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Sudanese Armed Forces using Irianian UAVs

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The Sudanese Armed Forces has begun using Iranian-made Mohajer-6 unmanned aerial vehicles in its ongoing fight against the Rapid Support Forces, raising the prospect...

Mali receives more Bayraktar TB2 UAVs

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The Armed Forces of Mali have received another consignment of Baykar Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey. The Malian Presidency said the aircraft...

Ethiopia acquires Akinci UAVs, Su-30 fighters

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The Ethiopian Air Force (EAF) has acquired Akinci unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey and Russian Sukhoi Su-30K combat aircraft as it continues with...

Aviation holds huge potential for the South African defence industry

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The aviation sector is one of four potential clusters in the South African Aerospace & Defence (A&D) industry that can be used to revive...

New South African UAV unveiled for security and other missions

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South African company Aquila Viour has designed and manufactured a rugged new unmanned helicopter for security and other missions. The Alto unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)...

Drones as weapons: Africa needs better data to anticipate risk

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In October this year, Africa’s air force chiefs of staff and air force industry representatives gathered in Senegal. They agreed the continent urgently needed...

The dizzying possibilities of drones in Africa

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Nigeria deploys drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at border crossings to increase security along its porous frontier and to identify potential threats while...

Milkor’s flagship UAV takes flight

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Milkor has flown its Milkor 380 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time, marking a giant milestone in the development of its flagship...

Turkey clinches Nigerian border security contract

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In recent years, the Nigerian military has fostered relationships with Turkish defence companies, acquiring equipment ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to offshore patrol...

Milkor showcasing its products at DSEI 2023 as it continues its...

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Having just established a new office in Poland, Milkor is further cementing its position in the European market by taking part in the 24th...

Milkor establishes Polish division, signs MoU with Germany’s AeroData

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Milkor Polska, the newest addition to the Milkor Group, has kicked off its operations in Poland by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with...

Attack on Kenya Defence Forces outpost confirms Al-Shabaab drone use

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Kenyan security forces have increased their operations along the country’s 680-kilometer border with Somalia in response to recent attacks by al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab, which has suffered...

Recent conflicts pushing global militaries to invest in UAVs

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If global interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) started to rise after their armed deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, the massive –...

DRC operating CH-4 UAVs

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the latest African nation to put the CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into service after ordering nine...

Burkina Faso commissions Bayraktar TB2 UAVs

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Burkina Faso’s armed forces have officially taken into service Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were recently acquired from Turkey. It was reported in...

Strong presence at IDEX for rapidly growing Milkor

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As part of the 15th iteration of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held bi-annually in Abu Dhabi, Milkor UAE has been showcasing...

Paramount putting N-Raven loitering munition into production

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Paramount Aerospace Systems (PAS) will be putting its N-Raven loitering munition into production in April this year with first deliveries in October, the company...

UAVs’ flying start in defence is triggering new maintenance and sustainment...

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The use of drones and unmanned systems in the defence industry is maturing from a reliance on human input and remote control, to increasingly...

ISS: Can a new wave of drone tech make Africa’s seas...

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The growing sophistication and affordability of unmanned systems could ease Africa’s shortage of maritime security resources. On 29 October, Ukraine attacked Russian naval ships in...

Hensoldt demos Astus UAV to potential clients

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Hensoldt South Africa is holding flight demonstrations of its Astus unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the Western Cape for potential customers, and showcasing the...

Nigeria enlists drones for border security and crime fighting

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Tethered drones are making life easier for Nigerian law enforcement authorities responsible for border and homeland security as well as anti-crime and anti-terrorism operations. The...

CSIR developing hydrogen-powered UAV

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is busy with the development of a hydrogen-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using locally developed fuel...

First Milkor UAVs destined for South African use

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Milkor's 18.6 metre wingspan Milkor 380 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the largest such aircraft to be developed in Africa and will enter production...

SANDF help recover crashed UN UAV in the DRC

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has helped recover a crashed Falco Evo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by the United Nations Stabilisation...

ISS: Weaponised drones – the latest tech threat to reach Africa

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Drones have for some time been used by regular armed forces on Africa’s battlefields, such as in Ethiopia and Mali. But now they’re increasingly...

CSIR’s K-Line fire detection camera now UAV-mounted

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) successfully tested its K-Line fire detection camera on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The camera was...

Facing unrelenting violence, Sahel countries turn to drones

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Burkina Faso has become the third West African country to acquire Turkish-made armed drones for use in the fight against extremism. The Bayraktar TB2 unmanned...

Nigeria acquires Songar armed drones from Turkey as UAV fleet grows

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The Nigerian Police Force has taken delivery of a small batch of Songar armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey’s Asisguard, while larger UAVs...

RPAS ROC for SANBS – a South African first

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A three year-long initiative by the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) came full swing with the issuing of a remote operator’s certificate (ROC) by...

Djibouti operating Bayraktar UAVs

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Djibouti appears to have become the latest customer for Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Two of the UAVs, on lowbed trailers, took part...

Drones aid SANDF disaster relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is using small drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to assist with flood relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal...

Proforce signs UAV agreement with France’s Aeraccess

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Nigeria’s Proforce has signed an agreement with France’s Aeraccess for the production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as Proforce expands its portfolio into the...

Uganda operating MALE UAV

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The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) is operating a new medium-altitude, long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), believed to be the Israeli Hermes...

Legislation holding the drone industry back in South Africa

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Restrictive UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or drone regulations in South Africa are holding the industry back, with major reforms needed, especially in the security...

Counter drone technology comes under the spotlight at first Security Drone...

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have proliferated over the past decade, with new aircraft and applications appearing all the time. As UAVs become...

Global military UAS spending to total $187.6 billion over next decade

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will continue to be one of the most dynamic growth sectors of the world aerospace industry this decade, with procurement...

Saudi-led coalition targets Yemen sites after attempted drone attack

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A Saudi-led coalition carried out a wide operation against targets in Yemen after intercepting and destroying a drone that attempted to attack Saudi Arabia's...

Croatia’s seed-scattering drones replant forests hurt by fire

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Seed-scattering drones are crisscrossing Croatia's skies in an airborne attempt to replant remote forests damaged by fire, an initiative its backers aim to promote...

Drones pose growing threat in extremists’ hands

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In recent years, the uses for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, have multiplied across Africa. Drones have been used to fertilize...

Milkor to open new office in Saudi Arabia

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As it continues to grow and expand its presence around the globe, aerospace and defence company Milkor is opening its third international office, in...

Morocco receives first Bayraktar UAV

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The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) have apparently received the first Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on order from Turkey. Photos circulating online in...

Nigerian Air Force graduates 20 UAV and five fixed and rotary...

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated another 25 pilots, including 20 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and five fixed and rotary wing aircraft pilots....

Drone pilots graduate thanks to Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust

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The first five of ten students studying to be unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) pilots have completed their Remote Pilots License (RPL), thanks...

Ethiopia acquires Iranian UAVs for Tigray War

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In the latest effort to halt the advancing Tigray Defence Force (TDF) and Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), it appears Ethiopia has purchased several Iranian-made...

IAI’s Maritime Heron ideal for maritime security

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was the first unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturer to deploy drones on maritime surveillance missions and has built up decades...

NIMASA ready to deploy Tekever UAVs for Deep Blue maritime security...

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has concluded training on its new Tekever AR3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have been acquired...

Another German Heron for Mali

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The German government has approved the deployment of another Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the United Nations mission in Mali, which will bring...

Ultimate Heliport briefly shut down due to illegal drone activity

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The Ultimate Heliport in the Waterfall precinct in Midrand was shut down for an hour on Monday after drones were observed flying in the...

Denel lost a Seeker 400 in a 2019 crash

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A Denel Seeker 400 crashed during a test flight in late 2019, resulting in significant damage being sustained to the airframe. Photos recently emerged on...

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