#DXB09: The Dubai surprise

The Ministry of Defense for the United Arab Emirates has called a press conference at the Dubai Air Show on Thursday at 3pm.

The timing of the event — scheduled for the show’s fifth day — is unusually late for a major announcement and especially aggravating for, um, certain aerospace journalists who (blush) took the red-eye flight to London last night.

What the MOD plans to announce is a mystery, but it could be any number of big things. I departed the Dubai Air Show after waiting in vain for three days for a major contract signing. As of yesterday evening, negotiations were ongoing for several major contracts. The announcement could involve contract signings for the Dassault Rafale, Boeing C-17, Lockheed Martin C-130J, Raytheon airborne standoff radar or Alenia Aermacchi M346. It could also involve something that we don’t know anything about yet.

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3 Responses to #DXB09: The Dubai surprise

  1. Karl 19 November, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    So, it’s Thursday and 6 PM CET. Were there any surprises revealed?

  2. Stephen Trimble 19 November, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    We’re still trying to figure that out. The press center mostly cleared out yesterday, including all of our people. If anybody was there to report on the press conference, we have seen there coverage yet. We also have seen any announcements from the big contractors. All we know is that the press conference was scheduled for 3pm in Dubai, which was several hours ago. I’ll update as soon as we find out anything.

  3. Airpower 19 November, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    Yes, there was a surprise alright – a nasty one for Aermacchi.

    The Thursday announcement was cancelled by the hosts with pretty much no notice, while several Aermacchi people were actually SITTING AND WAITING in the intended conference room.

    Whatever is going on with the jet trainer deal it is starting to look like bad news for somebody…

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