The gap between the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibitions will be filled by the Aerospace and Defence Trade Show (ADTS) next year.
Lanseria International Airport north-west of Johannesburg and west of Pretoria will host the ADTS event from 24 to 26 March.
AAD organisers were forced to “defer” this year’s event at AFB Waterkloof due to regulations and restrictions imposed by government in terms of the national state of disaster declared to combat the spread of coronavirus. Apart from restrictions on the number of people attending events and gatherings, an almost complete ban on international air travel would have affected both exhibition participation and visitor attendance.
Next year’s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday trade event at Lanseria is, according to AAD Expo organisers, a lead-up one to AAD in September 2022.
“AAD continues to create platforms to promote innovation and capabilities in the defence and aviation industries,” an AAD Expo statement said, adding ADTS 2021 “is about exploring new paths, sharing solutions and showcasing innovation beyond COVID-19”.
“For trade visitors only, the event will be industry focused and emphasise industry capabilities and technologies emanating from challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
ADTS 2021 will include business to business meetings, on-site capability demonstrations for aircraft and UAVs and a conference.
“Parallel to the Lanseria event programme, traders can expect a fully-fledged display of land forces innovation and capability demonstrations at the Gerotek testing facility west of Pretoria. Gerotek offers a variety of testing and capability demonstrations set to marvel participants.
“ADTS 2021 is set to bring together approximately 150 exhibitors consisting of 80% local industry and 20% international industry including defence and general aviation industry, airports, UAV/drone operators, security system operators (cybersecurity and crowd control are examples), medical supply companies and support and logistic services to name a few.
“This experience will give the South African and international defence and general aviation industries an opportunity to showcase products and services, while engaging in dialogue and discourse on what is pertinent to their industries,” the statement continues.
AAD Expo executive chair Sandile Ndlovu is quoted as saying: “The hosting of AAD events for the past 21 years has made a significant contribution to the growing South African economy and that of its neighbouring countries through leveraging intellectual property into tangible products and export contracts. We will continue to create an enabling environment for dialogue in our sector. As one of our key mandates pronounces, it will remain our goal to bring together subject matter experts in thought leadership dialogues such as ADTS2021”.