India 99 in Black and White
A dramatic sky looms above Greater manchester Police Air Support Unit's helicopter as it awaits its next assignment.
The latest in a series of images taken recently.
In September 2008 the Greater Manchester Police replaced their MD902 Explorer registration G-GMPS with a new MD902 Explorer registration G-GMPX. This aircraft call sign 'X-Ray India 99' is designed and constructed using the latest technology. It has two Pratt and Whitney 207E jet engines which power the five carbon composite blades enabling the aircraft to operate at speeds up to 170mph and heights up to 18,000 ft altitude. It also boasts a NOTAR (no tail rotor) system which significantly reduces flight noise levels.
Watching over Greater Manchester and supporting officers on the ground, X-Ray India 99 uses the latest state of the art high-tech equipment. This includes the latest in TV, Low Light and Thermal imaging cameras, a digital microwave uplink/downlink that can broadcast and rebroadcast live pictures both to and from the ground, the latest Trakkabeam high powered search light, a 600 watt public address speaker system, tracking equipment for locating stolen vehicles, and a fully integrated moving map system. The aircraft is configured to carry four persons although up to eight can be carried; it can also be configured to carry a stretcher to assist ambulance and mountain rescue services.
For information about Greater Manchester Police’s Air Support Unit please visit our website.