The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotor aircraft to the JAC, with three additional options, is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe.

The Joint Aviation Command will be the launch customer for the search and rescue variant of the AW609 TiltRotor aircraft, which will include a tailored equipment configuration to meet its specific operational requirements.

The Joint Aviation Command currently operates eleven AW139 helicopters for a range of missions, including search and rescue units.

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