03.11.2010 Dubai Helishow 2010, Day 2: UAE Airforce confirms $300 million BlackHawk deal

03.11.2010 Dubai Helishow 2010, Day 2: UAE Airforce confirms $300 million BlackHawk deal

As part of the current deal worth an estimated $300 million, the UAE will take delivery of a total of 60 BlackHawk utility helicopters, with a direct order from Sikorsky for 20 UH-60L BlackHawks worth $300 million. At the show, the UAE Airforce displayed one of the previously delivered aircraft which has been weaponised and fitted with the FLIR Systems Star SAFIRE stabilized, multi-sensor system.
Joseph Gigantelli, Sikorsky VP for Europe, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, said, The new 40 UH-60M aircraft will be released  in February 2011 with deliveries running through 2013.  He added, We have already sold into Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordon, Egypt, Bahrain and we will be looking at Kuwait and Qatar as well in the future.
Phoenix Aviation UK also announced their GCAA Design Organisation Approval (DOA). The accreditation is the first of its kind in the region to target helicopters and small jets; Phoenix will be uniquely placed to offer high end design and installation of avionics and mission enhancing systems. Alastair MacGregor, Director Sales & Business Development commented, "We are delighted to have achieved this distinction and this will position us perfectly to offer an in country modification service direct to the operator".
Mr. Abdulla Abulhoul, CEO, Mediac Communications & Exhibitions LLC, organizers of the show said: The first day of the show had an excellent turnout with some strong meetings held between key players in the industry.  Were looking forward to more great announcements and deals through the remainder of the show in all sectors
During the final day of the show, Ivan Kristoff the founder of EIGER Rope Access Work Inc. will be holding his workshop during the Dubai Helishow 2010,  which will present the study of the High rise Emergency and Aerial Rescue Team (H.E.A.R.T.), which played an important role in the development of safer standards for rope access work within high-rise construction and building sites in Ontario, Canada and he will also showcase how EIGER has helped drive the industry in creating a specialised urban high angle rescue unit.
The Dubai Helishow which is Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, opened its doors on Tuesday, 2nd of November, 2010 at the Dubai Airport Expo Centre, and runs to 4th November.
The first Military & Homeland Security Exhibition is also taking place during the three-day event. The exhibition and conference will bring into sharp focus the growing market for homeland security, homeland defense solutions, and provide visitors access to a comprehensive set of product and service providers.

About Mediac Communications & Exhibitions LLC

Mediac Communications & Exhibitions LLC is one of the regions leading and most successful event organizers in the Arabian Gulf.  Headquartered in Dubai, UAE with operations in the UK and across the Middle East, Mediac is highly acclaimed for its prominent trade fairs that cater to niche markets and play a positive role in encouraging industrial growth. With over two decades of experience in conducting various international trade and consumer exhibitions, Mediac has played an instrumental role in shaping various sectors in the region, and has helped key international players explore market potentials, establish contacts, and expand networks. Backed by a multinational professional team, Mediac provides the ideal launch pad for businesses to expand, while giving them a solid platform to network and showcase products and services. With exhibitions that encompass the latest and most advanced tools for corporate relations, industry-focused initiatives and with a universal reach, Mediac is firmly established as both a pioneer and a trendsetter within the field of communications and exhibitions.

About Dubai Helishow

International Helicopter Technology & Operations Exhibition, popularly known as the Dubai Helishow is a biennial exhibition which is celebrated as the only one of its kind for the helicopter industry in the entire Middle East region. First launched in 2004, the event turned out to be an instant success by attracting over 2,500 industry visitors representing 20 countries including high-powered key delegations from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries. Entering its 4th edition, Dubai Helishow 2010 will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, from November 2 to November 4, 2010 at the East Hall, Airport Expo, Dubai, UAE.

For more information, please visit www.dubaihelicoptershow.com


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