Specialist aerospace & defence conferences & exhibitions

In 2003 Tangent Link set out to transform the way events and conferences were delivered putting our client at the centre of what we deliver and putting their needs first.

The company has spent years understanding the countries and regions we operate in.

Our operating promise is simple: To use our knowledge to help our clients understand their markets of interest quickly and cost effectively and provide a platform for each client to secure meaningful revenue generating opportunities.



Delivering quality and unparalleled levels of service


Working with urgency, passion and determination


Being open and transparent maintaining the highest levels of integrity


Taking ownership and being held accountable for service delivery

John Longhurst

Executive Chairman

John's global defence experience spans more than two decades, both as a global investor for major institutions, and as a geo-strategic analyst, supporting National Security entities.

Phil Guy

Managing Director

Phil founded the company in 2003 and has grown Tangent into a formidable global events and market development company in the aerospace and defence industry.

Sophie Spence

Head of Defence Portfolio

Sophie has been with the company nearly five years and heads up the defence portfolio of events - most notably the renowned electronic warfare series.

Lauran Allen

Head of Aerospace Portfolio

Tangent Link's aerospace portfolio is Lauran's responsibility and she is successfully developing the aerial firefighting series to be an essential inclusion in the worldwide event calendar.

Diane Carty

Finance & HR Manager

Having joined Tangent Link in 2013, Diane is responsible for the financial and HR management of the company.

Julia Guy

Delegation Services Manager

Julia is responsible for making sure that delegations of the highest quality attend Tangent Link events.

Carl Piercy

Business Development Manager

Since 2013 Carl has developed and driven the defence portfolio sales.

William Rumbol

Business Development Executive

Aerospace business development is Will's main focus dealing with the key players in the sector.

Ben Drew

Head of Programmes

Programmes is Ben's area of expertise and he is always striving to make them innovative and topical with interesting and knowledgeable speakers.

Kate Niven

Operations Executive

Our longest serving team member, Kate provides the operational support required so that the events run smoothly.

Conor Longhurst

Marketing Administrator

Conor co-ordinates the company's marketing and promotional activities.

Naadiah Younis

Operations Administrator

Naadiah recently joined the team to bolster the operational support required for Tangent’s expanding portfolio.

Northrop Grumman benefited greatly from Tangent Link’s professional approach to the conference, and attention to the all-important details of how we were able to engage with the customer at the conference. Well done. Let’s do this again…



Archangel On Guard IOMAX showed off their 23rd Archangel border patrol aircraft of 24 on order by the UAEAF&AD. It comes 27 months after the contract was awarded. The last one will be delivered this month. Saab receives additional GlobalEye sale Saab were keen to show off their GlobalEye multi role surveillance system at their […]


With 82 deals worth AED 18.833 billion ($5.08 billion) announced at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVEX) 2017, it proved why the twinned events remain one of the go-to events for the defence industry. For four days from February 19-22, defence experts from all over the world headed towards the Abu […]

California National Guard and Cal Fire Train for Fire Season

Earlier this month, personnel from the California National Guard and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) completed joint Wild Land Fire Fighting training in preparation for their work together during the upcoming wildfire season. Over a period of three days, from April 15-17, the training took place at Sutter Creek, California. […]

Turkey’s Great Hope - T129 ATAK

Turkey’s Great Hope – T129 ATAK Turkish Aerospace Industries has now delivered ten T129 ATAK tactical reconnaissance and attack helicopters to the Turkish Land Forces. According to the company they are being flown in some of the most challenging environments in eastern Turkey. Where they are being employed in anti-terrorist operations. Among the ten new […]

New 747-400 Firefighting Tanker Nearly Ready for Service

Global SuperTanker Services is getting close to beginning commercial operations with its Boeing 747-400-based Global SuperTanker, the world’s largest aerial firefighting aircraft. The company anticipates receiving approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration of an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft in early May. Previously, a 747-100 Supertanker fire-fighting aircraft had been developed […]



25 -27th September 2017
Tartu Airport, Estonia

Aerial FireFighting Europe

16 - 17 October 2017
Nîmes, France

Search & Rescue Europe 2017

19th - 20th October 2017
Nîmes, France


Late 2017
Tartu Airport, Estonia


Planned for late 2018
Saudi Arabia


Planned for 2018
Canberra, Australia

EW and Radar KSA

Planned for December 2017
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia