The much-anticipated Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) expo is underway at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Tshwane.
This elaborate event, launched on Wednesday by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise, is taking place for 5 days with 200 exhibitions from 24 countries.
The exhibition, which happens every two years, returns after a long break caused by the COVID-19 lockdowns that affected the global community.
Through the exhibition and air show, Modise said the expo will showcase the capabilities of the armed forces from both South Africa and abroad.
The format comprises three trade days and two air show days, which will consist of indoor and outdoor exhibitions, a hospitality chalet line, a static aircraft park, and capability demonstrations and displays.
“Over the years, AAD has become synonymous with South African excellence, world-class capability and, of course, our exceptional warmth and hospitality,” the Minister said.
She described AAD as an event that carries a wealth of history, spanning over 20 years.