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New DPS 'Skytruck' aircraft to take flight next

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Sep 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-26 18:24:22-04

The Arizona Department of Public Safety now has two brand new aircraft under its wing.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that DPS officials say new Skytruck aircraft that arrived this summer will take flight next month after pilots are trained.

The state received the aircraft for free through a federal government program that transfers surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies.

DPS aviation administrator Terry Miyauchi says the aircraft are estimated to cost between $10 million and $14 million.

The two planes come at a time when the state is downsizing its aviation fleet.

The Skytrucks can move a fully-equipped SWAT team or carry a bomb robot. 

Miyauchi says they will be useful in emergency situations such as wildfires.