Dubai spends money like crazy. Look at all of those crazy skyscrapers they have. Now Dubai’s firefighters will soon be receiving jetpacks. How awesome is that? Firefighters everywhere should have them.
Dubai has signed a contract with Martin Aircraft Company to purchase 20 jetpacks with two training simulators for the Dubai Civic Defense service. Lt Col Ali Hassan Almutawa of the DSD said that these jetpacks will mainly be used in first responder roles, and they will prove to be useful in situations at any of those expensive skyscrapers that dot the Dubai skyline. Can you imagine firefighters battling blazes from the sky? It really is the future.
Almutawa also said that the jetpacks will be modified with thermal imaging cameras which will provide assistance to other firefighters. They will experiment with firefighters who are going tow a “mule train” of uncrewed jetpacks behind them during rescue missions. Rescue and firefighting are where they willbe used, but they may find other jobs for them too. This could change the way we fight fires.
These jetpacks have twin ducted fans and a V4 engine providing power, allowing them to fly at 3,000 feet with speeds reaching over 70 kmph and a total flight time of half an hour. That’s pretty cool. The cost of one unit is around $150,000, which is nothing to the people of Dubai.