JAC selects AW609 search and rescue aircraft

ABU DHABI, 10th November 2015 (WAM) – UAE Armed Forces’ Joint Aviation Command (JAC) has selected the AgustaWestland’s AW609 aircraft for its search and rescue operations.

This was announced today during a press release at the Dubai Air Show 2015 which was held in presence of Major General Abdullah Al Hashemi, Executive Director of the Military Committee of the Show, Brigadier Saeed Ali Al Ali, Deputy Commander of JAC, Brigadier Hassan Al Shaibani, Deputy Director of the Defence Minister’s Office, Brigadier Adil Al Murr, Director of Planning and Analysis at the ministry and Daniele Romiti, CEO of AgustaWestland.

Delivery of the first three aircraft, with an option for additional three, is expected to start in the “2019 timeframe.

JAC said the AW609s will add value to its search and rescue capabilities, thanks to its qualities in terms of distance, speed, endurance and flexibility.