Dubai Helicopter Show 2012 will draw over 80 international and domestic corporate exhibitors, including companies from U.S.A, Canada, U.K, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Turkey, Australia, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Qatar along with representatives from UAE, at the show's new venue- the Grand Stand, Meydan Racecourse.
The Domus Group, a leading international exhibition specialist, said the event, which would be held in November, would be the third largest international civil and military helicopter technology and operations exhibition.
Exhibitors are going to display the latest helicopter additions, showcase cutting edge technologies and latest product offerings in addition to discussing new developments and services in the industry.
Experts from each corporation are expected to evaluate the market, network with prospective customers and senior level organizations, and most importantly, settle high-end business deals in the three-day-event.
In its fifth edition, the show will witness the presence of key helicopter manufacturers, missiles and fire control manufacturers, global aerospace and defence avionics-electronics producers, and civil and military aircraft spare parts suppliers.
This year's show will also host distributors of advanced information and communications technology systems, commercial and air medical retrieval operators in addition to technical developers of the latest navigation, surveillance, rescue and reconnaissance equipment for airborne, maritime and ground applications.
Key exhibitors include: Sikorsky, Russian Helicopters, Hawker Pacific Airservices, Bell Helicopters, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, Boeing, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, PHI Air Medical, ARMA-Global, Aerogulf, Aviahelp, HR Smith group, Enterprise control systems, Gulf helicopters.
After their success in settling the 60 BlackHawk utility helicopters business deal worth an estimated $300m with the UAE Airforce in 2010, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has confirmed its attendance to this year's show with a huge potential of attracting the region's leading stakeholders again.
Team Seahawk (Sikorsky- Manufacturer of helicopters, and Lockheed Martin- Helicopter missiles and fire control manufacturers) along with the U.S. Navy will promote the MH-60R and MH-60S multi-role helicopters.
The MH-60R (Romeo): Designed for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, the MH-60R helicopter is the U.S. Navy's most advanced maritime rotorcraft.
Sikorsky and mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin have delivered 150 Romeos of 300 to the U.S. Navy. MH-60S (Sierra): Designed for troop transport, cargo resupply, combat search and rescue and airborne mine countermeasures, the aircraft is armed with Hellfire missiles and a variety of machine guns. Sikorsky has sold 220 MH-60S aircraft of a 275 aircraft program of record.
Bell Helicopters and their U.A.E independent representatives Hawker Pacific Air services, has announced displaying and promoting the innovative twin helicopter "the BELL 429".
The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, 50 year-old helicopter manufacturer, will participate for the very first time in the 2012 trade show. In addition to showcasing a state-of-the-art "480B Light Turbine Helicopter", Enstrom senior executives will be in attendance to evaluate the market and meet with potential customers and supporting organisations.
"With the expected growth in the Middle Eastern market, this couldn't have come at a better time. Enstrom is a growing company and to fuel that growth, we are developing new markets through turning our focus to Russia and the Middle East. The decision to attend this year's event was made, primarily, because we are looking for potential representatives and service centers in the region; Enstrom is committing to this market," commented Tracy Biegler, Enstrom's Director of Sales and Marketing.
For his part, Abdulla Abulhoul, Director of Dubai Helishow at the Domus Group said: "Under the deep vision and wise policy of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai has become the leading centre for the most significant international exhibitions for the last 10 years. The increase in the number of exhibitors for 2012 confirms that the Dubai Helicopter Show opened the door for potential customers, governmental, semi-governmental, private and commercial organisations to direct their eyes into a new emerging global aviation hub located in the G.C.C. region of the Middle Eas.
He added, "We have witnessed a tangible growth in the business deals signed in 2010, and looking forward to seek further opportunities between exhibitors and VVIP buyers in 2012".