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SANDF by the numbers

The landward component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is its single largest service with 36 952 personnel making up over half the...

Denel Vehicle Systems equipment up for auction this week

Trucks, vehicles, forklifts, motors, redundant stock and more from Denel Vehicle Systems will be up for auction in Benoni this week. RootX will on 26...

Namibian F-7 fighter badly damaged in runway overshoot

A Namibia Defence Force (NDF) F-7 fighter jet has been badly damaged in a runway excursion at Ondangwa’s Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Airport. The aircraft...

Nigerian separatist leader Kanu denies terrorism charges in court hearing

Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu pleaded not guilty to charges including terrorism in an Abuja court on Thursday, three months after his trial was...

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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...

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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...

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...

Experts warn of increasing cyber security threats for the African maritime industry

The number of cyber attacks around the world continues to grow and this includes those targeted at the maritime sector. Commercial maritime companies, navies...

Iran’s navy thwarts pirate attack on Iranian tanker – report

Iranian naval forces intervened on Saturday to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, Iran's state media reported. Pirates...

Further decline in reported piracy incidents

Piracy incidents in the first nine months of 2021 are the lowest reported in 17 years with, at the other end of the scale,...

Less than a month to go until defenceWeb event on countering Mozambique’s insurgency

In less than a month’s time, defenceWeb will be hosting a virtual event on regional and international efforts to counter the insurgency in Mozambique,...

Dozens killed in fighting between Somalia army and former allied group

At least 30 people died and over 100 were injured in intensified fighting between the Somali National Army and its former ally Ahlu Sunnah...

Ethiopia conducts two air strikes in Tigray

Ethiopia conducted two air strikes in Tigray on Sunday as the government intensifies a nearly week-old campaign of aerial bombardment against the rebellious forces...

ISS: South Africa’s construction mafia trains its sights on local government

With elections a week away, attacks on ward councillors are bad for democracy and reflect the country’s organised crime problem. A growing extortion ‘mafia’ is...

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...

North and West Africa susceptible to organ traffickers

Organ trafficking is not new to international law enforcement with Interpol this month indicating the obscene practice of trafficking in human beings for organ...

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...

Two deaths shine spotlight on violence against women in Kenya

Cynthia Makokha was a 17-year-old student and volleyball player. Agnes Tirop was a 25-year-old rising athletics star, who finished fourth in the 5 000...

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...

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...

Aviation supply chain faces mounting strain as demand picks up

Global shipping and supply chain disruptions are making it harder for corporate plane makers and suppliers to meet resurgent demand for parts, according to...

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...

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...

Nigerian gunmen attack jail, 575 detainees missing

Gunmen attacked a jail in Nigeria's Oyo State late on Friday and freed over 800 inmates by force, the third such major attack this...

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack in Congo

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a village this week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a statement published on...

Africa urged to wake up to growing state surveillance threat

African governments are using new technology and laws to increase surveillance of opposition figures, researchers warned on Thursday, calling for restrictions on the sale...

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...

US moves to control sales of hacking tools abroad

The US Commerce Department on Wednesday announced new rules intended to curb the sale of offensive cybersecurity products to some countries with "authoritarian" practices,...

Eswatini tells mobile operators to suspend Facebook access after protests

Mobile operators in the southern African kingdom of Eswatini have been told to suspend access to Facebook and its messenger app, the local unit...

China-linked hacking group accessing call records

A hacking group with suspected ties to China burrowed into mobile telephone networks worldwide and used specialised tools to grab call records and text...

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...

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...
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Suicide bomber kills scores in Afghan mosque attack

A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province on Friday, killing scores of worshippers in the country's third attack this week...

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...

Mali tells UN it will confirm post-coup election date in December

Mali's interim authorities will confirm a date for post-coup elections after national reform consultations in December, a representative of a UN Security Council delegation...

Credit Suisse to pay $475 mln to resolve Mozambican scandal charges

Credit Suisse Group will pay about $475 million to American and British authorities to resolve bribery and fraud charges relating to a $2 billion...

Sudan security service slaps travel ban on top civilian politicians -sources

Sudan’s security service has slapped a travel ban on members of a task force overseeing the country’s transition to democracy, government sources said, as...

Ex-Crime Intelligence officer guilty of corruption

A former police crime intelligence officer in the Eastern Cape has been has found guilty of corruption. In a statement, provincial Hawks spokesperson, Captain Yolisa...

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...