Battle for Baghouz rages

Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic State’s last enclave in east Syria, obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the group’s...

Denel at the Zondo Commission

State-owned defence and technology conglomerate Denel today (Monday) made its first appearance at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture, fraud...

More details emerge on Seeker 400 export order

An undisclosed client in the Middle East is the launch export customer for Denel Dynamics’ Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and has ordered...

South African military assets evaluating post-Idai damage in Malawi and Mozambique

Tropical cyclone Idai was downgraded after making landfall on the African east coast last week but the destruction it wrought was significant and South...

Kabila coalition wins DR Congo senate majority

Former Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila’s coalition won a clear majority in senate elections officials said, further undermining his successor Felix Tshisekedi’s...

Algerian unions against new government initiative efforts

Thirteen independent Algerian unions refused to back the newly-appointed prime minister’s efforts to form a government he hopes will placate protesters pressuring President Abdelaziz...

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The most recent Operation Copper deployment in the Mozambique Channel, in addition to providing valuable "on-the-job" training for both sailors and airmen,...

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Nigeria operating Marauder armoured vehicles

aNigeria is a new customer for Paramount Group’s Marauder armoured vehicle, with the type having being delivered a few weeks ago. News of the type...

DCD getting ready to deliver Springbuck APCs to African client

DCD Protected Mobility is getting ready for another delivery of Springbuck HD (Heavy Duty) armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to an African client in the...

US hands over command and control centre to Niger

The United States government has handed over a $16.5 million command and control centre to the Nigerien Armed Forces (FAN) to assist it in...

Milkor concludes grenade launcher deliveries to SANDF

Milkor has delivered the last batch of 180 Y4 six-shot grenade launchers to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The weapons were shipped out...

Nigeria’s HIOS orders two Damen patrol vessels

Nigeria’s Homeland Integrated Offshore Services of Nigeria (HIOS) has ordered two additional Damen 3307 Patrol Vessels from Damen Shipyards Group. This further increases the total...

Combined Task Force 150 seizes 4 085 kg of narcotics

Over a 24 hour period, Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 seized 4 085 kg of illegally smuggled hashish from two separate boarding operations by...

South African Sea Cadets drum up support for SA Navy warships

Sea Cadets from TS Woltemade represented the South African Sea Cadets Corps at the 2019 Armed Forces Day recently held in the Cape Town. ...

Seychelles receives patrol boats from Sri Lanka

The Seychelles Coast Guard has taken delivery of two Wave Rider inshore patrol boats from Sri Lanka, and will use them for maritime surveillance. The...

New force commander as EU NavFor marks 31st rotation

The European Union (EU) naval task force off the Horn of Africa this month marked its 31st rotation since counter-piracy operations started in December...

Pirates kidnap crew from vessel off Nigeria

Armed pirates have kidnapped five crewmembers from a vessel off Nigeria and shot dead a member of the Nigerian Navy who was guarding the...

Pirates kidnap three in Gulf of Guinea

Pirates off the Gulf of Guinea have kidnapped three crewmembers from a Malta-registered tanker. Histria Ivory was sailing 20 nautical miles off the port of...

Iranian Navy thwarts pirate attack

Iranian naval forces repelled pirates attacking an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, state television reported. The broadcast said pirates in 11 speedboats...

US airstrike in Somalia targets al Shabaab

US Africa Command conducted what it called a collective self-defence airstrike in the vicinity of Malayle, Lower Juba Region, Somalia, on 13 March in...

US carries out air strike in Somalia

US forces have conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed two militants, the US military has said. The air strike was carried out in...

5 000 new police trainees to boost capacity

The South African Police Service has welcomed 5 000 police trainees into its ranks, which will increase its operational capacity. Of the 5 000 trainees,...

US conducts air strike in Somalia

US Africa Command conducted a collective self-defence air strike in the vicinity of Dara Salaam, Lower Shabelle Region, Somalia, on 11 March in support...

ISS: The Great Lakes can’t afford more instability

Regional tensions in the Great Lakes are reaching an alarming level, with neighbours Rwanda and Uganda publicly raising the tone over the past few...

Vapor Wake K9 to demonstrate at Securex 2019

Vapor Wake K9 SA will be showcasing the innovative Vapor Wake method of training working dogs in the detection of explosives and other illicit...

Migrants hurt in detention centre clash

At least 50 migrants were reportedly injured after a protest in a detention centre in Tripoli, the United Nations said. The protest was “driven by...

Ranger killed in Virunga

Militiamen killed a ranger in Congo’s Virunga National Park, the park said, less than a month since reopening after being shut down due to...

Fire rages through Nigerian peoples’ camp for displaced

A fire killed at least eight people and left 15,000 others without shelter after raging through a north-east Nigerian camp for people displaced by...

South Sudan dismisses gang rape allegations, asks for peace funding

South Sudan’s justice minister dismissed UN investigators accusations that fighting and gang rape persisted in the country and called for $285 million (£218.1 million)...

Advisor to Niger official arrested in Guinea Bissau drug bust

A man arrested in Guinea Bissau following the seizure of nearly 800 kg of cocaine from a fish truck is an adviser to the...

Killing and a kidnapping in Kano

Gunmen in Nigeria abducted a Lebanese construction worker and killed another man in the northern city Kano, a police official said. The attack and abduction...

Battle for Baghouz rages

Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic State’s last enclave in east Syria, obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the group’s...

Timeline: Syria’s eight years of fire and blood

On the eighth anniversary of Syria’s crisis, this timeline shows how the war flared, the country splintered, foreign powers waded in, peace-making efforts failed,...

Islamic State militants surrender in Syria

Islamic State militants along with women and children surrendered in the hundreds to US-backed forces in eastern Syria as the jihadists lost ground in...

U.S., Taliban talks end for now with no Afghan peace deal

U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops...

China says 13,000 ‘terrorists’ arrested in Xinjiang since 2014

Authorities in China have arrested almost 13,000 “terrorists” in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said on Monday, in a policy paper defending its controversial...

Suspected white supremacist charged with murder after New Zealand mosque shootings

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in...

New Zealand mosque shootings shock the world

At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst...

Families can sue gun maker for Sandy Hook school massacre

Families of schoolchildren gunned down in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre can sue Remington Outdoor Co Inc, a Connecticut court ruled on Thursday, in...

CSIR’s passive radar system now running at five sites

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) passive radar system has been rolled out to five different sites in the North-Eastern part of...

Hypersonic weapons: a challenge and opportunity for strategic arms control

In February, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs – jointly with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research - released a 50-page document...

MBDA and Milrem Robotics unveil anti-tank UGV

MBDA and Milrem Robotics are showcasing what they call the world’s first anti-tank unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition in Abu...

CSIR develops wide area surveillance system for armoured vehicles

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a panoramic 360 degree Wide Area Surveillance System which would give armoured vehicle crews...

Romania sending Pumas to Mali

The Romanian Air Force will later this year send a contingent of IAR 330L Puma helicopters to Mali to support the United Nations’ Minusma...

Royal Air Force Chinooks continue with operations in Mali

Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters from RAF Odiham continue to support French forces in Mali on operations countering the ongoing insurgency there. The Chinooks have...

Djiboutian Air Force receives upgraded Dauphin helicopters

Djibouti’s Air Force has taken delivery of four AS365N Dauphin helicopters upgraded by Airbus Helicopters in Romania. The four helicopters arrived in Djibouti on 16...

Nigerian Air Force to get Mi-35 and AW109 helicopters in March

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) expects to take delivery of six Mi-35M and AW109 helicopters from Russia and Italy in March this year. This is...

High speed followed by failed climb for doomed Ethiopia flight

Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 had an unusually high speed after take-off before the aircraft reported problems and requested permission to climb quickly, said a...

Ethiopia crash black box data review starts

France’s air safety agency began studying data from the black boxes of a Boeing 737 MAX plane that crashed in Ethiopia, as regulators the...

Ethiopia crash brings wave of Boeing suspensions, Trump anxious

Britain joined a growing wave of suspensions of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump waded into the debate over...

IATA cuts annual air cargo traffic growth forecast citing trade frictions, Brexit

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Tuesday nearly halved its annual forecast for traffic growth in the air cargo market to 2 percent...

Airbus’ Skyways drone trials world’s first shore-to-ship deliveries

Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone. This marks the first time drone technology...

Libya’s Tripoli airport reopens after drone alert

The airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli reopened on Saturday after a brief closure due to an unidentified drone flying in the area, officials...

XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator completes inaugural flight

The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle (UAV) completed its inaugural flight on 5 March at the Yuma Proving Grounds,...

U.S. halts reporting of civilian deaths by drone outside war zones

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that revoked an Obama-era policy requiring U.S. intelligence officials to report civilian deaths in drone...