SHAH ALAM: Police getting new AW139. As reported previously, the police’s Air Wing AW139 fleet is getting bigger. The Home Ministry in its post on its official Twitter handle on Sept. 21 2018 reported of a pre-delivery inspection ceremony for an AW139 helicopter in Italy.
It is a little bit puzzling though as the Twitter post stated that the PDI ceremony was for the second AW139 for the police. The air wing already has two AW139 – 9M-PMB and 9M-PMC – in service which Malaysian Defence had reported on previously. The latest AW139 should be the Air Wing third AW139.
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).
This was not the first time we are left puzzled by the AW139 procurement. This had happened when the police announced the PDI for PMB and PMC back in 2016.
Anyhow it appears that the air wing is getting six AW139s as reported by Malaysian Defence. It is interesting to note that even KDN and the police are not on the same page when it comes to the assets though I admit this could be the fault of an over-worked social media coordinator.
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