Phoenix-1B sounding rocket test launch “a learning experience”

Despite the unsuccessful test launch of the Phoenix-1B sounding rocket, the project still remains important to South African engineering. The Phoenix Hybrid Sounding Rocket Programme...

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Denel to seek investment partners – CEO

State-owned defence group Denel could sell stakes in some divisions as part of a new strategy to return to profitability within two years, its...

Phoenix-1B sounding rocket test launch “a learning experience”

Despite the unsuccessful test launch of the Phoenix-1B sounding rocket, the project still remains important to South African engineering. The Phoenix Hybrid Sounding Rocket Programme...

SAASIC cruelty to animals case waiting for a court date

The discovery last year of equine maltreatment at the SA Army Specialist Infantry Capability (SAASIC) base led to horses moved elsewhere, others put down...

Cameroon opposition leader charged with rebellion

Cameroon’s main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, was charged in a military court with rebellion and seven other offences, indictments that could carry the death...

Oil guards given control of El Sharara

Eastern Libyan forces handed over control of the El Sharara oilfield to an oil security force, officials said, in a bid to encourage state...

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Paramount receives first order for Mbombe 4×4

Paramount Group has received a contract from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its newly unveiled Mbombe 4x4 armoured personnel carrier (APC). The contract, for...

SA-designed 8×8 launched at IDEX

United Arab Emirates-based company Calidus has launched its new Wahash 8x8 armoured vehicle at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The vehicle was designed,...

Paramount launches new Mbombe 4 armoured vehicle

The Paramount Group has launched its new Mbombe 4 armoured vehicle at the IDEX 2019 defence show in Abu Dhabi, which it says is...

Angola interested in Belarusian air defence systems

Angola is apparently in discussions with Belarus over the acquisition of air defence systems worth $200 million. This is according to Belarusian media, which report...

Algeria getting more FPB 98 patrol boats

The Algerian Navy has started taking delivery of ten new FPB 98 patrol boats from France’s Ocea, with the second one departing St Nazaire,...

Exercise Cutlass Express 2019 concludes

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States concluded the eighth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise...

Pre-sail Training Concludes for Exercise Cutlass Express 2019

Sailors from around the globe completed classroom and mock visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training with participating nations as part of exercise Cutlass...

Exercise Cutlass Express 2019 begins

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the eighth iteration...

ISS: Africa must invest in the new ‘high seas’ treaty

The world’s largest crime scene is not in any specific country or region. It is the area known as the ‘high seas’ – those...

ISS: Promising signs of Africa’s global leadership on maritime security

Piracy and armed robbery at sea have long been regarded as a threat to international peace and security. But other types of maritime crime...

Police hit smuggling gang on high seas, seize 3.3 tonnes of cocaine

Authorities seized more than three tonnes of cocaine and arrested 11 people off Portugal’s Atlantic coast, dismantling a drug smuggling gang that operated across...

Maritime safety breakthrough at IMT

Armscor’s Institute of Maritime Technology (IMT) has made a significant breakthrough in the field of maritime safety and communications by installing the world’s first...

Seven militants killed, 15 troops killed or wounded in North Sinai

Seven militants were killed and 15 Egyptian military personnel were killed or wounded in a clash in North Sinai on Saturday, the Egyptian military...

National Gang unit making inroads

Since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the establishment of the Anti-Gang Unit last year, hundreds of gang-related arrests have been made by the elite unit. The...

ISS: Secretive promotions threaten South Africa’s policing

As South Africans start to feel optimistic about actions to fix the criminal justice system, a secret project in the police could substantially weaken...

Sahel Islamist groups’ networking skills growing

A surge in violent attacks linked to Islamist groups in West Africa’s Sahel region reflects growing capabilities and networking abilities, according to an international...

Chinese “Ivory Queen” sentenced to 15 years for smuggling

A Tanzanian court sentenced a prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the “Ivory Queen” to 15 years in prison for smuggling the tusks of more than...

Virunga National Park re-opens

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park re-opened after a deadly ambush of a tourist group saw it closed last year over security fears,...

Record South African rhino horn haul in Hong Kong

Hong Kong customs seized a record 40 kg of rhino horns worth around US$1 million from Johannesburg en route to Vietnam, the latest bust...

Eritrean refuges flown to Niger from Libya

A group of 159 Eritrean refugees were flow from Libyan capital Tripoli to Niger for resettlement, the United Nations said. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR)...

Fighting, instability displaces thousands in Burkina Faso

Faction fighting and lawlessness in Burkina Faso has displaced over a hundred thousand people, most in the past two months, a UN report said. “Burkina...

North-west Nigeria attack death toll hits 130

The death toll from an attack last week by gunmen in north-western Nigeria’s Kaduna State doubled to more than 130 people, the state governor...

Three policemen killed in Cairo blast

Three policemen were killed and five people wounded, three civilians, when an explosive device carried by a militant they were chasing detonated in central...

Rape still endemic in South Sudan’s Unity state

Rape and sexual violence against women and girls as young as eight is still widespread in northern South Sudan despite a peace deal to...

IS ‘caliphate’ on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State’s last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its...

Suicide bomber kills 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards

A suicide bomber killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, state media said, in a southeastern region where security forces are...

A legacy of war – U.N. clears thousands of explosives in Iraq

The United Nations cleared almost 17,000 bombs, suicide belts and other explosive hazards in Iraq last year and the dangerous work of sifting through...

Islamic State to lose last bits of Syria territory in ‘weeks’

Islamic State is expected to lose its final bits of territory in Syria to U.S.-backed forces within a couple of weeks, acting U.S. Defense...

West ups defense spending to keep ahead of Chinese tech

The United States led a rise in Western defense spending in 2018 as it moved to keep ahead of Chinese and Russian pushes into...

Kashmir car bomb kills 44; India demands Pakistan act against militants

A suicide bomber rammed a car into a bus carrying Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on Thursday, killing 44 of them in the deadliest...

Struggle between big powers spells hostile future

A new age of competition between major global powers like China, the United States and Russia leaves the world facing an unpredictable and more...

Australia signs $50 billion submarine contract with France after two-year squabble

Australia signed a production contract with French shipbuilder Naval Group on Monday for a fleet of 12 new submarines, worth A$50 billion (27.41 billion...

MBDA and Milrem Robotics unveil anti-tank UGV

MBDA and Milrem Robotics are showcasing what they call the world’s first anti-tank unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the IDEX 2019 exhibition in Abu...

CSIR develops wide area surveillance system for armoured vehicles

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a panoramic 360 degree Wide Area Surveillance System which would give armoured vehicle crews...

CSIR unveils gunshot and missile detection system

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has unveiled an optical-based gunshot and missile detection system that is quite unique in that it...

Stellenbosch to host cyber warfare conference

The Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) at Stellenbosch University will be hosting an international cyber workshop later this month. This will...

Nigerian Air Force to get Mi-35 and AW109 helicopters in March

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) expects to take delivery of six Mi-35M and AW109 helicopters from Russia and Italy in March this year. This is...

Malian Z-9 crashes

A Z-9 utility helicopter belonging to Mali's Air Force has crashed in a landing accident. Video shows the aircraft coming in for a rolling landing...

El Salvador sends more MD 500s to Mali

El Salvador has sent a second aviation unit with three MD 500E helicopters to Mali, where they have taken over from the German Tiger...

Nigerian Air Force loses Mi-35 helicopter in combat against Boko Haram

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has lost an Mi-35M attack helicopter in combat while providing close air support to soldiers fighting Boko Haram terrorists...

SA Express to resume Mthatha route

SA Express is scheduled to resume its Johannesburg to Mthatha flight operations later this week. The airline is set to reintroduce this route from Thursday...

SAA settles Comair dispute

South African Airways (SAA) has reached a settlement with Comair following a protracted legal battle, saying it paves the way for the airline to...

Airbus A380: from European dream to white elephant

a380Loved by passengers, feared by accountants, the world’s largest airliner has run out of runway after Airbus decided to close A380 production after 12...

Boeing makes ‘significant investment’ in supersonic jet developer Aerion

Boeing Co said on Tuesday it had made a significant investment in supersonic business jet developer Aerion, as the world’s biggest planemaker looks to...

Drones temporarily ground Dubai Airport flights

droneFlights at Dubai International Airport were temporarily grounded on Friday morning due to suspected drone activity, an airport spokesperson said. The suspension was in effect...

Exterior drone registration compulsory in US

The Federal Aviation Administration now requires small drones to display registration numbers on the exterior to address concerns raised by US security officials and...

Warning to US to prevent air accidents involving drones

The commercial drone industry could be torpedoed if there was a serious accident involving a drone and a commercial aircraft, the chairman of the...

Germany’s DFS, Rheinmetall demonstrate system to prevent drone disruptions

Germany’s state-owned DFS air traffic controller and arms maker Rheinmetall on Wednesday demonstrated an experimental system aimed at averting the costly travel chaos triggered...