in Events

AAD 2016 opens its doors

Posted 14 September 2016 · Add Comment

Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition 2016 was officially declared open today by Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Taking place at Air Force Base Waterkloof , South Africa, the event has attracted more than 440 exhibitors from 34 countries, with 95 display aircraft.

Mapisa-Nqakula said in her opening speech:  “True to the theme for this edition of ‘Unleashing Africa’s Defence and Aerospace potential’ – we have, for the first time, been honoured by the establishment of an African (Union) Pavilion. In this no less than six of our continental partner nations are exclusively exhibiting

“As government we have moved towards a closer relationship between the Department of Defence and defence industries to ensure greater support and synchrony between the State and Private sector.

“In March this year we successfully launched our National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) as prescribed by the Defence Review of 2015…to this end, the role of Armscor – in collaboration with organised industry, both public and private – cannot be overemphasised.”

“It is with pride that the South African defence industries has been amongst the best and in the forefront of producing innovative products, some of which have drawn the eyes of big defence industry players across the globe. We are encouraged by the achievements of AAD to showcase the indigenous technologies of the region.

“It is pleasing to note the upsurge of international interest in our defence industries and for them to participate and exhibit in the AAD. This augurs well for our economy

“As we celebrate the appointment of Lieutenant General Derrick Mgwebi as the Force Commander for MONUSCO as well as the successes that have been attained by our Rooivalk Attack Helicopter in that mission, we cannot rest on our laurels. It is that we are already engaged in processes of upgrading this platform. For this purposes, and in line with the global trend of collaborative defence programs, we are willing to engage with like-minded partner nations in the areas of risk sharing co-development and co-production as we upgrade the Rooivalk platform.

“In closing, we are grateful that all of you sitting here have honoured us with your presence at this exhibition and we have done all we can to ensure that it is as productive to you as we know it will be for us. We hope that you will have time to enjoy the best that our capital city, the province and country has to offer,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Boeing Global Services Forecasts 1.2 million pilots and technicians needed by 2036

Now in its eighth year, the outlook is a respected industry study that forecasts the 20 year demand for crews to support the world's growing commercial airplane fleet.

Customers eyeing up the all-seeing Mwari

With Paramount Group starting production of its AHRLAC advanced high-performance light reconnaissance aircraft, attention is now switching to the weaponised version, Mwari. Sam Basch reports.

Zambia to acquire five SuperJets from Sukhoi

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft t has signed contracts with customers in Zambia for the supply of five SSJ 100-95s, reports ch-aviation.

Dassault delivers 2,500th Falcon business jet

Dassault Aviation recently delivered its 2,500th business jet, marking yet another landmark event in the storied saga of the Falcon line.

Air Serv begins operations in Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Air Serv has deployed a start up team and Cessna Caravan to Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to launch a new program in support of humanitarian organizations working in the region. July 10, 2017 saw the departure of the

SA Airlink to provide services to St Helena and Ascension Island

St Helena Government and SA Airlink (Airlink) has signed an agreement for Airlink to provide scheduled commercial air services to St Helena Island. Airlink will also operate a monthly charter service between St Helena and Ascension

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
AfBAC Expo BT2017GroundHandling BT0303280917ACI Africa BT77181017Global Aerospace BT28218Aviation Africa BT18418