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Ukuthula brigade plus exercise underway at CTC

A major component of the SA Army’s junior staff command course in the form of a brigade plus field exercise is underway at the...

Etion Create appoints Schalk Laubscher to head up Production

Etion Create, an original design manufacturer of advanced electronics equipment, has announced the appointment of Schalk Laubscher as our new Executive Manager Production, with...

CSAAF reflects on successes and challenges during long service medal parade

The Chief of the SA Air Force (SAAF), Lieutenant General Wiseman Mbambo, has lauded the SAAF for its contribution to peace and security but...

Mali expels West African bloc envoy -foreign ministry

Mali’s transitional government has given the special representative from West Africa’s main regional bloc 72 hours to leave the country over “actions incompatible with...

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SANDF missing the communication target

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...

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Joining the South African National Defence Force

If you are looking for a career in either one of the SANDF arms of service...

New Naval College OC

Hard on the heels of a new officer commanding for SAS Saldanha, the SA Navy’s other major training facility in the form of its...

New boss for SAS Saldanha

Come tomorrow (Thursday, 21 October) SAS Saldanha, the major training unit for the SA Navy (SAN), will have a new officer commanding in the...

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams arrives in Mozambique

The United States Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB-4) arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, for a scheduled port visit on 15 October...

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams completes repairs in Cape Town

The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) USS Hershel “Woody” Williams has become the first such vessel to complete repairs in South Africa after...

Hensoldt SA selected to deliver spectrum management system

Hensoldt South Africa will be providing a nationwide spectrum management system to Saudi Arabia’s Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC). Hensoldt announced it is in...

Uganda commissions new infantry fighting vehicle

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has commissioned the locally manufactured Chui (Leopard) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which is based on Twiga’s recently launched...

Egypt, Russia holding military exercise

Egypt and Russia are holding the Defenders of Friendship 2021 military exercise, which kicked off in Egypt on 17 October. The exercise will run to...

Add-on armour now available for Mbombe 4

Paramount Group has announced that new add-on armour has been developed for its Mbombe 4 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), pushing it up to full...

ISS: Africa must get on board as world attention turns to maritime security

The African Union should up its engagements as the UN Security Council takes the lead on maritime security debates. Coastal states and the shipping industry...

Russian Navy fends off pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

A Russian Navy destroyer has fended off a pirate attack on a container ship near the western coast of Africa, Russia’s Defence Ministry said...

Danish frigate headed to Gulf of Guinea

The Danish frigate Esbern Snare has departed Denmark for the Gulf of Guinea, where it will patrol for pirates and ensure law and order...

EU NavFor Somalia ready to assist EUTM Mozambique

Two European Union (EU) missions on the eastern side of Africa are in discussion on how best to assist in hotspot Mozambique. The European bloc...

Doctors, oil workers to join disobedience movement against Sudan military takeover

State oil company workers and doctors in Sudan said on Wednesday they were joining protests against the military coup that has derailed the country's...

Sudan capital locked down after coup triggers deadly unrest

Roads were blocked, shops were shut, phones were down and mosque loudspeakers blared calls for a general strike in Sudan on Tuesday, a day...

Egypt’s President Sisi ends state of emergency for the first time in years

Egypt's state of emergency will be lifted for the first time in years, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday. Egypt imposed a state of...

At least one person killed in protest near Barrick’s Congo mine

At least one person was killed during protests against evictions near Barrick Gold Corp's Kibali gold mine in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo last...

Op Corona rotation not affecting operational efficiency

Rotation of units assigned to border protection is currently underway without any effect on operational efficiency proven by substantial seizures of dagga and illicit...

Don’t send migrants back to unsafe countries, pope says, citing Libya

Pope Francis on Sunday urged countries not to send migrants back to insecure countries such as Libya, where he said many suffer violent and...

Nigeria seizes $11 million worth of amphetamine pills in shipment from Lebanon

Nigerian authorities intercepted nearly half a million amphetamine pills hidden in machinery coming into a Lagos port, an official said on Thursday. The 451 807...

Busy week for soldiers on border duty

Infantry soldiers from two battalions currently doing border duty this week prevented stolen vehicles exiting South Africa and elsewhere confiscated over R56 000 worth...

Gunmen kill 18 at mosque in northern Nigeria’s Niger state -residents

Armed men on motorbikes killed at least 18 people at a mosque in Niger state in northern Nigeria, two residents told Reuters on Monday. The...

Nigerian state to shut camps for people displaced by insurgency

Nigeria's Borno state, the epicentre of an ongoing Islamist insurgency, will shut all camps that are holding thousands of internally displaced persons by the...

Rwandan prosecutors to appeal verdict for ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

Rwandan prosecutors said on Wednesday they would appeal against a 25-year jail sentence handed to Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a...

Presidency condemns criminal attacks on journalists

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele has joined the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF), in condemning criminal attacks on journalists while out on...

SAAF assists with firefighting in the Northern Cape

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has helped fight fires in the Northern Cape in collaboration with the South African Police Service (SAPS), Agri...

Military helicopter crashes in Tunisia, killing 3 soldiers

A military helicopter crashed in Gabes, in south-eastern Tunisia, killing three soldiers, state media said on Tuesday. The incident happened during a military exercise at...

Mali receives four Mi-171 helicopters and weapons from Russia

An Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft delivered four Mi-171 helicopters, weapons and ammunition from Russia to Mali late on Thursday, Malian interim defence minister Sadio...

Temporary home for Oryx 1234 at AFB Swartkop

The helicopter population of the oldest base in the SA Air Force (SAAF) – Swartkop in Centurion – has grown by one but the...

Italian, French airports create company for flying taxi infrastructure

Airports in the Italian cities of Rome, Venice and Bologna and on the French Riviera have teamed up to create a company to build...

UN plane aborts landing as air strike hits Ethiopia’s Tigray

An Ethiopian government air strike on the capital of the northern Tigray region on Friday forced a UN flight carrying aid workers to abort...

Israeli startup AIR unveils flying vehicle to be used ‘like cars’

Israeli startup AIR on Tuesday unveiled its first "easy-to-operate" electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that it aims to sell directly to consumers...
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‘Profound experience’: Star Trek’s Shatner becomes world’s oldest space traveler

Having made a career out of playing an explorer of the cosmos, William Shatner - Captain James Kirk of "Star Trek" fame - did...

Alphabet’s Wing project unveils new drone delivery model in Texas

Alphabet Inc’s Wing said on Wednesday that Walgreens will use its new drones to make deliveries from a store in Texas, in the first...
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As Spanish volcano roars, drones drop food for dogs stranded by lava

Several emaciated dogs lie curled up in and around a walled, ash-covered yard cut off by volcanic lava in the mountainous area of Todoque...

Ten injured in 2 drone attacks at Saudi’s King Abdullah airport – state media

Ten people were injured in two explosives-laden drone attacks at King Abdullah airport in the southern Saudi city of Jizan late on Friday and...

Saudi-led coalition intercepts drone attack on Abha airport – state TV

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it intercepted an explosives-laden drone targeting Saudi Arabia's Abha international airport, Saudi state TV reported. The...

As pressure increases, Cabo Delgado militants scatter into East Africa

Shaky cellphone videos captured the scene of a lone terrorist engaged in a shootout with police on the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,...

‘An epidemic’ of coups, UN chief laments, urging Security Council to act

UN chief Antonio Guterres assailed what he called "an epidemic of coup d'états" on Tuesday and urged the Security Council to act to effectively...
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Uganda investigating Islamist link to bombing after IS responsibility claim

Uganda said on Monday it was investigating whether fighters allied with the militant group Islamic State (IS) had carried out a bombing in Kampala...

Islamic State claims responsibility for bomb attack in Uganda

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least one person in Uganda's capital Kampala on Saturday night, the militant group...

Iran says cyberattack causes widespread disruption at gas stations

A cyberattack disrupted the sale of heavily subsidised gasoline in Iran on Tuesday, state media reported, causing long queues at gas stations across the...

Hackers-for-hire are biggest cybersecurity threat – EU agency

Hackers-for-hire emerged as the biggest threat to online security in the last 15 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic and home working creating opportunities for...

African countries “vulnerable” to cybercrime – Interpol

A new Interpol report will assist African agencies charged with combatting cybercrime to better understand major threats and formulate a co-ordinated regional response. Cybercrimes, the...

Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline – sources

The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working...

Documents: 2022 Military Skills Development application forms

Military Skills Development (MSD) applications for 2022 are now open, with application forms to be completed by 30 July. The MSD system takes up to...

Curriculum Vitae of Lieutenant General Wiseman S Mbambo, Chief of the South African Air Force

Lieutenant General Wiseman Simo Mbambo was born on 15 March 1966 in Durban and grew up in Northern KwaZulu-Natal in a small village called...

China will not be the first to recognise Taliban government, scholar says

China will not take the lead in recognising Afghanistan's Taliban government and will only do so in a concerted move with Pakistan, Russia and...
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Damascus bomb kills 14, then army shells fall on rebel area killing 12

A blast on an army bus in Damascus on Wednesday killed 14 people, state media reported, the deadliest bombing in the Syrian capital in...
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Taliban pledge to step up security as Shi’ite victims buried in Afghanistan

Taliban authorities pledged to step up security at Shi'ite mosques as hundreds of people gathered on Saturday to bury the victims of the second...

Turkey plans military action against Syrian Kurdish YPG if diplomacy fails

Turkey is preparing for possible further military action against a US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria if talks on the issue with the United...

South Korea’s Moon vows ‘Korea space age’ after rocket test falters

South Korea's first domestically built space rocket blasted off on Thursday, but failed to fully place a dummy satellite into orbit, delivering mixed results...

South Korea opens largest defence expo amid North Korea missile tests

South Korea opened its largest defence expo ever on Tuesday, showing off its next-generation fighter jet, drones, and other technology in an effort to...

China surprises US with hypersonic missile test, FT reports

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught US intelligence by surprise, the Financial Times reported, citing five unnamed...

US elected back to UN Human Rights Council that Trump quit

The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected the United States to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, more than three years after the Trump administration...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy Part 3: The Art of Designing DF Antennas

In the previous two blog posts we discussed some of the effects that could influence the sensitivity of a DF antenna system.  These were...

Chinese smart tech fraught with risk

Chinese technology firms have been peddling “safe city” and “smart city” packages of technology in Africa for years. Suites of interconnected products and services...

Direction Finding Antennas and Accuracy: Part 2

In the previous blog post we considered some of the ways in which we can express the performance of an DF antenna, and we...

CSIR EW simulation training tool to evaluate infrared missile threats

South Africa’s premier research and development agency – the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) - with commercialisation and industrialisation at the forefront...

Sudan’s Burhan says army ousted government to avoid civil war

Sudan's armed forces chief defended the military's seizure of power, saying he had ousted the government to avoid civil war, while protesters took to...

Democracies that fail to act on climate change face ‘existential’ threat

Climate change poses “an existential challenge” for democratic governments and could lead to more authoritarian rule if efforts to curb global warming founder, fueling...

South African judge dismisses Zuma’s attempt to remove prosecutor

A South African judge on Tuesday dismissed an application by former president Jacob Zuma to have the prosecutor in his arms deal corruption trial...

With SANDF support, national government ready for trouble-free elections next week

When South Africans vote for ward and district councillors on Monday (1 November) it will be in an environment “conducive to free and fair...

SADC log depot for Botswana

Another step on a seemingly endless road to a Southern African Development Community (SADC) logistics depot for its standby force this week saw Botswana...

SANDF contributes to new bridges in KZN

Transport Deputy Minister, Sindisiwe Chikunga, has officially opened four bailey bridges in the Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, under a programme implemented by...

ELW Global Limited reacts to emergency humanitarian requirement in record time

Worldwide reaction to the growing refugee crisis caused by the military pull-out of Allied Forces and Afghan Nationals from Afghanistan created several urgent requirements. With...

Logistics cooperation with partners ensures moving at the ‘speed of relevance’

On 6 August, US and French forces bolstered logistics capabilities with the second in a series of Proof of Principle flights. The mission, known...

The Warthog and the senator: The politics of retiring a warplane

The US Air Force is desperate to get rid of some of its fleet of expensive, slow and outdated A-10 Warthog airplanes, but politicians...

Opinion: SA Defence Solutions Centre – An Alternative SADI Future

There have been a few documents presented in the last few years that are aiming to address the decline of the South African defence...

Opinion: Glimmers of hope!

In the last few months it seems as though there is some momentum growing in the discussions around South African Defence capability. The positive...

Opinion: Is a new beginning possible, or will Defence march on inexorably towards a dead end?

Towards the end of 2006 South African Department of Defence (DD) top management attended a week-long Defence Management Seminar at Mount Grace, Magaliesberg. The...