United Arab Emi­rates se­lects the AW609 Til­tro­tor

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The Joint Avi­a­tion Com­mand ( JAC) of the United Arab Emi­rates an­nounced that it has se­lected the AW609 Til­tro­tor for search and res­cue (SAR) mis­sions. De­liv­ery of the first three AW609 Til­tRo­tors to the JAC, with three ad­di­tional op­tions, is ex­pected to start in the 2019 time frame.

The JAC will be the launch cus­tomer for the search and res­cue vari­ant of the AW609 Til­tro­tor, which will in­clude a tai­lored equip­ment con­fig­u­ra­tion to meet its spe­cific op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments. The JAC said: “The AW609’s unique speed and range char­ac­ter­is­tics, com­bined with its abil­ity to hover, will dra­mat­i­cally in­crease SAR mis­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the UAE’s Joint Avi­a­tion Com­mand. We look for­ward to op­er­at­ing the AW609 Til­tro­tor and util­is­ing the speed ad­van­tage it brings.”

The AW609 opens up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for a wide range of mis­sions in­clud­ing VIP and cor­po­rate trans­port, search and res­cue, emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices, off­shore trans­port and home­land se­cu­rity.

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