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  • Huge range of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft on static and live display during the five days of the event
  • Dynamic daily air displays led by the Saudi national aerobatics team
  • Land demonstrations and static display of 70 vehicles, from light tactical vehicles to tanks

Riyadh, KSA, 29 January 2024

Excitement is mounting as World Defense Show 2024 (WDS 2024), under the esteemed patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, confirms a growing list of air and land assets arriving for the event in February. The air assets include established mission aircraft, fighter jets, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the latest electric aircraft, while tanks and other armoured vehicles will be shown in relation to the land domain. This unique collection of manned and unmanned technology will form an effective showcase of the capabilities of future multi-domain operations.

The dynamic daily air displays of WDS 2024 will be led by the Saudi Hawks, the Royal Saudi Air Force aerobatic team, demonstrating their skills and capabilities in their distinctive green and white liveried two-seat trainers. In addition, the Chinese national aerobatic team, Ba Yi, will showcase its piloting expertise.

Other combat aircraft taking to the skies daily during the show include the carbon-fibre turboprop Calidus B250 light attack aircraft, the distinctive delta-winged Eurofighter Typhoon, the French Dassault Rafale C, and two roaring Boeing F-15s, while the Pakistan Air Force is bringing three JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft. There will be daily UAV displays, with the Red Cat Teal2, Firejet M180 and Skydio X10D all demonstrating their unique capabilities.

Out on the apron, WDS 2024 features an incredible static display of more than 50 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, ranging from a Cessna Caravan to a Boeing Chinook. Other assets include the Airbus A320, A321, and Cougar helicopter, Sikorsky Black Hawk and Seahawk, Bombardier Global 6500, Embraer KC390 and the classic Lockheed Martin C-130. Cutting-edge electric aircraft are also on display, including the Volocopter eVTOL air taxi.

Calidus also appears in the daily land demonstrations with the Wahash 8×8 multi-role armoured vehicle, alongside the Humvee Saber Light Tactical Vehicle, SAMI’s Obaya and Storm II vehicles and the all-wheel-drive off-road Tatra Tactic truck.

Among the 70 land assets on display in the show’s expansive courtyard area are a range of vehicles from Otokar, Terradyne, Chrystler, Oshkosh, Saab, GM and Nexter.

Andrew Pearcey, World Defense Show CEO, has stated: “Our static and live display teams have gathered an amazing line-up of air, land and sea assets. The sheer number of exhibits, as well as the vast open air and land demonstration spaces, are a key differentiator for World Defense Show, allowing visitors to get ‘hands on’ with the equipment, witness practical product demonstrations and really understand the immense capabilities of the innovative technology on display.”

The excitement thus continues to build, with further assets across the three domains confirming daily.

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The dynamic daily air displays of WDS 2024 will be led by the Saudi Hawks: the Royal Saudi Air Force aerobatic team. (WDS 2024)