The blue guardians

Martin Scharenborg takes an in-depth look at the vital work of the Netherlands’ Police Air Support Unit.

Two AW139s fly in formation above the coastline at IJmuiden harbour in the Dutch province of North Holland
All images Ramon Wenink/ Global Aviation Review Press

With more than 17 million people in a relatively small space, the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated areas in Europe. Helping protect its inhabitants and vital infrastructure while supporting police- and governmentrelated missions is the ‘Afdeling Luchtvaart van de Nationale Politie’ (Police Air Support Unit). AIR International spent some time with the unit and its helicopter fleet – six Airbus H135 P2+s and three Leonardo AW139s.

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