The 10th African Aerospace and Defence Exhibition was held at the Air Force Base Warterkloof near Pretoria, South Africa from September 19 to 23, 2018. The exhibition attracted more than 300 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions. And the delegations of over 90 countries attended the event. The Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) organized 6 military trade companies to be present at the exhibition in the form of China Defence pavilion. The pavilion occupies 500 square meters, aiming to promote the Chinese advantageous military equipment to go outside to the world to help build China Africa community with a shared future.
In the Hall 2, just at the China Defence sign highlighted, CATIC showcased the fighter, trainer, transporter, helicopter and UAV models, including FC-1/JF-17, L-15, K-8, Y-9E, Y-12F, Z-9WE, Z-11WE as well as the medium and small UAVs as 330, Blowfish, A-Hawk-II. It is the first time for the full models of the medium and small low and medium altitude multi role UAS to be exhibited in the African region. During the trade days, CATIC held the topic marketing event which brought lots of VIPs to the stand.
Also, the Zimbabwe Air Force sent 2 K-8 trainers to the exhibition. The K-8 on static display attracted many visitors to take photos while the other K-8 conducted its flight demonstration in the trade and public days, leaving a splendid landscape.
On August 21, the 4th Russian International Military-Technology Forum Army-2018 was held in the Expocenter of Moscow Region. Organized by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND), the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd. (AVIC), as a member of the SASTIND group, made its debut at the exhibition. Themed by Complementary Industry and Win-Win by Cooperation, the exhibition aimed to actively promote the aviation military industry and technology exchange with the CIS countries including Russia. The main products showcased include Wing Loong I/II UAVs, Y-9E transporter, FC-1/JF-17 as well as L15 – the advanced trainer.
The cooperation in the aviation field has been an important part of the national defence science and technology cooperation between China and Russia. AVIC strengthens its exchange with the CIS countries by way of its exhibits so as to expand its influence in this region and to promote the Chinese military aviation products in the global market.
The Russian International Military-Technology Forum began in 2015. It is one of the main platforms to showcase the Russian military technology capabilites and equipment. It is reported that this forum attracted more then 1,200 exhibitors from 14 countries, which brought over 360 kinds of equipment to the exhibtion. More than 550 thousand visitors are expected to come to the exhibition.