Science & Defence Technology

ISS: Libya’s war becomes a tech battleground

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Libya’s current conflict is emerging as a very different one to what has been fought before in the country, or the world. Fleets of...

Multiple projects lined up for world’s largest 3D printer at the CSIR

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) 3D metal printer – the largest of its kind in the world - is being used...

ISS: Is Africa ready for weapons that call their own shots?

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Robotic weapons that once activated can select and attack targets without any further human intervention are being developed by the United States, China, Russia,...

US Air Force starts using first certified 3D printed aircraft parts

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The United States Air Force’s 60th Maintenance Squadron has become the first field unit in the Air Force to be certified with an industrial-sized...

Fourth industrial revolution under the spotlight at Armscor Engineering Day

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The fourth industrial revolution and its impact on the aerospace and defence industries came under the spotlight at Armscor’s recent Engineering Day. The 2019 edition...

Fourth industrial revolution driving the sophistication of IEDs

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The fourth industrial revolution (IR) has bought about cyber-physical systems that are changing the landscape of war between state and non-state actors. Smart robotics,...

Civilian investment is the new driver in Research and Development

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Previously driven by military investment, Research and Development (R&D) in the defence industry is now driven by civilian investment, with the adoption of machine...

Bloodhound car needs to get through South African customs before breaking speed records

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The Bloodhound supersonic car will be arriving in South Africa in October this year where it will be driven by Andy Green in the...

CSIR developing synthetic aperture radar

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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

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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

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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

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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)...

CSIR evolves surveillance camera

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a lighter, cheaper and more compact version of its Otus surveillance camera, which is...

#Africa4Future Cape Town summit concludes on a high

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Participants in the latest Airbus BizLab and GIZ #Africa4Future challenge for innovative African aerospace and remote sensing startups met with experts, investors and other...

US Air Force lab achieves shockwave material breakthrough

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The US Air Force Research Laboratory, along with research partners at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Washington, are working to change the shape of materials...

CSIR develops explosion detection system

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed an explosion detection and active mitigation system designed to protect against threats such as...

BAE Systems flies aircraft with no moving control surfaces

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Using new technologies that replacing moving control surfaces with a simpler ‘blown air’ solution, BAE’s MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has shown the way...

China leads U.S. on potent super-fast missiles

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China is leading the U.S. in a race to deploy hypersonic missiles that would defeat existing air defense systems, according to senior U.S. officials. The...

CSIR’s passive radar system now running at five sites

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) passive radar system has been rolled out to five different sites in the North-Eastern part of...

Hypersonic weapons: a challenge and opportunity for strategic arms control

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In February, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs – jointly with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research - released a 50-page document...

MBDA and Milrem Robotics unveil anti-tank UGV

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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

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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

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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...

CSIR showcases defence and security technology

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has displayed some of the innovative technologies being developed by its divisions, from unmanned aerial vehicles...

Airbus announces Africa’s top ten tech start-ups for accelerator programme

Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have announced the top 10 African tech start-ups that will take part in the latest...

Victory for SA space science

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South Africa has been recognised as a leading player in the space science sector. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been selected by...

The inevitable convergence of physical and cybersecurity

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It may not be immediately clear as to how, but physical and cybersecurity are converging and the need for a combination of...

Impacting Airbus aircraft design

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University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers from the Industrial Computational Fluid Dynamics (InCFD) Research Group have made their mark in the field...

Pentagon looks to exoskeletons to build ‘super-soldiers’

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The U.S. Army is investing millions of dollars in experimental exoskeleton technology to make soldiers stronger and more resilient, in what experts...

Radical experimental plane with no moving parts wows scientists

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Some 115 years after the first powered flight, scientists have developed a radical new approach toward flying in the form of a...

Big Space data will benefit disaster response in Africa

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Outer space and disaster response experts at a United Nations forum in Bonn, Germany, discussed how "big data" including social media, crowd-sourcing...

IMT develops underwater beacon detection system

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Armscor division Institute of Maritime Technology (IMT) has designed and developed an underwater locator beacon detection system in collaboration with the South...

CSIR and SANSA to support industrial development in space science

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) will continue to work together in...

Nammo develops supercavitating ammunition

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While traditional ammunition is either stopped or deflected when it hits water, Nammo's 30 mm Swimmer (APFSDS-T MK 258 Mod 1) swims...

New coating keeps ships at sea longer

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A new corrosion-resistant coating that halved the build-up of algae and barnacles on ship hydraulic components is now being trialled on HMAS...

Naval technology used in shark repellent system

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That military – and in this instance naval – technology can be successfully adapted to civilian use has again been demonstrated, this...

New US Army technology guides soldiers in complete darkness

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Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a new type of thermal imaging camera that allows Soldiers to see hidden...

Paramount and the CSIR announce partnership agreement

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Paramount Group and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have announced they will collaborate on a number of projects and...

Paramount launches ‘Parabotics’ robotics competition

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Paramount Group has launched a new annual robotics competition entitled ‘Parabotics', open to high school pupils, college students and university undergraduates from...

Etion Create launching new controller at AAD 2018

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Etion Create, recently rebranded from Parsec, will be launching its new VF370 Single Board Computer (SBC) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD 2018)...

Sensors, counter-drone system amongst ECM Technologies displays at AAD

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ECM Technologies will devote almost half of its stand at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition between 19 and 23...

Dassault Systemes to Showcase future factory tech at AAD

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Dassault Systèmes will share its vision of the factory of the future of the aerospace and defense industry at the Africa Aerospace...

Milkor offering proactive and defensive cyber solutions

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Milkor's new cyber division is offering extensive solutions that have already attracted a number of clients. Nelis Strydom: Head of Business Development: Africa...

Local Defence Evaluation and Research Institute needed

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Engineering in the tough economic times South Africa is experiencing is not news to the country's defence sector – both the military...

U.S. judge extends ban of online 3-D printed gun blueprints

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A U.S. federal judge on Monday extended a ban on the online distribution of 3-D printed gun blueprints, a win for a...

US Army technicians examine IEDs

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Most soldiers do not think much about what happens to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) once they are found and disarmed by friendly...

UK military pursuing autonomous vehicle development

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Futuristic drones and unmanned ground robots with autonomous ‘deliver to order' capability could provide timely answers to the vital challenges of access...

US Army’s new 3-D printed shape-shifting soft robots crawl, jump, grab

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New 3-D printed robotic structures can squeeze in tight spaces like a crack in the wall of a cave, jump over trip...

Rolls Royce unveils engine maintenance robots

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Rolls-Royce has demonstrated a vision of how robotics could be used to revolutionise the future of engine maintenance, with different robots that...

Reviving supersonic passenger flights to harm environment

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Reviving supersonic passenger flights will harm the environment as the jets will not likely be able to comply with existing fuel efficiency,...

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