Cyprus Police

Operator Profile

History

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.

Markings

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

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Still On
Order
Role
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.

Organisation

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

Books

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

Magazines

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

Websites

Wikipedia: Cyprus Police
Official Website
wikipedia: Cyprus Police Aviation Unit
Jetphotos.net

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

AgustaWestland AW139

in Cyprus Police service

History

Two AW139 ordered in January 2009. Delivered on 26 November 2010.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
CP-6 31323 I-RIAR 26 Nov 2010  
CP-8 31325 I-RIAU 26 Nov 2010  

Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander

in Cyprus Police service

History

The BN-2T (BN.2B-20) Turbine Islander is a robust maritime surveillance aircraft used by the Cyprus Police and armed forces to perform airborne recon and command roles. Only one aircraft of this specific type was in use, acquired in 1990, and was regularly observed performing anti-terrorist and anti-smuggling operations. It was retired in March 2012.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
CP-1 2207 5B-CPA 16 June 1990 ex G-BPLO, G-CYPP. Wfu Mar 2012.

Pictures

Cypriot Police Islander
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander serial CP-1
(photo, richnan@ntlworld.com)

More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell 412

in Cyprus Police service

History

The Bell 412EP is the most technologically modern rotor aircraft in Cypriot service. It has greatly increased range and performance over the Bell UH-1H, is equipped with twin-engines instead of one, and can carry up to 14 passengers or 2 patient litters.
One Bell 412SP was obtained in 1992, followed by one Bell 412EP in 1997. Both aircraft operate in the SAR role and are equipped with a rescue hoist, a Loud Hailer, emergency floats and other items for police work.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
CP-2 33202 5B-CPB Feb 1992 Bell 412SP, ex-Cyprus Govt, ex N3216P
CP-4 36155 N72335 4 June 1997 Bell 412EP, not ex-N395AL

Pictures

Cypriot Police Bell 412
Bell 412SP serial CP-4
(photo, richnan@ntlworld.com)

More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)
  • Rotorspot

Other Sources

To be added.