Seven national pavilions so far for AAD


Switzerland is the latest addition to the list of countries that will be using national pavilions to showcase defence and security equipment at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.

The landlocked European country joins the defence industries of Argentina, China, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United States as national exhibitors for AAD which returns to its 2012 venue of AFB Waterkloof from September 17 to 21.

Of the national pavilions confirmed to date only Italy has indicated which companies will be exhibiting. Ficantieri, Finmeccanica and ICE are listed as being part of the Italian pavilion.

As of today the exhibition website shows a total of 67 exhibitors, including the seven national pavilions. Twelve chalets on the flight line have also been reserved by, among others, the Department of Defence and Military Veterans, Armscor, the Civil Aviation Association of SA, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, Aerosud, Exeujet, National Airways Corporation (NAC) and the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD), which is the AAD 2014 host.

Six hangars at Waterkloof, the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) Transport Centre of Excellence, have been set aside for exhibitors with space both in and outside the hangars.

State-owned Denel and Ivor Ichikowitz’ Paramount Group, the two major players in the South African defence industry, have reserved the bulk of space in Hangar Four. The CSIR and Airbus Defence and Space group company Cassidian are also taking sizeable sections of exhibition space in this hangar.

Other confirmed exhibitors include DCD Protected Mobility, Reutec, Turbomeca, Tellumat, MTU South Africa, Wagtail Military, Imperial Armour, Osprey Logistics, BAE Systems, OTT and Rippel Effect.