IFS looking to add more value in the African aerospace and defence sector

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) specialist IFS is targeting the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), South African Police Service (SAPS), defence companies and other...

Nigerian JF-17 pilots training in Pakistan

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) pilots and crew for the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet have started their training in Pakistan as Nigeria prepares to take...

Defence Minister told South Africans are not the enemy

The civilian charged with overall management of South Africa’s military would do well to remember the country is not at war and that “South...

Mali president offers concessions to end political stalemate

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has offered concessions in a move to unblock a stalemate with opposition leaders that has mired the country in turmoil...

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Madagascar operating Panthera T4 armoured vehicles

Madagascar’s military is operating MSPV Panthera T4 armoured carriers, which were seen for the first time last month. Madagascar celebrated the 60th anniversary of its...

Cameroon’s police operating new APCs

Cameroon’s police have taken delivery of at least six new armoured personnel carriers (APCs), which appear to be Panthera T6s from the United Arab...

Tunisia unveils domestic APC

The Tunisian military has unveiled a locally developed armoured personnel carrier (APC) prototype. It was revealed on 24 June during the Tunisian military’s 64th anniversary...

Morocco reportedly orders Sherpa armoured vehicles

Morocco has apparently ordered 36 Sherpa armoured vehicles from France’s Arquus, in Light Scout and Light Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) models. This is according to...

New Flag Officer Fleet has 23 years service in the SA Navy

The recently appointed SA Navy Flag Officer Fleet (FOF) is a 23-year veteran of the maritime service. Fifty-six- year-old Rear Admiral Musawenkosi “Kop” Nkomonde was...

African navy orders two Israeli offshore patrol vessels

An unidentified African country has ordered two OPV 45 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) from Israel Shipyards. The company announced the agreement on 9 July, saying...

SA Special Forces workboat delivered

Veecraft Marine has delivered a 20 metre workboat, Inkanyamba, to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), whose Special Forces will use it for...

Ex-SA Navy minesweeper sinks in Durban harbour

A former SA Navy wooden-hulled minesweeper partially sank in Durban harbour earlier this week. Sixty-year-old SAS Durban was handed to the port museum 32 years...

Pirates kidnap nine in attack on vessel off Nigeria, says ship owner

Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals, the ship’s owner BW Offshore...

Exercise Imvubu underway in Richards Bay

The SA Navy’s Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) has set up camp in the northern KwaZulu-Natal harbour city of Richards Bay for a month-long exercise. A...

Kidnapped captain of Portugal-flagged ship freed-Bulgaria

The Bulgarian captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship who was kidnapped along with seven other sailors by pirates off the coast of Benin last...

Pirates strike off Nigeria

Pirates this week attacked a tanker carrying automotive gas oil (AGO) close to shore off Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in what has been a busy...

Eastern Congo militia pledges to surrender after leader forced out

One of the largest rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo announced overnight that it had ousted its leader, accusing him of human...

At least three killed in protests over Congo election chief

At least three people were killed during protests in Congo’s capital and elsewhere on Thursday, a UN rights body said, after the nomination of...

US air strike hits al Shabaab

The United States military’s Africa Command (Africom) has conducted an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia. The air strike took place on 9...

Kenyan police fire teargas, arrest marchers protesting at brutality

Kenyan police on Tuesday fired teargas and arrested activists gathering for a march against perceived government injustice that has been given extra impetus this...

Illegal ivory trade shrinks while pangolin trafficking booms, UN says

The illegal global trade in ivory has shrunk while the trafficking of pangolins has soared, a UN report on wildlife crime based on four...

Soldiers intercept illegal cigarettes bound for Gauteng

Three separate busts by soldiers on South Africa’s northern border saw cigarettes valued at over R800 000 confiscated. Soldiers from 8 SA Infantry Battalion in...

Soldiers confiscate R1.4 million worth of cigarettes on SA borders

Two separate cigarette “interceptions” by soldiers in the last week again show the ease with which smugglers breach thinly protected borders and just how...

Op Corona border patrols net contraband worth R13 million

Further proof of the porosity of South Africa’s borders, particularly those on land, comes from the Joint Operations Division of the national defence force...

US warns aid at risk unless alleged abuses in West Africa’s Sahel region addressed

The United States said on Thursday it was “deeply concerned” about increasing alleged human rights abuses by state security forces in the West African...

Dozen of bodies found in Burkina Faso, and rights group suspects extrajudicial killings

At least 180 bodies have been found in common graves in Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch (HRW),...

UN says attacks by Islamist militia in Congo may be war crimes

Systematic and brutal attacks by Islamist militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last 18 months may amount to war crimes, the...

Uneasy calm in Ethiopia after protests, official death toll doubles

More than 166 people were killed during anti-government protests in Ethiopia last week, the government said on Sunday, as the capital and other hotspots...

Advisor’s killing deepens Iraqi leader’s face-off with militias

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi talked tough after the killing of a high-profile analyst and government advisor, pledging to hunt down his assailants and...

Pompeo says US seized Iranian weapons on way to Houthi rebels in Yemen

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that US and partner forces seized a boat in June carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi...

Britain says it can restart Saudi Arabia arms export licences

Britain can once again issue new licences to export arms to Saudi Arabia after complying with a court order, its trade minister said on...

Deadly Syrian, Russian air strikes in Idlib amount to war crimes, UN says

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes on schools, hospitals and markets in Idlib province that amount to war crimes, UN...

Rolls-Royce burns through £3 billion, expects more cash outflows

Aerospace engineer Rolls-Royce burned through 3 billion pounds ($3.8 billion) in the first half as the hours flown by its engines halved due to the...

UN expert deems US drone strike on Iran’s Soleimani an ‘unlawful’ killing

The January US drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law,...

China slams US as it joins global arms trade treaty at UN

China on Monday joined a global arms trade treaty spurned by the United States, taking a swipe at US President Donald Trump’s administration by...

Hong Kong man accused of terrorism in first use of new China security law

A man carrying a “Liberate Hong Kong” sign as he drove a motorcycle into police at a protest against the territory’s Chinese rulers became...

ISS: Future of facial recognition technology in Africa

When several United States (US) companies withdrew their facial recognition software products amid concerns about flaws, biases and misuse in the wake of the killing of...

China puts final satellite into orbit to try to rival GPS network

China on Tuesday successfully put into orbit its final Beidou satellite, completing a navigation network years in the making and setting the stage to...

US Navy, industry developing fire-resistant biotech materials

US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, headquartered in China Lake, California, and Berkeley-based Cambium Biomaterials, Inc. are collaborating to develop and produce new,...

Future military vehicles could see an improvement in structural materials

Materials used for a soldier's personal protection gear may be tough enough for vehicles too, according to a new US Army study. Findings, released April...

Moroccan Gendarmerie gets new H125s

Morocco’s Gendarmerie has taken delivery of two new H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, joining its fleet of nearly three dozen aircraft. The two H125s flew...

SAAF Oryx to the rescue again

An Oryx helicopter from the South African Air Force’s 15 Squadron based at Air Force Base Durban has again come to the rescue of...

UN helicopter shot at in Nigeria

Suspected Islamic extremists shot at a UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) helicopter in northern Nigeria at the weekend reportedly killing two civilians. President Muhammadu Buhari...

SAAF Drakensberg rescue

15 Squadron, the only SA Air Force (SAAF) helicopter unit in KwaZulu-Natal, literally came to the rescue earlier this week. The KwaZulu-Natal section rescue team...

South African court dismisses appeal against SAA layoff ruling

A South African court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by administrators in charge of South African Airways (SAA) against a ruling which prevented them...

Air Namibia allowed to fly again after court suspends licence cancellation

Air Namibia will be allowed to temporarily operate commercial flights after a court late on Wednesday suspended the cancellation of its air licence, the...

South African Airways to offer training for up to 1 000 staff

South African Airways (SAA) will provide a year’s training for up to 1 000 employees, revisions to its restructuring plan show, in a concession...

Namibia to ground national carrier’s license over cash hole

Cash-strapped Air Namibia will have its planes grounded at midnight on Wednesday after it failed to secure enough funding to remain solvent, voiding its...

Germany renews service contract with Airbus for Heron UAV in Mali

Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has signed a renewed service contract agreement with Airbus Defence and Space...

With drones and masks, African innovators keep COVID-hit economies afloat

Ghanaian pilot Eric Acquah started a drone company in 2017 to spray crops with pesticides, but when coronavirus hit the West African country he...

High-flying facemasks arrive at Mexican hospitals by drone

To eliminate the risk of contagious human beings, a Mexican company has launched a drone delivery service to get clean medical supplies to hospitals...

Honeywell launches new business unit to capture drone market

Honeywell International Inc, a major supplier of aerospace products, said Monday it launched an unmanned aerial systems business to bet on the autonomous aviation...

Sahel remains fragile despite battle gains against militants

French and West African troops have made gains against Islamist groups in the Sahel but the situation remains fragile with persistent attacks by the...

West African instability risks gains against militants – French official

Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist...

Ivory Coast says Burkina Faso national led deadly attack against army

Ivory Coast’s army said on Thursday it had identified a detained Burkina Faso national as the coordinator of a suspected jihadist attack that killed...

Mozambican government not adequately dealing with insurgency – experts

The Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado is becoming increasingly well coordinated and militant, escalating to levels never predicted by the Mozambican state....

Iran threatens retaliation after what it calls possible cyber attack on nuclear site

Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said, after a fire...

Australia to spend nearly $1 billion to boost cyber security

Australia will spend A$1.35 billion ($926.1 million) over the next 10 years to boost its cyber security defences, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on...

Morocco used NSO’s spyware to snoop on journalist, Amnesty says

Technology developed by Israeli cyber security company NSO Group was used by the Moroccan government to spy on journalist Omar Radi, a critic of...

Cyber spies use LinkedIn to hack European defence firms

Hackers posed as recruiters working for US defence giants Collins Aerospace and General Dynamics on LinkedIn to break into the networks of military contractors in...

Speech: Ramaphosa at Armed Forces Day 2020

Address by Commander-In-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day 2020, Polokwane, Limpopo, 21 February 2020. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans,...

Speech: Msimang at SAAF Prestige Day

Air Force Prestige Day Parade Address by the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Z Msimang at Air Force Base Swartkop...

Speech by SAAF Chief at Unisa graduation ceremony

Message by Lt. General Fabian Zakes Msimang, Chief of the South African Air Force, at the University of South Africa graduation ceremony, Tshwane, on...

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...