• Walter Washington Convention Center
  • 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington DC, 20001, USA


The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, following the successful organization of the Hellenic Pavilion at previous AUSA annual meetings, is excited to organize for the 8th consecutive year the the Hellenic Pavilion at AUSA 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. AUSA 2021 will take place October 11-13, 2021 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.

The Hellenic Pavilion held under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defense- General Directorate for Defense Investments and Armaments (GDDIA) and supported by Enterprise Greece Greece — the country’s official state investment and trade promotion agency — consists already of ten prominent Hellenic industries, either private or state-connected.

AUSA presents a great opportunity for Greek Defense Companies to demonstrate their exceptional capabilities and their reliability as a valuable partner and supplier of advanced technology defense equipment to USA and other Allied Countries. It is recognized as the leading international exhibition that attracts key decision makers and allows defense experts, government officials, and representatives of the armed forces from all over the world to be informed about the latest developments in military technology.

Greece and the United States maintain excellent relations in the area of defense and security, and in this framework we encourage initiatives that ensure the evolution of technological progress and international stability. In addition, by supporting the outward-oriented efforts of the Hellenic Defence Industry, we promote security cooperation and international partnerships.

Monday, October 11, 2021, 12.00 (local US time) – Walter Washington Convention Center


The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Hellenic Pavilion at AUSA 2021—took place on Monday, October 11 at the Walter Washington Convention Center. The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce is organizing the Hellenic Pavilion since 2014 to support Greece’s defense industry in its extroversional efforts. It is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defense and the General Directorate for Defense Investments and Armaments and with the support of Enterprise Greece.

Held every October in Washington, D.C., AUSA is the largest land warfare exposition forum in North America and a vital event for the defense industry. The three-day event brings together highlevel representatives from the global defense community and attracts over 28,000 attendees, including senior officials from the Department of Defence, members of Congress, industry leaders and foreign dignitaries. For the Greek defense companies, AUSA is not only an exceptional opportunity to meet potential clients and strategic partners, but also a great opportunity for them to build their international brands and showcase their offerings alongside the Atlantic searching for industrial co-operation, co-production, joint ventures, and high-tech transfers while at their same time they boost their credibility amongst key stakeholders.

The ribbon cutting ceremony of the Hellenic Pavilion was conducted by:
•  Jack Haley, Brigadier General, U.S. Army Retired, Vice President Membership and Meetings, AUSA
•  Ms. Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic in Washington
•  Mr. Nikolaos Bakatselos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
•  Vice Admiral (rtd) Aristeidis Alexopoulos HN, General Director of General Directorate for Defence Investments and Armaments (GDDIA)
•  Μs. Heidi Grant, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency
•  Ms Betty Alexandropoulou, Executive Director & Member of the BoD, Enterprise Greece

Brigadier Emmanuel Hatzis, Hellenic Army General Staff, Defence Planning & Programming Directorate, International Affairs, Ministry of National Defense (representing he Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff)m Colonel Panagiotis Vlachopoulos, Defense Attache, Captain Prokopios Charitos HN, Naval Attache, Colonel Dimitrios Bitsis, Air Attache at the Greek Embassy in Washington, representatives from foreign military delegations, representatives from the leadership of AUSA, and media representatives participated at the event honoring the Hellenic Pavilion