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Strong UK presence at AAD 2018

A Gryphon UAV at AAD.“Innovation Partnership and Technology Transfer” are the main themes as UK companies exhibit a wide range of defence and security capabilities at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition next week. This reflects UK Government and UK companies’ continuing commitment to partnership with Africa.

UK companies are offering capabilities to meet Africa’s security challenges, especially border protection where the UK is a global leader, the UK Department of International Trade, Defence and Security Organisation said.

“The UK has significant capabilities in helicopters, tactical communications, flying training, security vehicles, counter-poaching, disaster relief, borders and maritime security which it is happy to share with Armed Forces, senior officials from South Africa and the continent as well as local industry The UK also has expertise on financial affordability models and financing for defence programmes/procurement via its Export Finance department and is keen to promote its keenness to engage in technology collaboration as well.

“UK companies are looking to develop innovative industrial partnerships across Africa. AAD 2018 is an ideal opportunity for companies from the UK and across Africa to identify areas where they can work together.”

The UK team is led by Air Vice Marshal Nigel Maddox Senior Military Advisor in the Department of International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation, supported by Tim Johnson, Assistant Director for Africa.

Maddox said “South Africa is an important partner for the UK and we are continuing to deepen and strengthen our defence relationship. We also value relationships across Africa and welcome opportunities to discuss how the UK is developing solutions and to share experience and expertise. The world is ever changing and the role of the Armed Forces, Security and Police Forces in securing the safety of our citizens requires an ever-increasing breadth of tactics, doctrine and equipment. I am very keen that UK companies look for industrial partnerships and joint ventures in Africa so that we can continue to share knowledge, understanding and technology that will take our relationship from strength to strength.”

The UK’s capabilities will be viewable in Hangar 4, Stand W6 at AAD.

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