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ISS: South Africa’s military drills with Russia and China raise eyebrows

This week’s unprecedented joint trilateral sea exercise of the South African, Russian and Chinese navies has raised some eyebrows in Western embassies in Pretoria...

Russian Tu-160s depart South Africa

The two Russian Air Force Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ bombers that arrived in South Africa on Wednesday last week have departed for Russia after an official...

Russia keen to manufacture military hardware with South Africa

Russia has expressed interest in jointly producing military equipment with South Africa, as South Africa is the leading defence hardware manufacturer on the continent. This...

Russian Tu-160 bombers arrive in South Africa

Two Russian Aerospace Forces Tupolev Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ bombers touched down at Air Force Base Waterkloof on Wednesday in a groundbreaking visit to South Africa. The...

Tu-160 visit to South Africa delayed

A visit by two Russian Air Force Tu-160 bombers has been postponed by more than 24 hours due to technical problems, with the aircraft...

Antonov and Tupolev coming to AAD

The main attractions – aircraft-wise – at this year's Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition are going to be Russian. The exhibition organisers...

Russia to modernise Blackjack, Backfire bombers

The Russian Air Force is modernising ten Tu-160 Blackjack and 30 Tu-22M strategic bombers, which will enter service by 2020. Russia is...