Air International 2015-10
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Main: Paramilitary
Guaymaral is home to a company of Bell 212s.
A rescuer descends from a Black Hawk during combat rescue training. The Servicio Aereo de la Policia plans to buy six more Black Hawks to join the ten it operates, including three S-70is.
The MCH-109As work closely with other GdF units and here an example is flown over the Buratti class patrol boat G202 Appuntato Salemo.
The seven MD902 Explorers, including Greater Manchester Police’s G-GMPX, operated by NPAS will be disposed of as the service moves to an all-Airbus helicopters fleet.
Colombia's police force uses this type to support anti-drug trafficking and guerilla operations.
Fifteen EC135s are operated by the UK’s National Police Air Service.
Although based near Dublin, the equipment in EC135T2+ serial 272, including an NVG mode modification and extra endurance, mean it can operate anywhere in the Irish Republic.
The GASU is a joint Garda/lrish Air Corps unit and is jointly controlled by the IAC at Baldonnel and Garda HQ in Phoenix Park, above which EC135 272 is seen.
EC135 serial 256, pictured at Baldonnel, was delivered to the Garda Air Support Unit in 2002.
The mission commander sat at his station in EC135 272 on a night flight over Dublin. From his Martin-Baker swivelling seat the commander controls the moving map display and the communications suite.
The crew must synthesise the information provided by the sensors as well as watching surrounding airspace and co-ordinating with Garda officers on the ground.
One of the two Bell 412EPs are used for VIP flights.