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Ex Super Sapper tests Army engineers’ mettle

The SA Army Engineer Formation is well and truly a support entity for the sharp point of the landward force and the Sappers in...

Denel Dynamics staff getting 45% of November salaries as UASA complains to Public Protector

Denel Dynamics is one of the few Denel Group divisions that is in a position to pay November salaries, with staff getting 45% of...

SAAF Gripens grounded

The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Gripen fleet is temporarily grounded, with no aircraft serviceable, due to a lack of funding and maintenance and...

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...

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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...

USS The Sullivans conducts interoperability exercise with Tunisian Navy

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and Tunisian Navy offshore patrol vessels TNS Jugurtha (P610) and TNS Carthage...

“Crippling” onslaught on SA Navy human resource component

SA Navy (SAN) Chief Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane presided over two medal parades in November, telling personnel in the maritime service he was “thankful”...

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrives in Djibouti, conducts maritime interoperability exercises

The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) conducted bilateral maritime flight operations with French SA-330 Pumas off the coast of...

US military conducts multi-day rescue at sea off Kenya

Members from the US military’s Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Personnel Recovery Task Force and US Africa Command contract Personnel Recovery...

Proforce launches new Viper APC

Proforce Defence has unveiled its new Viper armoured personnel carrier (APC), a lighter, faster and more manoeuvrable version of its Ara vehicle. The company said...

Spain’s Escribano to supply remotely controlled weapons stations to Egypt

Escribano Mechanical and Engineering has conducted testing of its remotely controlled weapons stations (RCWS) on different Egyptian vehicles and platforms as part of a...

Egypt interested in acquiring K9 self-propelled howitzers

The Egyptian military is considering acquiring K9 self-propelled howitzers and supporting vehicles from South Korea’s Hanwha Defence, which is exhibiting the K9 at the...

ISS: Mercenaries and private military security: Africa’s thin grey line

The continent cannot afford a situation where states’ use of private companies becomes the norm. Recent reports indicate the presence of the Russian Wagner Group...

West African customer getting Blighter radars to protect coastal oil facilities

The UK’s Blighter Surveillance Systems has been awarded a contract to provide its C400 series onshore and offshore installation security radars to protect a...

NIMASA, Korean Coast Guard sign MoU on maritime security and safety

Nigeria, through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Republic of Korea, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of cooperation...

Danish frigate kills four pirates in Gulf of Guinea

A Danish frigate has killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, the...

ISS: Illegal fishing: another target in West Africa’s maritime battleground

In a region already facing rampant piracy, the pillaging of fish stocks by industrial operators must be stopped. The United Nations Climate Change Conference’s (COP26)...

Suspected Islamist kills two in western Kenya – police

A suspected member of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab detonated an explosive device that killed two people at their home in a western Kenyan...

Ethiopian forces have recaptured two strategic towns, government says

Ethiopian forces have recaptured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha from rebellious Tigrayan forces, the government said on Monday, the latest sign of...

Kenyan “rogue” policeman kills six in rampage – police

A Kenyan police officer shot dead six people in a rampage in a neighbourhood in the capital Nairobi on Tuesday and then shot and...

Gambia police disperse protesters contesting president’s re-election

Gambian police fired tear gas on Monday to disperse supporters of losing presidential candidate Ousainou Darboe who had taken to the streets outside the...

New border fencing and improved military facilities in the pipeline

The newest addition to South Africa’s list of agencies, authorities and other government sanctioned organisations – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – is set...

Reserve Force set to be border guards

The fledgling Border Management Authority (BMA) is, according to a Parliamentary presentation, set to start operations in the coming festive season with Reserve Force...

Congo says it has to fight joint enemy with Uganda as soldiers cross border

Congolese authorities on Wednesday sought to allay concerns about the arrival of Ugandan troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for an ongoing joint...

Netstar highlights challenges, need for technology to curb cross-border vehicle smuggling

Border control is a big economic, social and human security issue for South Africa, with large amounts of dagga and other drugs being bought...

Egyptian court frees jailed researcher Zaki, trial postponed

An Egyptian court ordered the release of jailed researcher Patrick Zaki on Tuesday, an Egyptian rights group and a judicial source said, and Italy's...

ISS: Getting Goudoumaria right: are Boko Haram defectors reintegrating safely?

Lessons learnt from Niger's DDRRR programme must inform stabilisation efforts nationally and in the Lake Chad basin region. Since 2015, fighters, associates, and people trapped...

UN worker killed in attack on peacekeeping convoy in Mali

Unidentified armed men attacked a convoy belonging to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday, killing one civilian worker and wounding another,...

Two journalists wounded after Congo police open fire on protest

Two journalists were wounded when police opened fire on a protest outside the provincial parliament in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Bukavu...

Mali officially takes delivery of Mi-171 helicopters

Mali’s military has officially taken into service the four Mi-171 helicopters it received from Russia at the end of September. The four helicopters, along with...

SAAF assists in rescue of ill patient at sea

An Oryx from the South African Air Force (SAAF) assisted the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Netcare 911 to airlift a critically ill...

Tunisian helicopters operational in Central African Republic

The Tunisian Air Force’s three AB205A helicopters with the United Nations Minusca mission are now fully operational in the Central African Republic (CAR). The three...

Second Nigerian AW189 delivered

The Nigerian Presidential Air Fleet has received its second and final AW189 VIP helicopter from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters. The first aircraft (5N-FG2) was delivered two...

Japanese billionaire Maezawa blasts off into space

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa set out to became the first space tourist in more than a decade to travel to the International Space Station...

International Space Station swerves to dodge space junk

The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve away from a fragment of a US launch vehicle on Friday, the head of Russia's space...

Jetpacks, flying cars and taxi drones: transport’s future is in the skies

Paramedics with jetpacks, border police in flying cars and city workers commuting by drone all sound like science fiction - but the concepts are...

SAA cancels Mauritius flights following travel ban

South African Airways has cancelled all of its flights to and from Mauritius following the imposition of a travel ban on South Africa by...

Milkor Integrated Systems expands its UAV capabilities

Milkor Integrated Systems (MIS) - Milkor’s subsidiary responsible for the development and production of unmanned programmes - has expanded its capacity by moving into...

Global military UAS spending to total $187.6 billion over next decade

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will continue to be one of the most dynamic growth sectors of the world aerospace industry this decade, with procurement...

Saudi bourse on course to extend losses after drone attacks

Most major stock markets in the Gulf fell in early trade on Monday, with the Saudi index leading the losses a day after its...

Saudi-led coalition targets Yemen sites after attempted drone attack

A Saudi-led coalition carried out a wide operation against targets in Yemen after intercepting and destroying a drone that attempted to attack Saudi Arabia's...

Twenty charged with plotting to kill Madagascar president as trial begins

Twenty people, including two French nationals, were charged on Monday with plotting to kill Madagascar's president and other offences as their trial began in...

Four West African states mount operation against Islamist insurgents

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts...

Ethiopia’s army captures northern Afar town of Chifra – state media

Ethiopia’s army has retaken the town of Chifra in Afar region, the state-run broadcaster said on Sunday, its first major seizure from rebellious Tigrayan...

Ethiopia restricts information sharing about war

Ethiopia has announced new restrictions on the sharing of information about the war in the north of the country which stipulate that battlefront updates...

Lamola welcomes ramping of Cybercrimes Act

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has welcomed the coming into operation of certain sections of the Cybercrimes Act, with effect from 1...

Burkina Faso lifts internet suspension a day after violent protest

The Burkina Faso government said it was lifting a suspension on the mobile internet from Sunday evening, a week after imposing the ban for...

Israel slashes list of countries that can buy cyber tech – report

Israel slashed its list of countries eligible to buy its cyber technologies following concern over possible abuses abroad of a hacking tool sold by...

Burkina Faso government extends internet suspension amid protests

Burkina Faso’s government, facing mounting public anger over repeated killings by Islamist militants, extended its suspension of mobile internet service on Wednesday while offering...

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...

Khashoggi murder suspect identified by passport, not name – French source

A Saudi man held at a Paris airport over suspected links to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested because his passport triggered...

Yemen’s Houthis target Aramco, other Saudi sites in missile, drone attacks

Yemen's Houthi movement said on Tuesday it fired several ballistic missiles and 25 armed drones into Saudi Arabia, targeting Aramco oil facilities in Jeddah...

Cementing ties with France, UAE places $19 billion order for warplanes, helicopters

The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets and 12 military helicopters on Friday, deepening economic and political ties with France through an...

Recovery in Yemen possible – UN agency

War-torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in...

Defence deals at the 2021 Dubai Airshow

The 2021 Dubai Airshow allowed many companies in the aerospace industry to spotlight their newest technology and advancements in the field of aerospace and...

Global arms sales not affected by COVID-19

Despite the global economy contracting amid the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s top 100 arms producers increased sales slightly in 2020,...

Large scale Russian offensive possible in January, Ukraine says

Russia has massed more than 94 000 troops near Ukraine's borders and may be gearing up for a large-scale military offensive at the end...

Attack on Ukraine would be costly, NATO warns Moscow

Russia would pay a high price for any new military aggression against Ukraine, NATO and the United States warned on Tuesday as the Western...

Pentagon picks Northrop, Lockheed, Raytheon to develop hypersonic defense

The Pentagon on Friday said it selected Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to research and develop a missile system that would be able...

UAE, Israel to jointly develop unmanned military, commercial vessels

Emirati and Israeli state-owned weapons makers on Thursday signed a strategic agreement in Dubai to jointly design unmanned vessels capable of carrying out anti-submarine...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy Part 3: The Art of Designing DF Antennas

In the previous two blog posts we discussed some of the effects that could influence the sensitivity of a DF antenna system.  These were...

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...

ISS: Burkina Faso’s security sector reform can no longer wait

With violence at a peak, the country needs to coordinate its structures and adopt a new vision to ensure the safety of its citizens. After...
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Gambian President Barrow wins re-election; opposition cries foul

Gambian President Adama Barrow has comfortably won re-election, the electoral commission said on Sunday, though he may face a legal challenge from opposition candidates...

Sudan’s Burhan says military will exit politics after 2023 elections

Sudan's military will exit politics after elections scheduled for 2023, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told Reuters in an interview on Saturday, adding that the...
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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, on frontline, urges troops to ‘destroy’ enemy

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his foes had been defeated and promised to recapture territory in the region of Amhara from rebellious Tigrayan...

Air and road transport enlisted to move SA soldiers to DR Congo

The last stop in South Africa for soldiers posted to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the...

Another bridge handed over with SANDF help

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has handed over a recently completed bridge in the Ndwedwe Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal after it was...

Army bakeries are “bizarre”

A decision, seemingly taken by the command of the SA Army Support Formation, to set up on-base bakeries is “bizarre”. This was how Democratic Alliance...

Another Army bakery opens for business

Potchefstroom, North West’s unofficial military capital, is home to the sixth SA Army bakery, which will supply bread to soldiers and military personnel in...

Analysis: A friend in need – A call for rejuvenating US-South African defence relations

With its emerging emphasis on strategic competition, the United States must focus on renewing its engagement with potential allies on the African continent. The rise...

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...