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Innovation and passion under the spotlight at Aeronautical Society Conference

The theme of this year’s Aeronautical Society of South Africa Annual Conference was African Aerospace: Innovation and Passion and it examined local and international...

Armscor cutting the dockyard deficit

Tabling the Armscor annual report, its acting chief executive Advocate Solomzi Mbada said a new strategy to eliminate the financial deficit at the Simon’s...

Innovation and passion under the spotlight at Aeronautical Society Conference

The theme of this year’s Aeronautical Society of South Africa Annual Conference was African Aerospace: Innovation and Passion and it examined local and international...

Treasury/DoD disconnect a problem for defence funding – Marais

Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow defence and military veterans minister Kobus Marais maintains a “disconnect” between National Treasury and the Department of Defence (DoD) is...

Votes being counted in Mozambique

Counting was underway in Mozambique on Tuesday in an election which the president said should anchor peace, while his opposition warned against result manipulation. ...

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Vaal River water still a serious concern

The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation said the Vaal River has over the past few months deteriorated and poses a serious social...

Africom, Ghana host military intelligence conference

U.S Africa Command and the Ghana Armed Forces host 2019 North and West Africa Directors of Military Intelligence Conference United States Africa Command (Africom) and...

UN Register of Conventional Arms sheds light on African arms imports

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly recently released a report on conventional arms trades that provides new data on exports to African countries, which...

Chad’s military receives more vehicles from the US

The United States has delivered another batch of vehicles to Chad’s military as it helps equip the force to fight Islamist extremists in the...

Missiles hit tanker off Saudi

An Iranian-owned oil tanker was hit by two missiles in the Red Sea off the Saudi port city Jeddah, Iran’s state television reported, quoting...

Springs Cadets train in Durban

Six sea cadets and one officer from Training Ship Springs of the South African Sea Cadets were recently selected to attend a specialised training...

Algerian patrol boat deliveries nearly concluded

France’s Ocea has nearly fulfilled Algeria’s order for ten FPB 98 patrol boats, having delivered six, with the seventh to follow shortly. The third vessel,...

First Russo/Sino/SA naval exercise set for November

Come the last week in November, SA Navy fleet headquarters at Simon’s Town will be a hive of activity as three navies prepare for...

Japan donates patrol boats to Kenya

Japan has donated 17 patrol boats to Kenya to help the East African country improve maritime security. The boats were handed over to the Maritime...

Gulf of Guinea still a piracy high risk area

]The International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report for 2019’s third quarter shows fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships...

FS Nivose seizes hashish in the Arabian Sea

The French warship FS Nivose, part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) has seized more than two and a half tons of hashish from...

ISS: Safety in the Red Sea corridor can’t be taken for granted

The Red Sea and the adjacent Gulf of Aden face many potential threats to free movement, ranging from the presence of non-state armed groups...

Commercial agriculture supports revamped rural safety plan

The Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU) was part of consultations and deliberations to make the just relaunched SA Police Service (SAPS) rural safety strategy a...

Big blow to counterfeit goods in Gauteng

A law enforcement operation dealt a heavy blow to the sale of counterfeit goods in Gauteng. Authorities removed fake merchandise including shoe polish, razor blades,...

Constitution change protests in Guinea

At least one policeman and a protester were killed during demonstrations in Guinea against a possible change to the constitution that could allow President...

Strategy against crime in rural areas relaunched

Police Minister General Bheki Cele urged rural communities to work hand in glove with law enforcement to improve area safety. He made the remark at...

Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails – UNHCR

]African refugees in Libya are so desperate some bribe their way into detention centres in the hope of being resettled out of the war-torn,...

SANParks sees successes against poachers

South African National Parks (SANParks) has arrested six suspected poachers since the beginning of the month and confiscated three firearms. SANParks said it confiscated three...

Ramaphosa tells NCOP high-tech equipment needed for border security

President Cyril Ramaphosa this week told the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) “a range of complementary measures” was coming to address cross border crimes. ...

Millions spent flying undocumented migrants out of SA

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) spent almost R9 million in a five month period this year on air tickets and charter flights to...

Tripoli cafes raided

Gunmen raided trendy seafront cafes in Tripoli to banish unmarried couples and impose strict religious codes, witnesses said, a move alarming civil liberties defenders....

Op Lockdown achieving results

Police Minister General Bheki Cele said there had been a drastic decline in the murder rate in Western Cape since Operation Lockdown started. Operation Lockdown...

Nine die in Guinea protests

Nine protesters were killed this week in Guinea during demonstrations against a possible change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek...

Reporters investigating Russian mercenaries threatened

Russian journalists investigating the activities of a secretive group of Russian mercenaries in Africa and the Middle East were subject to physical threats and...

Syria assault paused as Kurds withdraw

Turkey agreed to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara sought to capture,...

Turkish offensive on Syria continues

]Turkey vowed to press ahead with offensive in northern Syria despite US sanctions and growing calls for it to stop, while Syria’s Russia-backed army...

US to deploy more forces to Saudi

The US announced the deployment of additional American military forces to Saudi Arabia to bolster the kingdom’s defences after the September 14 attack on...

Syrian Kurdish militia bombarded

Turkish warplanes and artillery hit Kurdish militia targets in north-east Syria on the third day of an offensive that killed hundreds, forced thousands to...

US policy shift on Syria a sign of Trump “unchained”

In just a few hours US President Donald Trump upended his own policy on Syria with a chaotic series of pronouncements, blindsiding foreign allies,...

New missiles in China anniversary parade

China’s military displayed new equipment at a parade in central Beijing to mark 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic, including hypersonic-glide...

Taliban talks dead – Trump

US President Donald Trump proclaimed talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders dead, while the general in charge said the US military is likely to ramp...

Kabul blast – Taliban claim responsibility

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion that rocked Afghan capital Kabul killing at least five, wounding dozens and shaking windows and...

Gun with a chip: U.S. Army contracts may lead to a smarter firearm

A carbine that can call in an airstrike. A computer-aided scope on a machine gun that can turn just about anyone into a marksman....

ISS: Libya’s war becomes a tech battleground

Libya’s current conflict is emerging as a very different one to what has been fought before in the country, or the world. Fleets of...

Multiple projects lined up for world’s largest 3D printer at the CSIR

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) 3D metal printer – the largest of its kind in the world - is being used...

ISS: Is Africa ready for weapons that call their own shots?

Robotic weapons that once activated can select and attack targets without any further human intervention are being developed by the United States, China, Russia,...

MINUSCA helicopter crash

A Senegalese combat helicopter from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic crashed, killing three people, the mission head said. The crash...

Kenyan MD530Fs to be delivered by year-end

The Kenyan military will receive six MD530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters by the end of this year, with training and support contracts having just been...

Asia set to be largest market for light military rotorcraft

A total of 1 854 light military rotorcraft will be produced during the 15-year timeframe between 2019 and 2033, according to a new forecast,...

Nigerian Air Force reactivates another EC-135 helicopter

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted another EC-135 helicopter, NAF 549, into service after it was reactivated in-country by NAF personnel in collaboration...

DR Congo aircraft crash – all aboard feared dead

A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed in eastern Congo and all eight passengers and crew are feared dead, a presidential adviser told Reuters. ...

Airlines Association of Southern Africa to discuss aviation’s economic support

Impediments to the success of African carriers and the economies they support will be topics for discussion at the Airlines Association of Southern Africa’s...

Ethiopian Airlines emergency landing

An Ethiopian Airlines aircraft made an emergency landing minutes after taking off in Senegal after an engine caught fire, an airport spokesman said. None...

SA re-elected to ICAO Council

South Africa’s re-election to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council is an affirmation of its contribution in shaping the evolution of aviation, according...

Drone Con 2019: redefining the future of work with drones

The theme of this year’s Drone Conference, held in Durban this week, had the them of ‘redefining the future of work with drones’ and...

CSIR proposes study into robotic wingman for SAAF

A robotic wingman, a type of unmanned aerial vehicle, could be well suited to South African Air Force (SAAF) requirements, says a senior a...

Major drone contract for Israeli firm

Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems has won a contract worth $153 million to supply the army of a country in south-east Asia with unmanned...

Big drone on campus

United Parcel Service has won the US government’s first full approval to operate a drone airline, giving it a lead in the nascent US...

ISS: How is Africa dealing with young extremists?

What do African societies do when they suspect their children of being terrorists – or when their young extremists give up their guns and...

Sisters killed in Tripoli air strike

Three children, all sisters, were killed, and their mother and a fourth sister wounded in an air strike near a military intelligence camp in...

ISS: Are terrorist groups stoking local conflicts in the Sahel?

There have been several attacks on civilians in the Sahel in the past few months and violence related to local conflicts in the area...

Scientists back civil disobedience in climate change action

Almost 400 scientists endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments into rapid action to tackle climate change, warning failure could inflict “incalculable...

Fighting cybercrime in a connected world

In an increasingly inter-connected world, the impacts of cybercrime can be far-reaching, fast moving and devastating to victims. To address the challenges for police face...

US cyber-strike on Iran

The US carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of September 14 attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which Washington...

Moroccan activists hacked

Moroccan human rights activists were targeted by hackers armed with sophisticated computing spying software amid a government crackdown on protests, according to research by...

Apple pulls police app

Apple removed an app Hong Kong protesters used to track police movements from its app store, saying it violated rules because it was used...

Speech: SAAF chief on opening of SAAF Museum Air Show

Address by Lieutenant General Fabian ‘Zakes’ Msimang at the opening of the South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum at Air Force Base Swartkop on...

Defence and Military Veterans Minister’s budget address

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans presented her budget vote to the National Assembly on Wednesday, July 17. defenceWeb publishes it as...

Budget vote speech by Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thabang Makwetla

“Noluthando alias ‘Agnes’ Ncwana, to whose memory I wish to dedicate my remarks in this budget debate this morning, was a military veteran who...

Zimbabwe lawmaker charged with subversion

A Zimbabwe opposition lawmaker was charged with subversion, his lawyer said, after a video surfaced where he purportedly said President Emmerson Mnangagwa would be...