Six national pavilions confirmed for AAD 2014

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The importance of Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) to the international defence industry can, with just under nine months before gates open for the 2014 exhibition, be seen from the fact that six countries have already committed to national pavilions.

This year’s AAD will again be staged at AFB Waterkloof in Centurion where the defence industries of Argentina, China, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United States will be showcasing equipment and technology for the defence and security sectors.

China and Russia have signed up for large portions of Hangar Two with South African company, DCD Protected Mobility, the other big exhibitor in this hangar.

Germany, Italy and the US are the big exhibitors in Hangar Three with Argentina taking up a smaller section of floor space in this hangar.

The two major South African defence industry players – State-owned Denel and Ivor Ichikowitz’ Paramount Group – will take up the bulk of Hangar Four. The CSIR and Airbus Defence and Space group company Cassidian are also taking sizeable sections of exhibition space in this hangar. Both Denel and Paramount have also secured outside display areas on the north and south sides of this hangar where BAE Systems has also confirmed its presence for the period September 17 to 21.

Other exhibitors already confirmed for Hangar Four are Reutech, Turbomeca and Tellumat.

AAD 2014 opens its doors for business with the first of three trade days on September 17 while the weekend (September 20 and 21) will see thousands descend on the base for the AAD airshow.