Sovereign Security Conference coming up next month

Creative Space Media will be hosting its third Sovereign Security Conference at the beginning of August. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this will be...

Rwandan Air Force to receive Caravan aircraft

The Rwandan Air Force will in the next eighteen months take delivery of two Cessna Caravan aircraft, which will be used for medical evacuation...

Navy not taking on extra personnel to man MMIPVs

The SA Navy will not sign on extra personnel to crew its inshore patrol vessels (IPVs), the first of which is planned to go...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...

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Tunisia unveils domestic APC

The Tunisian military has unveiled a locally developed armoured personnel carrier (APC) prototype. It was revealed on 24 June during the Tunisian military’s 64th anniversary...

Morocco reportedly orders Sherpa armoured vehicles

Morocco has apparently ordered 36 Sherpa armoured vehicles from France’s Arquus, in Light Scout and Light Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) models. This is according to...

Mavtech Tyre Pressure/Driveline controllers an integral part of Husky mine detection system

The origins of the Husky Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection System (VMMDS) reach back to the early 1970s and the Rhodesian Bush War. The escalating use...

Hensoldt South Africa highlights electronic warfare capabilities

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Tactical electronic warfare systems that combine technologies into coherent multi-sensor, multi-platform systems allow for true spectrum dominance, with Hensoldt South Africa continuing to be...

SA Special Forces workboat delivered

Veecraft Marine has delivered a 20 metre workboat, Inkanyamba, to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), whose Special Forces will use it for...

Ex-SA Navy minesweeper sinks in Durban harbour

A former SA Navy wooden-hulled minesweeper partially sank in Durban harbour earlier this week. Sixty-year-old SAS Durban was handed to the port museum 32 years...

Algerian Navy orders Chinese corvette

Algeria’s Navy will in two years’ time take delivery of a 96 metre long corvette from China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group (HZ). The project was revealed...

US, Senegalese naval leaders reaffirm commitment to partnership

Major General Patrick J Hermesmann, commander of US Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, spoke by phone with Rear Admiral Oumar Wade, chief of...

Pirates kidnap nine in attack on vessel off Nigeria, says ship owner

Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals, the ship’s owner BW Offshore...

Exercise Imvubu underway in Richards Bay

The SA Navy’s Maritime Reaction Squadron (MRS) has set up camp in the northern KwaZulu-Natal harbour city of Richards Bay for a month-long exercise. A...

Kidnapped captain of Portugal-flagged ship freed-Bulgaria

The Bulgarian captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship who was kidnapped along with seven other sailors by pirates off the coast of Benin last...

Pirates strike off Nigeria

Pirates this week attacked a tanker carrying automotive gas oil (AGO) close to shore off Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in what has been a busy...

Two killed in clashes as mourners struggle to get into Ethiopian singer’s funeral

Two people were killed on Thursday as Ethiopian security forces scuffled with mourners trying to attend the stadium funeral of a singer whose shooting...

Attackers on motorbikes kill 32 Malian villagers, local officials say

At least 32 civilians were killed in central Mali when unidentified armed men on motorbikes attacked ethnic Dogon farming villages on Wednesday, local authorities...

Farm attacks on the rise

Criminal activity in South Africa’s agricultural areas appears to be increasing with leading farmer organisations and two political parties again calling for action and...

Military deployed in Ethiopian capital after more than 80 killed in protests

The military was deployed in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday, as armed gangs roamed neighbourhoods in a second day of unrest that has claimed...

Soldiers confiscate R1.4 million worth of cigarettes on SA borders

Two separate cigarette “interceptions” by soldiers in the last week again show the ease with which smugglers breach thinly protected borders and just how...

Op Corona border patrols net contraband worth R13 million

Further proof of the porosity of South Africa’s borders, particularly those on land, comes from the Joint Operations Division of the national defence force...

Aerial component of Op Corona border safeguarding totally neglected

The South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) Joint Operations division has stated that safeguarding South Africa’s air borders has been totally neglected due to...

Death toll in migrant ship disaster off Tunisia rises to 46

The death toll from a ship packed with African migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast this week has risen to 46 after Tunisia...

Burkina Faso probes bullet-ridden bodies discovered after army operation

Burkina Faso’s defence ministry said on Wednesday it has launched an investigation following the discovery of seven bullet-ridden corpses in the outskirts of a...

Over 4 000 parolees released to make social distancing possible

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says 4 138 low risk offenders have been released on parole to ease prison population figures to minimise...

ISS: Can the AU protect citizens against COVID-19 abuses?

Lockdowns and curfews to fight COVID-19 across Africa have been designed as an abuse of fundamental rights. This was the view of Mélanie Sonhaye...

ISS: Domestic violence during COVID-19: are we asking the right questions?

The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March and April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting...

Saudi-led coalition starts military operation against Yemen’s Houthis

A Saudi-led coalition has started a military operation against Yemen’s Houthi movement after it stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia,...

Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill US troops – NY Times

US intelligence has concluded that the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops and other coalition forces, the...

Hundreds killed in further Taliban attacks with peace talks ahead

Increased Taliban attacks are jeopardising the peace process, the Afghan government said on Tuesday after hundreds of security force personnel were killed over the...

Yemen’s government, separatists agree on ceasefire, Saudi-led coalition says

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatist forces have agreed on a ceasefire and will begin talks in Saudi Arabia on implementing a peace deal,...

India clears purchase of Russian combat jets worth $2.4 billion

India’s government on Thursday approved the purchase of 33 Russian fighter jets and upgrades to another 59 planes, acting to beef up its air...

Airbus fine-tunes job cuts as CEO confirms 40% output drop

Airbus was finalising an imminent restructuring plan expected to include thousands of job cuts on Monday as its chief executive confirmed plans to hold output...

Trump administration considers ending Congress’ review of arms sales – sources

President Donald Trump’s administration is considering ending a long-standing system for congressional review of foreign weapons sales, congressional aides said on Thursday, a plan...

Rocket firm Relativity Space inks deal with Iridium for satellite launch

Relativity Space has signed a contract with Iridium to launch six spare satellites for its communications network, the venture-backed rocket firm’s chief executive said,...

China puts final satellite into orbit to try to rival GPS network

China on Tuesday successfully put into orbit its final Beidou satellite, completing a navigation network years in the making and setting the stage to...

US Navy, industry developing fire-resistant biotech materials

US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, headquartered in China Lake, California, and Berkeley-based Cambium Biomaterials, Inc. are collaborating to develop and produce new,...

Future military vehicles could see an improvement in structural materials

Materials used for a soldier's personal protection gear may be tough enough for vehicles too, according to a new US Army study. Findings, released April...

CSIR data contributing to SA’s COVID-19 fight

President Cyril Ramaphosa is confident Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) technology and data will enable South Africa to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19). “As...

SAAF Drakensberg rescue

15 Squadron, the only SA Air Force (SAAF) helicopter unit in KwaZulu-Natal, literally came to the rescue earlier this week. A Mountain Club of SA...

Bangladesh Air Force sends Mi-171 helicopters to Central African Republic

The Bangladesh Air Force has sent three Mi-171Sh helicopters to the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR). The state Inter Services...

Ghanaian Z-9EH makes an emergency landing

A Harbin Z-9EH helicopter belonging to Ghana’s Air Force made an emergency landing on 25 June, but none of the eight people on board...

Morocco orders AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

Morocco has ordered 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from Boeing in a deal worth $440 million, after requesting the aircraft in late 2019. The US...

Boeing to pull the plug on its 747 jumbo jet

Boeing is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. The 747 democratized global air travel in the 1970s but fell...

SAA liquidation means financial hardship, DPE warns

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) cautioned South African Airways (SAA) employees, labour unions and creditors that the liquidation of the airline will lead...

Namibia considering options for struggling national flag carrier – finance minister

The Namibian government is weighing several options regarding the future of struggling national carrier Air Namibia, new Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi told parliament on...

Nigeria to restart domestic flights 8 July in easing of coronavirus curbs

Nigeria will resume domestic flights from 8 July, the government said on Wednesday, as Africa’s most populous country relaxes novel coronavirus restrictions despite mounting...

High-flying facemasks arrive at Mexican hospitals by drone

To eliminate the risk of contagious human beings, a Mexican company has launched a drone delivery service to get clean medical supplies to hospitals...

Honeywell launches new business unit to capture drone market

Honeywell International Inc, a major supplier of aerospace products, said Monday it launched an unmanned aerial systems business to bet on the autonomous aviation...

Russia says US plans to lift curbs on drone sales would hurt arms pact: RIA

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday US plans to lift restrictions on heavy strike drones would land a severe blow to a 1987 arms...

California startup aims to monitor social distancing and face masks using drones

Airspace Systems, a California startup company that makes drones that can hunt down and capture other drones, on Thursday released new software for monitoring...

Sahel remains fragile despite battle gains against militants

French and West African troops have made gains against Islamist groups in the Sahel but the situation remains fragile with persistent attacks by the...

West African instability risks gains against militants – French official

Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist...

Ivory Coast says Burkina Faso national led deadly attack against army

Ivory Coast’s army said on Thursday it had identified a detained Burkina Faso national as the coordinator of a suspected jihadist attack that killed...

Mozambican government not adequately dealing with insurgency – experts

The Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado is becoming increasingly well coordinated and militant, escalating to levels never predicted by the Mozambican state....

Australia to spend nearly $1 billion to boost cyber security

Australia will spend A$1.35 billion ($926.1 million) over the next 10 years to boost its cyber security defences, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on...

Morocco used NSO’s spyware to snoop on journalist, Amnesty says

Technology developed by Israeli cyber security company NSO Group was used by the Moroccan government to spy on journalist Omar Radi, a critic of...

Cyber spies use LinkedIn to hack European defence firms

Hackers posed as recruiters working for US defence giants Collins Aerospace and General Dynamics on LinkedIn to break into the networks of military contractors in...

Australia sees China as main suspect in state-based cyberattacks, sources say

Australia views China as the chief suspect in a spate of cyber-attacks of increasing frequency in recent months, three sources familiar with the government’s...

Speech: Ramaphosa at Armed Forces Day 2020

Address by Commander-In-Chief, President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day 2020, Polokwane, Limpopo, 21 February 2020. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans,...

Speech: Msimang at SAAF Prestige Day

Air Force Prestige Day Parade Address by the Chief of the SA Air Force, Lieutenant General Fabian Z Msimang at Air Force Base Swartkop...

Speech by SAAF Chief at Unisa graduation ceremony

Message by Lt. General Fabian Zakes Msimang, Chief of the South African Air Force, at the University of South Africa graduation ceremony, Tshwane, on...

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...