Solidarity takes aim at Armscor

Another component of government’s defence establishment appears to be at odds with its workforce with Armscor joining Denel on the receiving end of attention...

First Egyptian Su-35s spotted

The first three Su-35 fighter jets for Egypt’s air force have been seen flying in Russia, months after it emerged production had started at...

Defence Minister calls on fire-ravaged East London settlement

Parts of East London’s Duncan Village, decimated by fire last month, was on the receiving end of the Defence and Military Veterans Minister’s interpretation...

Algerian leader secures fugitive officer with Erdogan call, source says

Algeria’s president phoned his Turkish counterpart last month to secure the return of a fugitive military official who fled Algeria days after its powerful...

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Katmerciler delivering Hizir armoured vehicles to African customer

Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Katmerciler is shipping Hizir armoured vehicles to an African customer, after receiving a $20 million order last year. The order, announced...

US donates more vehicles and equipment to Chad’s military

The United States has handed over 28 armoured vehicles, ten trucks, eight water tankers and other equipment to Chad’s military as part of continued...

Chemring wins another Husky contract

Chemring Sensors and Electronic Systems has been awarded a $200 million contract modification from the United States Department of Defence (DoD) for Husky mine...

UK loans Estonia four Jackal vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali

Estonian Special Forces deploying to Mali will be loaned four Jackal armoured vehicles by the UK Ministry of Defence. UK Minister for the Armed Forces...

NSRI assists capsized SANDF boat

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) came to the assistance of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) boat that capsized at the Knysna...

Minister Class names possible for new SA Navy patrol vessels

The SA Navy has not yet allocated names for the new additions to the fleet. However, informed sources in Simon’s Town indicate the possible...

Fourth new Egyptian Type 209 submarine to arrive in 2021

The Egyptian Navy will receive its fourth and final Type 209 submarine from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in 2021. Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs...

Crew kidnappings on the rise off West Africa

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has warned that violent attacks against ships and their crews have increased this year, with the Gulf of Guinea...

Nimasa getting ready for major Deep Blue deliveries

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa) has taken delivery of patrol vessels and rigid-hulled inflatable boats as part of its Deep Blue...

Pirates kidnap seven Russian sailors in Gulf of Guinea

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russian sailors from the crew of a ship in the Gulf of Guinea, the Russian Embassy in Nigeria said on...

ISS: Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency

Over recent months the bloody insurgency in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado has taken an unprecedented maritime turn. If it worsens, it...

Pirates kidnap nine in attack on vessel off Nigeria, says ship owner

Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals, the ship’s owner BW Offshore...

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 16 in northern Cameroon

Suspected militants from Islamist group Boko Haram killed at least 16 people and wounded seven early on Sunday in a grenade attack on a...

Zimbabwe businesses closed, streets deserted on day of protests

Zimbabwe’s businesses were shut and streets deserted in the capital Harare early on Friday as security forces increased patrols to stop anti-government protests called...

Increase in South Africa’s murder rate

While South Africans recorded fewer violent crimes, murder remains reluctantly stubborn, the 2019/20 crime statistics have revealed. According to the annual crime statistics released by...

US says air strike in Somalia killed one civilian, injured three

The United States said on Tuesday one civilian was killed and three were injured in a US air strike in Somalia in February, the...

Rhino poaching declines significantly

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries says rhino poaching decreased by almost 53% in the first six months of 2020, with 166 animals...

ISS: East African human trafficking rings expand their operations

Ninety-six Ugandan women, mostly children and youth, were stopped at Nairobi’s international airport in January en route to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for...

Soldiers stop stolen bakkies leaving SA

The latter part of July saw South African National Defence Force (SANF) soldiers recover bakkies in four different locations on the South Africa/Mozambique border. Soldiers...

Stock and other cross-border theft a regular occurrence on SA/Lesotho boundary

South Africa might have new border management legislation in place but it’s not yet making an iota of difference along at least the border...

French soldier dies in Chad accident

A French soldier died during a maintenance operation in Chad after a piece of equipment exploded, the defence ministry said in a statement on...

Congo soldier shoots dead 12 in drunken rampage

A soldier shot dead 12 people and injured nine others during a drunken rampage in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday evening, regional...

Funerals, protests linked to rapid spread of COVID-19 in Gauteng

Funerals and protests continue to be a breeding ground for the spread of Coronavirus in Gauteng, says Premier David Makhura. Speaking during the Gauteng Provincial...

Agricultural community faces high murder risk

Farmers, their families and those working for them are four times more likely to be murdered than “the average South African” and twice more...

Iraq says nearly 560 killed in anti-government unrest

The Iraqi government said on Thursday that nearly 560 protesters and security forces were killed in months of anti-government unrest that erupted last year. Prime...

Bombing kills 18 in Afghanistan on eve of Eid ceasefire

At least 18 people, including Afghan security forces personnel, were killed in a suspected car-bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, hours before a three-day...

US slaps sanctions on Syria in push for Assad to end war

The United States on Wednesday imposed new sanctions aimed at cutting off funds for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and warned that anyone doing...

UN says nearly 3 500 Afghans killed or hurt in first half of 2020

More than 1 280 Afghan civilians have been killed in the first six months of the year as fighting rages in Afghanistan despite a...

NASA astronauts cap historic ‘odyssey’ aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the Gulf...

Bulgarians block central Sofia in anti-government protest

Protesters set up tents on a major crossroad and in front of the government building early on Thursday, vowing to keep the centre of...

Belarus says it suspects Russian mercenaries of violent plot ahead of election

Belarus said on Thursday it suspected a group of alleged Russian mercenaries it detained the previous day of plotting “acts of terrorism” ahead of...

German defence supplier Hensoldt prepares for September IPO: sources

Buyout group KKR is preparing for a September stock market listing of Hensoldt in a deal potentially valuing the German defence supplier at 2.5-3...

New Lockheed CEO says 5G networks key to military vehicle autonomy

James Taiclet, the new chief executive at Lockheed Martin the Pentagon’s largest weapons supplier, is keen to use 5G networks to bolster the militaries’...

ISS: Future of facial recognition technology in Africa

When several United States (US) companies withdrew their facial recognition software products amid concerns about flaws, biases and misuse in the wake of the killing of...

China puts final satellite into orbit to try to rival GPS network

China on Tuesday successfully put into orbit its final Beidou satellite, completing a navigation network years in the making and setting the stage to...

US Navy, industry developing fire-resistant biotech materials

US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, headquartered in China Lake, California, and Berkeley-based Cambium Biomaterials, Inc. are collaborating to develop and produce new,...

GE wins contract to supply Moroccan Apache engines

General Electric Aviation will supply T700 turboshaft engines for Morocco’s 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, which it ordered in June this year. Morocco will acquire...

Two dead in Kenya MD500 crash

Both pilots were killed when their MD500 helicopter crashed in Kenya on 13 July. “Today 13th July, 2020, at around 11:30, a Kenya Army helicopter...

Niger receives Mi-171Sh helicopters

Niger has apparently taken delivery of two armed Mi-171Sh helicopters after ordering the aircraft for some $47 million. According to the website Direct Niger, the...

Moroccan Gendarmerie gets new H125s

Morocco’s Gendarmerie has taken delivery of two new H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, joining its fleet of nearly three dozen aircraft. The two H125s flew...

Spirit AeroSystems cuts 1 100 jobs due to coronavirus, 737 MAX rate reduction

Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings said on Friday it was cutting 1 100 jobs in its commercial programs due to the most recent production...

Kenya Airways resumes international flights after virus curbs lifted

Kenya Airways resumed international flights on Saturday, heading to about 30 destinations for the first time since the routes were suspended in March due...

Boeing slashes jet output, eyes factory shake-up as COVID-19 hammers sales

Boeing Co slashed production of its biggest twin-engined jets, delayed its new 777X by up to a year and began sunsetting the iconic 747 as...

COVID-19 brings uncertainty to SA airlines’ future

COVID-19 shut down almost all industries in South Africa when the country was under the level five lockdown. Now, under level three lockdown, approaching...

US relaxes rules to export more aerial drones

The Trump administration will reinterpret a Cold War-era arms agreement between 34 nations to allow US defense contractors to sell more drones to allies,...

Drones assisting healthcare take to African skies

Reaching remote locations for a blood sample or delivering a vaccine in the centre of a vast lake, thick jungle or a rural village...

Lake Kivu Challenge highlights Africa’s need for drones

The use of drones is on the rise in Africa, from delivering blood in Ghana to monitoring property in South Africa. Drones, or unmanned...

Drone Council South Africa launches

The Drone Council South Africa has been launched by Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams under the theme “Strategic partnerships...

ISS: Nigeria’s growing insecurity offers expansion opportunities for Boko Haram

Boko Haram is extending its reach from north-east Nigeria into the country’s north-west. It is taking advantage of old and new local conflicts and...

Security forces head off anti-government protests in Zimbabwe

Streets were deserted and businesses shut in Zimbabwe’s two main cities on Friday after security forces were deployed to prevent anti-government marches called by...

ISS: How serious is the Islamic State threat to attack South Africa?

Whether or not the Islamic State – or any jihadist terror group – represents a serious threat to South Africa has been a contentious...

Egypt’s army says it foiled ‘terrorist’ attack in northern Sinai

The Egyptian army said it has killed 18 suspected militants who attacked a military post in northern Sinai on Tuesday and foiled their ‮”‬terrorist‮”‬...

‘Payment sent’ – travel giant CWT pays $4.5 million ransom to cyber criminals

US travel management firm CWT paid $4.5 million this week to hackers who stole reams of sensitive corporate files and said they had knocked...

EU sanctions Russian intelligence, North Korean, Chinese firms over alleged cyber attacks

The European Union on Thursday imposed travel and financial sanctions on a department of Russia’s military intelligence service and on firms from North Korea...

China-backed hackers ‘targeted COVID-19 vaccine firm Moderna’

Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna Inc, a US-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, this year in a bid to steal data, according to...

US cyber security firm says Beijing-linked hackers target Vatican ahead of talks

Hackers linked to the Chinese government have infiltrated Vatican computer networks, including the Roman Catholic Church’s Hong Kong-based representative, a US firm that tracks...

In the eye of the storm – Defence against the pandemic

Speech by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula during a mini plenary session to debate the adjusted Department of Defence budget vote in...

Speech: Ramaphosa at Armed Forces Day 2020

Address by Commander-In-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day 2020, Polokwane, Limpopo, 21 February 2020. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans,...

Speech: Msimang at SAAF Prestige Day

Air Force Prestige Day Parade Address by the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Z Msimang at Air Force Base Swartkop...

Speech by SAAF Chief at Unisa graduation ceremony

Message by Lt. General Fabian Zakes Msimang, Chief of the South African Air Force, at the University of South Africa graduation ceremony, Tshwane, on...