Russian jet fighters including the Sukhoi Su-57 may not be flying during the Dubai Airshow scheduled to take place from 17-21 November, despite the Middle East being a potential export market with no stealth jets sold to these countries till date.
At Malaysia’s LIMA-2019 Airshow, a senior official at Rostec had revealed plans of showcasing the Su-57E, the export version of Russia’s first stealth jet, at the Dubai event.
“The aircraft could be presented for the first time abroad during the Dubai Air Show in November,” Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy of Rostec had then said, adding that a final decision on bringing the aircraft to the Dubai show remained to be made.
Moscow expected to fill a demand for stealth fighters in the region, presently dominated by the US. In the Middle East, it does not provide cutting-edge weaponry to Arab countries given its policy of maintaining Israel's technological superiority in military equipment.
By targeting the cash-rich gulf nations first, Russia was hoping to grab the market for stealth jets, expected to be the future of military aviation.
Another jet that Russia planned to sell is the Sukhoi-35. A source in the defense industry told TASS last month that the UAE was eyeing to buy over a squadron of Su-35 fighters, adding that “negotiations between the countries may be held at the Dubai Airshow.” If the talks go smoothly, he said, a contract would be signed by the end of 2019. In addition to Sukhoi-35, the MiG-35 too has potential in the Middle East.
None of the Russian front-line fighter aircraft have been listed as exhibits according to a list of aircraft released by the Dubai Air show organizers. Even the MC-21 passenger airliner which Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is promoting as a competitor to the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 is not coming to Dubai.
Among Russian aviation products only the Mi-38 and ANSAT helicopters will be displayed at the UAE show.
French air force’s Rafale, Pakistani Super Mushshak, Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon and USAF F-16 could be the only fighters to be exhibited at the event, according to the recently updated official list of participating aircraft.
The other aircraft also on the list are USAF Mirage 2000-9, Boeing CH-47F Chinook, Embraer KC-390, Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, Leonardo’s M346 & AW169.
Nevertheless, the Russian aircraft may be available as scale models at the stands as all major Russian firms- Robosoboronexort, Sukhoi, Irkut and UAC are participating.
Counter-measures to intercept and destroy malicious drones such as the type that attacked Saudi Arabian oil facilities last week would be in prominent focus at Dubai Air Show 2019. Russia has announced it will present electronic warfare systems and latest air defense systems at the air show to defeat drones
The Dubai government has ordered extradition of Christian Michel, a British national alleged to be a middleman in Indias $500 million AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, according to several Indian media reports. The Indian authorities are currently in Dubai to complete the legal formalities
UAE Armed Forces Announce Purchase of Five C-295 Airbus MW (Military Winglet) Transport Aircraft The UAE Armed Forces has announced the purchase of five C-295 military transport aircraft and related services from the Spanish Airbus Defence and Space. The purchase of the aircraft takes place within the framework of the directives of the wise leadership of the UAE to support and promote the comprehensive development of the Armed Forces in various branches and in line with the requirements of the Armed Forces, Major General Ishaq Saleh Al Baloushi, Head of the Executive Administration of Industries and Development of Defense Capabilities at...
The UAE Armed Forces announced a deal worth US$1.63 billion awarded to the US defense firm Lockheed Martin at the on-going Dubai Airshow to upgrade its fleet of 80 F-16E/F fighter jets, Reuters report
General Atomics to Develop Hydrogen Fueling System for US Army
AVT Australia to Develop Micro Gimbals for Military Drones
Russia Completes Training of Chinese Pilots of Mi-171
Hyundai Heavy Industries Launches Filipino Frigate in S.Korea
Bangladesh to Buy Fighter Jets, Apache Gunships & Missile Systems from US
India's Tejas Mk2 in Final Trials
Russia Seeks Customers for 6 Upgraded, Former Indian Air Force Su-30 Fighters
China’s J-20 Fighter May Have Entered Mass Production with Increased Deployment
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...