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Western Australia Police to Get New Helicopter

By Amy Kluber | April 17, 2018

Western Australia Police Kawasaki BK117

Western Australia Police Kawasaki BK117. Photo courtesy of Nachoman-au / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Western Australia (WA) police department will be getting an additional helicopter thanks to a new funding package, according to local media reports.

The region's state government announced Tuesday nearly $27 million to replace the department's 28-year-old Kawasaki BK117, known as the Polair 61. The decision on a make or model for the new helicopter had not been determined. With the funding approval, the department now begins its search, reports said.

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According to the police air wing's website, WA police is responsible for the policing and search and rescue for a nearly 1 million square-mile area in the region. It currently has two units — one covering the southern state, and one covering the north. In addition to the BK117, it currently operates an Airbus Helicopters AS365N3+ as well as two fixed-wing aircraft.

 

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