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The African Defense Calendar of Events is the most comprehensive listing of Africa-specific defense and security conferences and exhibitions.


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February 2015

February 2-4, 2015Future Fires AfricaKofi Annan International Peacekeeping CentreAccra,

Expeditionary, peacekeeping and border challenges in Africa are increasingly mak-ing better use of artillery and joint fires assets whilst ensuring greater situational awareness. Coupled with this is a need to increase fires accuracy with surveillance and reconnaissance and to avoid collateral damage whilst providing much needed support to increasingly complicated operations.

In the last five years alone, there has been an increase in defence expenditure to secure borders, defend natural resources and aid in peacekeeping missions.African forces are creating new Artillery and ISTAR divisions and are looking to secure new artillery, mortar and C4ISR assets to counter ever deadly asymmetric threats from terrorism, for border security and on peacekeeping missions before it becomes necessary to commit to a costly full deployment. Solution providers and those with direct experience are invited to solve these challenges at the Future Fires Summit for Africa this October.

Organised by Defence IQ, Future Fires Africa focuses on Ghanaian, Nigerian, Kenyan, South African, Angolan, Egyptian and Algerian (to name a few) challenges and near-term procurements plus recent experience from anti-terrorist operations.

February 9-12, 2015African Land Forces SummitDakar, Senegal

To promote cooperation and a common understanding of the security issues facing the continent, the COmmander of US Army Africa will host a symposium bringing together senior military leaders from across the continent.

February 10-11, 2015Homeland Security Summit - AfricaKofi Annan International Peacekeeping CentreAccra, Ghana

The shifting security landscape and newly emerging threats require the countries in ECOWAS and the wider region to formulate national security strategies and frameworks that share common approaches and address shared security concerns. As key security stakeholders continue to develop and implement these policies, security providers will be called upon to offer the most advanced technologies and integrated systems that mitigate the risk posed by threats to homeland stability and tranquility.

Formally supported by the Ghana Police Service, Defence IQ’s first annual Home-land Security Summit - Africa, taking place 18-20 November in Accra, is the region’s premiere event for ascertaining information about the latest trends in homeland security and the most advanced technologies for integrating capability across multiple agencies and directorates.

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February 22-26, 2015IDEX and NAVDEXAbu Dhabi,

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX, is the most strategi-cally important tri-service defence exhibition in the world.

IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of de-fence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with govern-ment departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.

IDEX is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and is organised by the IDEX LLC in association and with the full support of the UAE Armed Forces.

NAVDEX is the naval defence and maritime security section of the tri-service exhi-bition IDEX. It is the leading event of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Following the success of the 2013 edition, NAVDEX 2015 will continue to provide a dedicated platform for international naval defence and maritime security compa-nies to showcase their technologies and services to the MENA region.

February 23-24, 2015MILSATCOM Middle East and AfricaAbu Dhabi,

This upcoming year is a big year for the Middle East & Africa Defence industry, with Abu Dhabi hosting the IDEX Exhibition 2015. Based on this fact, and on the recommendation of our various strategic supporters SMi is proud to present its 3rd Annual MilSatCom Middle East & Africa, 23rd-24th February in Abu Dhabi.

The event will boast a tailored programme based on current issues across MilSat-Com covered by a series of internationaI speakers. In addtion to having representa-tives from the Middle East, the conference will have African representation too as we explore the challenges of using satcom across difficult terrain. We will also be hearing from nations outside the region sharing their experiences as end-users and the latest technologies in the satcom industry.

March 2015March 16-19, 2015Homeland Security Summit AfricaAccra,

The shifting security landscape and newly emerging threats require the countries in ECOWAS and the wider region to formulate national security strategies and frameworks that share common approaches and address shared security concerns.

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As key security stakeholders continue to develop and implement these policies, security providers will be called upon to offer the most advanced technologies and integrated systems that mitigate the risk posed by threats to homeland stability and tranquility.

Formally supported by the Ghana Police Service, Defence IQ’s first annual Home-land Security Focus Day for Africa, as part of the Coastal and Maritime Surveil-lance Summit taking place 16 March 2015 in Accra, is the region’s premiere event for ascertaining information about the latest trends in homeland security and the most advanced technologies for integrating capability across multiple agencies and directorates.

March 24-25, 2015International Conference on Cyber Warfare and SecurityKruger National Park, South Africa

April 2015

April 14-17, 2015LAADRio de Janerio, Brazil

May 2015May 12-14, 2015African Conference of Commandants Workshop for Chief Instructors/StaffLusaka,

May 19-21, 2015ShieldAfricaLibreville,

ShieldAfrica, the international exhibition for defense and homeland security will take place in Libreville, Gabon, from 19 to 21 May 2015. The theme of this third edition is: Cyberwar and cybersecurity.

With the rise of Africa, safety for citizens and their assets remains a key topic in the development agenda. Indeed, investments coming from either public or private sources require a stable and safe environment to prosper. Such an environment is conducive to foster investor confidence and accelerate projects roll-outs. Those issues and concerns stand at the roots of ShieldAfrica existence since its launch in 2013. It is now in third edition as the foremost exhibition dedicated to defence and security in sub-Saharan Africa.

ShieldAfrica was originally designed as attempt to address those issues, while cap-turing economic and geopolitical angles. In a very short stint, it has now become the preferred forum for defence and domestic security government officials to net-work and brainstorm on solutions. ShieldAfrica is a unique hub for private players in the Defence area to meet with high-level African public decision makers.

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19MAY2015 - 21MAY2015Libreville, Gabon

Telephone +238 982 3613Email: [email protected]

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The most recent edition of the conference, held in May 2014, was centred on Disaster Management and Maritime Piracy. For its upcoming and third edition, scheduled for May 19 to 21, 2015 in Libreville,

ShieldAfrica will pinpoint two sensitive topics for Africa that impact people’s integ-rity and business environment: those are cyber-war and cyber-security. Renowned world’s leading experts will share their experience and provide insights on those acute topics. Furthermore, a half-day training masterclass, will be offered to all participants, spread in small groups.

In addition to the usual participation of several high-ranking government officials from various African countries, the forum will also host delegates from Defence, homeland security and civil protection agencies.

After this forum, participants from private sector will have acquired a more in-formed views to refine their African strategy and public officials will have obtained a more précised picture of key directions for the future to strengthen their grip on security issues.

June 2015June 2-3, 2015OPV Middle EastCairo, Egypt

June 2-4, 2015ISDEFTel Aviv,

ISDEF 2015 is the Premier International Defence and HLS Exhibition in Israel. Focusing on interoperability between defence and security, ISDEF brings together government and military officials, industry members, end users and decision mak-ers from Israel and around the world. 86% of attendees have buying power making ISDEF a highly effective platform for rapid business growth. Join us this June 2-4, 2015 in Tel Aviv for the 7th edition of ISDEF!

Up to 250 exhibiting companies from Israel and abroad with international officials and industry professionals from over 90 countries.

June 8-9, 20152nd Annual Offshore Security in Oil & Gas AfricaLagos, Nigeria

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Cyber Security/Warfare

SAR Solutions

Robotic Platforms

Tactical Logistics

Soldier Modernization


Tactical Long Range Communication



Water Purification Systems

Tactical Vehicles

Command and Patrol Vehicles

Parachutes/Guided Parachute Systems

Energy Saving Solutions

Thermal Imaging Devices

Fire Detection

Jamming Devices

Air/Land/Sea Defence Capabilities

Homeland Security Applications


Unmanned Systems: UGV’s / UAV’s

Simulation Systems

Weapon (Systems) and Accessories



Non-Conventional Warfare


Combat Equipment

Electronic Warfare Systems

Vehicle Protection

Border Protection


Emerging Security Challenges

Civil Emergency Planning

Interoperability: Defence and Security

REGISTRATION WWW.ISDEFEXPO.COM [email protected]+972 (3) 691-4564




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June 9-11, 2015US AFRICOM Partnership ForumStuttgart, Germany

Headquarters, United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) will be conducting the USAFRICOM Partnership Forum (APF) taking place June 9-11, 2015 in Stutt-gart, Germany hosted by the USAFRICOM J9 Strategic Outreach Directorate.

The J9 Public Private Partnership (PPP) Branch provides USAFRICOM with the unique capability to build relationships with Non-Federal Entities (NFEs). The command is seeking mutually beneficial partnerships with commercial industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), corporate social foundations, academia, professional associations, international organizations, and other private entities.

The PPP Branch’s mission is to “operationalize” NFE relationships in support of USAFRICOM’s priority Lines of Effort outlined in our Theater Campaign Plan. The intent is to create a flexible operational structure centered on cohesive expecta-tions, realistic goals and practical operations between the command and interested NFEs.The APF is an opportunity for USAFRICOM organizations, our partner agencies and component commands, as well as others in the Stuttgart Area Military Com-munity to gain an understanding of NFE points of view and visibility of their capabilities. USAFRICOM leadership created the APF to serve as a conversational venue between DoD and a diverse set of NFE representatives about specific areas of concern on the African Continent. The APF agenda includes complex regional and trans-African issues that can’t be solved by a purely military approach and require a cooperative engagement strategy.

The intended outcome of the 2015 APF is to facilitate information exchange, the development of cooperative solutions, and operational partnering opportunities between the commercial and humanitarian sector and USAFRICOM.

African Defense magazine will have a stand during the AFRICOM Partnership Forum. Stop by and visit!

For more information send an email to [email protected]

July 2015

July 6-7, 2015Land Forces AfricaPretoria, South

With growing defence budgets and a pressing need for armed forces to rapidly in-crease landward defence capability, Land Forces Africa 2015 presents the foremost opportunity for senior military officials, government stakeholders and industry in the pan-African defence and security space to meet, share and identify future requirements for the crucial development of African armed forces.

Disaster Management Africa Conference & Exhibition (DMAC) will be co-located with Land Forces Africa in 2015 and provide a conference track, technical work-shops, demonstrations and an exhibition where agencies involved in Disaster and Emergency Management can engage, share, learn, and develop partnerships. With

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the support of our endorsing partner – the South African Military Health Service – DMAC will consist of presentations, case studies, workshops and panel discus-sions regarding SANDF Disaster Relief operations, and the successes and chal-lenges relating to cross border disaster relief, interoperability, multinational and multiagency operations and PPP (Private Public Partnership).Land Forces Africa 2015 will facilitate decisions that will drive African ground forces into the next generation. With long and short-term defence and security goals stating the need to be prepared for conventional warfare situations as well as humanitarian efforts on the continent, Land Forces Africa will merge military across Africa, police and governmental bodies to explore roles and rules of en-gagement for bettering African security. Land Forces Africa will focus on military funding alternatives and trade export policy regulation as a matter of importance in the role of the defence force in African economic growth, the tactical aspect of long-range force projection, post-conflict reconstruction and development as well as protecting borders, people and natural resources through land, air and joint surveillance operations.

An objective of the South African Military Health Service is to engage with other agencies and organisations involved in disaster preparedness, response and recov-ery to develop wider industry collaboration. These organisations include National and Provincial Disaster Management, SAPS, fire and emergency Services, centres for disease control and prevention, departments within government, the private sector and NGOs.

100 complimentary delegate passes available for serving military – register by visiting or call Taryn van Zanten on +27 12 997 2552


6 – 8 July 2015 Pretoria | South Africa

Advancing Africa’s defence and security

objectives through interoperability

Keynote speakers include:

• Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Republic of South Africa

• Lieutenant General Paul Mella, Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

• Major General Richard Opoku-Adusei , Chief of Army Staff, Ghana Armed Forces

• Colonel Theo Ligthelm, Senior Staff Officer Strategy & Planning, Office of the Surgeon General, South African Medical

Health Service

Topics to be discussed include African Union Peacekeeping, counter insurgency, border security, disaster

management and technology

• Gain knowledge from experts with first-hand experience in African conflicts

• Learn how to train and operate a military force effectively

• Develop cross border security partnerships

• See the latest military and disaster management technologies

Land Forces Africa is the meeting place for senior military officials, government, defence industry representatives and agencies involved in security and emergency response.

Visit for the latest event updates and programme

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What Land Forces Gives you Other Conferences Can Not • Merges landward defence and internal security operations for a consolidated ground force approach • Brings SADC, AU and BRICS nations together to strengthen relationships and further develop strategies • Allows for a strategic AND tactical view of the African landward defence landscape • Aims to construct a real, consolidated future armed force readiness plan with African armed forces • Has received government and SANDF support as well as high-level military representation • Addresses and supports agreed codes of conduct for high risk zones • Understands new force design with relation to budget allocation • Updates on progress of military skills development and what more can be done in peacetime for local communities

July 14-15, 2015Securing Asia & AfricaLondon,

Securing Asia & Africa 2015 will look into Global energy Security from Regula-tions, Markets and consumer perspectives. Some of the major issues such as regional cooperation in Asia, Middle East and Africa, Harmonization of regulation, Competition, Fuel, Renewal Energy and Smart Grid will be dealt with by Various experts from Practioners, Regulators, Industry and technology providers from both Asia, Africa & the West.

As the Critical infrastructure security is directly linked with the delivery of this Vi-sion and goal of Energy Security, A special focus on protecting Oil Rigs, Pipelines, Mines, Transport systems, Secure borders, Surveillance and allied infrastructure becomes paramount.

August 2015

August 3-4, 2015Counter Terrorism & Border Security MENAAmman, Jordan

ConfLinks, in partnership with Platinum Bridge Conference Management (PCM, Jordan), proudly presents the inaugural Counter Terrorism & Border Control MENA event being held at the Sheraton Amman Hotel, Jordan on 3-4 August 2015. Of-ficially Endorsed by the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) and under the Patronage of the Public Security Directorate (PSD), Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who will host and Chair CTBCMENA2015. A ground breaking forum, the two days will address the global concern of terror-ism and associated conflict across the MENA region, in an effort to tackle the key issues around enduring peace and stability through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). Bringing regional Defence, Interior and Armed Forces officials, alongside key U.S., EU, NATO, and UN agency stakeholders, together with leading local, regional and global operators in a safe and relaxed, yet stimulating environment. Countries represented include Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, and Morocco.

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The format of an event is everything; ConfLinks’ engaging blend of morning plena-ry sessions followed by afternoon one-to-one matchmaking meetings, maximizes everyone’s involvement and leads to long-lasting, meaningful collaborations!


August 24-26, 2015Offshore Patrol Vessels AfricaLagos, Nigeria

In 2013 the inaugural OPV Africa was launched in partnership with the Nigerian Navy. The event was without parallel as over 400 senior members of the interna-tional maritime community, including over 180 naval officers of which there were 60 flag officers and 6 services chiefs, attended the event to discuss solutions to maritime security in Africa, as well as to inspect an exhibition of almost 30 stands showcasing services and products to help facilitate this.

Returning for 2015 in Lagos, the event constitutes Africa’s foremost forum for naval operations and international and intergovernmental cooperation.

Counter Terrorism & Border Control MENA 20153-4 August, Sheraton Amman Hotel Jordan

Ministerial Plenary Sessions

One-to-One Matchmaking Meetings

Formal & Informal Networking

CTBCMENA15, alongside the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, will bring senior Government, U.S., UN, EU, NATO, and GCC officials together with leading local, regional and global operators, to discuss how the public and private sector can collaborate to further peace and security efforts across the MENA region.


Public Security Directorate (PSD)


Jordan Armed Forces (JAF)

regis[email protected] | +44 (0)20 3764 0670 |

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August 25-26, 2015Armoured Vehicles AfricaGaborone,

Armoured Vehicles Africa 2015 is the African mechanized community’s Annual General Meeting, bringing together over 150 Chiefs of Defence, Army Command-ers Armoured Commander, Heads of Land Procurement, and industry executives from across Africa and the rest of the globe to discuss the challenges and success shaping armoured vehicles for now and the future. Held with the support and direction of Senior Leaders from accross the Africa military community, it provides a rare platform to share lessons learned and best practice in current mechanised requirements, capabilities and programmes. With a critical emphasis on interna-tional engagment the event provides on a very real opportunity to strengthen mes-sages of cooperation with counterparts from across the African continent.

It is widely acknowledged that armies across Africa need to possess and operate large numbers of armoured vehicles of different sizes and complexities to maintain their effectiveness in both peace and war time. However, the costs incurred in pur-chasing and subsequently maintaining the vehicles in a high state of operational combat readiness at the required levels of availability are extremely high. With this in mind the event will debate the critically important operational, procurement and technological solutions to these challenges.

September 2015

September 9-11, 2015South African Joint Air Defence SymposiumPretoria, South Africa

The aim of the South African Joint Air Defence Symposium (SAJADS) is to provide a forum where members of the Air Defence (AD) fraternity have the opportunity to exchange information and ideas on requirements, technology and solutions, both on a formal and an informal basis.

The theme of SAJADS 2015 is “Challenges and Strong Points of the Joint Air De-fence (JAD) System in the African Battle Space.”


October 2015

October 14-15, 20153rd International Training and Simulation ConferencePretoria, South Africa

The South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Assoication is host-ing the 2015 “3rd International Training and Simulation Conference” at the Centre for Conflict Simulation (CONSIM) in Pretoria, South Africa over the period 14 to

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15 October 2015.

It is common wisdom that “soldiers must train like they will fight”. The more real-istic the training, the more likely soldiers are to fight like they trained, that is, effec-tively and without of hesitation. The biggest problem with providing operationally realistic training is of course cost: major field exercises can be prohibitively ex-pensive. This trade-off between realism and cost, however, has been substantially altered by the rise of ICT technologies: cutting-edge military simulations provide impressive realism and immersion at the fraction of the cost of field exercises.

At the conference you will hear about training and simulation technologies, as well as live training, from major defence, military and high-tech industry stake-holders from across Africa and the world. The focus will squarely be on training - the challenges, recent developments, changing needs - with simulation as the key enabler.

You will witness live and inter-active demonstrations during certain presentations and during coffee/lunch breaks

October 27-29, 2015Nigeria Security Exhibition and ConferenceAbuja,

Nigeria Security Exhibition and Conference (NISEC) is the single largest annual defence and homeland security event on the continent of Africa. The premier networking, knowledge based platform for industry sector and a rare meeting point for the continent leaders, policy and decision makers to share expertise and expe-riences with world class industry experts and professionals as well as brainstorm on critical regional security threats while showcasing 1000’s of latest defence and security products and services.

NISEC show is a bridge between defence and security manufacturers, service providers and array of end users across Africa. A market heaven for the forward thinking CEO who desires to expand his business beyond borders with Africa’s ever promising defence and security market outlook, the exhibitor is sure to meet target audience.

Contacts:[email protected] Tel: +234 8136665888 / +234 8091599004

October 27-30, 2015IEEE Radar ConferenceJohannesburg, South Africa

Both Developing and Developed nations have growing interest in the use of radar to monitor large areas for diverse purposes in both the civilian and military domains. New and emerging threats such as piracy, poaching and assymetric warfare require improved radar technology to allow border protection, prevention of human trafficking, wildlife preservation, facility protection, and so on. To achieve this radar systems must deliver new levels of rich information whilst being operationally effective, even in harsh conditions.

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In 2014 South Africa celebrated 75 years of indigenous radar research, development and production. The first IEEE Radar Conference in Africa will bring together colleagues from all over the world, and all corners of the radar enterprise, to share, learn, and foster a global community. Attendees will be able to engage and debate new ideas, applications, techniques, technology and solutions through which radar can impact global challenges.

November 2015November 3, 2015African Conference of Commandants Troika MeetingLusaka,

November3-4, 2015Electronic Warfare - South AfricaAardvarks Roost AOCPretoria, South

With a requirement to understand EW capabilities & technologies in defence, this major new EW conference & exhibition is set to help meet the developing EW needs of South Africa and the wider Africa continent.

This latest edition in the Electronic Warfare series focuses on emerging military economies driven by heightened security threats, insurgency, improved capability requirements and modernisation programs.

Complimentary registrations for Military delegations are available: For further details of the conference agenda, exhibition opportunities or registration please contact:

Carl Piercy E: [email protected] T: +44 (0) 1628 550 049

Electronic Warfare Africa 3 – 4 November 2015CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria, S. Africa

Supported by

Sponsored by

The global EW series arrives in Africa for the Emerging Economies Military EW Conference

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Benefiting from the support of the South AfricanMinistry of Defence, this event is set to attract highlevel military personnel from South Africa and severalother African countries including (but not limited to): • Commanding Officers responsible for Radar & EW from the Army, Navy and Air Force, Coastguard & Police • Senior Radar & EW operators • Procurement Officials • Defence Attaches • Senior EW delegations from across the region

November 4-6, 2015African Conference of CommandantsLusaka,

November 22-24, 2015Maritime & Coastal Security AfricaCape Town, South

MCSA is Africa’s premier platform for the full spectrum of seafarers operating along the African coastline to collaboratively project for the future requirements to coun-teract sea threats and piracy and match Africa’s future maritime security landscape parameters, creating a sustainable, long-term security strategy.

MCSA 2013 focuses on stimulating interregional and multi-platformed collabora-tion to secure effective defence and security maritime cooperatives, public private partnerships in funding and operations as well as assessing cutting-edge sub-, surface- and air platforms for maritime surveillance and security.

Why attend? • Anticipate future maritime threats • Hear current analyses on how piracy is affecting Africa and African shipping lanes • Gain insight into the latest technologies for clear visibility and awareness of the maritime domain • Learn about global maritime standards shaping the future of the industry as stipulated by the IMO • Identify how to ensure interoperability and cooperation among authorities within the maritime sector • Investigate means to maximise sea platform capability and optimise financial and human resources • Discover how to design requirements for development and future flexibility

What to expect in 2015? • 1,500+ attendees • 35+ countries • 40+ speakers • 70+ exhibition stands • 200+ military representatives

Audience profile/Who should attend? • Military Personnel • Naval staff Joint operations authorities • Defence equipment procurement authorities

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Other stakeholders • Technology providers • Solutions providers • Defence equipment manufacturers • Academics from universities • Academics from research institutes • Maritime Associations • Consultants Media

Governmental personnel • Policy, Strategy and Planning officials • Transportation security professionals • Monitoring, control and surveillance professionals Immigration authorities • Customs and border management officials • Port Security authorities Intelligence authorities

Commercial Organisations • Merchant shipping companies • Oil and gas company • Commercial fishing companies

Governmental Departments • Department of Defence • Department of Transport • Department of Environmental Affairs • Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries • South African Police Services • Department of Home Affairs • South African Revenue Services

December 2015December 8-10, 2015The African Maritime Security

April 2016April 27-30, 2016Marrakech Air ShowMarrakech,

The Marrakech Airshow has grown in terms of number of major world exhibitors, visitors and deals. The event hosted 14430 trade visitors from around the world along with 150 exhibitors, 70 aircrafts on static display and 230 regional and inter-national media.

The number of attendees rose with new pavilions, more countries exhibiting for the first time, a high level participation of major OEMs and the presence of numer-

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ous helicopters.

The quality of visitors continued to improve with an important presence of the category CEOs and official delegations.

A large number of conferences provided the opportunity for direct dialogue be-tween users and industry, drawing wide attention.

This reflects the significance of the Marrakech Airshow as the African platform for manufacturers and aerospace industrials to showcase their various products to the African countries and meet market requirements.

The Marrakech Airshow team will continue to make every effort to offer you an exhibition that raises its performance levels ever higher and we will be happy to welcome you back to the 5th edition from 27 to 30 April 2016.

September 2016September 14-18, 2016Africa Aerospace & DefenceWaterkloof Air Force Base, South