PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard is sending help to the U.S. Border Patrol to aid efforts at protecting the Texas-Mexico border.

LANG officials, in a news release Wednesday, said Gov. John Bel Edwards signed off on a request for help from the state of Texas and the Louisiana Guard sent an aviation team to provide air support. The request for support has been approved for an initial 90-day deployment.

Authorities say an LUH-72 Lakota, with two pilots and one crew chief are involved in the mission. LANG's Lakotas are equipped with a package that includes an infrared camera for night operations and camera recording capabilities.