Operation Corona border protection...

Senegalese navy seizes 8 tonnes of cannabis resin from boat

The Senegalese navy on Sunday intercepted a boat smuggling over 8 tonnes of cannabis resin through the waters off the West African nation's coast,...

Kruger National Park anti-poaching teams conclude May with successful arrests

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced further arrests of suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP), with four men apprehended. The four suspected...

UN official accuses Eritrean forces of deliberately starving Tigray

The northern highlands of Ethiopia became a global byword for famine in the mid-1980s, when drought and conflict combined to create a disaster that...

Violent protests over police abuses continue in Tunisian capital

Violent protests erupted in the streets of Tunisia's capital again on Saturday night, adding to the pressure on Prime Minister's Hichem Mechichi's government to...

Close to 10 000 Mozambicans fleeing violence forcibly removed from Tanzania – UN

Almost 10 000 Mozambicans have been forcibly removed from Tanzania so far this year after fleeing a deadly Islamist insurgency in their homeland, a...

UN staffer investigated in Italy over death of ambassador – source

A United Nations employee has been placed under investigation by Italian prosecutors looking into the murder of Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of...

Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters delivered to Central African Republic

A Russian Air Force Antonov An-124 transport aircraft has delivered Mi-8MT and Mi-24V helicopters to the Central African Republic. According to Centrafriquenews, the helicopters arrived...

Spanish NH90s ready for Mali deployment

Spain will later this year send NH90 helicopters to Mali where they will support the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. It will...

SAAF helicopters help fight Simons Town fire

South African Air Force Oryx helicopters helped extinguish a fire that broke out in the Simons Town area on Monday. Provincial Disaster Management (PDM) requested...

NIMASA helicopters nearing service entry

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has received all three of its new AW109 helicopters from Italy and is about to put...

Public Investment Corporation not funding SAA 51% stake takoever

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has confirmed that it is not funding the 51% stake acquisition in South African Airways (SAA).S The confirmation comes after...

New strategic partner for SAA

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says government has found a strategic equity partner in a bid to save the embattled South African Airways (SAA). Gordhan...
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United Airlines to bring back supersonic flying with Boom deal

United Airlines said on Thursday would buy ultra-fast jets from Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic, bringing back supersonic passenger travel which died out with...

No explosive device aboard the Air France flight from Chad

No explosive device has been found aboard an Air France airplane that arrived from Chad escorted by the French army following an anonymous threat...

NIMASA ready to deploy Tekever UAVs for Deep Blue maritime security project

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has concluded training on its new Tekever AR3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have been acquired...

UAVs to the rescue for Botswana’s pregnant population

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, are providing lifesaving care to women in remote parts of Botswana, who face the possibility of...

Another German Heron for Mali

The German government has approved the deployment of another Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the United Nations mission in Mali, which will bring...

East African customer acquires SKYLOCK counter-UAV systems

An unidentified customer in East Africa has acquired SKYLOCK’s counter-drone system for use on vehicles. British threat detection specialist Silent Sentinel announced it had signed...

Ivory Coast opens counter-terrorism academy in partnership with France

Ivory Coast and France inaugurated a new counter-terrorism academy in the West African country on Thursday, intended to boost regional capacity to combat a...

Frenchman charged with espionage in Central African Republic

A French national has been charged with espionage in the Central African Republic, a month after he was arrested with a cache of weapons...

Potential Critical Infrastructure Protection councillors short listed

Thirty-one months after the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Act was signed into law, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police (PCP) plans interviews for “possible appointment”...

ISWAP militant group says Nigeria’s Boko Haram leader is dead

The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) militant group said in an audio recording heard by Reuters on Sunday that Abubakar Shekau, leader of...

Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to US

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would be ready to hand over cyber criminals to the United States if Washington did the same for...

Column: Virus to virus: pandemic to cyber threat

A surge in cyber attacks and ransomware hacks since the start of pandemic lockdowns is alarming for a world of finance moving headlong into...
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Meatpacker JBS says it paid equivalent of $11 million in ransomware attack

Meatpacker JBS USA paid a ransom equivalent to $11 million following a cyberattack that disrupted its North American and Australian operations, the company’s CEO...

Qatar’s Al Jazeera network says it combated cyber attack

Pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera said it was subjected to continual hacking attempts over recent days but the cyber attack on Qatar's flagship broadcaster...

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...

Speech: Solly Shoke during Change of Command parade, 28 May 2021

ADDRESS BY THE OUT-GOING CHIEF OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE, GENERAL SOLLY SHOKE AT THE OCCASION OF THE CHANGE OF COMMAND PARADE,...

Turkey should pull troops from Afghanistan under 2020 accord -Taliban spokesman

Turkey should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan under the 2020 deal for the pullout of US forces, a Taliban spokesman said on Thursday, effectively...

Afghan government and Taliban negotiators meet in Doha to discuss peace

Afghan government and Taliban negotiators met in Qatar's capital Doha this week to discuss the peace process, the first known meeting in weeks after...

Egypt’s intelligence chief holds truce talks with Hamas in Gaza

Egypt's intelligence chief met Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday to try to bolster a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel and...

Hamas to keep finger on trigger after ceasefire, says official

A Hamas official said that Israel must end its violations in Jerusalem and address damages from the bombardment of Gaza following a ceasefire that...

Hundreds caught thanks to spy phones ‘in gangsters’ back pockets’

A global sting in which organised crime gangs were sold encrypted phones that law enforcement officials could monitor has led to more than 800...

France, Germany and Spain strike deal over joint combat jet

France, Germany and Spain said on Monday they had reached a deal over the next steps of the development of a new fighter jet,...

Luxury jet makers battle over lucrative spy plane niche

Last month, a ghostly grey business jet took off from central Sweden and headed across the Baltic on a routine spying mission. The converted Gulfstream,...

Ex Airbus unit ordered to pay $42 million over corrupt Saudi contracts

A former Airbus subsidiary was on Wednesday ordered to pay more than 30 million pounds ($42 million) after pleading guilty to corruption over contracts...

Nuclear science utilized to protect African rhino

On 13 May the innovative anti-poaching “Rhisotope Project” was launched. The project, based on nuclear science, seeks to introduce radioactive isotopes into a rhino’s...

Faraway NASA probe detects the eerie hum of interstellar space

The classic 1979 sci-fi horror film "Alien" was advertised with the memorable tagline, "In space no can hear you scream." It did not say...
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NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air

NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy – Part 1: Accuracy and Sensitivity

It is sometimes said that: “If you can’t convince them, confuse them!”.  Nowhere is this more apparent than the minefield which is antenna datasheets...

Mali transitional government restores ousted Camara as defence minister

Mali's transitional government announced on Friday it had restored Colonel Sadio Camara as defence minister, after his removal from office was one of the...

ISS: Somaliland’s election boosted its theoretical case for recognition

The obstacles to actual recognition still seem insurmountable – unless Somalia relents and regional bodies give their blessing. Somaliland is increasing its push to win...

ISS: Pan-African Parliament’s woes reflect a crisis in leadership

The PAP can only be saved if MPs truly represent African citizens and the AU gives the body power. Chaotic scenes at the Pan-African Parliament...

UAE ratifies extradition deal with South Africa as hunt for Guptas intensifies

The United Arab Emirates has ratified a 2018 extradition treaty with South Africa, its embassy in Pretoria said on Wednesday, a move that President...

Feature: Solving an airlift shortage

When it comes to building military capacity in Africa, adding aircraft tends to take a back seat because of the expense involved to acquire...

Regional Work Unit Western Cape hard at it

The South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) Regional Works Unit Western Cape has been labouring to ensure that facilities in its region are in...

M5 mortar airlift project saving the SANDF money and extending equipment life

The 120 mm M5 heavy mortar is the primary long-range, indirect fire, artillery weapon for the Steve Biko Artillery Regiment (formerly Light Regiment) of...

Bridges link Ekhamanzi community to schools, clinics

Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Minister Patricia de Lille and KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Kwazi Mshengu are set to unveil three bridges in Ekhamanzi, in...

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...

Opinion: Dear Minister of Defence and Military Veterans – The Aerospace & Defence Industry is Ready to assist

As Minister of Defence and Military Veterans you have stated in the budget debate that you would like to spread the net wider for...

Analysis: SANDF appointments

The new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) senior appointments announced by President Ramaphosa this week merit comment, not on the persons but on...
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