Military Police of Santa Catarina adds AW119Ke Koala

Military Police of Santa Catarina adds AW119Ke Koala

14-Feb-2011 Source: HeliHub.com

On Monday 7th February, the Military Police of Santa Catarina added an AW119Ke Koala to their fleet – registered PR-PMM and AW serial 14740.  This follows the intorduction in December of their first example,

Fitted equipment includes a Spectrolab SX16 searchlight, dual litters for medical evacuation work, external hook and an hoist.  Future plans call for thermal imaging equipment also.

Known by its callsign “Eagle 02”, the AW119 has Garmin GNS530 nav/comm avinoics integrated with TAWS (Terrain Awareness and Warning System) and Skywatch TAS (Traffic Advisory/Alert System).  On its first day of operation, the helicopter was used following a mass breakout of 79 prisoners from the the prison in Florianopolis, and the helicopter was instrumental in the recapture of several of these fugitives.

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