25 Aug 10. AgustaWestland announced that the first of four AW119Ke single engine helicopters for the Finnish Border Guard has been delivered during an official ceremony held today in Helsinki in the presence of various dignitaries including the Finnish Minister of Interior Hon. Anne Holmlund, Chief of the Finnish Border Guard Lt. Gen. Jaakko Kaukanen and Italian Ambassador H.E. Elisabetta Kelescian. The helicopters will be used to perform various tasks including border patrol, special operations and fire fighting. The delivery ceremony took place on the Finnish Border Guard’s 80th Anniversary of flight operations. This handover marks the first AW119Ke to enter service in the European law enforcement and homeland security helicopter market. The Finnish Border Guard chose the AW119Ke in 2008 as part of its fleet modernization and enhancement programme. The aircraft will operate from Helsinki and Rovaniemi (Arctic Circle) bases, flying in the harshest weather conditions whilst covering the entire Finnish/Russian border. The Finnish Border Guard is also being provided with a tailored training and support package as part of the contract.
04 Aug 10. Elbit launches SAND movement detection system. Elbit Systems has begun marketing a wireless stand-alone security system that can remotely monitor large areas for vehicular or human movement and assist with border security enforcement. The system, known as Smart All-terrain Networked Detectors (SAND), consists of a number of small lightweight seismic and acoustic sensors able to detect movement within several dozen metres of each other. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)