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...

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Army projects in line with National Development Plan underway

Project Koba-Tlala, originally an Army Reserves empowerment initiative in accordance with government’s National Development Plan (NDP), appears to have spread into regular landward force...

RDM explosion inquiry resumes

COVID-19 and its associated restrictions put a halt to the inquiry into the September 2018 explosion at Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) in Western Cape...

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...

Maintain momentum in CAR, UN urged

Last week’s announcement of a unilateral ceasefire in the Central African Republic (CAR) is a positive step, the top UN official there told the Security Council as he...

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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...

Nigerian Navy orders new survey vessel from Ocea

After receiving the 60 metre NNS Lana hydrographic survey vessel from Ocea earlier this year, the Nigerian Navy has ordered a 35 metre hydrographic...

Aresa patrol boats delivered to Nigeria

Spain’s Grup Aresa Internacional has delivered four Aresa 1700 inshore patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy. The company last month said the boats has been...

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...

Hoefyster is another Denel casualty

The sorry saga that is the new infantry combat vehicle (ICV) for the SA Army drags on with Armscor indicating “no significant progress” in...

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,...

ISS: ICJ draws the line in Kenya and Somalia’s troubled waters

Despite unease on both sides, each country could gain from the ruling if they were willing to restore relations. The International Court of Justice’s (ICJ)...
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World Court sides mostly with Somalia in border dispute with Kenya

The top UN top court ruled on Tuesday largely in favour of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya, setting a sea boundary in part...

Gunmen kill at least 43 in northern Nigeria – state governor

Gunmen killed at least 43 people in an attack in northern Nigeria's Sokoto state, the governor's office said on Monday. The assault began at a...

Tigray forces say air strikes hit Ethiopia’s Mekelle, government denies

Rebellious Tigrayan forces accused the Ethiopian government of launching air strikes on the capital of Tigray region on Monday, and though a government official...

Sit-in calling for Sudanese government dissolution grows into thousands

A sit-in calling on the military to dissolve Sudan’s government grew into the thousands on Monday as the country grappled with what its civilian...

Congo protests turn violent as lawmakers select electoral commission chief

Police in Democratic Republic of Congo used tear gas to break up clashes between supporters of the president and an opposition leader on Saturday,...

Government continues efforts to assist migrant children

Unaccompanied and separated migrant children from the Kids Haven shelter have extended their gratitude to the South African government for granting them refugee status...

Four suspected rhino poachers arrested and one sentenced in the KNP

South African National Parks (SANParks) has arrested four rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the weekend of 15-18 October. Members of...

How the illicit copper trade is sapping South Africa

South Africa's economic woes are being compounded by the theft of massive amounts of copper from state firms Eskom and Transnet, much of which...

Customs seizes abalone worth R1.6 million at Lebombo border

The South African Revenue Service’s Customs has seized dried abalone worth R1.6 million, which was hidden in a trailer of a taxi at the...

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...

Ethiopian families fleeing fighting describe hunger, rape in Amhara

The pictures on her phone are all that Ethiopian mother Habtam Akele has left of her three-year-old daughter Saba. The girl died of malnutrition...
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Mob kills Cameroon gendarme after he shoots dead 5-year-old girl

A mob lynched a military police officer after he killed a five-year-old girl when he fired on a car at a checkpoint in the...

In Libyan city, mass graves evoke stakes of faltering peace push

Workers in the Libyan city of Tarhouna have spent more than a year exhuming bodies from mass graves that show the cost of a...

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...

East Libyan forces say two helicopters crash in military operation

East Libyan forces said they lost two helicopters in a crash during a military operation on Sunday, after days of fighting with a formerly...

‘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...

Business aviation industry commits to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other industry groups on Tuesday committed to “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, as the sector's flagship...

South African Airways open to dialogue with protesting cabin crew

South African Airways (SAA) is open to dialogue with the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) following a picket at the airline’s Kempton Park...

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...

Morocco receives first Bayraktar UAV

The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) have apparently received the first Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on order from Turkey. Photos circulating online in...

Nigerian army says 24 Islamist insurgents killed

Nigerian troops killed 24 suspected Islamist insurgents in two attacks in the northeast and recovered some weapons, the army said on Tuesday. Boko Haram and...

Sudan protest calls for military coup as political crisis deepens

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the presidential palace in Khartoum on Saturday calling for the military to seize power as Sudan grapples...

ISS: African coups are making a comeback

The AU should do more to pre-empt coups by sanctioning bad governance and attempts by presidents to extend their terms. Coups used to be the...

Nigerian general says leader of Islamic State West Africa is dead

Nigeria's top general said on Thursday that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, leader of the insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), was dead. ISWAP is...

FBI, Hawks net R100 million internet scam suspects

Eight foreign nationals, aged between 33 and 52, were on Tuesday morning arrested for their links to an alleged R100 million internet scam during...

US authorities disclose ransomware attacks against water facilities

US authorities said on Thursday that four ransomware attacks had penetrated water and wastewater facilities in the past year, and they warned similar plants...

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of...

China has won AI battle with US, Pentagon’s ex-software chief says

China has won the artificial intelligence (AI) battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the...

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...

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...

Taliban say four Islamic State members captured near Kabul

Taliban forces raided an area west of Kabul and captured four members of an Islamic State cell, the movement's main spokesman said on Wednesday. The...

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...

Suspected jihadists arrested in Spain while trying to get a rifle

Spanish police said on Wednesday they had arrested three suspected members of a jihadist cell in Barcelona and one in Madrid after one of...

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...

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...

Protecting government VIPs costs R1.7 billion

The constitutional democracy South Africa has been for the past 26 years has not apparently stretched as far as allowing the country’s presidents, Cabinet...
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Thousands protest against Tunisia leader with government awaited

Thousands of Tunisians protested against President Kais Saied's seizure of almost total power protested in the capital on Sunday as the growing numbers taking...

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...

Verbal skirmishing continues as soldiers allegedly go hungry

Placatory words from the senior spin doctor in the SA National Defence Force regarding an apparent lack of proper rations for soldiers on active...

Delivery of new soldier field accommodation underway

Twenty years ago the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) recognised a need to replace field accommodation and water supply capabilities under Project Swatch which...

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...