Sunday, April 12, 2009
Police Get High-Tech Surveillance Aircraft
A Beechcraft King Air B200G with thermal-imaging and other observation equipment is now operating with Chile's national police force, the Carabineros. The twin-engine turboprop can send digital images to a ground station in real time using the Wescam Wisard system from L3 Communications. The King Air will be stationed in Iquique, from where it will scan the Atacama Desert for drug traffickers and illegal immigrants. The $7 million aircraft is similar to surveillance planes purchased by Iraq last year. Meanwhile, Carabineros also took delivery of the first two of four Augusta A-109 helicopters.