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AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE:ITALIAN-MADE TECHNOLOGY ON SHOW IN SOUTH AFRICA
The most advanced technologies for aerospace and defence, all the latest developments in the industry, and the very best specialised companies: all this is on show at the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD Expo), to be held at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Centurion (Johannesburg), South Africa, from September 17th to 21st.
And thanks to the collective organised by ICE (the Italian Trade Promotion Agency), visitors to the fair will have the chance to explore the great variety of Italian production and innovation in this sector.
The Italian delegation brought together by ICE represents the most innovative and technologically advanced Italian companies operating in the sector.
The collective will occupy a dedicated space of about 160 square metres in the main hallway of the hangar. Visitors to the area will encounter a range of small and medium-sized enterprises, highly specialised in aerospace and defence: companies which form an industrial platform based on applications, products and processes able to respond fully to the market.
The exhibition will therefore provide a chance to come into direct contact with some of the top Italian companies, specialising in such fields as solutions for fuel management, high-tech sensors, pneumatic control systems, targets, and more generally in highly advanced technologies for the sector.
The first three days of the event will be devoted to commercial transactions between exhibitors and accredited visitors, while the last two will feature flight demonstrations, open to the public.
The exhibition, now in its eighth edition, is recognised as the most important fair in the whole sub-Saharan continent focusing on the aircraft, spacecraft and defence sector. Indeed, the numbers tell the story: 7 hangars, 15 national pavilions, 347 exhibitors from 26 countries, and 40,000 trade visitors from 101 different nations.
The fair is held every two years and is an important international showcase for technological innovation, attracting the most important world players from the sectors of civil and military aviation, space, homeland security, crisis management and related services.
An additional feature of the event will be the Youth Development Programme (YDP), which aims to promote careers in the fields of defence and aviation.
The South African government supports the development of international technological partnerships in a sector that contributes 7% to the country's GDP.
South Africa is at the forefront in the fields of unmanned spacecraft, security, components, sensors, training systems, composite materials and satellites.