Dubai Air Show 2015: UAE selects the AW609 TiltRotor aircraft for SAR missions

Dubai Airshow 2015
8 - 12 November 2015
Dubai - Al Maktoum International Airport
UAE Joint Aviation Command chooses the AW609 TiltRotor aircraft for SAR missions
The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today at Dubai Airshow 2015 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 timeframe.
UAE Joint Aviation Command chooses the AW609 tiltrotor aircraft for SAR missions 640 001UAE will take delivery of three AW609 TiltRotor aircraft by 2019
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 utilizing the speed advantage it brings.”

The JAC currently operates eleven AW139 helicopters for a range of missions, including SAR. The JAC will further expand its operational capabilities leveraging on the 275 knot maximum speed and 750 nm range of the AW609. With approximately twice the speed and twice the range of a helicopter the AW609 can dramatically reduce the time it takes to reach a rescue scene.