ISS: Anti-corruption boost as SA arms deal inquiry set aside

On Wednesday South Africa’s Pretoria High Court set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (the...

LMT struggling to pay August salaries

Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) is doubtful it will be able to pay August salaries in time, after only managing to pay partial salaries in...

Angolan Air Force receiving two MA60 transport aircraft from China

Angola’s Air Force is taking delivery of two Chinese-built Xian MA60 twin-turboprop transport aircraft, which have been spotted on their delivery flight to southern...

High Court sets aside Seriti Commission findings

The findings of the Seriti Commission, established by former president Jacob Zuma, were set aside by the North Gauteng High Court. The Commission was...

ISS: Anti-corruption boost as SA arms deal inquiry set aside

On Wednesday South Africa’s Pretoria High Court set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (the...

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DCD holds successful route clearance demonstration

DCD Protected Mobility held a route clearance demonstration day at Gerotek outside Pretoria, where it put its Husky and Springbuck vehicles through their paces...

Algeria to indigenously develop weapons and ammunition

The Algerian military aims to indigenously develop its complex weapons, according to a Presidential decree. The decree, published in Algeria’s official journal in July, authorises...

Nigerian Air Force receives 21 special operations dogs

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has received 21 special operation dogs which returned from South Africa on 6 August after receiving advanced training from...

Egypt getting Chaparral air defence system modifications

Egypt will be upgrading its Chaparral air defence systems under a $17 million contract with the United States’ ProjectXYZ. On 26 July the US Department...

Qatar to build new Somali port

Qatar plans to build a new seaport at Somalia’s Hobyo, a potentially strategic investment in an area of East Africa fiercely contested by Gulf...

US warns against aiding Iranian tanker

An Iranian tanker at the centre of a confrontation between Iran and Washington sailed for Greece after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar,...

Iranian tanker heading to Greece

An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean to Greece after it was released off Gibraltar with Tehran saying any US move to seize the...

Seized Iranian tanker to be released

Britain’s Mediterranean territory Gibraltar decided to free a seized Iranian oil tanker, but did not indicate when or if the ship would set sail...

Malawi commissions naval vessels

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on 21 August presided over the commissioning of patrol vessels that he said would help boost the operations of the...

SADC successfully drafts Integrated Maritime Security Strategy

  The SA Navy recently hosted the South African Development Community (SADC) Joint Technical Working Group on the Review of its Maritime Security Strategy (MSS).   The...

Kidnapping off Cameroon

A number of seamen were kidnapped after an attack on their vessel off Cameroon in the piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea, a source in the...

Gulf escort duty for British warship

British warship HMS Kent set sail for the Gulf to join a US-led mission protecting commercial shipping vessels amid heightened political tension between the...

Uganda demands NGO information

Non-governmental organisations in Uganda have to submit financial information including budgets and donor lists to authorities a move rights groups see as another attempt...

Zimbabwe opposition official arrested

Zimbabwe police arrested a senior opposition official on charges of failing to stop a banned protest in the capital, his lawyer said. The Movement...

SA court rules apartheid flag is hate speech

A South African court ruled displaying the country’s apartheid-era flag in public constituted hate speech discriminating against black people and violated equality laws. The...

Political reform hopes dim in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe police deployed in force to block a street protest for the third time in five days, with the main opposition party seeing hopes...

Trade in giraffe to be regulated

Countries voted overwhelmingly to regulate international trade in giraffe and body parts, overcoming objections by southern African states and drawing praise from conservationists. The...

Second charity ship stranded

Two charities running rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea said Italy ignored requests to allow their ship to bring 356 migrants ashore, exposing Europe’s...

Migrant vessel Open Arms docks in Lampedusa

Nearly a hundred migrants stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship off Lampedusa disembarked on the Italian island on Tuesday night, ending a stand-off...

Border protection tasking set to stagnate at 15 companies

The single largest internal deployment of the national defence force will, for the foreseeable future, continue to be the border protection tasking under the...

Former Mugabe deputy charged with abuse

Phelekezela Mphoko, a former deputy to ousted Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, was charged with criminal abuse of office, his lawyer said, in the latest...

Afghan wedding suicide bomb death toll rises

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, has risen to 80, two senior officials said. ...

Life sentences for Cameroon separatist leaders

A Cameroonian court handed life sentences to 10 separatist leaders after finding them guilty of charges including terrorism in their fight to break away...

Militant attack in Burkina Faso leaves 20 dead

Unidentified militants killed at least 10 soldiers and wounded others in an attack on a military unit in northern Burkina Faso, the army said....

Separatists extend control in Aden

Southern separatists seized Yemeni government security and military bases near Aden after clashes between nominal allies that complicate UN peace efforts, residents and officials...

Iraqi tanker seized

Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf they said was smuggling fuel and detained seven crewmen, Iran’s state media reported,...

Houthis attack Yemen military parade

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched missile and drone attacks on a military parade in Aden, the seat of the Saudi-backed government, killing more than...

UAE drawdown raises hopes of Yemen ceasefire

A United Arab Emirates’ military drawdown in Yemen is building momentum for a nationwide truce this year, bolstering efforts by the Saudi-led coalition to...

Antonov’s An-178 lands first export order in Peru

Ukraine’s state-owned defence conglomerate Ukroboronprom has won a tender to supply the An-178 aircraft to Peru.   The contract to replace the Peruvian police’s single Antonov...

Kenyan drug trafficker jailed in US

A US judge sentenced Kenyan drug trafficker Baktash Akasha to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to import...

US/Taliban talks stalemate

Talks on a pact that would allow the United States to end its longest war and withdraw from Afghanistan ended without agreement and both...

Putin warns Trump on nuclear missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Moscow would start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States did the same after the...

US Air Force starts using first certified 3D printed aircraft parts

The United States Air Force’s 60th Maintenance Squadron has become the first field unit in the Air Force to be certified with an industrial-sized...

Fourth industrial revolution under the spotlight at Armscor Engineering Day

The fourth industrial revolution and its impact on the aerospace and defence industries came under the spotlight at Armscor’s recent Engineering Day. The 2019 edition...

Fourth industrial revolution driving the sophistication of IEDs

The fourth industrial revolution (IR) has bought about cyber-physical systems that are changing the landscape of war between state and non-state actors. Smart robotics,...

Civilian investment is the new driver in Research and Development

Previously driven by military investment, Research and Development (R&D) in the defence industry is now driven by civilian investment, with the adoption of machine...

Investigation to follow SAPS helicopter crash landing

A South African Police Service (SAPS) helicopter crash-landed at Virginia Airport on Tuesday and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of...

Unmarked Gazelle helicopters spotted in Mozambique

Unmarked Gazelle helicopters painted in military camouflage have been spotted in Mozambique, with speculation they may be used for security missions by a private...

BIRD Aerosystems providing protection systems on UN helicopters in Africa

Israel’s Bird Aerosystems has received a contract to provide missile protection systems for United Nations’ Mi-17 helicopters operating in Africa. The company on 5 August...

US government confirms Morocco has requested 24 Apaches

Morocco has requested the purchase of 24 new Apache attack helicopters in a $1.5 billion deal, the US Government has revealed. In a country profile...

First EgyptAir A220-300 makes maiden flight

The first A220-300 for EgyptAir has successfully completed its inaugural test flight from Airbus’ Mirabel assembly line. The first of 12 aircraft EgyptAir has...

FAA review sought after 737 MAX crashes

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asked the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assess the agency’s performance in the wake of...

Angola’s Bestfly receives first ATR 72

Angola’s Bestfly aviation services company has taken delivery of its first ATR 72 turboprop aircraft from France, with the second due to arrive by...

Africa’s first A320neo arrives at Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has become the first airline in the Indian Ocean and African region to take...

US drone shot down in Yemen

A US military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two US officials told Reuters, the...

First FAA approved beyond line of sight drone flight completed

The US Federal Aviation Administration approved the first drone flight beyond the operator’s sight line, a major advance for retailers like Amazon.com seeking to...

Global drone market estimated to reach $14 billion over next decade

The worldwide non-military drone market, dominated by manufacturers in China, will triple in size to $14.3 billion in sales over the next decade, a...

UPS launches drone business, seeks to certify multiple pilots

United Parcel Service, the world’s largest package delivery firm, on Tuesday unveiled its drone delivery subsidiary and said it has applied for the Federal...

Oil found in South Sudan

South Sudan made a small oil discovery in Northern Upper Nile State, the first since independence in 2011 when exploration was interrupted by war...

Malian troops die in ambush

Suspected jihadists killed five Malian soldiers in an ambush in the West African country’s volatile centre the army said, the latest attack targeting local...

Burkina Faso killings condemned

Gunmen killed 24 soldiers in an attack on an army unit in Burkina Faso, the deadliest yet in the West African nation’s fight against...

Suspected militants killed in Sinai

Egyptian security forces killed 11 suspected militants in a gun battle during a raid on their hideout in Al-Arish, capital of North Sinai province,...

Israel eases cyber weapon export control

Israel is easing export rules on offensive cyber weapons, despite accusations by human rights and privacy groups its technologies are used to spy on...

European Central Bank hacked

The European Central Bank (ECB) shut down a website after it was hacked and infected with malicious software. The ECB said no market-sensitive data...

Automakers warm up to friendly hackers at cybersecurity conference

At a conference where hackers can try picking locks and discover cyber vulnerabilities in a makeshift hospital, they can also endeavour to break into...

Foreign state behind attack on Czech ministry

A foreign state staged the latest cyber-attack targeting the Czech Foreign Ministry, the Senate’s security committee said, though it did not identify the nation...

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...

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