23 Mar 20. EUROSATORY 2020 Is Cancelled. The sanitary situation due to Covid-19 is deteriorating daily in France and has spread throughout the world. The conditions for preparing and running the exhibition, which would protect the health and safety of the 100,000 expected participants, visitors, exhibitors and organisers, can not be met.
Many international and French exhibitors registered for the Eurosatory trade fair scheduled from June 8 to 12, 2020 are no longer able to prepare their participation and configure or transport the necessary equipment. It also appears that the very large number of foreign visitors expected to participate in the fair can no longer plan their trip to France.
The postponement of the exhibition to a later date has been studied but the conditions for success cannot be met.
The current situation no longer makes Eurosatory possible in 2020. It is with immense disappointment that GICAT (French Land and Airland Defence and Security Association) and its subsidiary COGES are forced to cancel the fair planned for June.
All the participants and partners will be contacted in order to best manage the consequences of this cancellation.
Therefore, Eurosatory team invites you to the next edition of the exhibition that will be held from June 13 to 17, 2022.
We thank you for your understanding. We hope that you and your relatives are in good health and we spare a special thought for anyone affected.
23 Mar 20. Covid-19 concerns cancel RIAT and Farnborough Air Show. Farnborough International Air Show (FIA2020) and the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT2020) have been called off due to concerns about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus Pandemic.
The events, due to take place in July in the UK, add to a slew of other defence and aerospace events being postponed or cancelled on coronavirus health and safety grounds across the world.
The decisions leave a gap in the international air show calendar until 2021 when RIAT is expected to return for its 50th Anniversary show and France will host the Paris Air Show.
In a statement released on Friday, Farnborough Air Show organisers said: “It is with great regret that we announce the Farnborough International Airshow 2020, due to take place in July, is cancelled.
“After very careful consideration, the unprecedented impact of the global coronavirus pandemic has forced this decision in the interests of the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff.”
The Farnborough Air Show organisers added that the situation involving Covid-19 made it ‘impossible’ to host the Air Show this year, but added they were looking forward to returning with the event in 2022.
In a similar statement, the organisers of RIAT said: “It is with enormous regret and disappointment that we have to announce the cancellation of this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, due to take place from 17 to 19 July, as a result of the challenging and unprecedented environment presented by Covid-19.
“This decision has not been taken lightly and a significant amount of work sits behind this course of action. The crisis, which is worsening by the day, and the implications of which are becoming more profound, has led us to conclude that the most prudent course of action is to cease any further planning to deliver this significant event.”
In a letter, RIAT’s chief executive officer Paul Atherton said that last year the event hosted 245 aircraft from 25 countries, all of which have reported cases of Covid-19 and have imposed restrictions to halt its spread. Last year’s event saw flypasts and static displays of P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, CV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from the US Air Force, and Typhoons from the Royal Air Force among others.
Exhibitors at this years’ Farnborough Air Show were due to include Boeing, Airbus, BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin along with a host of others. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
25 Mar 20. IT2EC, organised by Clarion Events, which was originally scheduled to take place 28-30 April 2020, will now be held at London’s ExCeL on 1-3 September 2020. This decision has been made following consultation with the NTSA and other key stakeholders, with the agreement that a new dateline would provide all participants with better opportunities to undertake business. All exhibition bookings and visitor pre-registrations for these events will be transferred automatically to the new dates and there will be further communication to these groups over the coming days and weeks. Our aim is to facilitate a smooth transition to the new dates for all parties.
Tracy Bebbington, Event Director IT2EC said: “Further to our announcement regarding the postponement of IT2EC 2020 due to Covid-19, we would like to thank the NTSA who concurs and supports this decision, our committee, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, attendees and the wider training and simulation community for their understanding. We know that this is an uncertain time for everyone and so are very appreciative of everyone’s patience. The new September dateline will allow us to deliver the high quality event that our audience have come to expect and we look forward to getting everyone together in 6 months’ time.”
25 Mar 20. SMi Group are proud to host the fourth annual Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems, now taking place as a virtual online conference over the 3rd and 4th June 2020. After many years of NATO allied nations engaging in combat against largely dismounted insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recent doctrinal pivot toward towards fighting mechanized, nation-state competitors requires both technical and strategic cooperation. By design, light infantry forces sacrifice certain capabilities in order to maximize flexibility and mobility. It is therefore vital that programme managers, technical directors and industry work together to maximise lethality, standoff, and capability from modernised tank battalions to the light infantry brigade. Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems 2020 returns to provide a vital platform where international military leaders, along with industry decision makers can discuss and cooperate on efforts and build cohesion in the market.