Al Shabaab blasts kill 16 in Kenya and Somalia

Somali militants killed eight Kenyan police with a roadside bomb near the border between the countries, officials said, with another eight dead in a...

Egypt the largest recipient for French military hardware in Africa

Egypt has continued to be France’s leading military customer on the African continent, according to defence export statistics released earlier this month. Orders for defence...

South Africa joins international space weather monitoring community

South Africa is looking to take a leading role in the international space weather monitoring community, as it moves to become a key provider...

Bogus “soldier” could be jailed for up to five years

If found guilty the 29-year-old who attempted for become an “instant soldier” so he could be part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration faces up...

Bashir charged with corruption

Ex-Sudan president Omar al-Bashir was charged with corruption-related offences on Sunday, when appeared in public for the first time since being overthrown and detained...

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General dynamics awarded support contract for Moroccan Abrams tanks

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $16 million contract to provide technical support for Morocco’s Abrams main battle tanks. The US Department of...

US delivers military equipment to Niger

The United States has delivered an initial batch of military equipment to Niger as part of efforts to strengthen the G5 Sahel group’s fight...

Mechem clears thousands of landmines in Turkey

The enviable reputation built up by Denel Group company Mechem continues to grow with a report from Turkey showing it removed more than four...

Jordanian armoured vehicles spotted in Libya

It appears that Jordan has delivered an unknown number of Mbombe 6x6 armoured vehicles to forces in Libya allied to Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National...

Durban port call for French patrol vessel

French naval vessel Le Champlain arrives in Durban on Monday for a routine port call – the first for one the B2M multi-mission platforms...

SA’s marine protection increases

The gazetting of a network of 20 new representative Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has increased South Africa’s marine ecosystem area...

Kenyan Navy visits Mozambique

The Kenyan Navy vessel KNS Jasiri has stopped in Maputo, Mozambique, whilst on a training cruise and delivered nearly 6 tons of medical supplies...

Damen building offshore vessel for De Beers Namibia

Damen Shipyards Group has started construction of a new offshore vessel for De Beers Marine Namibia, which will use it for marine diamond recovery. A...

New marine protected areas need patrolling – ISS

The recent gazetting of 20 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in terms of South Africa’s Operation Phakisa to develop the blue economy is welcoming...

U.S. blames Iran for tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman, Iran rejects assertion

The United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday that drove up oil prices and...

Maritime trials and tribulations

The guilty verdict handed down in a Sao Tome and Principe courtroom echoed across the globe. A Chilean captain and two Spanish crew members of...

Operation Atalanta now headquartered in Spain

Just over a month since a piracy attempt was thwarted off the Horn of Africa by EU NavFor, the need for a strong maritime...

Algerian protesters mark arrests

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Algerian capital for the 17th consecutive Friday, demanding removal of the ruling elite and prosecution of officials linked...

Senegal gas protest

Senegalese riot police fired tear gas and detained more than 20 people at an unsanctioned protest in Dakar over a BBC report of allegations...

Two arrested after Anti-Gang Unit attack

The Western Cape police’s Anti-Gang Unit on Wednesday night arrested two suspects and seized firearms as well as an assortment of ammunition in the...

Blackwater founder registers company in DR Congo

A company run by private security firm Blackwater’s founder Erik Prince registered a subsidiary in Democratic Republic of Congo with a mandate to extract...

Twelve killed as migrant boat sinks off western Turkey

Twelve people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s western coast, the Turkish coast guard said, adding that 31...

No SA soldiers killed or wounded in Mozambican border shooting incident

No casualties or injuries have been reported from the South Africa/Mozambique border where soldiers were involved in a shooting incident with Mozambican border police...

Italy’s Salvini threatens to use strict new law on German NGO boat

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini threatened on Wednesday to use tough, new measures for the first time on a German charity ship, Sea Watch,...

Migrants drown off Lesbos

Two children, four women and a man drowned when a boat overturned off the Greek island of Lesbos, the coast guard said, the deadliest...

Triple suicide attack in Nigeria

At least 30 people were killed in a triple suicide attack in north-east Nigeria, state emergency services officials said. Three suicide bombers detonated explosives in...

Ethnic clashes in DR Congo

At least 161 people were killed in a Democratic Republic of Congo province in the past week, local officials said, in an apparent resurgence...

Armed gang on the rampage in Nigeria

An armed gang killed at least 34 people in attacks on villages in north-west Nigeria, police said, part of a wave of violence government...

Cameroon police killed by suspected separatist bomb

Cameroon’s government said separatists in its restive English-speaking region detonated an improvised explosive device that killed four police and wounded six. “Government condemns in the...

Russia and Turkey broker ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib

Russia and Turkey have brokered a complete ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province between Syrian government forces and rebels, Russian news agencies cited the Russian...

Syrian fighters burning crops, using food as “weapon of war”

Fighters have set fire to thousands of acres of wheat and other crops in northwest Syria in a campaign that has turned food supplies...

Turkish military launches operation against militants in northern Iraq

Turkey’s military launched an operation with commandos, backed by artillery and air strikes, against Kurdish militants in a mountainous area of northern Iraq, the...

Pentagon mulling U.S. military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions...

Boeing crisis, trade tensions cast pall over air show

Safety concerns, trade wars and growing security tensions in the Gulf are dampening spirits at the world’s largest planemakers as they arrive at this...

Spain joins France and Germany in race to build Europe’s next combat jet

Spain on Monday joined a Franco-German project to build a next-generation fighter jet, an initiative touted as key to ensuring Europe can defend itself...

Airbus agrees new contract for delayed A400M military transporter

Airbus has reached an agreement with European state buyers to revise a contract for its delayed A400M military transporter plane, resetting Europe’s largest defense...

Russian arms sales at $6 billion in first half of 2019

Russian arms exports since the start of 2019 have totaled nearly $6 billion, according to Rosoboronexport chief executive Alexander Mikheyev. Speaking at the St. Petersburg...

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...

US warhead destroys electronics, not buildings

The U.S. Air Force has deployed at least 20 missiles equipped with payloads that can destroy military electronics. The missile uses high-power microwaves (HPMs)...

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...

Morocco seeking Apaches

Morocco is looking to acquire a number of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the United States, with the deal to be concluded within...

Another Nigerian AW109 spotted

Leonardo Helicopters has flown a third AW109E Power helicopter destined for the Nigerian Air Force, with the rotorcraft undergoing pre-delivery test flights in Italy. The...

Exclusive – 19 Squadron Oryx pilot nominated for top UN peacekeeping medal

The phrases “remarkable courage” and “extraordinary threat” written by no less a person than the UN Secretary-General do not affect the man they were...

African commercial aviation services market worth $215 billion through 2028 – Boeing

The African commercial aviation services market will be worth $215 billion through 2028 and the continent will require 1 160 airliners, according to a...

Angola’s Bestfly receiving ATR 72s

Angolan airline Bestfly is due to take delivery of two ATR 72-600 regional airliners from lessor Acia Aero to operate corporate and charter services...

First flight of teen-built Sling 4 light aircraft ahead of trans-continental journey

Tedderfield Airfield, south of Johannesburg, over the weekend witnessed the public unveiling and first flight of a Sling 4 light aircraft built by a...

South African Airways requests urgent state funding as it appoints interim CEO

South African Airways (SAA) appointed its head of operations as acting chief executive on Friday and said it needs 4 billion rand ($265 million)...

Extinction Rebellion delays drone protest at Britain’s Heathrow until after summer

Climate activism group Extinction Rebellion has postponed until later this year a plan to shut down Britain’s Heathrow Airport using drones and published on...

African Development Bank showcases impact of Korean drone technology for agriculture

Drone technology is being used to collect and analyse data, and monitor irrigated areas, combat pests At a special event highlighting the partnership between the...

Advances in drone technology come under the spotlight

Advances in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology were once again under the spotlight at a Drone Conference held at Emperor’s Palace last...

CSIR progressing with UAV developments

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is getting ready for flight testing of its Long Endurance Modular Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (LEMU), which...

Al Shabaab blasts kill 16 in Kenya and Somalia

Somali militants killed eight Kenyan police with a roadside bomb near the border between the countries, officials said, with another eight dead in a...

Islamic state claims Borno army base attack

Islamic State’s West African branch claimed responsibility for the attack on a Nigerian army base in Borno state and said its fighters killed 20...

French/Malian forces kill militants

Allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation in northern Mali where Islamic State operates, a spokesman for the West African...

Nigerian army base overrun by Islamists

Islamist insurgents overran a Nigerian army base in the north-east, killing at least the commander, two Nigerian security sources said. Militants took a Nigerian army...

Iran says it dismantled a U.S. cyber espionage network

Iran said on Monday it had exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and...

Russia thwarts U.S. cyber attacks on its infrastructure

Russia has uncovered and thwarted attempts by the United States to carry out cyber attacks on the control systems of Russian infrastructure, Russian news...

General Barker to speak at EWSA 2019 conference

Retired Major General Des Barker will be one of the keynote speakers at the Electronic Warfare South Africa (EWSA) 2019 conference, taking place at...

Cyber war could cripple a country in a month

Government may not be taking the risk of cyber attack on critical infrastructure seriously enough. So says Veronica Schmitt, academic and Lead Forensic Analyst at...

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

Read the DoD annual report

With currently no indication when the Department of Defence (DoD) website (www.dod.mil.za) will be up and running again, defenceWeb has decided to...

Speech: Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of AAD 2018

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, 19 September...

Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa...