3rd Africa Airforce Forum

LEVERAGING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN AEROSPACE INNOVATIONS FOR REGIONAL SECURITY

Air Marshal HB Abubakar

Chief of the Air Staff
Nigerian Air Force

WELCOME MESSAGE

To all Participants,

I, on behalf of officers, airmen/airwomen and civilian staff of Nigerian Air Force, have the honour to warmly welcome you to the Third Edition of the African Air Forces Forum. This year’s edition coincides with the momentous Sixtieth Anniversary celebration of the Nigerian Air Force. These historic events will attract several Chiefs of Air Staff and many aerospace industry leaders from across the world. The Conference and Exhibition of the Third Air Forces Forum will hold in Abuja, Nigeria from 23 to 24 May 2024 while the Ceremonial Parade and Air Show will take place in Kaduna, Nigeria on 25 May 2024. To you our dear guests, we are highly delighted to host you.

The theme, “Nigerian Air Force at 60: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships in Aerospace Innovations for Regional Security” was carefully selected to afford us the opportunity to collaborate and tap into the innovation potentials of the ever-evolving aerospace industry for enhanced national and regional security. The Third Edition of the African Air Force Forum will feature conference, discussions and international exhibition that will showcase the latest equipment and solutions that will contribute to enhanced security in the continent. The event will also feature multidisciplinary discussions and aviation demonstrations, which makes it one of the foremost gatherings of air forces, aviation authorities and key solution providers in Africa.

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you to this all important event.

EVENT OVERVIEW

The 3rd Africa Air Force Forum, celebrated alongside the 60th anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) took place in May 2024, at the Abuja International Conference Center. Hosted by the NAF, the Forum attracted a multitude of dignitaries including the country’s Vice President, ministers, defense stakeholders, and aerospace experts from across Africa. The event concluded with a spectacular airshow at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna, opened officially by Vice President Kashim Shettima Mustapha GCON.

Following this huge success, the 4th Africa Air Force Forum will take place on 22-23 April 2025, in Abuja, Nigeria, hosted by the Nigerian Air Force, focusing on key strategies and solutions to ensure national security and contribute to peacekeeping missions both regionally and globally.

The Forum will continue to serve as a regional platform for advancing air force capabilities and building pillars of bilateral partnerships. It will host a variety of discussions on the prospects of air power in Africa, its impact on internal security operations and counter-terrorism operations, and key technologies.

Join us at the forum alongside Africa’s key Air Force Chiefs and top leadership, international and regional experts, and government officials to explore avenues for strengthening airpower capacities and fostering cooperation for the betterment of the entire African region.

Event Highlights

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2024

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WHO WILL ATTEND?

INDUSTRIES:
Air Forces | Aviation Authorities | Law Enforcement | Ministries of Defense | Ministries of Interior
JOB PROFILES:
Chief of Air Staff, Deputy Chief of Air Staff | Director of Armament and Procurement | Director of Policy and Plans |
Director of Training | Director General | Director of Logistics | Director of Air Operations

KEY FORUM ELEMENTS

A high-level international forum that addresses all pressing challenges in the sector through keynote speeches, technical presentations, panel discussions and more
Showcasing the latest materials, equipment and most advanced systems and technologies in the sector

Live interactive demonstrations in the exhibition area showcasing the latest systems and technologies related to the aerospace and defence sector

Get ready to witness the skies come alive with an unforgettable display of precision, skill and aviation excellence to create a memorable and immersive experiences for our attendees.
Exclusive Networking Cocktail Reception – an evening designed to foster connections, exchange ideas and create lasting memories.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere with live music and local entertainment, adding a touch of sophistication and charm to the occasion.
High-level pre-event dinner dedicated for Air Force and Aviation leadership and their delegations to discuss strategic plans
Area To coordinate media interviews between international, regional and local channels, VIPs, speakers, sponsors and attendees at the event

Feedback from 2024

92%
Recommended Africa Airforce Forum
85%
Attendee Satisfaction
95%
Attendee Objective Achieved
96%
Confirmation to Attend in 2025

2024 SPEAKERS

His Excellency Mohammed Badaru Abubakar CON mni

Honourable Minister of Defence
Nigeria
AIR MARSHAL HB
ABUBAKAR
Chief of the Air Staff,
Nigerian Air Force
Nigeria
Gen Lucky Irabor
(Rtd)
Former Chief of Defence Staff
Nigeria
Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari
Chief of the Air Staff,
Indian Air Force
India

General David
W Allvin

Chief of Staff, United States Air Force,
United States of America
Lieutenant General Yilma Merdasa
Ethiopian Air Force Commander,
Ethiopia
Brigadier General Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Boide
Chief of Air Staff,
Mauritania
Lieutenant General Laurent Jean Jaques
Air Force Chief of Staff,
Rwanda

Major General Joaquim Filinto Silva Ferreira

Chief of Air Staff,
Guinea-Bissau
Colonel Hermann William AVOCANH
Chief of Air Staff,
Benin
Lieutenant General Jia Zhigang
Deputy Commander, PLA Air Force,
China
Brig Peter Nyamu
Githinji
Deputy Chief of Air Staff,
Kenya

BG Hugues
PICHEVIN

Deputy Chief for International Affairs,
France
Senior Colonel Yang
Yujie
Researcher, PLA Air Force Research Institute, PLA Air Force,
China
Colonel-major KOUAHO N’GUETTA Julien
Head of Operations and Employment, Côte d’Ivoire Air Force,
Ivory Coast
HE Engineer Jose
Mba ABESO
Executive Secretary, Gulf of Guinea Commission,
Luanda – Angola
Phillip J. Heyl
CEO, The Heyl Group,
USA

Squadron Leader Muhammad Bilawal

Test Pilot JF-17,
PAKISTAN AERONAUTICAL COMPLEX
YANG ZONGLIN
Senior Manager,
AEROSPACE LONGMARCH (ALIT)
Luis Miguel Serrano Alcubilla
Tactical Airlifter Marketing Manager,
Airbus Defence and Space
Paballo Motoboli
Director Sales & Business Development, South & East Africa,
Embraer
Arnaud Sobrero
Director Sales & Business Development, West & North Africa,
Embraer
Major General A.E Edet
Director General,
DICON
Kaval Shah
Regional Sales Manager,
Pratt & Whitney
Hugo Chambel
Head of Region for West Africa,
Leonardo Helicopters
Andrea Isoldo
International Sales Manager, Leonardo Electronics,
Air & Land Systems Line of business
David Fasching
Sales Manager Africa – Special Mission Aircraft Division,
DIAMOND AIRCRAFT
Marc Dusseau
Sales Director,
Jet Aviation
KIM, Jaehong (Jake)
Vice President, International Business Development,
Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI)
Sevket Unal
Vice President of International Business Development and Marketing,
Havelsan
Lu Jianjun
Director, Africa Department,
CETC International
Chukwuerika Achum
CEO,
Vivajets
Rotimi Makanjuola
Chief Operating Officer,
Caverton
Abdelkader Belhi
CEO
PLM Resources GmbH
Ms. Suna TANG
Dty. General Manager of Africa Department
CPMIEC
ASAD KAMAL
Chief Executive Officer
Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS)

Countries that participated in 2024

WHO SHOULD SPONSOR AND EXHIBIT

We are looking for suppliers that can contribute to the Air Forces requirements across Africa. If you believe you have what we are looking for, please contact us at partnerships@gmevents.ae or call + 971 (0) 568 7800

TOP REASONS TO ATTEND

ENHANCE

the full value chain of Africa’s defence and security aviation sector, to develop key solutions to transnational threats

IDENTIFY

the key requirements of Africa’s Air Forces to support evolving operations

DEVELOP PLANS

to upskill and retain the future generation of Air Force personnel

IDENTIFY

the key requirements of Africa’s Air Forces to support evolving operations

Registration

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