Photo- His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum speaking with Martin Aircraft CEO/MD Peter Coker. Martin Aircraft Company Limited (Martin Aircraft), (ASX:MJP) is pleased to announce that over the period 17-19 January 2016, Martin Aircraft was hosted by the Dubai Civil Defence on their stand at Intersec 2016.
The Intersec exhibition is one of the world’s largest fire and security conferences, held each year in the Dubai World Trade Centre. It brings together the global leaders in first responder products and services with decision makers and key industry bodies.
This year’s event was no different, and the opportunity to work in close collaboration with Dubai Civil Defence, who are the Emirates’ Fire and Rescue service provider, afforded Martin Aircraft Company unparalleled access to both regional and international buyers. With the assistance of our hosts, we were able to introduce our innovative aircraft and its capabilities to an important target market.
With the recent events of the New Year’s Eve fire at “The Address” tower in Dubai still very much front of mind, much attention was given during the show to the challenges of high rise fires and the potential of the Martin Jetpacks to solve many of these problems.
His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who himself attended the fire on New Year’s eve in support of the Fire Service staff, was provided a personal tour of the Martin Jetpack and Simulator by Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Director-General of Civil Defence and Lt Col Expert Ali Hassan Almutawa, Director Operations, who is leading the Dubai Jetpack implementation project.
Martin Aircraft is very fortunate to have in the UAE such strong and visionary leadership that has recognised the importance and utility of our technology across the first responder community. In a fire service context, it has become clear from discussions with both Dubai Civil Defence and other potential buyers, that the Martin Jetpack, as a tactical air asset, would provide solutions in a number of key areas, including but not limited to;
• Intelligent surveillance
• Airborne Command and Control
• Initial intervention
• High payload drone – e.g. Resupply of Breathing Apparatus Air Bottles
• High Rise rescue using the Mule Train concept
• Rapid deployment of specialist teams
As part of our partnership with Dubai Civil Defence and following a best practice approach, we shall over the next few months, commence work on defining these various operational scenarios, undertake risk assessments, develop standard operating procedures and define the required training packages in preparation of delivery of the first units later in the year.
Commercially, with more than 28,000 trade buyers from 118 countries in attendance, the show was very successful with a lot of positive feedback from industry leadership and procurement departments. We featured in a number of local and global media outlets, all of which provided excellent marketing for the Company and our Jetpacks.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Martin Aircraft, Peter Coker said, “Martin Aircraft has focused on the first responder markets for introduction of its innovative aircraft, the Martin Jetpack, which provides to organisations such as the Dubai Civil Defence, a significant operational advantage being able to carry commercial payloads of up to 120kgs, unlike Quadcopters which are limited in their payload capability”.
We have generated from this exhibition a substantial number of sales leads and these will be followed up by our small sales and marketing team in the normal way, with announcements made at the appropriate time.” Said Coker.