Airbus hands over the first two H145 helicopters to the Bavarian police
Airbus hands over the first two H145 helicopters to the Bavarian police
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| Antony Angrand | Source : Air&Cosmos 353 mots

Airbus hands over the first two H145 helicopters to the Bavarian police

The Bavarian police will start training on these two helicopters, allowing for a smooth transition to the H145 fleet, since a total of eight machines have been ordered. The first fully equipped helicopter will be delivered in mid-2024.

Two five-bladed H145s out of eight 

Airbus has delivered the first two of eight five-bladed H145s to the Bavarian police. These first two helicopters will be used for pilot and crew training, which will begin shortly, ensuring a smooth transition from the current H135 fleet, which has been in service for more than 12 years, to the larger H145 helicopters. Delivery of the first fully equipped police helicopter is scheduled for the middle of next year.

H145s at the forefront of law enforcement equipment 

Bavaria's fully equipped H145s will feature some of the most advanced police equipment available. This includes a state-of-the-art computer system with tactical police mission software, easily operated by a folding flat-screen mission command post for an operator in the cabin and a retractable monitor for the co-pilot. The crew will benefit from a modern lighting concept and state-of-the-art camera solutions, providing better awareness of the helicopter environment and ground events. Overall communication is facilitated by customer-specific radio and data transfer facilities. A next-generation winch and the ability to carry external loads as well as enable firefighting will further enhance police mission capabilities. Other features, such as blade tip lighting, improve onboard safety during critical police operations.

150 kg more payload 

The new version of Airbus' best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter adds an innovative new five-blade rotor to the multi-mission aircraft, increasing the helicopter's payload by 150 kg. The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor also facilitates maintenance operations, further improving the H145's serviceability and reliability, while enhancing passenger and crew comfort. In total, more than 1,600 H145 family helicopters are in service, logging more than seven million flight hours. Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. The latter includes a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, which increases safety and reduces pilot workload. Its exceptionally low noise footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class, while its CO2 emissions are the lowest among its competitors. More than 200 H145 helicopters are in service worldwide for public service and law enforcement missions.


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