PNP gets 3 more choppers

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    THE PNP has acquired three additional multi-role helicopters, bringing to 10 the number of aircraft in its inventory for law enforcement and public safety operations, it was announced yesterday.

    PNP chief Debold Sinas accepted the delivery of the H-125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia last Friday at the Manila Domestic Airport in Pasay City.

    The single engine turbine helicopters were acquired through funds from the General Appropriations Act of 2019.

    “These new air assets will further boost our operational capability in support of the anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism campaign,” Sinas said.

    The helicopters — with registry numbers RP-2420, RP-6088, and RP-9710 — are now at the Special Action Force Air Unit hangar at the Manila Domestic Airport.

    Sinas said the PNP now has a total of 10 aircraft with the acquisition of the three helicopters — seven H-125 helicopters, two R-22 Robinson police helicopters, and a fixed-wing trainer aircraft.

    The 10 aircraft are all currently in Metro Manila although the PNP is eyeing to deploy two helicopters each in Central Visayas and southern Mindanao and one in northern Luzon.

    The PNP is eyeing to procure two more aircraft to serve as air ambulances.