LONDON – Germany’s Ministry of Interior of Rhineland-Palatinate has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of two H145 five bladed advanced helicopters for its police force, adding to the strength of its rotary wing. The contract was awarded to the Airbus Helicopters following a European tender that was launched earlier in 2022.
Speaking on this event, the Managing Director for Airbus Helicopters in Germany, Wolfgang Schoder said that “We’d like to thank the Rhineland-Palatinate government for its continued trust in our helicopters.”
“These five-bladed H145s will be outfitted with highly sophisticated equipment in order to further enhance the mission capabilities of the police force.”
“We have seen with the flooding last year that law enforcement operators need to be able to rely on helicopters that can perform these demanding and essential missions and the H145 does just that.”
The new H145s will replace currently deployed Rhineland-Palatinate Police Force H135s , and will be based and operated by the Squadron at Winningen, following their planned delivery in early 2024.
With more than 200 H145 family helicopters currently operational across the globe in public service and law enforcement capacity, these new generation helicopters are certainly leading the changing trends of harnessing states capacity to equip with the best-in-class air power.
First glimpse of the highly advanced H145 light twin engine helicopter was witnessed at Heli-Expo in Atlanta in 2019. The newly developed H145 upgrades over its predecessor with innovative five-bladed rotor giving adaptability for multi mission capabilities with increased payload of 150kg.
The simplified new bearingless main rotor design also eases routine maintenance operation, whilst further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability, with added emphasis on improving ride comfort for passengers and crew onboard the new H145.
To date, the H145 family has over 1500 helicopters in routine service with a total of six million flight hours, asserted Airbus Helicopters. The H145 is powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and Helionix digital avionics suite.
The H145 advanced helicopter also includes high performance 4-axis autopilot, increased safety and reduced pilot workload, along with reduced low acoustic footprint, making crew controls very soothing and highly advanced for the crew operating the chopper.
With this new advancement, it is evident that the law enforcement agencies at the Rhineland-Palatinate are making positive efforts to ensure its public service and its reliability on the Airbus Helicopters.