Cyprus Police

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Astinomia Kiprou
English Title:
Cyprus Police Aviation Unit
First Established:
ICAO Code:

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Narrative Summary

The Cyprus Police operates a small fleet of Bell helicopters, together with a Britten-Norman Islander fixed-wing aircraft. Unlike the National Guard, the police force contains no mainland Greeks.

The Cyprus Police Aviation Unit (C.P.A.U) was established on the 10th June 2008, having previously operated as the ‘Cyprus Police Air Wing’ from 1989.

Key Dates

1960    Cyprus Police first established.
June 1989    Police Air Wing first established.
10 June 2008    CPAW renamed Cyprus Police Aviation Unit.

Current Status

Cyprus Police aircraft and helicopters are primarily used by the Ministry of the Interior for various tasks: VIP transport, transport of various cargo and special police units, border monitoring, SAR missions, medevac and traffic surveillance.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The CPAU aircraft and helicopters initially flew in a white, yellow and azure blue colour scheme, with the national flag carried as a fin flash. The service titles ‘POLICE’ were carried on the fuselage sides. The AW139s were delivered in 2010 in a new white and dark blue colour scheme, which is more police-like, with the Cyprus Police logo on the fin and POLICE titles on the fuselage sides. The existing fleet is gradually being repainted to match these colours.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All police aircraft carry serial numbers with the prefix ‘CP’, for Cyprus Police, eg: CP-4.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Still On
AgustaWestland AW139220Utility
Bell 412220Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
AgustaWestland AW13922010currentItaly
Bell 41221992currentUSA
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander119902012UK

Aircraft NOT Used

Four more Bell 412EP/SP helicopters were ordered in 2000 but were embargoed.
Two Mil Mi-172 were reportedly due for delivery in 2007. One was photographed pre-delivery coded CP-08. These helicopters were not delivered.


Main Headquarters

Cyprus Police, Nicosia.

Organisational Structure

The Police Aviation Unit has no sub-ordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft and helicopters are based at Larnaca Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added
Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999) p.170


World Air Power Journal No.5 p.142
Air Forces Monthly August 1996


Wikipedia: Cyprus Police
Official Website
wikipedia: Cyprus Police Aviation Unit

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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