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New name for A-Mess

Soldiers and other military personnel in Thaba Tshwane now take meals and are housed at the Albertina Sisulu Mess. The mess, along with food storage,...

AL TARIQ unveils new warhead for its guided bomb range

AL TARIQ, part of the Edge group, has successfully integrated its guided bomb kit onto a 1 000 lb Mk 83 bomb as the...

Mbambo awards long service medals to SAAF members, sets scene for changes to come

The South Africa Air Force (SAAF) honored its long serving members yesterday (25 November) with a medal parade at Air Force Base Swartkop. The event...

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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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“Crippling” onslaught on SA Navy human resource component

SA Navy (SAN) Chief Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane presided over two medal parades in November, telling personnel in the maritime service he was “thankful”...

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrives in Djibouti, conducts maritime interoperability exercises

The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) conducted bilateral maritime flight operations with French SA-330 Pumas off the coast of...

US military conducts multi-day rescue at sea off Kenya

Members from the US military’s Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Personnel Recovery Task Force and US Africa Command contract Personnel Recovery...

SAN OPVs back from Op Vikela deployment

Flag Officer Fleet Rear Admiral Musawenkosi Nkomonde provided further insight into some of the myriad problems the SA Navy (SAN) – and the overall...

Redeployable Camp Systems supplying tents for SANDF under urgent requirement

Pretoria-based Redeployable Camp Systems South Africa (RCSSA), part of the Canvas & Tent group headquartered in KwaZulu-Natal, is fulfilling an urgent requirement for tented...

Big presence for Rosoboronexport at EDEX 2021

Rosoboronexport JSC (part of Rostec State Corporation) will organize a large-scale demonstration of Russian defense products at the Egypt Defense Expo (EDEX) 2021, which will...

US special operations forces train alongside partners in Mauritania

US and Mauritanian special operations forces completed a Joint Combined Exchange Training on 10 November in Nouakchott, Mauritania. “Our US and Mauritanian teams put together...

UNMAS looking to make CAR mine-free

Mines, whether anti-personnel or anti-vehicle, are unwanted remnants of conflict and war scattered widely around the world. The UN Mine Action Service (MAS) is visible...

NIMASA, Korean Coast Guard sign MoU on maritime security and safety

Nigeria, through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Republic of Korea, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of cooperation...

Danish frigate kills four pirates in Gulf of Guinea

A Danish frigate has killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, the...

ISS: Illegal fishing: another target in West Africa’s maritime battleground

In a region already facing rampant piracy, the pillaging of fish stocks by industrial operators must be stopped. The United Nations Climate Change Conference’s (COP26)...

Maritime exercise Grand African Nemo underway in Gulf of Guinea

The French led exercise Grand African Nemo 2021 has kicked off in the Gulf of Guinea, with participation by 19 local and ten international...

ISS: South Africa’s renewal begins with the rule of law

A competent and trusted executive-level official is needed to drive the country’s criminal justice reform. South Africa’s prosperity depends on the rule of law, trust...

Suspected militants kill soldiers in Burkina Faso’s desert north

Suspected militants killed four soldiers in Burkina Faso's northern Loroum province on Sunday, the army said, in the latest of a wave of attacks. The...

Gunmen free more than 260 inmates in Nigerian jail attack

Gunmen freed more than 260 inmates during an attack on a prison in Nigeria's central city of Jos, officials said, in the country's fourth...

Public pressure saw controversial firearms bill held back

A Parliamentary decision to hold back the contentious Firearms Control Amendment (FCA) Act has been hailed as a “triumph for the effectiveness of public...

Uganda and Congo launch joint attacks against Islamist militia

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo launched joint air and artillery strikes in eastern Congo on Tuesday against an Islamic State-linked militia known as...

More vehicles, cigarettes confiscated by SANDF

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has seen an increase in vehicle smuggling across South Africa’s borders as the festive season approaches, and...

Six Sudanese soldiers killed in Ethiopian attack – Sudan military sources

Six Sudanese soldiers were killed on Saturday in an attack by Ethiopian forces on a Sudanese army post near the border between the countries,...

Collaboration and technology will boost border protection

One Parliamentary defence oversight committee – the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) – maintains better collaboration between all components of Cabinet’s “justice and...

Democratic Republic of Congo militiamen kill at least 20 at displaced persons camp

Militiamen killed at least 20 people on Sunday in an attack on a displaced persons camp in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local...

International Organisation for Migration donates vehicles to Mozambique’s police

The United Nations’ International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has donated six Mahindra pickup trucks to the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) to...

Gambia’s truth commission recommends prosecutions for Jammeh-era crimes

A Gambian commission wrapped up a sweeping three-year public inquiry into former president Yahya Jammeh's 22 years in power on Thursday by recommending prosecutions...

ISS: What makes women resist violent extremism in Mali and Niger?

Investing in girls’ education from an early age is essential for building their resilience and financial independence. Research has shown why women join violent extremist groups in...

SAAF assists in rescue of ill patient at sea

An Oryx from the South African Air Force (SAAF) assisted the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Netcare 911 to airlift a critically ill...

Tunisian helicopters operational in Central African Republic

The Tunisian Air Force’s three AB205A helicopters with the United Nations Minusca mission are now fully operational in the Central African Republic (CAR). The three...

Second Nigerian AW189 delivered

The Nigerian Presidential Air Fleet has received its second and final AW189 VIP helicopter from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters. The first aircraft (5N-FG2) was delivered two...

Rooivalk Mk II development stalled

Discussions on development of a Rooivalk Mk II combat support helicopter remain at a technical level between Denel and Armscor with little progress since...

SAA cancels Mauritius flights following travel ban

South African Airways has cancelled all of its flights to and from Mauritius following the imposition of a travel ban on South Africa by...

NASA launches test mission of asteroid-deflecting spacecraft

A spacecraft that must ultimately crash to succeed was launched late on Tuesday from California on a NASA mission to demonstrate the world's first...

South African Airways, Kenya Airways aim for ‘formidable’ Pan African airline

South African Airways (SAA) and Kenya Airways have signed a strategic partnership framework which marks a milestone in the two companies’ plans to form...

South African Airways cancels daily Mozambique flights, adjusts other schedules

The South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it will be removing return daily flights from Maputo, Mozambique, from its schedule at the beginning...

Saudi bourse on course to extend losses after drone attacks

Most major stock markets in the Gulf fell in early trade on Monday, with the Saudi index leading the losses a day after its...

Saudi-led coalition targets Yemen sites after attempted drone attack

A Saudi-led coalition carried out a wide operation against targets in Yemen after intercepting and destroying a drone that attempted to attack Saudi Arabia's...

Croatia’s seed-scattering drones replant forests hurt by fire

Seed-scattering drones are crisscrossing Croatia's skies in an airborne attempt to replant remote forests damaged by fire, an initiative its backers aim to promote...

Turkish defence firm to test sea-based drones as orders swell

The Turkish defence company whose armed drones were decisive in conflicts in Azerbaijan and Libya will soon test-fly two new unmanned aircraft that will...

Ethiopia’s army captures northern Afar town of Chifra – state media

Ethiopia’s army has retaken the town of Chifra in Afar region, the state-run broadcaster said on Sunday, its first major seizure from rebellious Tigrayan...

Ethiopia restricts information sharing about war

Ethiopia has announced new restrictions on the sharing of information about the war in the north of the country which stipulate that battlefront updates...

Work underway to verify status of hostage drama suspects

Defence and Military Veterans Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla says the department has undertaken measures to verify the status of 57 individuals who were involved...

Ethiopian leader heads to war’s front lines as Olympians join the military

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has gone to direct the war from the front lines, state-affiliated media reported on Wednesday, as two Olympian athletes...

Burkina Faso lifts internet suspension a day after violent protest

The Burkina Faso government said it was lifting a suspension on the mobile internet from Sunday evening, a week after imposing the ban for...

Israel slashes list of countries that can buy cyber tech – report

Israel slashed its list of countries eligible to buy its cyber technologies following concern over possible abuses abroad of a hacking tool sold by...

Burkina Faso government extends internet suspension amid protests

Burkina Faso’s government, facing mounting public anger over repeated killings by Islamist militants, extended its suspension of mobile internet service on Wednesday while offering...

Iran’s Mahan Air says its has foiled a cyber attack – TV

A cyber attack against Iranian private airline Mahan Air has been foiled, Iranian state media reported on Sunday, adding that the airliner's flight schedule...

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...

Recovery in Yemen possible – UN agency

War-torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in...

UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport – foreign diplomats

The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle...
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Taliban hold military parade with US-made weapons in Kabul in show of strength

Taliban forces held a military parade in Kabul on Sunday using captured American-made armoured vehicles and Russian helicopters in a display that showed their...

Aid group says 4 000 – 5 000 Afghans crossing into Iran daily

As many as 4 000 - 5 000 Afghans have been crossing into Iran daily since the Taliban seized Kabul in August and hundreds...

Attack on Ukraine would be costly, NATO warns Moscow

Russia would pay a high price for any new military aggression against Ukraine, NATO and the United States warned on Tuesday as the Western...

SIPRI conference looks at conflict and warfare trends

Last week over a thousand global participants convened virtually for the sixth annual Stockholm Security Conference with the theme "Battlefields of the Future: Trends...

EU to aim for rapid deployment force without US assets by 2025, document says

The European Union is considering a joint military force of up to 5 000 troops by 2025 to intervene in a range of crises...

West at risk of conflict with Russia, Britain’s army chief says

There is a greater risk of an accidental war breaking out between the West and Russia than at any time since the Cold War,...

Pentagon picks Northrop, Lockheed, Raytheon to develop hypersonic defense

The Pentagon on Friday said it selected Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to research and develop a missile system that would be able...

UAE, Israel to jointly develop unmanned military, commercial vessels

Emirati and Israeli state-owned weapons makers on Thursday signed a strategic agreement in Dubai to jointly design unmanned vessels capable of carrying out anti-submarine...

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...

Sudan’s Burhan dismisses senior intelligence officers, sources say

Sudan's military leader has overhauled top intelligence positions, dismissing at least eight general intelligence officers and replacing the head of military intelligence, two official...

Sudanese politicians released after beginning hunger strike

Sudan's former minister of cabinet affairs Khalid Omer Yousif was released from detention along with others less than a day after beginning a hunger...
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Ethiopia PM at frontline with army in Afar region – state-affiliated TV

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is on the frontline with the army fighting rebellious Tigrayan forces in the northeastern Afar region, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting...

Burkina Faso president Kabore pledges army reform as protests loom

Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore promised to end "dysfunction" within the military in a speech on Thursday night, as the nation braced for more...

Another bridge handed over with SANDF help

The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has handed over a recently completed bridge in the Ndwedwe Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal after it was...

Army bakeries are “bizarre”

A decision, seemingly taken by the command of the SA Army Support Formation, to set up on-base bakeries is “bizarre”. This was how Democratic Alliance...

Another Army bakery opens for business

Potchefstroom, North West’s unofficial military capital, is home to the sixth SA Army bakery, which will supply bread to soldiers and military personnel in...

Fridge failure in Mozambique sees SA soldiers on dry rations

South African soldiers in Mozambique as part of SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) used dry rations for days after a “mobile pantry storage unit”...

Analysis: A friend in need – A call for rejuvenating US-South African defence relations

With its emerging emphasis on strategic competition, the United States must focus on renewing its engagement with potential allies on the African continent. The rise...

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...