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Agusta AB.212 Z3-HHB (photo, Igor Bozinovski)

Current Title: Avijaciska Edinica na Makedonskata Policija
Title in English: Macedonian Police Aviation Unit
Abbreviation: MVR

History

Narrative Summary:
The Macedonian Police operates a small fleet of Bell-made helicopters. Two of them, an Agusta-Bell AB.206 and an Agusta-Bell AB.212 have been in the Macedonian inventory since the Republic of Macedonia was a part of Yugoslavia. Then the official name of the Macedonian Police was "Milicija na Republickiot Sekretarijat za Vnatresni Raboti na Socijalisticka Republika Makedonija" which translates as Police of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia. When the Republic of Macedonia became an independent and democratic state in 1991, the word Milicija was changed with Policija. Today the official name is "Policija na Republika Makedonija" which translates as Police of the Republic of Macedonia.

During 2000, Taiwan donated 5 million US Dollars to the Macedonian Government for use in buying one new helicopter from Bell Helicopter. The Macedonian Government decided to invest the money in one Bell 412EP, which was delivered to the Macedonian Police Aviation Unit on November 22, 2000. This helicopter received the serial Z3-HHC.

The Macedonian Police Aviation Unit provided huge support in the fight against the ethnic Albanian insurgents during 2001. The unit used its un-armed helicopters, including the recently acquired Bell 412EP and the Bell 212, for the transport of elite Police special units. This was done in cooperation with the Macedonian Air Force which provided fire support with its Mi-24V Hind-E helicopters.

Key Dates:
199?    Establishment of Macedonian Police Aviation Unit.
22 November 2000    Official delivery of Bell 412EP to the Macedonian Police.
2001    Intensive operations against ethnic Albanian insurgent forces.

Current Status:
Macedonian Police helicopters are primarily used by the Ministry of Internal Affairs for various tasks: VIP transport, transport of various cargo and special police units, border monitoring, SAR missions, medevac and traffic surveillance.

Future Plans:
Not known.

Markings

National Insignia:
The national flag is carried as a fin flash. All aircraft carry the service title POLICIJA in Cyrillic lettering and the Macedonian Police Coat of Arms on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
All police aircraft carry civilian registrations in the Z3-HHx series.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Role Origin
Agusta-Bell AB.206B JetRanger II 1 1 Policing Italy
Agusta-Bell AB.212 1 1 Policing Italy
Bell 412EP 1 1 Policing Canada

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
See 'Current Service Aircraft' table above.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
Ministry of Interior, Skopje.

Current Organisational Structure:
All aircraft are based at Idrizovo, the Macedonian main police base, near the capital Skopje.

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 aircraft are based at Idrizovo, the Macedonian main police base, near the capital Skopje.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
To be added

More Information

Books:

To be added

Magazines:

Air Forces Monthly, December 2001, pages 68-73

Websites:

Scramble - Dutch Aviation Society

Dragan Kostadinov Website

EX Yu Airforces

Thanks to Igor Bozinovski for updating this information.

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First Created: 31 October 2001 - Last Revised: 16 September 2005
Copyright 2001 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk