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Martin Aircraft signs MoU with Dubai Civil Defence for 20 jetpack systems

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Dubai Airshow 2015
8 - 12 November 2015
Dubai - Al Maktoum International Airport
 
 
Martin Aircraft signs MoU with Dubai Civil Defence for 20 jetpack systems
 
Martin Aircraft signed a memorandum of understanding at this year's Dubai Airshow with the directorate of civil defence in Dubai for the intended future delivery of manned and unmanned jetpacks, simulators, spare parts, support services and pilot and engineer training for civil defence and fire service personnel, the New-Zealand-based company said.
     
Martin Aircraft signs MoU with Dubai Civil Defence for 20 jetpack systems 640 001Martin Aircraft jetpack solution for Dubai Civil Defence at DAS 15
     
This MoU includes an initial batch of up to 20 Jetpacks and two simulators with final details subject to agreeing a supply contract, the company's CEO said. Martin Aircraft expects to go into commercial production as early as next year.

The introduction of Martin Jetpacks into our fleet of emergency response vehicles is another example of how Dubai leads the world,” a Dubai Civil Defence official said.

With a focus on safety, the Martin Jetpack has a composite structure pilot module that protects the pilot in the event of any incident and a ballistic parachute system that can deploy and safely recover the aircraft from only a few metres above the ground.

The Martin Jetpack is powered by a V4, two-stroke gasoline engine that generates 200hp (150kW), driving two ducted fans. The jet pack is said to be able to fly nonstop for 30 to 45 minutes at altitudes of up to 1,500 meters. It is powered by a gasoline engine and has two ducted fans. The Martin Jetpack will have a top speed of 74km/h. The system weighs 200kg, and can carry a payload of 120kg. The Jetpack can be operated in a manned or unmanned configuration.

Last month the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand approved Martin Aircraft’s latest model, the Prototype 12, for manned flight.

The Prototype 12 jetpack passed a Sports Aircraft Corporation annual airworthiness inspection and received a New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Manned Flight Permit.