Unlocking Africa’s Aerospace and Defence Potential at AAD2018

Unlocking Africa’s Aerospace and Defence Potential at AAD2018

The annual Africa Aerospace and Defence Trade and Airshow is finally on our doorstep and been held at once again at Airforce Base Waterkloof in Pretoria, South Africa. The event is the only trade exhibition and combined international airshow on the African continent, this marks the 10th AAD exhibition taking place at AFB Waterkloof. The trade show is always an exciting event on the calendar and takes place every second year, the amount of planning and organising really shows the amount each and every role player in the AAD Committee does pay off.

The Hon Ms NN Mapisa-Nqakula

The official media breakfast started off with a address by the minister of defence and military veterans, The Hon Ms NN Mapisa-Nqakula,who welcomed all and present at the briefing.

 

During the time President Nelson Mandela was the commander in chief, the South African National defence force played a major role during his term in office. When our late president passed away during December 2013,A 28 Squadron C130 flew the coffin of “Madiba” to his home in the Eastern Cape. The final flypast of the C130BZ flanked by two 2 Squadron Gripens over head AFB Waterkloof, the ones who witnessed it will be a formation never to be forgotten over the skies of Pretoria.

“This year the 10th AAD Exhibition takes place against the backdrop of our nation commemorating the centenary of the birth of President Nelson Mandela and Mama Sisulu. We remember them fondly: for their great contribution towards the democracy we are sharing in this country and for bringing our people together in peace. For this reason, we have renamed the Hanger one, which is popular as government precinct the “Madiba Hangar”. We invite you all to visit this hangar and join us and the rest of the country in remembering the first commander in chief of the South African National Defence Force.”

The Minister also mentioned that this show is critical as it is the only show of its kind in Africa, all forms of networking, sharing and exposing todays technology is vital. Developing the youth, which AAD Youth Development program will be taking place during all 5 days of the show. Showing off strategic capabilities in all forms of the defence industry. This show contributes to the value of society, Members of the AAD Committee also mentioned a economic impact analysis will be conducted after the show is completed. We look forward to AAD2018,let the trade and airshow begin!

 

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