Africa’s largest aerospace, defence, and securi ty exhibition – the Africa Aerospace & Defence, AAD 2010 – will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, for fiv e days starting Tuesday.
The event at the Ysterplaat Air Force base will include displays from some of th e world’s greatest airplanes.
Exhibition director Geoff van Hees said 80 per cent of the exhibition space had already been booked.
”The fact that Turkey, China and the United States of America have all booked l arge national pavilions at the event underlines their confidence in South Africa and in the potential for business he re. It is the first time these three countries are exhibiting at AAD2010 as national pavilions,” he said.
The organisers of AAD 2010 hope to surpass the previous numbers of some 350 exhi biting companies from 35 countries.
Some 80 foreign delegations from around the world have been invited, many from A frica, as well as the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
The first three days are dedicated trade days for professionals and media, with Friday and Saturday open to the public, the organisers said.