The 8th Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference (DIAC 2017) will be held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai on November 11, 2017, under the esteemed patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.
This year at DIAC participants will deliberate on “The Future of Air Power” and take a core focus on Exploiting Advances in Network Centric Warfare. DIAC 2017 will create the perfect environment for staying abreast of the latest developments by bringing together thought leaders to address a series of strategic and operational issues concerning the future of air power with its new opportunities and challenges.
With nine selected briefings from a speaker panel of air force commanders, discussions at DIAC 2017 will explore new roles and missions for air forces, integrating '5th generation' capabilities into force structures, interoperability for coalition operations, effectively harnessing network-centric operations, addressing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) challenges to plug the 'sensor-shooter gap.' and the latest emerging perspectives on utilizing remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for air force operations.
DIAC has become the world’s largest international gathering of air force commanders and senior officers as well as the most important and most prestigious air power conference in the Arabian Gulf and wider Middle East region. DIAC 2017 will host a select audience of 500 participants from around the world, including close to fifty air force delegations from across the globe.
High-profile participants from the UAE will be joined by key international partners including commanders and senior officials from the Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, the U.S., UK, Australia, France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Pakistan, China, India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, and Nigeria, among many others.
Lockheed Martin is confirmed as the headline Platinum Sponsor for DIAC 2017. Lockheed Martin, a leading global defense contractor and key industrial partner of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense joins Gold Sponsor, Raytheon, Gala Dinner Sponsor, Saab, and Associate Sponsors, MBDA, Textron Systems, and Boeing in, once again, supporting DIAC 2017.