While the U.S. military presence at air shows has become virtually non-existent back at home because of the impact of sequestration, the sizable delegation of military hardware at the Dubai air show is something of a surprise. The ensemble includes a single F-22, four V-22 Ospreys, B-1B, AH-1Z and UH-1Y (both appearing at Dubai for the first time) as well as F/A-18 Super Hornets and – making its international air show debut – a Boeing P-8A. The C-17 seen here is a UAE-operated example.
With the CSeries now in flight test, Bombardier is hoping for good news with a possible Qatar Airways commitment at Dubai. The company has an Ethiopian Airlines Q400NG turboprop on display along with a Global 6000 business jet at the exhibition.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are also on display, including a selection from the UAE-based Adcom Systems Group. They include the medium-altitude, long-endurance Yabon United 40 UAV, an alternate turbofan-powered concept and a high speed target drone.