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Today the South African Police Service
has become the proud recipient of two R44 Raven II
helicopters, with a further four to be delivered later this
year. We have procured these six Robinson R44 Raven II
helicopters as part of our FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup
capacity- building programme, particularly intended to boost
our air-support capabilities.
helicopters will be used for crime prevention flights,
specialized operations, intelligence-driven operations, the
recovery of stolen vehicles as well as for monitoring big
events - such as the Soccer World Cup - in support of the
existing fleet of helicopters. The low operating cost, quick
turn around time and the maneuverability of the Robinson R44
helicopters will ensure that the SAPS utilizes these
helicopters on a frequent basis.
Currently, the SAPS Air Wing operates
thirteen (13) BO105 twin helicopters, two (2) BK117 twin
helicopters, thirteen (13) AS350 helicopters and three (3)
Hughes 500 helicopters throughout the country for airborne
law enforcement. Some of these helicopters are also equipped
with FLIR (forward looking infrared) cameras.
The helicopters will be deployed
throughout South Africa wherever the need arises for air
support. Helicopters in the SAPS have proven to be one of
our most vital and effective tools in the fight against
The SAPS has been training their own
pilots as part of a Designated Pilot Training Programme for
the last four (4) years and all the training is done on
Robinson helicopters. The students fly 100 hours of training
on the Robinson R44 helicopters and are therefore familiar
with these helicopters. These members will be flying the
Robinson R44 helicopters in order to rapidly gain sufficient
experience before progressing onto the larger turbine
helicopters of the South African Police Service.
Enquiries - Director Sally de Beer 082 779 86568 or
Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo - 082 567 4153.