Event Overview

Evolving security challenges across Africa have precipitated the necessity for regional Air Forces to enhance air operations to counter asymmetrical threats. To effectively empower air-defense components, it is essential for the entire aerospace community to cooperatively advance tactics, training and MRO supply-chain management to improve response to regional conflicts.

To support this, the inaugural Africa Air Force Forum hosted by the Senegal Air Force in Dakar 29- 30 June 2020 will feature bespoke networking exercises and interactive platforms for the region’s Airforce leadership and global solution providers to enhance collaborative approaches to combat regional security challenges. 

About Senegal Air Force

Senegal’s Air Force is currently enhancing their fleet capabilities to support regional counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations. In addition to the transnational conflicts, Senegal will begin oil exploitation in 2022 and will require extensive air support to safeguard the new offshore oil and gas assets. Due to this, AAF will reveal the Air Forces commitment to regional security through shortlisting of suppliers and providing an essential platform for Africa’s aerospace community to convene to progress coordination.


General Joseph Mamadou Diop
Chief of Air Staff

Welcome Message

Warm Greetings,

It is my honor to announce the inaugural Africa Air Force Forum hosted by the distinguished Senegal Air Force. We are proud to welcome the global aerospace community to this critical meeting of Air Force leadership as well as renowned solution providers. Under the theme “Aviation in low- intensity conflict,” we will address the evolving role air-operations play in counterinsurgency efforts as well as ways to optimize existing resources. It has become essential for the regions forces to cooperatively address methods to enhance the security landscape, hence this forum will provide the platform for Africa’s aerospace and defense stakeholders to convene, integrate and implement plans.

In addition to the high- level discussions and briefings, the Africa Air Force Forum will feature an international exhibition to highlight the latest equipment and solutions available to support the regions forces. Interactive, multi-disciplinary discussions and product demonstrations will further highlight this event as the premier strategic gathering of Air Forces, Aviation Authorities, Land and Naval Forces and key solution providers in Africa.

We sincerely look forward to the honor of welcoming you to this significant event.

Event Features

2-Day interactive conference
A high-level international forum that addresses all pressing challenges in the sector through keynote speeches, technical presentations, panel discussions and more

2-day international exhibition
Showcasing the latest materials, equipment and most advanced systems and technologies in the sector

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

Media & Live Broadcast Area
To coordinate media interviews between international, regional and local channels, VIPs, speakers, sponsors and attendees at the event.

VIP Breakfast Roundtable
High-level pre-event meeting dedicated for Air Force and Aviation leadership and their delegations to discuss strategic plans

Senegal Air Force Parade and Airshow
Exclusive Parade showcasing Senegal Air Forces fleet and capabilities as well as an impressive airshow of key aircrafts

Event in Numbers


Chiefs of Airforce


High- Level Speakers


International Airforce

group (2)



Sponsors and exhibitors


Media Partners


Countries Represented

Why Attend

Identify the key requirements of Africa’s Airforces to support evolving operations

Develop plans to upskill and retain the future generation of Air Force personnel

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

Display commitment to the coordination and growth of regional aerospace and defence capabilities

Attendee Profiles


  • Air Forces
  • Aviation Authorities
  • Law Enforcement
  • Ministries of Defense
  • Ministries of Interior

Attendee Profile

  • Chief of Air Staff
  • Director of Air Operations
  • Director of Training
  • Director General
  • Director of Policy and Plans
  • Director of Logistics
  • Director of Armament and Procurement

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