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.
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.