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Joint Ops Chief details SANDF operations

The senior officer overseeing deployments and utilisation of South Africa’s military assets – ranging from riflemen on the ground through to pilots flying high-tech...

Denel medical benefit fund not going to court

A Denel proposal to go the individual annuity route for employees, current and retired, belonging to its medical benefit trust will no longer be...

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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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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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...

HMS Kent visits Kenya

Sailors on the Royal Navy’s warship HMS Kent have trained alongside Kenyan Armed Forces during a visit to eastern Africa. The frigate had a...

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...

Moroccan Air Force receives Ground Master radar

The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) has received a Ground Master 400 radar from Thales in the company’s 100th delivery of the system. Thales said...

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...

COVID-19 restrictions eased sees maritime training restart in Somalia

An important component of the EU NavFor mission in Somalia – person-to-person training – is back following an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Operation Atalanta reports...

Thousands protest in Sudan against deal between PM Hamdok and military

Tens of thousands of Sudanese protested in the streets of Khartoum and other cities on Thursday, keeping up the pressure on military leaders after...

Two Chinese nationals killed, others kidnapped in eastern Congo – army

Two Chinese nationals have been killed and an unknown number of other people kidnapped in an attack by the CODECO militia on a mining...

‘Shooting with no limit’: Sudan protester deaths harden resolve against army

Mohamed Abdelsalam had been planning to help his 18-year-old son Mido emigrate from Sudan to Saudi Arabia. Instead, the youth was fatally wounded with...

Burkina army says three soldiers killed in combat with militants

Three Burkina Faso soldiers died and 11 militants were killed during an attack on the troops in the north of the Sahel West African...

Tunisia navy rescues 487 migrants from overloaded boat

The Tunisian navy rescued 487 migrants on Friday from an overloaded boat that ran into difficulty in rough seas in the Mediterranean as they...

France expands sea monitoring as migrants vow to pursue UK dream

France pledged on Thursday to step up surveillance of its northern shores, but migrants huddling in makeshift camps said neither that nor a tragic...

7 SAI records border successes

Macadamia base in eastern Mpumalanga is currently home to a detachment from Phalaborwa-based 7 SA Infantry Battalion to execute the border protection mandate handed...

Additional border safeguarding initiatives detailed by Joint Operations

The Joint Operations Division of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been allocated additional funding for border safeguarding initiatives, and this includes...

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...

Sudan’s Hamdok says investigation launched into violations against protesters

An investigation has been launched into violations committed against protesters since the military power grab on 25 October, Sudan's newly reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla...

Nigerian government rejects ‘massacre’ report as error-strewn

Nigeria's government on Tuesday rejected a judicial report that described the killing of peaceful protesters in Lagos in October 2020 as a massacre, saying...

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...

Gabon police helicopter stuck in France

An AS355 helicopter destined for Gabon’s police service is stuck in France as payment has not been made for the aircraft. Gabon Review in late...

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...

Planemakers grab deals at Dubai Airshow

Global aerospace firms have secured tentative or firm orders for more than 400 airplanes at the Dubai Airshow, building on signs of a recovery...

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...

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 says it cut internet under national defence provision

Burkina Faso's government said on Monday it had cut mobile internet access in the country under a legal provision related to national defence and...

Uganda says seven suspects killed during probe of last week’s Kampala blasts

Uganda said on Monday that seven suspects had been killed and 106 people detained during operations by the security services linked to three suicide...

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...

ISS: Pandora Papers and the power of open-source data

Alternative forms of data can force accountability, especially in countries where the democratic space is being eroded. On 3 October the International Consortium of Investigative...

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...

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...

Saudi gets first major arms deal under Biden with air-to-air missiles

The US State Department approved its first major arms sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under US President Joe Biden with the sale...

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,...

China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice

China's military has built mockups in the shape of a US Navy aircraft carrier and other U.S. warships, possibly as training targets, in the...

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...

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...

Libya fighters disrupt Gaddafi son’s election appeal

A lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya's late dictator, said armed men had prevented him lodging an appeal on Thursday against his...

ISS: Gaddafi’s bid for president questions the ICC’s influence

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s ambitions in Libya may not materialise, but his move shows the international court’s limits. It’s almost ten years to the day since...

Sudan’s Hamdok to review appointments made by military

Appointments and dismissals made since a military takeover in Sudan last month will be reviewed and political detainees will be freed over the next...

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”...

Local manufacture of SA Army’s new uniforms will create jobs

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is to get new uniforms, which will be 100% manufactured in South Africa, the SANDF says. The decision...

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...

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...