21 Sep 09. FMV, the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, has placed an order for TETRA crypto from Sectra. The crypto solution will be used to protect calls from eavesdropping in Rakel, the Swedish Public Safety Network. Rakel is a new nationwide radio system used by public safety agencies such as the police, rescue services, customs, Coast Guard and the Defense Forces. The TETRA crypto has been developed by Sectra in cooperation with Swedish authorities and will start being used in conjunction with Sweden’s current EU Presidency. (Source: ASD Network)
14 Sep 09. AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another medium lift AW139 helicopter to replace the Chiba prefecture’s AS332L1 helicopter. The selection is endorsement of the popularity of the AW139 and supports the growing views that the multi-role AW139 can perform the mission requirements of older heavier class helicopters. This addition to the JNPA fleet increases the number of AW139 helicopters operating in the law enforcement role in Japan to three, with the first two helicopters being selected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.