Kuwait Police Helicopter Wing

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Kuwait Police operates a small Air Wing comprising a handful of helicopters. The Police report to the Ministry of Interior. No historical details are known.

Key Dates

?    Police aviation unit established.

Current Status

The Police Helicopter Wing is primarily involved in traffic patrol, VIP transport, SAR and EMS duties.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

          Main markingFin Flash

The national flag was carried as a fin flash. POLICE service titles were also displayed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Kuwait Ministry of Interior helicopters originally retained their former Air Force serial numbers. Helicopters purchased new since 2000 have a serialling system comprising a two-figure number for each airframe, prefixed by the letters KMOI, e.g. KMOI-04.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale SA330H Puma 1 1 0 Policing
Aerospatiale SA342K Gazelle 4 3 0 Policing
Aerospatiale AS365N3 Dauphin 2 2 0 Policing
Eurocopter EC 135T1 2 2 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA330H Puma 1 19?? current Air Force
Aerospatiale SA342K Gazelle 4 19?? current Air Force
Aerospatiale AS365N3 Dauphin 2 2005 current France
Eurocopter EC 135T1 2 2001 current Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Not known.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are based at an unknown base.

Current Order of Battle

Squadron Type Base
KPHW SA330, SA342, AS365, EC135 ?

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters are operated from an unknown base.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Not applicable.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Ministry of Interior

Royal Oman Police Air Wing

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The traditional law-enforcing agency in Oman was the Al Askar, which had been operating for centuries. After 1970 the country began to modernise rapidly and in September 1974 the first aircraft was received. Shortly afterwards, the organisation was renamed the Royal Oman Police.

Key Dates

4 November 1974    Service officially named the Royal Oman Police.
1975    Police aviation unit established.
1976    Police aviation unit becomes operational.

Current Status

The duties of the Royal Oman Police include disaster relief operations, EMS duties and coast guard support/SAR operations.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia


          Main markingFin Flash
The Royal Oman Police insignia is displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters and on the fin of fixed-wing aircraft. A fin flash is carried by the helicopters. No service titles are displayed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Royal Oman Police aircraft carry civil registrations. Prior to 1978, aircraft were registered in the series A40-AI to A40-AU, but from 1978 onwards all aircraft are registered in the A40-Cx series, with letters being re-used as old aircraft are retired.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Agusta A109E 2 2 0 Policing
AgustaWestland AW139 10 10 0 Policing
CASA CN.234M 2 2 0 Transport
Dornier Do 228-100 2 2 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Agusta A109E 2 2005 current Italy
AgustaWestland AW139 10 2007 current Italy
Beech Queen Air 1 19?? 19?? USA
Bell 205A 3 1976 2007 USA
Bell 206B 3 1976 1988 USA
Bell 222 2 1980 1987 USA
Bell 214ST 6 1983 2005? USA
Boeing 727 1 1981 1993 USA
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander 1 1989 2000 UK
CASA CN.235M 2 1993 current Spain
De Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo 3 1978 1998 Canada
Dornier Do 228-100 2 1984 current Germany
Gates Learjet 25 1 1975 1979 USA
Gates Learjet 35A 1 1978 1988 USA
Hughes 369D 1 1978 19?? USA
Pilatus PC-6B 2 1974 1984 Switzerland
Swearingen Metro 2 1976 1979 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Qurum.

Organisational Structure

No information.

Current Order of Battle

No information.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

One ROPAW base is Seeb Airport – the other bases used are currently not known.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Not applicable.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Official Royal Oman Police webpage

airliners.net

Helicopter Life

Qatar Police Air Wing

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

A small Police Air Wing was established in 1974, to operate a few British-supplied helicopters. The AIr Wing was absorbed by the Air Force in 1983.

Key Dates

1974    Police Air Wing established.
1983    Air Wing absorbed into the Air Force.

Current Status

The Air Wing was absorbed into the Air Force in 1983.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

None appear to have been carried. No service titles or fin flash have been observed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Qatar Police serialling system comprised a one or two-figure number for each airframe, prefixed by the letter QP, e.g. QP-31.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Westland Gazelle 2 1974 1983 UK
Westland Lynx Mk.28 3 1977 1983 UK

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Not known.

Organisational Structure

Not applicable.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters were operated from an unknown base.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Not applicable.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Qatar Aircraft

Jordanian Gendarmerie Air Wing

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

In July 1956 the Arab Legion was separated into distinct army and police elements. The police element was known as the Public Security Force (PSF). During the period of martial law from April 1957, the police were again placed under army control. In July 1958 the PSF was reestablished as a civilian force. The PSF reported to the Public Security Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior. A Public Security Air Wing was established in 1989, with the arrival of the first helicopters. The helicopters are flown by Air Force crews on behalf of the Police. In January 2008, Jordan set up a Gendarmerie force using various elements drawn from the Public Security Directorate, including the Air Wing. The new force comes under the control of the General Directorate of Gendarmerie (GDG).

Key Dates

1958    Public Security Force established.
1989    First helicopters delivered – Air Wing created.
16 Jan 2008    Gendarmerie established.

Current Status

The Air Wing is primarily involved in security and paramilitary duties.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

          Main markingFin Flash

Prior to the creation of the Gendarmerie, JPSAW helicopters displayed the PSD insignia on the fuselage sides. The national flag was carried as a fin flash. POLICE service titles were also displayed. Gendarmerie markings are not known.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Air Wing serialling system comprises a two-figure number for each airframe, prefixed by the letter P, e.g. P-07.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Eurocopter EC635 4 4 0 Policing
MBB Bo 105CBS-4 3 3 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Eurocopter EC635 4 2007 current Germany
MBB Bo 105CBS-4 3 1989 current Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Amman.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are based at Al Matar Air Base, Marka.

Current Order of Battle

Squadron Type Base
JGAW EC635, Bo 105 Al Matar AB, Marka

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters are operated from Al Matar Air Base, Marka.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Not applicable.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Jordan Police Forces

Security and foreign forces (Jordan)

Westland Scout AH.1

in Bahrain Public Security Service

History

One Westland Scout AH.1 acquired new from the manufacturer in 1965. Used for patrol and transport duties. Another Scout aquired in 1966. Withdrawn from service circa 1981.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BSP-1 F.9619 G-17-2 June 1965 damaged 1977 & sold SAAF as instructional airframe, Port Elizabeth Nov 2004
BSP-2 F.9692   June 1966 stored in 1988

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988)
  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Sikorsky S-76A

in Bahrain Public Security Service

History

Two Sikorsky S-76A acquired new from the manufacturer in 1984. Used for policing duties. Withdrawn from service in July 1988.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BPS-01 760010   1984 to VH-HUB July 1988
BPS-02 760011   1984 to VH-HUC July 1988

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988)
  • Worldmil (1994)
  • Worldmil (1996)

Other Sources

To be added.

McCulloch J.2

in Bahrain Public Security Service

History

One McCulloch J.2 autogyro obtained in 1971. Used for policing duties. Withdrawn from service in 1981.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BPS-3 039 N4329G 1971 to UK in 1981

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Hughes 369D

in Bahrain Public Security Service

History

Two Hughes 369D obtained in 1978. Used for pilot training duties. Withdrawn from service in 1992? Referred to by some sources as ‘Hughes 500D’.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BPS-8     Oct 1978  
BPS-9 1160030   Oct 1978 to ZK-HHG in 1992

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988)
  • Worldmil (1994)
  • Worldmil (1996)

Other Sources

To be added.

Hughes 269C

in Bahrain Public Security Service

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 3
Service Entry: 1974
Retirement: 1979

History

Three Hughes 269C acquired new from the manufacturer in 1974. Used for policing duties. Withdrawn from service in 1979.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BPS-4 1120171   1974 to G-BGYZ in 1979
BPS-5 1130253   1974 to G-BGYX in 1979
BPS-6 1130257   1974 to G-BGYW in 1979

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988)
  • Worldmil (1994)
  • Worldmil (1996)

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell 427

in Bahrain Public Security Service

History

One Bell 427 obtained from USA in late June 2001. Used for policing duties. Sold in late 2008.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BPS-07 56017   June 2001 to N324FH Dec 2008

More Information

References

  • Police Aviation News No.55 November 2000
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.