French Gazelle that force-landed in Mali was hit by enemy fire

A French Army Gazelle helicopter that was forced to land during combat against militants in Mali earlier this month was hit by enemy fire,...

Department of Labour concludes investigation into RDM blast

The Department of Labour has concluded its investigation into a blast at Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Somerset West facility in September 2018, but it is...

Nigerian Air Force reactivates L-39s, locally overhauls C-130

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially taken into service three L-39ZA aircraft that were made serviceable again by Aero Vodochody with assistance from...

SANDF supporting national ceremonies

Government, most notably The Presidency and Parliament, has made much of cost savings during May’s Presidential inauguration and this week’s State of the Nation...

Egyptian opposition leader detained

Egypt detained a leading opposition figure and allies on charges of plotting to bring down the government with opposition groups saying the arrests aimed...

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Paramount providing dog training to Nigerian Air Force

Paramount K9 Solutions has started training personnel from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), who will graduate as specialised Canine Unit operatives. Paramount said the training,...

Denel Vehicle Systems upbeat about new RCG30 CamGun turret

Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) believes there is a big future for its RCG30 turret, which uses the 30 mm CamGun developed by Denel Land...

Armscor examining SAMIL replacement

Armscor is currently evaluating responses to a request for information for a replacement of the South African Army’s SAMIL logistics vehicles. In December 2018 Armscor...

Libya operating Pantsir-S1 air defence systems

It appears Libyan forces are operating Pantsir-S1 air defence systems delivered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Photos emerged on 18 June showing what appears...

Durban port call for French patrol vessel

French naval vessel Le Champlain arrives in Durban on Monday for a routine port call – the first for one the B2M multi-mission platforms...

SA’s marine protection increases

The gazetting of a network of 20 new representative Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has increased South Africa’s marine ecosystem area...

Kenyan Navy visits Mozambique

The Kenyan Navy vessel KNS Jasiri has stopped in Maputo, Mozambique, whilst on a training cruise and delivered nearly 6 tons of medical supplies...

Damen building offshore vessel for De Beers Namibia

Damen Shipyards Group has started construction of a new offshore vessel for De Beers Marine Namibia, which will use it for marine diamond recovery. A...

Namibia commissions new naval facility

Namibia’s defence minister Penda Ya Ndakolo has commissioned a new jetty and naval base on Impalila Island in the Zambezi Region of the country. The...

Simon’s Town to host Maritime Security conference

In three weeks the creme de la creme of the South African maritime and naval sector will gather in Simon’s Town for the 2019...

London symposium focuses on Gulf of Guinea piracy

Piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea were highlighted at a recent high-level symposium which agreed urgent action is needed to ensure...

US working to enhance African maritime security – Foggo

The United States Navy is working with partners in Africa to help them enhance maritime security, with exercises, training and aid being delivered, according...

Police’s Anti-Gang Unit elevated to national office

Police Minister Bheki Cele says the recently-established Anti-Gang Unit will be elevated to the national office to ensure that its mandate is extended to...

Sudan student protest stopped with violence

Sudanese security forces used violence to break up a protest in Khartoum by students demanding the military council which ousted former president Omar al-Bashir...

Court orders Sudan internet blackout stopped

A Sudanese court ordered telecoms operator Zain Sudan to restore internet services, a lawyer said, after they were severed three weeks ago when security...

Protectors or outlaws?

In parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the military and police can’t guarantee security. Many of these areas are remote, sparsely populated and have limited security...

Mozambique claims police were shot on its side of the border

The Mozambican police force have said the two Mozambican policemen killed on border safeguarding duty in a firefight with South African soldiers on 16...

Migrant boat missing off Spain

Spanish rescue services are searching for at least 20 people missing from a migrant boat found adrift in the Mediterranean after a passenger ferry...

Stranded migrant group to be repatriated

Tunisia allowed dozens of migrants, mostly from Bangladesh, to disembark after three weeks stranded in the Mediterranean, so they can return to their home...

Joint Operations Chief on standby for border shooting incident talks

An indication of how seriously South Africa’s national defence force is approaching last weekend’s border shooting incident comes with the announcement that the Joint...

Erectile dysfunction medication found in Zimbabwean soft drinks

Included in a recent massive international haul of potentially dangerous fake food and drink is 14 000 litres of soft drink containing a high...

ISS: SA must dig deeper for a solution to illegal mining

For organised crime groups, illegal mining is a lucrative enterprise. In South Africa it’s often linked to human smuggling and trafficking, illegal weapons and...

DR Congo insecurity hampers response to measles outbreak

Insecurity in north-east Congo is hampering a measles vaccination drive and forcing people to flee, local responders said, complicating efforts to control the spread...

ISS: After 50 years, Africa’s refugee policy still leads

‘Africa has set the gold standard for solidarity’ on refugee response, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated at the African Union (AU) summit in...

Syrians returning home to reach 1 million once safe zone created

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he believed the number of Syrians returning from Turkey to their homeland will reach one million once a...

Saudi forces say they have captured leader of Yemen branch of Islamic State

Saudi special forces have captured the leader of the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State militant group, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen...

U.N.’s Bachelet says 55,000 linked to IS in Syria, Iraq should be tried or freed

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that 55,000 captured Islamic State fighters, including foreigners, and their families detained in Syria and...

U.S. prods Iran for talks to ease Gulf tensions; Tehran dismisses sanctions threat

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was not seeking war with Tehran after a senior Iranian military commander warned any conflict in...

NATO aims to make space new frontier in defense

NATO aims to recognize space as a domain of warfare this year, four senior diplomats said, partly to show U.S. President Donald Trump that...

U.S. arms makers see booming European demand as threats multiply

U.S. arms makers say European demand for fighter jets, missile defenses and other weapons is growing fast amid heightened concerns about Russia and Iran. The...

Global fighter aircraft market worth $260 billion over next decade

A total of 3 401 fighter aircraft, worth $264.2 billion, will be produced from 2019 through 2028, according to a new study. In  "The Market for...

Netherlands set to prosecute suspects in MH17 airliner downing

International investigators are set on Wednesday to launch criminal proceedings against suspects in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine...

CSIR developing synthetic aperture radar

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology for aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellites. The Council...

CSIR continues to deliver DRFM devices

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to deliver its Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) devices, used in electronic warfare applications, to...

Hovering into battle

Although people have been flying for more than a century, personal flight remains elusive. Take for example Bell Aerosystems’ Rocket Belt, which was designed in...

US warhead destroys electronics, not buildings

The U.S. Air Force has deployed at least 20 missiles equipped with payloads that can destroy military electronics. The missile uses high-power microwaves (HPMs)...

French Gazelle that force-landed in Mali was hit by enemy fire

A French Army Gazelle helicopter that was forced to land during combat against militants in Mali earlier this month was hit by enemy fire,...

Paris air show rotary wing roundup

Here is a roundup of rotary wing aviation news from the 2019 Paris Air Show, which took place from 17 to 23 June at...

Malian Mi-35 spotted ahead of delivery

Mali’s Air Force is set to take delivery of another Mi-35M attack helicopter from Russia, with the aircraft seen undergoing test flights earlier this...

Morocco seeking Apaches

Morocco is looking to acquire a number of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the United States, with the deal to be concluded within...

Bombardier exits commercial aviation with sale of regional jet business to Mitsubishi

Bombardier Inc said it will sell its money-losing regional jet business to Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) for $550 million in cash, in...

Paris air show commercial roundup

Here is a roundup of commercial and business aviation news from the 2019 Paris Air Show, which took place from 17 to 23 June...

African commercial aviation services market worth $215 billion through 2028 – Boeing

The African commercial aviation services market will be worth $215 billion through 2028 and the continent will require 1 160 airliners, according to a...

Angola’s Bestfly receiving ATR 72s

Angolan airline Bestfly is due to take delivery of two ATR 72-600 regional airliners from lessor Acia Aero to operate corporate and charter services...

Working UAVs and insurance

The month of May saw South Africa’s first licensed crop-spraying drone fly in KwaZulu-Natal, an event with major implications for using unmanned aerial vehicles...

China’s DJI plans to build drones in California amid U.S. security concern

Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, the world’s largest producer of consumer drones, said on Monday it plans to use a company warehouse...

Drones disrupt flights at Singapore airport for second time in a week

Unauthorised drone flying caused the second spate of delays and flight diversions in less than a week at Singapore’s Changi airport on Monday night,...

New South African UAV industry group launched

The South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SAFU), a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, industry association was launched in Johannesburg last...

Ethiopia regional coup mastermind killed, others arrested

The man accused of trying to seize control of Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region was shot dead on Monday, a senior government official said, and...

Failed coup puts Ethiopian ethnic militias in the spotlight

A foiled coup in Ethiopia’s Amhara state that left five senior officials dead, including the army’s chief of staff, pushed ethnic militias in one...

Lake Chad firefight claims 42 lives

West African troops killed 42 suspected Islamic State fighters during a battle in the Lake Chad region on June 21, the heaviest death toll...

Al Shabaab fighters killed in Kenya

Security forces in Kenya killed three suspected militants from Somalia’s Islamist group al Shabaab after they attacked a police outpost in Garissa county, police...

ISS: Is Africa cybercrime-savvy?

It started with loud music and the smell of marijuana. When South African police stormed a hotel room in the Western Cape they found...

Hackers hit global telcos in espionage campaign

Hackers have broken into the systems of more than a dozen global telecoms companies and taken large amounts of personal and corporate data, researchers...

U.S. cyber attacks on Iranian targets not successful, Iran minister says

U.S. cyber attacks against Iranian targets have not been successful, Iran’s telecoms minister said on Monday, after reports that the Pentagon had launched a...

U.N. surveillance expert urges global moratorium on sale of spyware

The world should impose a moratorium on the sale and use of surveillance software until there are rules in place to stop governments using...

Document: Department of Defence annual report 2017-18

The Department of Defence has released its annual report for the 2017/18 financial year. Click here to view the document: DoD_Annual_Report_2017-18

Read the DoD annual report

With currently no indication when the Department of Defence (DoD) website (www.dod.mil.za) will be up and running again, defenceWeb has decided to...

Speech: Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of AAD 2018

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, Waterkloof Air Force Base, Pretoria, 19 September...

Speech: Mapisa-Nqakula at AAD 2018 media breakfast

Address by the minister of defence and military veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the occasion of the official media breakfast of the Africa...