Opinion: Arms exports framework needs urgent reform to support local industry

The trade of armaments is a heavily regulated matter both at national and multi-lateral levels. This is understandable given the risks associated with potential...

Nigerian Super Tucanos begin arriving at Moody AFB for training

The first of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have arrived at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia for...

Shoke warns against attending “party political” meetings

South Africa’s top soldier is adamant no serving SA National Defence Force (SANDF) member will be allowed to attend meetings where “petty party political...

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‘Inflated’ SAPS rubber bullet tender cancelled

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has cancelled a tender for less lethal ammunition with IT Empowerment Technologies after it was alleged the police...

United States seeking Land Cruisers for Somali military

The United States is looking to acquire nearly 100 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles for the Somali military. In a request for information published on 21...

Paramount and WMF vehicles undergoing trials in India

South Africa’s Paramount and Namibia’s Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik (WMF) are currently engaged in armoured vehicle trials in India. A photo has emerged showing a Paramount Mbombe...

Suspected arms dealers moved millions in Somali money transfers, report says

Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under US...

Full steam ahead for Op Irini

Hundreds of vessels and dozens of flights were investigated by Operation EUNavFor Med Irini in four months monitoring sea, air and land possible illicit...

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams, Royal Moroccan Navy conduct tracking exercise

The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conducted a tracking exercise with the Royal Moroccan Navy in the Atlantic Ocean on...

No Exercise Oxide this year

The coronavirus pandemic has put paid to one of the SA Navy’s regular exercises for this year following last year’s Exercise Oxide “postponed by...

Egypt selects VL-MICA missile for its frigates after Umkhonto deal falls through

France’s MBDA has apparently been selected to supply its VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles for the Egyptian Navy’s four new Meko A200 frigates, after a deal...

Suspected pirate attack off Ghana

A Denmark-flagged tanker has been approached by a suspicious boat off the coast of Ghana but managed to avoid a potential attack. This is according...

Sat-Com takes part in Secure Waters Africa conference

Namibian military radio specialist Sat-Com was one of the participants in the Secure Waters Africa digital conference held last week, and examined the importance...

ISS: Tech innovations key to South African maritime security

South Africa is building and using sophisticated technology to combat maritime crimes and make its notoriously treacherous oceans safer for seafarers. A new Institute...

Ship boarded, crew members kidnapped south of Lagos

Two Russian crew members of the cargo vessel Water Phoenix were kidnapped by pirates this week south of Lagos port, Nigeria’s largest and busiest. Dryad...

Cameroon opposition say one killed in protest against veteran ruler

One protester was killed in Cameroon as police and gendarmes put down protests against the veteran President Paul Biya, the country’s main opposition party...

ISS: Gangs still drive Mombasa’s narco-city image

Criminal gangs in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city, continue to operate with impunity despite having a law passed against them and being banned twice within a...

Armed men kill at least a dozen civilians in northeast Congo

Armed men killed at least a dozen people and kidnapped several in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday night, authorities said, the latest...

Cable theft suspects nabbed

A joint operational plan to address theft and damage to essential infrastructure in the rail environment has continued to yield positive results. “In the latest...

Wildlife Zones introduced to protect rhino

Seven Integrated Wildlife Zones are being introduced across South Africa to protect the country’s rhino. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Barbara Creecy, said by demarcating...

Intelligence helps Namibia turn tide against rhino poachers, government says

Incidents of rhino poaching in Namibia have been dropping steadily as timely intelligence work has helped nab hunters before they shoot in known hotspots,...

ISS: Migrant disaster in Libya stoked by EU strategy

Libya is labelled a migration ‘black hole’ where refugees and migrants face ‘unacceptable and extreme’ forms of violence. Migrants – mainly from East and West Africa...

More migrants drown off Libya

Two dozen migrants and refugees on a rubber dinghy trying to cross from Libya to Europe are believed drowned after their boat capsized, the...

Mozambique violence leaves 300 000 plus reliant on assistance

An already precarious humanitarian situation added to increasing conflict has forced over 300 000 people from homes and villages in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, according...

Insurgency in Mozambique threatens food security, says World Food Programme

Worsening violence by militants with links to Islamic State in northern Mozambique are causing thousands to go hungry as they flee their homes and...

Cameroonian soldiers jailed for killing women and children

Four Cameroonian soldiers received 10-year prison sentences on Monday for the killing of two women and two children in an incident that sparked international...

Ethiopia files terrorism charges against leading opposition activist

Ethiopia has filed terrorism charges against a prominent media mogul and opposition politician from the Oromo ethnic group, Jawar Mohammed, the attorney general’s office...

As Afghanistan peace talks stutter, US says violence levels too high

The level of violence in Afghanistan is unacceptably high and the United States expects further setbacks during talks, the Special Representative for Afghanistan said...

Dozens killed in bloodiest Afghanistan clashes since peace talks began

At least 57 members of the Afghan security forces were killed and dozens injured in overnight clashes with Taliban fighters across Afghanistan, security officials...
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US to slap sanctions on over two dozen targets tied to Iran arms

The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a...

Attacks surge in northwest Pakistan as Afghan peace effort brings shifting sands

Militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in northwest Pakistan raising fears of a revival of their insurgency and a return of lawlessness...

World becoming less tolerant of migrants – Gallup poll

The world is becoming less tolerant of migrants, according to a poll released on Wednesday as Europe prepared to unveil a new asylum plan...

Bahrain says foiled ‘terrorist attack’ backed by Iran in early 2020

Bahrain’s interior ministry said on Sunday it had foiled a “terrorist attack” early this year that was backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The...

Ten-year market for missile decoy programmes valued at $1.3 billion

Over the next 10 years, $1.3 billion will be spent on key decoy and dispenser programmes, according to new research by Forecast International. As the...

China’s biggest airshow to go ahead as originally planned – event organizer

China’s International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, the country’s biggest airshow, will go ahead in November, the organizer said on Wednesday, backtracking on an earlier...

Praise for Limpopo learner who invented anti-GBV tool

Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo has commended a learner who has invented a device to help curb human trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV). Bohlale Mphahlele,...

AlphaDogfight trials foreshadow future of human-machine symbiosis

A small Maryland company took first place in August's AlphaDogfight Trials Final event, a three-day competition designed to demonstrate advanced algorithms capable of performing...

Scientific imaging association launched in SA

The rapid technological growth in the field of scientific imaging and an increasing need to understand its complexities has seen a specialist association established...

Protecting vehicles with water

Ever wondered what happens if you blow up a fluid-filled container? Creative thinkers from Australia's Department of Defence have shown that water can help...

Ivory Coast getting replacement Mi-24s after two crashes

The Ivory Coast is taking delivery of two Mi-24 helicopters to replace those lost in recent crashes. An Mi-24 was delivered on 7 August 2020...

SAAF helps recover bodies at Hammarsdale Falls

The South African Air Force (SAAF) was instrumental in the recovery of two bodies at the bottom of the Hammarsdale Falls in KwaZulu-Natal. On Tuesday...

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Moroccan Longbow radars

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have been awarded a US Army contract for AH-64E Apache Longbow fire control radars for Morocco and three other...

Long distance rescue by 15 Squadron, 22 Squadron also in action

Treacherous weather and several hundred kilometres of rough flying did not stop the SA Air Force (SAAF) in the form of a 15 Squadron...

Airbus unveils concepts for hydrogen-powered plane

Airbus has unveiled three visual concepts for “zero emission” airplanes to be powered by hydrogen. It is the planemaker’s latest effort to draw public attention...

OUTA calls for SAA liquidation

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has called for the liquidation of South African Airways (SAA), saying the chance of rescuing the trouble national...

South Africa commits $650 million to airline SAA, administrator says

South Africa has pledged 10.5 billion rand ($650 million) to South African Airways (SAA), one of the administrators of the ailing state-owned airline said...
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European space agency signs deal for asteroid defence mission

The European space agency (ESA) signed a deal worth 129 million euros ($154 million) on Tuesday to make a spacecraft for a joint project...

Walmart to test drone delivery of COVID-19 test kits

Walmart Inc said on Tuesday it would run a pilot project to deliver self-collection test kits for coronavirus through automated drones at customers’ doorsteps. The...

Air taxi firm Volocopter teams up with Schenker to deploy heavy-lift drones

German aviation startup Volocopter has teamed up with logistics group DB Schenker to deploy its heavy-lift drones, in a project that will gather vital...

Saudi-led coalition says intercepts drone, Houthis say Abha airport hit

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday it had intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched towards the kingdom, as Yemen’s Houthi...

Lab seeks to accelerate SA drone technology

“Back in the 80’s, we were world leaders when it came to drone technology with the early days of the Seeker project and so...

Burundi impunity for abuses continues, says UN report, as another mass grave opened

Impunity for rape, murder and other abuses is still widespread in Burundi despite a change of government, a UN report released on Thursday said. The...

State Security giving US ambassador assassination report attention

The State Security Agency notes reports about an alleged plot to assassinate the US Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Lana Marks. “The agency noted rising...

Mozambique insurgency remains rooted in local discontent, for now

In October 2017, insurgents in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province began a violent revolt against their government that continues today. The insurgency has left...

ISS: What causes Africa’s coups? That is the question

The near unanimous condemnation of the mutiny in Mali followed by the forced resignation of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta questions the consensus around unconstitutional...

South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria have seen millions of cyber attacks in 2020

In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections, according to Kaspersky security...

Australia says cyber attacks rise, cites 4 500 hacking attempts in one day

Cyber attacks against Australia have increased in frequency in recent months, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said on Friday, as the country released its first...

US Treasury imposes sanctions on Iranian ‘cyber threat group’

The United States has imposed sanctions on two Iranian entities and 45 associated individuals who carried out a malware campaign targeting Iranian dissidents, journalists...

US prosecutors indict two Iranians over alleged hacking spree

US prosecutors on Wednesday announced two Iranians had been indicted on allegations they were hackers connected with a string of cyber intrusions at US...

Defence committee mini-symposium presentations

On 3 September, the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) held a mini-symposium on the South African National Defence Force’s Force Design and Related...

SIU presentation on border fence upgrade

Click here to view the Special Investigation Unit's presentation into the investigation of the erection of the Beit Bridge border fence.  

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...