Hensoldt listing aims for $474 million

Private equity-owned German defence supplier Hensoldt will rake in at least 400 million euros ($474 million) in its planned initial public offering, the company...

Algerian Su-30s spotted on Russian production line

Russia’s Irkutsk Aviation Plant is presently manufacturing Su-30 fighters for the Algerian Air Force, after it placed an order for another 16 aircraft. At least...

National state of disaster tasking continues for soldiers and military medics

From a high of more than 80 000 military personnel “employed” at the height of the national state of disaster called to “save” South...

Ivory Coast opposition calls for protests to stop Ouattara’s third term bid

Ivory Coast’s main presidential election challenger and a group of opposition parties called on Sunday for a civil disobedience campaign to stop President Alassane...

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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...

Chieftain appointed as African agent for L Jackson & Co Ltd

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Trailer specialist Chieftain South Africa has been successfully appointed as the African agent for the supply of surplus military equipment from United Kingdom-based L...

UK donates dozens of military vehicles to Somalia

The United Kingdom has donated at least 27 vehicles and a fully-equipped mechanical workshop to help improve the logistical capabilities of the Somali National...

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...

Damen Shipyards Cape Town lays keel for second SA Navy inshore patrol vessel

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has laid the keel of the second inshore patrol vessel (IPV) for the South African Navy that it is...

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...

Two South Koreans reportedly kidnapped from fishing vessel off Ghana

Unidentified gunmen have apparently kidnapped two South Korean nationals from a fishing vessel south of Lome, Ghana. The vessel appears to be hijacked, according to...

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...

More than 30 killed in militia attacks in western Ethiopia

Armed militia men killed more than 30 people in the Metakal zone of Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region, a senior opposition leader told Reuters on Thursday,...

Islamic State claims killing of French aid workers in Niger

Islamic State has credited its West Africa affiliate for killing six French aid workers and their Nigerien guide and driver at a giraffe reserve...

Uganda says 219 prisoners escape, some with guns and ammunition

Prisoners in a Ugandan jail overpowered their guards and 219 of them escaped with at least 15 guns, but two were killed after security...

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...

Suspected Libya arms embargo buster boarded by Op Irini

The EU Naval Force (EU NavFor) tasking in the Mediterranean, Operation Irini, conducted what is believed to be its first inspection of a vessel...

Multi-million heroin bust in Hluhluwe

National Hawks head Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya welcomed the arrest of three suspects transporting heroin worth R87.5 million in Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal. In a statement, officers...

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...

Ethiopia brings some migrants home as concern over Saudi camps grows

Ethiopia will repatriate nearly 2 000 migrants from Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, a government minister said on Thursday, amid growing international concern...

Convoy ambush in eastern Congo kills one aid worker

Armed attackers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed one aid worker and took two others temporarily hostage after ambushing their convoy on Wednesday,...

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero says he was duped into coming to Rwanda, NYT reports

Paul Rusesabagina, depicted in a Hollywood movie as a hero who helped save Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, said he believed he was flying...

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...

US House Democrats attack Pompeo aides on Saudi weapons, cite war crimes concerns

Top aides to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went before a congressional committee on Wednesday to defend President Donald Trump’s dismissal of the...

Rocket and airstrike background to Israel, Gulf States pact

Militants in Gaza launched rockets at Israel and Israeli aircraft hit targets in the Palestinian enclave in an explosive backdrop to the signing of...

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...

Azerbaijan accuses Moscow of arming Armenia since July clashes

An Azeri presidential aide said on Saturday that Russia has been supplying Armenia with weapons since a clash between the two former Soviet republics...

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...

Hydrogen fuel cell systems power COVID-19 field hospital

Government, in collaboration with the private sector, is putting plans in place to roll out hydrogen fuel cell technologies in various parts of South...

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...

GE wins contract to supply Moroccan Apache engines

General Electric Aviation will supply T700 turboshaft engines for Morocco’s 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, which it ordered in June this year. Morocco will acquire...

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...

Boeing, FAA slammed on 737 MAX certification

An 18-month investigation by a US House panel blasted Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration over the 737 MAX grounded since March 2019 after...

Airbus warns of lay-offs

Airbus stepped up warnings of compulsory lay-offs as air travel fails to recover as expected from the coronavirus crisis, putting itself on a potential...

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...

Drone laws under the spotlight at Africa Drones Conference 2020

According to Businesswire, the global unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, market will grow from $14 billion in 2018 to over $43 billion in 2024...

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...

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...

Russian hackers targeted Biden campaign firm – claim

Microsoft identified a suspected hacking group that targeted a firm working with Democrat Joe Biden as the same Russian-backed unit blamed by the 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...