Jerry Gunner rounds-up the big military news stories from the recent Dubai Air Show
HAVING STARTED in 1986 as a small civil aviation air show known as Arab Air and held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Dubai Air Show is now the third largest tradecentred air show in the world, after Farnborough and Paris. The event is now held at the economic zone known as Dubai World Central (DWC) which is being built around Al Maktoum International Airport. The eighth iteration ran between Sunday November 12 and Thursday November 16, 2017. More than 60 companies exhibited, and trade visitor numbers were up 20% over 2015; some 79,380 individuals entered the purpose-built hall at DWC. Orders worth $113.8 billion were signed over the five days of the event. As well as a conventional trade static display, this year featuring more than 160 aircraft, each day included a flying display of military and civil machines. Firsttimers this year included China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s aerobatic display team ‘August the 1st’ with its Chengdu J-10 fighters.