Tanzanian military using innovative Gilboa DBR Snake assault rifles

The Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) has taken into service an unusual weapon in the form of the Israeli Gilboa DBR Snake double-barrel assault...

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2022 MSD intake to report in March

This year’s Military Skills Development (MSD) system intake is three short of the two thousand mark. Unlike previous intakes where reporting for duty was normally...

Denel/Solidarity salaries court battle continues

The ongoing saga that is the legal battle which sees beleaguered Denel facing off against labour organisation Solidarity makes yet another court appearance in...

SAAF Museum flying training days back

Military aviation enthusiasts and photographers can again access their monthly fix in the form of SA Air Force (SAAF) Museum flying training days on...

Wagner Group continues to exert Russian influence in Africa

The increasing presence of Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa underlined the Kremlin’s continued efforts to exert its influence on the continent in 2021. The shadowy...

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China turns to PMCs to protect its workers and BRI investments in Africa

Through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has placed tens of thousands of workers in Africa to build Chinese-financed BRI infrastructure projects across...

Africom looks back on a busy 2021 with SA visit one of the highlights

The visit to South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana by the chief of the US military’s Africa Command late last year was one of the...

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A long-running project to clear two districts – Dhabad and Galdogob – of landmines in northern Somalia finished last month (December), leaving millions of...

Apparent decline in West African piracy should be treated with caution

A decline last year in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which has for some time been the epicentre of maritime crime, should be...

Gulf of Guinea states must act and prosecute suspected pirates, BIMCO urges

States in the Gulf of Guinea region must take responsibility and step-up prosecution efforts when pirates are apprehended by international navies, the Baltic and...

Piracy drops to 18 year low

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Ex Good Hope is back

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Alleged gang members arrested in weekend blitz

At least four suspects allegedly belonging to a hijacking and armed robbery gang have been arrested by police in Johannesburg over the weekend. Gauteng Police...

Cele wants all South Africans to be police eyes and ears

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Security cluster on high alert this festive season

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North Cameroon violence between farmers, herders kills 22; residents flee

A resurgence of tit-for-tat violence between herders and farmers in has killed at least 22 people and injured more than 30 others this week...

Explosives, illicit cigarettes confiscated by SANDF during border patrols

In addition to the usual haul of illicit cigarettes and other contraband, members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have confiscated explosives...

KZN Premier condemns economic sabotage

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has condemned what he has termed "an economic sabotage" after police seized over R1 billion worth of fake goods during...

BMA is a mess – DA MP

The Border Management Authority (BMA), with apparently its first in action period over the year-end break behind it, is, a keen watcher of its...

Wildlife vet says it’s rhino “murder” not poaching

Rhino poaching in South Africa is at a critical level despite a “deafening” silence from official government communications and mainstream media, one of southern...

Eskom security officer killed during attempted copper cable theft

Police are investigating after an Eskom contracted security officer was shot dead after him and six of his colleagues foiled a copper cable theft...

Pakistani sappers contain South Sudan flood damage

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African human trafficking fugitive nabbed in joint operation

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Number of jailed journalists reached global high in 2021, at least 24 killed for their coverage – CPJ report

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Egypt upgrading sensors on Apache helicopters

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Lom Praha overhauls Ghanaian Mi-171

The Czech Republic’s Lom Praha has completed the overhaul of a Ghana Air Force Mi-171Sh helicopter, which was recently seen undergoing engine runs at...

Mali officially takes delivery of Mi-171 helicopters

Mali’s military has officially taken into service the four Mi-171 helicopters it received from Russia at the end of September. The four helicopters, along with...

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...

Looted funds to be recovered ‘by whatever means necessary’ – SAA

The interim board of South African Airways (SAA) says it will implement all of the recommendations of the State Capture report and subsequently go...

Japanese billionaire Maezawa blasts off into space

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa set out to became the first space tourist in more than a decade to travel to the International Space Station...

International Space Station swerves to dodge space junk

The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve away from a fragment of a US launch vehicle on Friday, the head of Russia's space...

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Legislation holding the drone industry back in South Africa

Restrictive UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or drone regulations in South Africa are holding the industry back, with major reforms needed, especially in the security...

Drones offer extra eyes in illegal fishing battle

As many African nations struggle to control illegal fishing, some are turning to drones as a relatively cheap way to conduct surveillance over vast...

Counter drone technology comes under the spotlight at first Security Drone Conference

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have proliferated over the past decade, with new aircraft and applications appearing all the time. As UAVs become...

Milkor Integrated Systems expands its UAV capabilities

Milkor Integrated Systems (MIS) - Milkor’s subsidiary responsible for the development and production of unmanned programmes - has expanded its capacity by moving into...

Elections, water, cyber shutdowns, peacekeeping pose risks in 2022

As the new year arrives, security experts are closely watching certain conflict hot spots and tracking long-term trends that threaten to boil over. Recurring...

Twenty charged with plotting to kill Madagascar president as trial begins

Twenty people, including two French nationals, were charged on Monday with plotting to kill Madagascar's president and other offences as their trial began in...

Four West African states mount operation against Islamist insurgents

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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...

Look out for these cybersecurity trends in 2022

By all accounts, Africa’s post-pandemic future looks bright because innovation, enthusiasm and technology will support economic growth in 2022. But there is a dark...

Ransomware attack on Australian utility claimed by Russian-speaking criminals

One of the most prolific Russian-speaking ransomware gangs has claimed credit for a weekend attack on an Australian electric utility serving millions of people. Australian...

Lamola welcomes ramping of Cybercrimes Act

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has welcomed the coming into operation of certain sections of the Cybercrimes Act, with effect from 1...

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...

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...

SA condemns deadly attack directed on United Arab Emirates

The South African government says it is concerned about the escalating tensions in the Gulf region after a deadly drone attack by Yemen's Houthi...

Iraqi official says US-led troops end combat mission, as planned

Iraq's national security adviser said on Thursday that US-led forces had ended their combat mission in Iraq, a move that transfers all remaining troops...

Khashoggi murder suspect identified by passport, not name – French source

A Saudi man held at a Paris airport over suspected links to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested because his passport triggered...

Yemen’s Houthis target Aramco, other Saudi sites in missile, drone attacks

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Coups, COVID-19 and a cease-fire: Africa’s top stories of 2021

The year 2021 in Africa will be remembered like 2020 was — the year of COVID-19. But there were other big stories in 2021...

Aerospace and defence industry expected to recover in 2022

As the aerospace and defence (A&D) industry recovers, companies are expected to focus on innovation to develop new technologies and solutions, create new markets,...

France leads top NATO response force this year

The highest ready element of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), its very high readiness joint task force (VJTF), is this year led by France. The...

Defence deals at the 2021 Dubai Airshow

The 2021 Dubai Airshow allowed many companies in the aerospace industry to spotlight their newest technology and advancements in the field of aerospace and...

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...

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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

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Presidency Minister now also SSA boss

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ISS: Getting to grips with Ethiopia’s ethnic and political violence is vital for stability

Ethiopia’s 2018 transition failed to bring stability to the country. On the contrary, sporadic ethnic and political violence since then has brought the nation...

Alleged Parliament arsonist charged with terrorism

The man accused of starting the fire which gutted Parliament buildings, including the National Assembly last week, has been referred for mental observation following...

ISS: Hamdok’s departure should prompt a rethink

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RCSSA completes Project Swatch deliveries

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Samil top structures up for renewal

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Air and road transport enlisted to move SA soldiers to DR Congo

The last stop in South Africa for soldiers posted to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the...

Another bridge handed over with SANDF help

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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...

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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...

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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...