ABOVE: South Africa’s famous SS77 machine gun from Vektor has a venerable history, replacing the FN MAG as the General Purpose Machine Gun in South African service since the early 1980s. Caliber is 7.62x51mm (The “Mini-SS is 5.56x45mm) and is fed with non-disintegrating metallic DM style belts. There were a variety on display at AAD 2014, but this one in the military historical area outside was the best to get a picture of. Photo by Dan Shea, Courtesy Small Arms Defense Journal.
Africa’s strongest military trade show is undoubtedly the AAD show in Tshwane (formerly Johannesburg), South Africa. The show is a biennial five-day extravaganza, including an airshow the draws tens of thousands of guests from all around. The interests of most of our readers will be handled on the first three days of AAD, and if you’re setting up a booth there, remember that the civilian days will be filled with families and non-military, so play to the crowd. To some that will mean on Air Show day that they hide their products, to others, it will mean an excellent opportunity to win hearts and minds, and impress upcoming generations with their innovation and products.
That said, those first three days provide some of the best networking on the planet regarding military weapons and needs.
Excellent improvised weapons displays, as well as military displays of historical planes and weapons carried by South African military and police.