The fifth and final Airbus Helicopters EC145 has been delivered to the Peruvian National Police (PNP). It was formally handed over at the Police Aviation Unit facilities in El Callao.
Five EC145s have been delivered in less than one year since the PNP first selected Airbus Helicopters as its partner to renew its helicopter fleet. The first four aircraft have already accumulated more than 800 flying hours in that time, performing a wide range of missions that demonstrate the EC145’s versatility and operational efficiency throughout Peru’s territory.
In addition to surveillance operations and support for “parapublic” missions, the EC145 has been fielded to combat illegal mining in the Madre de Dios region on the border with Bolivia and Brazil. The helicopters have also successfully completed more than 20 sea rescue and medevac missions in Lima and Callao.
The deal for these new EC145s includes a technology transfer program that has already provided training for more than 14 pilots and 20 technicians of the PNP. In addition, the PNP and the French Gendarmerie – both operators of the EC145 – have been engaged in an operational exchange program to provide in-depth training on the tactical uses of the choppers.
Source: Airbus Helicopters