The biggest news at the show is that nothing has really happened yet.
The United Arab Emirates has not signed deals for four Boeing C-17s, 48 Alenia Aermacchi M346s and 12 Lockheed Martin C-130Js, despite selecting the aircraft in February. The UAE also is not likely to sign a new deal for fighters, such as the Dassault Rafale. Nor is it likely to announce a contract for a new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. That’s not a huge surprise. The Abu Dhabi emirate controls the military purse strings, so the Dubai show is not a big news vehicle for them. I guess we’ll have to wait for the next IDEX, which is based in Abu Dhabi. Or maybe something will happen today or tomorrow. We’ll see.
But we’ve kept ourselves fairly busy anyway. Here’s most of the stories I’ve published from the show by the end of Day 1.
- UAE reveals fifth generation fighter ambitions
- Northrop frustrated by radar export delays
- Boeing aims to win India deal with engine offer
- Australia poised to receive first delayed Wedgetail
- Air force chiefs debate warfare strategies
- L-15 makes desert debut
- Dubai debut for F-22 prompts Paris review