SHAH ALAM: Four more AW139s for Police. The police is getting four more AW139s, adding to the two already in service, says IGP Puzi Harun today. One of the four will be delivered this May with the other three to be delivered, in batches, before 2020.
Puzi announced the new addition to the force at the inauguration of the Air Wing’s new airbase at the at Subang airport today (Mar.19, 2018). The inauguration of the new base, the peninsula HQ of the air wing was done by the DPM.
The base is the second facility formerly at Sg Besi airbase that had been formally inaugurated. The first one was the Sendayan airbase last week.
Puzi Harun says the new base will allow the air wing to operate on 24 hours basis unlike previously in Sg Besi.
The base located at the north end of the Subang airport is linked to directly the runway allowing for the continous operations day and night. The air wing unit was originally stood up at the Subang airport on Feb. 1, 1979 with four Cessnas 206s before it was moved to Sg Besi airbase in 1998.
Fuzi says the unit was renamed as the Air Wing on Mar. 1, 2012 in line with the increasing number of aircraft in its fleet.
The wing currently has 31 aircraft – 20 fixed wing; five Pilatus Porter PC6, six Cessna Caravan, four Cessna SP172 and five Beechcraft King Airs and 11 rotary – nine Airbus AS355s and two Finmeccanica AW139s.
Malaysian Defence has reported on the procurement of the AW139s in the past.
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