Dubai: The UAE is not facing any immediate threat along its borders, but the Middle East is still reeling from the potential outbreak of conflicts, a top air force official said  on Saturday.

“Perhaps there is no region in the world more appropriate to discuss the future of the air force as is the case in our region in terms of diversity in capacities that extend from the fifth generation F-22 fighters to air support aircraft,” said Major-General Pilot Ebrahim Nasser Mohammad Al Alawi, Commander of UAE Air Force and Air Defence.

In his speech during the eighth Dubai International Air Chiefs’ Conference yesterday, Maj-Gen Al Alawi referred to the fifth generation wars. “The ability to share information and images despite having common operations to access tactics would help achieve the good integration and synchronisation,” he said.

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, opened the Air Chiefs’ conference and the official conference of Dubai Air Show 2017, which begins today, and runs until Thursday.

Maj-Gen Al Alawi said that many questions arise when talking about the future, including working and integrating with partners in accordance with a combination of the third, fourth and fifth generation warfare.

He highlighted how operations can benefit from more sensor-equipped devices in tomorrow’s combat. “These questions are just examples of many issues that we hope to examine at the conference.”

He hoped that the Dubai Air Show would offer the opportunity to access more new information and effectively work together in the future.