3rd Africa Airforce Forum

HOSTED BY

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE AT 60: 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

Following the huge success of the first two editions, 3rd Africa Air Force Forum returns on the 23 – 25 May 2024 in Nigeria, hosted by the Nigerian Air Force. This edition of the Forum coincides with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 60th anniversary celebrations and will honor its history and accomplishments. This milestone stands as a tribute to the commitment of the air force in safeguarding Nigeria’s sovereignty, ensuring national security, and contributing to peacekeeping missions both regionally and globally. The forum will be marked by a series of events, including a conference and exhibition, parades, air shows and ceremonial fly-pasts.

This edition of the forum is hosted under the theme Nigerian Air Force at 60: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships in Aerospace Innovations for Regional Security; and shall highlight the continuous advancement of air force capabilities, technological innovations, and strategic developments that contribute to enhancing Africa’s aerial defense and peacekeeping capabilities. The forum will emphasize on the importance of unity and collaboration among African nations in leveraging airpower capabilities to promote stability and to shape the development of air forces on the continent more broadly.
The forum serves as a regional platform for advancing air force capabilities and building pillars of bilateral partnerships. With the key motive of accelerating air force superiority, we bring to you a variety of discussions on the prospects of air power in Africa, its impact on internal security operations, importance of air force in counter-terror operations, along with a showcase of key technology capabilities required to optimize every mission.

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

Photo Gallery

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2024

0 +
Chiefs and Senior Officers of Airforce
0 +
High Level Speakers
0 +
International Air Forces
0 +
Attendees
0 +
Media Partners
0 +
Countries Represented
0 +
Sponsors and Exhibitors

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

AIR COMMODORE NM SAIDU

AERIAL DISPLAY SUB COMMITTEE

GROUP CAPTAIN IF GBADEBO

RECEPTION & PROTOCOL SUB COMMITTEE

GROUP CAPTAIN K ALI

PUBLICITY & SOUVENIR SUB COMMITTEE

GROUP CAPTAIN ES ONOBRAKPEYA

SECRETARY

WING COMMANDER SM MUSTAPHA

SECURITY SUB COMMITTEE

WING COMMANDER ST
IYANGO

TRANSPORTATION SUB COMMITTEE

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2024

0 +
Chiefs and Senior Officers of Airforce
0 +
High Level Speakers
0 +
International Air Forces
0 +
Attendees
0 +
Media Partners
0 +
Countries Represented
0
Sponsors and Exhibitors

WHO WILL ATTEND?

INDUSTRIES:
Air Forces | Aviation Authorities | Law Enforcement | Ministries of Defense | Ministries of Interior
01
Air Forces
02
Aviation Authorities
03
Law Enforcement
04
Ministries of Defense
05
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
01
Chief of Air Staff, Deputy Chief of Air Staff
02
Director of Armament and Procurement
03
Director of Policy and Plans
04
Director of Training
05
Director General
06
Director of Logistics
07
Director of Air Operations

WHO WILL ATTEND?

INDUSTRIES:
Air Forces
Aviation Authorities
Law Enforcement
Ministries of Defense
Ministries of Interior
JOB PROFILES:

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

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
Jose Aberto
Mba
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)

Forum AGENDA

VIPs in Attendance

  • FORUM DAY 1 (ABUJA) | 23RD MAY 2024
  • FORUM DAY 2 (ABUJA) | 24TH MAY 2024
  • CEREMONIAL PARADE AND AIRSHOW (KADUNA) | 25TH MAY 2024

ABUJA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA, NIGERIA

DRESS CODE - Military Attendees – Service Uniform (Jacket & Tie) | Civilian Attendees – Business Formals

08:00

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

08:50

ARRIVAL OF VIPS

09:00

NATIONAL ANTHEM

09:05

SAFETY BRIEFING

OPENING CEREMONY

09:10

WELCOME REMARKS

09:15

OPENING REMARKS BY MASTER OF CEREMONY

09:20

WELCOME ADDRESS BY CHIEF OF AIR STAFF NIGERIAN AIR FORCE (NAF)

09:30

DOCUMENTARY ON NAF @ 60

09:50

AFRICAN AIR FORCES FORUM OPENING VIDEO

09:55

GOODWILL MESSAGES FROM AIR FORCES

Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, United States, China

10:15

OPENING ADDRESS

Special Guest of Honour:

10:25

UNVEILING OF NIGERIAN AIR FORCE @ 60 PHOTOBOOK

10:35

PRESENTATION OF SOUVENIRS

10:45

GROUP PHOTOGRAPH

10:50

VIP EXHIBITION TOUR FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK FOR VIPS AND DELEGATES

Ribbon cutting ceremony and exhibition tour

SESSION 1: AEROSPACE INNOVATIONS, AIR POWER AND COLLECTIVE SECURITY IN AFRICA – CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

12:15

LEVERAGING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR IMPROVED COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS IN AFRICA

Speaker:

SHORT COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS - INSIGHTS FROM REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AIR FORCES DURING THIS SESSION, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL AIR FORCES SHARE THEIR VIEWS IN RELATION TO AEROSPACE INNOVATIONS, AIR POWER AND COLLECTIVE SECURITY IN AFRICA – CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

Session Moderator: NIGERIAN AIR FORCE OFFICER

12:40

Presentation: La menace asymétrique dans la région ouest africaine

Speaker:

12:50

Presentation: LEVERAGING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN AEROSPACE INNOVATIONS FOR REGIONAL SECURITY

Speaker:

13:00

Presentation: Airforce of Kenya

Speaker:

13:10

Presentation: China PLA Airforce

Speaker:

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

13:20

Industry Insight: Pakistan Aeronautical Complex; Products and Capabilities
‘Symbol of Excellence in Aviation'

Speaker:

13:30

Industry Insight: Solution For UAV Strike And Air Defence

Speaker:

13:40

Industry Insight: C295 - Ready for Africa

Speaker:

13:55

Industry Insight: Embraer Defense – A Force Multiplier and true partner for African Air Forces

Speakers:

14:05

Networking Break and Refreshments

Visit to Exhibition

14:45

Sponsor Videos

14:50

Industry Insight: DICON

Speaker:

15:00

Industry Insight: Maximising the Operational Availability of Your Pratt & Whitney Powered Aircraft

Speaker:

15:10

Industry Insight: Brief introduction of CPMIEC & Video (Secure Peace with Aerospace Technology)

15:15

Industry Insight: Leonardo Insights and Solutions for Air Power in Africa

Speakers:

15:30

CLOSING REMARKS

15:35

NETWORKING SESSION | EXCLUSIVE FOR CHIEFS OF AIR STAFF AND KEY INDUSTRY PLAYERS

(Exhibition continues for other guests)

15:35

NETWORKING LUNCHEON

16:00

END OF FORUM DAY 1 (EXHIBITION CONTINUES)

WELCOME COCKTAIL & GALA NIGHT| 23RD MAY 2024

TRANSCORP HILTON, ABUJA, NIGERIA

DRESS CODE – Dinner Dress / National Dress

Time

Session

19:00

ARRIVAL OF SENIOR OFFICERS

19:05

ARRIVAL OF GUESTS

19:10

ARRIVAL OF CHIEFS OF AIR STAFF

19:20

ARRIVAL OF SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

19:30

NETWORKING COCKTAIL

19:50

WELCOME ADDRESS BY CHIEF OF AIR STAFF NIGERIA

20:00

DINNER/CULTURAL DISPLAY, LIVE PERFORMANCE & ENTERTAINMENT

20:30

PRESENTATION OF SOUVENIRS AND AWARDS

20:50

REMARKS BY SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

21:00

END OF GALA RECEPTION

ABUJA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA, NIGERIA

DRESS CODE - Military Attendees – Service Uniform (Jacket & Tie) | Civilian Attendees – Business Formals

08:00

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

09:00

OPENING REMARKS BY FORUM CHAIRMAN

SESSSION 2: AEROSPACE INNOVATION AND GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND INSURGENCIES – THE ROLE OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

09:10

Industry Insight: Elevating Operations: Diamond Aircraft's Special Mission Concept and Integrated Training Solutions

Speaker:

09:20

Industry Insight: Jet Aviation Defence

Speaker:

09:30

Industry Insight: FA-50 Fighting Eagle

Speaker:

09:40

Industry Insight: Strengthening Airforces with Holistic Solutions

Speaker:

09:50

The Role of Strategic Partnership in Regional Security: Gulf of Guinea Experience

Speaker:

10:20

Networking Break and Refreshments

Visit to Exhibition

11:30

PANEL DISCUSSION - INSIGHTS FROM REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AIR FORCES DURING THIS SESSION, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL AIR FORCES SHARE THEIR VIEWS IN RELATION TO AEROSPACE INNVOATIONS AND GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND INSURGENCIES – THE ROLE OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Session Moderator:

Panellists:

12:20

Q&A Session

12:30

Sponsor Videos

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

12:35

Industry Insight: CETC

Speaker:

12:45

Industry Insight: Senior Executive, Falcon

Speaker:

12:55

Industry Insight: Caverton's Support to the Nigeria Airforce (Profile of Capability Statement)

Speaker:

13:05

Industry Insight: Digitalization in Aerospace and Defense with Siemens Platform Application for Simcenter Testing Solutions

Speaker:

13:20

Industry Insight: GIDS; Pakistan’s Largest Defence Conglomerate

Speaker:

13:30

OFFICIAL SUMMARY & FORUM CLOSING REMARKS BY FORUM CHAIRMAN

13:35

NETWORKING LUNCHEON & ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS (EXHIBITION CONTINUES)

14:00

END OF CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

GRAND FINALE OF NIGERIAN AIRFORCE COMBAT SPORTS COMPETITION

VENUE: ABUJA, NIGERIA

DRESS CODE – Sports Wear

Time

Session

16:00

ARRIVAL OF PARTICIPANTS

16:10

ARRIVAL OF GUESTS

16:20

ARRIVAL OF CHIEF OF AIR STAFF

16:30

ARRIVAL OF SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

16:35

COMBAT MARCHING-IN OF ATHLETES

16:40

WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF NIGERIA

16:50

COMBAT SPORTS

17:40

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS AND PRESENTATION OF MEDALS/TROPHIES

17:50

REMARKS BY GUEST OF HONOUR

18:00

RETREAT/LOWERING OF FLAGS

18:10

DEPARTURE

DRESS CODE - Military Attendees – Service Uniform (Jacket & Tie) | Civilian Attendees – Business Formals

08:00

DEPARTURE FROM ABUJA

08:30

ARRIVAL TO KADUNA

08:50

PARADE FORMS UP

09:30

PARADE FORMS UP

09:35

ARRIVAL OF AIRMEN/AIRWOMEN AND OFFICERS

09:40

ARRIVAL OF GUESTS

09:45

ARRIVAL OF CHIEF OF AIR STAFF NIGERIA

09:50

ARRIVAL OF INVITED CHIEFS OF AIR STAFF AND OTHER SERVICE CHIEFS

10:00

ARRIVAL OF SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

10:20

CEREMONIAL PARADE AND AERIAL DISPLAY

11:10

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

11:20

SPEECH BY SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

11:30

GROUP PHOTOGRAPHS

11:40

DEPARTURE OF THE SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

11:50

REFRESHMENT FOR SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR AND DIGNITARIES

12:00

FLYING OUT PARADE

13:00

LUNCH

13:45

BOARDING OF AIRCRAFT

14:00

DEPARTURE TO ABUJA

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

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
DISPLAY COMMITMENT
to the coordination and growth of regional aerospace and defence capabilities

2024 SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS

Platinum Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Platinum Exhibitor

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

EXHIBITOR

Floor PLAN

Registration

Paid delegate passes can only be secured after the payment is processed via a credit card. Please note that only completing the registration form will not secure a delegate pass for this event. If you do not have access to a credit card and wish to register through other payment methods or wish for a member of our team to contact you and answer your questions before completing your registration process, please send us an email at partnerships@gmevents.ae with your details and the name of the event and we will contact you as soon as received. Once you have completed the registration and payment process, please do check your spam/junk folder in case our system generated confirmations are not delivered to your inbox.