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Two more police choppers under assembly, to increase fleet to 11 - 6 days ago, 10:45

Cyrus Ombati

Two more police choppers are being assembled at the National Police Service airwing at Wilson Airport in readiness for takeoff.

The 5Y-RPU and 5Y-TPU AB206 models are being assembled after they were shipped to the country from the US.

This will increase to 11 the number of helicopters. Of these, seven are serviceable while two are unserviceable.

A spot check at the airwing showed that one of those that are unserviceable- 5Y-DCI which is an MI-17 has structural repairs and the 5Y-EDM which is MI-17 VIP is waiting for shipment of its engine tail rotor shaft.

Two other fixed wing plans for the service-C208 Caravan type- are also unserviceable and need engine overhaul.

On Wednesday, officials at the airwing said they are occupied on a daily basis and hope those under repairs will be addressed soon.

“We currently have two helicopters out on detachment in Boni Forest, Lamu and ...
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