The Air Force Command of the National Guard contributes effectively to the conduction of SAR operations within the area of responsibility of the Republic of Cyprus.
The aircrafts of the Air Force Command play an important role in SAR missions. Their increased range and velocity allows them to reach quickly the search area.
A great step that increased the capabilities of the Air Force Command was the delivery of the new AW139 helicopters. The 460 Search and Rescue Squadron has received all 3 of the new helicopters and they are fully operational since 2011.
Beyond the air assets of the Air Force Command, the important contribution of the surveillance radar should be emphasized. The radar offers the capability to the JRCC to coordinate safely and effectively the SAR operations.