07 September, 2013

Pakistan Air Force Rescue Hovercraft

Neoteric has manufactured two rescue hovercraft for the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC. The 4-passenger craft are to be used by the Pakistan Air Force for rescue operations. Since 1998, Pakistan and surrounding nations have relied heavily on the PAF for tsunami, cyclone, earthquake and flood rescue and relief operations.

The Neoteric Hovertrek™ is in increasing use by the military, both in the U.S. and in other nations. In 2006, the U.S. Air Force used one of the two Neoteric craft owned by Hill Air Force base to rescue a downed F-16 pilot who crashed on the Great Salt Lake mudflats, where no other rescue vehicle could travel.

U.S. Air Force personnel undergo pilot training at Hovercraft Training Centers. 

Below are a few photos of the two Pakistan Air Force hovercraft during their manufacturing process at Neoteric ...

Body Manufacture: The mold is sprayed with resin, then fiberglass mat is hand-laid in order to ensure a hovercraft body with a high-quality surface.

Final Assembly: The thrust ducts are fitted and each craft goes through the first stage of quality assurance process.

Rescue Accessories: A rear emergency beacon is installed to the cowl of each hovercraft.

Performance Testing: Both hovercraft undergo extensive performance testing on the Wabash River.

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