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The world is entering an era of instability – IISS

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The world has entered a more dangerous period in the last twelve months, with increased tensions and conflict reshaping the global defence-industrial landscape, according...

RN aircraft carrier build-up for massive NATO exercise starts

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The Royal Navy (RN) flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) exited her Portsmouth home port yesterday (Sunday, 4 February) en route to the largest NATO...

World military expenditure continues to climb while African defence expenditure drops

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Global military expenditure continued to increase last year, remaining well over the $2 trillion mark, although defence expenditure in Africa fell for the first...

Is Wagner Africa’s newest coloniser?

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In methods strongly reminiscent of the West’s first colonial era of the 17th and 18th centuries - inescapably linked to the era of genocidal...

ISS: Organised crime is infecting African and global supply chains

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Transnational organised crime is usually associated with violent mafia-style groups that traffic drugs, people, arms and wildlife. Less dramatic but equally damaging is the...

Journalist deaths on the rise

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Eighty-six journalists and media workers were killed around the world in 2022 – one every four days, according to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific...

World arms sales still on the rise – SIPRI

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Sales of arms and military services by the 100 largest companies in the industry reached $592 billion in 2021, a 1.9% increase compared with...

2022 marked by conflict, coups

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As 2022 ended, the story of African security was marked by continuing conflicts, coups and the unrest caused by them. Civil war continued to...

UN calls for armed forces in Haiti

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As the security situation in Haiti continues deteriorating, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants the Security Council (SC) to consider deploying armed...

Global nuclear arsenals expected to keep growing in ‘worrying trend’

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Global nuclear arsenals are expected to grow as states continue to modernize, according to new research by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI),...

The Ukraine crisis and its consequences on aviation, aerospace and defence

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The Paris office of global consultancy AlixPartners recently presented its latest forecast on the global aviation, aerospace & defence industry, with a special emphasis...

World military expenditure passes $2 trillion; increases slightly in Africa

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Total world military expenditure increased fractionally in 2021 to reach $2 113 billion, surpassing the $2 trillion mark for the first time, new research...

South Africa adds its voice to those calling for Russian withdrawal from Ukraine

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What Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin called a “special military operation” in Ukraine has been widely condemned as an invasion with South Africa joining...

Coups, COVID-19 and a cease-fire: Africa’s top stories of 2021

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The year 2021 in Africa will be remembered like 2020 was — the year of COVID-19. But there were other big stories in 2021...

Aerospace and defence industry expected to recover in 2022

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As the aerospace and defence (A&D) industry recovers, companies are expected to focus on innovation to develop new technologies and solutions, create new markets,...

France leads top NATO response force this year

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The highest ready element of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), its very high readiness joint task force (VJTF), is this year led by France. The...

Defence deals at the 2021 Dubai Airshow

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The 2021 Dubai Airshow allowed many companies in the aerospace industry to spotlight their newest technology and advancements in the field of aerospace and...

Global arms sales not affected by COVID-19

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Despite the global economy contracting amid the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s top 100 arms producers increased sales slightly in 2020,...

Large scale Russian offensive possible in January, Ukraine says

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Russia has massed more than 94 000 troops near Ukraine's borders and may be gearing up for a large-scale military offensive at the end...

Attack on Ukraine would be costly, NATO warns Moscow

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Russia would pay a high price for any new military aggression against Ukraine, NATO and the United States warned on Tuesday as the Western...

SIPRI conference looks at conflict and warfare trends

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Russian troops now number 90 000 near Ukraine border after drills, Kyiv says

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Russia has left military units near the Ukrainian border after exercises, with the number of Russian troops in the area now totalling 90 000,...

Sudanese army faces widening opposition to takeover

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The Sudanese army was facing widening opposition on Thursday to this week’s coup, with state officials in Khartoum vowing disobedience and activists mobilising for...

Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

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The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, has provided the first official US confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts...

Rosoboronexport to exhibit about 300 pieces of Russian armament at SITDEF 2021 in Peru

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Rosoboronexport JSC (part of the Rostec State Corporation) is the organizer of Russia’s single exhibit at the VIII International Exhibition of Technology for Defense...

South Korea’s Moon vows ‘Korea space age’ after rocket test falters

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South Korea's first domestically built space rocket blasted off on Thursday, but failed to fully place a dummy satellite into orbit, delivering mixed results...

South Korea opens largest defence expo amid North Korea missile tests

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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

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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

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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

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

North Korea threatens to upstage South Korea defence expo with duelling military show

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South Korea will hold its biennial defence fair in Seoul next week, just days after North Korea opened a highly unusual military exhibition that...

Turkey asks US to buy 40 F-16 jets to upgrade Air Force – sources

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Turkey has made a request to the US to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing...

North Korea accuses UN of double standards over missile tests, warns of consequences

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North Korea said on Sunday the United Nations Security Council applied double standards over military activities among UN member states, state media KCNA said,...

North Korea says it fired ‘remarkable’ new anti-aircraft missile in test

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North Korea fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, state media KCNA reported, the latest in a recent series of weapons tests that...

China’s high-end military technology touted at biggest air show

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China put on an extravagant display of once-secret high-end military technology at its largest air show this week, while broadcasting its growing ambitions in...

North Korea joins race for new hypersonic missile with latest test

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North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile this week, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, joining a race headed by major military...

US successfully flight tests Raytheon hypersonic weapon – Pentagon

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The United States has tested an air-breathing hypersonic weapon capable of speeds faster than five times the speed of sound, marking the first successful...

Erdogan says Turkey plans to buy more Russian defense systems

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President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey still intended to buy a second batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, a move that could deepen...

Biden promises “relentless diplomacy”, not cold war

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US President Joe Biden mapped out a new era of vigorous competition without a new Cold War despite China's ascendance during his first United...

North Korea warns US risks ‘dangerous nuclear arms race’ over Australia subs

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North Korea warned on Monday that the United States risked a dangerous nuclear arms race by providing submarine technology to Australia, criticising its "double...

North Korea says it tested new railway-borne missile system to strike ‘threatening forces’

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The missiles fired by North Korea on Wednesday were a test of a new "railway-borne missile system" designed as a potential counter-strike to any...

New international defence partnership has eyes on China

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Another acronym – AUKUS – joins an already lengthy list in the international defence world. AUKUS is a new security partnership linking Australia, the United...

North and South Korea conduct duelling missile tests as arms race heats up

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Both North Korea and South Korea test fired ballistic missiles on Wednesday, the latest volley in an arms race that has seen both countries develop increasingly...

North Korea tests first ‘strategic’ cruise missile with possible nuclear capability

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North Korea carried out successful tests of a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state media said on Monday, seen by analysts as...

UK to probe US private equity purchase of defence firm Ultra

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Britain said it will investigate possible national security risks from the planned 2.6 billion-pound ($3.6 billion) acquisition of defence firm Ultra Electronics by rival...

Defence firm Cobham to buy UK rival Ultra in $3.6 billion deal

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Defence firm Cobham said on Monday it had agreed to buy Ultra Electronics in a deal valuing its UK-listed rival at 2.57 billion pounds...

Lockheed second quarter profit misses even as space business boosts sales

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US weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp said on Monday its space business boosted revenues in the latest quarter, but a classified aeronautics development program...