LAAD Brazil has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade and today it is a formidable contender as a top Latin American military trade show. We find it second only in size to the FIDAE show in Chile but that’s not a fair comparison, as FIDAE has a massive airshow attached. Attendees and the 600+ exhibitors alike were pleased with the large turnout (24,000 people and delegations from 53 countries) that showed up for this biannual event. The 18 national pavilions covered a very respectable 42,000+ square meters in several large halls. This was the 8th edition of LAAD, and it was our third attendance at the show. SADJ is very pleased to see the growth here, and we of course plan to attend the 2013 event.