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Cyprus invests in five AW139s for SAR and law enforcement
The Cyprus Ministry of Justice has brought two AW139s into service.

The Cyprus Ministry of Justice has brought two AW139s into service. Chief of police Michalakis Papageorgiou says: "These aircraft will be used to perform law enforcement, border patrol and search and rescue operations."

Another three AW139s have been ordered by the Ministry of Defence for SAR and utility-EMS duties, covering the Cyprus Flight Information Region and EU's Frontex operational requirements.

Papageorgiou says: "The AW139 fully complies with the latest certification requirements in terms of performance and safety. Its Pratt & Whitney turbines together with five-bladed main rotor provide unequalled performance, even in demanding hot and high conditions at maximum all up mass. The availability of modular role kits allows easy and quick conversion to and from various configurations. The law enforcement-configured AW139 is available with a wide range of mission equipment and has a spacious cabin in the medium twin class."

Minister of Justice and Public Order Loukas Louka says the AW139s are provided with a comprehensive tailored configuration including FLIR camera, rescue hoist, search-weather radar, SAR mission console and cargo hook with provision for fire fighting, EMS kit and police radio communication equipment.

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