2,000 check out po­lice he­li­copter

New Straits Times - - News -

LANGKAWI: The Po­lice Air Unit’s new AgustaWestland AW139 twin-en­gined he­li­copter was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion dur­ing the Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aero­space (Lima) 2017 ex­hi­bi­tion open days here.

Parked at the Mah­suri In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre as part of the static air­craft dis­play, the pub­lic thronged to get a closer look of the he­li­copter.

The unit’s deputy com­man­der, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Noor Sham Md Jani, said the dis­play had more than 2,000 vis­i­tors. Some sat in­side the air­craft and took pictures.

“This is the first Lima for our AW139. Po­lice have re­ceived two of six the gov­ern­ment or­dered in June last year.

“We brought both to the ex­hi­bi­tion. The other one was used for a demon­stra­tion at the mar­itime seg­ment.”

Noor Sham said the unit used the air­craft for mul­ti­ple pur­poses, in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion, search-and-res­cue, evac­u­a­tion and in­ser­tion op­er­a­tions.

He said the he­li­copters were the lat­est ver­sion and were equipped with Epic Primers Ver­sion 7.1 avion­ics sys­tem, be­sides hav­ing its take-off weight in­creased to 7,000kg com­pared with 6,800kg for the pre­vi­ous ver­sion.

The unit is ex­pected to re­ceive the re­main­ing AW139 by 2021.

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