MANAMA (Reuters) – The Red Arrows, Britain’s Royal Air Force famed aerobatic team, will perform at this year’s Bahrain International Airshow, the Bahrain News Agency reported on Monday. This will be the first time they have done so in the event’s 10-year history.
The announcement, by Bahrain’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, came during the Royal International Air Tattoo, which took place this weekend at RAF Fairford in England, during which Air Marshal Martin Sampson , UK’s Senior Defense Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa, met Mohammed Al-Kaabi, Bahrain’s Minister for Transport and Telecommunications.
The BIAS, which is held every two years under the patronage of King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, is scheduled to take place from November 9 to 11 at Sakhir Air Base.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Red Arrows to our airshow this year, which marks 10 years of success in bringing some of the world’s best players and flying teams to Bahrain,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, representing king’s staff. and Chairman of the BIAS Supreme Organizing Committee. “This is yet another successful outcome of Bahrain’s longstanding relationship with the UK.”
Al-Kaabi said: “Aerial demonstrations at the Bahrain International Airshow are one of its main features, which we are striving to develop, so we are delighted to announce that we are hosting one of the first aerobatic demonstration teams in the world at BIAS and I’m sure it will add significant value to our flight demonstration program.”
Sampson added: “It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Red Arrows will be in Bahrain later this year. Bahrainis are a vital partner in the British defense and I’m sure the Red Arrows will put on a spectacular show there, as well as carrying out some inspiring ground activity.
The Bahrain International Airshow has established itself as a premier aviation event over the past decade. This year’s event is expected to attract over 50,000 trade visitors and 215 military and civilian delegations.
The air show is organized by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications and the Royal Bahraini Air Force, and builds on longstanding relationships with key partner nations. The UK Royal Air Force and the Bahrain Defense Forces have a history of military cooperation that dates back decades.
“The red arrows represent the RAF’s commitment to excellence; the dedication of the team’s pilots and ground crews ensures they put on world-class displays,” said Ben Wallace, UK Secretary of State for Defence.
“The UK has a long and successful partnership with Bahrain. Both nations benefit from these strong links and this Red Arrows tour represents the UK’s commitment to maintaining these links.
At the end of the team’s busy domestic season, the Red Arrows will embark on a Gulf tour which, in addition to Bahrain, will include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
As well as performing daring aerial displays, the team will also take part in a series of ground-based events to inspire young people by highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and math. . Taken together, the aerial displays and ground engagements provide an opportunity to strengthen longstanding diplomatic, military and trade relations between Bahrain and the UK, organizers said.