16 Mar 12. Two of the world’s most potent fast jets are among a stellar line-up of RAF aircraft joining celebrations marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo. As well as displays by the RAF’s frontline fighting force, the Typhoon and the Tornado, visitors to the Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 7-8 will be able to see a range of training aircraft including the Tutor, Tucano and King Air as well as historic RAF warbirds such as the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. Also taking part will be the legendary RAF Red Arrows, originally formed at RAF Fairford in 1965 who will be performing with seven rather than the usual nine Hawk jets in 2012. There will be another special homecoming for the RAF’s solo Hawk display pilot Flt Lt Phil Bird who will be performing in his home town of Fairford. It is also likely that the A400M, the new heavy transport aircraft that will supercede the C-130 Hercules in RAF service, will be put through its paces by its Airbus Military test pilot at the airshow. Other Air Tattoo highlights this year include displays by the Vulcan bomber, a US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey and the European debut of the Al Fursan aerobatics display team from the United Arab Emirates. Special Air Tattoo ‘Earlybird’ tickets, priced £34, are available until the end of March from airtattoo.com or by calling 0800 107
12 Mar 12. IWA & Outdoor Classics and Enforce Tac 2012: Successful development of strengths. The organizers of IWA & Outdoor Classics can once again sum up extremely favourably after the four days of the exhibition from 9–12 March 2012: More exhibitors and visitors than ever came to the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg for the now 39th edition of the world-leading international exhibition for hunting and sporting guns, classic outdoor activities and security equipment. Enforce Tac, the new special exhibition for the needs of security experts from official agencies, also experienced a promising premiere on 8–9 March 2012. The result for 2012 in figures is 1,204 exhibitors and over 36,000 trade visitors from over 100 countries. This corresponds to growth in all segments over the previous event in 2011, when 1,166 exhibitors and 35,220 visitors came to Nürnberg. Not only the number of exhibitors increased in 2012, but the display area also grew to over 74,000 m². Three-quarters of the exhibitors and almost two-thirds of the visitors come to Nürnberg from countries other than Germany – this makes IWA & Outdoor Classics one of the most international exhibitions at the location. Besides the constantly growing key figures and the high degree of internationality, IWA & Outdoor Classics mainly stands out for its comprehensive spectrum of products and the high quality of the contacts.
Enforce Tac: special exhibition for special forces
Enforce Tac as a logical development of the highly specialized Law Enforcement segment and the Official Agencies Day at IWA & Outdoor Classics formed a separate segment for the first time. Some 1,400 experts from official agencies enjoyed an extensive programme of presentations at the European Police Trainer Conference and the Police Management Academy Conference on 8 March 2012, plus a presentation of service products from the 62 exhibitors in Sydney hall of the NCC Ost congress centre. IWA & Outdoor Classics celebrates its 40th anniversary next year – once again with many new products and innovations for hunting, shooting sports, outdoor activities and security, even after four decades. The date and venue for its fortieth birthday are 8–11 March 2013, in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg.
12 Mar 12. The market for service providers in Homeland Security has become one of the largest business opportunities in recent times. The Washington Post in 2010 estimated ‘The Homeland Security business opportunities over the next decade in India alone are in excess of $1trn’. For Asia overall that assessment can easily be tripled. As the driver of the world econo