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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

AW Bolsters Bulgarian Border Police

Two AgustaWestland AW109 Powers and one AW139 have entered service with the Bulgarian Border Police. AgustaWestland handed over the helicopters during a January 15 ceremony at Sofia Airport (SOF) with Bulgarian government and police officials. The AW109s and AW139 will conduct airborne law enforcement, surveillance and border patrol missions as part of the European Union’s Schengen Zone. The A109 comes equipped with a moving map display, NVG-compatible cockpit, searchlight, weather radar, FLIR camera, radio suite and loudspeaker. Bulgaria already flies one AW109 Power, which began operations in 2010. (From February 2011 Rotorcraft Report)

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