Inaugural Africa Airforce Forum highlights the role of Air Force in bridging regional stability

Airforce industry leaders from across Africa and global defence experts gathered last week to address security challenges and the necessity for regional Air Forces to enhance air operations to counter asymmetrical threats across Africa and highlight aviation in Low-intensity conflicts at the Inaugural African Airforce Forum at the King Fahd Palace Dakar in Senegal.

Hosted by the Senegal Air Force, the two-day forum hopes to effectively empower the aerospace community to cooperatively advance tactics, training and MRO supply-chain management and improve response to regional conflicts.

Chief of Air Force Staff, Brigadier General Papa Souleymane SARR welcomed the global aerospace community and renowned solution providers and leading discussions about the evolving role air operations for counterinsurgency efforts and enhancing the security landscape for Africa’s defence and security aviation sector. The opening panel highlight leadership and cooperation in action by leveraging allies and partners to sustain foundational readiness followed by a presentation on the growing presence of international air force in Africa and having a role beyond counterterrorism and counterinsurgency.

The first day also saw attendees, the region’s Airforce leaders and global solution providers discussing solutions to combat regional security challenges. Discussions also addressed emerging threats and challenges posed by UAVs and drones for the military forces and looking at opportunities like reduced costs, more safety and building better reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition capabilities.

Attendees also received industry insights on the importance of an efficient air defence chain to defeat air threats and the latest technologies in air force security. Panelists discussed how to counter growing threats and meet expanding requirements through robust and flexible global integrated intelligence and surveillance capabilities.

The final panel discussion on day 1 highlighted the use of game changing technologies giving an edge over adversaries and actively seeking out, developing, and mastering them whenever they emerge.

Throughout the day, the exhibition at the event showcased the latest materials, equipment and most advanced systems and technologies in the domain of Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, as well as maintenance, repair, and overhaul.

With over 300 regional and international attendees from Air Forces, the Africa Airforce Forum is an ideal networking and knowledge sharing platform for the aerospace industry in the region.

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