Underscores Determination for National Technological and Industrial Development
On the occasion of the 20th iteration of African Aerospace and Defence (AAD), which takes place at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Centurion, South Africa, 19-23 September, the show will be officially opened by the President of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa.
A keen businessman by background, President Ramaphosa seems to be determined that South Africa will continue to develop technologically and industrially, as well as economically, through defence and national security innovations exported around the globe.
Fast facts about AAD 2016 – for comparison after AAD 2018:
– There is only 1 aerospace and defence exhibition in all of Africa – a continent comprised of more than 55 countries, if the disputed territory of the Western Sahara is included.
– 34 countries from around the world are represented by exhibitors
– 13 national pavilions are included
– 523 exhibiting companies from across the RSA, Africa and around the world
– 444 internationally and nationally-accredited aerospace, defence, civil aviation, news, economy-financial and specialist journalists in attendance
– 75 RSA MoD officials and ministers – including those in procurement – in attendance
– 86 civil and military aircraft on display
MONCh will be reporting regularly direct from AAD.
In the meantime, you can access and read more about developments in defence for and from South Africa as featured in MILITARY TECHNOLOGY issue 09/2018 and NAVAL FORCES issue 04/2018 by clicking here. You will be able to access the digital versions of these magazines and their exclusive content on the current state of affairs and future of South African defence.