Libya 2007 - LAVEX 2007


The historic location of the air base of Mitiga close to Tripoli, Libya hosted the second instalment of the Libyan Aviation Exhibition, also known as Lavex 2007, that was held from 29 to 31 October 2007.

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LAVEX 2007 in Libya – a prestigious event for defence industry in North Africa.

The historic location of the air base of Mitiga close to Tripoli hosted the second instalment of the Libyan Aviation Exhibition, aka Lavex 2007, that was held from 29 to 31 October 2007. The Organizing Committee was in the hands of Libyan Arab Air Force and Libyan civil aviation personnel, and was considered as a continuation to LAVEX 2006 in which more than 65 companies from 25 countries participated exhibiting the latest in the fields of civil and military air transportation industries, witnessing about 30,000 visitors per day.

LAVEX 2007 was accompanied by the 3rd Pan Arab-African Aviation Conference, to provide the opportunity to representatives of African and neighboring Arab countries to learn about the latest technologies and to meet experts and representatives of international companies.

The daily airshow was opened by a spectacular display with three Libyan Arab Air Force MiG-23 fighter aircraft from the home-based 1023 Squadron. Other Libyan Arab Air Force participants of the airshow were an An-32 from Green Squadron which demonstrated dumping its 2,000 litre tanks in a fire-fighting demonstration, a paratrooping drop from a An-2, four SF-260 basic trainers flown by instructors from the LAAF Academy demonstrating close formation flying, a home-based Mi-14 helicopter and a MiG-21UM.

The European defence industries were present at the show not only as exhibitors but also took part in the static display and airshow. Italy was present with most participants. A summary:  the new AerMacchi M311 advanced trainer, the Agusta A129 attack helicopter, the C-27J Spartan transporter, the Agusta Westland EH101 and the ATR42. Two France Navy Rafale fighter aircraft were present and flew an impressive display programme.

Russia demonstrated her new MiG-29M and from Serbia the Flying Stars aerobatic team with four G-2A Galeb performed an impressive precision display routine. Libya is one of the few operators of the An-124, this enormous transporter opened its cargo-nose showing its huge cargo bay to the public.

Relations between Libya and Europe are becoming increasingly better; Libya has shown interest in different products from the defence industry, like new fighter aircraft, advanced trainers and attack helicopters.

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