The importance of border security highlighted during Sovereign Security 2020

Border security is increasingly important in light of the coronavirus pandemic, literally becoming a matter of life and death, outgoing Secretary for Defence Dr...

UASA to institute contempt of court proceedings against Denel

Trade union UASA will institute contempt of court proceedings against Denel after the state-owned defence firm failed to honour a labour court order to...

Cameroon Air Force C-130 incurs damages after crash-landing

Cameroon’s ministry of defense has confirmed damage to one of its C-130 Hercules that crash-landed on Sunday 2 August in the country’s northern city...

SANDF continues to operate under COVID-19’s new normal

COVID-19, the disease that is claiming the lives of just under two percent of those infected in South Africa, is shutting down businesses and...

ISS: Stability needed for CAR’s upcoming elections

In the run-up to the Central African Republic’s (CAR) 27 December 2020 elections, political manoeuvrings have started within both government and the opposition. Former...

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Chieftain awarded SANDF contract for innovative hooklift trailer

Trailer specialist Chieftain Africa has been awarded a multi-million rand contract by Armscor to supply a world first fully integrated hooklift trailer to the...

Katmerciler delivering Hizir armoured vehicles to African customer

Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Katmerciler is shipping Hizir armoured vehicles to an African customer, after receiving a $20 million order last year. The order, announced...

US donates more vehicles and equipment to Chad’s military

The United States has handed over 28 armoured vehicles, ten trucks, eight water tankers and other equipment to Chad’s military as part of continued...

Chemring wins another Husky contract

Chemring Sensors and Electronic Systems has been awarded a $200 million contract modification from the United States Department of Defence (DoD) for Husky mine...

NSRI assists capsized SANDF boat

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) came to the assistance of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) boat that capsized at the Knysna...

Minister Class names possible for new SA Navy patrol vessels

The SA Navy has not yet allocated names for the new additions to the fleet. However, informed sources in Simon’s Town indicate the possible...

Fourth new Egyptian Type 209 submarine to arrive in 2021

The Egyptian Navy will receive its fourth and final Type 209 submarine from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in 2021. Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs...

Crew kidnappings on the rise off West Africa

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has warned that violent attacks against ships and their crews have increased this year, with the Gulf of Guinea...

Yaounde Code of Conduct taking shape in the Gulf of Guinea

Security professionals in the Gulf of Guinea know that if they want to spot criminals in the open water, the best place to look...

Nimasa getting ready for major Deep Blue deliveries

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa) has taken delivery of patrol vessels and rigid-hulled inflatable boats as part of its Deep Blue...

Pirates kidnap seven Russian sailors in Gulf of Guinea

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russian sailors from the crew of a ship in the Gulf of Guinea, the Russian Embassy in Nigeria said on...

ISS: Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency

Over recent months the bloody insurgency in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado has taken an unprecedented maritime turn. If it worsens, it...

Niger expands emergency across region where aid workers were killed

Niger’s government has extended a state of emergency to the entire region that surrounds the capital Niamey and suspended access to the giraffe reserve...

At least 81 people killed as South Sudan’s disarmament erupts in violence

At least 81 people have been killed in the South Sudan region of Warrap State following heavy fighting between armed civilians and government forces carrying...

Mali protests resume as thousands call for president to resign

Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali’s rainy capital Bamako on Tuesday renewing calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down...

Blast rocks military base in Somali capital, at least eight dead

A huge blast rocked a military base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu near a stadium on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 14,...

The importance of border security highlighted during Sovereign Security 2020

Border security is increasingly important in light of the coronavirus pandemic, literally becoming a matter of life and death, outgoing Secretary for Defence Dr...

Singapore crushes ivory from around 300 elephants to deter illegal trade

Singapore started crushing nine tonnes worth of elephant ivory on Tuesday, in what authorities said was the biggest such event globally in recent years...

Border protection remains thin due lack of funds

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, trotted out the by-now hackneyed excuse of “budgetary constraints” when answering a Parliamentary question about...

ISS: South Africa’s Border Management Authority dream could be a nightmare

Until recently, managing South Africa’s borders was the task of at least seven different government departments working at land, air and sea ports of...

Improved co-operation coming between farmers and police

Organised agriculture and the police service are co-operating on implementing what is officially called the revised national rural safety strategy. In a joint statement AgriSA...

KZN police commit to improving rural security

Indications are police in KwaZulu-Natal, scene of probably the most heinous farm attack this year, will support farm murders being declared a hate crime...

France helps hunt for killers of aid workers in Niger

Soldiers from France and Niger combed a giraffe reserve and surrounding areas on Monday for signs of the gunmen who killed six French aid...

At least ten dead in Ethiopia protests over autonomy – health officials

At least ten people died in clashes between protesters and security forces in Ethiopia’s southern region on Monday, health officials said, the latest violence...

Afghan president signs off on Taliban prisoner release, peace talks expected in days

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday signed a decree to release a final batch of “hardcore” Taliban prisoners demanded by the militants, sources told...

Lebanese demand change after government quits over Beirut blast

Angry Lebanese said the government’s resignation on Monday did not come near to addressing the tragedy of last week’s Beirut explosion and demanded the...

‘They killed us twice’: finding loved ones at last among Syria’s tortured dead

Some families say it is better to know and mourn. Others say finally learning what happened is worse than dying themselves. Hundreds of victims of...

Iraq says nearly 560 killed in anti-government unrest

The Iraqi government said on Thursday that nearly 560 protesters and security forces were killed in months of anti-government unrest that erupted last year. Prime...

India to halt 101 military imports in push for defence self-reliance: minister

India will stop importing 101 items of military equipment in an effort to boost domestic defence production, defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday. Singh...

Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun to build satellite centre with Airbus

Abu Dhabi state defence and security entity Tawazun is to build a satellite assembly, integration and testing centre with Airbus in the United Arab...

Massive blast rips through Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

A powerful blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed 78 people, injured nearly 4 000 and sent seismic shockwaves...

NASA astronauts cap historic ‘odyssey’ aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the Gulf...

New Lockheed CEO says 5G networks key to military vehicle autonomy

James Taiclet, the new chief executive at Lockheed Martin the Pentagon’s largest weapons supplier, is keen to use 5G networks to bolster the militaries’...

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,...

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...

Two dead in Kenya MD500 crash

Both pilots were killed when their MD500 helicopter crashed in Kenya on 13 July. “Today 13th July, 2020, at around 11:30, a Kenya Army helicopter...

Niger receives Mi-171Sh helicopters

Niger has apparently taken delivery of two armed Mi-171Sh helicopters after ordering the aircraft for some $47 million. According to the website Direct Niger, the...

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...

Rolls-Royce finds cracks in small number of Trent XWB engines

Britain’s Rolls-Royce will carry out extra inspections on some of its Trent XWB engines after cracks were found on a small number of them, in...

DPE closer to implementing SAA rescue plan

With all the conditions for the implementation of the South African Airways (SAA) Business Rescue Plan met last week, the Department of Public Enterprises...

Embraer’s commercial aviation revenue falls by 82%

Brazil’s Embraer said on Wednesday that revenue at its commercial aviation segment, usually its largest and most profitable, had fallen by 82% to $109...

US proposes fine of $1.25 million on Boeing for pressuring workers at airplane plant

The US Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it was proposing to fine Boeing Co $1.25 million after the agency alleged Boeing managers at its...

US senators want to block drone sales to Saudis

Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Thursday that would block international sales of American-made drones to countries that are not close US allies,...

Taiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated US drones – sources

The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six US...

Don’t stand so close: Singapore trials automated drones to check

Beware, Singaporeans standing too close, automated drones might be keeping an eye on you from above. Singapore’s police have been trialling two pilotless drones developed...

Unmanned aircraft association promotes aviation sector collaboration

The Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa (CUAASA) will be more active in collaborating with other aviation sector bodies and organisations, including the...

South Africa must beware of terrorism in Mozambique

South Africa needs to take the spectre of terrorism in Mozambique seriously but must be very cautious about intervening or trying to assist its...

The hidden face of the war in Cabo Delgado  

The establishment of the terrorist groups al-Shabab and the Islamic State with claims to establish the Islamic Law, the corporate interests of the oil...

African militant Islamist groups set record for violent activity

African militant Islamist groups have demonstrated a decade of nearly uninterrupted growth in violent activity, though the focus of this has shifted over time....

ISS: Nigeria’s growing insecurity offers expansion opportunities for Boko Haram

Boko Haram is extending its reach from north-east Nigeria into the country’s north-west. It is taking advantage of old and new local conflicts and...

Australia to spend $1.2 billion on cyber security for private sector after rise in attacks

Australia will spend A$1.66 billion ($1.19 billion) over the next ten years to strengthen the cyber defences of companies and households after a rise...

Papers leaked before UK election in suspected Russian operation were hacked from ex-trade minister – sources

Classified US-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox by suspected...

‘Payment sent’ – travel giant CWT pays $4.5 million ransom to cyber criminals

US travel management firm CWT paid $4.5 million this week to hackers who stole reams of sensitive corporate files and said they had knocked...

EU sanctions Russian intelligence, North Korean, Chinese firms over alleged cyber attacks

The European Union on Thursday imposed travel and financial sanctions on a department of Russia’s military intelligence service and on firms from North Korea...

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...

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...