UK troops to join MINUSMA

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali – MINUSMA – will be boosted by 250 troops from the United Kingdom next year. A statement, released via...

Legal action threatened as Denel salaries in jeopardy again

Trade union Solidarity has threatened legal action against Denel as the state owned defence conglomerate has cautioned that it may not be able to...

Ahrlac fate in business rescue practitioner’s hands in on-going shareholder battle

The business rescue process for the Ahrlac aircraft, being developed by Paramount and the Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC), is fraught with complications as the...

Deputy Minister maintains South Africa is “under insured” defence-wise

Thabang Makwetla is no stranger to the South African defence sector having been deputy defence and military veterans minister for five years. Now back...

SA court ruling could undermine Public Protector

South Africa’s top court ruled an anti-corruption official who accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of serious misconduct acted in bad faith when investigating an apartheid-era...

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Egypt receives last of 930 MRAPs; requests more from US

The United States has transferred a final shipment of 101 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to Egypt, completing an Excess Defence Articles grant...

Mali receives donated Casspir armoured personnel carriers

Mali has received 29 Casspir armoured personnel carriers and other equipment donated by Germany as part of efforts to beef up security in the...

Chad orders Ara 2 armoured vehicles from Proforce

Nigeria’s Proforce has secured its first export order for its Ara 2 armoured personnel carriers, from Chad. Interest in the vehicles was sparked during a...

Angola has received upgraded SA-6 surface-to-air missiles

Angola’s military has taken delivery of upgraded SA-6 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Lithuania. Two batteries, comprising 16 launchers, were exported from Lithuania in 2018,...

SA facilitates multilateral S&R agreement

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula facilitated the signing of a multilateral search and rescue agreement by Rui J. Carneiro Mangueira , Angolan Ambassador to the...

SA Navy falling behind other African states

The South African Navy (SAN) is falling behind many other African countries when it comes to new naval acquisitions, with the Navy on a...

Indian frigate visiting Morocco

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tarkash has arrived at Tangier, Morocco, for a three-day visit as part of an ongoing overseas deployment by the...

USNS Carson City visits Senegal

USNS Carson City (T-EFP 7), a Military Sealift Command Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship, arrived in Dakar, Senegal, on 6 July for the first...

Britain calls for European naval mission to counter Iran’s ‘piracy’

Britain called on Monday for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, days after Iran seized a British-flagged...

Britain says Iran seizes two oil tankers in Gulf, Iran says captured one

Britain said Iran seized two oil tankers in the Gulf on Friday and told Tehran to return the vessels or face consequences in the...

Seeking to avoid escalation, ships deploy unarmed guards to navigate Gulf

Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Middle East Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in...

Ten Turkish sailors kidnapped off Nigerian coast in latest pirate attack

Nigerian pirates have taken hostage ten Turkish sailors after attacking their cargo vessel off the coast of Nigeria in the latest attack to hit...

Algerian protesters back on the streets

Thousands of Algerians returned to the streets in Algiers and other cities to demand radical political reforms and the departure of the ruling elite. Protesters...

Confrontation in Ethiopia avoided for the present

A potentially bloody confrontation between Ethiopia’s federal government and a minority community was averted when a political party postponed plans to set up a...

Alleged Muslim Brotherhood members sent back to Egypt

Kuwait handed eight Egyptians who admitted carrying out terrorist operations in their home country and fled to Kuwait after being convicted back to the...

Sudan demonstrations mark 40 days since crackdown

Thousands demonstrated in cities across Sudan on Saturday to mark 40 days since security forces killed dozens when they stormed a protest camp in...

Record ivory haul in Singapore

Singapore seized 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory, a record haul by authorities in the city-state, which conservation groups say is a transit point for...

UN peacekeeper one of seven killed in Sudan border shooting

Unknown gunmen killed a UN peacekeeper and six civilians in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, the regional governor said. “Unknown gunmen...

Six years and counting for BMA legislation to be approved

In 2013 Cabinet agreed to establish a Border Management Agency (BMA). The ensuring years have seen a name change to Border Management Authority but...

ISS: Can the peace-trade equation stabilise the Horn?

The launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 7 July at the African Union (AU) summit in Niamey, Niger, has created...

Police, Shi’ite Muslims clash in Abuja

Nigerian police and Shi’ite Muslim protesters clashed in Abuja on Monday, with at least a demonstrator, journalist and a senior policeman killed, highlighting security...

Turks kidnapped in Nigeria

Four Turkish nationals were kidnapped in western Nigeria and police are conducting a rescue operation, a state police spokesman said. “Four Turkish expatriates were kidnapped...

Clashes over Sidama autonomy claim at least 17 lives

At least 17 people were killed in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for the Sidama ethnic group,...

Hawassa protests claim four lives

Four protesters died of gunshot wounds in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for the Sidama ethnic group...

Moroccan jailed by Portugal for recruiting for Syrian war

A 65-year-old Moroccan citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted by a Portuguese court of recruiting young people...

Iraq PM orders Iran-allied militias to be reined in

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sought on Monday to curb the powers of influential Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias, a politically risky move apparently...

Syrians returning home to reach 1 million once safe zone created

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he believed the number of Syrians returning from Turkey to their homeland will reach one million once a...

Saudi forces say they have captured leader of Yemen branch of Islamic State

Saudi special forces have captured the leader of the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State militant group, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen...

Britain and Sweden agree to co-operate on fighter plans

Britain and Sweden agreed on Friday to study air combat co-operation over the next decade and opened the door to other potential partners in...

Fighters dominate the military fixed-wing market

More than half of the spending on military fixed-wing aircraft between now and 2027 will go towards attack platforms, bombers and fighter aircraft, according...

France to create space command within air force

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he had approved the creation of a space command within the French air force to improve the...

Europe safer since Islamic State defeat but threat endures, Europol says

Europeans were safer from jihadist attacks last year than at any point since Islamic State set up its caliphate in 2014, but a number...

Bloodhound car needs to get through South African customs before breaking speed records

The Bloodhound supersonic car will be arriving in South Africa in October this year where it will be driven by Andy Green in the...

CSIR developing synthetic aperture radar

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology for aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellites. The Council...

CSIR continues to deliver DRFM devices

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to deliver its Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) devices, used in electronic warfare applications, to...

Hovering into battle

Although people have been flying for more than a century, personal flight remains elusive. Take for example Bell Aerosystems’ Rocket Belt, which was designed in...

UK to extend Mali Chinook mission

The United Kingdom will keep its three Chinook transport helicopters in Mali for another six months, where they will continue to support the French-led...

French Gazelle that force-landed in Mali was hit by enemy fire

A French Army Gazelle helicopter that was forced to land during combat against militants in Mali earlier this month was hit by enemy fire,...

Paris air show rotary wing roundup

Here is a roundup of rotary wing aviation news from the 2019 Paris Air Show, which took place from 17 to 23 June at...

Malian Mi-35 spotted ahead of delivery

Mali’s Air Force is set to take delivery of another Mi-35M attack helicopter from Russia, with the aircraft seen undergoing test flights earlier this...

New aircraft for Tanzania

Tanzania’s government will buy two new Airbus jets and an aircraft from De Havilland Canada as part of a fleet expansion plan for the...

Air France, Emirates maintain Cairo flights after British Air suspension

Air France, Emirates and Etihad Airways continue to operate flights to Cairo after British Airways and Lufthansa suspended services to Egypt’s capital. International Airlines Group’s...

Mitiga operational after air strike

Airspace re-opened at the Libyan capital’s only functioning airport, Mitiga, after it was halted following an air strike, according to a post on the...

South African designed Pegasus vertical takeoff jet demonstrator planned for 2020

South Africa’s Pegasus Universal Aerospace is developing a vertical takeoff and landing jet and has started work building a full-scale demonstrator to display in...

From Iraq to Yemen, drones raise U.S. alarm over Iranian plans

The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington. The United...

U.S. FAA to again delay drone tracking rule

The Federal Aviation Administration has again delayed plans to propose new rules requiring the remote identification of drones, according to records and a member...

Falco EVO UAV used to monitor illegal migration in Mediterranean

The European Union’s Frontex Maritime Aerial Surveillance project has been successfully using Falco EVO unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor illegal immigrants in the...

CLEARSKY counter-drone system aiming at African market

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or "drones") are becoming increasingly more available and affordable to the public. With that comes the risk of where and...

Lives lost in latest Mogadishu bomb attack

At least 17 people were killed and 28 wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in the Somalia...

Emergency landing for Eastern Libya Forces warplane

A warplane belonging to eastern Libyan forces fighting the internationally recognised Tripoli government made an emergency landing in Tunisia and the pilot was detained,...

Haftar fighters die in drone strike

At least seven fighters loyal to Libyan National Army (LNA) forces commanded by Khalifa Haftar died overnight in a drone strike in southern Tripoli,...

North Sinai suicide bombing

A suicide bombing killed at least two people in Egypt’s North Sinai region a day after four headless bodies were found, security and medical...

Police need intercept tools as mobile networks develop

European law enforcement agencies set to lose the ability to tap criminals’ mobile devices with the launch of 5G technology must be brought into...

‘Wizard’ cybersecurity expert charged with record hack of Bulgarian tax agency

A 20-year-old Bulgarian cybersecurity worker has been arrested and charged with hacking the personal and financial records of millions of taxpayers, officials said on...

Hackers hit Bulgaria, send data from Russian email

Hackers stole thousands of Bulgarians’ personal financial data and distributed it from a Russian-based email in an attack possibly related to the purchase of...

Western intelligence hacked ‘Russia’s Google’ Yandex to spy on accounts

Hackers working for Western intelligence agencies broke into Russian internet search company Yandex in late 2018 deploying a rare type of malware in an...

Defence and Military Veterans Minister’s budget address

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans presented her budget vote to the National Assembly on Wednesday, July 17. defenceWeb publishes it as...

Budget vote speech by Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla

“Noluthando alias ‘Agnes’ Ncwana, to whose memory I wish to dedicate my remarks in this budget debate this morning, was a military veteran who...

Zimbabwe lawmaker charged with subversion

A Zimbabwe opposition lawmaker was charged with subversion, his lawyer said, after a video surfaced where he purportedly said President Emmerson Mnangagwa would be...

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