12-Dec-2014 Source: Helibras
[electronic translation] Since Saturday 6th December, an Airbus EC135T2+ has been operated by Receita Federal from the city of Foz do Iguaçu for another search mission and smuggling crackdown in Paraná state.
With the proximity to Christmas, the movement on the border of the country that connects Brazil to cities of Paraguay and Argentina is set to increase. Thus, the revenue of the activity is mobilizing the police stations of Foz do Iguaçu, with use of the helicopter of the institution, who traveled to the city to accomplish this mission, and also teams with sniffer dogs to aid in the soil.
The aircraft is equipped with thermal imaging camera and infrared sensors to detect and identify any suspected presence, and night vision equipment to see the ground even from a distance and overnight. “These devices make our more safe and discrete task, which increases the effectiveness of our flight. What you see in the air, with the aid of cameras is immediately passed on to the land or nautical teams and also contributes to the planning of future actions, “explains Leandro Leal Calazans, auditor-inspector of the Division of Air Operations of the Federal Revenue Secretariat Brazil.
The inspections and intelligence activities come to rely on these modern air vectors in 2007, when the first two helicopters of the Federal Revenue of Brazil, including the EC135 T2 + Helibras were delivered. The air surveillance system, more important to the mission of the aircraft together, as well as some others, were developed, approved and installed by Brazilian engineers at the company’s factory in Itajubá (MG) before delivery of the helicopters and the operational training was conducted by Training Center in Brazil.
“The helicopter gives us the possibility of expanding the dimensions of a mission.From the heavens have carried out major operations in this region, “says Leandro Commander.