Inaugural Combat Aircraft Conference coming to AAD


This year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition will be hosting the inaugural Combat Aircraft Africa Conference.

Paramount is the platinum sponsor and will be unpacking the topic ‘Collaboration on a global scale’. The company will also be launching its new Smart Weapons Integration on Fastjet Trainers (SWIFT) weapons package.

Paramount Advanced Technologies (PAT) will also be showcasing its Flexible Light Armed System for Helicopters (FLASH). FLASH allows customers to select a variety of weapons, sensors and equipment from different suppliers but its core comprises a helmet-mounted sight and display (HMSD), a mission computer, GPS receiver, mission display sight controls, sensor turret and 12.7 mm gun pods and 70 mm rockets, but a 20 mm cannon pod and guided weapons (such as Ingwe missiles) can be added.

The Combat Aircraft conference is being run by Star Hero and AAD. The organisers said the main objective is to create a platform for South African and global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to showcase airborne systems and products, aerospace engineering and design, reconnaissance and situational awareness systems, and manufacturing and development capabilities.

The core thread of the conference will be weapons and systems integration on helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
“This conference will give OEMs and defence companies an opportunity to capture a targeted audience away from the noise (100s of AAD exhibitors, static displays and competitors) to do some direct, focussed and intimate marketing.”

The conference will allow local industry an opportunity to network with leading international commercial and defence industry players and showcase their capabilities for African and global ministries of defence.

The conference is due to take place on Friday 21 September at Air Force Base Waterkloof.

Multiple seminars are set to take place during the show, including a cyber security symposium on 20 September. This will examine cyber intelligence and warfare, amongst others.

One of the other seminar topics at AAD will be “The Future of Drones”. The seminars are scheduled to run over the three trade days, i.e. 19 to 21 September. For this reason, AAD offers a number of small theatres with seating capacity of 50 for presentations, product launches and media briefings, which are ideal at a venue like Waterkloof.