Photo: Nissan

Photo: Nissan

The Nissan Navara has been drafted into service to provide specialist services at airports across the Scottish Highlands, Northern Isles and Western Isles.

Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd has taken six of the pick-ups, adding them to 19 other Nissans on its 100-strong fleet that includes everything from city cars, boats and minibuses to a 32-ton airside fire appliance.

One Navara has been kitted out as a specialist fire command vehicle – complete with blue light pack and ground to tower radio system – and is now in operation with highly trained firefighters at Inverness Airport, according to the company.

Another two have been fitted with specialist bird scaring equipment, including high decibel external speakers, and are being used to minimize the dangers and disruption caused by huge colonies of native birds at Sumburgh and Stornoway airports, according to the company.

The other three vehicles are being used as management company cars. All were supplied by Nissan dealer Dicksons of Inverness.

The Nissan Navara is equipped with a 2.5 dCi engine with 190PS power output and 450Nm of torque or a 3.0 V6 dCi with 231PS power output and 550Nm of torque. It also offers a payload of up to 1,250kg and a towing capacity of 3,000kg, according to the automaker.