DCD orders 20 jetpacks for fast response units
Deal signed with Martin Aircraft Company at this year's Dubai Air Show
Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) has signed an MoU with Martin Aircraft Company for the delivery of 20 jetpacks and two simulators.
DCD hopes that the jetpacks will aid firefighters in tackling blazes on the upper levels of skyscrapers. The agreement was signed at this year’s Dubai Air Show, and also includes the delivery of pilot and engineer training, spare parts and support.
“The vision of DCD is protecting lives, properties and the environment, and to provide fast, professional service, efficient investment of human and material sources to give the best results,” said Lt Col Ali Hassan Almutawa, director of operations at the DCD.
“Dubai is one of the fastest growing future cities in the world. With its modern skyscrapers and vast infrastructure, it has always been a world leader in adapting new technology to improve and save people’s lives. The introduction of Martin Jetpacks into our fleet of emergency response vehicles is another example of how Dubai leads the world.”
Martin Aircraft describes the Martin Jetpack as a disruptive technology. It can be flown by a pilot or via a remote control, and has vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. The New Zealand-based company adds that, because of its small dimensions, the jetpack can operate in confined spaces such as close to or between buildings, near trees, or in confined areas that other VTOL aircraft such as helicopters cannot access.
“Martin Aircraft has focused on the first responder markets for introduction of its innovative aircraft, the Martin Jetpack, which provides to organisations such as the Dubai Civil Defence a significant operational advantage being able to carry commercial payloads of up to 120 kg, unlike quadcopters, which are limited to only a few kilograms,” said Peter Coker, CEO of Martin Aircraft.