Coinciding with Dubai Airshow, the 8th Dubai International Air Chief’s 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.
Supported by the Ministry of Defense and UAE Air Force and Air Defense, DIAC is the official conference of the Dubai Airshow taking place from 12-16 November 2017 at Dubai World Central (DWC).
Established in 2002, the DIAC has grown into the world’s largest gathering of air force commanders from around the world and is the most important air power conference in the region.
The upcoming DIAC will host a select audience of 500 participants from around the world, including close to fifty air force delegations. High-profile participants from the UAE and its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman will be joined by key international partners including commanders and senior officers from the U.S., UK, Turkey, Sudan, South Africa, Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Korea, Jordan, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Egypt, China, Australia, and Algeria, among many others.
The theme for DIAC 2017 is “The Future of Air Power: Exploiting Advances in Network Centric Warfare,” and the conference will bring together thought leaders to address a collection of strategic and operational issues concerning the future of air power, aiming to shed light on what the future holds in terms of opportunities and challenges.
The conference will feature nine briefings from air force commanders on new roles and missions for air forces, integrating 5th generation capabilities into existing force structures, network-centric operations, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) challenges such as plugging the sensor-shooter gap as well as perspectives on harnessing unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
To-date, Raytheon has signed up as Gold Sponsor to DIAC, joining Silver Sponsors MBDA and Textron Systems.