But it doesn't matter--main events are always held behind the closed doors.
DUBAI, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Russian arms makers appear to have been kept to a low profile at this week's Dubai Airshow, underscoring how the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sought to balance its ties with the West and Moscow. Unlike past shows, Russian participation has been limited to the very end of the outdoor area where state-arms makers are exhibiting inside their own pavilion rather than in the main hall. "We have been put a bit away, outside the main pavilion," said a Russian arms industry executive, who declined to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media.
As they note, however, Russian Knights have been more than well--represented. As multiple videos show, they have been one of the highlights.
DUBAI AIRSHOW — Despite the continuation of large scale military operations in Ukraine, Russia pitched up at the Dubai Airshow this year with an imposing industry presence, complete with a standalone national pavilion and a variety of fixed-wing, uncrewed, rotary, space and air defense systems, and air-launched missiles. Many of the firms showing off their wares at Al Maktoum International Airport are under sanction from Washington and its allies. But the open participation of Russian firms has not apparently led the US to lodge a protest with the UAE or show organizers. Asked by Breaking Defense if it had any concerns around the UAE continuing to host the Russian Federation at international trade shows, a US State Department official speaking on background said, “We recognize and acknowledge that countries make their own sovereign decisions about diplomatic and defense engagements. We refer you to the Emirati defense ministry to speak to their defense procurement plans.”
But I have news for those who do not know--shows like these are... well, shows. Signing of the contracts and study of the military hardware is done not at such shows, it is done prior through years of study and research, especially in combat conditions. Guess from three times where the real first serious war in the last 70+ years happens now and how US and Russian hardware compare there. I guess you know the answer. With Sukhoi S-75 getting ready for serial production with AL-51F engine and cutting edge avionics, one has to assume that... Western "analytical" outlets on aviation are full o' shit, like this rag: