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Farnborough 2022: Mexican aerospace bounces back after COVID-19 but military aviation procurement remains sluggish

26th July 2022 - 10:45 GMT | by Patrick Aquilina in London

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The Mexican aerospace sector appears to be bouncing back after a period of recession during the pandemic and it has high hopes for the next FAMEX exhibition in 2023. (Photo: FAMEX)

Following a damaging period of decreased exports amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mexican aerospace industry has begun to bounce back with a particular focus on UAV procurement.

In 2019, the combined value of Mexican defence and civil aerospace industry exports totalled almost $10 billion. Then the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the industry, reducing exports by 31.8% by April 2021.

As the effects of the pandemic began to lessen, activity in the aerospace sector increased again. Shephard sat down during the Farnborough International Airshow on 18-22 July with Luis Lizcano, CEO of the Mexican aerospace industry association FEMIA  (Federacion Mexicana De La Industria Aeroespacial), to discuss activities in the military aerospace sector.

Mexico opted to retire its fleet of F-5 combat jets in 2016; these aircraft have since been configured for

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