Australia’s New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) Aviation Command has purchased three new Bell 429 helicopters to support statewide patrols, search and rescue, surveillance and special operations. The new helicopter is equipped with a set of special mission equipment, including Trakka beam searchlight, FLIR HDc 380 camera system, advanced mapping system, tactical radio and rescue winch.
With the funding of the US$50 million Future Light Helicopter Program, these three rotorcraft will replace the old Airbus single helicopter and light twin helicopter fleet, and join the existing two Bell 412s of the New South Wales Police Force. And a fleet of three Cessna caravans. The new 429s will be assembled in Canada in 2020 and then delivered this year to the Command Air Force Base in Bankstown, where they will be maintained by the Command’s full-time field maintenance technicians.
Aviation Command provides NSWPF with major land and sea operations, emergency rescue, major incident response, surveillance and reconnaissance, tactical operations, counter-terrorism and organized crime operations/investigations in an area of approximately 309,000 square miles.