VIDEO:Dubai Civil Defence takes on jetpacks for high-rise response

Published:  19 November, 2015

Dubai Civil Defence has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Martin Aircraft, based in New Zealand, for the delivery of up to 20 jetpacks, which will be used high-rise firefighting operations.

The contract was signed at the Dubai Air Show. The company will also supply two simulators to the emirate, as well as training, spare parts and servicing.

‘The vision of Dubai Civil Defence is protecting lives, properties and environment and to provide fast professional service, efficient investment of human and material sources to give best results,’ said Lt Col Ali Almutawa of Dubai Civil Defence.

In development since 1981, the current version of the Martin Jetpack can be flown by pilot or remote control and is capable of vertical take off and landing (VTOL). A V4 engine provides a top speed of 40 knots, with a range of 30km and maximum flight time of around 30 minutes. The pilot can take the machine to a ceiling of 3,000ft, while a ballistic parachute system can be deployed in case of an emergency. An extra weight of 120kg can be carried by the pilot, this makes it possible to rescue a person.

While Martin Aircraft has targeted the emergency services market in the past, the deal marks a significant step forward for the company and the technology’s commercial viability. 

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