SHAH ALAM: THE police took delivery of two AW139 medium helicopters at a ceremony at the Leonardo Helicopters plant at Vergiate, Italy, on May 27. The acceptance of the two helicopters were conducted following a Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI).
According to a release by PDRM,
Amongst those present at the ceremony were the IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar; Home Affairs Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Wan Ali Besar and PDRM Air Operations Force commander Datuk S.SathiyaSeelan
Also present were Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah; Galaxy Helicopters Sdn Bhd MD Datuk Johari Harun and senior officials of Leonardo Helicopters.
The Government of Malaysia has approved the acquisition of six AW139 helicopters, to beef up airborne law enforcement roles of the police. The procurement contract for the first two helicopters under the Ninth and Tenth Malaysia Plan, was signed on 9th March 2016, between The Government of Malaysia and Galaxy Helicopters (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Due to the close proximity between the dates of deliveries for the two helicopters and in an effort to prudently manage finances, the Government of Malaysia has approved only one PDI to comprise both the helicopters in Italy.
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The release from PDRM is puzzling on many parts. If you remember last year I reported on the procurement of the AW139 helicopters here.
The release however stated that the funds to procure the helicopters came from the 9th and 10th Malaysian plans. How they managed to do that is puzzling. Perhaps the funds came from money not utilised during the last 10 years. As for when another four will be acquired and to be paid from which Malaysian plan, your guess is as good as mine.
To add to the confusion, the release also stated that the contract was signed in March this year, when we know for a fact that they signed a contract for two AW139 helicopters at GPEC 15. Of course it could be just a typo error but the fact that the helicopters were ready for delivery within four months showed that contract was signed earlier. I stand to be corrected of course.
I was told that the two helicopters will be delivered to Malaysia in mid-July, so perhaps we will have more answers then. As the police will be the third government agency to use the AW139 – after the APMM and Bomba – I doubt they will have any issues in operating the helicopters.
Anyhow since we are talking about helicopters, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak broke ground for the helicopter Forward Operating Base at the Lahad Datu airport on Saturday. The RM9 million helicopter FOB is located on a 0.48-hectare area at the airport. The FOB will consist of an administrative building, hangar and apron capable of accommodating six helicopters.
The FOB will function as a command and control centre as well as the maintenance hub for helicopters deployed in the ESSZONE area of operations.
During his visit to Lahad Datu, Najib also launched the sea base operations of the Tun Sharifah Rodziah platform and the auxiliary ship, KD Tun Azizan. Like the FOB, the two platforms were put in place following the Lahad Datu incursion in 2013.
Najib also took the opportunity during his visit to Lahad Datu and Tawau to fire a M134D Dillon mini- gun from an Army PUTD AW109 helicopter at the Bakapit firing range. I guess he was very happy about it.
The AW109 fleet were armed with the min-guns also in response to the 2013 incursion.
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