Africom visit to East Africa focusses on security, terrorism

U.S. Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), visited Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia earlier this month to engage with key partners...

Sixteen South African companies taking part in Defence & Security Thailand

Sixteen South Africa aerospace and defence companies will be taking part in the Defence & Security Thailand exhibition in Bangkok next week. South Africa...

Ugandan Air Force graduates new pilots

The Ugandan Air Force has graduated 18 pilot cadets at Gulu Air Base, which has been upgraded with new training facilities and equipment, including...

Time for South Africa to decide on the defence force it wants – Mapisa-Nqakula

An irate Democratic Alliance (DA) MP maintains it’s time those in charge of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) “lock themselves in a room...

New Security Minister for Guinea

Guinea President Alpha Conde has replaced his security minister following deadly protests against suspected efforts by Conde to extend his mandate. Conde (81) is...

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Nigerian Army orders locally made Ezugwu armoured vehicles

The Nigerian Army has ordered 28 Ezugwu armoured personnel carriers for counter-terrorism/insurgency missions, a month after the vehicle was unveiled by the Defence Industries...

Denel lauds its artillery after long-range firings

Denel has praised the performance of its artillery systems after a demonstration at Alkantpan last week saw its G6 self-propelled howitzer fire out to...

Rheinmetall resets the range goal posts

At its long-range artillery capability demonstration on 6 November at the Armscor Alkantpan Test Range in the Northern Cape, Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) and...

Burundi receives new armoured vehicles for Amisom operations

Burundi’s contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has taken delivery of a fleet of new armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for...

Nigeria’s SR Platforms getting new Damen Patrol vessels

Nigeria’s SR Platforms will be getting more vessels from the Damen Shipyards Group, bringing its fleet up to four. Damen delivered the first FCS 3307...

Russian and Chinese naval vessels heading for South Africa

Russian and Chinese warships are en route to South Africa where they are due to take part in Exercise Mosi with the South African...

Namibia’s Namdock to maintain Angolan Navy vessels

Namibia’s Namdock has been awarded a contract to repair and maintain Angolan Navy vessels, with the first set to arrive in early 2020. Namdock Commercial...

46 countries sign fishing vessel treaty

A total of 46 countries have signed the Torremolinos Declaration, a non-legally binding political instrument aimed at improving fishing vessel safety and reducing illegal,...

Exercise Cutlass Express underway

U.S. Army General Stephen J. Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, visited the Expeditionary Mobile Base USS Lewis B. Puller to observe evolutions and meet...

Pirates strike off Benin

A vessel owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland was boarded by pirates while at anchor off the coast of Benin and nine crew...

India to deploy maritime patrol aircraft to Reunion in 2020

In early 2020, the Indian military will deploy a naval aircraft to France’s Reunion island as part of a joint surveillance mission with France. Indian...

Operation Junction Rain 2019 held in West Indian Ocean

For the first in the West Indian Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Seychelles Coast Guard conducted a combined maritime law enforcement subject...

Iraqi protests continue

Iraqi forces shot three anti-government protesters dead in Nassiriya on Sunday, police and medics said, adding to scores killed in weeks of unrest that...

Thousands of firearms destroyed in SA

Police Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale and National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, witnessed destruction of over 23 000 firearms either confiscated or surrendered to...

Police abuse rife in Kenya

Nearly half the Kenyans surveyed by government’s police watchdog said they suffered police abuse of power, according to a survey, underscoring the scale of...

Zimbabwe public workers protest

Zimbabwe state workers will go ahead with a street protest after government failed to give in to their demand for US dollar-indexed salaries to...

Six dead in Mozambique ambush

Unknown gunmen killed six farmers near Tanzania’s southern border with Mozambique, a senior police official said, amid concerns over Islamist militants in a poor...

Bolivian arrested for cocaine possession at OR Tambo International

A 21-year-old Bolivian suspect will appear at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court after OR Tambo Airport police nabbed her for possession of cocaine valued...

SA black rhino to Malawi

Seventeen black rhinos were released into Malawi’s Liwonde national park after arriving from South Africa as part of conservation efforts aimed at keeping the...

Uganda lodges protest over death of two citizens

Uganda protested to Rwanda over the killing of two of its nationals by Rwandan security personnel and demanded they be punished in a further...

Security agency denies shooting at Nigerian activists

Nigeria’s state security agency denied its officers opened fire on campaigners calling for the release of a Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate who...

Egypt urged to investigate torture and mass arrests

The US and other Western countries urged Egypt to investigate alleged killings and torture by security forces and release journalists and others arrested for...

Mass arrests fuel human rights criticism in Egypt

Egypt is trying to deflect criticism of its human rights record and prison conditions ahead of a UN review in Geneva in the wake...

Algerian protesters jailed

A court in Algeria sentenced 21 protesters to six months in jail for “undermining national unity”, official media reported, a month ahead of a...

Russia setting up helo base in Syria

Russia is setting up a helicopter base at a civilian airport in the north-eastern Syrian city Qamishli, the Russian Defence Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel...

New company consolidates UAE defence industry

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched a new defence conglomerate, Edge, which consolidates 25 entities to become the UAE’s largest defence company. Edge was...

US presence in Syria is illegal – Russia

Russia’s defence ministry attacked US plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as “international state banditry” motivated by a...

Syria assault paused as Kurds withdraw

Turkey agreed to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara sought to capture,...

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Trump administration to ease gun exports

The Trump administration passed a key milestone in a long-delayed rule change that would make it easier to sell US firearms, including assault rifles...

No winner in China/US trade war

The trade tariff spat between China and the United States has been a “lose-lose” situation for both and the wider world likely to deteriorate...

Season of discontent as protests flare worldwide

On Monday it was Bolivia - angry people clashed with police after the political opposition said it was cheated in an election won by...

Quantum Stealth aka the invisibility cloak is now patent pending

Indivisibility cloaks now no longer belong in the realm of fantasy and science fiction as Canadian camouflage company, Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp officially apply to...

Gun with a chip: U.S. Army contracts may lead to a smarter firearm

A carbine that can call in an airstrike. A computer-aided scope on a machine gun that can turn just about anyone into a marksman....

ISS: Libya’s war becomes a tech battleground

Libya’s current conflict is emerging as a very different one to what has been fought before in the country, or the world. Fleets of...

Multiple projects lined up for world’s largest 3D printer at the CSIR

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) 3D metal printer – the largest of its kind in the world - is being used...

Retracting mechanism coming for Rooivalk chin gun

Work is underway on a retracting mechanism for the Rooivalk attack helicopter’s chin mounted 20 mm cannon as part of efforts to make...

SAAF Hostile Fire Indicator successfully demonstrated

A successful demonstration of the Armscor-sourced hostile fire indicator (HOSFIN) capability is rated as one of the 2018/19 financial year’s highlights by the State-owned...

Nigeria confirms order for a dozen Mi-35 helicopters from Russia

Russia and Nigeria have confirmed a contract for the delivery of 12 Mi-35 attack helicopters, with six having already been delivered. Nigeria ordered 12 Mi-35Ms...

MINUSCA helicopter crash

A Senegalese combat helicopter from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic crashed, killing three people, the mission head said. The crash...

SAA flights cancelled

South African Airways (SAA) cancelled almost all domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday due to industrial action. SAA said the flight...

Restructuring SAA could save millions

South Africa’s SAA’s restructuring plan will be finalised by March next year and should save 700 million rand ($47 million), the executive team of...

South African Airways could cut more than 900 jobs

Struggling state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) could cut more than 900 jobs as it restructures to stem severe financial losses, the airline said...

Additional airliners for SAA

South African Airways (SAA) has procured four Airbus A350-900s in an effort to improve the airline’s customer offering and commercial prospects. On Thursday SAA took...

Leonardo investing in solar-powered drones

Italian defence and aerospace group Leonardo invested in a company developing solar-powered drones potentially capable of unlimited flight with no refuelling. The drone, expected...

First home drone prescription delivery

United Parcel Service Flight Forward drones glew prescription medications to the front lawn of a private home and a retirement centre, the UPS unit’s...

Drones deployed in the fight against malaria

Scientists seeking a breakthrough in the fight against malaria used drones to spray rice fields in Zanzibar - not with traditional pesticides but with...

Sentian Aerospace wins AVI Awards 2019

  South African aviation innovation company, Sentian Aerospace, has won the overall winner and small, micro and medium enterprises (SMME) winner accolades at the fifth...

Lebanon turmoil continues

A new wave of protests paralysed Lebanon after President Michel Aoun enraged demonstrators urging them to end a revolt against corruption and cronyism in...

Conflict and the environment

The UN General Assembly declared 6 November the International Day for Preventing Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Humanity has always counted...

Europe going it alone on weapons development

European Union governments gave the green light for 13 new defence projects in a step to develop firepower independently of the United States. Under...

How a preacher sent gunmen into Burkina Faso schools

When an Islamist preacher took up the fight in Burkina Faso’s northern borderlands almost a decade ago, his only weapon was a radio station....

Millions of child abuse posts removed from Facebook

Facebook removed 3,2 billion fake accounts between April and September including millions of posts depicting child abuse and suicide, according to its latest content...

ISS: Taking social media at (Face)book value in Africa

Last week Facebook revealed that it had disabled hundreds of fake accounts that had sought to meddle with the electoral processes of eight African...

Government officials targeted with hacking software

Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were targeted this year by hacking software using Facebook WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to...

Marine services operator hacked

Marine services provider James Fisher and Sons said hackers gained unauthorised access to its computer systems, sending shares down over five percent. JFS said...

Speech: SAAF chief on opening of SAAF Museum Air Show

Address by Lieutenant General Fabian ‘Zakes’ Msimang at the opening of the South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Air Force Base Swartkop on...

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...