BRITAINâS biggest police force has bought three high-speed helicopters to take rapid reaction teams to the heart of terrorist emergencies. Elite firearms officers from the Metropolitan police will be transported to incidents at speeds of up to 150mph before they abseil into crowded city areas â prompting comparisons with American Swat teams. The move is significant because it represents a convergence between police and military tactics. An incident of the gravity of the 1980 Iranian embassy siege, which was dealt with by the SAS, might in future be dealt with by the police. The Met stepped up its armed response capabilities after the July 7 bomb attacks in London. The three helicopters, costing Â£3m apiece, will each carry a squad of six. The first two will be in operation by the end of the year and the third in 2007. They are being equipped with abseiling equipment that will allow four men to descend simultaneously out of a hovering helicopter. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2036152,00.html Who needs a Navy/RAF exchange? Any chance of flying with the Met? Bring it on!