GUARDIA GETS ITS OWN PLANE

The Spanish Guardia Civil now has its own plane which will be used for the first time in the fight against illegal immigration. The CN-235 PM will be operated by the Guardia Civil’s Air Service and will have the joint objective of fighting drug traffickers, illegal immigration, contraband and marine pollution. The craft is equipped with sophisticated detection systems such as infra-red cameras, video recording, 360 degree radars, satellite communications and high definition optics. Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba was at the Torrejón de Ardoz airbase in Madrid for the handing over of the plane, which has a range of 4,700kms. It will be flown by Spanish Air Force pilots until members of the Guardia Civil can be trained up.

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