Sky-high power – new LE technology for Victoria Police
Published on: November 2020
It’s a sight not seen in Victorian skies for more than 20 years – a fixed-wing aircraft bearing the Victoria Police badge and colours soaring above.
With the ability to stay in the air for more than six hours and advanced infrared camera and mapping systems on board, Victoria Police’s new, state-of-the-art aeroplane can provide assistance at any incident anywhere in the state.
The Beechcraft Super King Air 350ER arrived at the Victoria Police Air Wing’s Essendon Fields base in August and is the first plane used by the force in more than two decades.
Air Wing provides state-wide aerial support for a range of functions including call-outs for search and rescue, crime prevention and detection, ground unit direction, aerial observation and rapid deployment of specialist units.
In addition to the plane, Air Wing also welcomed three new, seven-tonne Leonardo AW139 helicopters across June and July, which replaced the unit’s existing fleet of three 4.8-tonne choppers.
These aircraft boast the same camera and mapping systems as the plane, as well as improved object detection software to assist with marine and land-based searches.
Insp Shepherd said with the technology onboard the new helicopters and the plane, Victoria Police Air Wing would be the envy of many police forces around the world