Helicopter to help ensure the environmental control2015-06-03
Yesterday, on June 2, a new helicopter of the Lithuanian Army landed at the aviation base in Šiauliai. This is going to be the first helicopter to be used to ensure the environment protection control.
Under the cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of National Defence the helicopter for the first five years will fly annually at least 75 flight hours to monitor and control the environment.
“This modern helicopter will be able to register and control spillages of oil and other substances into the sea, to watch extreme weather events, to identify violations. This is going to be an immense assistance to our officers,” said Mr. Kęstutis Trečiokas the Minister of Environment.
Prompt submission of information about environmental violations identified by the helicopter will enable to take measures to eliminate pollution as soon as possible, to prevent violation and to investigate them. The airborne monitoring of the environment will help evaluate objectively the quality of environment of the Lithuanian nature.
“We hope that the modern equipment will also function as a reliable preventive measure. Maybe the message that they are being watched from above will make violators think twice before they break the rules,” said the Minister of Environment.
The helicopter will perform the airborne environmental monitoring and control missions, search and rescue operations: search for missing people in the sea, fire fighting, medevac or air delivery of organ transplants, assistance to government and municipal institutions in emergency situations.
The new helicopter will be able to carry out search and rescue operations in 200-kilometer distance from the watch post. It will be able to fly in adverse weather conditions as well: in wind, at low altitude or in high temperature, in the presence of precipitations.
The helicopter is equipped with several types of radio stations for communication with the ground, the sea and the air, as well as with coordination centres. The helicopter has a radar operating in search and weather monitoring modes, an infrared radar (thermal vision camera), a search light and other features. The helicopter’s equipment allows to programme a flight route reducing workload on the crew and enabling to focus more on a search area. The aircraft is also capable of hovering in the autopilot mode being less vulnerable to wind gusts.
Public Information Department