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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-defence 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 Airforce Forum hosted by the Senegal Air Force in Dakar 26-27 October 2022 will feature bespoke networking exercises and interactive platforms for the region’s Air Force leadership and global solution providers to enhance collaborative approaches to combat regional security challenges. The Air Force Africa Forum will address the evolving role of Africa’s air force, new requirements, counter terrorism, and counter insurgency efforts.

Why Senegal?

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 exploration in 2023 and will require extensive air support to safeguard the new offshore oil and gas assets. Due to this, the Air Force Africa Forum 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.

Brigadier General Papa Souleymane Sarr
Chief of Air Force Staff
Senegal

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 defence 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.

Invitation Videos

VIP SPEAKERS

GENERAL JAMES B. HECKER

Commander
U.S. Air Forces Africa

COLONEL HERMANN WILLIAM AVOCANH

Commander of the Air Force
Benin

MAJOR GENERAL HENDRIC
THUTHU RAKGANTSWANA

Commander of the Air Force
Botswana

COLONEL VINCENT DE PAUL OUÉDRAOGO

Chief of Air Staff
Burkina Faso

BRIGADIER GENERAL JEAN-CALVIN MOMHA

Chief of Air Staff
Cameroon

BRIGADIER GENERAL IDRISS
AMINE AHMED

Chief of Air Staff
Chad

AIR DIVISION GENERAL N’GUESSAN KOFFI ALFRED

Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Côte d’Ivoire

MAJOR GENERAL JOHN OMENDA

Commander of the Air Force
Kenya

BRIGADIER GENERAL ALOU
BOÏ DIARRA

Chief of Air Staff
Mali

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL MOHAMED OULD HREITANI

Chief of Air Force Staff
Mauritania

LIEUTENANT GENERAL WISEMAN S MBAMBO

Chief of Air Force
South Africa

LIEUTENANT GENERAL
ESSAM ELDIN SAEID
KOKO ABDALRRAHMAN

Commander of the Air Force
Sudan

LIEUTENANT GENERAL COLIN BARRY

Commander of the Air Force
Zambia

AIR MARSHAL ELSON
MOYO

Commander Air Force
Zimbabwe

LIEUTENANT GENERAL FRÉDÉRIC PARISOT

Vice Chief Air and Space Force
France

BRIGADIER MAJOR VINCENT DANG

Special Military Advisor – Ministry of Defense – Brazil

GUEST SPEAKERS

ISMAEL RHISSA
ZAKARY

Managing Director – Pratt & Whitney Canada CSC (Europe, Africa, Middle East)

DR. KONSTANTINOS
GRIVAS

Professor – Geopolitics & Modern Weapon Technologies
Hellenic Military Academy

PROFESSOR KULA
ISHMAEL THELETSANE

The South African Military Academy, Faculty of Military Science
Stellenbosch University

Organizing Committee

Colonel Armand Kouedou

Air Force Chief of Financial Division – Senegal Air Force Headquarter (SENAF HQ)

Captain Cheikh Oumar Mballo

Military Assistant of The Airforce Chief of Staff – Senegal Air Force Headquarter (SENAF HQ)

Captain Papa Ibrahima Thiaw

Chief of Operations Dakar Air Force Base – Senegalese Air Force (SENAF)

Captain Mbaye Thioub

Chief of the Office in charge of the budget of the Air Force – Senegal Air Force Headquarter (SENAF HQ)

Captain Ousseynou Ndione

Chief of the Air Force Operations Center – Senegal Air Force Headquarter (SENAF HQ)

Advisory Board

Colonel Papa Aliou Cisse

Deputy Commander of The Senegalese Presidential Squadron – Presidential Squadron

Colonel Alimbaye Guillaume Apollinaire Manga

Chief Operations Officer of The Air Force – Senegal Air Force Headquarter (SENAF HQ)

Lieutenant Colonel Babacar Thiam

Senegalese Air Force School Commander – Senegalese Air Force

Major Aristide Dieng

Transport Pilot and Chief of 1st Operational Group – Senegal Air Force Headquarter (SENAF HQ)

Key Forum Elements

2-day International 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 Pre-event Dinner

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

Key topics to be discussed

1

Air operations for counterterrorism and counterinsurgency

2

Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities

3

Maintenance, repair, and overhaul for regional Air Forces

4

Training and retention of personnel

EVENT IN NUMBERS

10+

Chiefs of Airforce

20+

High- Level Speakers

30+

International Air Forces

300+

Attendees

30+

Sponsors and Exhibitors

40+

Media Partners

40+

Countries Represented

Attendee Profile

Air Forces

Aviation Authorities

Law Enforcement

Ministries of Defense

Ministries of Interior

Defence & Security Contractors

Who Attends Africa Air Force Forum?

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PARTNERS

Bronze Sponsor

Mena Desal

Bronze Sponsor

Pratt-Whitney-Logo

Strategic Partner

Airforce Africa

Strategic Partner

Airforce Africa

Strategic Partner

Airforce Africa

Strategic Partner

Airforce Africa

Exhibitor

Airforce Africa

Sponsorship

The sponsorship opportunities available at Africa Air Force Forum will increase your company and brand exposure in front of many key players in the government and military industry attending across Africa and surrounding regions. For more details about the sponsorship opportunities available, Click here

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maritim Africa

Industry Events

UST Logo

Defense Advancement

Military Africa

Aviation Defence Universe

Aerospace& Defense

The Africa Aeo

The Aviator Africa

The Aviator Africa

Africa.com

African Security

Security & Fire Africa

World Air News

Project Cargo Network

Cargo Connections

UFO

Freightbook

Digi Freight Global Network

MAIN SPEAKERS

Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund

H.E. Nevin Al-Kabbaj

Minister of Social Solidarity, Arab Republic of Egypt

H.E. Mahmud Sharawy

Minister of Local Development, Arab Republic of Egypt

H.E. Yasmine Fouad

Minister of Environment
Arab Republic of Egypt

Why Exhibit

Africa Air Force Forum will attract a regional air force leadership alongside key representatives from governments and air forces. Strong representation across African countries makes Africa Air Force Forum the prime platform to position your company to be one of the top leaders in providing defence technologies and solutions. For more information about the exhibition and to reserve your space at the Africa Air Force Forum email partnerships@gmevents.ae

Top reasons to attend

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

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

WHO SHOULD SPONSOR ?

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

TIME CONFERENCE PROGRAM DAY 1
9.00

OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY

  • Opening Remarks by Great Minds Event Management
  • Arrival of VIPs
  • Welcome remarks by Chief of Air Force Staff, Senegal
  • Address by the Guest of Honour
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP exhibition tour
10.00 OPENING KEYNOTE SPEECH | ROLE OF AIR FORCE IN BRIDGING REGIONAL STABILITY AND PEACE
10.20

OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION | LEADERSHIP AND COOPERATION IN ACTION: LEVERAGING ALLIES AND PARTNERS TO SUSTAIN FOUNDATIONAL READINESS

  • Creating new collaborations for regional and global defence advantage
  • Prioritizing partnerships to build transnational capabilities and address security challenges
  • Increasing dependency on air force for security engagements in the African region
  • Importance of integrated air force approach and a coherent intelligence strategy to transform capabilities
11.00

THE GROWING PRESENCE OF INTERNATIONAL AIR FORCE IN AFRICA – A ROLE BEYOND COUNTERTERRORISM AND COUNTERINSURGENCY

  • Building defence capabilities and capacities that promote regional stability and prosperity
  • Enhancing border security capacity to monitor, restrain and interdict terrorist movements
  • Monitoring and countering the cross-border financing of terrorism
  • Developing laws and framework to counter terrorism in partner nations
11.20 NETWORKING BREAK
11.40

PANEL DISCUSSION | THE AIR FORCE MODERNIZATION IMPERATIVE – SETTING CLEAR PRIORITIES AND A FOCUSED STRATEGY

  • Exploring the missions and tasks of Africa’s air force in the new era of modernization and recapitalization
  • Identifying the top 5 priorities for a future combat air force with regards to fleet modernization and capability building
  • Increasing role and relevance of geospatial technologies in air defence and security
  • Creating a roadmap to air force superiority by modernizing the weapons capabilities and strategies
12.20 INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
This session will highlight the latest technologies in air force security. The session consists of two, 15-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.
12.50

PANEL DISCUSSION | THE AFRICAN AIR FORCES AND CHALLENGES FACED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM – PROGRAMS AND INITATIVES TO SECURE THE CONTINENT

  • Exploring the evolving terrorism and targeted violence threat environment
  • Addressing financial and budgetary constraints to the regional intergovernmental combat against terrorism
  • Shifting to new doctrinal and conceptual mindset by developing strategies that will help protect nations’ economy and welfare
  • Overcoming operational constraints and building counterterrorism capabilities that support interagency policymaking, agency prioritization, resource allocation and inter-governmental partnerships
  • Building technology capabilities for the future of air warfare through innovation and intelligence analysis
  • Fostering the pooling for better human resource management and capacity building for the African air forces
13.30

USE OF UAVS AND DRONES FOR AIR FORCES – OPPORTUNITIES OR THREAT?

  • Identifying the opportunities while delivering tangible benefits such as reduced cost, increased convenience, safety and flexibility for the air forces
  • Building better reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capabilities
  • Identifying emerging threats and challenges posed by UAVs and drones for the military forces
13.50

PANEL DISCUSSION | BUILDING THE MODERN WARFARE BY MASTERING ISR COMMAND AND CONTROL: THE MULTIDOMAIN FORCE

  • Identifying how to counter growing threats and meet expanding requirements through robust and flexible global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities
  • Mobilizing concept of operations for the future by converting conceptual strategies into programmatic realities
  • Continuous pursuit for game changing technologies to have an edge over adversaries and actively seeking out, developing and mastering them whenever they emerge
  • Importance of integrated and interoperable Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communication capabilities
14.30 CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF DAY 1

TIME CONFERENCE PROGRAM DAY 2
9:00

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEECH | IDENTIFYING THE CONFLICT LANDSCAPE TO DEFEND AGAINST ASYMMETRIC AND HYBRID THREATS

  • Defining the characteristics of different types of warfare and the overarching objectives
  • Understanding how the security environment dynamics have changed over the years
  • Methodologies and analytical framework to be put in place to counter various types of threats
  • Building capabilities and relations that will help gather timely and relevant information for prompt and tactical response
  • Top defence applications and advanced technologies that will chart the path for the next decade through artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous control
9.20

OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION | FUTURE AIR FORCE AND THE EVER-INCREASING TECHNOLOGY PRIORITIES FOR BUILDING THE BEST CAPABILITIES

  • Future capabilities and technologies for the Air Force of 2030 and beyond
  • Rebalancing air force competencies by improving efficiency, effectiveness and agility through modern warfare technologies
  • Use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to generate threat warnings and alert human analysts for real time judgement
  • Integrating existing platforms with cutting edge technologies to dominate all types of threats
10.00 INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
This session will highlight the latest technologies in air force security. The session consists of two, 15-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.
10.30

PRESENTATION | NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR UNIFIED ANTI-TERRORISM PROGRAM – DETER, DETECT AND MITIGATE CRIMINAL AND TERRORIST ACTIVITIES

  • Focusing on neutralizing extremist groups as a top priority in the African continent
  • Enabling and enhancing the collaborative capacities of African air forces, law enforcement and supporting partners to conduct counterterrorism operations regionally
  • Reducing the operational capacity of terrorist network by enhancing border security to counter their financing and recruitment
  • Utilizing multi-mission unmanned capabilities, including unmanned surface vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) capable of teaming with manned systems and increase air force capacity
10.50 FIRE SIDE CHAT | IDENTIFYING THE NEED FOR AND IMPORTANCE OF ACCELERATING INVESTMENTS IN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND CAPABILITIES
11.10 NETWORKING BREAK
11.40

PANEL DISCUSSION | STRENGTHENING THE C4ISR CAPABILITIES OF AIR FORCES IN AFRICA – IMPLEMENTATION, INTEGRATION AND INTEROPERABILITY

  • Developing a C4ISR acquisition and application strategy in line with the dynamic changes occurring in the region
  • Developing and integrating C4ISR systems across all divisions of the armed forces to combat emerging regional threats for better command, control, framework and operations
  • Modernizing intelligence, air surveillance and reconnaissance for the modern era of security
  • Exploring innovative mission capable systems that is cost-effective and can be tailored to address a wide range of ISR requirements
  • Identifying the need for cutting edge cyber security solutions for air force weapon and emerging C4ISR technologies
12.20 INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
This session will highlight the latest technologies in air force security. The session consists of two, 15-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.
12.50

PANEL DISCUSSION | BRIDGING THE GAPS WITH NEW CAPABILITIES FOR AFRICA AIR FORCE FLEET MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND OVERHAUL (MRO)

  • Understanding the current MRO landscape within the African air forces and the importance of building long term contracts with service providers
  • Improving overall MRO function by making fundamental changes to organization, processes and mind-sets
  • Enhancing information technology and data analytics capabilities for maintenance execution, inventory optimization and supply chain management for better efficiency and minimal procurement costs
  • Ensuring secure wireless access to MRO resources to increase aircraft servicing efficiency
13.30

PRESENTATION | AIR LEADERSHIP FOR AFRICA – CURRENT STAND AND THE FUTURE OUTLOOK

  • Identifying the advantages of joint and combined air force operations and exploring opportunities
  • Air force development through manpower training, resource management and future ready strategies
  • New trends and developments that can promote future interoperability in line with the current geopolitical environment
  • Technology innovations and the future of air force intelligence analysis
13.50 OFFICIAL SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS – AFRICA AIR FORCE FORUM 2022
14.00 CLOSING CEREMONY
14.15 NETWORKING LUNCH AND END OF FORUM

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