AAD South Africa

Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo was held at AFB Waterkloof on the 14th to 18th September 2016. The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) is Africa’s only aerospace and defence expo that combines both a trade exhibition and an air show.

Held biennially in the City of Tshwane, South Africa’s administrative capital, the AAD Expo is one South Africa’s largest contributors to the country’s GDP in show years, and is regarded as a national asset. AAD brings together the largest gathering of industry players in aerospace and defence (manufacturers and innovators) and buyers (high-level international delegations, Defence Chiefs of Arms and senior procurement officers). 

Rated amongst the top six exhibitions in the world, it boasts more than 450 participating companies in the defence and aerospace industries, from over 30 countries. The AAD Expo provides a conducive environment for business-to-business linkages, as well as an ideal platform for engaging in dialogue and discourse on international defence, aerospace and other related best practices.

The event is hosted over a period of five days in the following format:

Three day trade exhibition: The trade exhibition showcases air, sea and land defence technologies, including a static aircraft display. It is open to media and trade visitors only.

Two day air show: The air show is a live demonstration of global aircraft and is open to media, trade and general public visitors.

The AAD Expo is managed through a partnership between:

  • The Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DOD);
  • The Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC Ltd (Armscor);
  • The South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD); and
  • The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA).