US concludes remarkable Dubai Airshow participation with key strategic and commercial wins

The aviation event featured 180 military and civil aircraft, 20 country pavilions, 1,400 exhibitors and more than 300 speakers

The US military's presence at the Dubai Airshow sends a strong signal of US commitment to Middle East security

The 18th Dubai Airshow has drawn to a close in the UAE after five busy days of networking, knowledge sharing, demonstration flights and commercial deals.

The event was held between November 13 and 17 at Dubai World Central airport, with an imposing display of 180 military and civil aircraft, 20 country pavilions, 1,400-plus exhibitors and more than 300 speakers who addressed wide-ranging topics in aviation, space, defence, sustainability, and airspace security over nine conference tracks.

The United States concluded its participation in the event with big strategic and commercial wins that deepened the country's stake in the region's stability and reflected closer ties with the UAE. Strategically, the US military's presence in the event sends a strong signal of US commitment to Middle East security and its seriousness about supporting regional partners in light of recent global developments.

On the commercial front, US companies had an excellent opportunity at Dubai Airshow 2023 to demonstrate the full weight of US technology and manufacturing capabilities. American giant Boeing secured a partnership agreement to support the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub with inspection drones, AR and VR systems and predictive maintenance know-how.

Boeing's participation in Dubai Airshow 2023 also included a demonstration of its Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAAM) systems, unparalleled in the world, in a show of force for American technology.

The demonstration included the AH-64 Apache helicopter, the world's most advanced and the backbone of the US helicopter fleet, in addition to the F-16EX Combat Fighter, lethal against evolving threats at an extended range, and the KC-46 Pegasus, which brings immense firepower, refuelling capacity and advanced mission controls to air force fleets.

Updated: November 26, 2023, 6:41 AM