The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has equipped its No 88 search-and-rescue (SAR) squadron with the AgustaWestland AW139 multirole twin-engine helicopter, according to a 3 March report by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).
Citing a PAF press statement, the state-owned media outlet also reported that the squadron was renamed “No 88 Combat Support Squadron and Advanced Helicopter Training School” following the induction of the platform.
PAF commander Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who attended a ceremony to mark the event at the Shahbaz Air Base (Jacobabad), was quoted by AAP as saying that the PAF had selected the AW139 “as the most effective solution for our requirements” after an in-depth analysis of the SAR platforms available worldwide.
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