United Arab Emirates selects the AW609 Tiltrotor
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.