Namibian police buy second helicopter

Sept. 24, 2010 at 4:42 PM
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WINDHOEK, Namibia, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The Namibian police took delivery of a second helicopter during the Africa Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in Cape Town. South Africa.

The Eurocopter Squirrel AS350 B3 is the same model Nampol purchased last year, the New Era reported Friday.

At a handover ceremony in Cape Town, Lt. Gen. Sebastian Haitota Ndeitunga, inspector-general of the Namibian Police Force said, "Namibians, like millions of people in other countries around the world, are reaping the benefits of this investment in modern, versatile, reliable and efficient crime-fighting assets such as our AS350 helicopters."

Eurocopter Southern Africa's Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Cagnat said that his company is proud that Eurocopter was selected by the Namibian Police Air Wing.

Besides Namibia, more than 370 Eurocopters are deployed by 120 police forces in 22 countries worldwide, while additionally, about 80 twin-engine AS355 Eurocopters are operated by 35 police forces in 21 countries.

Eurocopter Southern Africa has also provided helicopter flight training for two Namibian Police Air Wing pilots at Starlight Aviation in Durban.

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