SanDock Austral is South Africa’s largest Black-owned defence company

SanDock Austral has been established as South Africa’s largest black owned defence company, covering air land and sea capabilities and technologies. According to Dr Mthobisi...

Cameroon Air Force C-130 incurs damages after crash-landing

Cameroon’s ministry of defense has confirmed damage to one of its C-130 Hercules that crash-landed on Sunday 2 August in the country’s northern city...

Defence Minister questioned on topics ranging from mental health to vehicle purchases

In the first seven months of this year Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula provided written responses to 17 questions posed by Members...

Tanzania opposition names presidential candidate who survived shooting

A politician who survived being shot 16 times in an apparent assassination attempt will challenge Tanzania’s president in October elections, his party said as...

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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...

Yaounde Code of Conduct taking shape in the Gulf of Guinea

Security professionals in the Gulf of Guinea know that if they want to spot criminals in the open water, the best place to look...

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...

ISS: Rising protests are a warning sign for South Africa’s government

Protests in South Africa, like the economic fallout of the COVID-19 lockdown, are here to stay. The pandemic has exposed socio-economic weaknesses resulting from...

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...

Around 40 migrants drown in shipwreck off Mauritanian coast

A boat carrying around 40 migrants and refugees has sunk off the coast of Mauritania, leaving only one survivor, the United Nations refugee agency...

Link between border and rural security highlighted by Free State abduction

Border security is by its nature ranked alongside rural security, sharing dangers including abduction and attackers escaping to a neighbouring country. Freedom Front Plus (FF+)...

Safeguarding Botswana’s living treasures

Botswana is taking a comprehensive approach to safeguard one of its most valuable resources — its wildlife. Botswana’s commitment to its diverse and majestic wildlife...

Rock border barriers being replaced by more permanent infrastructure

The use of “large rocks” as obstacles to prevent passage of vehicles among others is “a military tactic of war” and does not fall...

Zimbabwe again denies bail to journalist in protest case, government denies crisis

Zimbabwe’s High Court on Thursday denied bail to a journalist who was arrested last month for supporting anti-govermnent protests, in a case that has...

After arrest, Zimbabwean novelist decries state “chokehold”

A prize-winning Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker arrested at recent protests accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government on Tuesday of holding its people in a repressive...

Cele welcomes new IPID head

Police Minister General Bheki Cele has welcomed Jennifer Ntlatseng as the new Executive Director for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). Ntlatseng, who is the...

Terrorists entitled to a fair trial – ISS researcher

Boko Haram violence devastated north-east Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the Lake Chad Basin with thousands of suspects arrested by Nigeria’s military from 2009...

‘They killed us twice’: finding loved ones at last among Syria’s tortured dead

Some families say it is better to know and mourn. Others say finally learning what happened is worse than dying themselves. Hundreds of victims of...

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...

Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun to build satellite centre with Airbus

Abu Dhabi state defence and security entity Tawazun is to build a satellite assembly, integration and testing centre with Airbus in the United Arab...

Massive blast rips through Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

A powerful blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed 78 people, injured nearly 4 000 and sent seismic shockwaves...

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...

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...

Embraer’s commercial aviation revenue falls by 82%

Brazil’s Embraer said on Wednesday that revenue at its commercial aviation segment, usually its largest and most profitable, had fallen by 82% to $109...

US proposes fine of $1.25 million on Boeing for pressuring workers at airplane plant

The US Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was proposing to fine Boeing Co $1.25 million after the agency alleged Boeing managers at its...

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...

US senators want to block drone sales to Saudis

Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Thursday that would block international sales of American-made drones to countries that are not close US allies,...

Taiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated US drones – sources

The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six US...

Don’t stand so close: Singapore trials automated drones to check

Beware, Singaporeans standing too close, automated drones might be keeping an eye on you from above. Singapore’s police have been trialling two pilotless drones developed...

Unmanned aircraft association promotes aviation sector collaboration

The Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa (CUAASA) will be more active in collaborating with other aviation sector bodies and organisations, including the...

South Africa must beware of terrorism in Mozambique

South Africa needs to take the spectre of terrorism in Mozambique seriously but must be very cautious about intervening or trying to assist its...

The hidden face of the war in Cabo Delgado  

The establishment of the terrorist groups al-Shabab and the Islamic State with claims to establish the Islamic Law, the corporate interests of the oil...

African militant Islamist groups set record for violent activity

African militant Islamist groups have demonstrated a decade of nearly uninterrupted growth in violent activity, though the focus of this has shifted over time....

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...

Australia to spend $1.2 billion on cyber security for private sector after rise in attacks

Australia will spend A$1.66 billion ($1.19 billion) over the next ten years to strengthen the cyber defences of companies and households after a rise...

Papers leaked before UK election in suspected Russian operation were hacked from ex-trade minister – sources

Classified US-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox by suspected...

‘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...

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...